The Case Against Fluoride - Book Review

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In depth review of the book 'The Case Against Fluoride' with some solid evidence that fluoride added to drinking water is potentially dangerous to our health. You’ll find claims that fluoride is a product of the fertilizer industry and considered hazardous waste, it can weaken bones and may cause bone cancer, it affects the thyroid gland and may adversely affect brain development in children. Further, arguments against water fluoridation sight that it’s not an approved drug, has no real dose control, can cause teeth damage, it's mandatory, and arsenic can be in fluoride up to 1.6 ppb (MCL is 10).

The Case Against Fluoride By Paul Connett, PhD, James Beck, MD, PhD and H.S. Micklem, DPhil

In August 2013 I reviewed The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson. This month (November) I tackled The Case Against Fluoride, a 372-page book with more recent studies and scientific findings against water fluoridation.

You’ll find claims that fluoride is a product of the fertilizer industry and considered hazardous waste, it can weaken bones and may cause bone cancer, it affects the thyroid gland and may adversely affect brain development in children. Further, arguments against water fluoridation sight that it’s not an approved drug, has no real dose control, can cause teeth damage, it's mandatory, and arsenic can be in fluoride up to 1.6 ppb (MCL is 10).

Right from the start, what jumps out at me is evidence that sodium fluorosilicic acid (sodium fluoride) when added to water containing lead contaminant will increase the uptake of lead, which is especially harmful to children. Lead is present in most drinking water because of older pipes and brass faucets with a small percentage of lead in the brass. Increased lead uptake is a real worry, especially for parents with young kids.

If you're not yet scared senseless from all the convincing evidence against drinking fluoride, then maybe you should be. I personally stopped drinking fluoridated water several years ago, after seeing just a few articles against fluoridation.

The Case Against Fluoride has more compelling facts with a complete history on the controversy. The facts emerge immediately and by part 2 you'll be running to your local hardware shop (maybe Home Depot or Lowe's) for a water filter to stop your anxiety, because fluoride is a real threat. A reverse osmosis filter, sold by all the chains, will do the job, and remove about 80 or 90 percent of the fluoride. However, note that RO systems send 4 gallons of water down the drain for every gallon generated which is costly and wasteful. Other filters using less water are available.

If you haven't heard the negatives they're credible and the list is a mile long. Fluoride affects the thyroid and can cause hypothyroidism. In 1950 it was endorsed by the American Dental Association and the AMA but without testing even though it was known to cause dental fluorosis (discoloration of tooth enamel).

That the fluoride used was derived from the fertilizer industry, some considering it hazardous waste. Most counties do not allow fluoridation except for the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, and a few more. In 1993 the FDA classified fluoride as an unapproved drug meaning it hasn’t gone through thorough testing to establish its effectiveness or safety. They list some evidence that fluoride is ineffective on tooth decay and comparing fluoridated versus non-fluoridated countries showing little difference. In the 1940s through 1960s many experts questioned the safety of fluoride but they were ignored.

Section 4 (chapter 11) begins the evidence of harm and it's very alarming. Besides dental fluorosis they say fluoride is cumulative in bones and tissues and can interfere with G proteins. Also, one of the serious concerns with fluoride is neurotoxicity and that's been validated in a recent Reuters article (2012). A study evaluated by the Harvard Journal in the article “Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal” found that children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ than those who lived in low fluoride areas. Also, the EPA stated that “fluoride is a chemical with substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”

See http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/24/idUS127920+24-Jul-2012+PRN20120724. A few earlier studies are sighted in the book, but this new study confirms the dangers of fluoride to childrens' developing brains.

If you’re interested in the fluoride controversy, then The Case Against Fluoride will enlighten you. It’s available through Amazon.com for $20.30. Click for more information or to order.

If you are considering removing fluoride from your drinking water visit http://www.thewaterexchange.net/fluoride-water-filters.htm

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