It is in our water and even in our toothpaste and yet we don’t pay very much attention to it. Fluoride is a very serious problem and it is causing many detrimental health issues whether you want to accept that or not.
For those who do not know, fluoride is a known carcinogen and is even listed by the Merck Index as the primary use being ‘rat and cockroach poison.’ No, I am not joking, fluoride is truly deadly. The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) actually released a document in more recent times titled ‘Evidence on the Carcinogenicity of Fluoride and Its Salts.’
This document goes over the very apparent health hazards associated with the consumption of fluoride, their report states as follows:
Fluoride is the monovalent anion derived from the element fluorine. It is present in many salts, including sodium fluoride and stannous fluoride. When these salts are dissolved in water the free fluoride ion is released. Fluoride salts or other compounds that release fluoride ion may be added to drinking water to prevent dental caries.
Fluoride-releasing compounds are also added for this purpose to a wide variety of dental products including toothpastes and mouthwashes. The public is exposed to fluoride ion by drinking fluoridated water and by using fluoride-containing dental products and treatments. Exposure may also occur through naturally present fluoride in foods and beverages, and in some cases by inhalation of fluoride compounds in the air.
There are numerous studies in the published scientific literature investigating the potential carcinogenicity of fluoride. The human evidence consists primarily of epidemiological studies (ecological, cohort, and case-control) comparing cancer risks in exposed versus unexposed individuals. One ecologic study (Cohn, 1992) and one hospital-based case-control study (Bassin et al., 2006) have reported increases in osteosarcomas in young males exposed to fluoride in drinking water. The possibility that chance, bias, inappropriate analyses or confounding played a role in these findings could not be ruled out, however.
The animal evidence consists of several drinking water and diet studies conducted in rats and mice. Statistically significant increases in rare malignant bone tumors (osteosarcomas) were observed in male rats in drinking water studies conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP, 1990), but not in female rats or male or female mice similarly exposed. A statistically significant dose-related increase in thyroid tumors (adenomas and carcinomas, combined) was also observed in this male rat study (NTP, 1990). These findings were not replicated in a subsequent NTP study in male rats of the same strain receiving a somewhat higher fluoride dose, also via drinking water (NTP, 1992). Increases in benign osteomas were observed in two-year diet studies in male and female CD-1 mice (Maurer et al., 1993).
However, the possible contribution of retroviral infection reported in the male and female mice to the development of osteomas could not be ruled out. No treatment-related tumor findings were observed in two-year diet studies conducted in male and female Sprague-Dawley rats (Maurer et al., 1990). Pharmacokinetic studies of fluoride show that fluoride ion is readily taken up and incorporated into bones and teeth of humans and laboratory animals. Comparison of fluoride pharmacokinetics between humans and rodents indicates that rodents must be exposed to much higher levels of fluoride in diet or water than humans to achieve the same levels of bone fluoride levels.
Water fluoridation has been happening for many many years and throughout those years the question of its effectiveness and safety has been brought up on more than one occasion. It is something that you could consider to be highly controversial. There was a study done back in the 1990s on lab animals that showed there was evidence of cancer-causing potential in fluoridated drinking water. As mentioned above, there was a higher number of cases of bone cancer in the rats drinking it. We are essentially drinking ourselves to death.
In his book ‘Fluoride, The Aging Factor’ Dr. John Yiamouyiannis wrote as follows:
“Fluoride is a poison! It has been used as a pesticide for mice, rats, and other small pests. A 10-pound infant could be killed by 1/100 of an ounce and a 100-pound adult could be killed by 1/10 of an ounce of fluoride.”
If that isn’t enough to get you feeling a bit off about there being fluoride in your water then I don’t know what would. One study back in 2005 conducted at the Harvard School of Dental Health actually found a strong correlation between fluoride and you guessed it, bone cancer. Sodium fluoride inhibits enzyme activity and paralyzes white blood cells. There are actually around 500 peers reviewed studies going over the adverse effects of fluoride.