Top 10 Fluoride Dangers -NOSTAIN™ Benefits-
Top 10 Dangers of Fluoride
Fluoride Danger #1. Accumulation of Fluoride in the Body
Fluoride accumulates in the body. Healthy adult kidneys excrete 50 to 60% of the fluoride ingested each day. Any remaining fluoride accumulates in the body, typically in the bones and pineal gland. Babies and children excrete less fluoride from their kidneys and absorb up to 80% of ingested fluoride into their bones. The concentration of fluoride in the bones increases over a lifetime.
Fluoride Danger #2. Fluoride and Bottle-fed Babies
Bottle-fed babies receive the highest doses of fluoride. Since they have a liquid diet, formula-fed babies have the highest exposure to fluoride. Infant exposure to fluoridated water has been repeatedly found to be a major risk factor for developing dental fluorosis later in life. As a result, dental researchers have recommended that parents of newborns not use fluoridated water when reconstituting formula.
The American Dental Association (ADA), the biggest advocates of fluoridation, sent a November 6, 2006 email alert to its members advising that parents should make baby formula with “low or no-fluoride water.”
Can fluoride cause problems with fertility and the reproductive system? Fluoride given to animals at high doses destroys the male reproductive system. Fluoride damages sperm and increases the rate of infertility in a number of species.
A U.S. epidemiological study showed increased rates of infertility among couples living in areas with 3 ppm or more fluoride in the water. Two studies showed reduced level of circulating testosterone in males living in high fluoride areas. A study of fluoride-exposed workers reported a “subclinical reproductive effect”.
Fluoride Danger #4. Fluoride and Brain Damage
“It is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.” — the National Research Council (2006)
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists fluoride among about 100 chemicals for which there is “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” Experiments on animals reveal that fluoride accumulates in the brain and alters mental behavior. There have been over 100 animal experiments showing that fluoride damages the brain and impacts learning and behavior.
Advocates of fluoridation counter that these animal studies are invalid because high doses of fluoride were used. However, it takes 5-20 times more fluoride to reach the same plasma levels in rats as in humans . One animal experiment found effects at very low doses of fluoride. In this study, rats were fed for one year with 1 ppm fluoride in their water (the same amount used in tap water fluoridation), using either sodium fluoride or aluminum fluoride. These rats had changes to their kidneys and brains, an increased uptake of aluminum in the brain, and the formation of beta-amyloid deposits which are associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Fluoride Danger #5. Fluoride and Lowered IQ
There have been 24 studies from China, Iran, India and Mexico that show an association between fluoride exposure and reduced IQ. One research team estimated that fluoride may lower IQ at 1.9 ppm (parts per million), while a recent preliminary study found a lowering of IQ in children drinking water at levels ranging from 0.3 to 3 ppm. The authors of this latter study reported that for each increase of 1 ppm fluoride measured in the urine there was a loss of 0.59 IQ points. According to the National Research Council (2006), “the consistency of the results [in fluoride/IQ studies] appears significant enough to warrant additional research on the effects of fluoride on intelligence.”
Fluoride Danger #6. Fluoride and Early Puberty
Reduced IQ is not the only neurotoxic effect of fluoride. Studies have shown an association between fluoride exposure and impaired visual-spatial organization; while three other studies have found an association between prenatal fluoride exposure and fetal brain damage.
Fluoride also affects the pineal gland. Studies by Jennifer Luke (2001) show that fluoride accumulates in the human pineal gland to very high levels. In her Ph.D. thesis, Luke has also shown in animal studies that fluoride reduces melatonin production and leads to an earlier onset of puberty.
Consistent with Luke's findings, one of the earliest fluoridation trials in the U.S. reported that on average young girls in the fluoridated community reached menstruation 5 months earlier than girls in the non-fluoridated community.
Fluoride Danger #7. Fluoride and Thyroid Function
Ingestion of fluoride negatively impacts thyroid function. In the Ukraine, Bachinskii (1985) found a lowering of thyroid function, among otherwise healthy people, at 2.3 ppm fluoride in water. In the mid-20th century, fluoride was prescribed by a number of European doctors to reduce the activity of the thyroid gland for patients with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).
According to a clinical study by Galletti and Joyet (1958), the thyroid function of hyperthyroid patients was reduced at just 2.3-4.5 mg per day of fluoride. To put this finding in perspective, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS, 1991) has estimated that total fluoride exposure in fluoridated communities ranges from 1.6 to 6.6 mg/day. This is a remarkable fact, particularly considering the rampant and increasing problem of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) in the United States and other fluoridated countries.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism include depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels, and heart disease. In 2010, the second most prescribed drug of the year was Synthroid (sodium levothyroxine) which is a hormone replacement drug used to treat an underactive thyroid.
Fluoride Danger #8. Fluoride and Arthritis
According to studies, fluoride causes symptoms of arthritis. Skeletal fluorosis (a fluoride-induced bone and joint disease) mimic the symptoms of arthritis. According to an article published in Chemical & Engineering News, “Because some of the clinical symptoms mimic arthritis, the first two clinical phases of skeletal fluorosis could be easily misdiagnosed”. According to the CDC (2002), 1 in 3 Americans have some form of arthritis. Few studies have been done to determine whether the high prevalence of arthritis in America and other fluoridated countries could be related to growing fluoride exposure.
Fluoride Danger #9. Fluoride Damages Bone
An early fluoridation trial (Newburgh-Kingston 1945-55) revealed a two-fold increase in bone defects among children in the fluoridated community. In 2001, Alarcon-Herrera reported a correlation between the severity of dental fluorosis and the frequency of bone fractures in children and adults in a high fluoride area in Mexico.
Fluoride Danger #10. Fluoride and Hip Fractures in the Elderly
According to studies, fluoride may increase hip fractures in the elderly. High doses of fluoride (average 26 mg per day) were used in trials to treat patients with osteoporosis in an effort to harden their bones and reduce fracture rates. This treatment actually led to a higher number of fractures, particularly hip fractures.
One Chinese study looked at hip fractures in six Chinese villages, and found an increase in hip fractures as the concentration of fluoride rose from 1 ppm to 8 ppm.
How to Avoid Fluoride and Fluoride Dangers
- Avoid processed and packaged food
- Buy fluoride-free toothpaste
- Avoid fluoride treatments at the dentist
- Filter your tap water
- Don't drink soda pop, or coffee or iced tea at restaurants
- Drink wine and beer imported from Europe
- Don't smoke
- Don't use Teflon (non-stick) cookware