“Fluoride is not an essential nutrient and no disease has ever been linked to a fluoride deficiency. Humans can have perfectly good teeth without fluoride.”
The debate over whether fluoride is essential for healthy teeth or not has been raging for some time, but the results of a recent study about the fluoride found in our tap water has people responding.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed that the nation’s water utilities sharply reduce the amount of fluoride in tap water, to protect Americans, especially children under the age of 8, from tooth and bone damage caused by overexposure to this chemical. Recent studies show an increase in fluorosis — a condition that causes spotting and streaking on children’s teeth. According to CNN.com, The American Dental Association says the new recommended levels will still reduce tooth decay but minimize fluorosis. The group says it continues to support fluoridation of community water as a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay.
The best source of information on fluoride levels in your water system is your local water utility. All water utilities must provide their consumers with a Consumer Confidence Report that provides information on a system’s water quality, including its fluoridation level. You can also check it out online using on this area fluoride map.
While reducing fluoride in drinking water is getting the government’s attention, what is being done about our food? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to grant three environmental groups’ petition to end the use of sulfuryl fluoride, an insecticide and food fumigant manufactured by Dow AgroSciences. The Dow product, approved by EPA as an alternative to methyl bromide, is used on hundreds of food commodities.
The actions by EPA and HHS represent a growing consensus that the American public is being exposed to excessive fluoride. They amount to admissions that for decades, public health agencies have erroneously reassured the public that fluoride is safe. As a result, generations of children have been exposed to amounts of fluoride that could damage teeth and bones and that emerging science indicates could harm thyroid function and increase risks for bone cancer. To read more about the exposure of our foods, please read here.
So what can you do to prevent an overexposure of fluoride? Here are some tips that will keep your children safe:
- Make Your Own Natural Fluoride-Free Toothpaste. Coconut Oil and Baking Soda are two key ingredients you’ll need to make your own.
- Remove Fluoride from Your Body. Dry saunas, liver cleansers and vitamin C can help clear your system of fluoride.
- Filter Your Drinking Water. While filtering your entire water supply is pricey, cutting down on shower time and using a water filter in the kitchen will reduce overexposure to fluoride.
For more helpful tips, check out the Environmental Working Group website here.