Everyone in the United States knows that fluoride makes your teeth strong and prevents cavities, right? Most toothpaste contains fluoride for that very reason… And because of fluoride’s reputation for preventing tooth decay – it was decided long ago to add fluoride to the water supply as a means of protecting the oral health of all who are treated with it. It’s interesting though, that toothpaste containing fluoride has warning labels suggesting that you contact poison control if too much has been swallowed. Why doesn’t your tap water come with the same warning?
My guest today can help us to better understand this disconnect. Paul Connett is the executive director of the Fluoride Action Network, an organization that seeks to broaden awareness about the toxicity of fluoride compounds among citizens, scientists, and policymakers alike.
Paul gives us some great perspective on the history and ‘science’ of water fluoridation. There is no biological process in the body that requires fluoride and its use in the water supply qualifies it as a drug. As such, it is un-dosed, unregulated, and given to us without our permission. Furthermore, the research on fluoride is telling us that it is neurotoxic, that it reduces our cognitive abilities, is correlated with ADHD and is correlated with hypothyroidism. Fluoride reacts with our bones, and there is precious little research on the influence of fluoride and the prevalence of arthritis in our population.
And the secret that few people know is that the fluoride in our municipal water systems is a waste product of fertilizer manufacturing…
If your water supply is fluoridated, you can take steps to reduce your exposure by drinking spring water or investing in a water filtration system to eliminate the added fluoride.
Get informed about the practice of water fluoridation – and make a stand against it in your community. Visit the Fluoride Action Network for more information. Paul mentions a video called ‘Professional Perspectives of Water Fluoridation’… follow this link to watch it.