The History of Fluoride in Tap Water
Proponents of adding fluoride to tap water claimed that it was highly effective in preventing tooth decay, despite recent studies which have proven this claim to be unfounded. Successful marketing campaigns to promote this chemical as a tool in the light against tooth decay resulted in many city governments in America and around the globe to add fluoride to tap water. An increase in the demand for fluoridation of tap water led to the import of synthesized fluoride from China, which has been proven to be contaminated with heavy metals.
Fluoride has a long and dark history as a biochemical toxin. It has been used in rat and cockroach poison, and even on human inmates in Nazi German prison camps to sterilize inmates and make them docile.
Debunking the Myth That Fluoride is a Safe Water Additive
Recent research not only challenges the common belief that fluoride strengthens teeth, but there is evidence that it actually causes tooth disease as well as weakened bones, bone cancer, bone loss, kidney disease, and cognitive dysfunction, among other side effects.
This most recent research has lead to a major movement in Europe to become completely free of fluoridated water. In fact, European countries have almost reached this goal, as 98% of their tap water is fluoride free.
Harmful Effects of Fluoride in Pet Food and Water
A current study of components in dog food, taken by the EPA, found that high levels of fluoride were found in 8 leading brands of dog food. Osteosarcoma may be caused by ingestion of fluoride and it is the most common primary bone tumor in dogs, effecting approximately 8,000 dogs per year.
The fluoride in tap water leads to fluoride in most vegetables and meat products that humans and animals consume in this country. Therefore, it is very difficult to avoid consumption. However, concerned pet owners do have the power to limit their pets’ consumption by providing home-prepared food.
Protecting Family and Pets
There are ways to counteract the fluoride in tap water. Here are some fairly common household items that may help to remove fluorine from the body:
· Boron (only if used in a very small amount, as large amounts can be toxic).
· Kelp and Iodine Supplements (although Iodine may cause Calcium depletion; therefore Calcium should be added to the diet).
· Apple Pectin, Turmeric, Cilantro, Cayenne, and Parsley may also be useful agents in the removal of fluoride in the body.
Protecting Your Community
For those individuals who are concerned about fluoride in your tap water, there are steps that can be taken to protect your communities. First, research the annual water quality report provided by your local city water department. If fluoride is present in the tap water in your community, speak out against it by contacting your state and local officials as well as your senators. Another way to raise awareness is by educating the public about the harmful effects of fluoride on humans and animals. Many communities have become aware of the evidence that suggests that fluoride in tap water is harmful and they have moved toward fluoride free tap water. By raising awareness, your community can do the same.
By Sarah Zumhofe