There is nothing like a tall glass of cold water to quench your thirst, however it now seems that we may have to think twice before taking that refreshing sip. We have continued to be brainwashed into believing that fluoride was not only safe for us but would provide us with healthy and strong teeth. However, further investigation into the safety of fluoride consumption has been investigated and the results do not look good. (1)
Since 1945 fluoride has been added to our drinking water in the United States to prevent tooth decay. Research conducted during this time showed that the presence of high levels of fluoride in drinking water was associated with a decrease in tooth decay among consumers. However, since the introduction of fluoride in drinking water there has been much debate surrounding the safety of consuming fluoride. Much of this debate is stimulated around numerous concerns from scientific research, freedom of choice, to government conspiracy. This article explores the possible link between water fluoridation and cancer. (2)
The concern surrounding fluoridation water is not a recent event, in 1976 Dr. Dean Burke from the US National Cancer Institute reported the following:
“Fluoride causes more human cancer, and causes it faster, than any other chemical . . . more people have died in the last 30 years from cancer connected with fluoridation than all the military deaths in the entire history of the United States”. (3)
This shows that it took over two decades of fluoride consumption before health concerns were raised. However, since this statement little effort has been taken in removing fluoride from our water supplies. Recent research conducted at Harvard University in 2005 showed a direct link between fluoride and bone cancer in young males. Two further studies conducted in India during 2010 found that children who were consuming drinking water with artificially added fluoride were more likely to suffer from blindness and paralysis. (2)
Other toxins found in our drinking water such as chlorine are dangerous for our health however chlorine evaporates from the water before it is consumed, fluoride not so much. Fluorine is a naturally occurring gas however the fluoride added to drinking water is a by-product from steel, phosphate, nuclear weapons manufacturing and aluminium. This form of fluoride has no nutritional value whatsoever instead it is pumped into our drinking water to supposedly improve our dental health.
Research has shown that once in the body; fluoride is destructive to human enzymes. What this means is that the fluoride changes the property of the enzymes in our bodies preventing them from doing their jobs properly. Thousands of enzymes work within our bodies to ensure essential cell reactions are constantly occurring for basic living. When these enzymes are damaged our bodies start to shut down at a cellular level which can result in instant death. This form of damage has the potential to interfere with normal bodily functioning at every level within the body and can cause various cancers from occurring.
There are numerous ways you can have your water tested for the presence of fluoride however this can end up in an expensive and long-winded venture. To ensure your family is only receiving the cleanest and healthiest water it is recommended that you get a home test kit that allows you to test the water coming directly out your taps.
These tests range from $10-$30 and are easy to administer however once you have tested it, how do you remove the toxins. A very simple and effective solution is for you to purchase a water filter for your pitcher to ensure your drinking water is purified before drinking it. Some affordable and effective water pitchers on the market include the Brita that can be easily purchased online. These filters do not only remove fluoride from your drinking water but also filters toxins such as copper, mercury and cadmium, which can cause illness over time.