Fluoride has been dumped into most U.S. municipal water systems since the 1940’s –
well before anyone thought to conduct clinical trials to determine potential health and environmental hazards associated with such a practice.
Declared as “safe and effective” by U.S. government officials, and somehow necessary to the long term dental health of Americans, it was originally introduced as a means of curbing tooth decay. At that time essentially no dental or food product contained fluoride (toothpastes, mouth rinses and gels) – so exposure was likely much less than it is today.
Since that time a myriad of fluoride laced dental products have hit the market, that fact combined with processed foods made with fluoridated water, fluoride-containing pesticides, bottled beverages, fluorinated pharmaceuticals, Teflon pans and mechanically deboned chicken – exposure to fluoride has increased alarmingly. But the concern for overexposure to fluoride becomes even more disturbing when you consider that a companion element in most of the above mentioned products is aluminum – and aluminum combined with fluoride creates an extremely damaging byproduct – to the human body directly and particularly to the immune system.
Back in 1976, a Dr. D. Allman from Indiana University School of Medicine conducted an experiment that involved feeding animals 1 part-per-million (ppm) fluoride. He found that in the presence of aluminum, (as little as 20 parts per billion), “… fluoride is able to cause an even larger increase in cyclic AMP levels. Cyclic AMP inhibits the migration rate of white blood cells, as well as the ability of the white blood cell to destroy pathogenic (disease-causing) organisms.” The fact that fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses are now packaged in aluminum only emphasizes the adverse effect on the human body. Concerns become even more apparent when you consider that fluoride used in the water fluoridation process is a direct byproduct of aluminum production.
Research confirms earlier studies pointing to a toxic connection when combined with aluminum
The increased rate of fluoride sources in the modern diet has exacerbated human exposure creating an extremely harmful mix, resulting in a dramatic increase in dental fluorosis (a to
oth defect caused by excess fluoride intake), for one thing. In the mid-90s researcher Mullenix discovered that rats treated with low doses of fluoride caused – at the very least – behavioral aberrations and hyperactivity. These and other effects were confirmed in 2001 when another study combining sodium fluoride with drinking water produced both behavioral and dental toxicities as well as suppression of spontaneous motor activity.
Things began to get really scary in 1998 when Julie A. Varner conducted a study at the Psychology Department of Binghamton University (NY) that clearly defined growing number of neurotoxic effects is enhanced by the synergetic action of fluoride combined with aluminum. Varner describes “alterations in the nervous system resulting from chronic administration of the fluoroaluminum complex or equivalent levels of fluoride in the form of sodium-fluoride. The rats were given fluoride in drinking water at the same level deemed “optimal” by pro-fluoridation groups (1 part per million). Most pronounced damage was seen in animals that got the fluoride in conjunction with aluminum. The pathological changes found in the brain tissue of the animals were similar to the alterations found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The authors speculate that fluoride enables aluminum to cross the blood-brain barrier. These results are especially disturbing because of the low dose level of fluoride that shows the toxic effect in rats – rats are more resistant to fluoride than humans.”
And finally, a Czechoslovakian study underscores the idea that aluminum may very likely act synergistically with fluoride in the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This study demonstrated that some of pathologic changes associated with Alzheimer’s are not induced by aluminum alone, but by the aluminofluoride complexes. ” these complexes may act as the initial signal stimulating impairment of homeostasis, degeneration and death of the cells. By influencing energy metabolism these complexes can accelerate the aging and impair the functions of the nervous system. In respect to the etiology of AD, the long term action of aluminofluoride complexes may represent a serious and powerful risk factor for the development of AD,” the authors conclude.
What exactly is fluoride?
Fluoride is a byproduct of the aluminum and fertilizer industries and contrary to what we want to believe, the chemicals used to fluoridate the water are not pharmaceutical grade – rather they are a hazardous waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. In fact, this substance is recognized as being so toxic that it is against the law for the general public to leak this combination of chemicals into natural waterways or to release the parent gases into the atmosphere.
According to a report released by the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology), “This product, along with its salt form used in 91 percent of the fluoridation schemes, contains numerous contaminants, including arsenic and lead, which have never been factored in to any risk assessment.” If you look up the descriptions for fluoride you will likely run across references that recognize it as a ‘lethal poison’ and as a substance used extensively as an insecticide and rodent poison.
Steering clear of fluoride and aluminum products
The automatic fluoridation of public water systems combined with the resulting contamination of processed foods, is enough to cause not only concern but make a person wonder how you can avoid the stuff to begin with. It is helpful to know that most fresh foods and fresh water contain only small amounts of fluoride. It is also possible to remove fluoride and other contaminants from drinking water using a filtration system. Wherever possible, drinking spring water and only buying unprocessed fruit, vegetables, grains, as well as dairy and meat products will also help. Exceptions would include seafood, tea and fresh produce that are sprayed with fluoride pesticides.
And the bottom line would be to avoid dental products that contain fluoride as well as those that are packaged in aluminum containers. Also, eliminating the practice of preparing food in aluminum or Teflon cookware should help cut back exposure. Ultimately, buying locally grown food from trusted sources and reading labels will help you to avoid unintended fluoride consumption – thereby protecting you and your family from the harmful effects of combined fluoride and aluminum.
Resources & More information:
- Fluoride Action Network: http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/sources/
- Water filters: http://www.purewaterfreedom.com/osc/remove_fluoride.php
- Fluoride and Aluminum – toxic combination of fluoroaluminum complex: http://curezone.com/art/read.asp?ID=11&db=12&C0=12aluminum