There are two sides to the fluoride debate. Whichever side you’re on, you need to know how to remove fluoride (and other chemicals) from your water.
Proponents of fluoride – which include the American Medical Association, American Dental Association, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – assure you that fluoride is safe and effective against dental disease.
This is a narrative they’ve maintained for 80 years.
In fact, the CDC called mass fluoridation of the United States populace water supply one of their top 10 accomplishments of the 20th century. There is one beneficial point made for fluoride again and again…fewer cavities.
The opponents of mass fluoridation include hundreds of experts and scientists from around the world that consider it medication without consent and a dangerous toxin that increases your risk of auto-immune disease and results in lower IQs in children.
Most shocking is the substantial evidence that fluoridated water does nothing to improve the health of your teeth.There is substantial evidence that fluoridated water does NOT improve the health of your teeth.Click To Tweet
The Case Against Fluoridation
We’re better at caring for our teeth than we were in the 1940s. We have better access to dental specialists. Most importantly, most dental products such as toothpaste and mouthwash contain fluoride.
Oral hygiene products contain so much of this ionic compound that the United States Department of Health and Human Services lowered its recommended levels for fluoridation of tap water because we were getting far too much. Rather than deciding how to remove fluoride completely from our water supply, the government lowered the amount they’re forcing citizens to consume.
In nature, fluoride (fluorine) rarely exceeds 0.3 parts-per-million (ppm) in bodies of water. Treated tap water used levels of 1 ppm until last year. Now, it’s being lowered to 0.7 ppm.
Fluoride also works better when applied topically – such as through toothpaste. There’s no reason to ingest it and every tube of toothpaste containing fluoride tells you to call poison control if your child ingests more than a pea-sized amount.
That could still be too much.
We don’t really know because there have never been any human trials specifically meant to study the long-term effects of fluoridation.
The very first city ever to receive fluoride in their water was Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1945. The people who lived there were not consulted. They were an unspoken experiment.
Within just a couple of years, without testing beyond “the people of Grand Rapids aren’t growing tentacles” – mass fluoridation began to make its way across the nation. As of 2008, approximately 72% of the country used water that is fluoridated.
That’s right. The American government pumps a chemical known to be toxic into the water supply whether we need it, want it, or obtain any true benefit from using it.
A great many of us (myself included) have been drinking fluoridated water since we were born and until the last decade, most of us probably didn’t give it much thought. I think about it now.
Fluoride is like aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, or any number of processed junk chemicals that may or may not make me sick right away but I don’t need (or want) them in my body.
That’s my choice and I feel strongly about it. There are enough chemicals swirling around us day after day without deliberately ingesting another one that I don’t even need. I maintain my oral health so fluoride is truly unnecessary to me. Honestly, it’s unnecessary to anyone I know.
As I mentioned, there is intense debate about mass fluoridation. The one supposed benefit (fewer cavities) is something most of us no longer need. Whether you believe the countless studies that talk about the dangers of fluoride or not…one thing is true.
If you don’t need a chemical, you should eliminate it. Learning how to remove fluoride from your water doesn’t make you some nutty conspiracy theorist. Just like preferring organic foods or using environmentally-friendly cleaning products doesn’t make you crazy.
It’s a choice and one all of us should be allowed to make – even if the government technically takes the choice out of the hands of 72% of the population.If you don’t need a chemical, you should eliminate it.Click To Tweet
How to Remove Fluoride from Your Life
Fluoride is in many places you wouldn’t think to find it. Even if you live in a town where your water isn’t fluoridated, you may be getting it in other ways.
Products that Contain High Levels of Fluoride
- Toothpaste (95% have added fluoride)
- Mouthwash or mouth rinse
- Bottled beverages (water, tea, sodas, and sport drinks)
- Processed foods
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Teflon-coated pans
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Industrial workplaces
As with most toxic chemicals, your best bet is fresh, whole foods. While you may still have incremental exposure to fluoride, foregoing the bagged, boxed, and canned goods will drastically cut down on consumption.
At the dentist, avoid fluoride treatments for yourself or your family. The gel treatments applied to those with high risk of cavities has some of the highest concentration of fluoride. During the treatment (that lasts several minutes) there’s the potential to swallow much of it unintentionally and some gels contain more than 12,000 ppm.
In some areas of the country, water quality makes it almost impossible to drink from the tap. If you buy bottled for your household, choose spring water that tests lower than 0.2 ppm (check out your favorite brand before you buy). Distilled is another option but the downside is that distillation removes all minerals (as well as most of the fluoride) from the water.
Fluoride Removal Options
Less expensive charcoal filters (such as Pur or Brita) remove toxins but not fluoride.
Using an in-home water filter is a good option but can get a little pricey. You can find a decent one for between $200-600 that removes 90% of the fluoride.
If you have good water flow, reverse osmosis may be something to consider but they’re the most expensive filtration system available.
Picking up an activated alumina pitcher or filtration system is effective and inexpensive. I’ve found several systems that are less than $100 and they work through your sink system so all drinking water as well as the water you cook with has the fluoride removed.
Limiting your fluoride intake is important to your health. It is nearly impossible to prevent exposure 100% of the time but through food choices and the right filtration system, you can make excellent progress.
There are two sides to the fluoride debate and there are simply too many unanswered questions for me to ingest fluoride that I don’t have to. I prefer not to have excessive quantities of an unnecessary (and still widely unknown) chemical in my food and drink.
Much like products containing aspartame, there are other options that are better for your health. Take back the choice that 72% of the U.S. population were not given.