Saturday, November 22, 2008


By Kate Collins

Boy, talk about falling for a line! Here's one I believed for decades: Flouride prevents cavities.

That was until last year, when I began seeing articles on studies that proved otherwise. I thought it would be smart to stop using toothpaste and mouthwash with added flouride, and start refusing the flouride treatment my dentist always pushed after a tooth cleaning. And now I'm really glad I did! Just this week I read two more articles and also a chapter in a book that cite numerous studies of the cancers and illnesses flouride causes. Children's bodies are extremely susceptible.

Do you know that fluoride, one of the most consumed drugs in the United States, is deliberately added to about two-thirds of U.S. public water supplies, theoretically to reduce tooth decay, even though there's no scientifically-valid evidence proving either safety or effectiveness? Or that fluoride is not an essential nutrient, and is NOT something you should use as a supplement to your diet? Or that before 1945, it was considered a poison?

According to one article in the Journal of the American Dental Association, in a 1936 issue, a fluoride concentration of 1 ppm (part per million) is as toxic as arsenic and lead.

The Journal of the American Medical Association stated in their September 18, 1943 issue that fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons that change the permeability of the cell membrane by certain enzymes.

An editorial in the Journal of the American Dental Association, October 1, 1944, stated,
"Drinking water containing as little as 1.2 ppm fluoride will cause developmental disturbances. We cannot run the risk of producing such serious systemic disturbances. The potentialities for harm outweigh those for good."

So why do we fluoridate drinking water if it's not good for us? You have to look back to 1945 and follow the money trail. It leads to powerful political forces with financial and political agendas and a struggling aluminum industry with lots of toxic waste product to sell. Christopher Bryson, an award winning journalist and former producer at the BBC has a book out called, "The Flouride Deception." It might be well worth a read.

In the meantime, ask your dentist if those flouride treatments really do any good. I did. My dentist said very quietly, "No, they really don't." P.S. He didn't want anyone else to hear.

Best wishes for a healthier life,
p.p.s. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

For more information and for related links, google "flouride deception."