(OrganicJar) Well, in case you didn’t know it, fluoride is highly toxic. In fact, before fluoride was deemed a “cavity fighter,” it was used as insecticide and rat poison. It’s true. Even more surprising is that when it comes to dental hygiene, fluoride actually does more harm than good. Fluoride appears to have the potential to initiate or promote cancers, particularly of the bone, according to the most recent and extensive review of fluoride toxicology by the prestigious National Research Council (NRC).
Fluoride chemicals are added to about 70% of public water supplies ostensibly to reduce tooth decay, not to purify the water. The NRC found The Environmental Protection Agency’s Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) for fluoride is too high to be protective of health (4 mg/L) and must be lowered. EPA scientists have been saying this since 1986; but EPA management caved to political pressure and over-ruled its scientists
There’s loads of evidence linking fluoride to adverse health effects – even at low doses added to public and some bottled water supplies (See link) At least three members of the NRC fluoride panel believe the MCLG for fluoride should be zero.
What Is Fluoride
Fluoride is a pollutant – a by-product of copper, iron and aluminum manufacturing. The problem of how to legally dispose of fluoride was solved in the 1930’s when a study (funded by one of the country’s largest aluminum companies) concluded that fluoride prevented tooth decay. A successful public relations effort, helped along with some cooperative government cronies, resulted in the good news going out: this miracle chemical, when added to water supplies, will give everyone healthy teeth and brighter smiles.
The NRC study found that the high levels of bone fluoride and the similarity of the mechanisms of action between fluoride-induced DNA damage and chemically-induced p53 mutations lead us to believe that high fluoride bone content might be one of the major factors causing osteosarcoma (bone cancer).
Mutations in the p53 genes are the most commonly observed genetic alterations in human cancer. Ramesh concludes that fluoride probably causes mutations in p53.
In 1990 a National Toxicology Program (NTP) study determined fluoride could be a cancer-causing agent. The NTP study “supplied a detailed description of the toxicology of fluoride, not only in terms of osteosarcoma, but also lesions in the oral mucosa, thyroid gland, skin and uterus…(which) prompted us to re-test the hypothesis of an epidemiological association between water fluoridation and cancer incidences…”, wrote Takahashi who found fluoridation status positively correlates to cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, colon, rectum, hepato-bilary & urinary organs and bone cancer.
Let’s be perfectly clear: Fluoride is not something your body needs. No one has a fluoride deficiency. Fluoride is a false magic bullet solution from a bygone era. Now, 60 years after water fluoridation began, the word is getting out, that this stuff is just plain bad.
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