Fluoride

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Where can we find Fluoride?

  • Toothpastes
  • Cigarettes
  • Tap Water
  • Packaged and processed foods
  • Baby formula
  • Food Cooked in Telfon cookware
  • Canned soups
  • Mechanically deboned chicken(i.e. chicken nuggets)
  • Fizzy/soft drinks
  • Fluoridated salt

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a by-product of certain manufacturing practices. It is produced by steel, aluminium, and fertilizer factories. Some coal burning power plants as well as cement and glass production industries will also produce fluoride as an after product that they then sell to municipalities to add to the water.

Fluoride is mostly known for being found in toothpastes and other dental products to keep bones strong and prevent cavities. However, a large controversy these days is the fluoride being artificially added to some water systems to see an improvement in dental health. This is called Fluoridation.

But We Were Told Fluoride Protects Our Teeth?
In the largest dental health survey ever conducted in the U.S., fluoridation of water was found to protect less than 1 per cent of the total tooth surfaces in a child’s mouth.

Studies conducted in Finland, East Germany, Cuba and Canada have found that the rate of dental decay does not increase when communities stop fluoridation.

Harmful Effects of Flurodie

Thyroid Function

According to a 2006 report by the National Research Council of the National Academies, fluoride is “an endocrine disruptor in the broad sense of altering normal endocrine function.”
This altered function can involve your thyroid, parathyroid, and pineal glands, as well as your adrenals, pancreas, and pituitary.

Your thyroid gland and its associated hormones are responsible for maintaining your body’s overall metabolic rate, and for regulating normal growth and development. As all metabolically active cells require thyroid hormone for proper functioning, disruption of this system can have a wide range of effects on virtually every system of your body.

Lowers IQ and Neurological impairment

Fluoride is a neurotoxin. It has been found to:

  • Damage brain and impact learning and behaviour,
  • Be Associated in long term with Alzheimers
  • Reduced IQ
  • Impair Visual-Spatial Organization

A continually growing body of human and animal research strongly suggests that fluoride can damage the developing brain. Consider for example:

  • 24 studies have now reported an association between fluoride exposure and reduced IQ in children
  • Three studies have reported an association between fluoride exposure and impaired neurobehavioral development
  • Over 100 laboratory studies have reported damage to the brain and/or cognitive function among fluoride-exposed animals.

Fluoride exposure has also been linked to:

  • Early onset of puberty,
  • Reproductive problems
  • Arthritis and to Bone Damage/Weakened bones.

Fluoridation in the UK

In some areas of the UK, where the level of fluoride found naturally in water is low, fluoride is added to the supply of drinking water. This process is known as fluoridation. According to the British Fluoride Society around 5,797,000 people in the UK are supplied with Fluoridated water.See here what areas in the UK received artificially fluoridated water

How to Reduce Exposure

  • Those living in a fluoridated region can avoid drinking tap water or filter their water
  • Avoid toothpastes with fluoride. There are natural alternatives that are fluoride and chemical free. You can find these online or at your local food store. For example: Jason, Kingfisher, Jack n Jill and AloeDent
  • Purchase Organic and chemical free products. These can be found online or at your local health shop: Whole Foods, Planet Organic and As Nature Intended

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