The fluoride controversy has raged for years, and no one can seem to come to a consensus. Recently, however, both the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially announced that fluoride could be detrimental to your teeth and also your overall health, especially among small children.
An ADA article says this:
Results suggest that prevalence of mild dental fluorosis could be reduced by avoiding ingestion of large quantities of fluoride from reconstituted powdered concentrate infant formula and fluoridated dentifrice.
The CDC website says this:
Recent evidence suggests that mixing powdered or liquid infant formula concentrate with fluoridated water on a regular basis may increase the chance of a child developing…enamel fluorosis.
Both sites include positive views on fluoride and its dental uses, but they also include warnings. Joseph Mercola on LewRockwell.com had some interesting comments on the topic:
Dental fluorosis results in white and brown spots on your teeth. It is only caused by fluoride – typically due to ingesting too much fluoride during your developing years, from birth to about 8 years of age. According to the CDC, about one-third of U.S. children aged 12 to 15 years have very mild to mild forms of enamel fluorosis on their teeth.
Promoters of fluoridation say that these markings are “just cosmetic,” but it can also be an indication that the rest of your body, such as your bones and the rest of your organs, including your brain, has been exposed to too much fluoride also.
In other words, if fluoride is having a detrimental, visual effect on the surface of your teeth, you can be virtually guaranteed that it’s also damaging something else inside your body, such as your bones.
Bone is living tissue that is constantly being replaced through cellular turnover. Bone building is a finely balanced, complicated process. Fluoride has been known to disrupt this process ever since the 1930s.
The United States is one of only eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its water supply. It is added under the guise that it helps prevent and control tooth decay …
This is in spite of the fact that there never been any demonstrated difference in tooth decay between countries with fluoridated and non-fluoridated water, and no difference between states that have a high- or low percentage of their water fluoridated.
Even promoters of fluoridation concede that the major benefits are topical; fluoride works from the outside of the tooth, not from inside of your body, so why swallow it? (Taken from the article entitled “CDC and ADA Now Advise to Avoid Using Fluoride”)
Mercola posits that the key to eliminating the fluoride from our drinking water is to first convince Canada, which already has a much lower rate of fluoridated water than the United States. He thinks America will then follow suit.
Excessive fluoride consumption can cause fluorosis, which mottles teeth and could also potentially cause some internal bone damage. Fluoride in water is one of the top issues today. It appears that now the ADA is saying that the amount of fluoride flushed into our regular drinking water would be considered excessive.
What do you think?
Do you think Mercola’s argument is valid? Should America stop flushing fluoride into the drinking water, or do you think the amount of fluoride in water is negligible? What do you think should be done about the issue? Will you change anything you’re doing in light of this information?
Leave us a comment and let us know your opinion on the issue.