The water we drink should support our overall health, not compromise it. Water is a nutrient we cannot live without. Vitamins and minerals are also essential nutrients. Water may contain naturally occurring, beneficial minerals. To promote good health, we must drink quality water, free of all non-nutritive substances, industrial waste, drugs, and other contaminants.
Is fluoride beneficial to our health?
Is fluoride an essential nutrient, like vitamins or minerals? Absolutely not. The human body does not require fluoride for proper function, or to ensure good health. The fluoride typically added to drinking water is highly acidic, sodium fluoride.
Why was fluoride added to drinking water in the first place? In the 1940s and 1950s, a “fluoride deficiency” was believed by certain dentists to be the cause of cavities. However, we have since learned that fluoride is not an essential nutrient. We have known the truth about fluoride for quite some time. In August of 1963, the Food and Drug Administration issued this statement, “Sodium fluoride used for therapeutic effect would be a drug, not a mineral nutrient. Fluoride has not been determined essential to human health. A minimum daily requirement for sodium fluoride has not been established.”
Yet, here we are, more than 50 years after reports that fluoride should not be classified as a nutrient. The practice of fluoridating local water supplies continues throughout most of the US. Tap water remains the largest source of fluoride for most people in this country. What can happen when you consume too much fluoride?
Problems with Fluoride Toxicity
Improve the Water in your Town
Petition local authorities to stop water fluoridation. Not only is it a harmful practice, but it is expensive. Case in point: The board members of Lawrenceburg Utility Systems, in Tennessee voted in 2011 to discontinue adding fluoride to the local water supply, upon consideration of a letter recommending the cessation of water fluoridation from State Representative, Joe Hensley, MD. This action resulted in an expected annual savings of $22,000.00 per year. Other neighboring towns have followed suit.
5 Best Ways to Decrease your Risk
of Fluoride Toxicity
By Deborah Tukua, staff writer
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Deborah Tukua, staff writer
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