by Dr. Mercola
May 11 2010
Animals in southern
Iceland are at risk of fluoride poisoning if they inhale or
ingest the ash from the recent volcanic eruption. Fluoride
poisoning can lead to internal bleeding, long-term bone damage
and tooth loss.
Iceland's Volcanic Ash Causes Fluoride
According to BBC
“The fluoride in
the ash creates acid in the animals' stomachs, corroding the
intestines and causing hemorrhages. It also binds with
calcium in the bloodstream and after heavy exposure over a
period of days makes bones frail, even causing teeth to
BBC News April 19, 2010
Many may see this story
and never connect the dots between the tragic poisoning of
these animals due to a natural event, and the intentional poisoning
of human beings through excessive fluoride exposure each and every
This story is another clue that just because something exists in
nature doesn't necessarily mean it is good for you. And this is
certainly true for the seriously misguided use of fluoride to
prevent dental cavities.
The practice of adding fluoride to your tap water began in 1945.
With more than 60 percent of U.S. water supplies currently
fluoridated, chances are you’re one of the 170 million Americans who
drink fluoride on a daily basis.
Most likely, your dentist - along with countless government and
public health officials - has praised and promoted the use of
fluoride, both in toothpaste and drinking water, as one of your
must-do regimens to promote strong and healthy teeth.
Unfortunately, they’ve all bought the public deception, and have
unwittingly participated in and perpetuated perhaps one of the
grandest public health frauds and toxic cover-ups in U.S. history.
Fluoride - A
Historically Known Toxin
Prior to 1945 when communal water fluoridation took effect, fluoride
was a known toxin.
For example, a 1936 issue of the Journal of the American Dental
Association stated that fluoride at the 1 ppm (part per million)
concentration is as toxic as arsenic and lead.
The Journal of the American Medical Association stated in
September 18, 1943 issue, that,
general protoplasmic poisons that change the permeability of the
cell membrane by certain enzymes.”
And, an editorial
published in the Journal of the American Dental Association,
October 1, 1944, stated,
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."
Christopher Bryson, award winning journalist and former producer
at the BBC revealed the multi-tiered abuse of power by military and
industry scientists and public health officials in his book
The Fluoride Deception.
In it, he describes the
intertwined interests that existed in the 1940’s and 50’s between
the aluminum industry, the U.S. nuclear weapons program, and the
dental industry, which resulted in fluoride being declared not only
safe, but “beneficial to human health.”
The political back story of how fluoride was introduced into your
drinking water reads like a cross between a psychological thriller
and mind-boggling science fiction.
Read Bryson’s book, and you’ll never think of fluoride the same
again… Because the bottom line is that when you swallow fluoride, it
does nothing to decrease disease, it merely accelerates it.
Do You Know What’s
REALLY in Your Water?
What would you do if you suddenly found out that “fluoride,” which
advocates claim is an all-natural element that you ingest anyway and
is good for your teeth and bones, was not safe at all, but was
actually a carcinogenic industrial waste?
That’s right! The fluoride in your water supply is not what you
think it is.
The natural form of mineral fluoride found both in nature and in
your teeth and bones, is called Apatite (calcium
Inside your mouth, there is a natural equilibrium between
hydroxyl-apatite (calcium phosphate) dissolving and forming in your
tooth enamel from substances occurring naturally in your saliva.
Like everything else, your diet and various physical conditions
shift this equilibrium back and forth constantly.
When you have more calcium phosphate dissolving than being adhered,
you end up with a demineralization condition called caries. This is
when cavities form in your teeth.
However, this has nothing to do with fluoride or fluoridation, but a
good fib must always start with a kernel of truth, or else no one
will listen to you.
So when it comes to the so-called “health benefits” of fluoride,
it’s essential to understand what’s really being added to your water
and other products you use on a regular basis, such as toothpaste.
When “fluoride” is added to your drinking water, it’s NOT the
natural mineral. Instead, the fluoride in question is another
chemical fluoride compound – the toxic waste product from phosphate
There are three basic compounds commonly used for fluoridating water
The last two, sodium
silicofluoride and hydrofluorosilicic acid, are the compounds used
for water fluoridation, with hydrofluorosilicic acid being the most
commonly used additive,
according to the CDC.
These are chemical byproducts of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate,
and nuclear weapons manufacturing. Such fluoride is manmade, and in
this form, fluoride has no nutrient value and no health benefits
But there’s yet another tidbit that is not talked about openly, and
that is the fact that these hazardous industrial wastes - the
fluoride compounds actually added to your water - have NEVER been
fully tested to ascertain their full potential health hazard.
Instead, the pharmaceutical grade “sodium fluoride” (the first one
on the list) is used in the majority of studies evaluating the risk
to human health.
Therefore, the real danger to your health may be far greater than
any of the studies done so far have shown, and numerous studies have
already identified the pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride as a
toxic agent, capable of doing irreparable harm to your body.
Actually CAUSE More Cavities Than it Prevents!
Studies have also shown that fluoride does not even help prevent
cavities, which is the number one reason for water fluoridation in
the first place.
Instead, studies have shown that consuming too much fluoride might
actually cause tooth decay.
One such study, published in the September 2001 issue of
International Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, found that South
African children who drank water containing high levels of natural
fluoride (3 ppm),
had more tooth decay than children
in other parts of South Africa who drank much lower concentrations
(between 0.19 to 0.48 ppm).
And fluoride-saturated American teenagers had twice the rate of
cavities as the South African children drinking low levels of
Health Dangers of Fluoride
According to information from its Material Safety Data Sheet
(MSDS), and from the National Institute of Occupational Safety
and Health (NIOSH), the pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride is
a dangerous toxin that can cause serious physical harm.
The chemical targets your:
The MSDS for sodium
fluoride also states that fluoride compounds can induce:
effects on your heart, liver, and kidney
levels in your body leading to hypocalcaemia and death
It points out that the
toxic effect of fluoride might be delayed, and that laboratory
experiments have resulted in the development of tumors.
In order to understand the long-term dangers of fluoride, it’s
important to realize that fluoride is a cumulative poison.
Ninety-eight percent of the fluoride you ingest in water is absorbed
into your blood through your gastrointestinal tract. From there, it
enters your body’s cellular tissues. On average, about 50 percent of
the fluoride you ingest each day gets excreted through your kidneys.
The remainder accumulates in your teeth and bones, pineal gland, and
other tissues, such as the aorta.
The amount deposited into your bones and teeth varies depending on
your age. In children, more than 50 percent of an ingested dose of
fluoride is deposited in bone, but in adults only about 10 percent
is stored there.
As with teeth, fluoride is deposited in bone by the ionic exchange
with hydroxyl-apatite as mentioned earlier. It does dissolve from
bone as well, but at a slower rate than it is deposited, so if your
intake remains constant, the level of fluoride in your bones
increases linearly with age.
Therefore, if your kidneys are damaged, fluoride accumulation will
increase, and with it, the likelihood of harm.
There are numerous health problems associated with the accumulation
of fluoride in your body, such as:
Fluoride also causes
genetic damage and cell death,
inactivates at least 62 enzymes in your body,
and accelerates the aging process.
When water fluoridation first began, the “optimal” level of fluoride
for dental benefit was said to be 1 mg/day for an adult male, based
on the estimate that the average adult male drank one liter of water
per day. However, even at that level, 10 percent of the population
(those in the high-risk group) was expected to get
But water is not the only source of added fluoride.
Although you may not know it, you are exposed to fluoride from many
sources other than the obvious lineup of toothpastes and mouth
Far less obvious sources of fluoride include:
beverages processed with fluoridated water
residue on food
drugs, especially SSRI antidepressants and fluoroquinolone
antibiotics like Cipro
A 1991 review by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows just how
drastic your overexposure might be when taking multiple sources into
Fluoride exposure levels for a 110-pound adult from food, beverages,
toothpaste, and mouthwash
If you were to evaluate
all the sources of fluoride you’re exposed to on a regular basis,
you may be shocked by how much fluoride you and your children are
Diet, Not Fluoride
Builds Healthy Teeth
If you’re wondering how to keep your teeth healthy, remember that
fluoride was never the answer in the first place.
Instead, you need to look to your diet if you want healthy teeth. In
fact, most people whose diet includes very little sugar and few
processed foods have very low rates of tooth decay.
Limiting or eliminating sugar, and avoiding processed foods and
eating plenty of green vegetables and vitamin K2 - along with
regular cleanings with your natural dentist - is the best way to
ensure your teeth stay healthy naturally.