Fluoride in our water good or bad

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fluoride in our water good or bad

The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There by Paul Connett

When the U.S. Public Health Service endorsed water fluoridation in 1950, there was little evidence of its safety. Now, six decades later and after most countries have rejected the practice, many cities and towns across the United States continue to fluoridate their water supply and the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to endorse it, despite increasing evidence that it is not only unnecessary, but potentially hazardous to human health.

In this timely and important book, Dr. Paul Connett, Dr. James Beck, and Dr. H. Spedding Micklem take a new look at the science behind water fluoridation and argue that just because the medical establishment endorses a public health measure, that doesnt mean its safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals used to fluoridate the water that more than 180 million people drink each day are not pharmaceutical grade, but rather hazardous waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry; it is illegal to dump them into rivers and lakes or release them into the atmosphere. And water fluoridation is a prime example of one of the worst medical practices possible-forced medication with no control over the dose or who gets it. Perhaps most shocking of all, it is not subject to any federal regulation.

At once painstakingly-documented and also highly-readable, The Case Against Fluoride brings new research to light, including links between fluoride and harm to the brain, bones, and kidneys, and argues that while there is possible value in topical applications like brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, the evidence that swallowing fluoride reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak. The Case Against Fluoride doesnt question the good intentions of dentists who support fluoridation, but rather explores the poor science, bizarre tactics, biased reviews, and puzzling motivations of a relatively small number of influential people who continue to push this practice on a largely ill-informed public.

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Interviewer: Fluoride in your drinking water. - Special Offers. Fluoride is a natural mineral that, when added to your oral care, strengthens your teeth and helps prevent cavities.

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in rocks, soil, water and air. And though it is an organic mineral, it is also added to everyday items. Like toothpaste, mouthwash and even water. In the United States, about 75 percent of fluoride consumption comes from water and processed drinks. Such as fruit juices and sodas.

We all want to prevent cavities and have healthy teeth, and fluoride is a proven way to keep tooth enamel strong. But, can too much of it be a problem? Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in our bones and teeth. Fluoride can also be found in drinking water. Municipal Water : The controlled addition of fluoride into the public water supply is known as water fluoridation.

Fluoride is the negative ion of the element fluorine. It is represented by the chemical formula F-. It is widely found in nature, in trace amounts. It occurs naturally in air, soil, plants, rocks, fresh water , sea water and many foods. Fluoride plays a role in the mineralization of your bones and teeth, a process essential for keeping them hard and strong. Fluoride is also important for preventing dental caries, also known as cavities.


  1. Faith M. says:

    Aug 17, Fluoridated water: Countries like the US, the UK and Australia add fluoride to their public water supplies. In the US, fluoridated water generally.

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    Quench Water - Is Fluoride in Water Good or Bad?

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  5. Scarlett W. says:

    Feb 21, Why do we have fluoride in our water? It is worth remembering that many substances are harmful in large quantities but helpful in small.

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