Fluoride is found in everything from toothpaste to baby formula to beer and wine, but contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t contribute to better health. In fact, it may actually be destroying your body.
For years, health experts have been unable to agree on whether the consumption of fluoride may be toxic to the human brain, however many studies have been conducted that prove the overall toxicity of fluoride.
The National Research Council has identified fluoride as an endocrine disrupter that may impair thyroid function, noting: The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR 2003) discussed four papers on thyroid effects and two papers on parathyroid effects and concluded that “there are some data to suggest that fluoride does adversely affect some endocrine glands.”
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists fluoride among about 100 chemicals for which there is “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” Exposure to these compounds in utero or during childhood can contribute to a variety of neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders.
In a congressionally mandated study conducted in 1990 by the National Toxicology program, high doses of fluoride were shown to be linked to the development of bone cancer in rats.
In the US, fluoride treatments are recommended as a part of routine dental care for children to help prevent dental carries, as is the consumption of fluoridated water. Studies show that these recommendations for our children may be the most damaging of all.
Infants exposed to fluoride via infant formula have been found to have a much higher incidence of dental fluorosis compared to their breastfed peers. A 2004 study from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reads, “Our data suggests that the fluoride contribution of water used to reconstitute infant feedings is a major determinant of primary tooth fluorosis.”
In a addition, a 2014 report from the Lancet journal cites fluoride as a developmental neurotoxicant:
“Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, affect millions of children worldwide, and some diagnoses seem to be increasing in frequency. Industrial chemicals that injure the developing brain are among the known causes for this rise in prevalence. In 2006, we did a systematic review and identified five industrial chemicals as developmental neurotoxicants: lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene. Since 2006, epidemiological studies have documented six additional developmental neurotoxicants—manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers.”
A 2013 meta-analysis conducted by Harvard University, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. They also concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have lower IQ scores than those who live in low fluoridated areas.
If fluoride is so toxic, why are we using it to “prevent” dental cavities, overcrowding and crooked teeth that seem to be increasingly common here in the U.S.? The alternative may be as simple as nutrition.
In the 1930’s, a dentist by the name of Weston A. Price, spent 10 years traveling the world studying the health of populations untouched by Western Civilization. In all of his travel, Price observed that dental health issues like cavities, crowding and crooked teeth are due to nutritional deficiencies, and not inherited genetic defects. He found that it wasn’t the dental hygiene or fluoride that were the answers for healthy teeth, but that it was the absence of refined foods (like white flour, sugar, and vegetable oils) that contributed to superior dental health.
Fluoride isn’t the dental savior that Western culture leads us to believe and can cause lifelong damage to your brain, bones and more. It turns out you will probably have better luck improving your dental health by eating a healthy diet free of white flour, sugar and processed vegetable oils.