Two-Thirds of Americans Drink Industrial Waste Daily

November 1, 2018

New evidence reveals additional dangers of adding fluoride to drinking water. Action Alert!

Fluoride has been added to drinking water in towns across the United States since 1945 for the purpose of improving dental health. Now, 66% of people in the US receive drinking water with added fluoride. Evidence pointing to the dangers of this fluoride exposure for human health has accumulated, along with evidence that water fluoridation is no longer even necessary. Recently, two new studies have added to this body of work; it is time for the EPA to stop the artificial fluoridation of drinking water.

The two studies showed that 1) adults who are iodine deficient and have high levels of fluoride in their system have a greater risk of an underactive thyroid, and 2) mothers with higher fluoride exposure during pregnancy were more likely to have children with symptoms of ADHD. (Note that this wasn’t the first study to link water fluoridation with ADHD.)

These are just the newest studies demonstrating the risks of water fluoridation. There is substantial evidence, including more than fifty human population studies, that links elevated fluoride levels with neurological effects, especially lower IQ. Fluoride also accumulates in the body, including the blood vessels, where it can contribute to calcification. A National Research Council report concluded that the EPA’s standard for fluoride in drinking water is unsafe and should be lowered. The report highlighted damage that can be done to the teeth, bones, brain, endocrine system, thyroid, and pineal gland—all from drinking fluoride.

If it’s so dangerous, why add fluoride to water in the first place? The history starts in the early 20th century when scientists noticed a correlation between stained teeth in certain areas and lower rates of dental decay. In the 1930’s a chemist working for ALCOA, an aluminum company, was concerned the dental staining was connected with their bauxite mining operation. The chemist’s research showed the presence of elevated levels of fluoride in the water. This led to research on the effect of fluoride on dental health, and researchers found that children in cities with fluoride in the water had fewer cavities. In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first town to purposely add fluoride to their drinking water, and comparisons with the next town over (Muskegon) that did not fluoridate its water showed that children in Grand Rapids had better dental health. In 1951, Muskegon fluoridated its water.

A story that isn’t often told, however, is the gift that water fluoridation is to special interests. Since sodium fluoride is a waste product of the aluminum production process, water fluoridation meant that the aluminum industry could profit from their industrial waste. The government also called for initial studies on fluoride under the authority of Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon—who was a founder of the ALCOA aluminum company.

Today it’s even worse. Fluorosilicic acid (FSA), an inorganic fluoride compound, is a waste product of synthetic fertilizer production. Breathing FSA’s fumes causes severe lung damage or death; an accidental splash on skin leads to burning and extreme pain. Yet FSA is put into barrels and shipped across the US to be drip-fed into drinking water.

Even if there weren’t any safety concerns with drinking fluoride, there would still be the question of whether we need to do it in the first place. The world is different than it was 100 years ago, especially when it comes to dental health. Most of us use toothpaste, and many people use fluoridated toothpaste, making fluoride in water unnecessary. Other parts of the world that do not fluoridate their water, like Western Europe, have seen dental decay rates decline just as much as they have in the US.

Water fluoridation is unsafe, unnecessary, and only benefits industries who can turn their toxic waste into cash. Some groups have sued the EPA after the agency denied a petition to ban the practice of fluoridating water. The case is currently in federal court.

Science and good sense demand that we stop this practice, but decades of inertia and special interest lobbying stand in the way.

Action Alert! Write to Congress and the EPA, telling them to stop water fluoridation. Please send your message immediately.

4 responses to “Two-Thirds of Americans Drink Industrial Waste Daily”

  1. Lorraine E says:

    There was a story awhile back about a man who dropped the container of fluoride on a concrete floor when he was preparing to add it to a town’s water supply and the fluoride created a large hole in the concrete. Also there was another report about the Chinese paying some industry in our country to take their toxic aluminum waste product. I recommend using Tom’s fluoride free toothpaste and never drinking fluoridated water.

    • d-dectiri says:

      in our local county water company, the guys wear heavy gear when handling the fluoride tanks AND THEY ALWAYS WORK IN TWOS — WITH ONE STANDING AT THE READY OUTSIDE THE DOOR TO RESCUE THE OTHER ONE —that’s how the proper standards for handling are supposed to be done. ttyl

      • d-dectiri says:

        And when i checked on the costs of adding fluoride to the water — which is now sold as being needed for the *POOR* KIDS WHO CAN’T AFFORD FLUORIDATED TOOTHPASTE — and looked at the number of kids in local public schools who get their meals free, guess what….. it would be less costly for the population of the county to provide a year’s-supply-size of the dang toothpaste [bulk prices even better] at school to those welfare-of-some-kind kids than to pay for ALL OF US TO BE POISONED,…

        in fact, the price of the toothpaste could be a donation — by the water company — to some local school operated ‘non-profit’ out of the money saved from not poisoning people with fluoride… the water company should be ahead, plus maybe even get some tax benefit… and the price of water would remain unchanged… no fussing with pricing..

        Granted we’re a not-industrial little county so where this would leave the rest of the counties with big users, I haven’t figured… would seem to be beneficial all around but I have no data to look at for industrial water users who don’t pay the same sort of rates……

        I showed the numbers to both the county commissioners and to the manager of the water company — dead silence, no response, twice…. so now what…… ttyl

  2. d-dectiri says:

    whoa… those studies that supposedly showed better teeth in *young* children drinking fluoridated water FAILED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE FACT THAT FLUORIDE RETARDS THE EMERGENCE OF NEW ADULT TEETH…….

    Hence the teeth of the kids in the study drinking fluoridated water were simply more recently emerged and had been exposed to normal eating and care for less time… so big deal, the fluoridated kids’ teeth were simply less ‘used’ compared to the kids with regular water…..

    No cigar… take account of the age of the teeth not the age of the kids in doing the comparison,, ttyl

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