Reading time: 2 minutesPublished: April 15, 2018
Is fluoride safe and do we need it in our water?
Water is essential for our survival because our organs and cells need it to function properly. According to scientists, the human body is made of about 70 percent water. It is precisely because of this that it depends heavily on water to survive. So, it follows that the quality of the water going into our body can significantly harm or improve our health.
You may think of fluoride as a naturally occurring element and you would be right. The natural version of fluoride is called calcium fluoride and is usually found in soil. Any spring or natural source of water will have trace amounts of calcium fluoride. Just look at the mineral content listed on the back of bottled water.
Another one of the most common types of fluoride today is sodium fluoride. This is a synthetic, industrial version and has been shown to be far more harmful. Although there is still much speculation surrounding the topic, it is widely believed that the sodium fluoride found in consumer products, pesticides, and drinking water is cancer causing.
Did you know that in its purest form, sodium fluoride is actually capable of eating through concrete?
Flouride has been commonly added to our water since around 1945. Although sodium fluoride was the first compound to be added to tap water in 1945, it has since been changed to a different compound called fluorosilicic acid(fluosilicic acid, silicofluoride or silicofluoric acid). It is a colorless chemical that is created by taking phosphoric rock from the ground and converting it to soluble fertilizer. In this process, two very toxic fluoride gases are released with hydrogen fluoride being one of them; the other is silicon tetrafluoride. The condensation from this hydrogen fluoride is collected, then scrubbed with water. Hydrofluorosilicic acid is the most dangerous chemical at your local water treatment plant. It can release hydrogen fluoride when it evaporates, is corrosive, and can damage the lungs if breathed in, making it especially dangerous for plant employees if stored incorrectly.
FSA also interacts negatively with metals to produce a flammable hydrogen gas, meaning that it cannot be stored in stainless steel chemical storage tanks. It also attacks glass, eats through concrete, and so poses a serious storage concern.
The fluoride added to our drinking water is not a pharmaceutical grade additive as you might expect; it is actually an industrial waste by product.
It came about as a result of the increasing aluminum production in the first half of the twentieth century. It was then that it became necessary to find somewhere to put the ever increasing amounts of fluoride, or industrial waste. Manufacturers were finding it harder to dump it into rivers or landfills, because it was poisoning crops and making livestock sick.
Francis Frary, chief scientist for ALCOA, had an idea. He commissioned Gerald Cox at the Mellon Institute, to conduct research regarding the benefits of adding fluoride to the water supply. Incredibly, it was the Mellon Institute that produced research showing that asbestos was safe and did not cause cancer.
They also produced reports assuring everyone that fluoride was non toxic and would even be beneficial to add to drinking water. They asserted that it would keep our teeth healthy.
Fluoride given to rats has been proven to cause bone cancer, liver cancer, and a host of other physical ailments.
So here’s the irony; It is illegal to dump fluoride into lakes and rivers, but it is perfectly fine to put in our drinking water and toothpaste.
The Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, has classified fluoride as a neurotoxin. This puts it in the same category as lead, arsenic, and mercury.
I hope that this article has made you think twice about the quality of your drinking water. Just remember; this same fluoridated water is also added to commercially availablefruit juices and non dairy milks. Just make sure that you clean up your water because it is essential for our survival. Make sure you ask the question; Is fluoride safe and do we need it in our water?
Written by: Mimi