It’s the greatest health scam of all time – water fluoridation.
Even today, with all we know about how it can damage our health and harm our children, top government agencies still back it, defend it, and make sure it’s shoved down the throats of millions of Americans every day.
But what if the whole reason we’re being told fluoride is added to our drinking water just isn’t true?
What if people all across the U.S. are chugging down water every day containing a known poison for no good reason at all?
Well, that’s exactly what a group of Italian researchers are now saying. And they’re not the only ones — not by a long shot.
The fluoride fable
You’ve got to hand it to the guy, who, back in the 1940s, first convinced Americans that fluoridating water protects against cavities. And yes, it was a PR campaign, one started by “the original spin doctor,” a man by the name of Edward Bernays.
The real genius in that spin, however, is in how long it’s lasted. The idea that putting this chemical in our water will reduce tooth decay is something that we’re supposed to believe no matter what.
But it looks like that concept makes about as much sense as believing in the Tooth Fairy.
At the end of December, researchers from several Italian universities took a good, long look at dozens of studies on fluoride, water and tooth decay. And based on “the existing literature,” they found there’s not enough “evidence” that adding fluoride to water will do anything to reduce cavities.
And these researchers aren’t even anti-fluoride! They said in their study that topical applications appear to have an anti-cavity effect. But they couldn’t find any evidence that supported water fluoridation and dental health.
But as I said, they’re not the only ones.
In 2015 Swedish scientists also found that past studies that showed water fluoridation prevents tooth decay weren’t very convincing. In fact, they graded them as “low in quality.”
And five years ago, an international group of scientists, including one with the World Health Organization, looked at studies on the fluoridation of milk, sugar and salt (yes, a few countries even add fluoride to milk and salt!) to see if that was effective in preventing cavities.
But guess what? Despite how widespread fluoridation is, the researchers said that the studies on it were “questionable” and of such low quality that they weren’t even good enough to include in the review.
Look, it doesn’t matter how many decades a con goes on for — it’s still a con. And this isn’t just a rip-off that’s stealing our money or telling us something that isn’t true, but one that’s stealing our most valuable asset: our health.
Over the years, studies have found that fluoride can:
- damage a child’s brain and lower their IQ,
- cause bone fractures by destroying and reducing collagen levels,
- damage the thyroid, and
- cause cancer, including bone cancer.
And on top of all that, a lot of the fluoride that’s being dumped in our municipal water supplies is coming from China. That’s right, China! And that cheaper fluoride has been found to contain toxic metals such as lead, arsenic and aluminum.
It’s time we put a lid on the CDC’s love affair with water fluoridation, along with the agency’s bogus claim that it represents “one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.”
And we can start with a personal “health achievement”: getting as much of the fluoride out of your life as possible.
Here are three suggestions for doing that:
#1: If your tap water is fluoridated (something you can find out by calling your municipal water authority), invest in a filter that can remove it, such as a reverse osmosis one.
#2: Don’t let your dentist sell you on a fluoride treatment or on the idea of giving your kids fluoride tablets!
#3: Don’t use (and especially don’t let your kids use) fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash. There are a bunch of no-fluoride brands to choose from, some of which are sold in major chain stores.
“Many researchers report lack of evidence for caries-preventive effect of water fluoridation” News Medical, news-medical.net