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Get On Your Tin Foil Hats: The Dark Truth About Fluoride

Get On Your Tin Foil Hats: The Dark Truth About Fluoride

Go into your bathroom and grab any tube of toothpaste within reach. If it is a tube of fluoride toothpaste (as the vast majority are) it will, by law, have this warning printed somewhere on the tube: “If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.” In this case, “professional help” likely means a physician or a local ER, and “poison control center” essentially means start praying because you (or your child) just swallowed a bunch of poison.

Wait a minute? If fluoride were poison why would it remain a key ingredient in toothpaste, a dental hygiene product we put in our mouth every day? And isn’t our municipal water supply teeming with fluoride?

Yes, fluoride remains in our water supply and despite the risk of fluoride poisoning; it remains a key ingredient in toothpaste, as well as an inert ingredient in soda, tea, diet pills and bottled water (basically, anything with water in it likely has fluoride). While fluoride has been proven to benefit teeth (preventing cavities) and strengthen bones (as has been endorsed by the American Dental Association), the potential dangers of fluoride may far outweigh its benefits. To be clear, lets get down to the elements.

Fluoride is a molecule containing the element fluorine, and is achieved by combining fluorine with another element. It is naturally occurring in water with a high mineral content, and in small doses (one part per million), it does what it is touted to do: strengthen developing teeth and bones. In larger doses that exceed this amount it can decrease IQ, damage teeth and cause arthritis, and in excessive amounts, it can even cause death. Sure, it’s put in toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent tooth decay, but it’s also added to rat poison and insecticides to kill stuff.

Prolonged and excessive exposure to fluoride results in something fairly grave called fluorosis, which exists in dental form (spots on the teeth as well as degradation of the tooth) and the skeletal form (gradual weakening of bones). Now, I have no interest in causing a panic, and I am not implying that a mouthful of fluoride toothpaste will make you a dumb, rubber-boned victim (providing you don’t swallow that mouthful), but the fact that our toothpaste, as well as our municipal water supply (currently 67 percent of the country has fluoridated water) is rich with fluoride, does strengthen our chances of falling victim to fluorosis, as well as weakening our teeth and bones, which were supposed to be fortified by this additive–ironic, isn’t it?

Individuals who are sensitive to fluoride could fairly easily opt out of the fluoride toothpaste market and go for a product without this ubiquitous additive (people with chronic thyroid issues are often encouraged to do without fluoride toothpaste). However, for most of us, we still unwittingly receive our daily dose of fluoride every time we turn on the tap, open a soda, or pretty much drink anything.

If fluoride is such a borderline product holding numerous untold risks (see part two for the truly shady part of the story), then why is it still being used in consumer products and dumped liberally into our water supply?

Stay tuned for part two of this posting where I take a look at the use of fluoride in our water supply, as well as the shadow side of the fluoride issue.

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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7:18AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Just wondering....
when was the last time you heard of someone dying from flouride?

7:29AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:53AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Fluoride is poison, period!

10:23PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

I make a homemade toothpaste by putting a little bit of organic coconut oil on my toothbrush and then a couple drops of tea tree oil on top. Works wonderful and is 100% natural!! I have NEVER had a cavity in my whole life!!

11:23PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Fluoride is a known poison.

11:19PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Mass medication is what it is. The government shouldn't have the right to do this.

8:23AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

I wish people would stop making choices for the rest of us.

3:42PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

I know fluoride is extremely bad in any form or amount. It'll ruin your teeth!

8:23PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

This is also mentioned in the movie (1963) "Dr. STRANGELOVE" (won OSCARS for Stanley Kubrick - BEST Dir., Peter Sellers - in 3 separate roles as BEST ACTOR, and BEST SCREENPLAY). Also called "Dr Strangelove, or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb".
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT SEEN IT (made during the height of the cold war), it is not only funny, but serious re: nuclear bombs and Sterlyng Hayden triggers the "war" against Russia based on Flourdation.
In it, he goes into how it was added to water in 1946, that Russia does not use it (at least not then), and HE ONLY DRINKS PURE "stuff", i.e. grain alchohol, rain water, etc.).
ANYWAY - it is not only a funny movie - but it got me thinkning about it - Hayden't arguments are not enough to send over nuclear bombs, but why did Kubrick have fluordation as the source for maing us (as Hayden stated in the film - felt weak, especially when givine up his "essence").
NOT A COINCIDENCE???? Just wondering. (and, if you have not seen the movie - it is well worth it!).

9:07PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

I ONLY use flouride free toothpaste. And have never had a cavity :)

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