As cancer rates keep rising every decade, with the current risk rate of 1 in 2 for men and 1 in 3 for women, it is time to re-think everything we doing wrong as a society, to question our often toxic modern lifestyle. One big statement many still believe is that fluoride that is being added to our tap water is either beneficial or at least not unhealthy. Unfortunately, many studies have come out showing otherwise.
But this research is not new, if only we had listened. In the 1960s a National Cancer Institute (NCI) researcher Dr. Dean Burk spoke out against fluoride and urged his research findings to be closely examined as he found out that fluoridated water is linked to increased cancer risk.
“This is conclusive evidence that fluoride kills because of cancer. It is one of the most conclusive bits of scientific and biological evidence that I have come across in the field of cancer research.”
He had some harsh words to say to those who allowed fluoride to be added to public drinking water:
“This amounts to public murder on a grand scale. It is a public crime. It would be, to put fluoride in the drinking water of people.”
The first city to add chemical fluoride to public water supply was Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it happened on January 25, 1945. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that fluoridation became a nationwide phenomenon. As of 2014, in the U.S., it affects about 66.3% of the population.
In 2015, fluoride levels in the U.S. water supply have been lowered for the first time in 50 years, as some negative effects have been finally acknowledged by the government, such as white splotches on children’s teeth from overexposure.
Other issues related to fluoride remain controversial and largely ignored by the U.S. lawmakers. These issues are many.
Health Issues Related to Fluoride, Including Cancer
Dr. Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and the author of The Case Against Fluoride, testified in Dallas in 2014 presenting reasons as to why fluoride must be eliminated from water supplies (just like 98% of countries in Europe has already done):
- Fluoride is not a nutrient; it is a chemical that body needs to detox from its system.
- It is impossible to control what dose of fluoride each person receives a day.
- Fluoride accumulates in calcified tissues leading to arthritis-like symptoms.
- Fluoride is toxic even at low doses.
- Tooth decay has fallen in non-fluoridated countries equally to fluoridated countries, making fluoride not important for fighting tooth decay.
Other research produced other concerning results:
Neurotoxicity: Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health found fluoride to have a similar toxic effect on the brain as do heavy metals like lead and mercury, especially negatively affecting the neurodevelopment of children. The effect is worse when the person received low doses of fluoride and heavy metals from their environment.
“The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us,” said senior researcher Philippe Grandjean.
Cancer: The most recent research looking at fluoride and cancer connection studied a potential risk of osteosarcoma, a rare bone tumor because 99% of fluoride ends up in the bones. A small 2012 study suggested a probable link. Another 2006 study linked osteosarcoma to fluoride in males, but not in females.
Besides osteosarcoma, there have been studies associating fluoride exposure to bladder and lung cancers.
While many other studies found inconclusive results and some are skeptical about Dr.Burk, because fluoride offers no benefits (tooth decay and fluoride association has been disproved [see graphic above]), there is no reason to take the risk.
While the government refuses to remove fluoride from the water supplies, there are two things you can do: buy a fluoride filtration system and keep speaking out against it.
What Can I Do About Fluoride in My Water?
To remove fluoride from your tap water, you will need more than a Brita (as they openly label that they purposefully do not filter out fluoride).
There are, however, filtration systems that are designed specifically for fluoride.
Berkey of Colorado is one of the most popular filters, and they make a great Travel Water Filter System with fluoride filters, as well as many choices for the ones made for home use.
Other popular choices are a reverse osmosis filter, and a water distiller (although distilled water should be drunk in moderation as it can leech minerals from the body).
Besides a filter for your drinking water, it is also important to filter out the water in the shower, as the skin absorbs a lot. There are shower filters, such as this one by Lima's Care, that remove not only fluoride, but also chlorine, heavy metals, and mold.
While removing fluoride from our water at home is crucial, it is equally important to band together to help remove fluoride from the water supply for everyone else in the community (Some may still be unaware of this issue!). FAN lists a few things each of us can do, including starting local campaigns. All of the information is available on their website.