As if the more than 70,000 identified contaminants in your water supply were not enough (See the Water Article), you also have to deal with the pollutants your local and national governments add to your water supply. The worst of these are chlorine and fluorine.
Taking the time to view the video at the Fluoride Gate web site is one of the best ways to educate yourself on, and protect you and your loved ones from, the hazards of fluoride.
According to a paper written by Gary Null, Ph.D., entitled The Fluoridation Fiasco, "...fluoride is more toxic than lead and just slightly less toxic than arsenic." He goes on to state "...the fluoride added to drinking water and toothpaste is a crude industrial waste product of the aluminum and fertilizer industries...toxic enough to be used as rat poison."
Dr. Null adds "research does not support the effectiveness of fluoridation for preventing tooth disease. ...purported benefits are supposedly for children, not adults and senior citizens. At about age 13, any advantage fluoridation might offer comes to an end.... ...fluoridation has never been proven safe. On the contrary, several studies directly link fluoridation to skeletal fluorosis, dental fluorosis, and several rare forms of cancer." Books by Dr. Gary Null at Amazon.com
Skeletal fluorosis causes such things as limited joint movement, spine deformities, muscle wasting, calcification of ligaments, neurological deficits, and even bone fractures.|
Fluoride is added to more than your water and becomes more of a problem for certain people than for others. Laborers, athletes, diabetics, and those living in hot or dry regions drink more water, and therefore more fluoride. In addition, foods processed with fluoridated water, such as all bottled drinks, fruit juices, and canned foods, add an additional, more concentrated fluoride burden. Fluoride-containing insecticides are used in growing grapes. Cooking can greatly increase a food's fluoride content. Last but certainly not least, fluoride is added to virtually all commercial toothpaste products. Altogether, clearly many people, especially children, are exposed to excessive and dangerously high concentrations of fluoride on a daily basis.
Western Europe rejected fluoridation because it is unsafe. Test cities there found that benefits did not occur and toxicity was evident. The Netherlands outlawed fluoridation after 23 years of tests. West Germany rejected the practice because the recommended dosage of 1 part per million was "too close to the dose at which long-term damage to the human body is to be expected." Public pressure has resulted in fluoride not being added to the water in Los Angeles, California, Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Bedford, Massachusetts.
Dental fluorosis causes permanently stained, brown, mottled teeth. The risk of bone cancer is about three times higher in fluoridated than in non-fluoridated areas.|
Considering all the evidence available today, it would appear safer to avoid all fluoridated products. Also, treat any water that you drink, cook with, or bathe in to eliminate as much of the fluorine as you can. In addition, you may wish to advise loved ones to do the same.
Chlorine is also a toxic, poisonous substance that has become a major industry in this country. Interestingly, again, the United States is one of the very few countries in the world that persists in using chlorine in its water supply. Many of the same arguments used about fluorine apply equally to chlorine.
In addition, however, is the information presented in a book by Joseph M. Price, M.D. entitled Coranaries, Cholesterol, Chlorine. Dr. Price draws a compelling link between the introduction of chlorine into our food chain in 1904 and the beginning and continuing escalation of cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in our country. Besides this, chlorine can combine with hydrocarbons in your water to form cancer-producing chlorinated hydrocarbons. Until Dr. Price's conclusions can be refuted conclusively, it would be wise to eliminate chlorine from your drinking, cooking, and bathing water.
What You Can Do
If you use public drinking water you know that it is supposed to meet certain standards. If it contains chlorine and/or fluorine and you wish to remove it, the solution is fairly simple. Boil it for 15 minutes, leave the water in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or use some type of water purification system for your drinking, showering, and bathing water.
There are many excellent non-fluoride toothpastes. Alternatively, you can easily make your own tooth powder by thoroughly mixing about four parts baking soda with one part Redmond's sea salt. Lightly moisten your tooth brush and dip it in this powdered combination before brushing.
If you have your own, private water supply or, if you do not trust your public supply, you may wish to have your water tested. You may find local organizations that are qualified to test your water. You can also use mail-order water testing laboratories. The costs for lab tests vary depending upon how many different things you wish to check. You can select tests for bacteria, for metals such as lead, or 'super tests' that include hundreds of items such as microbes, minerals, heavy metals, pesticides, volatile solvents, trihalomethanes, and others. A popular online lab is Water Test America.