Medical News Today provides some insight on fluoride, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/154164.php. If you read it carefully, see the text under “Is Fluoride Safe”, it reads, “If used properly fluoride can be a safe and effective tool against tooth decay” I hope the water districts use it safely. Heck I do not know what “used properly means”. Anyone?
The article goes on to say that just like anything else, including water, “high levels of fluoride for extended periods of time may result in harm”. Two examples of symptoms that might occur from overexposure are dental fluorosis (a condition typically occurring while teeth are developing in children birth through 8 years of age) and bone and joint pain, stiffness and weakness. So, fluoride has the potential to both be beneficial for teeth but it can also be harmful to teeth and bones.
What I find interesting is that a tube of toothpaste contains enough fluoride to be considered an overdose for a young child. If you have kids, hurry, do not forget to put a lock on the bathroom door :).
Speaking of toothpaste, Colgate, http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/US/OC/Information/OralHealthBasics/CheckupsDentProc/Fluoride/WhatIsFluoride.cvsp, explains that a “safe amount to consume is 1 part/million”.
1. If large amounts of fluoride used over a lifetime may be considered an extended period of time and there are small amounts added to the water, what happens when we do what health care experts tell us to do and drink more water?
2. How can putting fluoride into the entire water supply be “appropriate amounts” for the entire population, big, small, young, and old…?
3. Can responsible parties differentiate the differences between natural fluoride and synthetic fluoride on health?
It seems that there are simple, more natural, less costly ways to get a healthy amount of fluoride.
- Consume fish, eggs, meat, or tea leaves and other fluoride containing foods
- Control sugars and carbohydrates
- Avoid dry mouth and ensure there is adequate amounts of saliva in your mouth
- Eating dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, seaweed or kale and other foods that are high in calcium and help keep Ph in balance lessening the acid load in blood and saliva, you can see my blog last week, “Strong Bones:Moving Beyond Calcium and Vitamin D”, for more details.
So, I’ll ask again, why is fluoride the “Chosen one” as an additive to our supply of drinking water?Advertisements