Say what you will about Big Pharma.
That the organizations charged with helping us live better are actually quite shady…
And far more concerned with treating symptoms than curing diseases.
But at the end of the day… at least you have a choice about whether or not to take what they’re peddling.
It’s not like they’re pumping their product straight into the public water system and forcing you to drink it.
That would be crazy…
Like the villainous plot out of some thriller movie.
But it could never actually happen… right?
Fluoridation: An Unlawful Mandate?
Let’s not forget that since 1951, the U.S. Public Health Service has mandated that a controlled amount of fluoride (0.7 milligrams per liter) be piped into America’s drinking water.
The agency enacted this policy despite concerns that it was unlawful to manipulate the public water supply… especially without knowing the long-term health effects of fluoridation.
But at the time, all the PHS needed to make its decision was a strong push from the American Dental Association and other powerful interest groups.
And by the time the 1960s rolled around, some 50 million Americans were consuming fluoride every time they took a sip from the tap.
That didn’t stop the cries from concerned citizens and doctors, though. As Dr. Frank McClure, a biochemist and fluoridation advocate at the National Institutes of Health, wrote in 1970:
It was inevitable that a public health procedure, particularly one affecting drinking water, should give rise to loud and effective dissent… Contradicting its efficacy and safety, the opponents of fluoridation, however, continue in their attempts to have the procedure declared unlawful.1
Today health officials are still arguing over the possible negative effects of fluoride – even as the compound is consumed by 75% of American households.2
That adds up to more than 322 million people in the U.S. who, every day, are gulping down a “healthy dose” of fluoride.
Not that the average Joe ever stops to think about it… or the fact that fluoridation costs him and his fellow taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.3 (Make no mistake – there’s big money on the line for companies that hawk fluoride to local municipalities.)
He really should, though.
Take This, Don’t Ask Questions… Sound Good?
The fluoride story is important because it highlights just how little people know about what goes into their body.
Can you imagine taking a government-administered pill… multiple times a day… without knowing what it does?
If you regularly drink tap water (even if it’s from one of those fancy pitchers with a charcoal filter) and you don’t understand both the benefits and the risks of fluoridation… then that’s exactly what you’re doing.
Fluoride, as many people do know, is meant to reduce tooth decay and prevent cavities.
Unfortunately, most folks’ knowledge on the subject ends there.
Few know the fluoride story started all the way back in 1931 when Dr. H. Trendley Dean, the first director of the U.S. National Institute for Dental Research, was asked to determine a safe concentration of the compound so it could be added to the public water supply.
This proved to be quite difficult.
“The same amount of fluorine that causes a mild toxic reaction in one individual may cause a severe reaction in another,” Dr. Dean wrote in 1943. “In other words we are dealing with a low-grade chronic poisoning of the formative dental organ in which case some individuals may show a more severe reaction than others having a comparable fluorine intake.”4
And while researchers eventually landed on what they deemed a “safe” level of fluoride – 1 milligram per liter, later dropped to 0.7 milligrams per liter – concerns over toxicity never went away.
Take one look at the growing list of conditions associated with fluoride and you’ll see why…
The Scary Facts Behind the Anti-Fluoride Movement
Fluorosis is the most common condition associated with ingesting too much fluoride. It mainly affects children under 8 and can cause irreversible damage to the teeth.5
But that’s only the beginning…
The Department of Health and Human Services noted that “the incidence of certain bone fractures may be greater in some communities with either naturally high or adjusted fluoride levels.”6
A 2017 report in Environmental Health Perspectives suggests that prenatal exposure to fluoride may result in decreased cognitive function. Researchers found that “an increase in maternal urine fluoride” was a predictor of “lower offspring GCI and IQ scores.”7
Dozens of studies have looked at the possible link between fluoridation and cancer – with wide-ranging results. Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, is frequently associated with too much fluoride.
One report published by the National Research Council determined that “the evidence on the potential of fluoride to initiate or promote cancers, particularly of the bone, is tentative and mixed.”8
The list honestly goes on.
What’s Best for YOUR Health
If you want to “opt out” of the government’s fluoride program, you do have options.
There are filters that can remove all or most of the fluoride from your tap water. You can also buy certain bottled water brands that are totally fluoride-free. Or, if you have the means, you could “pull an Andy” and take your water system completely off the grid.
Each of these solutions comes with its own varying degree of cost.
But the key takeaway here is this…
It doesn’t matter if you’re a fluoride skeptic… or if you have no qualms with fluoride whatsoever.
If it’s in your drinking water… if you’re ingesting it every day… then you should know the facts.
Take some time and do your own research.
It’s the type of Know-How that could save your life.
Dr. Sanjay Jain, MD, MBA