#4 Fluoride: there’s just not enough evidence

I recently heard that fluoride is bad for you, so I said instantly to my mum “QUICK BUY THIS FLUORIDE-FREE TOOTHPASTE BEFORE WE SPONTANEOUSLY DISINTEGRATE”:

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Then I realised that I had jumped on (an admittedly 70 year long) bandwagon about fluoride without knowing why. I told myself today STOP JUMPING ON BANDWAGONS and find out for yourself, with real facts and everything, WHY fluoride is so controversial. So, I hopped on the laptop began my research. I have been looking into this debate pretty much ALL DAY, but please correct me if I’m wrong about anything and please feel free to leave your own opinion.

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Yes, they said in the 1940’s that it will prevent tooth decay, and it seems that some governments have jumped to a pro-fluoride stance, not least North America where they allow around 60% of their water supply to be fluoridated for this sole purpose, without any solid data to back it up.

If this is widely called ‘a controversy’ and there are countless internet pages on how it’s linked to various health issues without any solid data to refute this, then why is it still being pumped into water supplies (not just in the U.S but also in the Rep. of Ireland and some parts of the UK, including 14% of the East Midlands for my Derby followers)?

The arguments against fluoride are that it is highly toxic. That is a fact. It has been used as rat poison. Obviously we don’t consume large enough amounts daily for it to have an instantly fatal affect, however, U.S toothpaste companies now have to alert consumers that if more than a pea-sized amount is swallowed then they may have been poisoned.

Over time it has been shown to increase aluminum uptake in the brain which is one of the causes of Alzheimer’s. Studies have also shown that consumption of fluoride is linked to arthritisosteoporosis, bone fractures, hypersensitivity towards fluoride, gastrointestinal problems such as IBS, male fertility issues, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, skeletal and dental fluorosis, endocrine disruption and it affects the pineal gland.

FEW! Thank goodness for spell-check.

Of course, it is also a fact that when fluoride is put in direct contact with teeth it “inhibits enzymes that breed acid-producing oral bacteria whose acid eats away tooth enamel”, which prevents tooth decay, but even this has been linked to dental fluorosis and cavities. Why would we drink it and put it in our stomachs if it only works when put directly onto teeth?

I could go on, but I don’t want to bore you, so I will end with this… It is a fact that fluoride is poisonous, so why put it in the water and toothpastes? To me, there’s just not enough evidence to justify it.

Wow. That was serious. See my last post for a light-hearted snippet on the silly questions people ask Google.