Since the mid-1940s, American citizens have been drinking fluoridated water. Fluoride was considered an effective tooth decay fighter. However, no one knew that fluoride harmed human health as a neurotoxin. Studies disprove the myth that fluoride added to drinking water is safe.
Fluoride Harmful Effects
Several studies of children aged 4-17 between 2003 and 2011 show that countries that have heavily fluoridated water have a high incidence of ADHD in children. However, this is just the beginning. With long-term fluoride exposure, sleep disorders can occur because melatonin production in the brain is disrupted. As a neurotoxin, it is even associated with lower IQ in children.
Fluoride accumulates gradually in the body. Research has found links to kidney and bone disease and arthritis. Ingestion of this unsuitable substance can cause ulcers and even infertility. In addition, there is evidence that fluoride affects the thyroid gland. Fluorine has been shown to block iodine uptake, which is essential for proper thyroid function.
Fluoride Does Not Protect Against Tooth Decay
The studies disrupt another myth – proving that fluoride does not actually protect against tooth decay, as previously thought. According to the CDC, the incidence of dental declined in the second half of the 20th century. But its decline was the same in all areas, where the water was fluorinated and where it was not. However, the tooth decay rate continues to decline in countries that have eliminated fluoridation.
In the United States, people encounter fluoride in their daily lives – in drinking water, toothpaste, and mouthwash. They can’t avoid it in industrially processed drinks made from fluorinated water, including juices, beer, lemonade, and sports drinks. Even the Teflon pans contain this harmful substance.
Water began fluoridation in the United States in early 1945, when Grand Rapids in Michigan became the first community in this matter. Since then, water fluoridation has spread to more than 70% of drinking water sources. However, most countries, including 97% of Western Europe, do not add fluoride to their water.