Fluoride and Toxicity
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that fluoride compounds are salts that occur when fluorine combines with minerals in soil or rocks (EPA, 2013). Dr. David Kennedy a practicing dentist for over 30 years, a published author, an international lecturer, and a past President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxology, presents a more expansive definition of fluoride. Dr. Kennedy states that fluoride is actually hydroflurosilicic acid, a bi-product of the phosphate scrubbing mining industry, and is a combination of fluoride, sand, and water. In the U.S. patent office hydroflurosilicic acid has a patent for removing lead from brass (Croxton, 2009).
Fluoride actually has a really interesting past. Fluoride was a key component in atomic bomb production, millions of tons of it were essential for the manufacture of bomb-grade uranium and plutonium during World War II and throughout the Cold War.
Dr. Kennedy goes on to pose an excellent question-if put in the water, would a product that removes lead from brass and copper fittings disproportionally affect certain sectors of society? The answer is a resounding yes, with African American and Hispanic children more than 600 times more likely to suffer effects of lead poisoning based on two criteria-if they were drinking fluoridated water and the age of the house (Croxton, 2009).
The EPA discusses the health effects of fluoride in an article titled Basic Information about Fluoride in Drinking Water. The article states that while many communities add fluoride to their drinking water to promote dental health, exposure to excessive consumption of fluoride over a lifetime may lead to increased likelihood of bone fractures, bone tenderness, and pain in adults. In addition, children 8 years and under have an increased chance of developing pits in the tooth enamel, along with a range of cosmetic effects on teeth (EPA, 2013).
How does all of this relate to our health? The answer is toxicity…and that is where the liver comes into play. Think of the liver as a strainer for toxins and substances that the body doesn’t quite know what to do with-a pretty important function if you think about it! So, what happens when we are drinking a potentially toxic substance? Our liver is forced to be constantly battling that toxin, leaving limited resources to battle other toxins (I think of trying to fight with one arm tied behind our back). An overworked liver limits resources and organ function and opens up the door for other auto immune diseases and disorders.
First met with this information, we might think it’s random, not fact-based, or something we just don’t want to do anything about. I really look at fluoride as an easy win, something we can positively impact by filtering our water and switching to non-fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwash-I recommend Weleda toothpaste myself! So, give your liver a break, notch an easy win, and thinking about watching your fluoride intake. Last, really, really like the Podcasts on Underground Wellness, which is where come of this content came from, so check it out!
Croxton, S. (2009, March 11). The truth about fluoride, mercury, and root canals [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.blogtalkradio.com/undergroundwellness/2009/03/11/the-truth-about-fluoride-mercury-and-root-canals
United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2013). Basic information about fluoride in drinking water. Retrieved from http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/fluoride.cfm