Is fluoride in water naturally? Well, actually there are some areas in the world where the natural water supply will have a certain amount of fluoride in it. Fluoride is often found naturally in soil and rock too. There is usually only a trace in natural water and a trace is all we need!
What is fluoride?
For those that are interested, fluorine is a really nasty element and fluoride is a derivative of it. Fluorine is the most reactive element in the periodic table. It is first in the halogen series at element number 9, with other halogens being chlorine (17), bromine (35), iodine (53) and astatine (85).
A dangerous element
My husband has worked with fluorine when making peptides and he hated handling it because of its dangers. He had to use a fume hood with special fume hood gauntlets. He calls it ‘evil’ stuff.
One time, there was an emergency in the lab when one of the polypropylene bottle traps collapsed with a loud bang sending the rest of the lab team running out of the room, whilst hubby had to deal with turning off the gas cylinder tap and make everything safe. This was fluorine gas he was dealing with and if it had escaped, it would have been catastrophic!
Which fluoride is used in drinking water?
According to wikipedia: “Fluoridation does not affect the appearance, taste, or smell of drinking water. It is normally accomplished by adding one of three compounds to the water: sodium fluoride, fluorosilicic acid, or sodium fluorosilicate. Sodium fluoride (NaF) was the first compound used and is the reference standard.”
There are many different fluoride salts
Why don’t they use other fluoride salts? The reason being is that sodium fluoride is very soluble whereas calcium fluoride for instance, is not soluble in water neither is magnesium fluoride. As for potassium fluoride, this is very soluble but is highly toxic and can even corrode glass and porcelain. So sodium fluoride is used because of its high solubility in water, ideal for adding to the water supply, but it is toxic in its own right with 5 grams being a lethal dose.
Brain damage from fluoride
Fluoride’s damage to the brain has been actively researched with over 300 animal studies finding fluoride to be a neurotoxin. Over 100 animal studies have come to the same conclusion that brain cognition is impaired after prolonged exposure from fluoride. Iodine deficiency or an excess of aluminium seems to exacerbate the problem. Another 45 studies using mice and rats as subjects, reported that the rodents started losing their capacity to learn and/or remember.
IQ being reduced
There have been 50 human studies which suggest that moderately high fluoride exposures cause reduced intelligence and IQ. 12 more studies, 7 human and 5 animal, suggest a strong link between fluoride causing neurobehavioral deficits such as impaired visual and spatial processing. 3 more human studies have linked fluoride exposure with impaired fetal brain development.
Have you given your permission to be medicated?
It is incredible that so many countries are fortifying their water supply with sodium fluoride when there is all this evidence revealing that there is something amiss with the use of this substance in the general water supplies. Despite this evidence, it is still being added to 70% of the United States public drinking water supplies. In other words the public is being medicated wholesale, without the permission of the people.
What about other conditions?
Also there is the further evidence by way of a remarkable increase in the incidence of depression in adults and children. ADD and ADHD and other behavioral issues in children with learning disabilities are rife. This accumulation of research into the neurological effects of fluoride must surely be taken more seriously.
Who is to blame?
It would appear that the politicians who are supposed to protect the population are quite happy to let this state of affairs linger on at the expense of the cognitive ability of our children being put at risk. Also there is no telling how this toxin will affect the population in the long term. Apart from the neurological problems it is producing, much concern and research is now being targeted at the possibility of this compound causing cancer and other conditions.
What the NRC says
In 2006 the NRC (National Research Council) stated “It is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain”. The NRC also expressed concern about fluoride’s possible involvement in dementia and said “Studies of populations exposed to different concentrations of fluoride should be undertaken to evaluate neurochemical changes that may be associated with dementia. Consideration should be given to assessing effects from chronic exposure, effects that might be delayed or occur late-in-life and individual susceptibility”.
In July 2012, a team of Harvard researchers published an analysis of 27 studies investigating any link there may be between fluoride and human intelligence. 26 out of the 27 studies reviewed that met with the Harvard team’s criteria, found a distinct relationship between elevated fluoride and reduced Intelligence Quotient (IQ). The Harvard research team concluded that it was of the utmost importance that fluoride’s effect on the developing brain of our children should be a ‘high research priority’. This, despite mass fluoridation programs, seems to have fallen on stony ground with little research being conducted to investigate this vital issue.
The Lancet on fluoride
In March 2014, the Lancet, which is a prestigious medical journal, published a review of “developmental neurotoxicity” concluding that fluoride is just one of only eleven chemicals known to damage the developing brain. These widespread brain disorders such as ADHD, autism, learning disabilities and cognitive impairments often develop with no treatment available, giving rise to a permanent disability.
The authors of The Lancet review, which included Harvard scientist Philippe Grandjea, wrote: “Our very great concern is that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviors, truncating future achievements, and damaging societies, perhaps most seriously in developing countries.”
he also wrote in a bulletin posted on the Harvard School of Public Health website:
“Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain. The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.”
How does fluoride affect magnesium?
I want to come back to what happens when fluoride enters the body. As I explained earlier, fluorine from which fluoride is derived, is a nasty element and very reactive, the most reactive of all the elements. Only the noble gases helium, neon and argon are unaffected by it.
This being the case, when fluoride is in the body, it seeks out minerals such as Mg and binds with it, thus making the Mg unavailable to the body and unable to do its vital tasks which are manifold. This now Mg fluoride (MgF2) is insoluble and can end up in hard tissue such as bone and cartilage. It is brittle and makes bones susceptible to fracture. Apart from that, the reduction in available Mg compromises the enzymatic action in the body.¹ The image shows Mg chloride crystals.
We need fluoride in minuscule quantities
Experiments in laboratory animals have shown that a complete lack of fluoride will produce stunted growth and/or anaemia and infertility. Fluoride is today considered to be essential for humans but only in minuscule doses. Larger amounts are highly dangerous and just ¼ gram will induce a toxic response. 5 grams would be fatal.
This is why sodium fluoride has been used as an effective insecticide for cockroaches and ants.
In 1943 patients in a hospital in the US were served scrambled eggs salted with sodium fluoride instead of the usual salt (sodium chloride). 163 were taken ill of which 47 died!
According to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services:
“subsets of the population may be unusually susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride and its compounds. These populations include the elderly people with Mg deficiency and people with cardiovascular and kidney problems.”²
Reported effects of fluoride in the brain:
- Damage to the hippocampus
- Formation of beta-amyloid plaques (abnormality found in the Alzheimer’s brain)
Reduction in lipid content
- Reduction in nicotinic acetylcholine receptors
- Accumulation of fluoride in pineal gland
- Increased uptake of aluminium
- Damage to purkinje cells (densely branching neuron in the cerebellar cortex of the brain.)
- Impaired antioxidant defence systems
- Exacerbation of lesions induced by iodine deficiency
And… fluoride rapidly depletes Mg
The above list is apart from the damage that fluoride can do by seriously depleting Mg exacerbating and inducing serious diseases. These include our biggest killer cardiovascular diseases. So if you are in an area that has fluoridated water, I would suggest you buy yourself a water filter and also make sure your Mg levels are repleted daily. Hopefully the powers that be will start taking notice of research, listen to the public and respect their wishes when they do not want their water supply fluoridated.
- Machoy-Mokrzynska, A., “Fluoride_Magnesium Interaction”. Fluoride, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 175-177, 1995
- “Fluorides, Hydrogen Fluoride and Fluorine: A Toxicological Profile,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) TP-91/17, page 112, sec. 2.7 (Health Impacts), April 1993
14 thoughts on “Is Fluoride In Water?”
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Thanks Zohaib for your kind comments. Did you read the article ‘Is Fluoride in Water?’ I hope so. If not, would appreciate it you gave it a read and came back to me with your thoughts. Thanks. Ches
The things that really need immediate attention are the ones that are not on the priority list of the leaders of our countries. Greed for money and the will to become filthy rich is what’s on their mind. They say not to smoke and that smoking kills, they even show us nasty pictures of what happens to our lungs and yet, do nothing to reduce its production. Too much money in this business. It is also said that eating organic is best, yet, that’s what’s most expensive. The least expensive ones are the ones that have a lot of steroids and harmful chemicals because of which there are so many unrecognizable and incurable diseases nowadays. These industries are disturbingly and disgustingly corrupted!
Reyhana, you are so right and hit the nail on the head. It’s greed and power which is the driving force of these multi billion industries. They have no regard whatsoever for the innocent population who are at their mercy, just as long as their profits keep rising. I long for the day when what they’re doing becomes common knowledge and these money grabbing power hungry, corrupt organisations are brought down. Ches
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Thanks Kim for your positive comments about the site. I do hope you will find it informative for all your future questions about magnesium and its vital connection with our health and well being. Ches
This is a fantastic post. The media bombards us with propaganda, as mentioned in another comment, to convince us to follow along blindly because everything that the politicians want is safe and/or necessary for our health. We are led to believe that fluoride is necessary for dental health, etc. However, as you’ve sited, there are a lot of studies that show fluoride as being dangerous. Thank you keep us informed of this issue.
Hi Tugarcia and thanks for your comments. Its great to know that you’ve taken this info on board so you can enlighten others who are unaware of the problems of fluoride. Not least that it depletes magnesium at an alarming rate which is a fact that many don’t realize. Good health to you and yours, Ches
Ches, the studies which are supposed to show that fluoride is an essential nutrient are industry propaganda, the same as the research which is supposed to show that lead and arsenic are essential nutrients. George Waldbott reviewed the evidence in his book Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma and concluded that fluoride is either not an essential nutrient, or is required in such small quantities that it’s irrelevant because nobody could possibly be deficient. Not very long after that, the US National Research Council conceded that fluoride is not an essential nutrient, contrary to prior claims, and that has been the official position ever since. Europe’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks and other relevant organisations concur. Fluoride is not required for any biological process, is highly toxic, is a cumulative poison, is not homeostatically controlled, is present in breast milk only at extremely low concentrations, and the animal studies are not consistent. It does not fit the profile of a nutrient, and there has never been any real evidence for it. There is more information about this on the Fluoride Action Network website. Anyway, I’m glad you oppose forced-fluoridation.
Hi Dan and thanks for all the information which I’m sure the readers will be interested in. I have yet to see any evidence to support the trace theory or otherwise. Lead has definitely been proven but although arsenic has not been proven one way or another, it is found in several marine species such as algae and shrimps. Chickens and rats fed on an arsenic free diet have stunted growth. Although researchers say they don’t understand the why, they theorize that it’s something to do with the metabolism of the essential amino acid arginine. But there’s still no proof.
This is the problem. A lot of research results are not understood. I’m one of those people that needs absolute proof and I will sit on the fence until I’m satisfied that a theory has been proven beyond doubt.
Going back to the fluoride situation, I think there’s no doubt that the amounts of sodium fluoride that are being administered without consent are scandalous and it makes no odds as to whether a trace is needed by the body or not. What matters is that a large majority of the population of the world are being forced to consume sodium fluoride in their water supply. This does not amount to a trace and that population has not given its consent to be thus medicated!
Some scary stuff here especially since I brush my teeth twice daily with flouride!
I’m sure at these levels we are not in any real danger of the symptoms here?
The water is so bad where we are that we are forced to purchase bottled drinking water. Even if the water was drinkable form the tap I’d be inclined to filter it after reading here.
Thanks for the warning.
Hi there Fairweather and thanks for reading the post. Yes, just as well to keep informed so you can make your own decision as to whether you want to drink fluoridated water. I think you are wise to advocate using a filter for your tap water. As for the toothpaste, I personally use one without sodium fluoride in it. At my age, you want to keep all the marbles you can! Ches
The claim that “Fluoride is today considered to be essential for humans” is completely wrong. The idea that fluoride is an essential nutrient was officially debunked decades ago.
I have asked many forced-fluoridation fanatics to tell me how much accumulated fluoride in the body they think is safe. So far not a single one of them has been able to answer the question.
It is unlikely to just be a coincidence that the US, Australia, and Ireland, which have had high rates of forced-fluoridation for decades, also have high rates of joint problems, and poor health outcomes in general.
Hi there Dan and thanks for reading my article. It’s very difficult to rely on all research that has been done but on this occasion I did find some research suggesting that lab animals actually suffered stunted growth and other problems including fertility and anaemia when there was no fluoride in their bodies at all. On the other hand when lab animals were given larger doses, the results were very unfavourable for the animals.
The facts about fluoride are widespread but I do depend on a few peer reviewed publications one of which is ‘Nature’s Building Blocks’ by John Emsley. In his book is states “Today fluoride is regarded as essential for humans, but only in minute doses.” (Page 145).
I definitely think that sodium fluoride is too much in abundance in our diet, to the detriment of the population and particularly those who have to drink fluoridated water. Much research has already been done to suggest serious side effects are due to this over medication.
As for the ‘minute doses’ I don’t think anyone has ever come up with a maximum dose which will not be deleterious to health but it would appear from research that a trace amount may be necessary, similar perhaps to ‘gadolinium salts’ which are thought to stimulate metabolism but no research has come up with an amount, except it is toxic if in soluble form. There is so much that we don’t yet understand about micro or even nano nutrients. I do consider though that when we interfere with nature, to the extend that we’ve interfered with fluoride, oftentimes things go seriously wrong! Ches