"Only about 5% of the world population is fluoridated and more than 50% of these people live in North America." - Fluoridation.com
It has become an increasing topic of concern across many communities, and many communities are winning the battle before some even know that there is one to be fought. When fluoridation was introduced it was more than celebrated as a longterm solution to dental problems. It's a fact, Fluoride holds tooth decay prevention properties. However, now that it is in our water that we use to drink, in the water used to wash our fresh foods, and in the water used to treat our agriculture, at what point does Fluoride become deadly?
In this two part series we explore fluoride, it's use in our water and how it is used to protect out teeth, however also taking a look into what all the fuss is about and what exactly are the effects of Fluoride.
Through an online dictionary we found the two following definitions of Fluoride:
1. "A compound of fluorine with another element or group, esp. a salt of the anion F− or an organic compound with fluorine."
2. "Sodium fluoride or another fluorine-containing salt added to water supplies or toothpaste in order to reduce tooth decay."
Fluoride is mostly used as a reagent in chemical reactions and has been credited for assisting in the creation of Teflon, which prevents your eggs from sticking to your pans (later discovered by the US Environmental Protection Agency that Teflon contained a cancer causing chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid), as well as having been credited for its aid in finding a cure for HIV through its role in Efavirenz, used to treat deficiencies in immune systems.
However, Fluoride is also used in a long list of harmful chemicals, including in the manufacturing of many inorganic chemicals that are used in pesticides, such as: Cryolite (Na3AlF6) and Sulfuryl fluoride (SO2F2), which are both used as a pesticide in agricultural crops.
Research previously conducted by the Mellon Institute showed that fluoride in drinking water strengthened tooth enamel making it more resistant to decay. Fluoride is used in Oral Hygiene and Fluoride therapy, and is known for preventing tooth decay.
Fluoride in our waters is delivered via fluoridating table salt. These very same salts have been found in soluble fluoride salts, of which contain sodium fluoride, common and mildly toxic, and have been attributed to the cause of accidental deaths and suicides from acute poisoning.
The lethal dose for an adult human is roughly 5 to 10g. When amounting your totaling consumption over your entire life time, you have to wonder just how much you have ingested in total.
Join us next week for part two of this series where we will discuss the effects of Fluoride and how more and more communities are banning it from their water.
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