Fluoride is added to drinking water in one or more of the following forms: Sodium Fluoride, Sodium Fluorosilicate and Hydrofluorosilicic Acid. Sodium Fluoride is classified as toxic - by inhalation & ingestion. It can be lethal in high doses. The CDC lists the following complications from exposure to these hazardous chemicals:
Fluoride reacts with water or steam to produce toxic and corrosive fumes (This is what was happening to me in the shower, click here to read my story). Inhalation can cause fluid in the lungs, nose and throat irritation, cough and difficulty in breathing, burning sensation.
Inhalation and ingestion can cause salivation, thirst, sweating, an electrolyte disturbance with nervous problems and cardiac arrhythmia (heart irregularity), sore throat, nose bleeds and chronic bronchitis, nausea, abdominal pain, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, Gastrointestinal (GI) perforations accompanied by shock, vomiting (bloody), dermatitis, skin redness, pain and skin burns, can be irritating to mucous membranes, eyes and skin.
Serious complications include risk of convulsions, loss of consciousness, deep coma and cardiopulmonary arrest.
Long term complications include stiff spine, calcification of ligaments of ribs, pelvis, may have effects on the bones and teeth, resulting in fluorosis.
Even Small Amounts of Fluoride Exposure can be Deadly
Fluoride can cause bone cancer, with the risk being higher for boys ages 6-8 and the elderly. It has also been linked to thyroid, bladder, liver and other cancers. Unfortunately I know the cancer causing effects of fluoride first hand; sadly my dog died in 2006 from Hemangiosarcoma, which studies have confirmed is caused by fluoride. Fluoride can cause permanent damage to unborn babies and has been linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Fluoride is an excitotoxin, and can cause a heart attack or a stroke. It can cause debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. Fluoride can inhibit thyroid function causing obesity and hypothyroidism. There are many other symptoms fluoride can produce; click here for more information.
Fluoride doesn't stop tooth decay; it actually causes teeth to rot and turn yellow. It also causes osteoporosis. Reports from china indicate that fluoride ingestion causes interference with brain development. It can cause permanent changes to the brain resulting in changes to behavioral patterns and behavioral problems such as ADD and Autism. Studies show that rats drinking only 1 ppm per day had lesions in their brain similar to Alzheimer's disease and dementia. It can also damage the blood-brain barrier, and the presence of aluminum in the body can deposit fluoride in the brain by passing through the blood-brain barrier. Aluminum is also added to drinking water as well to improve clarity.
Fluoride Can always be found at the Scene of the Crime
If you have tried alternative and/or restrictive diets for any of your health issues and have found little to no relief, it's probably fluoride that is causing your symptoms.
For instance, if you think you may be sensitive to gluten - bread and other gluten products are often high in fluoride from pesticides as well as absorbing fluoride from the groundwater. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic determined that celiac disease is about 4 times more prevalent now than it was in the 1950's, suggesting an environmental change to the grains happened in the 1950's (which happens to be right about the time the US started fluoridating the water). Oats can also be very high in fluoride, which are controversial on a gluten free diet.
And for those that think they may be sensitive to MSG, it may actually be fluoride - ie, if you get a reaction to the corn chips you're eating with MSG, was it really the MSG, or were the corn chips just high in fluoride? Were those french fries loaded with MSG, or were they just high in fluoride? And some of the alternate names for MSG, such as modified food starch, Autolyzed Yeast, and many others - are these substances just processed with high heat? If so, this will concentrate the fluoride in great amounts. Fluoride is also considered an excitotoxin, just like MSG, and may cause very similar symptoms.
Some avoid nightshades for fibromyalgia, arthritis & inflammation. This actually may be an unconscious way of avoiding foods that are often high in fluoride, such as potatoes and tomatoes.
The next time you hear of an alternative health solution or think that something else may be causing your health issues, see if you can trace it back to fluoride - it's always there as the underlying cause of so many conditions.