Op-Ed (Drinking Fluoridated Water is Harmful)
By JOSHUA STRANGE, Fish Biologist and HSU Professor
I want to set the facts straight about the serious health hazards of drinking fluoridated water. The recent article on the Hoopa Tribe’s policy of fluoridating the community’s water supply failed to accurately present the documented harm from ingesting fluoridated water.
My intentions are simply to protect my family and the community from a highly toxic chemical that is being added to the water supply. Unlike the American Dental Association who receives kickbacks from the fluoride industry, I have no such conflict of interest. I am sure that any local advocates of adding toxic fluoride to our water supply have good intentions in trying to reduce the number of tooth cavities. However, once people are aware of the serious hazards of fluoridated water then the safe, responsible solution become clear: stop adding toxic fluoride to the water supply and instead invest those monies in providing free fluoride toothpaste, fluoride treatments during dental visits, and promotion of dental hygiene and healthy eating habits. The facts are clear, applying fluoride directly to teeth has the potential to reduce cavities but drinking and bathing in it over the long term can lead to serious health problems and even premature death. Yes even death.
As a biologist who conducts and publishes scientific research I am well versed in the rules of scientific evidence and the rigor needed in double checking facts and assumptions. As a rule I only use and report on verifiable facts backed by valid scientific evidence. In the case of fluoride, there are no further studies needed on the harm of drinking fluoridated water as the evidence is overwhelming demonstrating the serious health risk of chronic exposure to fluoridated water. And the evidence is shocking and sickening as well.
Dentist are qualified to speak about fluoride and teeth but they are not qualified to speak as authorities on the health impacts of swallowing or absorbing fluoride into your body – that topic is the expertise of doctors and toxicologists and these experts are my sources of information. Many people do not know that the fluoride typically added to water supplies is actually a waste by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry that is classified as hazardous waste. Yes you read that right; a hazardous waste product from the fertilizer industry is being purchased and added to our water. Fluoride can work to reduce tooth decay (although decay rates continue to climb even with increased use of fluoride) because it is such an aggressive element at replaces calcium in the teeth. This same property however makes it very harmful in the body where it can force its way into tissues such as bones, thereby weakening them and contributing to arthritis, and into vital areas such as the thyroid gland where it replaces iodine.
According to Dr. Brownstein, a nationally renowned holistic doctor, once fluoride is in the thyroid it can cause havoc with the body’s functions in a way that can set the stage for cancer, particularly breast cancer. Short of cancer it can lead to serious thyroid problems, with the thyroid regulating growth. Know anyone with thyroid problems or breast cancer that has been drinking fluoridated water? The allowable concentration of fluoride in drinking water is a standard based on shorter term studies of young adult men and does not take into account fluoride from absorption through the skin during bathing or ingested in foods that have been processed using fluoridate water. Over the longer term this exposure greatly exceeds safe levels particularity for children who are still growing. This cumulative exposure is why dental fluorosis is reaching alarming proportions in America at over 30 percent. Dental fluorosis is a permanent spotting discoloration that is often visible on the front teeth. If dental fluorosis has occurred it indicates the body is overwhelmed with fluoride and it has most likely been incorporated into bones and glands. Its ability to cause havoc in the glands of the endocrine system and the brain may explain why fluoridated water is implicated in contributing to ADA, ADHA, and other serious behavioral problems in young children. Know any kids like that, especially boys, who have been drinking fluoridated water?
According to Dr. Blaylock, an internationally know neuroscientist and doctor, its not just behavioral problems that have been linked to fluoridated water in scientific studies but also earlier puberty in girls, sleep dysfunction, lower IQ, laziness and low energy, male infertility and impotence, bone cancer, bladder cancer, dementia, and when combined with aluminum in the diet, Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease. This is a serious list of debilitating and life threatening conditions that have been scientifically linked to fluoridated water supplies! There is NO debate – fluoridating the community’s water supply is a serious health threat to everyone!
I call upon everyone who is concerned about this issue to attend a soon-to-be-announced community meeting to get more information about fluoridated water and to learn what we can do about it. I urge the Hoopa Tribal Council to place a discussion item on the agenda so they can hear directly from the community and understand the proven facts about the dangers of fluoridated water in order to revote on the issue. It is time to protect the people of this community and put a stop to the toxic fluoridation of our drinking and bathing water. Fortunately, once people are aware of the serious hazards of fluoridated water then the safe, responsible solution become clear: stop adding toxic fluoride to the water supply and instead invest those monies in providing free fluoride toothpaste, fluoride treatments during dental visits, and promotion of dental hygiene and healthy eating habits.