An Article by Joyce Fleming, RRPr SCT Student and Graduate
Health Units and dental associations diligently promote implementing natural fluoride to reduce tooth decay. But all is not what it appears according to sewer and water treatment plant employees in my city. The labels on containers used to fluoridate read “Hydrofluorocilicic Acid” and there is nothing remotely natural about this chemical. The employees had fluoridation of the water here stopped because they believe the chemical is so caustic it was eating through the pipes. This then was allowing lead to leach into the drinking water.
So, exactly where does hydrofluoricilicic acid actually come from? My research indicates that the chemical is shipped from phosphate fertilizer industries as a waste by-product. Environmental standards prohibit disposing it into the air or water systems and years ago pharmaceutical companies made deals to purchase and add it to dental products such as toothpaste, mouthwash as well as a variety of products such as anesthetics, fertilizers, rat poison and the list goes on. Also it was believed to help reduce tooth decay by adding it to our drinking water. This lucrative exchange has made these companies a lot of money.
Labels on toothpaste, mouthwash or denture products inform us of the dangers associated by swallowing the product so I believe that adding it to our tap water is contradictive. Simply put, a small pea size amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush is the same amount of fluoride in an eight ounce glass of fluoridated water.
I further am convinced that hydrofluorsilicic acid has an accumulative effect on our bones and organs because our body is unable to fully eliminate it no matter how small the dose. Studies reveal a startling association with its use and disease. Reverse-osmosis, activated alumina systems, or a water distillation system is capable of removing it from your water supply, but it is expensive.
The bottom line is that ingesting this carcinogen into our bodies is not a viable solution to improving our dental health coupled with the fact that the health units are not being honest when they imply that it is natural fluoride they are promoting for water fluoridation. Safer ways to reduce tooth decay are to consume a healthy diet restricting sugars, flossing and brushing our teeth after eating and visiting the dentist on a regular basis.
Our team successfully lobbied our concerns in Dryden Ontario, March of 2008 to remove fluoride from our drinking water. For more information on this issue visit the website, “The Fluoride Action Network” whose spokesperson is Dr. Paul Connett, PhD for verifications and informative videos. They also have a professional statement petition with close to two thousand signatures from doctors, dentists and other health professionals from all over the world which will be presented to the United States congressional hearing. Joyce Fleming, RRPr