What’s crazy?: Brushing your teeth with a toxic chemical.
Brushing your teeth is as common a part of your daily routine as eating or sleeping, but have you ever really looked at the warning labels on a tube of toothpaste? “If you accidentally swallow more than the amount needed for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.” And “Don’t swallow-Use only pea size amount for children under six.”
Why the warnings for such a seemingly harmless activity? Because the fluoride in your toothpaste is so incredibly toxic that it could actually kill a child. According to the Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products, fluoride is more toxic than lead and only slightly less toxic than arsenic. That makes it arguably one of the most toxic chemicals in the environment. And we put this stuff in toothpaste and water?
Floridation has been a great medical experiment that we have all been unknowingly subjected to. Unfortunately, most of the world is unaware of this experiment’s failure. Apparently the initial reason fluoride was added to water and toothpaste was to prevent tooth decay. And yes, tooth decay has continually declined since the 1970’s, with fluoride often taking the credit.
Interestingly enough, however tooth decay has declined at about the same rate in countries that do not put fluoride in the water supply. Japan and all of continental Europe have ended the practice due to safety concerns, and many fluoride experiments in Third World countries have been stopped because of the harmful effects on the population.
How harmful is fluoride? Over time, it accumulates in the body and studies show that it can cause damage to teeth, kidneys, bones, nerves, muscles, genes and immune function. According to Dr. William Marcus, senior scientist at the EPA, fluoride is the only substance known to cause bone cancer. Not suprisingly, bone cancer rates are 80-600 percent higher in communities that fluoridate the water. Fluoride causes hyperactivity, according to studies performed on animals, and a 1996 study in China found that fluoride negatively affected children’s IQ.
But there must be some dental benefits of adding fluoride to our water supply, right? Wrong. After over 50 years of widespread use and testing, no scientific proof exists that shows fluoride prevents tooth decay. Actually, most research shows that it may cause dental problems. If you want to understand why we put fluoride in our water just follow the money.
Right now cigarette makers are shelling out billions in lawsuits for selling products they knew were not safe. If a wide-scale campaign was launched and the truth came out about fluoride, toothpaste manufacturers, fluoride manufacturers and municipal water suppliers would all be held accountable. Can you imagine the legal and financial repercussions if they were to admit their error? The consequences would be astounding.
Alternative solution: Buy toothpaste without flouride from a health food store. Also since they put flouride in our tap water, buy distilled water and drink that instead.
Another good article on Fluoride: click here.