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The truth about chlorine and fluoride

24/11/2021

I haven't been using fluoride toothpaste for few years now and since the last two years I avoid plastic bottled water as it contains fluoride and chlorine. Tap water contains chlorine as well, so I use my copper pot to clean the water (read this article). Unfortunately, since the last two weeks I observe more and more chlorine in the tap water, which makes me really concern as I know how unhealthy it is. Even my copper pot can't clean it.

Here is the interesting and very important article about the effect of chlorine and fluoride on our body, original link and text below:

"This is something I’ve been wanting to write for some time, but I have to admit, I’ve really had to pluck up my courage to do so! Talking out against the use of fluoride is akin to proclaiming you worship the devil! It is a highly controversial topic usual met with an indignant argument proclaiming that the “science is out”!

It is an interesting response given that the science is far from out. In fact, no health agency in any fluoridated country is monitoring fluoride exposure or side effects and there has never been a single randomised controlled trial to demonstrate fluoridation’s effectiveness or safety. Crazy, right?

All I know is that when you look at the associated risks of ingesting these two chemicals versus the benefits it makes sense to remove them prior to consumption.

I’ve done my research and I’m perfectly comfortable in my decision to restrict my children’s consumption of fluoride (despite my dentist’s protests). My children (now 9 and 6) have the most beautiful teeth which I attribute to good dental hygiene practices and a healthy diet.

At the end of the day we all need to better educate ourselves so everyone can decide for themselves whether of not to ingest these chemicals. Hopefully this document will be a good starting point…

Chlorine

The addition of chlorine to our drinking water began in the late 1800s to eliminate waterborne disease like typhoid, dysentery and cholera. It is also very effective at killing harmful bacteria such as Ecoli and Giardia that have the potential to cause serious illness. Essentially a disinfectant, much like bleach, it is not so much of a stretch to see that chlorine must also have an effect on our bodies.

These long term effects of drinking chlorinated water have only recently come to be recognised. According to the U.S. Council Of Environmental Quality, “Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.” This is because research has shown that long‐term exposure to chlorine leads to the production of free radicalswithin the body. Free radicals are carcinogenic, and cause tremendous damage to our cells.

Other studies have linked chlorinated water to asthma, bronchitis, kidney and intestinal tumours, skin irritations, atherosclerosis (which can lead to heart attack and stroke), circulatory disease, and oesophageal, larynx, rectum and breast cancer.

On top of these scary statistics, chlorinated water also poses many cosmetic problems. It makes our water smell and taste funny and when we swim, shower or bathe in it, it dries out our skin and makes our hair dull resulting in a less youthful appearance.

Chlorine doesn’t just affect our bodies when we drink it. Up to 2/3s of our harmful exposure to chlorine is due to inhalation of steam and skin absorption while showering. A warm shower opens up the pores of the skin and allows for accelerated absorption of chlorine and other chemicals in water.

Chlorine vaporises much faster and at a lower temperature than water. Therefore inhaling steam while showering in chlorinated water results in the chlorine gas (chloroform) proceeding directly into our blood stream which is a much more harmful means of exposure. “Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of chlorine in the water.” Dr Lance Wallace, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (By the way, did you know that chloroform was used as a chemical weapon in World War II…)

Unfortunately, because it is cheap and effective at killing those nasty bacteria that can make us really sick, chlorine won’t be going any where fast. Thankfully there are now safer, more natural alternatives for pool maintenance, and removing chlorine from drinking and shower water at the point of use (ie: your home) is very easy and simple.

For a full range of home water filtration products to remove chlorine from your shower water and drinking water, click here.

Fluoride

Unlike chlorine, fluoride is not added to water to treat it and make it safer for consumption. Some people claim that adding fluoride to water is no different to adding iodine to salt or vitamin D to milk, however, what these people fail to acknowledge is that unlike iodine and vitamin D, fluoride is NOT an essential nutrient. Not a single biological process has been shown to require fluoride.

Our drinking water has simply become a vehicle to deliver fluoride to the mass population with the intent to treat a non-waterborne disease (tooth decay), and as such becomes classified as a medicine by definition. Herein lies the two biggest problems:

  1. Lack of informed consent.Usually when you are prescribed a medicine from your doctor, your doctor has a duty of care to explain to you the potential side effects and risks of taking the medication so you can decided for yourself if the risk is warranted. Ultimately taking the drug is your decision. Adding fluoride directly to the water supply is a violation of the right to receive informed consent.
  2. Lack of control.Adding a medicine directly to the water supply means there is no control over the dosage. People drink different amounts of water and therefore receive different doses. Sadly, infants who consume formula made with fluoridated tap water may consume up to 1,200 micrograms of fluoride, or about 100 times more than the recommended amounts.

So what are the risks?

  1. Fluoride can damage the brain.The EPA has listed fluoride among about 100 chemicals for which there is “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” There have now been over 100 animal experiments showing that fluoride can damage the brain and impact learning and behaviour. Other studies have linked fluoride with a decrease in IQ.
  2. Dental fluorosis.This is a condition that is caused by the long-term ingestion of fluoride during the time teeth are forming and is recognised by the appearance of white spots on the surface of the teeth. Whilst fluoride supporters claim dental fluorosis is purely cosmetic, there are suggestions that if fluoride is capable of visibly damaging the teeth, that it is not rash to suppose impacts on other developing tissues.
  3. Fluoride affects the pineal gland.Studies by Jennifer Luke (2001) show that fluoride accumulates in the human pineal gland to very high levels reducing melatonin production and leading to an earlier onset of puberty.
  4. Fluoride affects thyroid function.It might come as a surprise to you that in the middle of the 20th century, fluoride was prescribed by a number of European doctors to reduce the activity of the thyroid gland for those suffering from hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). Could the rampant and increasing problem of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) be exacerbated by fluoridated water?
  5. Fluoride damages bones and causes arthritic symptoms.Skeletal fluorosis is a fluoride-induced bone and joint disease that causes bones to harden and therefore are more prone to fractures(as they are less elastic). Early onset symptoms mimic that of arthritis as the thickening of the bone structure and accumulation of bone tissue both contribute to impaired joint mobility.
  6. Fluoride may cause bone cancer (osteosarcoma).Several studies have shown an increased incidence of osteosarcoma in areas of fluoridated water in comparison with un-fluoridated areas. A 1990 U.S. government-funded animal study on rats also showed a correlation.
  7. Fluoride may cause reproductive problems.Fluoride has the ability to damage sperm and reduce the level of circulating testosterone in males, thereby increasing the rate of infertility.
  8. Other potential effects.The list is long but includes increased lead absorption, disruption of the synthesis of collagen, hyperactivity and/or lethargy, muscle disorders, dementia, inactivation of 62 enzymes and inhibits more than 100 others, inhibits the formation of antibodies, genetic damage and cell death, increased tumor and cancer rate, alzheimer’s and disrupted immune system.

The pros of fluoride??

Many people who work within the dental industry claim that fluoridation of the water supply is one of the most amazing medical marvels of the the modern era, but if this were true, why do other Western countries avoid the practice?

Do they suffer more incidences of tooth decay as a result?

According to statistics from the World Health Organisation, levels of tooth decay have decrease across the board, regardless of whether a country fluoridates the water supply or not (see chart below).

The truth is that whilst there is a correlation between fluoride and a reduction in tooth decay, recent studies have shown that topical use is the most effective with limited benefits actually yielded from ingestion.

There is also a correlation between low-income areas and tooth decay suggesting that education and access to dental services may provide more benefit than fluoridation of the water supply without the associated risks.

In any case, I suggest you do more of your own research to enable you to make your own informed choice and either continue to drink your fluoridated water and accept the risks associated, or get yourself a quality filter capable of fluoride removal such as these ones.

I know I choose to drink my H2O without the serve of neurotoxin on the side…"

Article found at: purespacesolutions.com.au

We all deserve an access to clean and fresh water.

With love,

Marta 🌍💧💚

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