Director of the Fluoride Action Network, Paul Connett and leading dentist in the fight against fluoride, Dr. Bill Osmunson discussed the dangers and risks of the use of fluoride in our toothpaste and drinking water. The deliberate addition of fluoride to the water supply was begun in 1945 with the idea that it would reduce dental decay. But kids are being overexposed (some 32% have dental fluorosis), and 23 studies have shown that fluoride lowers IQ in children, Connett reported.
90% of fluoride comes from the phosphate fertilizer industry-- it's a hazardous waste sold to communities who add it to their water supply. But using the water supply as a way to deliver medicine is risky as the dosage can't be controlled, Connett pointed out. Dental schools taught that this practice was safe and effective, but statistics now show there's no benefit from fluoridation, Osmunsun stated. Fluoride can really be considered more of a poison than a drug, he added, while Connett noted the National Research Council conducted a 3 1/2 year study which found the level of allowable fluoride in the water supply was too high.
Fluoride concentrates inside the bones and can make them more brittle and cause problems akin to arthritis, said Connett. Because its molecules are so small, fluoride is not removed by smaller filters such as Brita. Reverse osmosis filters do eliminate it, but people are still being exposed during bathing, Osmunsum detailed. The Internet will ultimately bring an end to fluoridation, as the truth can't be hidden anymore, declared Connett. People can visit the Fluoride Action Network to take action and sign up for bulletins to receive the latest news about communities voting against water fluoridation.