It’s about time that a major news network begins to openly write about this dangerous bone-damaging chemical. For savvy Save Our Bones readers, the news is not that it’s best to avoid it, but that this information is finally going mainstream.
According to a recent Fox News article, fluoride in tap water may not be a good idea after all.
Water Fluoridation is not the Answer to Fighting Tooth Decay
As the Fox News article states, the addition of fluoride to the public water supply was once considered a major advance in the area of public health. But the prevention of tooth decay is multi-faceted, and fluoride in water alone can’t account for the drop in tooth decay among community residents where fluoride is added to water. Diet, oral hygiene, and regular dental care are all major factors in keeping teeth healthy. And the application of fluoride to teeth is one thing; drinking it in your tap water is another.
Applying Fluoride vs. Drinking It
Dr. Bill Bailey, the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) division of oral health, says that fluoride’s “…predominant benefit is topical”. In other words, it’s not intended to be consumed.
In the Fox News article, Carol S. Kopf, the Media Director for the Fluoride Action Network, takes this idea a bit further: “Fluoride is not a nutrient and not essential to healthy teeth,” she says. Her contention is that tooth decay is based in diet. In her own words, “Rotten diet makes rotten teeth.”1 (I might add that a rotten diet also makes unhealthy bones!)
The Evidence is Mounting Against Fluoride
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states in its standards that fluoride is an endocrine disruptor, and more than one study has linked fluoride to a variety of health problems. It can even act as a neurotoxin, as evidenced by a study from this last October.
“…children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas,”1 say the results of the study.2
Other research has linked fluoride to premature births when consumed by pregnant women, and a strong link between fluoride and osteosarcoma (a bone cancer that tends to affect young people in their teens) was found in a 2006 Harvard study.
As various committees and councils reviewed the EPA’s findings, fluoride began to be scrutinized with more skepticism…and the CDC (which supports water fluoridation) became more and more uncomfortable. Considering where the fluoride in water comes from, it’s no wonder.
Fertilizer By-Products in Your Drinking Water
Of the three variants of fluoride used as additives in drinking water, the most common is hydrofluosilicic acid, a toxic waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. Because of this, the hydrofluosilicic acid added to your tap water also contains traces of arsenic, lead, and mercury. Surprisingly, this is also disclosed in the Fox News article.
Too Much of a “Good” Thing
Here’s an ironic twist to fluoride exposure in children: dental fluorosis. It is a malformation of the tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride, and the brown streaks, rough, pitted enamel, and other markings are permanent, and can actually get worse with age. Children between the ages of 3 months and 8 years are particularly vulnerable. The Fox article states that “…with all of the fluoride children are being exposed to before their teeth develop, dental fluorosis is becoming a bigger problem.”
And the CDC (more irony!) estimates that 33% of children ages 6 to 11 have dental fluorosis, and 40% of teens between the ages of 12 and 15 have this condition. In spite of this, water fluoridation is still the norm.
Fluoride and Your Bones
While your bones and your teeth are not exactly the same, fluoride ingestion is detrimental to bones. In The Missing Link, which is part of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, the “how’s and why’s” of fluoride’s harm to bones are discussed at length. But it’s worth pointing out here that fluoride consumption has been linked to an increased risk of hip fracture. In fact, like dental fluorosis, skeletal fluorosis is a serious bone problem that’s caused by fluoride ingestion.
Distilled Water is on Tap
My regular readers already know this, but it bears repeating: drinking fluoridated tap water is just not a good idea. In fact, I think it’s best to avoid fluoride altogether. But carbon or other filters don’t get rid of fluoride, and boiling water doesn’t work either (in fact, it makes it worse). So the best water choice is distilled water.
Unlike mineral water, which contains inorganic minerals that your body can’t absorb anyway, distilled water is pure H2O. The distillation process involves heating the water and collecting the steam, so impurities are left behind. Fluoride can’t be carried in steam, so distilling tap water means fluoride-free, pure water.
Distilled water is the most healthful water. It is not acidifying and, contrary to popular belief, it does not leach minerals from the bones. In fact, distilled water helps “attract” and eliminate toxins from your body. To make it even more healthful, I like to add a few drops of fresh lemon juice.
What’s the Best Way to Get Distilled Water?
Purchasing distilled water in jugs is possible, but it’s awfully inconvenient and it gets expensive. The answer is to get a countertop distiller for your home. It’s not only convenient; it allows you to be in complete control of your water quality and availability.
The Distiller I Use
All the water I drink and cook with comes from my Waterwise 8800 Countertop Distiller. I’ve done the research, and it’s by far the best distiller on the market.
I only have to fill the stainless steel boiler with tap water, press the start button, and a few hours later, I have one gallon of the best tasting, purest, and fluoride-free water in the BPA-free carafe.
I love using my Waterwise 8800 so much and am so impressed by it that I’ve worked closely with Greg Barber, the Vice Presient of Waterwise, to arrange a unique and special package exclusive to Save Our Bones community members.
But I had two strict requirements. Before I recommended any Waterwise products to our community, I wanted to make sure that:
This would be the best deal that Waterwise has ever offered, and that the deal would be available to our Save Our Bones community, and not be available anywhere else.
Well, I’m happy to bring to you…
The Best Waterwise Deal Ever
You can now get the Waterwise 8800 Countertop Distiller plus three FREE amazing bonuses.
For a limited time, Waterwise is now offering our community a special package valued at $510 value available now for $399. It includes:
- The Waterwise 8800 Countertop Distiller ($399)
- The Deluxe Showerwise Shower Filtration System (a $69 value – yours free!)
- A Waterwise BPA-free Sports Bottle (a $6 value – yours free!)
- A one year supply six-pack carbon filter bags (a $36 value – yours free!)
- Free shipping to the Continental US
- Plus, a 100 day 100% money back guarantee!
Think about this…
Pure Distilled Water is Better for Bones
As I write in The Missing Link, drinking distilled water helps alkalize the body. And water is vital for all cellular processes, including the process of bone remodeling. All water-soluble vitamins and minerals must have water to be absorbed. And pure water flushes toxins from your body, and getting rid of those poisons is essential to bone health.
All this can be accomplished with the Waterwise 8800. And to make it easier for you to own your own countertop distiller, I’ve arranged for an exclusive Waterwise package for the Save Our Bones community that saves you money and lets you pay in four convenient installments.
Here’s to your fluoride-free life!
2 Choi, Anna L., et al. “Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” Environmental Health Perspective. 2012 October; 120(10): 1362-1368.