Fluoride Fears: One Family's Fight

The Centers for Disease Control say one chemical put in our water supply is one of the 10 greatest public health achievements in the 20th century.

But for some people, it's one of the government's greatest lies and can actually do more harm than good.

It's called fluoride and we have it in toothpaste, mouthwash and in our water supply.

Janice Brown of Pitt County says she's concerned about the use of fluoride and its potential long-terms effects.

"Why are they putting this as a drug in our water saying it prevented cavities and they haven't proven that and everybody's body is different from infants to adults, it's like a one size fits all." says Brown.

Brown reads information from websites from "Natural News.com" among other sites, concerning fluoride use.

She decided to make some serious changes to the amount of fluoride she and her 15 year old son, Liam, are exposed to after she read what some believe can happen with too much fluoride exposure.

"The symptoms, they say this fluoride causes are bone cancer, thyroid problems, kidney failure, lower the IQ, sterility." Brown says.

Brown's family now only drink distilled water and only brush with non-fluoridated toothpaste. Brown says she believes fluoride can be toxic.

"The toxicity of fluoride and every chemical or compound can be toxic at certain levels and fluoride is no different in that respect" that's according to Dr. John Morrow with the Pitt County Health Department.

Doctors and dentists say they've seen affects of fluoride on the teeth, called Dental Fluorosis, which are white blotches or brown stains on the teeth. With more cases of Dental Fluorosis reported in children, the Environmental Protection Agency recommended the maximum amount of fluoride placed in our community water supplies should be reduced, from 1.2 parts per million to .07 parts per million.

East Carolina University Dentistry Professor and pediatric dentist, Dr. Stuart Josell says the recommended use of fluoride can outweigh the fears of it.

"In some areas that's a controversial topic, but I think the studies have shown in recommended levels of fluoride there's a definitely health benefit and that health benefit is reduction of dental caries or tooth decay." says Dr. Josell.

But as far as toxic, both Dr. Josell and Dr. Morrow say there are no studies to prove fluoride causes cancer, or reduced I-Q when used in it's recommended levels. Dr. Morrow adds he hasn't seen any eports of fluoride toxicities in Pitt county and that major concern is the aesthetic look of the teeth, not the fact that is can be toxic in excessive levels.

An E.P.A. report did show exposure to excessive consumption of fluoride over a lifetime may lead to increased likelihood of bone fractures in adults.

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  • by Golda Starr Location: Seattle on May 15, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    I used to believe the party line: I believed what they told us for decades upon decades about fluoride being good for teeth. I believed UNTIL my doctor told me I was in 3rd stage kidney disease and getting worse quickly - that's when I began doing my own research. Of course the doctor had nothing productive to say. She just said that the functioning wasn't low enough to warrant kidney dialysis - yet. (Yes, she used the word “yet.”) But she could not give me any idea as to why this was happening or how to reverse the trend. I quit drinking fluoridated water and quit all green and black teas (high fluoride). In four months my kidney function improved by 90%. Because of fluoride, I was headed straight for kidney dialysis. In 2006 the National Research Council said that people with lowered kidney function should avoid fluoride (National Research Council (2003-2006): Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards). In 2008 the National Kidney Foundation stated that people with reduced kidney function should avoid fluoride (http://www.kidney.org/atoz/pdf/Fluoride_Intake_in_CKD.pdf). It's no secret. Anyone with a medical degree should certainly be aware that fluoride and kidneys can never be friends. So why is it put in the public water supply where it pushes many people straight to kidney failure and dialysis? Why aren't doctors telling people that it can actually CAUSE kidney disease?! (Xiong X, et al. Environmental Research 2006). Choice is key. I need to be able to decide for myself whether to consume a chemical that will cause my kidneys to fail. My kidney-fluoride video story is posted at: http://fluoridedetective.com/kidneys/
  • by SurvivingFluoride Location: US on May 10, 2011 at 05:03 AM
    For info about the 2010 book by toxicologist, Paul Connett,PhD, "The Case Against Fluoride" go to www.fluoridealert.org or on FB, Fluoride Action Network. Atlanta civil rights leaders call fluoridation a violation of civil rights. Violation of the principle of Informed Consent is the basic legal problem. Dr.Connett's book is highly readable and is almost 50% citations and links to scientific or government studies, and World Health Organization data. Excerpts available online. Why drink garbage?
  • by tod Location: 7 springs on May 9, 2011 at 09:47 PM
    infowars.con has the real news many doctors say flouride is bad and many doctrors and nurses wont give the flu vaccine to their families
  • by JusticeForAll on May 9, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    The first people to put fluoride in drinking water were the Soviets in their Gulags, to keep the people calm and compliant. After that, the Nazis put fluoride in the water in the concentration camps to keep their victims compliant, and to ensure they wouldn't rise up and try to escape. The last think on the minds of the Nazis and the Soviets minds was the dental health of their prisoners--and now we put this deadly neurotoxin in OUR water, while almost EVERY other industrialized nation in the world has abandoned the fluoridation of drinking water. You do the math...
  • by Ashley Location: Greenville on May 9, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    I've read stuff about autism and fluoride too. Don't know how much of it has been medically researched though. Very interesting article.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 02:33 PM
    When their teeth rot out of their heads maybe they will change their views. When I was a kid we got little cups of fluoride to swish in our mouths in school.......
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      by Colin on May 9, 2011 at 11:37 PM in reply to
      And didn't you have to "spit it out"? The difference between your country and Australia is that our "medication" is supposed to be "by choice" - whether you like it or not the chemical silicofluoride is not "natural" is is a bio-accumulating poison. Overdosing is just as dangerous as having "preventative" vaccinations when they are all full of mercury.
  • by JAMIE on May 9, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    more worried about war, terrorist, gas prices, food prices, unemployment, retirement. Seems to me like there would be more to worry about. Just the way I feel anyway.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    Lets all brush with butter and clay.
  • by Jim Location: SC on May 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM
    I thought all this was faught out and decided back in the late 50s and early 60s. Long about the same time as the folic acid and enriched bread battles were being waged.
  • by Jessica Location: washington on May 9, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    Fluoride is a real issue that SHOULD be looked into. Kuddos to her for standing up and saying something.
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