The ability of fluoride to damage the brain reminds me of the movie I just saw – zombies! Several studies claimed the overexposure in varying levels can damage the human brain (not yet a zombie) and reduce intelligence or develop an impaired capacity to learn. Water fluoridation and putting fluoride in toothpaste have been creating debates around communities across the world. Is this toxic fertilizer byproduct used to prevent caries and tooth decay doing us harm?
The medical treatment without informed consent initiated by the government is actually producing less intellectual population. One thing that bothers anti-fluoride groups is the uncontrolled dosage any person gets from drinking a fluorinated water. The dosage you received is critical with any medication.
According to the National research council, fluoride is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, with a half life of about 30 minutes. After a single dose, plasma concentrations rise to a peak and then fall as the fluoride is cleared with a half life of several hours.
Although it might not always be detectable in plasma, chronic dosing leads to accumulation in bone and plasma. A study of Swiss aluminum workers found that fluoride bone concentrations decreased by 50% after 20 years, estimated via regression.
The cytotoxic potential of fluoride is due to its capacity to inhibit several cellular enzymes, particularly those related to energy metabolism. A fluoride exposure disrupts collagen synthesis and leads to the breakdown of collagen in various tissues and organ systems, including the bone, tendon, muscle, skin, cartilage, lungs, kidneys, and trachea.
In healthy individuals, about 50% of ingested fluoride is excreted by the kidneys. The renal system, therefore, appears at high risk of fluoride toxicity. The highest accumulation of fluoride in the kidneys among various soft tissues can be attributed as one of the possible reasons.
In addition, an in vitro study in rats indicated that fluoride could induce a cell cycle arrest and DNA damage resulting in neurotoxicity and neuronal death. Fluoride alters concentrations of monoamine neurotransmitters, such as the noradrenaline (NA), dopamine (DA), and serotonin (5-HT), which could lead to an impaired neurotransmission.
Fluoride is assumed to cause skin eruptions, such as atopic dermatitis, eczema or urticaria, gastric distress, headache, and weakness, particularly in hypersensitive individuals. Fluoride ingestion produces symptoms of gastric irritation, such as nausea, vomiting and gastric pain.
It can also induce fatal chronic kidney diseases. The hospital admission rates for kidney stones have been reported higher in areas with higher fluoride concentrations.
Fluoride is a highly toxic substance. It is more toxic than lead, but slightly less toxic than arsenic. This is the main reason it is a substance used in rodenticides and pesticides to kill pests, such as insects and rats.
According to the WHO, there is no discernible difference in tooth decay between developed countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not. The decline in tooth decay in the US over the last 60 years, which is often attributed to fluoridated water, has likewise occurred in all developed countries where most of which do not fluoridate their water.
However, the government does not support the association between water fluoridation and any adverse health effect or systemic disorder, even any negative effects on plants and animals. You can read this article and decide what is best for yourself and your family. This is a compilation of what’s what with drinking water fluoridation.
Fluoride Causes Brain Damage
The ability of this compound to damage the brain is one of the active research areas today. Several studies found that exposure could likely damage the brain.
The National Research Council suggests in 2006 that fluoride has the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain. Further, it expressed its concern of the contribution of this compound to dementia.
Scientists from the Neurotoxicology Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency suggests in 2007 that fluoride causes developmental neurotoxicity, which is a chemical that damages the young, developing brain.
Studies in China found that the brain of the fetus could be significantly damaged by the high fluoride taken by the mother during pregnancy. The epidemiology study showed decreases in IQ of children, which are about 5 to 10 IQ points aged 8 to 13 years old, who get more fluoride than the control groups of children in each study.
Reduced IQ among children
The Harvard Researchers in 2012 disclosed that fluoride exposure could reduce the IQ among children. The Harvard School of Public Health and the China Medical University study found evidences relating the elevated fluoride to a reduced IQ level with strong indications that fluoride adversely affects the cognitive development of the children.
The study was published in the Environmental Health Perspectives on 2012. An environmental health scientist found that fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that caused the chemical brain drain.
Which one to lose, teeth or IQ?
Fluoride in water cuts down the cost of fillings, but would it raise the occurrence of dementia? Fluoride is now ingested from fruit juices, lettuce, raisins and anything that has been grown using pesticides.
Fluoride has been used as an effective pest killer in agriculture and farming. The Charles University in the Czech Republic found that the long term action of the aluminofluoride complexes may put you at risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
In one study, laboratory rats fed with 1 to 5 ppm for fluoride in their water (same amount used in the drinking water fluoridation programs) resulted in the formation of the beta-amyloid deposits, which is very much associated with the Alzheimer’s disease.
Is your toothpaste making you sick? Manufacturing companies usually add the synthesized fluoride to drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwash, and other products. Fluoride reduces the prevalence of tooth decay, which is the main reason it is being added to the drinking water and toothpaste.
It is very useful in preventing cavities. It also helps build stronger teeth. It cannot be argued that the benefits of fluoride are significant.
There has been a reduction of dental caries in a population whose public water supply has been treated with fluoride. However, excess fluoride can result in a damaged health.
How do you control the dosage of fluoride any member of your family takes? In simplest argument, can you control your thirst?
Regarding the effectiveness of fluoride in reducing dental cavities, there has not been any double blind study of fluoride’s effectiveness to prevent caries.
The largest study done by dentists trained by the National Institute of Dental Research on over 39,000 school children aged 5 to 17 years old, showed no significant differences in terms of decayed, missing, and filled teeth, among caries incidences in fluoridated, nonfluoridated, and partially fluoridated communities.
The publication on the 50 year fluoridation experiment in two New York cities, Newburgh and Kingston, showed the same thing. The only significant difference in dental health between the two communities as a whole is that fluoridated Newburgh shows about twice the incidence of dental fluorosis, which is the first visible sign of fluoride chronic toxicity.
If the concentrations of fluoride in the oral cavity are sufficient to inhibit bacterial enzymes and cause other bacteriostatic effects, then those concentrations are also capable of producing adverse effects in the mammalian tissue mainly because of the enzyme systems.
The observation was based on the results of mutation studies about the gene mutations in mammalian and lower order tissues caused by fluoride concentrations estimated to be present in the mouth taken from a fluoridated toothpaste. In any event, you can choose to use a nonfluoridated toothpaste, but surely cannot avoid drinking it when it is put into the public water supplies.
Nowadays, there is no doubt that fluoride can cross the blood-brain barrier and it can cause adverse effects on the brain cell architecture, metabolism, and the oxidant/ antioxidant status deteriorating intellectual functions.
Fluoridation linked to Alzheimer’s
One study found that fluoride increases the absorption of aluminum, which is a suspected Alzheimer’s trigger by over 600%. The fluoride aluminum combination spells disaster for brain health.
Researchers speculate that fluoride in water complexes with the aluminum in food, deodorants, pots and pans, enabling it to cross the blood-brain barrier.
The peer reviewed journal Brain Research published in 1998 reported that low levels of fluoride in drinking water, which is equal to the amount in our fluoridated water today, cause damage to the brain tissue similar to Alzheimer’s.
Both the human and laboratory tests show that fluoride’s link to memory impairment and diminished mental acuity can no longer be ignored.
Even in minute doses, fluoride is more toxic than lead. It accumulates in and is damaging the brain development of the children. Studies confirm that fluoride affects the central nervous system, and that a higher concentration of fluoride is found in the embryonic brain tissue in areas where fluorosis (fluoride poisoning) is prevalent.
Dental and skeletal fluorosis
During the tooth development, an excessive exposure to fluoride causes the appearance of tiny white streaks in the tooth enamel. In severe cases, it can cause permanent spots and stains, discoloration and brown markings – mild dental fluorosis.
The skeletal fluorosis is a bone disease that tends to harden, makes the bone less elastic, and increases the risk of fractures. An impaired joint mobility is seen when the bones thicken and the tissue accumulates.
The sodium fluoride is considered as a bone anabolic drug. The adult kidneys excrete about 50 to 60% of the fluoride ingested each day while the rest of the compound accumulates mainly in the bones and the pineal gland.
As its concentration steadily increases over time, its growth in bone quantity could be detrimental to health. Skeletal fluorosis is a crippling bone disease marked by calcification of the joints and irregular bone growth from too much fluoride.
Fluoride causes cancer
The blood stream absorbs and delivers the fluoride to the digestive tract and on areas that are high in calcium, such as the bones and the teeth. Fluoride collects in parts of the bone where they grow.
The growth plates are where osteosarcoma usually develops. It was believed that the fluoride causes the cells to grow faster, and make them likely become cancerous.
In 2006, a study by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that higher exposure from drinking water with fluoride is associated with the risk of osteosarcoma in boys but not in girls. The American Cancer Institute found that the increase of the osteosarcoma is age specific and sex specific seen to be happening more in fluoridated areas.
Several studies show that the accumulative effect of fluoride in the bone is devastating. The Journal of the American Dental Association cites chronic ingestion of fluoride as a cause of osteofluorosis, which is a crippling bone disease.
WHO states that people consuming 2mg to 8mg of fluoride a day, which is about 2 to 8 liters of fluoridated water, can develop the pre-clinical arthritis like symptoms of fluorosis.
Postmenopausal women who are already at risk for osteoporosis, the elderly, and the people with nutrient deficiencies, cardiovascular and kidney problems are especially affected by the toxicity of fluoride.
How do you reduce exposure?
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends only a pea sized amount of toothpaste for brushing and should do your best not to swallow.
The National Institute of Dental Research states that dental fluorosis (fluoride poisoning of the teeth) affects 8% to 51% of children drinking fluoridated water. The visible characteristics are discoloration or pitting of the teeth, or white flecks in the teeth.
Lupus and autoimmune disorder
Fluoride can make your lupus and autoimmune disorder worse. Lupus is a connective tissue disorder. Connective tissues are 30% collagen.
Fluoride disrupts the synthesis of collagen that may result in a breakdown of the skin, muscle, bone, kidneys, tendons, and other parts of the body. There is a good evidence that the lupus autoimmune disorder could be made worse by fluoride.
Halides such as the chlorine and fluoride, may pose risk to myasthenia gravis patients. When enough receptors are blocked by your autoantibodies, your muscle contraction becomes weak, and lead to the myasthenia gravis.
Fluoridated water has been found to trigger or contribute to long term deterioration, with extreme exhaustion and muscle weakness. Occupational exposure to fluoride can cause the skeletal disorder fluorosis, in which the fluoride is being deposited in the bones instead of the calcium.
The symptoms are aches, pains, changes in the teeth, and an increased density of the bone and soft tissue.
Fluoride and thyroid
Fluoride is known to suppress the thyroid activity. In children, excess fluoride in drinking water has been shown to affect the thyroid hormone output. There are still arguments going on whether or not fluoride is a cause of hypothyroidism.
Fluoride and chloride are neighbors in the molecular charts. They can push iodine out of the thyroid hormone. In the absence of iodine, the T4 cannot be formed.
Toxins and pollutants considered strong possibilities for causing thyroid autoimmunity found in the water systems and excessive exposure to fluoride. If fluoride interferes with the thyroid, it could result in a lowered IQ in children.
The UNICEF sponsored study found the relationship of a low iodine and high fluoride environment in China and is particularly specific about fluoride. The study found that even a modest amount of fluoride in the water can lead to a greater reduction in IQ and an increased frequency of hypothyroidism.
Argument about toxicity
Although fluoride does not accumulate significantly in most tissues as compared to the bones and teeth, older studies found that concentrations in the thyroid tissue generally exceed those in most other tissue except kidney. Fluoride interferes with numerous enzymes and of the many important biological processes, thus affecting the growth factors, hormones, and neurotransmitters.
Demole argued that the specific toxicity of the fluoride in the thyroid glands does not exist as it does not interfere with the prophylactic action of iodine on the endemic goiter. However, this report was published by the Committee on Fluoride in Drinking Water.
Fluoride affects everyone
Regardless of your age, fluoride can affect your health. Fluoride sources can be the food and beverages being processed with fluoridated water, dental products, and mechanically deboned meat.
Believe it or not, the poison control center receives over 11,000 calls each year due to poisoning from ingesting fluoride toothpaste, specifically small children who tend to swallow toothpaste.
Drinking water alternative
You can use the mineral water, which comes from natural springs of varying mineral content and widely varying taste. The naturally occurring minerals are beneficial to digestion and regularity.
Artesian well comes from a deep pure source, has a slight fizz from bubbling up under rock pressure, and is tapped by a drilled well.
Distilled water can be from a spring or tap source. It is de-mineralized. It is the purest water available, but not for long term use because it can demineralize the body.
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