Fluoride in Water Supplies

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Summary:
In this video blog I discuss fluoride in your drinking water. Did you know that fluoride was even in your drinking water? Why do water supplies have fluoride? Is it safe? Tune in and find out the answer to these questions and more…

Full Script:
Today I want to talk about water, more specifically what is in our drinking water.

There has been a lot of controversy about water fluoridation not only in the United States but in other countries as well. Opposition groups to water fluoridation have been around since it’s initiation in the 1940’s.

Some consider the fluoride put into our water supplies to be harmful when ingested long term. There have been valid concerns that the amount ingested is unregulated and can be a health risk, especially in young children and those with kidney disease, while the benefit of fluoridation has long been questioned.

The largest survey ever conducted in the US (over 39,000 children) by the National Institute of Dental Research showed little difference in tooth decay among children in fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities.

As well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now acknowledged that the mechanism of fluoride’s benefits are mainly TOPICAL not SYSTEMIC. Thus, you don’t have to swallow fluoride to protect teeth. Since swallowing fluoride is unnecessary, there is no reason to force people to drink fluoride in their water supply.

Many countries have discontinued water fluoridation. And as of July 2009 the European Court of Justice ruled that fluoridated water be regulated as a medicine. This means it can no longer be part of the normal water supply in the entire UK or Ireland, nor can it be in any water used to make food goods. This means not only in households but every wholesale and retail outlet in fluoridated areas of the UK and Ireland either have to cease production or install an alternative water supply.

This decision also bans all processed food products from countries such as the USA, Australia and New Zealand that uses fluoridated water in foods. This ruling must be enforced not only in European countries but must also apply to any country or external state that wishes to trade food products.

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