There are many reasons to avoid fluoride. It’s not an essential nutrient; in fact it is far from it. Fluoride is a neurotoxic chemical that really has no place in the water supply. The CDC itself has admitted that any benefits fluoride may actually be able to impart onto your dental health are primarily achieved through topical application, not consumption. Drinking fluoridated water does nothing to help protect your teeth.
A study funded by the United States’ National Institute of Health (NIH) also concluded that there was no correlation between fluoride consumption and prevention of tooth decay. Tooth decay continues to run rampant in impoverished communities, despite the fact that they have been drinking fluoridated water for decades.
Perhaps what is more telling, though, is the fact that in communities where fluoride has been removed from the water supply, dental decay rates have not gone up. In places like East Germany, Finland and Cuba, where fluoride has been eliminated from the water, dental decay rates have actually gone down. Doesn’t that suggest that fluoride in the water may not actually be what’s best for dental health?
In addition to those findings, other studies have found that fluoride consumption negatively affects bone health. Many studies have found that fluoride actually accumulates in bones, which leads to bone damage and in some cases, skeletal fluorosis. At least five epidemiological studies have indicated that fluoride consumption increases hip fracture risks. Fluoride “therapy” for osteoporosis has also been found to produce inferior bone tissue that is rife with structural abnormalities.
There are many reasons to avoid fluoride, such as its neurotoxicity and its propensity of causing reproductive and kidney issues. But the fact that fluoride doesn’t even prevent the conditions its purported to prevent makes it presence in our water supply even more detestable.