Why the Controversy Over Fluoride in Drinking Water?

Flouride in Water

If your household water is supplied by a municipal water authority, you have fluoride – whether you like it or not. If you like it, keep it in your water. If not, you have choices to reduce it through a whole house water filter (point of entry) or remove it nearly completely with counter top or under counter (point of use) water filters.

Proponents of Fluoridated Drinking Water Say…

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) hails water fluoridation as one of the top medical achievements of the 20th century, ranking it #9 (ahead of the health hazard recognition of tobacco). On their website it says, “For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to prevent tooth decay.”

“Unquestionably one of the safest…public health measures for preventing, controlling and in some cases reversing tooth decay,” says The American Dental Association (ADA).

“There is no link between [fluoridated drinking water and] adverse health effects,” so states Health Canada. The caveat is the fluoridation must be within – not exceeding – maximum acceptable levels of 1.5mg/L of water.

The World Health Organization (WHO) believes water fluoridation “may be a key factor in reducing inequalities in dental health.”

Fluoridation Opponents Counter…

Speaking on Canadian television, Robert Carton, former US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists says municipal water “fluoridation is the greatest fraud of this century.”

Neurotoxicologist and former Director of Toxicology at Forsyth Dental, Dr. Phyllis Mullenix published research detailing brain damage and ADHD-like behavioral changes in animals receiving even low doses of fluoride.

Likewise, a study published in Brain Research shows rats that consumed 1ppm of sodium fluoride developed brain lesions similar to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

EPA states children under 8 who are excessively exposed to fluoride have an increased risk of tooth enamel pitting and a condition called skeletal fluorosis. Because of the balancing act between dental health and skeletal fluorosis the EPA has lowered its maximum allowable level from 1.2 mg/L to 0.7mg/L.

A former special consultant to the Minister of Health, British Columbia, stated to the California Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, water fluoridation “studies presented… showed only positive results” with studies being omitted if they didn’t support what “they were ‘selling’.”

Others oppose mandatory fluoridation as an individual rights issue, such as the International Chiropractor’s Association.

Some Can’t Make Up Their Mind…

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) remains neutral, issuing a statement, “Individuals with CKD should be notified of their potential risk…” They call for additional research, but conclude the data does not support recommending fluoride-free water for patients with renal disease.

The Courts Say…

In 1973, the Supreme Court of The Netherlands declared mandatory fluoridation to be unconstitutional and thus the practice was stopped. Much of Europe does not fluoridate drinking water now. However, in case after case in the US, the courts have sided with the water authorities with not a single US Appellate Court or state court of last resort finding the practice to be unlawful.

You Decide…

Do you want the cavity-fighting benefits of fluoride? Do you think the benefits are greater than the risks? If so, you’re in luck because your municipal water is fluoridated.

If you don’t like the idea of fluoridation for one reason or another, there are options available to reduce or remove it. Most whole house water filtration systems do NOT address fluoride removal but some of the better systems do reduce it up to 60 percent. If you want to reduce flouride even more you might want to purchase an under-sink PurHome UCT with fluoride cartridge or a reverse osmosis water filter system.

The fluoride debate aside, there are other good reasons to filter your family’s drinking water: chemicals, parasites, chlorine and chloramines. Why not have your water tested to be sure?