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Fluoride in Water: Toxic Involuntary Medication

Congratulations to the voters of Portland, Oregon for rejecting a plan to add fluoride to their city’s water.  Well-informed communities knowledgeable about the toxic effects of water fluoridation are beginning to reject the outdated idea that mass medication will somehow prevent oral and dental problems. Fluoridation is a practice of adding fluoride (a toxic agricultural waste product) to municipal water supplies. I consider it involuntary medications with a wide variety of harmful side effects. Unlike any other water treatment procedures, water fluoridation does not treat the water, but the person consuming it.

The World Health Organization acknowledges that there is little difference in the rates of tooth decay in children living in fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities. In fact, the U.S. is the only Western country that permits fluoridation of water supplies. All of Europe, Japan and Korea prohibit water fluoridation.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that topically applied fluoride, as in fluoridated toothpaste, may have a positive effect in preventing cavities, but ingested fluoride, as in drinking water, has little, if any positive effect and plenty of negative ones.


Fluoride is toxic, pure and simple. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that one-third of American children have dental fluorosis (discolored teeth) caused by excess fluoride consumption. Excess fluoride consumption has also been linked to bone fractures, behavioral problems, hypothyroidism, bone cancer and reduced IQ in children.


Since the early 1950s, fluoride has been promoted by government and dentists alike as a solution to cavities, tooth decay and other dental problems in children.

Major dental problems being acquired by our children are rooted in high consumption of sugar and poor dietary habits. I am talking about the buckets of sugar-laden Coke with which many or our children (and adults) wash down their meals. Parents and health educators are remiss in teaching good nutrition proper dental hygiene.

We would all be better served by a government that promotes proper dental hygiene and dietary habits instead of spending taxpayer money adding toxic chemicals to our water supply.

If you’re still drinking the Fluoride Myth Kool-Aid (pun intended), by all means buy fluoridated toothpaste. It may help and it probably won’t hurt much unless you swallow it  (please note the warning label). For the rest of us, we’ll cherish our clean pure water, thank you very much. And thanks, Portland, for bringing this issue out front again.

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1 thought on “Fluoride in Water: Toxic Involuntary Medication

  1. I think your misleading information does a great disservice to Americans, who are extremely gullible in accepting pseudoscience over real science. Why do you do this? Do you just hate people? Or are you part of the multi-billion dollar herbal supplement, naturopathic healing, homeopathic, chiropractic industry that would prefer that people don’t know are not real science? Why? You might be helping out someone’s wallet, but you’re harming public health.

    Let’s talk about fluoride, for example. Serious scientific researchers have found that fluorides in water is not harmful at low levels. The acceptable upper limit for fluoride in water is 4 parts per million (ppm). If you look at the fluoride levels of fluoridated water in the U.S., you will see that it averages 0.7 to 1.2 ppm. This is a fraction of the maximum safe level, although naturally occurring fluoride in areas with volcanic substrate can be much higher. Far more fluorosis is caused by excess fluoride in natural water sources than by water fluoridation. You rely on anti-fluoride myths promulgated by McCarthyite anti-Communists in the ’50s and ’60s, who were best known for their paranoia. You don’t provide any citations to peer-reviewed studies. Where is the evidence? You claim that fluoridation has been implicated in “behavioral problems, hypothyroidism, bone cancer and reduced IQ in children”. Excessive fluoride may be possible with high concentrations of fluoride, but concentrations in fluoridated water supplies are tightly controlled.

    You mentioned that no western countries besides the United States have fluoridated water supplies. This is incorrect. Fluoridation is highly prevalent in Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,in some parts of the U.K., as well as in Chile, Colombia, and Brazil. Try telling any one of these countries that they are not Western countries. Water fluoridation has been proven to be the most effective method of reducing cavities in schoolchildren. The decision in Portland is not one to celebrate.

    Please note: I am not part of the dental profession or related trades or of the pharmaceutical or chemical industry. I am just a guy who understands and believes in (real) science.

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