Understanding Fluoride and Its Effects on the Human Body
Fluoride naturally occurs in the water supply more heavily concentrated in the rocks of Southwest United States. Fluoride is also seen in the water supplies of most other areas including New England. The natural content of fluoride in the public drinking water in Massachusetts is approximately 100th of 1ppm (part per million).
The contention that fluoride naturally occurs is exactly correct, except for its category. It is classified by the EPA and other water analysis text books as an impurity or contaminant. Other impurities include lead and arsenic.
Approximately 50% of the fluoride taken into the body is absorbed by the teeth and skeletal system, the rest is passed out through the kidneys (as long as they are working properly).
Like nicotine that remains in the body of a smoker, fluoride (even at levels as low as 1ppm) also remains in the body for a lifetime. This cumulative effect has been known to cause diseases, including dental fluorosis which is the first symptom in the human body of fluorine poisoning (for other diseases associated with fluoride retention, visit this site: http://www.all-natural.com/fleffect.html). It should be noted that 32 ounces of fluoridated water equals the same amount of fluoride found in a 1mg prescription tablet, and the drug manufacturer suggests that people who develop skin reactions, headaches, fatigue, or dental fluorosis should discontinue fluoride medication if these side effects occur. (Are we to stop drinking our own tap water?)
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The full extent of the physical complications of taking a toxic substance like fluoride over a lifetime is available on many other sites - a few of which are listed below. We encourage you to gain as much basic information regarding fluoride and physiology in order to appreciate the technicality of these sites.
Two independent studies have been conducted by appointed committees of the towns of Natick and Wilmington, MA, investigating the possibility of fluoridating their water supplies. Their observations and analysis are too extensive for this site but can be downloaded from the "Resources Page" of Fluoride Action Network or to view the Natick report online see http://www.fluoridation.com/natick.htm.
There is a simple truth regarding any issue - "Knowledge Will Set You Free". We encourage you to go to the Public Library, look under Fluoride and it's effects on the human body. Only with basic information on how fluoride interacts with the human body and the potential side-effects from its successive ingestion can you really understand the implications of a lifetime of consuming fluoridated water. Remember, it is not our contention that people should not have the right to consume fluoride but our strong belief that our water supply is no place to carry any chemical, including fluoride, that will change our physical health. It is far too available in many other forms and, in fact, may be exposing the population to an excessive risk of fluoride related diseases.
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