Fluoridation of Drinking Water




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"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison

10 facts about fluoride you need to know

Two thirds of the drinking water in the United States is fluoridated.

An Inconvenient Tooth - Fluoride Documentary

The fluoride added to drinking water is a neurotoxin. Twenty three studies link water fluoridation to brain damage.

More independent voices speak up on fluoridation

41% of American Teenagers Have Inherited This Disease

Fluoridation vs. Democracy

"Fluoride causes more human cancer, and causes it faster, than any other chemical."
-  Dean Burk, Chief Chemist Emeritus, U.S. National Cancer Institute

97% of western Europe has rejected water fluoridation

49 studies have linked fluoride with reduced IQ in children

Fluoride increases lead in your body

"CDC and ADA Now Advise to Avoid Using Fluoride"

Fluoride hazards 1, 2

Additional articles on fluoride are in our Library 1, 2, 3, and 4

The toothpaste we use is called Tooth Builder and contains xylitol which reduces the population of acid forming bacteria in the mouth. Tooth Builder toothpaste is fluoride-free.

There is evidence that consuming tamarind increases fluoride excretion.

National Health Federation has many articles on fluoridation.



The information on this page is reprinted with permission from www.schoolofnaturalhealing.com.  For more information on fluoridation, go to www.schoolofnaturalhealing.com and follow the various links. See also the fluoride links pages at www.mercola.com and www.fluoridealert.org. Do an Internet search using the search box at the bottom the page.

Prominent researcher apologizes for pushing fluoride
By Barry Forbes, The Tribune, Mesa, AZ
Sunday, December 5, 1999

"Why'd you do it, Doc? Why'd you toss the fluoride folks overboard?"

I had just tracked down Dr. Hardy Limeback B.SC., Ph.D. in Biochemistry, D.D.S., head of the Department of Preventive Dentistry for the University of Toronto, and president of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. (Whew.)

Dr. Limeback is Canada's leading fluoride authority and, until recently, the country's primary promoter of the controversial additive. In a surprising newsmaker interview this past April, Dr. Limeback announced a dramatic change of heart. "Children under three should never use fluoridated toothpaste," he counseled. "Or drink fluoridated water. And baby formula must never be made up using Toronto tap water. Never."

Why, I wondered? What could have caused such a powerful paradigm shift?

"It's been building up for a couple of years," Limeback told me during a recent telephone interview. "But certainly the crowning blow was the realization that we have been dumping contaminated fluoride into water reservoirs for half a century. The vast majority of all fluoride additives come from Tampa Bay, Florida smokestack scrubbers. The additives are a toxic byproduct of the super-phosphate fertilizer industry."

"Tragically," he continued, "that means we're not just dumping toxic fluoride into our drinking water. We're also exposing innocent, unsuspecting people to deadly elements of lead, arsenic and radium, all of them carcinogenic. Because of the cumulative properties of toxins, the detrimental effects on human health are catastrophic." A recent study at the University of Toronto confirmed Dr. Limeback's worst fears. "Residents of cities that fluoridate have double the fluoride in the hip bones vis--vis the balance of the population. Worse, we discovered that fluoride is actually altering the basic architecture of human bones."

Skeletal fluorosis is a debilitating condition that occurs when fluoride accumulates in bones, making them extremely weak and brittle. The earliest symptoms?

"Mottled and brittle teeth," Dr. Limeback told me. "In Canada we are now spending more money treating dental fluorosis than we do treating cavities. That includes my own practice."

One of the most obvious living experiments today, Dr. Limeback believes, is a proof-positive comparison between any two Canadian cities. "Here in Toronto we've been fluoridating for 36 years. Yet Vancouver - which has never fluoridated - has a cavity rate lower than Toronto's." And, he pointed out, "cavity rates are low all across the industrialized world including Europe, which is 98% fluoride free. Low because of improved standards of living, less refined sugar, regular dental checkups, flossing and frequent brushing. Now less than 2 cavities per child Canada-wide,' he said.

"I don't get it, Doc. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ran a puff piece all across America saying the stuff was better than sliced bread. What's the story?"

"Unfortunately," he replied, "the CDC is basing its position on data that is 50 years old, and questionable at best. Absolutely no one has done research on fluorosilicates, which is the junk they're dumping into the drinking water."

"On the other hand," he added, "the evidence against systemic fluoride intake continues to pour in."

"But Doc, the dentists..."
"... have absolutely no training in toxicity," he stated firmly. "Your well-intentioned dentist is simply following 50 years of misinformation from public health and the dental association. Me, too. Unfortunately, we were wrong."

Last week, Dr. Hardy Limeback addressed his faculty and students at the University of Toronto, Department of Dentistry. In a poignant, memorable meeting, he apologized to those gathered before him.

"Speaking as the head of preventive dentistry, I told them that I had unintentionally mislead my colleagues and my students. For the past 15 years, I had refused to study the toxicology information that is readily available to anyone. Poisoning our children was the furthest thing from my mind."

"The truth," he confessed to me, "was a bitter pill to swallow. But swallow it I did."

South of the border, the paradigm shift has yet to dawn. After half a century of delusion, the CDC, American Dental Association and Public Health stubbornly and skillfully continue to manipulate public opinion in favor of fluoridation.

Meantime, study after study is delivering the death knell of the deadly toxin. Sure, fluoridation will be around for a long time yet, but ultimately its supporters need to ready the life rafts. The poisonous waters of doubt and confusion are bound to get choppier.

"Are lawsuits inevitable?" I asked the good doctor. "Remember tobacco," was his short, succinct reply.

Welcome, Dr. Hardy Limeback to the far side of the fluoride equation.

It's lonely over here, but in our society loneliness and truth frequently travel hand in hand.

Thank you for the undeniable courage of your convictions.


Utah a national leader by not fluoridating
Written by David W. Christopher M.H.
The Daily Herald, Provo, Ut.
Sunday, June 4, 2000

Utahns consistently reject fluoride because we cut through the enormous endorsements and weigh the facts. We are not behind the times, but ahead of the 60 cities that bucked the system and rejected fluoride in the 1990's. We're unique because we vote. Most cities are fluoridated by executive order.
The task of unmasking this fluoride farce is monumental. Utah being the least fluoridated state is pivotal.  If we can withstand the onslaught of federal, state, industrial, and of course medical pressure, Utah can send a clear message to Washington that like Europe and the majority of the world we will not be a part of the biggest hoax perpetrated on America since it's inception. One lemming bucking the crowd will be noticed by other States who then might finally call for congressional hearings ferreting out the perpetrators of this insidious practice of dumping toxic waste into our drinking water under an EPA loophole.  
Is fluoride toxic? Science shows fluoride is more toxic than lead (Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products-1984) The majority of fluoride is captured into ponds from EPA required smokestack scrubbers and sold untreated to municipalities. The technical name is fluorosilicic acid, and yes it is a toxic waste that can totally dissolve any cement barriers.
Is fluoride a cumulative toxin? Of course it is; that's how it's supposed to work.  It attaches to the calcium in bones. That is why dentists apply it to your teeth. However, when you drink it in water it enters the blood stream and attaches to the first bones it comes in contact with. Does fluoride cause hip fractures? Yes. Hip fractures were caused inadvertently in a study designed to prove fluoride prevented osteoporosis. In the trials elderly women were given 75 mg. per day of sodium fluoride and compared to a control group. The study ended abruptly with the horrifying discovery that fluoride caused these fractures. In light of this study another study looked at low levels of fluoride in drinking water at the optimal  level of 1 ppm. Hip fractures were 27% higher in women and 41% higher in men living in Brigham City, the largest fluoridated community in Utah, compared to non-fluoridated Logan and Cedar City. These studies were verified in five additional studies including the French study (JAMA 1995; 273:775) that showed an 86% increase in hip fractures in fluoridated communities. Additionally, Toronto which has been fluoridated for 35 years has twice the hip fractures as Quebec which has never been fluoridated.  
Is fluoride absolutely safe? Of course not! There are more than 500 peer reviewed studies documenting adverse effects of fluoride ranging from cancer to brain damage. Tragically all of these studies will be dismissed as non conclusive by a medical system which has a predetermined mind set that fluoride is safe and effective.  
Should we vote on it? By the initiative process, yes. If they can't get enough signatures? Then no, and quit wasting our time. How many times? I guess until they join our side!


Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. - Winston Churchill

Dental Fluorosis Prevention Program

"The American Medical Association is NOT prepared to state that no harm will be done to any person by water fluoridation. The AMA has not carried out any research work, either long-term or short-term, regarding the possibility of any side effects."
- Dr. Flanagan, Assistant Director of Environmental Health, American Medical Association.

Campaign for Fluoride Free Water in Ireland

"I am appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs. Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious effects on a long range basis. Any attempt to use water this way is deplorable."
- Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd, Past President of the American Medical Association.

Low-Level Fluoridation and Low-Level Radiation

"Fluoridation ... it is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has."
- Dr. Professor Albert Schatz, (Microbiology), Nobel Prize Winner and the discovery of Streptomycin, the cure for tuberculosis and numerous other bacterial infections.

Dangers of Fluoridated Water

"Fluoride may be destroying our bones, our teeth and overall health... it doesn't need to be added to our water and we may be taking unnecessary risks by doing so."
- Dr. Hardy Limeback, a leading Canadian fluoride authority, former fluoride advocate and long-standing consultant to Canadian Dental Association. Now a Professor of Dentistry at the University of Toronto.

National Center for Fluoridation Policy & Research (NCFPR)

"The evidence against the safety of this public health policy keeps mounting; it is too compelling to ignore."
- Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, Children's Hospital, Boston

Preventive Dental Health Association

"By 1983 I was thoroughly convinced that fluoridation caused more harm than good. I expressed the opinion that some of these children with dental fluorosis could, just possibly, have also suffered harm to their bones"
- Dr. Colquhoun, former Principal Dental Officer for Auckland New Zealand.

The Fluoridation Fiasco

"Based on data from the National Academy of Sciences, current levels of fluoride exposure in drinking water may cause arthritis in a substantial portion of the population long before they reach old age"
-Dr. Robert Carton, former EPA scientist.

Fluoridation: A 50 Year old Blunder and Cover-Up

"E.P.A. should act immediately to protect the public, not just on the cancer data, but on the evidence of bone fractures, arthritis, mutagenicity and other effects."
- Dr. William Marcus, Senior Toxicologist at E.P.A.

STOP Fluoridation USA

"Water contains a number of substances that are undesirable, and fluorides are just one of them," stated Dr. F. A. Bull, State Dental Director of Wisconsin, speaking at the Fourth Annual Conference of State Dental Directors.


Rejection of Water Fluoridation

Since 1990

Sorted By Date




Santa Barbara, California23-Nov-99Rejected
Johnstown, New York19-Nov-99Rejected
Tooele, Utah2-Nov-99Rejected
Wichita, Kansas26-Oct-99Rejected
Boca Raton, Florida25-Oct-99Rejected
E! Cajon, California27-Apr-99Rejected
Escondido, California7-Apr-99Rejected
Helix Water District, California7-Apr-99Rejected
Lakeside Water District, California6-Apr-99Rejected
Riverview Water District, California24-Mar-99Rejected
La Mesa, California9-Mar-99Rejected
Santa Cruz, California4-Mar-99Banned
Bremerton, Washington2-Feb-99Rejected
Olympia, Washington15-Dec-98Rejected
Seward, Nebraska3-Nov-98Rejected
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory,
28-Jul-98Quit after 30 years
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri1-Jul-98Quit after 13 years
Salt Lake City, Utah10-Jun-98Rejected
Grand Island, Nebraska13-May-98Quit after 1 year
Norfolk, Nebraska13-May-98Rejected
Scottsbluff, Nebraska13-May-98Rejected
Aurora, Nebraska13-May-98Rejected
Stromsburg, Nebraska13-May-98Rejected
North Platte, Nebraska13-May-98Rejected
Washington, Missouri7-Apr-98Rejected
Kitimat, British Columbia, CanadaMar-98Quit
Hot Springs, ArkansasFeb-98Rejected
Ridgefield, Oregon22-Dec-97Rejected
Methuen, Massachusetts4-Nov-97Rejected
Spokane, Washington25-Aug-97Rejected
Largo, Florida15-Jul-97Rejected
Clearwater, Florida15-Jul-97Rejected
North Redington Beach, Florida15-Jul-97Rejected
Amsterdam, New York21-May-97Rejected
Suisun City, California1-May-97Rejected
Yardly, Pennsylvania16-Apr-97Rejected
Erie, Pennsylvania21-Mar-97Rejected
Western Nassau County, New York21-Nov-96Quit after 23 years
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada16-Nov-96Quit after 42 years
Worcester, Massachusetts6-Nov-96Rejected
Bloomer, Wisconsin6-Nov-96Rejected
Gothenburg, NebraskaNov-96Rejected
Kodiak, Alaska12-Jul-96Rejected
Carle Place, New York1-Feb-96Quit
Winter Springs, Florida10-Jan-96Rejected
Pasco, Florida14-Dec-95Rejected
York, Pennsylvania29-Jul-95Rejected
Albany, New York8-Dec-94Rejected
Thurmont, Maryland3-Feb-94Rejected
Barnstable, (Cape Cod)
Middletown, MarylandNov-93Quit
Port Hardy, British Columbia,
Nov-93Quit after 19 years
Squamish, British Columbia,
Nov-93Quit after 20 years
Wagoner, Oklahoma17-Jun-93Rejected
Campbell River,
British Columbia, Canada
Apr-93Quit after 33 years
Redwood Valley, California6-Feb-93Rejected
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada30-Jan-93Rejected
Milltown, Wisconsin17-Oct-92Rejected
Washoe County, Nevada15-Jul-92Rejected
Bellingham, Washington19-May-92Rejected
British Columbia, Canada
Palm Beach County, Florida22-Oct-91Rejected
Ketchikan, Alaska2-Oct-91Rejected
Suffolk County, New York15-Aug-91Rejected
Davis, California14-Dec-905th rejection
Cumberland, Maryland17-May-90Quit after 2 years
Morgan Hill, California7-Mar-90Quit
Los Altos Hills, (Purissima)

For a list updated to the present see http://fluoridealert.org/content/communities


Fluoridation in Other Countries

Water fluoridation was stopped in the following World Health Organization (WHO) Countries:
  • Federal Republic of Germany (introduced 1952, stopped 1971)
  • Sweden (introduced 1952, stopped 1971)
  • Netherlands (introduced 1953, stopped 1976)
  • Czechslovakia (introduced 1958, stopped 1988/90)
  • German Democratic Republic (introduced 1959, stopped 1990/93)
  • Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (introduced 1960, stopped 1990)
  • Finland (introduced 1959, stopped 1993)
  • Japan (introduced 1952, stopped 1972)

"The reason for these cessation's of water fluoridation was not a political one, but the consequence of scientific discussion of its effectiveness and side effects."

"Dentists and WHO experts have predicted a very large caries increase ("a tide of caries") after termination of fluoridation. Analyses of the data, however, reveal a significant decrease in dental caries (caries decline) after suspension of water fluoridation in Japan, in the Netherlands, in Prague, in the German Democratic Republic, and elsewhere. Never has any real increase in dental caries been observed after water fluoridation was discontinued."

Fluoridation in Europe. FLUORIDE 31(3), 1998, pp 171-174 International Society for Fluoride Research


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