We are told from an early age, on our visits to the dentist, that fluoride is important for strengthening our teeth. We have accepted, without question, that it is added to our drinking water, but have you ever wondered where it actually comes from?

Please note that there is a link to a very interesting documentary on the dangers of fluoride at the end of this article.

The most common type of Fluoride (hydrofluorosilicic) used in our drinking water is a by-product left over from manufacturing phosphate fertilizer. The condensation of two toxic fluoride gases are collected, and sold to us as being good for our health.

This hydrofluorosilicic acid is a toxic waste. Fertiliser companies are not permitted to release it into the environment, due to it killing wildlife.

Hydrofluorosilicic acid is classified in Australia as a Schedule 7 Hazardous Poison. These are substances of exceptional danger which require special precautions in their manufacture or use. It is so toxic that the workers handling it have to wear overalls, chemical goggles, a face shield, elbow-length impervious gloves, a splash apron and rubber boots. Source - Click here.

Hydrofluorosilicic acid has been shown to leach heavy metals such as lead out of pipes. See study here.

Did you know many communities worldwide have stopped adding fluoride to their water?

Australia is one of only 8 countries that fluoridate more than 50% of their water supply (with Australia fluoridating 90% of its supply). Many countries experimented with fluoridation but terminated it, usually on the grounds that it was the uncontrolled administration of a drug without informed consent.

97% of Western Europe has rejected water fluoridation. Click here to read an article listing all the countries that refuse fluoride.

The mass treatment of public fresh drinking water with industrial fluorosilicic acid to produce fluoride ion at 1.0 ppm also produces approximately 6 ppm sodium ion and .7 ppm orthosilicic acid. None of these is found in or belongs in fresh drinking water.

Here is a list of communities that have halted fluoridation of their drinking water since 1990 - click here.

NO safety studies

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is supposedly responsible for advice to Australia on health matters. However, by its own admission, NHMRC have never funded a single project to investigate the potential for adverse health effects from fluoride and fluoridation.

In August 2015, in a letter to a NSW Council, NHMRC confirmed they have not conducted any studies to ascertain daily fluoride intake under water fluoridation. In April 2016, NHMRC stated:

“There have been no projects funded by NHMRC prior to or after 2000 that investigated potential negative health effects from fluoride or fluoridation.” That is despite NHMRC’s own fluoridation reviews, especially from 1991, recommending the need for NHMRC to adopt a pro-active approach and conduct their own studies."

"With more than 2,000 published fluoride-harms studies available and accumulating evidence confirming fluoride’s damage to our physiology – especially the mother-infant studies showing potential damage to the developing brain – NHMRC’s lack of appropriate concern with safety is a staggering failure in duty of care! Their failure to invest in research in fluoridation harms is especially egregious as fluoridation is forced on us based on spurious claims of safefy." Source - Click here.

In 2016 NHMRC became aware of a study by Malin and Till  published in February 2015, that linked American water fluoridation to higher rates of medically diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This study fulfilled NHMRC criteria to be included in NHMRC review. However, because they did not like the implications of this peer reviewed study that had been published in Environmental Health, there was absolutely no mention of this study in NHMRC’s 2017 Information Paper. This could be considered as lying by omission. To read more about the NHMRC appearing to be manipulating data in favour of fluoridation lobbyists, click here.

Other Fluoride studies

Although there haven't been any studies proving the long-term safety of fluoride by health authorities, there have been studies which suggest that long-term fluoride exposure can have negative effects on the human body. Here are some examples:

  • Nearly 2,000 published scientific studies have reported adverse effects of fluoride on almost every organ and tissue in the human body. Source - Click here
  • Over 70 studies have reported that elevated fluoride exposure is associated with reduced IQ in humans. Source - Click here
  • An Indian study found that children from fluorinated townships had lower IQs. Source - Click here
  • Exposure to fluoridated water and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder prevalence among children and adolescents in the United States: an ecological association. Source - Click here
  • A Canadian study found a link with people in fluorinated areas and a 6.1x higher rate of ADHD.
    Source - Click here

Despite all these concerning studies, New Zealand, as recently as 2022, is no longer leaving it up to local councils to consult with their communities on whether they wish to have their drinking water fluoridated. The decision is now mandated by the Director-General of Health under The Health Act (Section 116E). Any local council that contravenes this order faces a fine of up to $200,000, and an additional $10,000 for every day thereafter that they delay in doing so. Will other countries follow suit? See video below ‘A recent analysis of fluoride.’

A recent analysis of fluoride in New Zealand

A Harvard review found links between fluoridation and IQ, which suggested a drop of seven IQ points across a fluorinated population, although the language used in the report states it is a “shift of less than one standard deviation.” (One standard deviation being equal to 15 IQ points). Is this language used to hide the severity of the issue? Such a significant drop in IQ has a huge impact on society.

50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation By Dr Paul Connett (PhD)

Here are just a few reasons from Dr Connett's article:

  • Fluoride may damage the brain.
  • The dose cannot be controlled.
  • Fluoride is not an essential nutrient.
  • Fluoride accumulates in the body.
  • No health agency in fluoridated countries is monitoring fluoride exposure or side effects.
  • There has never been a single randomized controlled trial to demonstrate fluoridation’s effectiveness or safety.
  • Tooth decay does not go up when fluoridation is stopped.
  • Tooth decay was coming down before fluoridation started in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Fluoride causes arthritic symptoms.
  • Fluoride damages bone.
  • Fluoride may cause reproductive problems.
  • The silicon fluorides may increase lead uptake into children’s blood.
  • As of 2012, over 4000 scientists signed a letter calling for an end to water fluoridation worldwide.

To read the full article with an in-depth explanation of all the reasons, including references to studies which back up the claims, click here.

Recent fluoride-related accidents and overfeeds

Here you will find a collection of accidents, spills, and overfeeds that were reported publicly and found online. There is little doubt that the actual number of incidents is likely many times higher, particularly overfeeds and spills. Its scary that in one incident which occurred in Wisconsin in 2023, a pump valve failure caused a fluoridation chemical overfeed for an unknown period of time, increasing drinking water fluoride levels to a shocking 13ppm, nearly 20-times higher than normal. Residents weren’t notified until two months later. Read more here.

Watch a scientific documentary exposing the dangers of fluoride:

To see more well put-together evidence of the harms of fluoride, head to Fluoride Free Australia.

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