Pros And Cons Of Fluoride

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The amount of people receiving fluoridated water has risen 400% in the past 50 years, yet America’s dental cavity rate is higher than countries who do not fluoridate their water. Fluoride has been called the greatest public health achievement of the 20th century, but still there is no proven effect to the American people's teeth. So, why than is 66.3% of the U.S. population receiving fluoridated water and why are taxpayers paying millions of dollars to put a harmful chemicals into their water? Fluoride is a drug and harmful chemical that the people of the U.S. deserve to choose whether or not they want to ingest therefore, it should be taken out of public water systems.
Every person deserves the right to clean and healthy water free of contaminants
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The three types of fluoride added to public water systems are: fluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride. The naturally occurring fluoride in rural water sources tends to be the fluorite mineral which occurs at a rate 10 times less than artificially fluoridated water. According to Richard Sauerheber in his study Physiologic Conditions Affect Toxicity of Ingested Industrial Fluoride Sauerheber elaborates on how the natural mineral salts of calcium, iron, and magnesium reduce the intake of fluoride in the intestinal tract and makes it nearly harmless (Sauerheber). Sodium fluoride doesn't have nearly the same effect has calcium fluoride as sodium fluoride is toxic at around 5-10mg/kg and causes chronic heart failure at these doses (Fluoride Toxicity). However calcium fluoride has no know amount to cause heart failure “and would offer no hazard beyond that of ordinary combustible materials (e.g. wood, paper)”(NFPA). So, if artificially produced fluoride is so hazardous that it can cause death, than it would be assumed it is manufactured in strict pharmaceutical settings to ensure pureness and quality control. This is the opposite of what is true, standard fluoride for public drinking water is phosphate fertilizer pollution (Connett). It is not some controlled purposefully made chemical to keep us safe, but a by product that was threatening the survival of crops, animals, and people when it used to be released into the air. Instead it was reclassified as hazardous waste in America and had to be barreled up. Then put in was put in our water. Why is something so harmful that was threatening crops, towns, and the livelihood of people not disposed properly and instead put in water? The people of Canada saw first hand what the dangers phosphate fluoride by-products cause.

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