Scientific American Questions Fluoride in Tap Water
In January 2008, Scientific American magazine shocked many members of the scientific community when it published an article that questions the practice of adding fluoride to municipal drinking water: “Second Thoughts about Fluoride.” Recent studies suggest that over-consumption of fluoride can damage teeth, bones, and the brain, particularly the thyroid gland.
Approximately 60% of the U.S. population drinks fluoridated water.
“Fluoride, the most consumed drug in the USA, is deliberately added to 2/3 of public water supplies theoretically to reduce tooth decay, but with no scientifically-valid evidence proving safety or effectiveness,” say Paul Beeber, president of the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation.
Scientists have found that fluoride alters endocrine function, especially in the thyroid gland; makes bones brittle and prone to fracture; and may lower your IQ. Moreover, World Health Organization data shows that fluoridated water does not help reduce the prevalence of tooth decay. In fact, in young children, fluoride may cause fluorosis (the discolaration of teeth and decay of enamel).
If your city adds fluoride to your drinking water, the only way to remove it is to filter your water with a reverse osmosis water purifier, such as the Blueair Reverse Osmosis Water Purifier.