Fluoride and Health

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We are committed to educating everyone on the health hazards of ingesting fluoride and have listed some recent findings below. We have a very informative PDF: Fluoride A to Z which we offer as a free download. It also contains quotes from well-known experts in various fields who confirm the dangers. CLICK HERE for the free whitepaper.

“Research published in 2010 identified that the concept of ‘fluoride strengthening teeth’ could no longer be deemed as clinically significant to any decrease in caries linked to fluoride use. Furthermore, research has suggested that systemic fluoride exposure has minimal (if any) effect on the teeth, and researchers have also offered data that dental fluorosis (the first sign of fluoride toxicity) is higher in U.S. communities with fluoridated water as opposed to those without it.” – IAOMT 2017 Position Paper Against Fluoride Use, p. 41

In Sept 2017, the findings of a multi-year, multi-million dollar NIH/NIEHS/EPA sponsored study on the effect of low dose prenatal exposure on IQ of offspring was published in the prestigious journal, Environmental Health Perspectives. The findings validated the findings of dozens of human and hundreds of laboratory studies. Per the 2017 study conducted by internationally renowned American and Canadian experts at world class universities, even  small doses of fluoride consistent with doses of the general population living in ‘optimally’ fluoridated communities cause up to a six point drop in IQ in offspring on a dose-response trend line when the exposure is prenatal. Also consistent with previous neurotoxicity studies, a 2015 study on learning disabilities found that there are tens of thousands more 11 year olds diagnosed with hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) living in fluoridated regions of the United States as compared to non-fluoridated regions. EPA scientists identified fluoride as a developmental neurotoxicant with substantial evidence of harm to humans in 2009. The weight of this evidence suggests that any further water fluoridation amounts to unethical human experimentation on pregnant women and children where the expected outcome is subtle but permanent brain damage. (Bashash et al. 2017; Malin & Till 2015; Mundy et al. 2009 & 2015)

Moreover, it is well known and accepted that the elderly and those with chronic health conditions such as kidney disease, thyroid disease, and inflammatory conditions can suffer worsening of their symptoms with the consumption of fluoridated food and drink. In some cases, those conditions are likely caused by the toxic build up of fluoride in bodies, bones, and brains as there are many reports in the medical literature of recovery with complete avoidance of fluoride. Cancer patients are also ill-advised to consume any fluoridated products because fluoride is known to initiate and promote cancer.

In the 1940s, only about 3% of the population had any degree of dental fluorosis. Per 1986-87 government statistics, 22% of 15 year olds had some degree of dental fluorosis, with 1% having moderate to severe fluorosis on at least two teeth. Moderate to severe fluorosis is diagnosed when up to 100% of the tooth is stained due to structural damage from too much fluoride consumption during tooth formation in early childhood. These teeth are brittle and may be pitted or malformed. In all likelihood, they will require veneers or crowns. In the first decade of the 21st century, government statistics revealed 41% of 15 year olds had some fluorosis, with 4% having moderate to severe fluorosis. Per CDC reports, dental fluorosis disproportionately affects the non-white races, likely due to genetics, and the poor due to malnutrition and inability to opt out with bottled water. In the 21st century, Human Rights leaders and Environmentalists have labeled community fluoridation policy as an environmental injustice and a number of professional organizations, including dental, have openly opposed fluoridation policy.

The 2011-12 NHANES data documents that not only has dental fluorosis increased to 57% of American teens, but that 23% (more than one in five teens) currently have moderate to severe dental fluorosis on at least two of their teeth. That data also reveals that cavity rates are increasing, as is kidney disease. Kidneys are known to be particularly vulnerable to the toxicity of fluoride. A 2014 animal study confirmed that generally accepted safe levels of fluoridated water exacerbated kidney disease (Martín-Pardillos et al. 2014). Fluoridation is a failed experiment. Modern evidence confirms fluoride is more likely to harm teeth than prevent a cavity.


  1. 2017 IAOMT Position Paper Against Fluoride Use: https://iaomt.org/for-patients/fluoride-facts/
  2. 2017 GreenMed article with PubMed citations: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/science-and-alternative-facts-about-fluoridation-false-dilemmas-and-fake-news
  3. 2017 Review of NIH Prenatal Fluoride IQ study: http://www.mintpressnews.com/ada-study-fluoride-health-impacts/232367/
  4. 2015 ADHD study: http://www.ehjournal.net/content/pdf/s12940-015-0003-1.pdf
  5. 2015 EPA report: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0892036215300362
  6. 2015 Letter from CHEJ:  http://fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/gibbs-2015.pdf
  7. 2014 Kidney study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24561004
  8. 2011 LULAC Resolution: http://lulac.org/advocacy/resolutions/2011/resolution_Civil_Rights_Violation_Regarding_Forced_Medication/index.html
  9. 2010 CDC report on dental fluorosis: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db53.htm
  10. 2005 CDC data: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5403a1.htm#tab23