The first time I told someone where fluoride comes from, he thought I had fallen prey to online conspiracy theorists.
When dentists talk about the benefits of public water fluoridation, they describe fluoride as a “naturally occurring element, found as a constituent of minerals in rocks and soil.” Doesn’t that sound so healthy and… mineral-y?
Sadly, this is not the same fluoride that is added to most of the public water supply throughout the United States. You’re probably not going to believe me when I tell you this, but that fluoride is an industrial byproduct of the aluminum and fertilizer industries.
Calcium fluoride. Sodium fluoride. Hydrofluosilicic Acid. It’s all the same. This is the logic fluoridation proponents use to justify purchasing fluoride in its industrial form. Does this logic make sense to you?
For those of you who don’t believe me, I offer further evidence. The image below is cut and pasted directly from the water quality report for the neighboring town of Jupiter, Florida. You can download it for yourself at http://www.jupiter.fl.us/water/.
The water quality report from my parents’ town said the same thing. These companies used to release fluoride out the smokestack along with the rest of the pollution. Now they sell it to taxpayers for a pretty penny. Not a bad deal.
It gets worse. Did you know that an increasing number of water treatment plants buy their fluoride from China? U.S. manufacturers are not able to compete with the low prices of Chinese firms entering the fluoride market.
One town in Massachusetts recently discontinued water fluoridation because the powder supplement they purchased from a Chinese industry was damaging their equipment. (Click here to read the article in the local newspaper.) The American Water Works Association is receiving similar complaints from treatment plants across the country.1
Do you know if your water is fluoridated? If so, where does YOUR fluoride come from?
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