[From "Stop Poisoning Water With Fluoride"]
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that fluoride prevents cavities, a long-cited but widely disproven “benefit” of this hazardous waste byproduct of aluminum and fertilizer production. Thus, the agency concludes, adding the chemical to public water is wholly justified—despite thoroughly validated scientific research showing ingestion of the toxin poses significant health risks to humans.
A raging battle has arisen between proponents of the EPA position and critics working tirelessly to get fluoride out of our water supply.
The commonsense resolution to this battle is simply to stop adding fluoride to the public water supply and let those who believe it prevents cavities purchase bottled water containing fluoride. As is so often the case, however, in the United States we have it backwards: We must buy bottled water in order to avoid the fluoride that’s dumped into many public water supplies.
This conundrum has now forced the matter into the legal arena, and the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) is keeping up the fight in an effort to change the system for the better.
Notably, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2014, 66.3% of the U.S. population received fluoridated water. In comparison, 97% of western Europe’s population drinks non-fluoridated water.
“Despite not fluoridating its water, tooth decay rates in these western European countries are no higher than in the few Western countries (e.g., the United States) that fluoridate their water, reports FAN. “This raises serious questions about the CDC’s assertion that the decline of tooth decay in the United States since the 1950s is largely attributable to the advent of water fluoridation.”