The Little-Known Dangers of Fluoride in Your Tap Water

Written by Alex Reid
Posted March 19, 2019

It was in the winter of 1945 that Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first city to have fluoridated tap water.1

Since then, two-thirds of the United States has followed suit.2

The water fluoridation initiative aimed to improve the health of millions of Americans by preventing tooth decay.

And it has. Cavities and tooth decay have dropped by 25% for both adults and children.3

The American Dental Association even stated that every dollar a community invests in fluoride saves it $38 in dental bills.4

But here’s the problem: Fluoridated water could be causing much bigger problems than it’s solving.

Evidence suggests that fluoride is causing massive, widespread health issues in Americans.5

And get this:

Americans are not given a choice. Medications or treatments are known to have side effects, but the patient is the one who is given the choice of whether or not to use them.

Doctors or governments cannot force you to use them against your will.

But this isn’t the same story with fluoride.

Water fluoridation affects everyone within the community, and there’s no way to opt out.

What’s more, there’s no control over how much children and adults ingest.

And these communities with fluoridated water seem to be getting sicker and sicker.

In some cases, citizens have died from fluoride poisoning.6

Fluorosis is a chronic condition caused by ingesting excessive amounts of fluoride.

In mild cases, fluorosis causes nasty yellow, brown, black, or white spots and streaks on the surface of your teeth.

However, in more severe cases, fluorosis can cause changes in bone structure and calcify ligaments. This causes chronic joint pain and stiffness, much like arthritis.

Astonishingly, as many as 41% of adolescents have fluorosis!7

And these are not the only risks we’re facing.

Studies link fluoride to several diseases and disorders, including ADHD, thyroid conditions, and cancer.

One study found that mothers with increased fluoride exposure were more likely to have children who develop ADHD.8 This is because fluoride is a neurotoxin that can affect the growing fetal nervous system.

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Another study links fluoride to an underactive thyroid in adults who are iodine deficient.9

This is because fluoride interferes with enzymes that are essential for thyroid function, and iodine helps clean the body of excess fluoride.

There’s also evidence that fluoride is linked to several types of cancer, including colorectal cancer.10

So where is all of this problematic fluoride exposure coming from? It’s not from your toothpaste or mouth rinse.

The majority of fluoride exposure comes from water and beverages.

And guess what? Tea is known to be a huge source of fluoride exposure.

Tea leaves soak up fluoridated water in the soil, and then the fluoride is released when the leaves are steeped in water.

So what’s the solution?

The solution is to stop ingesting fluoride. While topical application of fluoride in toothpaste and rinses should not put your body in harm’s way, ingesting fluoride is a problem.

There are two options for limiting the amount of fluoride you ingest.

The first option is using bottled water. This is far from ideal, since bottled water is expensive and harmful to the environment.

The second option is to use a fluoride water purifier for your home. This may be the better option for the environment.

These are, however, temporary fixes. We should speak up against water fluoridation in our cities. After all, this affects all of us.

To your health,

Alex Reid
President, Clear Health Now


1 https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/fluoride/the-story-of-fluoridation

2 https://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/statistics/fsgrowth.htm

3 https://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/index.html

4 https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/advocating-for-the-public/fluoride-and-fluoridation/5-reasons-why-fluoride-in-water-is-good-for-communities

5 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(13)70278-3/fulltext#article_upsell

6 https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199401133300203

7 https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db53.htm

8 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181010132343.htm

9 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30316182

10 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11512573&dopt=Citation

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