In 1962 it was allowed by the government the use of fluoride in the drinking water, but after vigorous researching it was proven the negative effect of fluoride on the dental health. And finally, after so many years the US government admitted they have overdosed Americans with fluoride, and now they are lowering the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water.
It was revealed that around 40 % of US teens have dental fluorosis, which is a condition manifested by changes in the appearance of tooth enamel. The tooth enamel is affected by chalky-looking lines and splotches, and as well as dark staining and pitting, which are caused by long-term ingestion of fluoride during the period of life when teeth are forming.
Unfortunately, in some areas, the percentage of fluorosis is in the range of 70 to 80%, where some children suffer from advanced forms.
The recommendation of a fluoride level approved by the government was in the range of 0.7 – 1.2 milligrams per liter (mg/L) of water. The new upper limit approved by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is 0.7 mg/L, in order to prevent the visible signs of fluoride toxic overexposure.
The question immediately pops up: why adding fluoride in the water when the amount of the drug cannot be controlled?
It is crystal clear that once fluoride is added to drinking water, there is no control of the dose that people are getting. You need to know that fluoride is not only a non-essential mineral but as well as a toxic drug, and this is one of the reasons why fluoride should not be included into drinking water.
Water utilities administer this drug without a prescription, which is not the case with doctors where if a patient takes a drug with known toxic effects and was not properly informed of the dosage and frequency, his health never monitored, then the doctor would be medically negligent and liable to legal and medical board action. However, in the case of fluoride administration of water no one gets legally liable even more there is no knowledge of the taken amount of the dose and for how long, and as well as there is no monitoring of side effects. Fluoride is included to drinking water as prevention of tooth decay, and since it is a prevention of disease by FDA definition it is a medicine. Proponents maintain that it is no different than adding vitamin D to milk, but in this case fluoride is not an essential nutrient. In fact, fluoride is not approved by the FDA for the prevention of cavities.
The limit of 0.7-1.2 mg/L can cause plenty of people to get overdose on the drug. Furthermore, we intake fluoride as well as from the toothpaste, dental rinses, beverages and processed foods, so there are still chances of overexposure, even if it is in such lowered level.
The Risk of Overexposure Remains Even at Lowered Fluoride Level
Previously the 40% percent of American teens were considered as “collateral damage.” Nowadays, we still do not know what the damage will be at this lowered level. According to HHS the evaluation of dental fluorosis rates will be done among children in 10 years to determine whether they introduced the correct fluoride level.
But, what will be acceptable for collateral damage, 20/10 percent, as a matter of fact who has the right to determine what is the acceptable level of collateral damage caused by dental fluorosis.
The Sacramento Bee5 reports that: “Recent unpublished federal research found there’s no regional difference in the amount of water kids drink. So it makes sense for the same levels to be used everywhere, health officials said.”
This is almost unbelievable as it cannot be that children everywhere drink the same amount of water. It is absurd because not every child is also exposed to the same amount of fluoride from other sources aside the consumption of water; further on, not every child has the same weight index, the same health, and so on. All children differ from one to another; some rules cannot apply to all.
Moreover, the HHS, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintain that: “uses the 90th percentile of drinking water intake for all age groups to calculate the relative contribution for each fluoride source.” In other words, if you drink more water than the 90th percentile, you are not protected by this lowered level, and in this category belong infants receiving formula mixed with fluoridated water, blue-collar people working outdoors (particularly in hot climates), diabetics and athletes.