As a health professional in Durango, I have seen an inordinate amount of Durango residents who have the telltale sign of fluoride toxicity: dental fluorosis.
Dental fluorosis is a condition that now affects 41 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. It is a condition that will never go away. It is actually a weakening of the enamel in the tooth when it is laid down during a critical stage of development. These teeth are not as strong as normal teeth. I am a prime example, seeing as I have this condition from too much fluoride exposure as a child.
Fluoride toxicity affects much more than just teeth. In early stages of child development, research shows that it affects children’s brains in the same way, which is why it was classified as a developmental neurotoxin by the EPA in 2010 (The Lancet, March 2014).
Fluoride is extremely difficult to eliminate from the body, as those of us with perfect kidneys can only get rid of half of it. Those with kidney problems eliminate very little, and babies can only eliminate 20 percent. What happens to the rest? It accumulates in the body over the years, causing a variety of conditions. Over 300 studies now show problems with fluoride in our water. They all can’t be wrong.
These conditions include bone cancer in young boys and bone fractures in the elderly (as fluoride makes bones more brittle), brain damage in developing children, diabetes, thyroid problems (which are rampant in Durango), pineal gland calcification (sleep-related) and skeletal fluorosis, which is an undiagnosed form of spinal arthritis. These conditions were all cited by the National Academy of Science’s 2006 report, which was commissioned by the EPA.
Durango residents, let’s not take a chance that everything negative we hear about fluoride is wrong. What if your child is at a critical stage of development? What would you do?
I recommend that we use the precautionary principle in regards to water fluoridation in Durango and remove it from our drinking water. For those who want fluoride, fluoridated toothpaste provides more than an adequate amount.
Michele A Zebrowitz, DC