When I first heard there was fluoride in our water supply, I was sitting in a consultation room with a Nutritionist as I was having a really hard time with low energy, depression and anxiety. At 23 years old I’d hit rock bottom with my health and I was ready to find the root cause of why I was feeling so unwell.
I was advised to filter my drinking water to avoid fluoride as it reduces iodine levels in the body which over time can impact your thyroid health which governs your hormonal system.
I followed my healing plan as though it was my full-time job and after 6 months, I was feeling really well and balanced. I was so excited that I organised for Barbara Wren my Nutritionist to give health talks in my home town of Tralee, Co. Kerry. With the focus on mental health, Barbara kept saying how important it is to get the fluoride out of our drinking water.
I didn’t think much of it other than “get a filter and that will be it”.
As Barbara was about to leave at the airport, she said to me “You should try to get the fluoride out of the water in Ireland”. In that moment, it was like she placed a harpoon into my chest and something opened in me that wasn’t there before. I knew deep down in my heart that I had to do something about this.
I started delving into the scientific literature and discovered that water fluoridation isn’t as safe and effective at the optimal level as we’ve been made to believe since it was first added to Ireland’s water back in 1964.
Before I share with you what I found I’d like to give you some context to help you see the bigger picture.
We are the only country in Europe with mandatory water fluoridation. 97% of Europe has banned or rejected the practice of adding artificial fluoride to water.
Countries that don’t fluoridate include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland and Latvia and approximately 90% of both the United Kingdom and Spain.
Holland banned water fluoridation by law. This law came into effect because it was widely perceived that drinking water should not be used as a vehicle for pharmaceuticals.
Dr Hans Moolenburgh's research in Holland found that up to 4 per cent of water-users experienced health problems following the addition of fluoride to the Amsterdam water supplies in 1972.
The problems included gastrointestinal disorders, mouth sores, rashes, headaches and forms of arthritis. Follow-up research in 1993 revealed significant increases in the incidence of cancer, arthritis and neurological complaints, he said.
The biggest issue with adding fluoride to the water supply is that you cannot determine how much people are ingesting. The concentration of fluoride in the water supply of between 0.6 to 0.8 ppm (as Ireland’s is) should not be deemed ‘safe’ for humans as it does not take into account the amount of water that people consume or their health status. Athletes and those involved in manual work can drink litres of water a day. This would mean that they are consuming far more fluoride than people who drink less. The World Health Organisation set a safety limit of 1.5 mg of fluoride a day as an upper safety margin, yet people in Ireland are being exposed to far more than this because fluoride is not only in our water but also in our food.
You’re drinking water every day and using it for teas, coffees and cooking and the question in your mind is does fluoride impact my health?
To answer that question, you have to look into what’s fluoride. Fluoride, like iodine, chloride and bromine is in the family of halogens. According to Dr. Brownstein, the author of Iodine: Why you need it, why you can’t live without it, fluoride is known to be a toxic agent. It has been shown to inhibit the ability of the thyroid gland to concentrate iodine. Research as shown that fluoride is much more toxic to the body when there is iodine deficiency present. When you have iodine deficiency you have an increased risk of developing thyroid dysfunction which is really common.
The debate of the science around fluoride has been going on since the 1960s. It’s clear to see that there are enough red flags to stop this practice based on the precautionary principle.
The only reason it’s added is to prevent tooth decay yet The World Health Organisation found that countries that stopped adding fluoride to water have seen the same dental decay rates drop as those that do add fluoride. The main solution to reduced dental decay is better oral hygiene and improved diet.
Scotland who don’t fluoridate run a successful programme called Child Smile which teaches young children at nursery school how to properly brush their teeth giving them healthy habits they need to take care of their oral health for life.
Adding fluoride to our water is an outdated practice and it’s time to give everyone a choice and join the rest of Europe who don’t do it.
The belief that fluoride is good for teeth is deeply ingrained in the collective and individual consciousness. It’s time to release the belief and it starts with you.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Share your biggest takeaway in the comments below.
Timmins, Eamon. (1999) Fluoride causes disease, doctors claims. Irish Times Article
World Health Organisation: Tooth decay trends in fluoridated vs unfluoridated countries.
Child Smile Programme Scotland
RIVM report 270091004/2007 for the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. Title of report: Economic evaluation of prevention: further evidence.
Galletti, P. Effect of fluorine on thyroidal iodine metabolism in hyperthyroidism.
Brownstein, David, M.D (1999) Iodine: Why you need it, why you can’t live without it. 4th edition. Medical Alternative Press, Michigan.