What is Fluoride? (What is Roach Salt?)

A equally important question is: Why did the rodent cross the road?A: To get to the other side – The rodent side.

This explanation about what is fluoride – is from a Health and Human Services report 378 pages long; available for download at the bottom of the post.

Sodium fluoride is an ingredient in many dental care products and rodenticides.

Since it is not the only component in these products, they cannot properly be considered trade names or synonyms. Some of these products are:

Floridine, Antibulit, Cavi-trol, Chemifluor, Credo, Duraphat, F1-tabs, Florocid, Flozenges, Fluoral, Fluorident,Fluorigard, Fluorineed, Fluorinse, Fluoritab, Fluorocid, Fluor-o-kote, Fluorol, Fluoros, Flura, Flura drops, Flura-gel, Flura-Loz, Flurcare, Flursol, Fungo1 B, Gel II, Gelution, Gleem, Iradicav, Karidium, Karigel, Kari-rinse, Lea-Cov, Lemoflur, Luride, Luride Lozi-tabs, Luride-SF, Nafeen, Nafpak, Na Frinse, Nufluor, Ossalin, Ossin, Osteofluor, Pediaflor, Pedident, Pennwhite, Pergantene, Phos-flur, Point Two, Predent, Rafluor, Rescue Squad, Roach salt, So-flo, Stay-flo, Studafluor, Super-dent, T-fluoride, Thera-flur, Thera-Flur-N, Villiaumite, and Zymafluor.

Download the full HHS Report Fluoride HHS report

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Are Learning Disorders In Children Related To Sodium Fluoride In Our Water?

sodium fluoride effect on ratsIn a study performed on rats done by Cairo University in Egypt, correlations between sodium fluoride and its effects on memory and learning have again been documented. Could this the reason why there are so many children diagnosed with learning disabilities? It may be more apparent in children, according to the study it may also affect adults and their ability to continue learning and to have normal memory retention.

The study, published in Journal of American Science in 2010, shows how long term exposure of sodium fluoride in rats hampered their ability to remember where the food was located in a maze. The rats (3 groups) were exposed to different levels of fluoride with a control group given no fluoride, a low concentration group, and a high concentration group where fluoride was added to their daily water supply. They started with pregnant females and continued on with the babies for 105 days. The results were quite poignant.

The rats were tested in a maze with food at one end. They had to find the food by going through the maze. The study, which monitored how long it took the rats to go from one end of the maze to the other end, were also monitored for the duration of stops, starts, and rising on the hind legs. Rats do this to get a sense of direction with smell and sight.

This study showed fluoride affected the hippocampus region of the brain. That is the part of the brain is used for short and long term memory and spatial navigation. Spatial navigation is the ability to learn and remember. The rats in this study lost the ability to find the food at the end of the maze. That means they didn’t remember the way around the maze. Normal rats have the ability to go through a maze one time and remember where everything is the next time they are in the maze. Their memories work much like human memory, which is why they use them in studies of this nature.

The rats were tested once a day for 5 days straight. In the control group, they didn’t have any problem finding the food. In the second group, which was given 50 ppm (parts per million) of sodium fluoridated water daily, showed some memory problems, lower weight than the control group, and higher anxiety levels. The group that was given 100 ppm of fluoride in their water showed a marked reduction of memory functions.

The groups of rats that were given a higher concentration of fluoride showed hair loss, lower weight, higher anxiety and loss of memory function. They also failed to remember where the food was located, and took longer to find the food at the end of the maze. Each rat was tested for 3 minutes duration in the maze.

When the rats were examined, they found the neurons (cells that process and transmit information to and from the brain) in the hippocampus region were damaged. Hence, the memory loss. Surprisingly, they also found that fluoride may create more oxygen free radicals. That is what diminished the ability to learn and retaining the memory for that learning.

Free radicals cause oxidation of the cells. This damages the cells, so they can’t be repaired or rejuvenated. Anti-oxidants limit the oxidative damage to the cells. Rats that have free radical damage have a shortened life span. In humans, this is believed to be the signs of aging.

According to this study, sodium fluoride in the water supply damages the learning ability of rats, which has a close relation to the human brain. It clearly shows the damage and results of fluoride exposure. Is there fluoride in your water it should only take about 3 minutes to find out?

Download the Research Fluoride effects Rats Maze Test   here

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Fluoride Side Effects? Studies Show Fluoride May be Harmful to Your Kidneys

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The debate of the effects of fluoridation in the water supply has now been going on for close to one hundred years. Whether or not it is necessary to prevent dental decay is still debated. Fluoride accumulates in the body and passes through soft tissue. The kidneys are the organ responsible for excreting the fluoride and normally can process 50% of your daily fluoride intake; Leaving the rest to absorb in your bones. However, there are several ailments that might stop your body from flushing the fluoride out of your body – which could then lead to other harmful effects on various organs. There is also a concern about how fluoride side effects impact the kidneys of people with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The normal dose of fluoride is approximately 1 ppm (parts per million). However, It is likely that you would be getting double, if not triple the dose, as food and beer, tooth pastes and candy all are infused with fluoride, one way or another. When it accumulates in higher dosages it might be too much for your body to handle.

Water channeled to city reservoirs is striped of fluoride just by traveling through the ducts. Likely because it dissolves into the calcium of the cement piping. Fluoride is reintroduced in the water as it is prepared for the city’s water supply. Most city’s governments suggest that it is a cost effective way to get fluoride to people for the fight against tooth decay, but is it worth the price in the unknown damage it may cause in the body?

A recent study done by Marie Ludlow, Grant Luxton, and Timothy Mathew shows the impact of fluoridation on chronic kidney disease (CKD). To summarize, in a study conducted in Australia, those over 25 years old in many communities had possible reduced kidney function due to the fluoridation of water. The tests and studies show there were several individuals who suffered from kidney malfunction in the late stages of CKD. It was not known if that is the natural course of CKD or if it was in fact due to the fluoridation.

Does consumption of fluoridated drinking water increase the risk of developing CKD?

The authors studied tests and papers from Medline, Pre-Medline, PsycInfo, the Cochrane Library, the National Research Registers (United Kingdom and United States) and other databases to correlate the studies to see if fluoride is putting people at risk for kidney disease. The results show those who do suffer from CKD have a higher risk of the body not being able to flush the fluoride out of the body.  While fluoride poses a risk to healthy individuals, those with already weakened immune systems and organs have a greater threat to their health.

In a study done by Schlesingeret that followed a 10 year survey, the measurements of fluoride in children that drank fluoridated water versus those that drank non-fluoridated water were two times the normal amount of fluoride accumulation.   While children may not have toxic amounts of fluoride simply from the water, down the road as adults, they run the increased risk of negative effects from fluoride from the long term exposure and build up.

 

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Iowa Town Reconsidering Fluoride in Water

 

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It appears that some communities around the nation are starting to rethink the fluoride issue. Is fluoride bad for you? Reporters in Iowa tell us the latest about fluoride in water and the confusion it causes in the community. Notice how the community discussion becomes riddled with opinions. A local nurse says that many kids don’t have the opportunity to brush their teeth at home; My thoughts are that most municipal codes require running water in domestic dwellings. If the children are not being educated or not being raised properly, that is no reason to fluoridate the whole nation.  If I should stop cleaning myself after using the restroom -  who’s responsibility is it to clean up? Whom would I complain to? The government needs no part in adult diaper rash control or compensating parents whom don’t teach their kids to brush their teeth especially at the expense of a chemical scandal. Opinion pieces are a slippery slope. Mayors are elected for a reason and Mayor Shawn Dietz is not afraid to try and clean up.

March 12, 2013 11:31 am  •  By Laura Bird

HAMPTON — The Hampton City Council on Monday night discussed the possibility of no longer adding fluoride to the city’s water.

Mayor Shawn Dietz asked for a motion to have the city attorney draft an ordinance to repeal the current ordinance requiring the city to add fluoride to the water.

“My own personal feeling is I don’t believe it to be necessary,” he said. “I think this is a medicine and … I don’t find it necessary.”

The city started adding fluoride to the water supply in 1975 after an ordinance was passed requiring it to do so. In 1999 it stopped due to the natural amount found in the water; however, in 2005 it was discussed again and was added to the water again in 2006. It has been added to the water since then, said Ron Dunt, city manager.

Hampton dentist Paul Sensor said he and other dentists noticed an increased in tooth decay when it wasn’t being added and that could happen again if the city stops adding fluoride to the water.

“I’m seeing less problems and damage to the kids,” Sensor said.

“You don’t want it to be a damage to the public,” he later added.

Hampton dentist Bill Moore agreed.

“If you put that in at the correct level and monitor it at the correct level, it will be beneficial,” he said.

He and Sensor spoke about how the last time the topic came up they brought in state experts and it was decided then to keep fluoride in the water.

“I didn’t know we needed to defend it again,” Sensor said.

Councilwoman Valerie Haugebak questioned whether it should be parents’ responsibility to make sure their child gets adequate fluoride.

Diane Weldin, who is a school nurse in the Hampton-Dumont School District, said the fluoride in the water is sometimes the only time some kids are exposed to it.

“We have a lot that don’t have the opportunity to brush at home,” she said.

Dental hygienist Randy Kline agreed that it’s a good preventative measure, especially for children.

“If we can give them that much of a chance … are you kidding me?” he said. “It’s been proven it helps.”

After the discussion the council decided it wanted more time to look at the issue and took no action.

 

Fluoride Overdose From Tea Consumption?

In a story from a CBS affiliate in Detroit, a woman who drank a lot of tea had severe consequences from the fluoride contained in the tea itself.  Another story on the negative effects of Fluoride and it’s prevalence in our society.  Here’s the story:

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DETROIT (WWJ) – A 47-year-old Detroit woman is recovering after an extreme addiction to tea.

Henry Ford Hospital Bone & Mineral Research Head Sudhaker Rao says the patient drank the equivalent of 100 cups of tea a day for 17 years.  He says she lost all her teeth and doctors at first thought she had cancer, but as it turned out,  she was suffering from a fluoride overdose.

“Among the beverages that contain fluoride, tea actually contains the highest amount of fluoride, however, it is a small quantity in each bag so we don’t drink that many. So if you overflow your system … the kidney is unable to excrete this load of fluoride from this many bags of tea,” said Rao.

“I should give due credit to her – she actually tried very hard and gave up tea and within a few months she started noticing significant improvement to her symptoms. However, the good thing is her bones are very strong, she will probably never break them,” he added.

Dr. Rao says the patient is doing much better — but she still has a high bone density– that leaves her bones heavy and sore.  He says she is now hooked on another beverage: Diet Coke.

How does tea come to have fluoride in it? The tea leaves absorb the fluoride through the soil.  FROM THE CBS AFFILIATE IN DETROIT

It’s not just in our water, but in the products that our water goes into.  In this case, tea, of all things.  Fluoride is something we need to be conscious in terms of how and where it shows up in our water and food supply.

 

Effects of Fluoride on the intelligence of School Children in India

Students in India take IQ test to measure the effects of fluoride.

Students in India take IQ test to measure the effects of fluoride.

Ahmedabad, India
July-September 2007

India has also recently investigated the effects of fluoride. Researchers there were inspired by other fluoride studies that have been done on fluoride toxicity. A study done in China noticed memory loss in rats that were administered fluoride. That study also showed brain protein loss in the rats after weighing the brains at various stages of the study. A similar study found mice with damaged DNA after drinking fluoride derived from black tea. Concerned about the effects of fluoride, researchers in India study comparative IQ results for their own records.

Their study comprised of 190 children 12-13 years old from two villages with similar socioeconomic and educational opportunities. It was interesting to note that students from Sachana in the Sanand district of Gujarat, India had slightly higher fluoridation levels as well as lower nutritional and socioeconomic levels, so the cards were slightly stacked against them.

The fluoride toxicity in the two villages were significantly higher than the other studies. Sachana had had a higher level 5.55±0.41 mg/L (~5.55 ppm) of fluoridation than Chandlodia 2.01±0.09 mg/L (~2.01 ppm). These levels are several times the amount of fluoride in water that was in the Iran study in 2007. The fluoride study done by the Chinese in 2003 used a city with a fluoride concentration of 2.47±0.79 mg/L (~2.47 ppm) for their higher fluoride concentration city, rather than the control. things to compare.

The intelligence quotient (IQ) test was given to the children of both communities by
using a questionnaire developed by Professor JH Shah, copyrighted and standardized with 97% reliability in relation to the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale
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Of the 89 children from the more heavily fluoridated city of Sachana, the IQ score was noticeably lower (91.72±1.13 points), compared to scores of 104.44±1.23 points with Chandlodia students with less fluoride in their water. A difference of about 12 points in IQ scores. Urine samples were also taken from the students, measuring fluoride to help understand individual performance. The study found that as urine levels went up IQ levels went down. Including that information in the study, they were able to look for trends within the towns based on actual fluoride levels in the body.
This illustrates how fluoride is dangerous as a medical supplement. Though some fluoride is naturally occurring you can never accurately measure dosage, if you drink more water you ingest more fluoride. Someone that drinks less water will have less accumulated fluoride in the body.

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Harmful Effects of Fluoride on the IQ and teeth of Children in Iran

Iranian children effects of fluoride

Department of Pedodontics,
Kerman University Iran

July-September 2011

Communities all over the world have started to ask “is fluoride toxic?” Similar IQ studies have been conducted in China and India and are referenced in this study as well. Concerns about skeletal fluorosis, physical deformities and a toxic neuronal injuries in the brain have also been reported in areas with varying amounts of fluoridation.

Is fluoride toxic? This research was conducted to determine the side effects of fluoride in water and whether the IQ and dental fluorosis of the children differs between the cities in Iran. Koohbanan and Baft are both from the Kerman Province, a mountainous region with an altitude of about 2,000ft. The communities were chosen because of their relative similarities. According to the findings, these two areas both have the same socioeconomic, cultural as well as educational opportunities but have water fluoridation at different concentrations; making them great candidates for a study about fluoride side effects.  Koohbanan has a fluoride toxicity of 2.38 ppm and Baft has water with fluoride at 0.41 ppm.

The test was given to 120 children, boys and girls ages 7-9 years old, 60 from each city. The IQ test used was The Raven’s Progressive Matrices Intelligence Test. The results were calculated by a psychologist, based on the Persian version of the test. On average the Baft students scored a 97.80±15.95 points and the Koohbanan students scored on average 91.37±15.63 points. The difference in the research is statically significant (p = 0.028). Which means that the correlation in the data has a high probability of not being random, and theoretically the Baft students may score 6.43 points higher on intelligence tests plus or minus about 15 points. For this study a correlation with fluoride and effects is seen when you test a larger sample because the variation is larger then the difference in scores. You would not conclusively make a direct comparison between two individuals and their IQ, but from a collective perspective, 6 points out of 91-97 is over a 6% difference in IQ between the two cities. In this fluoridation study they surveyed 120 children. In the Chinese study they tested 512 and in India they tested 190.

Along with the IQ test, this study also compared the effects of fluoride on the teeth.  The examiner noted Grade 3 TSIDF (total surface index of dental fluorosis) in the more heavily fluoridated  area of Koohbanan. These children had visible fluorosis on 2/3rds of their permanent frontal teeth. However, in Baft where they have lower fluoride toxicity the children showed no signs of dental fluorosis on their frontal teeth. It was also interesting to note that despite of the population in Koohbanan being 12,253 versus 14,628 people in Baft; Koohbanan maintained a higher prevalence of dental fluorosis compared to Baft.

In conclusion, this fluoride in water research demonstrates that there are measurable side effects of fluoride; damaging the teeth and weakening IQ of children. Large sets of data are required to see the trends in the difference in IQ as a result of fluoride toxicity. However, dental fluorosis is seen quite easily with individuals consuming too much fluoride.

 

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Fluoride and Cancer information

Evidence now suggests young males, under the age of 20, are 5 to 7 times more likely to
develop osteosarcoma when they drink fluoridated water.
Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer) is a type of bone cancer that
affects mostly adolescent boys. It is biologically plausible
that fluoride affects the incidence rate of osteosarcoma, and
that this effect would be strongest during periods of growth,
particularly in males.

First, approximately 99% of fluoride in the human body is
contained in the skeleton with about 50% of the daily
ingested fluoride being deposited directly into calcified
tissue (bone or dentition) [Whitford 1996].

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Fluoride And Cancer

Evidence now suggests young males, under the age of 20,
are 5 to 7 times more likely to develop osteosarcoma when
they drink fluoridated water. Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer)
is a type of bone cancer that affects mostly adolescent
boys. It is biologically plausible that fluoride affects
the incidence rate of osteosarcoma, and that this effect
would be strongest during periods of growth,
particularly in males.

First, approximately 99% of fluoride in the human body is
contained in the skeleton with about 50% of the daily
ingested fluoride being deposited directly into calcified
tissue (bone or dentition) [Whitford 1996].

Download the  Fluoride And Cancer Letter Here.

Fluoride Poisoning Horses From Artificially Fluoridated Drinking Water

Lennart P Krook,a Cathy Justusb
Ithaca, NY and Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
SUMMARY: On a farm in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Quarter horses consuming
artificially fluoridated water (up to 1.3 ppm F) for extended periods of time developed
classical symptoms of chronic fluoride intoxication including dental fluorosis,
crooked legs, hyperostosis and enostosis, hoof deformities, and microscopic
evidence of reduced bone resorption. These symptoms began to appear about two
years after fluoridation started in 1985 and gradually became more severe.
Representative postmortem F concentrations in dry matter bone were: 587 ppm in a
20-year-old gelding drinking F water for the last 10 years; 936 ppm in a 17-year-old
gelding on F water for the last 11 years; and 757 ppm in a 21-year-old mare on F water
all her life. Blood serum thyroxin in a 19-year old mare (T4) was “very low”, and
interference with reproduction was noted after five years. Radiographs of the third
metacarpal bone revealed osteomegaly with thick lamellae from both ends extending
throughout the medullary space. The levels of F ingestion and the bone F
concentrations of these horses are far below those claimed to cause F intoxication
in cattle. After fluoridation was terminated on March 29, 2005, colic gradually ceased
and other significant improvements have occurred.

Download the  Fluoride Poisoning Horses From Artificially Fluoridated Drinking Water Letter Here.