The Fluoride Menace


Contributing Writer
Jeffrey Barkstrom

More people in the United States drink fluoridated water than the whole rest of the world combined.  Why does the rest of the world not like fluoride like we do?  Why is tooth decay rampant in poor areas even though the water is fluoridated?

Fluoridation was started in the United States after World War II.  It was started to help poor children who had the worst dental health.  The problem is that studies since have found that fluoridating water has no effect on dental health.  The World Health Organization says there is no difference in tooth decay between countries that fluoridate and those that don’t.  In studies, they have found that only applying topically directly to the tooth has any benefit, but no benefit from drinking fluoride.  

Fluoridation is not natural.  The fluoride that is added to water comes from smoke stack scrubbers and is called fluorosilic acid.  It is not natural fluoride.   Fluorosilic acid is a corrosive to both metals and tissue.  Exposure to the fumes or the liquid can cause severe burns.  Besides being put in our water, its other uses include hardening cement and preserving wood.

Fluoride is not known to be safe.  It effects other tissue besides teeth.  It has been found to be an endocrine disrupter, effecting the brain, thyroid gland, pineal gland and blood sugar levels with the greatest effects seen in children and the elderly.

Currently 40% of American teens show signs of fluoride over exposure called dental fluorosis.  We are exposed not only to fluoride in our water and tooth paste, but fluoride is found in processed foods and drinks, pesticides, Teflon pans and pharmaceuticals.

Fluoride exposure for infants has no benefits only risks.  Fluoride toxicity causes IQ loss in developing brains according to Harvard University research.  It is now advised that parents shouldn’t add fluoridated water to baby formula.

Fluoride is the only medicine that we add to water.  The National Academy of sciences has stated that Fluoride is not a nutrient.  The FDA classifies fluoride as a drug.  The FDA hasn’t found that fluoride supplementation prevents cavities.  Adding fluoride to the water denies the public the right to decide if they want to take this medication.

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Jeffrey Barkstrom has been helping people with health and weight loss issues for more than 12 years. He has spoken at colleges, businesses, non-profits, national conferences and on television about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. He currently practices at Barkstrom Acupuncture PC, Natural Health Improvement Center in Jamestown, NY. Learn more at or at