Fluoride

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The Irish government has recently announced plans to review the use of fluoride in the public water supply.

Large scale water fluoridation began in the 1940s in the United States. It was initially added as a way to prevent cavities in children, after a number of studies indicated that fluoride improved dental health. Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands have since stopped adding fluoride to their public water supply while countries such as Belgium and France have never allowed it.

Ireland is now the only remaining country in the EU with mandatory public water fluoridation.

Although the FSA insist that the fluoride in public drinking water poses no threat to public health, there is increasing evidence to support the theory that safe levels of exposure to fluoride are greatly surpassed by individuals living in the Republic of Ireland.

A journal published in Food Research International highlighted that a large amount of the population in the United Kingdom are exposed to fluoride at very high levels that can have detrimental health effects, simply from the consumption of tea.This research was based on the concentration of fluoride in tea made with non fluoridated water. Tea made with fluoridated water increases the risks and health effects dramatically.  Ireland consumes the third largest amount of tea in the world and our water is fluoridated.

There have been multiple studies done looking at the effect fluoride has in the development of both mental and physical diseases such as cardiovascular and neurological disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, chronic fatigue and depression.

Aisling FitzGibbon, also known as “The Girl Against Fluoride” is doing incredible work in the fight for a fluoride free Ireland. She is taking legal action against the Irish Government to end the policy of mandatory water fluoridation of public water supplies. Aisling attributes her own recovery from depression to drinking fluoride free water along with mineral and vitamin therapy, an organic diet and detox techniques that offset the effects of fluoride and other environmental toxins.

You can read more about Aisling’s campaign and donate to help join the fight against mandatory fluoridation at thegirlagaisntfluoride.com

If you want to learn more about the dangers of wide-spread water fluoridation, check out these two great documentaries.

An Inconvenient Tooth is an excellent documentary directed by film maker, Guy Wagner. It highlights the dangers of fluoridated water. I encourage everyone to watch it before making up their mind about water fluoridation.

There is research to indicate that water fluoridation came about as the result of a successful PR campaign and had nothing to do with promoting dental health. Dr. David Kennedy‘s documentary film Fluoridegate — An American Tragedy explores this topic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpw5fGt4UvI