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"People are already getting significant amounts from food, mouthwashes, toothpastes. The amounts are cumulative."

Dissecting The Issue of Flouridation vs. The Ingestion of Flourine
by Paul A. Goldberg, MPH, DC, DACBN

The topic of flouridation has long been an emotional one in the U.S. It is important from the start, however, to differentiate between the mineral flourine and the compulsory process of flouridation of water.

Flourine is a mineral found in much of the earth's soil. It does help to make bones stronger and the teeth more resistant to caries (cavities). As Natural Hygienists we should support the use of whole foods that are from soil that naturally contains trace amounts of flourine and recognise its imortance in human health.

It was indeed the discovery some fifty years ago by a Dr. Herd, a Dentist in Deaf Smith County Texas who found that the people in that rural agricultural county got less dental decay, where the discussion begins. Dr. Herd believed that epidemiologically, people who lived in areas where the soil was higher in flourine and ate foods that grew in that soil were less prone to tooth decay. His findings were extrapolated by the Aluminum Industry and by the American Dental Association into forming the basis for adding Flouride to Water. Studies done in New York and New Jersey in the 1950's were used to support the addition of flouride to the drinking water.

It is true that people who eat a poor diet AND who drink flouridated water are less prone to tooth decay, at least some of them. The REST of the story is, however, that folks who already get flourine in the diet are not going to benefit from drinking flouridated water AND there are significant dangers in getting an overload of flouride (easy enough to do when you are running it through a public water supply) AND there are issues regarding compulsory medication of the public.

Like many issues, therefore, a grain of truth is extrapolated into what can become a nightmare with large members of the population ingesting what, for some, can be an excess of flouride with hazardous results. The wisdom of covering up dietary errors with mass compulsory medication also arises.

The individual needs for flourine differ from person to person. Even one part per million may be too large an amount for some, particularly when we consider that some people are already getting significant amounts of flourine or flouride from food, mouthwashes, toothpastes and flouride treatments from Dental offices. The amounts are cumulative.

The best choice is to take foods from mineral rich soils. Those who wish to take additional flouride by adding it to their own water, by dental treatments, by mouthwashes, etc., can do so at their own risk understanding there may be hazards involved for some in doing so.

Paul A. Goldberg, MPH,DC,DACBN

"The best choice is to take foods from mineral rich soils."

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