Water fluoridation is just one of the many hot-button health issues that has popped up in the media lately, with large amounts of people disputing the “official story” that industrialized fluoride is good for teeth when ingested orally.
What many people don’t realize is that fluoride of this variety is actually banned or restricted in various other modernized nations across the world because of health, legal, or ethical concerns. Because of this, many people have begun investing in water filtering products for the home.
Among the countries that reject or ban fluoride is China, home to the largest population of people on Earth, according to the website fluoridation.com.
The website also notes that only about 5% of the world fluoridates its water, including the large population of the United States where it is administered in those statistics, and 50% of those people are from North America. These numbers are actually fairly similar to those of another controversial substance ingested by people, genetically modified foods, as the vast majority of those are grown in the United States and North America.
The website also notes that 99% of the western continental Europe has rejected, banned or stopped fluoridating their own water supplies.
Some American cities and counties as well as Canadian ones have begun to do the same, although progress has been slow.
Other countries that have banned or rejected fluoridation include:
-Austria, where “toxic fluorides” are not added
-Belgium, which says that those who want fluoride should acquire it themselves
-Finland, where authorities have noted that there are better ways to stop cavities (through natural methods most likely)
-Japan, which notes that calcium fluoride is the type needed and not industrial sodium fluoride, and regulates the amount as well
(Note: all facts are from the website Fluoridation.com).
Israel recently announced a ban as well, as have parts of Africa.
In Europe, only Ireland (73%), Poland (1%), Serbia (3%), Spain (11%), and the U.K. (11%) fluoridate their water supplies according to the Fluoride Action Network.
Because the United States does not take similar actions, and fluoride has been linked to cancer risks and a risk of lower IQ in children according to a recent Harvard study, it makes sense to take steps to protect you and your family from fluoride.
Water fluoridation may be the norm in North America, but it doesn’t have to be the norm in your own life if you don’t want it to be. The good thing is that we do have a choice, and we also have a (collective) voice that is proving to be more and more powerful by the day.