Thursday, July 31, 2014

Using fluoride bans to push other nonsense

Today on Facebook The Industry of Stupid posted what I consider to be a pretty ridicules screen shot:
(Let it noted that TIOS doesn't endorse this, they just posted it to show off some peoples' stupidity)

The first sentence says there has been some controversy over adding synthetic fluoride to water supplies, and sadly this is true. What they are claiming is that there has not been enough controversy. Many others would say differently and say that it's been to much controversy, and that there shouldn't be any controversy at all because the amount of fluoride added to most water systems is in such low doses that you would have to drink over three times as much water as the recommend daily intake inorder to ingest enough fluoride for it to be toxic to you.

Odds are you would probably die of water poisoning before you would die of fluoride poisoning if just from drinking water.

The sentence says that water fluoridation is a serious issue. This is somewhat true, but only in the financial sense and whether or not water fluoridation is worth the cost. All other concerns are are the result of not understanding the science behind water fluoridation, as well as fear induced paranoia brought on by conspiracy theories and junk science regrading water fluoridation.

The last sentence states that fluoride, along with GMOs and vaccines rank among the "greatest crimes against humanity".

Besides the fact that these two things have nothing to do with water fluoridation, this isn't simply not true, it's actually quite the opposite.

Both GMOs and vaccines are not only safe, they have also been two of the most beneficial things for humanity by decreasing starvation and decreasing one's chances of dieing from an infectious disease.

Not only is this person trying to push the made up controversies surrounding water fluoridation, they are also trying to couple this with the made up controversies surrounding GMOs and vaccines to make it sound like they are all the same in a sense.

The only thing these things have in common is the fact that people believe they are bad for you and that they are part of some conspiracy, as well as the fact they all have been beneficial to our overall health.

Last, the picture in the screen shot itself claims that 98% of all European counties ban water fluoridation. This is not accurate. Most places in Europe do not ban water fluoridation, they just choose not too.


  1. It is illegal for a doctor or a dentist to force anyone to take a drug or a chemical.

    It should be illegal for the government as well. Fluoride should not be added to drinking water, which forces everyone to consume it against their will. It affect the brain (lowered IQ), the bones (fractured hips), the thyroid gland, etc.

    The world has learned the truth that fluoridation is ineffective for teeth and dangerous to health, so only 5% of the world and only 3% of Europe fluoridate their drinking water, more in the U.S. than the rest of the world combined. Data from the World Health Organization shows that the tooth decay rate in Europe is as good or better than any fluoridated country including the U.S., with over 70% fluoridation.

    1. Fluoride only does all that you stated when taken in large amounts. As for the tooth decay rates that be explained that European countries have a better health care system than the US and they probably don't eat the same amounts of sugary foods as the US does.

  2. There is clear evidence that small
    amounts of fluoride, at or near levels added to U.S. water supplies,
    present potential risks to the thyroid gland, according to the
    National Research Council's (NRC) first-ever published review of the
    fluoride/thyroid literature.

    "Many Americans are exposed to fluoride in the ranges associated with
    thyroid effects, especially for people with iodine deficiency," says
    Kathleen Thiessen, PhD, co-author of the government-sponsored NRC
    report. "The recent decline in iodine intake in the U.S could
    contribute to increased toxicity of fluoride for some individuals,"
    says Thiessen.

    "A low level of thyroid hormone can increase the risk of cardiac
    disease, high cholesterol, depression and, in pregnant woman,
    decreased intelligence of offspring," said Thiessen.

    Common thyroid symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, constipation,
    fuzzy thinking, low blood pressure, fluid retention, depression, body
    pain, slow reflexes, and more. It's estimated that 59 million
    Americans have thyroid conditions.

    Robert Carton, PhD, an environmental scientist who worked for over 30
    years for the U.S. government including managing risk assessments on
    high priority toxic chemicals, says "fluoride has detrimental effects
    on the thyroid gland of healthy males at 3.5 mg a day. With iodine
    deficiency, the effect level drops to 0.7 milligrams/day for an
    average male."(E) (1.0 mg/L fluoride is in most water supplies)

    Among many others, the NRC Report cites human studies which show

    - fluoride concentrations in thyroids exceeding that found in other
    soft tissues except kidney

    - an association between endemic goiter and fluoride exposure or
    enamel fluorosis in human populations

    - fluoride adversely affects thyroid and parathyroid hormones, which
    affect bone health