“Fluoridation of drinking is NOT the only source of fluoride. We are consuming it all the time”
[h/t D. Huber]
Anti-fluoridation advocates often lead to the impression that fluoridation of drinking water is doing us harm and that we must eliminate it. However, we consume fluoride from many other sources – none of which are ever claimed to cause the symptoms often provided as anecdotal evidence.
For instance, tea can often have as much, if not more (up to 5ppm), fluoride per litre than is added to fluoridated drinking water (Chan and Koh. 1996, Fung et al. 1999, and, Malinowska et al. 2008).
As the authors note, with increased consumption, the risk of fluorosis likewise increases. However, there are no other claims of potential cancers or otherwise and no mention from the anti-fluoridation advocates about the fact that fluoride has long been naturally found in many foods and water supplies, in the same ionic fluoride form as occurs when fluoridation compounds are added to water supplies, without harm to the consumer.
Have you heard of any other anti-fluoridation arguments that I’ve not covered? Feel free to forward them to me via the post submissions forms here and, time pending, I’ll do what I can to provide a strong counter-argument based upon facts.