Fluoride in Your Drinking Water: Be an Informed Consumer
The subject of fluoridated drinking water has long been a point of contention among health authorities on every level, from municipal to international. Fortunately, the number of regions removing fluoride from public water sources has been steadily increasing over recent years. As people become more aware of the inherent risks of fluoride toxicity and how it occurs, our ability to stand up for our rights and our health grows. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Collegeville, PA and Williamsport, PA, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his experienced staff want our patients to understand the dangers of water fluoridation and how it can impact their lives.
Fighting for Fluoride-Free Water
Since 1990, more than 400 communities from around the globe have put a stop to mandatory fluoridation of public drinking water. This number continues to rise; in fact, in 2014 alone, 385,000 residents in Bucks County, Pennsylvania elected to reject or end fluoridation. In Ireland, pending legislation may alter the law in such a way so as to make water fluoridation a criminal act.
Multiple studies have shown that fluoride overdose has been linked to a wide range of health problems, including:
- Decreased thyroid function and thyroid disease
- Osteosarcoma (bone cancer)
- Increased risk of cancerous tumors
- Damage to cells throughout the body, particularly in the brain
- Decreased fertility
- Muscle disorders
- Bone fractures due to skeletal fluorosis
- Lethargy and/or hyperactivity
- Increased risk of dementia
- Compromised immune system
- Increased lead absorption
Another study, published in the March 2014 issue of The Lancet Neurology, cited fluoride as a neurotoxin capable of disrupting the development of the brain. In fact, the research showed that children exposed to fluoridated drinking water experienced a decrease in IQ by an average of seven points. This is twice the amount of damage caused by exposure to secondhand smoke in children of the same age group. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) continues to engage medical authorities on the subject of fluoride in drinking water, encouraging leaders capable of making a change to do so, and soon.
Knowing Your Fluoride Risk
Understanding the dangers associated with fluoride in your drinking water is the first step to keeping yourself and your family safe and healthy. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania, Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his team offer a variety of health and wellness services, including nutritional therapy and valuable patient education. Contact us today to learn more about how you can reduce your risk of developing potentially severe complications associated with fluoride overdose. From our two locations in Williamsport, PA and Collegeville, PA, our practice proudly serves families from throughout the surrounding areas of Bloomberg, Sunbury, Pottstown, Lock Haven, and more.