Concerns about fluoride

Ah, the road well-traveled where those who choose it find themselves going along to get along. Travelers on this road tend to ask few questions and are eager to march along a path dictated and endorsed by government and professional organizations.  Absorbing endorsements without questioning their origin or seeking full understanding of health concerns has the potential of ending up with unwanted outcomes.

I have chosen the road less traveled. While on this road, I became aware of the fact that fluoride is being added to our public water. In the March 2014 issue of Lancet Neurology, medical authorities classified fluoride as a developmental neurotoxin. Fluoride has joined lead, arsenic, toluene and other chemicals known to be harmful to the brain. This neurotoxin is in our water, food, soda pop and fruit drinks and beer. Restaurants and schools cook with it and serve it with tea and coffee. Each of us is thus involuntarily receiving a daily dose or more, as none of these sources labels the foods or beverages to inform you that they contain fluoride.

One wonders if the enthusiastic endorsers of fluoridation are concerned about the doses you and your family are receiving. You should be concerned. If you are a healthy or middle-aged adult, approximately 50% of the fluoride you consume is retained in your body and 50% is excreted in the urine. Young children may retain upwards to as much as 80% because of increased uptake by the developing skeleton.

For most of my life, I have chosen the road less traveled. What an enlightened difference that choice has made in my life. I hope you will join me on that road where one encounters probing questions and illuminating answers. For an abundance of information about fluoridation, I recommend searching Fluoride Action Network on the internet and reading the very informative book The Case Against Fluoride. Here’s wishing you a healthy and safe journey.

Karl Novak, Hinesburg, VT

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