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Report: The Fluoride Controversy

Remove Fluoride from Drinking Water with Activated Alumina, Bone Charcoal Carbon or Reverse Osmosis

Bone char carbon is one of three methods used to reduce fluoride in drinking water.  Activated alumina filtration and reverse osmosis are the other two effective methods approved by the EPA for removing fluoride from drinking water.

Concentration of fluoride in water above 4 ppm, which is the EPA’s maximum contaminant level, is considered hazardous to health. It can cause bone fractures, is damaging to teeth enamel and may cause cancer.  Fluoride is naturally occurring, and can be present in well water.  In 1933 a process to reduce fluoride in water using activated alumina (also known as aluminum oxide—an inert chemical compound) was invented by Harry V. Churhill, a chemist from Alcoa Alumina in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.  The patent was granted in November 1936.

Water Fluoridation History and Pros and Cons

Fluoride was first approved for municipal drinking water in the early 1940s, and has been added to water in the US and several countries worldwide.  The addition of fluoride is supported by the US Centers for Disease Control, the American Dental Association and other organizations.  Studies and statistics show that drinking fluoridated water protects teeth from decay, and will reduce dental cavities by 20 percent. Concentrations added to the water generally do not exceed 1.5 ppm, though the average has been 1 ppm (1 mg/liter). Besides protecting teeth from developing cavities, it is known to increase mineral bone density which results in protection against osteoporosis, a plus for fluoridation. However there are many proven negative side effects of fluoride (sodium fluoride, fluorosilicic acid, or sodium fluorosilicate) in our drinking water, some very serious and some just unsubstantiated.

Fluoride, at the current acceptable level, is known to adversely affect the thyroid gland and people with thyroid conditions should avoid fluoridated water. Also, fluoride can adversely affect the kidneys, and people with kidney disease should avoid the chemical as well.

The pros for fluoridation are mainly offered by The American Dental society, but the cons outweigh them.  Many individuals and organizations don't like the idea of government enforced medication in public water systems. Though it may be effective, it's not effective enough to risk the potential problems associated with fluoridation.  Some believe that adding fluoride to water is dangerous to our health, and poisonous.

Besides the potential thyroid and kidney interactions from fluoride, a more commonly known side effect is dental fluorosis which causes permanent teeth discoloration. Supporters of fluoridation are aware of the problem but discount the side effects over improved cavity protection. However, a recent study by Harvard University and funded by the National Institutes of Health (published July 20, 2012), concluded that children’s IQ scores measured lower where concentration of fluoride in the water was above 1 ppm compared to children in cities where fluoride added to water was lower.  Other studies also confirmed the problem, with over twenty human studies linking fluoride to brain damage.

In 2011, The US Health and Human Services Department lowered the recommended level of fluoride in water to 0.70 ppm (mg/liter) from the range of 0.7 ppm to 1.2 ppm.  This is due to the availability of fluoride from other sources, like toothpaste and mouthwash, which can push the amount consumed higher and causing potential problems.
Other concerns using fluoride are on an ethical basis, because it’s known that officials in NAZI Germany, during World War II, used fluoride to sedate the concentration camp prisoners.

Fluoride is currently added to municipal water in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Scotland and Australia.  It was added to water in several regions including Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Japan, the Soviet Union (Russia) and Finland. But it is no longer added to municipal water systems in those countries for a number of reasons including ethical, health concerns and scientific considerations.

Removing Fluoride with Bone Char Carbon GAC

Filtration using bone char carbon (made from animal bones) is gaining popularity for fluoride reduction in water.  It’s more desirable than using activated alumina because it does not add a taste to the water (some people report a metallic taste) and because activated alumina (aluminum oxide) is made from aluminum, many people are uncomfortable using that filtration method.  Reverse osmosis (RO) is also a good way to remove fluoride, but it has its disadvantages.  It wastes water—4 gallons down the drain for every gallon produced--and in areas were water is scarce or expensive, it’s not an economical way to remove fluoride.  Also, reverse osmosis removes all beneficial minerals and lowers the pH of the water making it slightly acidic, and the water tastes flat.

Several manufacturers produce bone charcoal carbon that effectively reduce fluoride in water—up to 90 percent reduction, but this percentage is falls over time.  Brimac HA 216 bone charcoal carbon and Carbon Link HA2 Supra-L Filtration are two high quality GAC carbon media supplied in cartridges, for countertop or under-counter systems, and in one cubic feet bags added to whole house water filtration tanks.  The GAC is usually black, or grayish brown in color indicating the best quality for adsorption of fluoride and other contaminants.  To reduce fluoride, the water must have a long contact time with the filtration media, greater contact time than if reducing chlorine.  When used in countertop or under-counter filter systems, flow rate should be no faster than 0.5 gallons per minute.  Bone char carbon is highly porous and capable of adsorbing heavy metals (aluminum, arsenic III/V, mercury, chromium, copper, iron, lead, manganese, nickel, silver and zinc), TTHMs and organic and inorganic compounds.  It has also been shown to reduce radionuclides, specifically uranium, alpha particles and radon.

When filtering chlorine and fluoride from municipal water, the chlorine filter cartridge, or whole house tank, would install first from the water line. Then the bone char media cartridge or whole house housing would install second, after the chlorine filter. This would allow the chlorine to be removed first, then leaving the fluoride reduction by the bone char. HB

Links to Articles on Water Fluoridation

Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal - Reuters

FLUORIDE, THE SILENT KILLER - Consumer Health

Fluoride Toxicity - Medscape

Fluoride and Thyroid Disease / With Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames - About

Water fluoridation controversy - Wickipedia

Fluoridation: Don't Let the Poisonmongers Scare You - Quackwatch
U.S. Lowers Limit for Fluoride in Water - Reuters

References

US Environmental Protection Agency
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
American Dental Association
Wikipedia
The Huffington Post
fluoride-history.de

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EVOLUTION OF OUR FILTERS

I never had a need for a water filter, let alone a fluoride filter.  In Michigan, our water (taken from the Great Lakes) is probably the best water in the world.  But in 1997, my best friend Bruce was diagnosed and treated (with surgery and radiation) for a malignant brain tumor. It was a terrible time; and I had questions. Why was a healthy 46 year old hit with a deadly cancer? And what could I do to protect me and my family from contracting a similar disease? So, I started looking to the Internet for the answer. In my search, I found Dr. Andew Weil, an MD and Harvard graduate who recommended KDF (See What's KDF) water filtration in his book 8 Weeks to Optimum Health: A Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power. And, I took Dr. Weil's advice and found a KDF/GAC filter and the rest is history. Besides removing chlorine, heavy metals, pesticides and VOCs, I added a fluoride reduction cartridge, and my system was complete and I started The Water Exchange. It was a dual housing filter that removed just about every contaminant but leaving the healthy minerals. It's been over 16 years now and we have a number of systems that remove most contaminants.

Fluoride has been added to municipal drinking water systems in the US and in some cities, worldwide, since the mid 1940s.  It was determined a safe additive that helps prevent tooth decay.  However, because of the controversy for a number of reasons, including health concerns and politics, most countries in Europe have eliminated fluoridation.  But to date, fluoridation has been going strong in the United States and Canada, and is widely supported by The American Dental Association to promote dental health, for children and adults, and approved by the US EPA as long as the concentration is does not exceed the maximum contaminant level of 4 mg/l (or 4 ppm--parts per million concentration) .  Though below 4 ppm is considered safe by the US EPA, municipal water systems across the US never add more than 1.5 ppm, with a 1 ppm average. Recently, it’s been determined that children may be getting too much fluoride because it’s added to most US toothpaste products, and is in some foods, the EPA may be adjusting that limit to under 0.84 ppm.

The fluoridation controversy has been debated for the last nine or ten years with opponents feeling that the government has no place in sponsoring the addition of a potentially dangerous chemical in our drinking water even if the intensions are good.  The use of fluoride should be an individual’s choice and not mandated by government officials.  Fluoride has been known to prevent cavities, and is topically applied to our children’s teeth by dentists.  But the question opponents’ ask, “Is it really necessary to add fluoride to our water systems?” I posed that question to my dental hygienist and she said that it was the best way to guarantee the application of fluoride to our teeth.  I said if fluoride is only helpful for our teeth, it should be our choice to apply it, but it makes no sense to consume it.

Two books I've recently reviewed make a strong case against water fluoridation with convincing facts from experts and studies that make it clear our water should not be fluoridated. Also, one of the serious concerns with fluoride is neurotoxicity and that's been validated in a recent Reuters article (2012). A study evaluated by the Harvard Journal in the article “Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal” found that children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ than those who lived in low fluoride areas. Also, the EPA stated that “fluoride is a chemical with substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” See http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/24/

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