It’s interesting to see people still holding on to the belief that fluoride is good for you. Still widely controversial as many scientists support adding fluoride to our water and toothpaste. The growing concern now is the use of fluoride and how it is linked to cancer.
Fluoride, once consumed, travels through the blood stream and collects in high calcium areas like bones and teeth. It is found in common dental products like toothpastes and mouth rinses. These products are not generally swallowed and should not be such a health issue. However, fluoride is also found in our public drinking water.
Studies have found that there was an increased risk in young men and boys developing osteosarcoma when high levels of fluoride were consumed. Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer. It is also the 6th most common type of cancer in children and spreads to parts of the skeleton and elsewhere.
“In 1990 the National Toxicology Program (NTP) reported an increase in osteosarcoma in male rats exposed to fluoride, an increased risk for liver and oral cancers, and an increase in thyroid follicular cell tumors,” as reported by the PR Newswire. It is understandable why this study and others like it have caused some eyebrows to raise.
It is believed that fluoride causes cells to grow faster which might make them more likely to become cancerous. In humans, there are several studies that have not found a strong link to cancer. The strongest link seems to be with lab animals.
Why is fluoride even in our water? In 1945, scientists found that people living in areas with higher amounts of fluoride had fewer cavities. In 1962, the United States Public Health Service recommended to add fluoride to our water supply to prevent tooth decay. Today, fluoride is still put in our public drinking water. Note that not all public water contains fluoride, but it is estimated that 2 out of 3 Americans drink fluoride water.
Aside from cancer, other health concerns have also surfaced about high contents of fluoride in water. One such concern is consuming water with levels higher than 2 mg/L, causing bad teeth. Fluorsis, or overdosing on fluoride, is starting to appear more and more.
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To Read More about Fluoride and Cancer: PR Newswire