Fluoridation of water by municipal water plants has been controversial for many years in the U.S. The issue has been primarily focused on fluorine as a poison that accumulates in human tissue. There are new scientific findings that point to fluoridation compounds being a source of heavy metal and radioactive contamination in the water supply.
Mike Adams of Natural News released a report on July 29, 2014 documenting the presence of heavy metals and trace amounts of strontium and uranium in samples of sodium fluoride that are typically used to supply US cities treating water with fluoride. The article is titled Natural News exclusive: Fluoride used in U.S. water supplies found contaminated with lead, tungsten, strontium, aluminum and uranium.
The tolerance of the human body for heavy metals and radioactive contaminants has proven to be very low. Lead was one of the first elements identified as a public health issue as far back as the mid-1800s. Lead pipe was not specifically prohibited in municipal water supplies until the 1970s. Lead paint continues to be a major public health issue. No acceptable minimum blood lead level (bll) for children has been established in the U.S. Lead is also toxic for adults.
The analytical equipment, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) provides analytical precision at the parts per trillion (ppt) levels. Health standards typically set standards for parts per million (ppm) or parts per billion (ppb). The ICP-MS equipment when used as specified is highly accurate.
The results of the laboratory tests on the six sodium fluoride samples were:
MAX aluminum: 283,218 ppb
MAX arsenic: 137 ppb
MAX strontium: 9,417 ppb
MAX lead: 988 ppb
MAX uranium: 1,415 ppb
AVG aluminum: 69,364 ppb
AVG arsenic: 70 ppb
AVG strontium: 1751 ppb
AVG lead: 299 ppb
AVG uranium: 239 ppb
The federal EPA sets maximum contaminate levels (MCLs) for materials in drinking water. Mg/l is equal to parts per million to three decimal places. MCLs are enforceable under EPA statutes.
The MCL for aluminum is 0.05 to 0.20 mg/l. This equates to 50 to 200 ppb which can be compared to the average sample value of 69,364 ppb. Aluminum has been shown to contribute to neurological issues, especially in older adults.
The MCL for arsenic is listed as 0 mg/l, and a trigger for announcement of water quality issues to the public at 0.01 mg/l. This converts to 10 ppb versus the average 70 ppb in the six samples. Arsenic is a known carcinogen.
The MCL for uranium is listed as 0 micrograms/liter (mcg/l), with a trigger for announcement of water quality issues at 10 mcg/l (10 ppb). The average for uranium in the six samples was 239 ppb. Uranium is also a known carcinogen.
These examples show that these contaminates in the sodium fluoride need to be considered an additional reason for concern about fluoridation of water supplies. The Natural News article discusses many of the other issues with water fluoridation. In the meantime, an in-line high quality water filter and a shower head water filter can help reduce some of these contaminates.
Where possible, drink water from a confirmed safe source that is packaged in a glass container. Since pure water sold in glass bottles is expensive or unavailable, water filters are the most reasonable course of action. Applying pressure to get the sodium fluoride tested in the local municipal water plant is also a good action step.