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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
In addition to chlorination, the addition of fluoride to the water systems serving approximately 75% of Americans is also adding to this problem. Many of the health problems posed by chlorine and fluoride will not make themselves known for years, but a growing body of evidence is demonstrating that while curbing infectious disease, our water supply is also causing many other problems.
Why Chlorine Is Harmful
Chlorine will have an impact on the health of growing children not only from water they drink, but also the water they bathe in. Because of the child’s small size, the energy required for growth, and the high activity level of children more water will be consumed, proportionately, by children than by adults.
Some of chlorine’s effects on children can be made apparent quickly, such as asthma and skin rashes. Part of the problem arises because as soon as chlorine in water comes into contact with anything organic, such as bacteria or your child’s skin, it trans forms into what are called THMs, or trihalomethanes, one of which is chloroform. Chloramine is also a byproduct of this break down. Later term effects of exposure to chlorinated water can include:
The Problem with Fluoride
Fluoride has been put into drinking water for decades to ostensibly prevent the development of dental cavities. Great idea, except that not only does it not work, but fluoride is also a serious poison that can do great harm to children. Fluoride is the residue of manufacturing fertilizer and is so toxic that no one knew what the heck to do with it. Then, someone got the bright idea that putting it into drinking water systems could kill two birds with one stone – it would get rid of the stuff and it would make a tidy profit for the manufacturer.
The most innocent negative effect of fluoride is fluorosis, which is the discoloration or sometimes destruction of the teeth by the fluoride in the water. However, fluoride provides a number of other side effects that are not so benign:
Taking the Matter into Your Own Hands
Although Europe has basically suspended the addition of fluoride to drinking water with no rise in dental caries, it’s obvious that there’s no need to fear that you will be dragging your children to the dentist for fillings. And the reason why chlorine will continue to be used is unanswerable at this point.
Because of the vested corporate interests, it’s unlikely that fluoride will be removed from water any time soon. However, you can take steps to limit the exposure of fluoride to your children as much as possible.
by: Chris Tracey