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Fluoride

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48
States Affected
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250
Million
People Affected
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7/10
Toxicity Rating
Health Effects

Bone disease, pain and tenderness of the bones, mottled teeth, discoloration, dental fluorosis

The legal limit is
Health Guideline
0.004 ppb
40,000x
what is considered unhealthy
Legal Limit
10 ppb
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a chemical compound added to 75% of tap water supplies in the U.S. on the pretext of promoting dental health.1 However, fluoride has been shown to do more damage to general health compared to its proclaimed benefits for dental health. In fact, water fluoridation may actually have no impact on dental health at all.
The chemical contaminants widely referred to as ''fluoride'' include fluoride, sodium fluoride, and hydrofluorosilicic acid. None of these are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).3 This means fluoridation chemicals have not undergone testing like medicines do because fluoride is considered a tap water ''additive'' and not a medication. This classification was issued and still stands despite the fact that it is backwards—fluoride is added to drinking water to treat cavities and tooth decay in people, not to treat the water.
Most of the fluoridation chemicals used are by-products of chemical manufacturing processes, specifically those from the phosphate fertilizer industry. This ''industrial grade'' is allowable under law and is far from the pharmaceutical grade required for medications. None of the chemicals used to fluoridate water are natural nutrients, which means the body does not need fluoride in any form—period.
Why is fluoride in my tap water?
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How does Clearly Filtered do at Removing Fluoride?
Clearly Filtered with
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Water Pitcher Filter
Under-the-Sink FIlter
Water Bottle Filter
Refrigerator Filter
Water Tower Filter
Fluoride Removal
98.2%
99.5%
99.0%
99.5%
99.5%
References

1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Community water fluoridation. Fluoridation Statistics. https://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/statistics/2014stats.htm . Accessed June 30, 2019.

2. Fluoride Action Network. Water Fluoridation. http://fluoridealert.org/issues/water/ . Accessed June 30, 2019.

3. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Does FDA regulate fluoride in drinking water. https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/QuestionsAnswers/ucm576374.htm . Accessed June 30, 2019.

4. Fluoride Action Network. Statements from European health, water, & environment authorities on water fluoridation. http://fluoridealert.org/content/europe-statements/ . Accessed June 30, 2019.

5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Federal Panel on Community Water Fluoridation. U.S. Public Health Service recommendation for fluoride concentration in drinking water for the prevention of dental cavities. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4547570/ . Accessed June 30, 2019.

6. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. National primary drinking water regulations. https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-anddrinking-water/national-primary-drinking-water-regulations . Accessed June 30, 2019.

7. Beltran-Aguilar ED, Barker L, Dye BA. Prevalence and severity of dental fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004. NCHS Data Brief. 2010;53:1-8.

8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infant formula. https://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/faqs/infant-formula.html . Accessed June30, 2019.