Fluoride poisoning is a dangerous possibility of fluoride overuse

Description:  There is furious debate in the medical fraternity about the benefits of fluoride

Dangers of Fluoride Overuse

Introduction

Fluoride is a chemical compound often used, in topical and systemic fluoride therapy, for preventing tooth decay. It is actively used for fluoridation of water and found in many oral hygiene products. The commonly used additives in the United States of America (USA) include hexafluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6) and sodium hexafluorosilicate (Na2SiF6) apart from sodium fluoride (NaF).

Fluoride is commonly found in many products such as certain mouthwashes, toothpastes, vitamins, etching cream and roach powders. Its concentration is high in fluoridated water and sodium fluoride tablets.

Fluoride Poisoning

Fluoride poisoning occurs when there is accidental or intentional over consumption of fluoride in its myriad forms. Some of the symptoms of fluoride overdose include weakness, vomiting, tremors, slow or irregular heartbeat, shallow breathing, nausea, heart attack, headache, drooling, diarrhea, convulsions, abnormal taste such as salty or soapy taste and abdominal pain.Risks of ingesting fluoride includes dental and skeletal fluorosis, hip and other bone fractures, reduced IQ and brain development in children, thyroid diseases and chronic kidney diseases.

Treatment for fluoride overdose depends on the condition of the patient. Symptoms of the patient are carefully observed along with the blood pressure, breathing rate, temperature and pulse. Usually the stomach of the patient is cleaned out via gastric lavage or medications are given to induce emesis or vomiting. The patient may also receive milk and calcium. Recovery is directly dependent on the amount of fluoride consumed and the time taken to start treatment.

Opposition

Many American organizations have hotly debated the benefits of fluoride and seek to discontinue its active usage in water, toothpaste and other products for the good health of its citizens. They are backed by various studies and research reports that prove fluoride causes harm to human health.

The handbook of Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products states that fluoride is more poisonous than lead, slightly less poisonous than arsenic and a cumulative poison accumulating in the bone as time passes by.

A communiqué sent to the members of the American Dental Association (ADA) informs that fluoride isextremely dangerous for infants under the age of one and prohibits the use of fluoridated water in baby food or formula to prevent tooth damage.

Articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA) have linked increase in hip fracture rates to consumption of fluoridated water.

A study by Procter and Gamble showed sizable and significant increase in genetic damage with the use of even half the amount of fluoride used in fluoridating public water supplies.

 

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