Fluoride could be giving you diabetes

Over the past few years, I’ve periodically written about fluoride and the potential health risks that may accompany its consumption in our drinking water.

Originally in 2014, I wrote a comprehensive breakdown of the history of fluoride use in the United States.

In this article, I highlighted how, before 1945, fluoride was regarded as a universal pollutant.

It’s a byproduct of the aluminum and fertilizer industries. And this "fluoride waste" destroyed all crops and animals in its path … and caused irreversible damage on the environment and anyone exposed to it.

You know Alcoa (AA), the mega-producer of aluminum founded by legendary entrepreneur Andrew Mellon. What you may not know is that, when the company realized it wasn’t just the largest aluminum producer in the country — but also the largest producer of fluoride waste materialsthe narrative changed forever.

Mellon, being the renegade businessman he was, understood that instead of simply dumping this waste product …

He could replace the disposal expense with vast profits.

So, on Sept. 29, 1939, Alcoa sought out and "heavily funded" scientist Gerald J. Cox.

Cox began fluoridating rats in his lab and mysteriously concluding that "fluoride reduces cavities" … though he could not provide proof to back up his claim.

A very important note here …

At the time, Andrew Mellon held the position of the Secretary of the Treasury. And the Treasury holds direct jurisdiction over the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS).

Further, in 1944, Mellon appointed Oscar Ewing as head of the department.

Ewing was one of the top executives at Mellon’s Alcoa, where his salary was upward of $10 million in today’s dollars.

Mellon and Ewing set themselves up in a position to take over the policies of the Public Health Service.

Under Ewing’s watch, a national fluoridation campaign rapidly materialized — spearheaded by the USPHS.

Ewing didn’t take long to choose Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, as his PR man for the campaign.

Using classical Freudian principles, Bernays maintained that a well-oiled propaganda machine could make the public believe practically anything …

Even the exact opposite of what had been already proven by all existing scientific research.

Again, I urge you to read the full story here.

Still to this day, fluoride used for water fluoridation does not have FDA approval and is considered by the FDA as an "unapproved drug."

Documented health risks of fluoride consumption include:

 Fluoride can damage the brain, according to the National Research Council (NRC). Studies by the EPA show fluoridated water to cause dementia-like effects and lowering of the IQ.

 Fluoride damages sperm and increases the rate of infertility. (N.J. Chinoy and M.V. Narayana, 1994)

 Fluoride negatively affects thyroid function. In the Ukraine, P.P. Bachinskii found a lowering of thyroid function, among otherwise healthy people. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels, and heart disease.

 Fluoride causes symptoms of arthritis. Skeletal fluorosis (a fluoride-induced bone and joint disease) mimic the symptoms of arthritis.

 Fluoride damages bone. An early fluoridation trial (Newburgh-Kingston 1945-’55) revealed a twofold increase in bone defects among children in the fluoridated community. Hundreds of studies are shown with direct correlations between fluoride use and osteoporosis.

 It can age you faster. Austrian researchers proved in the 1970s that as little as 1 part fluoride per million parts water (ppm) concentration could disrupt DNA repair enzymes by 50%. When DNA can’t repair damaged cells, we get old faster!

The world’s oldest and most-prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, recently classified fluoride as a neurotoxin. This puts fluoride in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.

A neurotoxin is a substance that inhibits the functions of neurons.

Basically, neurons are cells that transport different types of information throughout the brain and allow it to function properly.

One of the main concerns within the report: the effects neurotoxins have when passed down from a mother to an unborn child.

Researchers noted that brain disorders now affect 10%-15% of all births. And now, prevalence rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are increasing every year.

Brain disorders — including ADHD, dyslexia and other cognitive impairments — now affect millions of children worldwide. It’s being called a "pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity."

Today, I wanted to share with you another new finding that links fluoride consumption to adverse health effects.

A study published in the Journal of Water and Health examined links between water fluoridation and Type 2 diabetes, one of the fastest-growing health epidemics in America. Incidence rates have nearly quadrupled in the past 32 years, and show no signs of stopping.

According to this study, fluoridation with sodium fluoride could be a contributing factor to diabetes rates in the United States. This chemical is a known preservative of blood glucose.

Related story: How Cinnamon Can Control Your Blood Sugar

The author of the paper is Kyle Fluegge. He serves as a health economist in the Division of Disease Control for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and as co-director of the Institute of Health and Environmental Research in Cleveland, Ohio.

In the study, Fluegge used mathematical models to analyze publicly available data on fluoride water levels and diabetes incidence and prevalence rates across 22 states.

Two sets of regression analyses suggested that supplemental water fluoridation was significantly associated with increases in diabetes between 2005 and 2010.

Type 2 diabetes is a life-altering disease. One that often leads to other health complications like …

 Heart and blood vessel disease

 Nerve damage

 Kidney damage

 Eye damage

 Hearing impairment

 Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

There are just too many links between fluoride and adverse health effects for the government to ignore any longer.

Cities have launched campaigns for years to remove the chemical from their water supplies, to varying degrees of success.

Such initiatives are often controversial and emotionally charged because of the reputation fluoride still enjoys among mainstream dentistry practitioners and the money it puts in the pockets of mega-conglomerates and politicians.

We would love to know if you’re still using fluoride-containing toothpaste, and how your city treats the water supply. Leave us a comment with your feedback.

That’s all for today.

Happy and healthy investing,

Brad Hoppmann

P.S. Something else to ponder: The dental industry and our government have universally recommended daily flossing for optimal gum health. But recently, the government acknowledged that flossing had not been researched like it should have been.

Your thoughts on “Fluoride could be giving you diabetes”

  1. So sick of the standard response by those supporting fluoridation, that all of the “legitimate” science supports the safety of fluoridation. This is a blatant lie. It is also a pathetic intimidation tactic that seeks to make people feel scared of appearing stupid or ignorant. I guess the only “legitimate” scientists are the ones that support fluoridation. I suppose that all of the scientists around the world whose research has shown the extremely detrimental effects of fluoride are the stupid scientists. The companies who sell this poison to water treatment facilities are running scared, because dozens of countries around the world are banning water fluoridation, including almost all of the Western European countries. The US is lagging far behind because so many of our scientists are as bought-and-paid-for as our politicians. Thank you Mr. Hoppmann for using your platform to educate and inform. We must all do what we can to expose the truth. Since I do not have a platform like a widely circulated newsletter, I let my money do the talking by donating to groups like the Fluoride Action Network.

  2. Our institutions today have fallen to the level of crack whores in their efforts to amass wealth or hold power. Participating in medical care has now been called the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. Alcoa could well be following in the footsteps of people pushing Statins, cholesterol lowering drugs, chemotherapy and so on. In our culture, if flourides are a damaging scam it is simply consistent with many other mefical and business atrocities.

  3. I have tried to avoid fluoride toothpaste off and on over the last 20 to 25 years yet still ended up with a low thyroid problem. We have our own well so do not drink fluoridated water. About 4 months ago I started making my own toothpaste with 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon baking soda, dash of sea salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Because of our schedule and dental insurance timing it had been 10 months since my last dental cleaning. My hygienist hardly had to remove tarter buildup and said my gums looked very healthy. Normally she has to work much harder even when I have my teeth cleaned every 6 months. When I have time, I also swish the coconut oil solution in my mouth for several minutes so it also serves as a good mouthwash. It is nice to have a reasonable solution to all the chemicals in commercial toothpaste and mouth wash. Hopefully it can help reverse the hypothyroidism.

  4. I have asked many forced-fluoridation fanatics to tell me how much accumulated fluoride in the body they think is safe. So far not a single one of them has been able to answer the question.
    http://forcedfluoridationfreedomfighters.com/a-preliminary-investigation-into-fluoride-accumulation-in-bone/

    It is unlikely to just be a coincidence that the US, Australia, and Ireland, which have had high rates of forced-fluoridation for decades, also have high rates of joint problems, and poor health outcomes in general.

  5. Brad, I read the comments with interest. Most seem to miss the point. When I go to the faucet to get a glass of water I want WATER, not chemicals. Those who want fluoride can get it in other products. It is unconscionable that the government forces chemical consumption on us when it does nothing to improve the quality or safety of our water.

    I don’t care WHAT the studies show. I don’t want Fluoride in my water. I am charged for it when they add it and I’m charged when I pay to take it out. It is wrong. Damn the studies. Damn this control freak government.

  6. You do your reputation no favors, and are of little help to your readers drawing categoric and simplistic conclusions from highly complex and contentious research. You make it all too easy for people who can’t control their eating and would do anything to avoid walking a block to scapegoat easy targets.

  7. Brad, it is my understanding that FDA hasn’t approved fluoride, because they don’t have authority over it. The 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act gave regulatory oversight of public drinking water to the EPA. The FDA can only ensure that the quality standards for bottled water are compatible with EPA standards for tap water. Moreover, the EPA has not approved or disapproved the use of fluoride in water. Instead, they have left the decision to fluoridate water supplies to either the individual states or local municipalities. The only thing the EPA has mandated is the maximum level of fluoride in drinking water; it cannot exceed 4 milligrams per liter (mg/L).

    Here is a review of fluoride in drinking water by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology:

    http://dels.nas.edu/Report/Fluoride-Drinking-Water-Scientific/11571?bname=

    Most, if not all, of the concerns you have described appear to address fluoride levels greater than 4 mg/L. Furthermore, some of results were considered inconclusive and require more study. In addition, because some of the studies appeared to be not well designed, the results and conclusions may be suspect.

    Regardless, one of the conclusions of the review was the following:
    “In light of the collective evidence on various health end points and total exposure to fluoride, the committee concludes that EPA’s MCLG of 4 mg/L should be lowered.”

  8. As another scientist (chemistry, Ph.D.) I don’t believe the connection between flouride and diabetes. I believe the diabetes epidemic has been brought on by the low-fat diet (which basically means a high-carbohydrate diet). Diabetes is all about processing carbohydrates. I can’t even find a place along the biochemical pathways where fluoride plays a part.

  9. Randy and Tony,

    Putting fluoride in the water supply is medicating without the public’s consent. The fluoride types being dumped in public water supplies are industrial waste and highly toxic. They are not natural forms of the element. No science is needed to prove that this practice is reckless and dangerous and needs to stop.

    This stuff is poison, but it is okay to put it in the water? Same thing with mercury. Highly toxic, but it is okay to embed it in teeth? Just shows how badly people are brainwashed.

    ADA only recommends topical applications. It does not support ingesting fluoride.

    If someone wants to get a treatment at a dentist or use toothpaste with fluoride, they can do that. No need to expose everyone to it. There’s enough evidence out there that it is not effective and does more harm than good.

    Putting fluoride in the water only benefits the aluminum and fertilizer industries by turning their toxic waste from a disposal expense to a profit center. If people want that in their water, they will sell them some.

  10. Mr. Johnson is unfortunately dwelling on the secondary results of the study. These are important details, but the main association is the milligram measure of fluoride concentration. Even with the heterogeneity in the chemicals used (one which is relatively protective), this measure positively predicted diabetes outcomes at a statistically significant level of association. The benefits mr. Johnson prescribes to fluorosilicic acid are not enough to overcome this association. It is also not helpful to proclaim the benefits of fluorosilicic acid when calcium fluoride would likely be an equally effective alternative.

    Mr. Johnson is cherry picking the data presented. This is not helpful for those who will like a full assessment of the attributes, both positive and negative, of community water fluoridation.

  11. Despite the fact the Fluegge titled his report published in the Journal of Water and Health, “Community water fluoridation predicts increase in age-adjusted incidence and prevalence of diabetes in 22 states from 2005 and 2010,” fluoridationists are trying to spin it to claim it proved the opposite and intimidate that it is the only item of its type.

    Yet, there is science going back to at least the 1950s confirming that fluoride has an impact on glucose metabolism and calcium metabolism and that those with inadequate nutrition or health issues are more likely to suffer adverse health impacts from the consumption of fluoridated food or drink. Plus there is no question that fluoride, even in low doses, inhibits enzymes, disrupts endocrine function and worsens inflammatory conditions. As an added bonus, fluoride increase the absorption of lead into brain, body, and bone.

    For more scientific citations, most of which are from this century, see this 2016 letter to the American Thyroid Association signed by 3 doctors, a dentist, a scientist and lawyer: http://www.ehcd.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016_02_11_ATALtrCWF.pdf

  12. I have been avoiding fluoridated products for years; I think I first learned about it from Dr. Mercola. I took a few of the courses in water treatment offered by the local community college. I was shocked to hear that many of the students studying to work in water treatment plants believe that fluoridation is good and makes water better for you. I also took a nutrition course and was again shocked to learn that the government considers fluoride a necessary trace mineral. Fortunately the teachers of both course knew better but they did not emphasize the error (maybe to stay out of trouble).
    My conclusion: the government has successfully brainwashed the public, teaching people to want poisoned water!

  13. Brad Hoppmann – Since the title of your article is “Fluoride could be giving you diabetes” I thought I would address that specific issue, although there are similar distortions and misrepresentations of evidence regarding the other claims of alleged harm caused by drinking optimally fluoridated water.

    Did you actually read Fluegge’s paper, or did you just read the news releases that have been distributed by Case Western Reserve University and various anti-F groups and assume the title and claims were accurate?

    The problem with your claim, which you would have discovered had you read and understood the actual paper, is that Fluegge’s study actually concluded that, “Among the three fluoridation chemicals used in this data set (sodium fluoride, fluorosilicic acid, or sodium fluorosilicate), only fluorosilicic acid was significantly and robustly associated with decreases in incidence and prevalence of diabetes.” and “Sodium fluoride produced significantly positive associations with incidence (β= 0.93, P< 0.001) and prevalence (β= 0.76, P< 0.001), whereas fluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate produced significantly negative associations respectively (fluorosilicic acid: β= –0.72, P< 0.001 and β= –0.54, P= 0.002; sodium fluorosilicate: β= – 0.55, P= 0.05 and β= –0.49, P= 0.02)."

    What that means is that ONLY sodium fluoride added to drinking water was linked to an increase in diabetes.

    According to Fluegge’s paper then, natural fluoride "is significantly protective" and "only fluorosilicic acid was significantly and robustly associated with decreases in incidence and prevalence of diabetes"

    So, the actual conclusions of Fluegge’s study are that the most commonly added fluoridation chemical, fluorosilicic acid (used in 75% of water treatment plants), actually protects against diabetes. Only 7% of treatment plants use sodium fluoride (the only additive linked to an increase in diabetes). NaF is generally only used in smaller treatment plants, so most individuals will drink water protected with fluorosilicic acid.

    Consequently, this paper, if it is to be believed, actually supports community water fluoridation as protecting against diabetes – not causing it.

    Those who support fluoridation, however, are not likely to use Fluegge’s paper to confirm their position for two reasons that never seem to bother fluoridation opponents (FOs).
    1) It is a single paper and would require several quality supporting studies before anyone would take the conclusions seriously.
    2) It appears to be a very poorly constructed and executed study with conclusions that don’t make a lot of sense, because fluoride ions from different sources are identical in their behavior and, regardless of source, fluoride ions in tap water are completely dissociated – there is none of the original source compounds remaining – natural or added.

  14. The dental INDUSTRY will never deny fluoride is anything except the best solution to dental hygiene. To admit that fluoride is a problem would be an admission that they have been wrong and have been promoting a fraud. It will never happen.

  15. In July of 2015. it was discovered that I got type 2 diabetes, By the end of the July month. I was given a prescription for the Metformin, I stated with the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140, Without results to how for my hard work. I really panicked and called my doctor. His response?? Deal with it yourself, I started to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research, Then I found Lisa’s great blog (google ” HOW I FREED MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ) .. I read it from cover to cover and I started with the diet and by the next morning. my blood sugar was 100, Since then. I get a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s, My doctor was very surprised at the results that. the next week. he took me off the Metformin drug, I lost 30 pounds in my first month and lost more than 6 inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is that we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods…..

  16. So are you saying that fluoride does not decrease the incidence of cavities? It supposedly does, by replacing the hydroxy group in the apatite in our teeth with fluoride, which makes the teeth harder and more resistent to decay. Or so we have been told. Is this all BS?
    In any event, we use fluoride free toothpaste and filter our drinking water with a reverse osmosis filter.

  17. Hello Brad, thank you for the information about fluoride. I have been a health watcher for many years and wanted to bring this to your attention. As you mentioned, dentists like fluoride for their own reasons. The last several times I have been to my dentist for a cleaning, I have been promoted EVERY TIME, to use a pumped up toothpaste with mega fluoride content because they are saying for adults over 60years, need to build calcium to protect their teeth and this toothpaste will do that. Hummm…..fluoride causing mental deficiencews, eg. Alzheimer, dementia…..and does not build calcium for your teeth. Seems there is another agenda out there. What will they think of next?

  18. as a scientist, I have always defended fluoride because of the immense benefit to dental integrity. Your research is provocative and I will continue your investigation because of the many elements of risk.

    Thanks

  19. Brad,
    I’m so glad that you cover such important health issues, especially also those that are controversial. The science on fluoride is very clear – it’s a toxin, and does certainly not belong in our water supply. It’s like being forced to consume a drug – where is our medical freedom? By the way, did you know fluoride was used in the concentration camps during WW-II to subdue the prisoners and make them more docile? – I used fluoridated toothpaste as a child and young adult (before knowing any better), and had cavities all the time. When I started using fluoride-free toothpaste, and drinking only filtered water, my cavities stopped. There are not many filters that get rid of fluoride – regular carbon-based filters don’t do the job. The best one (only safe one) I found is reverse osmosis. Again, thanks for making your subscribers aware of these issues.

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Brad Hoppmann originally grew up in Florida, but has lived in Baltimore, Charlotte and New York as well throughout his career. Always an athlete, he played varsity football and water polo at the University of Florida and received All-SEC/SCC honors.