What an amazing question! A seemingly unlikely priority in your life, it actually is much higher than you would hope it to be.
Different levels of health concerns apply to where you live, but to know the risks is worthwhile. Australia is fourth highest on the list of country population percentage drinking fluoridated water. Although fluoride is designated as a serious health risk, there are many other potential contaminants to worry about.
The importance of adequate hydration in your body is discussed in related articles.
Water being our most staple survival element, the title question becomes relevant to us all.
Water is a bountiful gift of nature. We see it all around us in the falling rain, lakes, rivers, the ocean, early morning dew, waterfalls, taps, swimming pools, showers and even plastic bottles. Until the recent industrial era we drank water freely from streams and rivers, not giving a second thought to whether it was safe – it just was. So where did things go so wrong? With our bodies composed of somewhere upwards of 60% water, it is an important element for human life; a basic human right. When did water become a controlled commodity? One of the biggest problems that we face today, is that there is so much conflicting information about which water we should drink, that it is difficult to make a conscious choice…
‘Which’ water to drink has been a challenging dilemma for me, my whole adult life. It seems almost every which way I turn, there is something to compromise. Once I start pulling at a lose thread, the whole garment rapidly falls apart. This article is going to explore our realistic options, so that we can at least begin to make more informed decisions about the water we drink.
Tap water varies in quality from region to region; it has frequently been proven to be laden with contaminants in the form of fluoride, chlorine, drugs, arsenic, heavy metals, pesticides and pathogens.
Recently the Scientific American reported that: ’18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities’. They went on to say; ‘the perfluorinated compounds, known as PFOA, have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer, among people in communities where water is contaminated by a chemical plant in West Virginia’.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (USA) also reported this:
Tap water can contain a vast array of contaminants, but a handful showed up repeatedly in the water of the cities we studied:
- Lead, which enters drinking water supplies from the corrosion of pipes and plumbing fixtures and can cause brain damage in infants and children
- Pathogens (germs) that can make people sick, especially those with weakened immune systems, the frail elderly and the very young
- By-products of chlorine treatment such as trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids, which may cause cancer and reproductive problems
- Arsenic, which may cause cancer, serious skin problems, birth defects and reproductive problems
- Radon, the rocket fuel perchlorate and other carcinogens or otherwise toxic chemicals
The Fluoride in drinking water controversy
It may come as a surprise to learn that fluoride is a well known rat poison and insecticide. This compound has been shown to cause crippling bone disease in people who’ve been drinking from water with high levels of this chemical. It has also been shown to affect bone health and effect other tissues in the body. A great source of information for studies on this is FlourideAlert.org
Studies show shocking fluoride links to lowered IQ levels:
‘Over the last several several decades an astonishing 24 studies have established a statistical link between fluoride exposure and low IQ’s in children. One study conducted by the Center for Endemic Disease Control in China, found that each additional milligram of fluoride detected in every litre of a child’s urine was associated with a 0.59 decrease in their IQ score. Another study found that fluoride exposure slashed the number of children receiving ‘high IQ’s by more than 70%.’ NaturalNews.tv [My emphasis]
Which nations fluoridate?
Whilst many countries in the world do not consume fluoridated water, the following countries are the main culprits. These statistics are from the British Fluoridation Society in 2012 (with the percentage of people who drink artificially fluoridated water in brackets):
Hong Kong (100%)
New Zealand (61%)
For more info on country specific fluoridation check out this great file here:
Extent of Fluoridation around the world document
Mass fluoride medication
Fluoridation of the water supply is essentially mass human medication, without informed consent from the people, (who generally have no idea that it is happening).
Watch this short and informative animated movie about The Fluoride Deception. It exposes the facts about water fluoridation and the phosphate mining industry. Rather eye opening!
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