(Opening Device) When you think of fluoride you may think of an ingredient in your toothpaste that prevents cavities. However, studies conducted even decades before have shown that fluoride is an extremely hazardous substance that should be completely avoided. Fluoride has hidden dangers that not enough people know about and should be removed from water supplies despite false reports that it is actually beneficial, and the practice of water fluoridation should be completely eliminated. (Thesis Statement) Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect your bones, brain, thyroid gland, pineal gland and even your blood sugar levels. (Preview of Main Points) In order to explain to you the dangers of fluoride, I will focus on three main points; first, fluoride and bottle fed babies; second, fluoride and reproductive problems; and third, fluoride and brain damage. Body
Fluoride and Bottle fed Babies
Bottle fed babies receive the highest doses of fluoride.
Since they have a liquid diet, formula fed babies have the highest exposure to fluoride. Infant exposure to fluoridated water has been repeatedly found to be a major risk factor for developing dental flurosis later in life, according to the health info website, accessed on April 4, 2011. Choose a better alternative for infant formula.
Dental researchers have recommended that parents of newborns not use fluoridated water when reconstituting formula, explained in an article published in People’s Health Magazine “Society for Fluoride Research”, written by X. Wang, published in 2000. The American Dental Association (ADS), sent a November 6, 2006 email alert to its members advising that parents should not make baby formula with “fluoridated water”. Fluoride and Reproductive Problems
The FDA has been conducting scientific research analysis tests on animals. Fluoride given to animals at high doses destroys the male reproductive system. Fluoride damages sperm and increases infertility in a...
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