If you’ve found your way to Vibin’ Higher, you likely know there’s industrial waste (hydrofluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate) being added to our water supply under the guise of treating the people who consume it. It is in fact the only chemical added to our water that is meant to treat the human drinking it, and not the water itself. The United States is one of the only developed nations in the world to have not rejected water-fluoridation, and actually fluoridates more than 70% of their population.
The negative health effects of fluoride are well-documented, to include a recent Harvard study that confirmed links between fluoride and lower IQs and ‘accelerated tumor growth.’
So how do you avoid fluoride? Well, there are a few ways…
Most popular water filtration brands like Brita unfortunately do not use the type of filter that will remove fluoride. Your options in this department include reverse osmosis, deionizers that use ion-exchange resin, and activated alumina. No matter the filter you choose in this case, you’ll need to take into account general upkeep (including regularly replacing filter cartridges as instructed).
You can also purchase a counter-top water distiller for relatively cheap ($100-300) that will do the job.
Now, here’s the million-dollar question, and I’m going to answer it to the best of my knowledge… Is there any bottled water I can buy that has no fluoride? Well, we first have to understand that fluoride does occur at low-levels in nature. Where most bottled water is derived, what’s called fresh surface water, fluoride occurs naturally at about 0.05 parts per million (ppm). Water that has been treated using the industrial process we use in our water supply contains a level roughly about 0.7-1.2 ppm. Less than 10% of bottled water contain more than 0.3ppm, so while you’re way better off drinking something along these lines, you won’t be completely avoiding fluoride.
For data on which bottled waters contain how much fluoride see the USDA National Fluoride Database of Selected Beverages and Foods – Release 2 (2005). And for even more information on everything concerning fluoride, check out the Fluoride Action Network!