The most controversial chemical in water
Learning Center | Filtration | Jan 2, 2017
With so much conflicting information on drinking water out there, it’s tough to know exactly what we need (and don’t need!) in our water. The greatest divide is over the presence of fluoride in our water supplies. More than 2 out of 3 Americans are supplied with fluoridated tap water, according to the CDC. On the other hand, several sources indicate that over 97% of Western Europe has rejected water fluoridation.
Why does one side of the western world use it so heavily, while the other barely does so at all? What’s the right answer - should I be drinking fluoridated water or not?
At Vitev, we’ve spent years researching fluoride, learning the origins of why it was added to water supplies in the first place, and interpreting the studies both supporting and opposing its use.
Our answer? We drink fluoride-free water, and we advise you do as well.
That said, let’s explore the conflicting info that’s made fluoride the most controversial chemical in water.
Fluoridation was initially sold to the public as a way to prevent tooth decay, and the U.S. Public Health Service endorsed fluoridation in the 1950’s. Few locations have naturally available calcium fluoride though, so alternative sources had to be utilized. Therein lies the problem and the controversy, as those sources are manufacturing waste by-products. Which after decades of adding to our water are resulting in some alarming results, without the promised benefits.
Many studies have shown that tooth decay has decreased since our water was fluoridated half a century ago. However, the same declines in tooth decay can be seen in European countries that have rarely or never used water fluoridation. Fluoride is not an essential nutrient.
New research also links water fluoridation to rising rates of skeletal and dental fluorosis:
The new findings have prompted the U.S. government to lower the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years.
More alarming is the increasing number of studies linking fluoride to impairment of cognitive development in children. You can review the disturbing findings of a Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health below:
Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children
Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ
I recommend checking out the Fluoride Action Network for more information on fluoridation and its effects: http://fluoridealert.org/faq/
Do you have a fluoride in your water?It could take years (or decades) before fluoridation is rejected in the U.S. like it has in Western Europe, so 2 of 3 Americans are stuck with it in their tap water for the foreseeable future.
The problem: Unfortunately, fluoride is just about the toughest contaminant there is to filter out of drinking water. Only reverse osmosis systems and water distillers will remove essentially 100% of fluoride from source water. However, both those systems filter the minerals out of the water as well, making it very unhealthy to drink. We need the proper minerals in our drinking water in order for the body’s cells to hydrate effectively.
The best solution is to use a premium Remin cartridge with an RO system, to combine optimal mineralization with the elite RO filtration. Our top recommendation for healthy drinking water is that whole package - the Maxx reverse osmosis system.
If you already have a reverse osmosis system, you can simply add the premium Vitev Remin cartridge to it. It is compatible with any RO system.
Until now, the only filtration systems capable of removing fluoride were reverse osmosis and distillation systems. Not anymore. The Flo+ ceramic carbon filter is designed to provide the highest quality water possible from a single cartridge block filter. The filter is a matrix comprised of 2+ types of activated carbon in block form combined with zeolite minerals, structurally bound with polymers into a highly porous block filter. It reduces up to 85% of fluoride in drinking water, in all source water conditions.
Beware of any filter system that uses Activated Alumina or Bone Char to ‘filter’ fluoride. These are almost always the filtration medias used in systems other than RO or distillers (which advertise fluoride removal). Activated Alumina and Bone Char are completely ineffective at filtering fluoride in normal source water conditions.
Ask a Vitev filtration expert today how you can improve the quality of your drinking water. Call us at 1-855-456-9220 for a Free consultation.