The Fluoride Fraud

Bette Dowdell

Enough with the fluoride already! Communities began adding fluoride to our drinking water based on “scientific” studies–which turned out to be bogus–claiming fluoride would protect our teeth from cavities. Based on the same “science,” companies put the stuff in toothpaste.

Fact is, fluoride doesn’t reduce cavities. Communities with fluoride in their drinking water have the same incidence of cavities as communities without. European countries woke up, smelled the coffee and got rid of the stuff–with no increase of dental caries.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, fluoride creates all kinds of health havoc.


  • Fluoride beats up on the endocrine system big-time. It has a significant impact on the thyroid, the pancreas, the pineal gland, the testes and the ovaries. And those are just the ones with studies to back up the anecdotal data.

  • Fluoride interferes with iodine intake. Added to the negative impact on thyroid, which is related, the damage can be substantial. 40% of us have thyroid problems now, double the historic levels.

  • Fluoride lowers IQ levels.

  • Fluoride weakens bones.

  • Fluoride causes fluorosis, a weakening and mottling of tooth enamel.

  • Fluoride increases the incidence of cancer.

  • Fluoride speeds up aging.

  • Fluoride impacts fertility.

  • Well, I could go on, but gloryosky! Isn’t that enough to make you start a campaign? Especially if you have children who are doubly impacted by fluoride’s negative effects?

    First off, ditch any toothpaste containing fluoride–which is most of them. Jason’s Natural Products and Kiss My Face Corporation have excellent, fluoride-free toothpastes available at health food stores and on-line.

    Stay alert, though. The growing popularity of natural products has large companies moving in. They buy small, natural product companies, then, in some cases, quietly make the products unnatural. Always read labels.

    In terms of fluoride in the water system, I tell you true, if you’re waiting for somebody else to take care of you, you’re waiting in vain. Going against “science,” even bogus science, asks a lot of elected officials. Only the pressure of public noise can motivate change.

    Overwhelm your city government with mail, e-mail and phone calls. Get some good research reports off the internet and send them along–with highlighting to increase the impact. Make your presence known at meetings.

    The old saying tells us the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Translate that in this case to the pest gets results. Doing nothing takes no effort by city officials. Behind-the-scenes financial interests may need flushing out. Whatever the case, few good things happen by themselves.

    In the meantime, reverse osmosis sustems get rid of fluoride, and they fit under the sink. Unfortunately, they make water acidic–a whole lot better than fluoride, but still needing attention. Most of us already flirt with ill health because of acidity, but we can handle that. What we can’t handle is fluoride..

    First order of the day: Get rid of fluoride.

    About the author: Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be one. She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work–or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.