For years, Americans have been told that fluoride is a powerful defense against the development of dental cavities. But there are many health professionals and non-professionals who don’t share the same belief, particularly when it comes to fluoridated municipal water supplies. And now, recent findings in India are casting doubts about the safety of fluoride.
In certain regions of rural India, there have been an unusual number of cases of skeletal fluorosis, a crippling bone condition that is the result of excess fluoride content in drinking water. Recently, The Times of India reported that the “high fluoride content in water and vitamin A deficiencies is ruining the lives of children” in this specific area.
According to Dr. Mercola, a controversial alternative health practitioner, as of 1999, 17 of India’s 32 states and territories were known to have high concentrations of fluoride in water, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with concentrations as high as 48 mg/liter reported. For comparison, WHO has capped the upper limit of fluoride in drinking water at 1.5 mg/liter.