The Controversy Surrounding Fluoride…
Are you wondering how you can remove fluoride from your water? Fluoride has been added to America’s public water supply for more than 70 years. Now people are starting to question whether this is safe. In the 1940s only one water supplier was adding fluoride to water, but now 67 percent of American homes receive water with fluoride.
After scientists found out that people had fewer cavities where fluoride was more prevalent in water, fluoride was then put into the water supply. The American Dental Association (ADA) continues to support fluoridation, explaining that it is still safe and helpful for the public. The ADA explains that research continually proves that optimal fluoride levels in community water is safe for children and adults, and is also effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25%.
Is Fluoride Unsafe?
Many organizations disagree with the American Dental Association, and encourage that fluoride not be added to water. These organizations say:
- When fluoride is added to the water supply, there is no way of controlling the dosages people receive; it is the same for everyone regardless of their overall health, their weight, their age, and their need for fluoride.
- Fluoride can be toxic at even low doses
- Many children already get enough fluoride from simply using their toothpaste
- Fluoride can make bones weak and prone to breaking
- Fluoride might be hurting our environment since 99% of our water is flushed down the drain rather than used for drinking
- A study in England suggested that fluoride in our water might increase the risk of developing an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism
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How You Can Remove Fluoride from Drinking Water
Fluoride is naturally found in ALL water at some level. This does not change even if you’re the 11 percent of Americans who get their water from a private source, or if you’re part of the 89 percent of Americans who get water from the public water supply, where fluoride is added. Either way, there is fluoride in your water.
If you want to remove or reduce the fluoride from your drinking water, the best technology to use is reverse osmosis. A Reverse Osmosis (RO) system can remove 85 to 92% of the fluoride in your drinking water.
An RO system uses the water pressure from your household to put tap water through a filtration system. Water will pass through a semipermeable membrane, along with a few other filters like carbon or sediment filters. A Reverse Osmosis system will filter out fluoride and then flush it down the drain. The system won’t stop there, however. It can also remove Detergents, Chlorine, Cadmium, Asbestos, Sulfates, Pesticides, and more.
How big is a Reverse Osmosis System, and is it Expensive?
An RO system has become popular because it is easy to maintain, it is cost-effective, and it is safe. A family can have fresh tasting water filtered through an RO system every day for just a few cents per gallon.
A residential RO system is small and is generally installed under a kitchen sink. The system can also connect to a fridge and ice machine. A system for your whole-house will filter water from all sinks and will typically be installed in your garage. This type of system is considered to be more expensive, however, due to high maintenance costs and pre-filtration requirements before water can enter the Reverse Osmosis system.