Fluoride in our tap and municipal water continues to gain attention as a health concern for much of the public who have been exposed to this long-time practice. With that attention comes more awareness, additional research on its' long-term affects, and a better understanding of just where the fluoride found in our city tap water originates.
It comes as a surprise to many that the fluoride added to our tap water is not the type of fluoride used at the dentist's office and in toothpaste (sodium fluoride), but is rather a form of industrial waste called hydrofluorosilicic acid, a byproduct of the phosphate industry and the primary form used for water fluoridation here in the US. In 2000, Dr. J William Hirzy, Senior Vice President of EPA's Headquarters Union in Washington DC, made the statement "If this stuff (fluoride) gets into our air, it's a pollutant; if it gets into a river, it's a pollutant; if it gets into a lake, it's a pollutant; but if it goes right into your drinking water system, that's not a pollutant. That's amazing. There's gotta be a better way to manage this stuff."
This video was put together by the fluoride action network at fluoridealert.org; champions of the movement to spread the word on the dangers of fluoride in our water. Our regular readers are familiar with our writings on fluoride, but this video highlights a troublesome dimension to fluoridation covering the history behind where hydrofluorosilicic acid originates and it's impact. Towards the end you will notice some water filters referenced that are adept at removing fluoride from water, fluoride water filters in particular, the berkey water filter. There's a good amount of information packed in here in a short time, so if you're like me, you may find yourself hitting the rewind button a couple times.