Beware of Toxic Fluoride in your Water and Toothpaste

by Pankaj Kotak, M.Sc., N.D.

There is a good reason why many Nobel Prize winning scientists have voiced their concern against fluoridation. It's because fluoride is considered a poison in Clinical Toxicology. On top of that, the fluoride added in toothpaste and water is not a pharmaceutical product. It is an industrial waste produced from aluminum and fertilizer industries.

Fluoride toothpastes carry a warning label because sodium fluoride in the toothpaste is especially toxic for children if they happen to swallow the toothpaste.

Majority of public drinking water systems in the US are fluoridated. After rigorous scientific studies, water fluoridation has been banned in Europe

For many decades, scientists have known about the toxic effects of fluoride on the human body. Fluoride harms the body by means of:

  • Enzyme inhibition
  • Genetic damage
  • Collagen breakdown
  • Suppression of the immune system

Dr James Sumner, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on enzyme chemistry, has said this about fluoridation: "We ought to go slowly. Everybody knows fluorine and fluoride are very poisonous substances. We use them in enzyme chemistry to poison enzymes, those vital agents in the body. That is the reason things are poisoned; because the enzymes are poisoned and that is why animals and plants die."

Dr. Arvid Carlsson of Sweden won the Noble Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 2000. He was one of the leading opponents of fluoridation in Sweden and was part of the panel that recommended the Swedish government against adding fluoride to drinking water. He has said that "There is to my knowledge no evidence to suggest that dental health in Europe is worse than in the United States" (1).

Dr. Weston A. Price was an American dentist who traveled all over the world to examine the health and diet of the people of many different cultures and communities. He found that those living in tribal areas with almost non-existent industrialization had the least cavities and most healthy teeth. Most of these tribal people ate whole foods and consumed no refined or processed foods. He found that people living in big cities and industrialized areas had worse teeth and the most number of cavities per person (2).

Many scientific studies have found that a diet high in refined foods such as sugar and white flour is a major cause of dental and gum disease (3), confirming the findings of Dr. Weston A. Price. To have healthy teeth, it would be wise to avoid sugar and refined foods and consume more whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains. Fluoride is not the answer. It is the reason why holistic dentists avoid the use of fluoride in their practice.

Today, many herbal toothpastes are available which do not have any fluoride and contain powerful natural herbal ingredients that protect and enhance the health of teeth and gums. Several scientific studies have shown that natural herbs and plant extracts significantly enhance dental health and oral hygiene (4,5).


  1. Bryson C. The Fluoride Deception. Seven Stories Press. 2004;240-241.
  2. Price WA. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation. 2000.
  3. Papas AS., et al. Relationship of diet to root caries. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1995;(61): 423S-429S.
  4. Lee SS., et al. The antimicrobial potential of 14 natural herbal dentifrices: Results of an in vitro diffusion method study. The Journal of the American Dental Association. 2004;135(8):1133-1141.
  5. Palombo EA. Traditional Medicinal Plant Extracts and Natural Products with Activity Against Oral Bacteria: Potential Application in the Prevention and Treatment of Oral Diseases. Evidence Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine. 2009; nep067v1.

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