Is fluoride really that bad for you?

evolve (@evolve) 8 years, 8 months ago

Considering its in our toothpaste and drinking water, I’ve heard it’s bad for your health, but good for our teeth. What exactly is so bad about it? Sounds like a conspiracy to me.

April 2, 2013 at 11:41 am
Thunderfeet (161) (@thunderfeet) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

If high doses of Fluoride in water causes lowered IQ like the Harvard study says then wouldn’t that mean small amounts can cause similar effects over a longer period of time? Also what kind of effects do fluoride have on developing minds, it really seems to me that there have not been enough studies of the effects of fluoride.

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Adam (118) (@moonglade) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@conpassione, Don’t you just call it fluorine if it’s on its own and fluoride if it’s in a compound or molecule? I’m just thinking back to chemistry class here.

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Anonymous (86) (@) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@moonglade, there’s an important distinction to make between the two. Fluoride is the ionic form of fluorine. An ion is a charged particle, so the number of electrons (negative) is not equal to the number of protons (positive). When you add an electron the charge decreases by one, and when you take away an electron the charge increases by one.

0 – (-1) = 1

0 + (-1) = -1

Just remember this: fluorine gas is bad!

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Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Unsure of validity, but I had heard somewhere that fluoride is similar to a magnet for heavy metals. I wonder what that would do to your body if it attracted heavier elements.

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Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Oh, I think thats vice versa. Fluoride is attracted to.

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Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Perhaps when fluoride enters your system, and since it is attracted to the heavier elements, it would infuse more with bones, teeth, etc. Therefore it never really leaves your system like foods and stuff do. The fact that there is a dangerous limit, and a safe limit makes me hesitant and want more scientific research about it though.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@hollowinfinity, “fluoride is similar to a magnet for heavy metals. I wonder what that would do to your body if it attracted heavier elements.”

So is oxygen, in the context you’re speaking of. So by the same thinking I would avoid oxygen at all costs.

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