Fluoride, which is common to have in toothpaste, has been added to around 70% of the drinking water in the U.S. At first, people weren’t convinced that there were any real concerns but then a much-needed study from Harvard was released which showed us that not only is fluoride harming our health but it is stunting the IQ of our CHILDREN.
Once this view became more widely accepted by the public many people tried to avoid the issues of their local tap water by switching to bottled water. The only thing we didn’t know at the time was that many of the common brands of bottled water that we drink are actually from sources that still put harmful chemicals and fluoride into their water.
Before we dive into the bottled water brands that are of the most concern we want to go over the major health issues and history of fluoride to remind everyone why it is so important that we take steps to protect ourselves and our children from these very real hazards.
Fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons, probably because of their capacity to modify the metabolism of cells by changing the permeability of the cell membrane and by inhibiting certain enzyme systems. JAMA Sept 18, 1943, Editorial. 
The History of Fluoridation
This video is important because it goes over the history of why fluoride is even being put into our water. If we don’t understand the reasoning and motivation of the past it is very hard to take steps to correct the issues of today. Check this out!
When you think about how the history of Flouride has much more to do with manufacturing aluminum than anything else in our history it is a baffling idea that it all wound up in our drinking water. Factory workers going all the way back to World War 1 presented many health concerns from their exposure to fluoride. Since then entire lists of issues have been found.
Fluoride Effects on Children and Unborn Babies
According to the Harvard Study fluoride has some pretty extreme effects on children and even unborn babies:
Fluoride readily crosses the placenta. Fluoride exposure to the developing brain, which is much more susceptible to injury caused by toxicants than is the mature brain, may possibly lead to damage of a permanent nature.
The average loss in IQ was reported as a standardized weighted mean difference of 0.45, which would be approximately equivalent to seven IQ points for commonly used IQ scores with a standard deviation of 15. [….] Thus, children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas. 
As parents, we often work very hard to make sure our children eat healthy, get plenty of exercise, raise them in a safe community, and make sure they get the very best education they can. We want them to have every opportunity to succeed and it is a bit disturbing to think that something as simple as having fluoride in our water could cause such a dramatic impact on their development and ability to thrive as future adults.
Fluoride has also been found, according to the same study, to be harmful to adults as well:
Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substance’s impact on children’s neurodevelopment. 
If you have found that you have issues with learning, remembering, and felt like you struggle to meet your full potential as an intelligent human being then this may very well be a factor that we need to address.
Since World War 1 entire lists of issues have been found to be the direct cause of fluoride exposure. What is important to understand is that we still haven’t fully explored or researched the full implications of using this harmful substance in our everyday products and drinking water.
Known Symptoms caused by Fluoridation
- Skeletal Fluorosis
- IQ Reduction 
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Central Nervous System Disturbances
- Bone Cancer
- Dental Fluorosis
- Bone Fractures
- Abdominal Pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Migraine-Like Headaches
- Suppression of the Immune System
- Kidney Disease
- Early Onset Puberty
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Reduced Fertility
- Damaged Sperm
- Hormone Suppression
- Muscle Weakness
With these many health concerns surfacing over the years why is fluoride even in our drinking water? The video below seeks to explore this question a bit more in and attempt to understand the issue and see what our governments need to do in order to address this issue further.
So according to the history and some research into the issue, the aluminum industry needed to get rid of one of their waste products which just so happened to be fluoride. This is when it started to be put into the drinking water.
It is an industrial waste byproduct.
As aluminum production increased in the first half of the twentieth century, it became necessary to find somewhere to put the fluoride. Manufacturers could no longer get away with dumping it into rivers or landfills, because it was poisoning crops and making livestock sick. Francis Frary, chief scientist for ALCOA, had an idea.
He commissioned Gerald Cox at the Mellon Institute, to conduct research regarding the benefits of adding fluoride to the water supply. The Mellon Institute was frequently hired by big business to produce research that supported their industries, and for several decades they produced research showing that asbestos was safe and did not cause cancer.
They also produced reports assuring everyone that fluoride was not toxic and would be beneficial to add to our drinking water for healthy teeth. 
Fluoridation in Bottled Water
This brings us back to the important issue of bottled water. In order to avoid drinking fluoride, many people have turned instead to bottled water. Unfortunately, most of these companies get their water from sources that don’t use Reverse Osmosis Filtration in order to get the fluoride out of the water.
Check out this list below to see if your favorite brand of bottled water is on the list:
That list shows that most of the major brands of bottled water are not helping us to avoid one of the most common issues of water today. We many need to start moving towards new sources of water, including installing Reverse Osmosis Filtration systems in our homes. Some of these systems can be picked up at your local hardware store and if you pair it with a good alkaline system then you will improve your health will also avoiding the major issues of fluoride.
Fluoride in Baby Formula
As a last thought on this subject, we wanted to make sure that parents had an important tool we found on the web. If you have an infant and use formula, you will want to check out this site to make sure your formula and the water you add to the formula is safe and free of fluoride for your baby.
 http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/OGMethaneInWellWater_(2).pdf  http://www.webmd.com/children/fluorosis-symptoms-causes-treatments