Our previous post on fluoride brought up some startling facts on the dangers lurking in our water. Water laced with fluoride, that is. The list of ills associated with fluoridated water is long and scary: Alzheimer’s, asthma, cancer, arthritis, thyroid dysfunction are among them. On top of that, we know that fluoride doesn’t prevent cavities and may actually cause bones to become brittle. Now we have to worry about what the water we use for drinking, cooking, and hygiene is doing to our hearts and arteries.
Cardiovascular disease is the modern world’s top killer. Every year, more people succumb to it than to cancer. You can see the statistics online at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, there’s evidence that being exposed to fluoride increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. This month’s edition of the Nuclear Medicine Communications journal published research conducted on the heart health of 61 patients exposed to fluoride (available via PubMed).
This is part of the study’s results:
There was significant correlation between history of cardiovascular events and presence of fluoride uptake in coronary arteries. The coronary fluoride uptake value in patients with cardiovascular events was significantly higher than in patients without cardiovascular events.
Substitute “heart failure” or “heart attack” for “cardiovascular events” and the meaning becomes clearer.
There are many facets to heart disease: over-weight, sedentary habits, high stress and poor nutrition all play significant roles. You can control most of those factors. To gain control over the fluoride factor, it’s not enough to buy fluoride-free toothpaste. If an expensive reverse-osmosis water treatment system isn’t an option for you, the time-tested way to make a change is to demand change from the authorities and agitate for it.
More on water and health in the Middle East:
- Water Filter Uses Bacteria Beads to Eat Nitrates
- Water Pollution in Lebanon Exposed
- Israelis Are Drinking the Country’s Drugstores
Miriam also blogs at Israeli Kitchen.
Image via Ted Percival