Most of us understand the importance of having access to an abundant supply of safe drinking water when an emergency situation arises. We are trained to keep a minimum of a gallon on hand, per day, per person. We are taught to have a stash of water purification tablets, portable filters or some kind of distilling system in our bug-out bags and survival kits. We even take time to learn about how to fetch water from plants as well as soil. All of these are essential resources that can mean the difference between life and death during a crisis.
However, it is just as important to ensure that we are drinking, bathing, doing dishes and washing clothes with safe water during the course of our everyday lives as well. While it may be true that water filtration systems and the consumption of bottled water continues to be a popular alternative to drinking straight from the tap, it is something that really should be first and foremost on the minds of everyone in the United States.
Why? Because a key chemical found in treated water is known to cause a host of serious and even fatal medical conditions. This chemical is known as fluoride.
Fluoride has been hailed as a safe, tasteless and odorless substance that can help to prevent tooth decay. What is not commonly known is that the idea of introducing fluoride into our drinking water supply was concocted by the steel industry after WWII as a way to dispose of this abundant byproduct of steel production.
As it turns out, it was very expensive and difficult to package, transport and get rid of fluoride and fluoride-based products because they were considered very dangerous chemicals. The industry convinced governments around the country, with the help of ill-informed dentists, that putting this waste product into the water supply would be a harmless, cheap and effective way to prevent tooth decay, as long as it was introduced in small amounts. So, the steel industry was able to turn an expensive waste product into a source of additional profits instead.
While fluoride does help to strengthen enamel, it also weakens the strength and structural integrity of bones, including material in teeth. It also has a cumulative effect on our biological systems, which means that continual ingestion of fluoride in small amounts adds up over time. Arthritis, autism, low IQ scores and hosts of other medical problems are linked to fluoride exposure. However, this has not stopped the government from condoning and encouraging this practice.
What makes matters even more confusing is that the FDA forces labelling on toothpaste in order to protect children from ingesting too much fluoride. Children with growing teeth are at risk of developing fluorosis, a discoloration of the teeth that coincidentally has become more and more common since fluoride in the water supply has been more standardized across the country. The risk of fluorosis diminishes as kids get older, and this condition does not affect adults. However, as mentioned before, the health effects of fluoride ingestion impact people of all ages and all walks of life.
These concerns have caused the FDA to issue a new regulation that reduces the maximum amount of fluoride that is allowed in a tube of toothpaste. At the same time, the EPA just raised the limit of fluoride that can be found in a glass of municipally treated water, and this amount is almost double that of what is allowed in toothpaste.
This means that every glass of water that we drink contains more fluoride than can be safely swallowed in a serving of toothpaste.
The bottom line is that the water that the majority of Americans drink may contain dangerous levels of this toxic substance. The only way to prevent exposure and the health risks associated with fluoride poisoning is to filter and purify water.
As you take steps to prepare for a survival scenario and ensure that you and your family have a fighting chance during a crisis, please be mindful of this threat during the course of your daily life. Investing in a purification and filtration system is money well spent, and it may just be what the doctor ordered to prevent the development of serious medical conditions in the future.
In the next part of this series, we will look at how fluoride in our municipal drinking water is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of toxins that the majority of Americans drink every day.
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