Fluoride Exposure in Drinking Water & Toothpaste Can Cause Arthritis Symptoms

Just a simple change in going to fluoride free toothpaste, and ensuring your water is fluoride free can help to relieve, and possibly even cure your arthritis symptoms, depending on the severity.


Fluoride may exacerbate pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis

Clinical research on fluoride-treated osteoporosis patients has found that higher doses of fluoride may exacerbate pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis.  Fluoride, a well-known tooth and bone seeking element, undeniably damages bones and reportedly can cause arthritis.

Fluoride exposure in drinking water may cause arthritis

Based on data from a study done by Dr. Robert Carton, former EPA Scientist from the National Academy of Sciences, current levels of fluoride exposure in drinking water may cause arthritis in a substantial portion of the population long before they reach old age.

Medical Professionals and Scientists are warning that water fluoridation has dangerous long-term consequences to health.

For over 50 years, the U.S. government and media have trumpeted fluoride as a safe and effective means of reducing cavities, especially in children. But fluoride is not the benevolent and innocuous substance the public has been led to believe.

Chronic doses of fluoride, like arsenic and lead, accumulate in our bodies causing a blockage in the way cells breathe and leads to the malformation of collagen. Cancer, diabetes, thyroid and neurological disorders, hormonal imbalances, heart disease, arthritis and osteoporosis have all been linked to chronic fluoride ingestion.

Excessive exposure to fluoride causes an arthritic disease called skeletal fluorosis.

What if you found out that your joint pains are not osteoarthritis, as your doctor insists? What if the cause is excessive levels of a very common mineral?

There’s a condition that can perfectly mimic the pain and swelling of osteoarthritis. In fact, it can even look just like osteoarthritis on X-ray films. But this condition, skeletal fluorosis is completely different from osteoarthritis.

Scientists at EPA in Washington have declared that there is every reason to believe that the increasing numbers of people with carpal-tunnel syndrome and arthritis-like pains are due to the mass fluoridation of drinking water.

As the name indicates, the cause of skeletal fluorosis is excessive fluoride. The mineral your dentist claims will save your teeth and bones. While it won’t save your bones, it can kill you. Most people don’t realize fluoride is a poison. As little as five grams of sodium fluoride will kill an adult. Smaller doses, such as those from toothpaste use and drinking water, can cause severe joint pain and many other problems.

Skeletal fluorosis, especially in its early stages, is a difficult disease to diagnose, and can be readily confused with various forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Skeletal fluorosis often results in abnormal bone hardening and thickening (osteosclerosis) with painful and impaired neck and spine mobility, spine curvature, and/or painful lower extremities ultimately causing crippling and incapacitation, report the researchers.

The arthritic symptoms of fluorosis can occur before the onset of bone changes detectable by x-ray, thereby making the early stages of fluorosis difficult to differentiate from arthritis.

“Early stages of [skeletal fluorosis]… may be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis,” according to the World Health Organization’s 1970 report, Fluoride and Human Health.


“Fluoride causes symptoms identical to arthritis.” According to Dr. Robert Carton, Past President of the EPA union, in an interview in Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation.

Skeletal fluorosis can mimic various bone and joint diseases including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Whilst fluoride increases bone density, it also makes the bones brittle and is linked with an increased chance of bone fractures in both children and the elderly.

It’s well-known in the endemic fluorosis areas that the first sign of skeletal fluorosis is aching joints,” according to Dr. Hardy Limeback, Professor of Dentistry, U of Toronto, a member of a 2006 National Research Council panel on fluoride toxicity, and former President of the Canadian Association of Dental Research, in an interview segment in the brilliant and thorough 28-minute video, Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation

This condition is extremely common, but doctors rarely diagnose it. That’s largely because they never think to look for it. They usually think of arthritis or some other condition (such as ankylosing spondylitis; renal osteodystrophy; osteopetrosis; and Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis ) long before they suspect fluoride poisoning. And X-rays don’t help. Skeletal fluorosis can look just like osteoarthritis or one of the previously mentioned diseases.

Isn’t fluoride a naturally occurring compound?

What is commonly referred to as fluoride is actually sodium fluoride which is a waste product from the aluminum manufacturing and nuclear industries.

It is completely different from the edible organic and insoluble salt, calcium-fluoro-phosphate which is required by our bodies to strengthen our bones and teeth.

Sodium fluoride is inorganic, water soluble – and poisonous. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless and is used in rat and cockroach poisons for which there are no antidotes. Fluoride is also an ingredient of Sarin nerve gas, the anti-depressant Prozac, and various psychiatric drugs and anaesthetics in addition to being added as a ‘therapeutic’ ingredient to most toothpastes and to water.

Yes, fluoride is not exactly all that safe

On July 9, 1998 the Manchester Guardian reported news of fluoride poisoned water in Central India, from untested wells drilled in the 1980s, causing severe arthritic damage to tens of millions of people — a national disaster. Fluoride is the most bone seeking element known to mankind. The US Public Health Service has stated that fluoride makes the bones more brittle and dental enamel more porous.

Doesn’t fluoride reduce tooth decay?

Numerous attempts have been made to show that the amount of fluoride used to fluoridate public water systems reduces tooth decay under laboratory conditions. Still no laboratory study has ever shown that this amount of fluoride is effective in reducing tooth decay. Further, there are no epidemiological studies on humans showing that fluoridation reduces tooth decay that meet the minimum requirements of scientific objectivity such as the double blind design.

Use only fluoride-free toothpaste

Have you ever noticed the “warning” on toothpaste tubes containing fluoride regarding the potential health risks of swallowing the toothpaste?

Unless it says on the package does not contain fluoride, you are using fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoridated toothpaste contains 1,000 ppm fluoride. There is enough fluoride at 1,000 to 1,500 parts per million to kill a small child if they consume the entire tube. If a child consumes just part of it, it could result in either acute or chronic toxicity. A four to six year-old child will swallow 25 to 33% of the toothpaste they put on their toothbrush. Don’t let them put it in their mouth unless when they swallow it, it is good for them. People ask me where they can get non-fluoridated toothpaste. They have many brands of non-fluoridated toothpaste in health food stores, so pick up your toothpaste there, and make sure it doesn’t have fluoride,

How can you tell if fluoride is causing your joint and muscle pains?

The best way to diagnose fluorosis is by testing for it. Your doctor can order a blood test called a serum sialic acid to GAG (glycosaminoglycans) ratio, or alternatively a serum sialic acid to serum seromucoid ratio. A ratio less than three in either test suggests fluoride poisoning.

If you have a persistent elevation of serum fluoride above 0.04 mg/L (normal is less than 0.01 mg/L), you have fluoride poisoning.


If you live in an area that adds fluoride to the water, consider filtering your water or drinking and cooking with bottled water. Some foods such as tea are naturally very high in fluoride, so restrict your intake. Fluoride-free toothpastes are available through health food stores, some supermarkets and can be bought online.



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