Fluoride. It’s everywhere. It’s in our toothpastes and our drinking water and dentists often tout the benefits. So with all the “good” it can do, why do I fight to limit my kids’ exposure?
In general, I’m not a huge fan of additives. I like to keep it simple and pure. However, that’s not what causes me concern here. As many of you know, Caleb has a genetic disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth. This disease is the leading hereditary neuropathy, but is still not something many people know about. The way this disease impacts Caleb, in the simplest terms, is the nerves in his extremities are slowly dying which leads to muscle atrophy, weakness, mobility issues, and pain. When someone is diagnosed with CMT one of the first things they need to become aware of is the list of medications that are neurotoxins and therefore dangerous for them to take. If a person with CMT is exposed to even one dose of a neurotoxin it can speed the progression of the disease in irreversible ways. The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association has a great list of all these drugs on their website here.
So what does any of this have to do with fluoride, you may be wondering? In 2014 a report was published in The Lancet, the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, that officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin. You can find more about this report here. This is huge news to anyone with a neuropathy because the tiniest exposure to a neurotoxin can have devastating impacts on their disease. What’s more concerning is that fluoride is everywhere. If you live somewhere with public water there is a high likelihood that your water has fluoride added.
This report, while being released to the public back in 2014, is still not well known. When we take our children to the dentist we still have to assert our position that we do not want them exposed to fluoride despite the “good” it will do their teeth. In fact the dentist rarely knows about the article and usually has never heard of CMT. This is one of those times we as parents have to actively advocate for our kiddos best interest and educate the “experts”.
Now, there are a great many reason why I do not like fluoride and there have been claims that it can cause a number of issues. Those claims are often refuted by dentists. However, there can be no doubt now, it is not something Caleb can afford to be exposed to and even though the other kids do not have CMT, I would never willingly expose them to a known neurotoxin.