The EPA, Fluoride, And
How To Remove It
From Your Water
By Marc Spess
If anyone were to ask the EPA for information regarding fluoride, they would come to the conclusion that Fluoride is a contaminant. The EPA openly admits it in several documents. One of them labelled document EPA-822-F-93-010, EPA fact sheet, Fluoride in Drinking Water states:
"Fluoride in drinking water is regulated under Section 1412 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). WHEN REGULATING A CONTAMINANT UNDER THIS ACT, EPA promulgates both a Maximum CONTAMINANT Level Goal (MCLG, a nonenforceable health goal), and a Maximum CONTAMINANT Level (MCL, which is a federally enforceable standard)."
Now you would think that the EPA, which obviously thinks that fluoride is a contaminant would take it out of the water all together. In the booklet labelled EPA 815-K-97-002, and called 'Water on Tap, a Consumer's Guide to the Nations Drinking Water,' they have this written in the foreword section, in paragraph 3:
"Everyone needs to help prevent contaminants from entering source waters in the first place. Protection of the watershed goes hand-in-hand with ensuring the appropriate treatment is provided by your utility."
In Appendix A: National Primary Drinking Water Standards, in the same document, it states Fluoride is a CONTAMINANT, and that the sources of fluoride are as follows: Natural Deposits, fertilizer, aluminum industries, water additive.
Did you catch the last one? A water additive? So what does this mean? If they add fluoride to fertilizer, then fertilizer must be good for our teeth? Of course not! But it is obvious that fluoride is toxic, and yet it is placed in drinking water, while being labeled a contaminant at the same time. If that sounds like a conspiracy, and unbelievable, just call the EPA and ask for these two documents. You can simply call (913) 551-7030 and they will set you up with your nearest EPA location. They will most likely send them to you free of charge.
Now that you understand that fluoride should be eliminated, what do you do? How about bottled water? Actually some bottled waters have more fluoride in them then you have in your regular tap. Since they are not required to label the amount, you have no way of knowing. The best way to make sure your bottled water does not have fluoride in it, is to make sure it says distilled on the label.
What about carbon filtration? By itself, carbon filtration will not eliminate fluoride, because the molecules pass freely through these filters with the water. All that carbon filters do is stop larger particles then water.
What about boiling water? Boiling water with fluoride concentrates the fluoride, rather then eliminating it. The reason for this is because the fluoride is heavier then water, and while the amount of water decreases through evaporation, the fluoride does not escape. So if you were to completely boil the water until there were none left, you would have only fluoride, and other heavier then water chemicals left on the bottom of the pot. If fluorine is added to your water, and you cook in aluminum, it will cause fluoride levels to actually rise 100 fold, because fluorine will dissolve the fluoride in your aluminum pots.
What about reverse osmosis? Yes, fluoride can be eliminated between 85 and 95 percent this way. But there are draw backs to this. One being that the less you use this system, the more chemicals pass through the thin membrane used to trap these particles, according to the (Reducing Fluoride USEPA). Funny how the EPA would do a study on reducing fluoride, since they regulate it as an additive don't you think? A couple of other draw backs to this are the price. It costs around $500.00 US for a RO system. And it also wastes six gallons of water per gallon of usable water. That's 6000 gallons a year wasted.
What about political action? I myself have tried to teach my elected what I have found, and haven't achieved a thing. Maybe you will get lucky.
Okay get to the point, what is the best way to get rid of fluoride!
The best way to get rid of fluoride, and all the other chemicals in water that I have found, is a combination of carbon filtration, and a home distillation unit. It is cost effective, it is safe, it is not wasteful, and it gets the job done. Now if you remember how in school, you were taught that the symbol for water is H2O, then you know water is hydrogen and oxygen, and nothing else. What the carbon filter does, is eliminate chlorine, and other substances that cause water to taste bad. It also cleans the water as much as possible before putting the water in the distiller. Once the water is in the distiller, it heats the water up to over 212 degrees, which kills bacteria, cysts etc., and causes the water to boil. Chemicals that are lighter then water are discharged through a vent, and heavier chemicals sink to the bottom of the tank. The clean water vapor condenses on coils, and drips out of a spout into a clean container for drinking. At this stage, you are as close to H2O as you can get. The cost for a gallon of water works out to be $.25 cents US. Compared to the price of a gallon at your grocery store, you save around $.80 cents a gallon. The cost for the carbon filter and distiller together cost around $140.00 US. As you can see this is as affordable as can be for safe water, and you can feel better that you aren't drinking CONTAMINANTS!