Fluoride Research Paper

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The purpose of this paper will be to discuss the consequences of fluoridation to the environment and the overall human health issues. I selected this topic because the general public is not aware of the potential health complications associated with fluoridation and the environmental impacts it causes. Communities across America and around the world are unaware of what fluoride is and where it comes from. Most societies believe it to be safe because individuals/groups in authority positions and marketers have stated fluoride is harmless to human health and the environment. The amount of Fluoride an individual intakes cannot be measured due to the quantity of water that people drink varies; fluoride is also found in the food supply and manufactured…show more content…
ALCOA was restricted by the government on the amount of waste they could sell to pesticide companies. The leaders of ALCOA developed a plan to market the biohazardous waste to the public as a healthy public while making a profit. According to Shea, “Most people associate fluoride with its periodic namesake, fluorine. While fluorine is an elemental gas, also known as halogen, fluoride is usually bonded to a mineral forming a solid substance. Fluorine is a highly reactive gas that must be isolated to prevent chemical reactions. Fluoride, on the other hand, is a stable mineral usually formed as a chemical byproduct. Fluoride is one of the toxic waste products of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing. Its toxicity was recognized at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when in the 1950s iron and copper factories discharged it into the air and poisoned plants, animals, and people (Null par 5). Fluoride was first added to the water supply in 1945 to help prevent cavities. The American Dental Association validates this claim on their website, “Fluoridation has dramatically improved the health of tens of millions of Americans. Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public measure to prevent tooth decay” (ADA par 1). When figures off authority like the American Dental Association state that water fluoridation is healthy; individuals are inclined to

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