Researchers Discover Effective Way to De-Fluoridate Water

By on December 3, 2012
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by Ali Papademetriou

More than 60% of United States citizens have access to fluoridated water through public water systems, which is the government’s way of “preventing tooth decay”. In October, tens of thousands of Portland Oregon citizens stood up to their city and unfortunately lost a legislative battle (5-0) to protect their water from fluoridation. They would not stand for that though, and collected even more signatures and demanded another vote, with which they were successful. Simultaneously, Kansas residents educated their fellow people and brought together 59 percent of a vote on Election Day against fluoridating Wichita’s water.

It comes as no surprise that those who are well informed about the effects of fluoride would want to keep it out of their water. The Environmental Protection Agency says that fluoride is a chemical with substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity. Various studies have also revealed that fluoride consumption potentially causes neurological defects.

SpreadLibertyNews reported on Harvard’s fluoridation-neurotoxicity studies that were published in the Environmental Health Perspectives (a United States National Institution of Environmental Health Sciences’ Journal) in July. Results displayed “strong indications” that fluoride exposure causes improper cognitive and brain development, particularly in young people.

Harvard University researchers explained, “Our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment.” Anna Choi, one of the researchers also commented, “The children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ levels than those who lived in low fluoride areas.”

De-fluoridating water is an option for those who are willing to opt out of being poisoned by their public water, but unfortunately, de-fluoridation can be tricky. Some methods are coagulation-precipitation, ion exchange, and membrane process. Those three, though, run the risk of polluting the water even more, or are simply too pricey.

Pakistani researchers have discovered an operational way of de-fluoridating water. Researchers from the National University of Sciences and Technology published their study in the Journal of Chemistry, which focused on a method of using modified immobilized activated alumina (MIAA) to remove fluoride from drinking water. According to researchers, MIAA process is much more cost effective than Reverse Osmosis Filtration.

MIAA was added to fluoridated water, which was then tested to see how much fluoride was removed. The modified version resulted in a 1.35 times higher removal rate than regular immobilized activated alumina.

Researchers discovered that at about 20 degreed Celsius, MIAA is able to eliminate over 95% of fluoride from water. Interestingly, MIAA is able to absorb roughly 30 mgs more than charcoal is able to absorb. On the contrary, it is still unsaid how simple it is to filter the MIAA out of water after it absorbs fluoride, but the discovery is still a huge step in discovering an effective de-fluoridation method.

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5 Comments

  1. j alex allen

    December 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Great news.

  2. Kevin Haddock

    December 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Couldn’t one just distill (for example with a simple solar still) then mineral supplement?

  3. Andrew Christian

    December 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    It’s so insane to me that we live in a world so corrupted and split that one group has to come up with a way to combat institutionalized mass poisoning. It’s so messed up. People cry out against it and no one speaks in favor of it but it happens anyways because it’s the default in a voting scenario. Why has mass poisoning become the default?

  4. kathy nawara

    December 4, 2012 at 1:47 am

    great article.

  5. jim jorge

    December 10, 2012 at 4:05 am

    since i was born (i can chew and swallow food and bring it back nto re chew it again which is described as chewing the cud and the reseachers said that this is only done by animals so me as a human being i want reseachers to know that even human can do these and research more ,may be i mhalf a human half an animal

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