Sensitivity to Fluoride: Stories, Symptoms and Allergy Facts
Are you suffering from fluoride sensitivity? Do you know the symptoms of fluoride sensitivity? Do you even know if your public water supply is fluoridated? Let’s answer these important questions about fluoride and perhaps solve your undiagnosed health problems caused by fluoride sensitivity.
What are Fluoride Sensitivity Symptoms?
Not everyone has a fluoride allergy but those who are born with hypersensitivity or develop fluoride sensitivity may suffer from a range of minor or more debilitating fluoride sensitivity symptoms. These include:
- Stiff painful joints
- Asthma – especially after showering in chlorinated water
- Chronic fatigue
- Feeling cold all the time, or particularly after a shower or bath in chlorinated water
- Dental fluorosis with brown or white spots on the teeth
- Brain fog and fatigue – especially after showering or bathing
- Gastrointestinal problems including pain, nausea and IBS
- Kidney disease
- Thyroid disease
Of course, having these symptoms does not indicate someone has a fluoride allergy, but having a blood and/or urine test may confirm the possibility. Alternatively, drink, cook and bathe with filtered or non-fluoridated water and switch to a non-fluoridated toothpaste. Keep a diary to observe whether your symptoms improve when you avoid fluoride sources, and whether they return if you are exposed to fluoride again.
True Stories about Fluoride Sensitivity
Dr. DeLoss E. Winkler, a highly respected chemist with Shell Development Company, began working in Palo Alto. He developed regular flu-like episodes of sickness that led him to spend about one week a month in bed recovering. He experienced chronic fatigue and muscle weakness that severely weakened him. His wife had studied fluoride and suggested that he try avoiding the fluoridated water at work by carrying distilled water from home to work each day. His symptoms disappeared.
In order to further prove his fluoride sensitivity, Dr. Winkler took part in a double-blind trial, sometimes being given fluoridated water and sometimes given distilled water. His body reacted to the fluoride by developing the fluoride sensitivity symptoms accurately every time.
A similar story is recounted by a woman who moved to the city and developed agonizing stomach pain which her doctor was unable to diagnose. She experimented by switching to fluoride-free toothpaste and reverse-osmosis filtered water, eliminating tea (which retains fluoride), California wine (the wines’ skins retain fluoride-based pesticides) and beer made with fluoridated water. Her symptoms disappeared, returning only if she forgot to carry her own water and had to drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride sensitivity affects about 1% of the population. If you suspect you have fluoride sensitivity symptoms, it’s very easy to eliminate fluoridated water for a week and see if the symptoms disappear. In the long-term, installing a home water filter system to eliminate fluoride from your tap water could be the only way to enjoy a full and healthy life.