Feds confirm: Fluoride levels are dangerously high

Not long ago, just mentioning your concerns over fluoride would be enough to earn you funny looks from your friends.

At least a few might even have dismissed you as some kind of tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorist (if not to your face, then behind your back). But it looks like those doubters are going to have to eat some crow.

Because now the feds have FINALLY admitted that we have dangerously high levels of fluoride in the water in much of the country. And the Department of Health and Human Services has just issued a new set of guidelines slashing the recommended levels by nearly half.

So much for that tinfoil hat!

Under the old rules, communities could dump up to 1.2 parts per million in the water (and some towns use even higher levels).

Now, the feds say water should contain no more than 0.7 ppm, and exceeding that level can trigger fluorosis.

That's a condition marked by streaks and stains on the teeth. The feds claim it's a purely cosmetic problem, and cutting fluoride levels will prevent it. But they couldn't be more wrong. Fluorosis is NOT a cosmetic problem -- it's a glaringly clear warning sign that dangerous fluoride is accumulating in your body.

You'll never see the real damage, but you'll certainly feel it.

Fluoride levels of 0.3 ppm in the water -- less than half the levels recommended by the new guidelines -- can double your risk of hypothyroidism, a condition that can lead to weight gain, depression and low energy, according to a recent study.

And the damage doesn't stop there. Fluoride is also a powerful oxidizing agent that can do serious harm throughout the body, especially in your brain, which is why studies have linked fluoridated water to lower intelligence in children and dementia in adults.

And years of exposure to fluoride may lead to brittle and even broken bones in seniors.

So while the new guidelines are a small step in the right direction, they're not nearly enough. The only safe level of exposure to fluoride is none at all -- and if your community has a fluoridation program, you'll have to take matters into your own hands to remove it by filtering your water.

The filtration pitchers you'll find in most big-box stores can't remove fluoride, but there are two systems that can. One is reverse osmosis, which connects to your plumbing, either under your sink or where the water line comes into your home. The other is a distiller, which sits on your countertop and can be filled with tap water.

Either system will work fine and in addition to removing fluoride will also eliminate other contaminants, including trace levels of pharmaceuticals.