Is Fluoride and Elite Performance Linked?

bathroom-15612_1280By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

This week I ask the question, Is fluoride usage linked to decreasing performance within athletes?

The notion that fluoride improves our dental health, as well as, limits bacteria in our mouth has been around for my entire lifetime. My hope to challenge the “status quo” enough to spark a conversation by asking hard and potentially, controversial questions.

  • Is fluoridation of drinking water and fluoride toothpaste tied to an athletes performance?
  • Can fluoridation even be mentioned in the same conversation as elite performance?
  • Is fluoride in our body an enhancer or inhibitor?
  • Can you improve your brain’s ability to communicate with your body and function at a higher level with or without fluoride?
  • If you chose non-fluoridated water, could you make decisions quicker? Could you see things before your competition?

The research leads me to believe that fluoride has decreased an athlete’s ability to perform and by limiting its use, you can improve performance.

Here are a few links available to start the journey.

“If fluoride is really the panacea for dental disease that it’s been portrayed as, then why is it that the United States is one of the only developed countries that fluoridates their citizens’ drinking water?

Hint: It’s not because the other countries aren’t aware of fluoride’s supposed “miracle” powers for your teeth … it’s because they fully realize that adding a known poison to your population’s water supply is probably not a good idea.”

  • water-90781_640Fluoride linked to negative brain functions. Click here, here, and here .

So I beg the question.. Is it plausible to improve athlete’s performance by drinking a non-fluoridated water source?

I would love to hear your thoughts or comments.

Additional Research:

7 studies that did not connect IQ and Fluoride

American Dental Association Fluoridation Facts A great read about all the positives, with no studies on the side effects of fluoridation.

Quote from an Alcoa-backed book named. “Fluorides in the Environment

Fluoride emissions from volcanoes and the natural occurrence of excessive amounts of fluoride in drinking water have affected the health of humans and livestock for centuries, if not millennia. In addition to these natural sources, the use of fluoride as a flux, as a feed material in the chemical industry, its occurrence as a contaminant in phosphates and coal, and its use in a myriad of organic compounds have led to widespread air pollution and environmental damage. For over a century inorganic fluoride emissions damaged crops, forests and natural vegetation, and they caused fluorosis in factory workers, livestock and wild mammals. There is no doubt that inorganic fluoride was one of the major air pollutants of the 20th century but in the last 40 years there have been enormous improvements in the containment and scrubbing of emissions, so at the present time modern fluorideemitting industries generally have little or no environmental impact outside the factory fence.

Entire book Fluorides in the Environment This book is a very interesting read, but confirms that inorganic fluoride has negative side effects and even, high amounts of natural or organic fluoride causes human health to deteriorate.

Additional Website:

Fluoride Action Network