Natural Fluoride Versus Synthetic Fluoride – Is There A Difference?

I recently learned that the tap water in my county does not participate in the mandatory mass medication of the populace via drinking water with added fluoride.

Years ago, after learning that fluoride in the North American drinking water supplies is considered to be a neurotoxin according to hundreds of worldwide studies (with some especially damning ones in the top peer-review medical journal The Lancet), I began to filter my tap water to avoid this substance that is considered to be on par with some of the most notorious environmental toxins out there.

So I was both pleasantly surprised – and a bit confused – to learn that my county is exempt for the mass medications because of naturally occurring fluoride in the water in my region. This naturally raised some questions – namely, what is the difference between naturally occurring fluoride, and man made synthetic fluoride?

Naturally Occurring Fluoride – Calcium Fluoride (CaF2)

The natural version of fluoride is known as calcium fluoride (CaF2), which is naturally found in soil. While still not something you want in abundance in your water, is not that harmful to us. Calcium fluoride is considered the “least toxic” and in some cases “relatively harmless”, and that’s because of its high insolubility.

Moreover, calcium is a well-known antidote for fluoride poisoning. In nature, an antidote often naturally exists in combination with a poison, making the poison less toxic to the body.

Therefore, low levels of naturally occurring fluoride in the water supply is not generally cause for concern.

Synthetic Fluoride Additives – Sodium Fluoride (NaF)

The synthetic industrial version of fluoride that is added to public drinking water is called sodium fluoride (NaF). This industrial version is a synthetic toxic waste known to cause cancer.

The term “fluoride” is a cover-up name for many of the toxic chemicals that make up fluoride, including lead, arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, fluorosilicic acid and even radioactive materials. The pure form of sodium fluoride is so toxic that by just consuming a small volume of it could kill you. There is enough fluoride in one tube of toothpaste to kill two small children. This is why fluoridated toothpastes have warning labels on them and fluoride-free toothpastes do not.

Sodium fluoride is even more toxic than certain forms of rat poison – in fact, sodium fluoride is one of the main chemicals in pesticide, insecticide and fungicide for this very reason.

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The fluoride added to 90% of drinking water is hydrofluoric acid which is a compound of fluorine that is a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing.

Hydrofluoric acid is used to refine high octane gasoline, to make fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons for freezers and air conditioners, and to manufacture computer screens, fluorescent light bulbs, semiconductors, plastics, herbicides, and toothpaste.

Here is proof that the industrial version of fluoride is a toxic waste, check out this fluoride spill that ate holes in concrete (one of multiple occurrences nationwide):

The above video should not be shocking when you realize that chemists characterize fluoride as a poison. Fluoride is included in toxicology compendiums, and it has been labeled a neurotoxin from the beginning. Fluoride is more toxic than lead and only slightly less toxic than arsenic. 

Harvested from smokestack slurry, most fluoride added to our water supplies originates as waste product in the aluminum and phosphate industries. A 2014 study of fluoride samples predictably reported that 100% of those samples were contaminated with aluminum, while lead, arsenic, cadmium, and barium were other common contaminants. The study author, toxicologist Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, wrote, “Aluminum and barium levels approach what EPA finds in electroplating sludge and hazardous soils….”

Industrial practices produce millions and millions of gallons of this liquid hazardous waste. Because it costs these corporations thousands and thousands of dollars per ton to neutralize and dispose of hydrofluorosilicic acid – which is a hazardous waste material – they instead sell it to the population as a ‘product.’ Hydrofluorosilicic acid is then shipped to your local drinking water supplier.

“If this stuff gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing.” – Former VP and Senior Chemist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Congressional Testimony

So why is it added to drinking water?? Because manufacturers of sodium fluoride manipulated their data to create the illusion that sodium fluoride is not toxic, and used flawed and biased studies to show that fluoride MIGHT help prevent tooth decay (a claim that has never been proven). They then used this data to convince political leaders to allow them to add sodium fluoride into consumer products, pesticides and drinking water.

What To Do About Fluoride in Your Drinking Water

The most convenient way to remove natural pollutants and toxic industrial chemicals from your drinking water is to use a water purification system that can remove most of these contaminants. Reverse osmosis and activated alumina water purification systems are usually recommended for removing these toxins.

I personally recommend the Berkey water purification system. (Just make sure you purchase the PF-2 fluoride filters along with one of the Berkey systems, because they are designed to specifically remove fluoride.)

I do not recommend buying cheap water filters from your local retail stores. These filters do a poor job removing water contaminants, especially sodium fluoride. I also do not recommend purchasing bottled water and filtered water from your local stores, unless they are purified with activated alumina filters or reverse osmosis technology. What makes bottled water not healthy is that chlorine is usually added to it after it is purified. In addition, BPA in plastic containers can leak into the water. High doses of BPA have been known to disrupt hormones in rodents, causing damages to certain organs and birth defects.

Does the government add fluoride to your drinking water? Is it something you try to avoid? Share below!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at or via the contact form on her website at

30 thoughts on “Natural Fluoride Versus Synthetic Fluoride – Is There A Difference?

  • 12 December, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Our local government does add fluoride to our water but I never knew the purpose of it. But when it comes to my health I never trust the government or corporations to do the right thing. The always choose profit and power over people.

    • 14 December, 2016 at 2:58 am

      It is supposed to be good for your teeth, even though that has never been proven.. gotta love our government! Always selflessly serving our best interests. *note the sarcasm* lol

  • 12 December, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Well, apparently Canada has the most fluoridated water… I knew we did it but was unaware that it was so prevalent here… I do wish it was natural but it doesn’t sound like something all water is able to produce… It’s good that yours does Gingi xox

    • 14 December, 2016 at 2:59 am

      Eh, I plan on filtering even the natural fluoride out. A community near us has a whole bunch of people facing fluoride toxicity from too much intake.. and that is actually pretty common here in the US with the mass medication of everyone..

  • 13 December, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Well that is something that would never have occured to me, thank you for the interesting read. nd I checked, I am good in my city and ‘2.7% of Quebec has an artificially fluoridated water-supply’ only.

    • 14 December, 2016 at 3:01 am

      Yeah, I knew there were two different forms of fluoride – natural and synthetic – but I never really took the time to learn the difference between the two, haha

  • 13 December, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Interesting reading. I didn’t know that some countries added florid to the water.

    • 14 December, 2016 at 3:02 am

      Yup! Its kind of crazy when you realize that its intended purpose is as medication. Mass medicating of non-consenting people just scares me. Such a breech of individual freedom.

  • 14 December, 2016 at 6:58 am

    To be honest – I prefer clear and natural water without additionals.Our food contains so much chemistry with no need of them in the water;-) I understand good condition but does not agree with such interference…

    • 14 December, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Same! I think it is important to have CLEAN water, but once additives that are no necessary are added, it is unethical!

  • 14 December, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Wow….with your post you’ve really opened my eyes!! I must do some checking on the water system here within our city. I try to drink bottled water a lot since when I walk I carry it in my thermos….but now I have to check THAT out also.

    So many times, I find the people of our country put too much trust in our government/FDA. It’s going to be a battle for us, and hopefully a win win ending.

    • 14 December, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      I am soooooo glad you learned something new in this post!! I learned a lot too, which is why I wanted to share it all with you guys! <3

  • 14 December, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Your posts are always so informative, thanks for sharing babe!
    Kisses, Paola.

  • 14 December, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Great post my dear thank you for comment me

  • 14 December, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I drink bottled water because all of this freaks me out. I hope I’m making the right decision. You’ve inspired me to do some research about my tap water and what additives go into bottle water.

    • 14 December, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Sweet!! I feel awesome for inspiring you, since you inspire me every week!! haha!

  • 15 December, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Wow! Thanks so much for suggesting the Berkey water purification system! I just visited their site and have it bookmarked to purchase it, it’s expensive, but worth it! I’ve been using the Zero filter bought at Bed, Bath & Beyond for a while now. It’s weird, after we’ve moved from NY to CT, I taste such a difference in the water, even when it’s filtered, it tastes HORRIBLE like straight up chemical! It’s disgusting the lack of regulations there are in this country, quick sickening, literally. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!


    • 15 December, 2016 at 12:48 am

      AWESOME!!! I am planning on buying the Big Berkey this spring with my tax return… sooooo glad you found the info useful!!! <3

  • 15 December, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Very interesting post, thanks! I will be looking into this as I pretty much drink filtered and tap water trying to avoid plastic bottles.

    • 18 December, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Yeah, people never suspect bottled water! Its crazy!

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