Fluoride Water Filters since 1997:
I never had a need for a water filter, let alone a fluoride filter. In Michigan, our water (taken from the Great Lakes) is probably the best water in the world. But in 1997, my best friend Bruce was diagnosed and treated (with surgery and radiation) for a malignant brain tumor. It was a terrible time; and I had questions. Why was a healthy 46 year old hit with a deadly cancer? And what could I do to protect me and my family from contracting a similar disease? So, I started looking to the Internet for the answer. In my search, I found Dr. Andew Weil, an MD and Harvard graduate who recommended KDF (See What's KDF) water filtration in his book 8 Weeks to Optimum Health: A Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power. And, I took Dr. Weil's advice and found a KDF/GAC filter and the rest is history. Besides removing chlorine, heavy metals, pesticides and VOCs, I added a fluoride reduction cartridge, and my system was complete and I started The Water Exchange. It was a dual housing filter that removed just about every contaminant but leaving the healthy minerals. It's been over 16 years now and we have a number of systems that remove most contaminants.
Fluoride has been added to municipal drinking water systems in the US and in some cities, worldwide, since the mid 1940s. It was determined a safe additive that helps prevent tooth decay. However, because of the controversy for a number of reasons, including health concerns and politics, most countries in Europe have eliminated fluoridation. But to date, fluoridation has been going strong in the United States and Canada, and is widely supported by The American Dental Association to promote dental health, for children and adults, and approved by the US EPA as long as the concentration is does not exceed the maximum contaminant level of 4 mg/l (or 4 ppm--parts per million concentration) . Though below 4 ppm is considered safe by the US EPA, municipal water systems across the US never add more than 1.5 ppm, with a 1 ppm average. Recently, it’s been determined that children may be getting too much fluoride because it’s added to most US toothpaste products, and is in some foods, the EPA may be adjusting that limit to under 0.84 ppm.
The fluoridation controversy has been debated for the last nine or ten years with opponents feeling that the government has no place in sponsoring the addition of a potentially dangerous chemical in our drinking water even if the intensions are good. The use of fluoride should be an individual’s choice and not mandated by government officials. Fluoride has been known to prevent cavities, and is topically applied to our children’s teeth by dentists. But the question opponents’ ask, “Is it really necessary to add fluoride to our water systems?” I posed that question to my dental hygienist and she said that it was the best way to guarantee the application of fluoride to our teeth. I said if fluoride is only helpful for our teeth, it should be our choice to apply it, but it makes no sense to consume it.
Two books I've recently reviewed make a strong case against water fluoridation with convincing facts from experts and studies that make it clear our water should not be fluoridated. Also, one of the serious concerns with fluoride is neurotoxicity and that's been validated in a recent Reuters article (2012). A study evaluated by the Harvard Journal in the article “Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal” found that children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ than those who lived in low fluoride areas. Also, the EPA stated that “fluoride is a chemical with substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”
Remove Fluoride from Drinking Water with Activated Alumina, Bone Charcoal Carbon or Reverse Osmosis
Bone char carbon is one of three methods used to reduce fluoride in drinking water. Activated alumina filtration and reverse osmosis are the other two effective methods approved by the EPA for removing fluoride from drinking water.
Concentration of fluoride in water above 4 ppm, which is the EPA’s maximum contaminant level, is considered hazardous to health. It can cause bone fractures, is damaging to teeth enamel and may cause cancer. Fluoride is naturally occurring, and can be present in well water. In 1933 a process to reduce fluoride in water using activated alumina (also known as aluminum oxide—an inert chemical compound) was invented by Harry V. Churhill, a chemist from Alcoa Alumina in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. The patent was granted in November 1936.
Reducing fluoride using bone char carbon is a relatively new process. A special carbon made from animal bones, can remove from 50 to 60 percent of the fluoride. We are now offering bone char carbon GAC cartridges using Brimac HA 216 as an alternative to activated alumina (aluminum oxide). Brimac is highly porous and capable of adsorbing heavy metals, TTHMs and organic and inorganic compounds. It has also been shown to reduce radionuclides, specifically uranium and alpha particles.
Removing fluoride using activaeted alumina has been around since 1936. Activated alumina, or aluminum oxide, is a naturally occuring inorganic compound that is chemically inert and non-toxic. It's also known as corundum, a form of aluminum oxide in crystalline form. Rubies and sapphires are prescious gem forms of corundum. Aluminum oxide (alumina) is a ceramic material that can be used as an insulator. It's also used a desiccant to absorb gases and odors, and it does a great job removing fluoride from water. For more information click to see the Aluminum Oxide article at Wikipedia.
Lastly, if you look closely at your toothpaste tube you'll see some very clear and disturbing warnings: "Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away," and "Supervise children if necessary until capable of using without supervision."
You Can Remove Fluoride from your Water and Many More Contaminants
After all of the above information, you do not have to drink fluoridated water, period! We offer severel inexpensive fluoride filter system that will remove 90 percent of the fluoride in municipal water plus lots of other contaminants including, chlorine, chloramines, lead, pesticides, other heavy metals, TTHMs, HAA5s, VOC (organic materials) and more. Our KDF/GAC cartridge removes the majority of the contaminants and has been tested to treat 12,000 gallons before replacement--about 3 years. See the NSF-53 Test Protocol for the results. The fluoride reduction cartridge using activated alumina removes 80 to 90 percent of the fluoride as is good for 1 to 2 years depending on usage and the amount of fluoride in your water, but it's based on 1 ppm. See our filters below.
Links to Articles and Studies
Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal - Reuters
FLUORIDE, THE SILENT KILLER - Consumer Health
The Case Against Fluoride--Book Review
New Report: The Fluoride Controversy - may cause neuro toxicity and brain damage
The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson--Book Review
Basic Information about Fluoride in Drinking Water from the US EPA
Fluoride Toxicity - Medscape
Fluoride and Thyroid Disease / With Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames - About
Water fluoridation controversy - Wickipedia
U.S. Lowers Limit for Fluoride in Water - Reuters
Filter KG-CF. KDF/GAC Filter--$41.95 low price, long lasting--up to 3 years*. ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT. This is a custom made 3-stage cartridge unlike any other available. The first stage is a 1 micron sediment and cyst filter followed by 1 lb of KDF for heavy metals (lead, mercury, arsenic), aluminum, iron, HAA5s (haloacetic acids), chloramines, MTBEs, pesticides, VOCs, chlorine and kills/inhibits bacteria. Next, the KDF treated water passes through 1 1/4 lbs of coconut shell carbon using "adsorption" to remove herbicides, pesticides (both KDF and GAC remove pesticides), industrial chemicals, trihalomethanes (TTHM's), hydrogen sulfide and more. GAC is also known to remove radioactive iodine (131). The cartridge is filled to our specifications with the maximum media and weights over 2 1/4 lbs. 2 year replacement now recommended.
USA made, KDF/GAC (Granular Activated Carbon) filter cartridge for Models CT, CTD-C, UC, UCD, UCT and NaK-UC. Will also fit housings designed for standard 9 3/4" cartridges. Also removes lead that may be present in old pipes. Includes 1 micron sediment/cyst pad, 1 lb of KDF media and the rest GAC (coconut shell Granulated Activated Carbon). Rated to treat 12,000 gallons. [NSF-53 Standard Test Results]. Includes chlorine test strips to verify when it's time to replace cartridge. Suggested Retail - $59.00, Sale Price - $41.95. ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT.
Filter FL. FLUORIDE REMOVAL CARTRIDGE. Contains fine-mesh pre-conditioned Activated Alumina to reduce fluorides below 0.5 ppm. Its capacity is up to 11,000 ppm with effluent levels below 0.2 ppm from 10 ppm feed (approximately 2750 gallons at 1 ppm fluoride). Note: high pH and high bicarbonate levels reduce the capacity - above 100 ppm bicarbonate, reduce by 50%; above 200 ppm, reduce by 75%. Also effectively removes arsenic. Average life is one year for municipal water systems. Note, the fluoride removal cartridge (activated alumina) can add a metallic taste to the water, but it subsides after a few weeks. Suggested Retail - $69.00, Sale Price - $44.95. ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT.
New! Filter FL-BC. Fluoride reduction cartridge using Brimac HA 216 bone char GAC carbon. Bone char is an alternative to activated alumina (aluminum oxide). It wll reduce fluoride from 50 to 60 percent. Brimac is highly porous and capable of adsorbing heavy metals, TTHMs and organic and inorganic compounds. It has also been shown to reduce radionuclides, specifically uranium and alpha particles. Replace yearly. Suggested Retail - $69.00, Sale Price - $47.95. ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT
Under counter Fluoride Water Filters
Model UCD-F. This dual-cartridge under-counter filter uses a fluoride removal cartridge with activated alumina* to effectively remove fluoride, for approximately one year. The second cartridge is our 12,000 gallon capacity KDF/GAC filter with coconut shell GAC (for improved taste and contaminant removal). It removes chlorine, heavy metals, pesticides and more (see What's KDF). The filter requires a flow rate of 0.5 gpm or less to effectively remove fluoride. Includes chlorine test strips to verify when it's time to replace the KDF/GAC cartridge. Includes standard faucet, tubing and water line hook up. 12" tall, 10" wide, 5" deep. 3 year prorated warranty on KDF/GAC cartridge, 5 year prorated on housings. [NSF-53 Standard Test Results] Suggested Retail - $305.00, Sale Price -$199.95 now $189.95 plus free shipping (continental US only). ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT. Click for Installation Instructions. Click to upgrade to any of our Designer Faucets from $29.95.
Model UCD-FB. Under-counter fluoride and KDF/GAC filter using bone char carbon to reduce fluoride from 40 to 60 percent. Same as above UCD-F. Suggested Retail - $259, our price $189.95. ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT.
Countertop Fluoride Water Filters - from $169.95
Model CTD-F. Double Countertop Fluoride Water Filter with KDF/GAC (coconut shell) and Fluoride Pre-filter--sale
$179.95 now $169.95 with free shipping. This countertop filter uses a fluoride removal cartridge with activated alumina* (one of the best ways to remove fluoride) and our KDF/GAC cartridge for improved taste and contaminant removal. This system removes fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals (lead, arsenic), pesticides and more (see What's KDF). Requires a flow rate of 0.5 gpm or less to effectively remove the fluoride. A diverter valve replaces the aerator on your faucet (now a new more durable, long lasting, valve) - water is sent through the filter and out its own spout; a long reach lead free spout allowing for placement flexibility on your countertop. Includes chlorine test strips to verify when it's time to replace cartridge. 12" high, 5" diameter. 3 year prorated warranty on KDF/GAC cartridge, 5 year prorated on housings. Suggested Retail - $259, sale price $179.95 now $169.95 with our 3 year KDF/GAC cartridge plus free shipping (continental US only). ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT. Click for Installation Instructions.
Note: The activated alumina cartridge can impart a slight metalic taste to the water for a week or two, but this will subside. You can avoid the metallic taste by going with the CTD-FB that uses bone char carbon cartridge.
New! Model CTD-FB using bone char carbon GAC to reduce fluoride from 40 to 60 percent. Same as above CTD-F. Suggested Retail - $259, our price $179.95 with our 3 year KDF/GAC cartridge plus free shipping (continental US only). ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT.
Fluoride Refrigerator Water Filter
(also removes chlorine, heavy metals and pesticides)
Filter IL-F. This our new inline refrigerator water filter for removing fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals (lead, arsenic, mercury), pesticides and more from municipal water. Connects to popular brand refrigerators with 1/4" standard quick connect fittings. Will supply filtered water to your ice maker and through the door spigots. The inline cartridge is 2" x 11" and contains KDF-55 for chlorine and heavy metals and pesticides, activated alumina for fluoride and coconut shell GAC (granulated activated carbon) for organics, taste and odor. Removes 80 to 90 percent of the fluoride, 99.99 percent of the chlorine, TTHMs, HAA5s, VOCs, lead, arsenic and other heavy metals, and pesticides. Average life is 9 to 12 months when filtering chlorine and fluoride at 1 ppm or less. KDF inhibits bacteria from growing in the cartridge, and actually kills certain types of bacteria. Activated alumina is one of 3 effective methods reducing fluoride in drinking water. Made in the USA and will connect to any brand refrigerator including Whirlpool, Amana, Frigidaire, Maytag, GE, Kenmore, Sanyo, Sharp and more.
High-pressure quick-connect fittings allow for easy installation on 1/4" plastic or copper lines. Mounting clips are included to secure the filter. The filter is rated to treat 1,000 gallons--approximately 9 to 12 months. Click for Installation Instructions. Suggested Retail - $99.95, but has an introductory sale price of $59.95 (compare to other filters selling for $80 or more). ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT
Whole House Fluoride Filters
Whole House Fluoride Water Filter-on sale for $599.95 (retail $999.95). KDF & COCONUT SHELL CARBON GAC for Filtering at 6 GPM Municipal Water up to 200,000 gallon capacity -- about 2 years
Model WH-1-F. Fluoride and chlorine whole house water filter for 95% chlorine removal up to 60 percent fluoride reduction at up to 6 gallons per minute. Includes a 1 micron sediment/cyst pre-filter in a big blue housing (7.25"x14") and a 7"x35" fiberglass main tank made by Structural Fibers. Both have 1" female pipe thread inlet and outlet. A licensed plumber should be installing this system.Uses a special bone char carbon for reducing fluoride HA2-Supra-L high-calcium carbon. This whole house water filter is designed for municipal water with chlorine and fluoride. Approximately 200,000 gallons at 1 ppm fluoride and 1 ppm chlorine (2 years). Sale $599.95 [Suggested Retail Price: $999.95] with FREE shipping. ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT
US Environmental Protection Agency
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
American Dental Association
The Huffington Post
*Note: The activated alumina cartridge can impart a slight metallic taste to the water for a week or two, but this will subside. You can avoid the metallic taste by going with the the bone char carbon cartridge.
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