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Fluoride water filters: How to remove fluoride from water. Use activated alumina, reverse osmosis or bone char carbon.
Remove Fluoride from Your Drinking Water
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 activated 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.
Finally, 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.
Our CTD-F double countertop fluoride filter is similar to the **Dr. Mercola ® fluoride filter (Pure & Clear Filter--not available) which was $197. Our filter has a 3 year KDF/GAC cartridge and 1 year fluoride cartridge which is now $179.95 with free shipping. ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT.
Model UCD-F. 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 (contaminat removal & improves taste). It removes chlorine, heavy metals, pesticides (see What's KDF). Includes standard faucet, tubing and water line hook up. On sale for $179.95 and free shipping continental US. ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT.
EVOLUTION OF OUR FILTERS
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.” See http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/24/
Links to Articles and Studies
Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal - Reuters
FLUORIDE, THE SILENT KILLER - Consumer Health
New Report: The Fluoride Controversy - may cause neuro toxicity and brain damage
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
Under counter Fluoride Water Filters
Model UCD-F. Double Under-counter KDF/GAC Fluoride Filter
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. [NSF-53 Standard Test Results]
Model UCD-FB. Under-counter Fluoride Chlorine Filter with KDF/GAC and bone char carbon
Countertop Fluoride Water Filters
CTD-F. Double Countertop Fluoride Water Filter with KDF/GAC
Model CTD-F. Double Countertop Fluoride Water Filter with KDF/GAC (coconut shell) and Fluoride Pre-filter--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. Sale price $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.
CTD-FB. Double Countertop Fluoride Bone Char Water Filter with KDF/GAC
Model CTD-FB using bone char carbon GAC to reduce fluoride from 40 to 60 percent. Same as above CTD-F. Sale price $189.95 with our 3 year KDF/GAC cartridge plus free shipping (continental US only). 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
WH-FL Whole House Chlorine + Fluoride Water Filter
Model WH-FL. 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 100,000 to 200,000 gallons at 1 ppm fluoride and 1 ppm chlorine. Sale $599.95 [Suggested Retail Price: $999.95] with FREE shipping. ORDER NOW! VIEW CART/CHECKOUT
MEDIA REPLACEMENT WH-FL: KDF/GAC and HA2-Supra-L carbon bone char refill media kit for our whole house fluoride filter main tank--replace 1 to 2 years.--$389.95 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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