Californians Demand More Public Education on the Dangers of Fluoride to Bottle-Fed Babies

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Concerned Bay Area residents held a march and rally to raise awareness about the risks of feeding babies formula mixed with fluoridated tap water. APEC Water understands that water fluoridation affects the health of people of all ages, and they recommend installing home water filters that can remove this additive.

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Whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, fluoride will accumulate in the body and regardless of age it can cause numerous health problems.

On March 22nd 2014, organizers at Clean Water California held a march and rally in downtown San Francisco urging local water companies and health officials to issue public warnings about the dangers of using fluoridated tap water for baby formula. Their concern stems from the fact that most Bay Area water districts encourage the consumption of tap water, yet do not inform parents that tap water fluoride levels could be harmful to newborns and infants which are more sensitive to this harsh chemical.

Water fluoridation is the practice of adding fluoride chemicals to municipal city tap water for the purpose of preventing tooth decay. This is a very controversial practice since fluoride can be toxic and any dental health benefits that come from ingesting it through drinking water have been largely inconclusive. In fact, some recent studies have associated fluoridated water with reduced IQ in children making it a possible neurotoxin that can damage young developing brains similar to lead and mercury. Parents that use tap water to make formula are often not aware that basic activated carbon water filters, faucet mount filters or boiling water methods do not remove fluoride or that babies are much more susceptible to harm.

According to the Fluoride Action Network, infants receive up to 400% more fluoride per pound of body weight, than adults consuming the same level of fluoride in water. Their underdeveloped kidneys can only excrete 15-20% of the chemical whereas adults can excrete more than 50%. In fact, any chemical, microbial or heavy metal contaminants in the water will be much more harmful to the growth and developmental health of not only babies, but also toddlers and young children, and should be removed. Fortunately there are water filtration systems that can do just that.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends reverse osmosis (RO) and activated alumina as best available technologies for removing fluoride from drinking water. As a leading American water filter manufacturer, APEC Water is a pioneer in the design of RO drinking water filters, and they also build activated alumina whole house fluoride-removal systems. “We offer RO systems certified to remove 97.7% of fluoride from the drinking water and larger home filtration systems that will reduce exposure at every faucet, shower and bathtub,” says Ken Wong, a senior WQA certified water specialist at APEC Water. “Whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, fluoride will accumulate in the body and regardless of age it can cause numerous health problems including dental fluorosis, arthritis and reduced thyroid function. We recommend everyone to learn more about the benefits of removing fluoride from the water, especially those who have an infant or young child in the home.”

About APEC Water

For over 17 years, APEC has been an industry leading manufacturer of high performance residential and commercial water purification systems. Based out of Southern California, APEC specializes in building the highest quality reverse osmosis drinking water systems and backwashing whole house water filters right here in the USA. The company offers their products exclusively through their website at which also provides an extensive water filtration guide and library to the public. To learn more about APEC Water and the Total Solution system, please visit or call customer service at 1-800-880-4808 for more information.

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