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Q: boiling water to eradicate fluoride ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: boiling water to eradicate fluoride
Category: Health
Asked by: aussies-ga
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Posted: 03 Nov 2002 21:40 PST
Expires: 03 Dec 2002 21:40 PST
Question ID: 97892
does boiling water for drinking purpose rid the water of fluoride that
has been added to the water supply?
Subject: Re: boiling water to eradicate fluoride
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 03 Nov 2002 22:00 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Boiling water will not remove fluoride; it will, instead, concentrate
the fluoride. Here are a few sites that make reference to this fact:

"Boiling Water: This will concentrate the fluoride rather than reduce
it." Chemistry

"Fluoride is not removed by boiling, home water softening systems,
sediment filters or ultraviolet systems."

Calgary Regional Health Authority: Fluoridation

"Boiling water will increase, not reduce, the amount of fluoride." 

New Mexico Environment Department: Health Advisory for Fluoride in

"Remember that boiling water removes dissolved chlorine, but only
concentrates fluoride."

Fluoride Alert: Accidents

"Residents were warned by phone and public radio of high fluoride
levels. Officials warned that the more water consumed with elevated
fluoride, the worse the danger becomes, and that boiling water could
concentrate the fluoride even further. Boiling water in preparing
foods always concentrates the fluoride even with 1.0 ppm."
Health World Online: Integrative Medicine

"What about boiling water? Boiling water with fluoride concentrates
the fluoride, rather then eliminating it. The reason for this is
because the fluoride is heavier then water, and while the amount of
water decreases through evaporation, the fluoride does not escape. So
if you were to completely boil the water until there were none left,
you would have only fluoride, and other heavier then water chemicals
left on the bottom of the pot."

Jeff Rense Online: Removing Fluoride

My Google search strategy:

"boiling water" + "fluoride"

I hope this information is useful. If anything I've said is not clear,
or if any of the links do not function, please request clarification
before rating my answer, and I will gladly offer further assistance.

Best regards,
aussies-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Fast, detailed information.Thank you.

Subject: Re: boiling water to eradicate fluoride
From: researcher7-ga on 04 Nov 2002 04:04 PST
Fluoride carries a net (-) charge on it's surface.  Boiling water that
contains fluoride, does not remove this chemical. As mentioned,
boiling the solution, results in an evaporation of water and a
concentration of the fluoride.

Because the fluoride species is charged ( i.e. ionic), it can be
removed from water by using resins called ion-exchange resins.  The
resins bind to charged molecules and not to non-charged, neutral
molecules.  Boiled water, that contains fluoride, can be passed
through the ion-exchanger and the fluoride will still bind to the
resin and deplete the water of the contaminating fluoride.
Subject: Re: boiling water to eradicate fluoride
From: crispeater-ga on 10 Nov 2002 16:03 PST
Only half the answer.

If the steam rising of your boiling water was passed thru any kind of
condenser (see Leipzig condenser) then you would have removed the
fluoride (and all other) contaminants. This is by far the cheapest and
simplest way of purifying water.

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