Originally Answered: What water should I drink?
That depends on whether or not your tap water contains added fluoride (non-pharmaceutical grade silicofluorides) which have never been studied for safe human consumption. You can drink distilled water. If the fact that there are no minerals in it that bothers you, you can purchase natural minerals to add back to the water. Water distillers are also relatively inexpensive. Many bottled spring waters contain a very small amount of naturally occurring calcium fluoride which isn't nearly as toxic as silicofluorides added to the publics water supply. You can call the 1-800 number on the bottled water to find out the amount (ppm) of fluoride in it. Some areas of the USA have natural springs in their area where they can get spring water for free. Instead of buying minerals to add to distilled water, you could also use half distilled water and half bottled spring water for drinking and cooking. I understand your concern about fluoride.
To learn why they originally started adding fluoride to tap water, read the information here:
What is put in tap water isn't pharmaceutical grade nor is it natural "calcium fluoride". It's a by-product of the fertilizer industry. Here's what is added to tap water. It is toxic. See below PDF's:
It's nothing more than toxic waste or pollution.
Studies by Drs. H.S. Brown, D.R. Bishop and C.A. Rowan in the early 1980s demonstrated that an average of 64% of the total dose of waterborne contaminants, such as fluoride, are absorbed through the skin. (American Journal of Public Health 1984; 74: 479-84) —Fluoride: Drinking Ourselves to Death, Barry Groves, pp. 275-265
A study by Professor Julian Andelman, Professor of Water Chemistry at the University of Pittsburg's Graduate School of Public Health, "found less chemical exposure from drinking the water than from using it to wash clothes or take a shower or a dip in the swimming pool". Every time you take a shower or go for a swim, you will be soaking it up. The percentage for skin absorption are as follows: Scalp - 32%, Ear Canal - 46%, Forehead - 36%, Plant of Foot - 13%, Forearm - 9%, Palm - 12%, Male Scrotum - 100%.
Dr. Dean Burk, Chief Chemist Emeritus of the National Cancer Institute published a paper in 1975 that detailed an increase in cancer deaths in fluoridated areas. According to Burk, "In point of fact, fluoride causes more cancer, and causes it faster, than any other chemical".
Fluoride is NOT essential. In 1979, the FDA required the deletion of all government references previously classifying fluoride as "essential or probably essential", (Federal Register, March 16, 1979, page 16006). Adding fluoride compounds to tap water hasn't even been approved by the FDA.
Robert Carton, PhD formerly President of the union of Government Scientists working at the US Environmental Protection Agency said: "Water fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century, if not of all time." In 1997, more than 1,000 members of this union working at USEPA HQ in Washington DC, who are directly responsible for the US Safe Drinking Water Act, voted UNANIMOUSLY to ban water fluoridation. Their bosses are not listening.
There is not a single scientific or laboratory study from anywhere in the world which proves that fluoridation reduces tooth decay in humans. There are, however, hundreds of published scientific papers which show that water fluoridation is dangerous to human, animal, plant and aquatic life, which is no surprise, since fluoride is more toxic than lead and only marginally less so than arsenic. (Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products, 5th ed., Gosselin, et al, 1984.).
"Fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons, probably because of their capacity to modify the metabolism of cells by changing the permeability of the cell membrane and by inhibiting certain enzyme systems … The sources of fluorine intoxication are drinking water containing 1 ppm or more of fluorine, fluorine compounds used as insecticidal sprays for fruits and vegetables (cryolite and barium fluosilicate) and the mining and conversion of phosphate rock to superphosphate, which is used as fertilizer. The fluorine content of phosphate rock, about 25% of the fluorine present, is volatilized and represents a pouring into the atmosphere of approximately 25,000 tons of pure fluorine annually … The known effects of chronic fluorine intoxication are those of hypophasia of the teeth, which has been called mottled enamel, and of bone sclerosis."
Journal of the American Medical Association, editorial, September 18, 1943 (123:50)