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Flouride Debate by sarahtar
May 6, 2008, 7:35 am
Filed under: Health

I don’t personally foresee this coming up for discussion in Iowa any time soon, as much as we want to be all progressive here, but it’s interesting to see that Flouride is once again becoming an issue in communities around the world.

I can guess how some of you feel about WND, but my husband sent me this story this AM about flouride and how we should NOT be drinking it.

Contained this line, which is something I’ve suspected but never heard stated by anyone authoritative – then again, I didn’t exactly research how one should give formula, I just had no reason to. “And, despite the CDC’s conclusion that fluoridation is one of the greatest medical achievements of the 20th century, it recommends infant formulas should never be mixed with fluoridated water.” Almost everyone I know who uses formula mixes it with tap water, since they started saying that you don’t need to buy sterile water for babies any more. Yikes.

And this gem:

The fluoride added to public drinking water is actually fluorosilic acid. It is described by critics as an industrial waste product. Supporters prefer to call it an industry byproduct. Most of it has come from Florida’s phosphate fertilizer industry.

(snip)

However, one of the little-known effects of Hurricane Katrina was to cripple the production of fluoride. Since then, more of America’s supply of the controversial chemical is coming from China – a country not always known for the highest safety standards on exports.

And this:

Just because you live in a municipality that does not fluoridate doesn’t mean you are safe from the effects of fluoridation, say critics. For instance, children in non-fluoridated communities consume sodas and beverages bottled in fluoridated localities using fluoridated water. This is known in fluoridation debate circles as “the halo effect.” Grapes and grape products, teas and processed chicken can be high in fluoride because of water used in processing and preparation.

Which is something I never thought about.

And we’ll conclude with this:

In 1965, a landmark year in the fluoridation debate, the federal government determined fluoride was safe in drinking water at levels as high as 4 ppm. Officially, that is still the government’s threshold of safety on the high side. Yet, in 2006, the National Research Council determined 4 ppm was unsafe and couldn’t assert with certitude that even half that level was safe.


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Over 1,690 professionals signed a statement urging Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted. They cite new scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluorideaction.org/statement.august.2007.html

Fluoridation is the addition of fluoride chemicals (usually phosphate fertilizer industry’s impure waste, silicofluorides) into drinking water ostensibly to prevent cavities in tap water drinkers..

Signers include a Nobel Prize winner, three members of the prestigious 2006 National Research Council (NRC) panel that reported on fluoride’s toxicology, three officers in the Union representing professionals at EPA headquarters, the President of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment, and hundreds of medical, dental, academic, scientific and environmental professionals, worldwide.

Signer Dr. Arvid Carlsson, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine, says, “Fluoridation is against all principles of modern pharmacology. It’s really obsolete.”

An Online Action Petition to Congress in support of the Professionals’ Statement is available on FAN’s web site, http://congress.fluorideaction.net and over 11,600 individuals have signed so far. Please join them.

“The NRC report dramatically changed scientific understanding of fluoride’s health risks,” says Paul Connett, PhD, Executive Director, Fluoride Action Network. “Government officials who continue to promote fluoridation must testify under oath as to why they are ignoring the powerful evidence of harm in the NRC report,” he added.

The Professionals’ Statement also references:

— The new American Dental Association policy recommending infant formula NOT be prepared with fluoridated water.

— The CDC’s concession that the predominant benefit of fluoride is topical not systemic.

— CDC data showing that dental fluorosis, caused by fluoride over-exposure, now impacts one third of American children.

— Major research indicating little difference in decay rates between fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities.

— A Harvard study indicating a possible link between fluoridation and bone cancer.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a DC watchdog, revealed that a Harvard professor concealed the fluoridation/bone cancer connection for three years. EWG President Ken Cook states, “It is time for the US to recognize that fluoridation has serious risks that far outweigh any minor benefits, and unlike many other environmental issues, it’s as easy to end as turning off a valve at the water plant.”

Further, researchers reporting in the Oct 6 2007 British Medical Journal indicate that fluoridation, touted as a safe cavity preventive, never was proven safe or effective and may be unethical. (1)

Other notable signers:

• Lois Gibbs, Executive Director, Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, Goldman Prize Winner (1990), Falls Church, VA
• Stephen Lester, Science Director, Center for Health, Environment, and Justice

• Raul Montenegro, PhD, Right Livelihood Award 2004 (known as the Alternative Nobel Prize), President of FUNAM, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, National University of Cordoba, Argentina

• The current President and six past Presidents of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology

• The Board of Directors, American Academy of Environmental Medicine

• Two advisory board members of the UK government sponsored “York Review”

• Theo Colborn, PhD, co-author, Our Stolen Future

• Chris Bryson, author, The Fluoride Deception

• Ken Cook and Richard Wiles, President and Executive Director, Environmental Working Group (EWG)

• Vyvyan Howard, MD, PhD, newly elected President, International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE)

• Magda Aelvoet, MD, Former Minister of Public Health, Leuven, BELGIUM

• Peter Montague, PhD, Director of Environmental Health Foundation

• Ted Schettler, MD, Science Director, Science and Environmental Health Network

• Pat Costner, retired Senior Scientist, Greenpeace International

• Joseph Mercola, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, mercola.com, Chicago, IL

• Sam Epstein, MD, author, “Politics of Cancer” and Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition

• Jay Feldman, Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides

• Prominent members of the Collegios Medicos, Puerto Rico

• FIVE Goldman Prize winners (2006, 2003, 1997, 1995, 1990)

• Lynn Margulis, PhD, a recipient of the National Medal of Science

• Doug Everingham, former Federal Health Minister (1972-75), Australia

. Dr. Andrew Harms, former President of the Australian Dental Association

SOURCE: Fluoride Action Network http://www.FluorideAction.Net

References:

(1) “Adding fluoride to water supplies,” British Medical Journal, KK Cheng, Iain Chalmers, Trevor A. Sheldon, October 6, 2007

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