Fluoride: Wide Range of Serious Health Problems
Respected Medical Professionals and Scientists are warning that water fluoridation has dangerous long-term consequences to health. For over 50 years, the U.S. government and media have trumpeted fluoride as a safe and effective means of reducing cavities, especially in children. But fluoride is not the benevolent and innocuous substance the public has been led to believe.
"I am appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs. Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious effects on a long range basis. Any attempt to use water this way is deplorable." Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd, Past President of the American Medical Association ---- more
August 2002 - Belgium becomes the first country in
the world to prohibit fluoride supplements Fluoride tablets, fluoride drops
and fluoride chewing gum, for decades promoted as the crown jewels of
dentistry, are going to be taken off the market because they are poisonous and
pose a great risk for physical and psychological health. This has been decided
by the Federal Minister of Public Health. more
"Fluoridation ... it is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has." Professor Albert Schatz, Ph.D. (Microbiology), Discoverer of streptomycin and Nobel Prize Winner
14th Nov 2005 - Most of Western Europe has now abandoned fluoridation of water due to a lack of evidence as to its effectiveness and concerns about major side-effects. 98% of Europe is now free of fluoridated water.
98% Of Western Europe Has Rejected Water Fluoridation. This includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. The predominant reason for Europe's rejection is the belief that public drinking water is NOT the appropriate vehicle with which to deliver medication to a population. India, and Japan have either rejected or banned its use in recent years.
"In 1990 a 10 year study was completed by the federal government National Toxicology Program (a part of the Department of Health and Human Services) to rule out any possibility that fluoride causes cancer. Much to their surprise, bone tumors found in laboratory animals were found to be the direct result of fluoride ingestion. Even before the study was complete, the NTP contacted the Environmental Protection Agency to inform them that fluoride was carcinogenic."
A subsequent animal study found that fluoride interferes with the pineal gland's production of melatonin, a hormone which helps regulate the onset of PUBERTY. In the study, animals dosed with fluoride had reduced levels of melatonin metabolites in their urine and had earlier onsets of puberty than the controls. (23) Dr. Mercola
Up until the 1950s, European doctors used fluoride to reduce the activity of the thyroid gland for people suffering from overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). (24) The daily dose of fluoride which people are now receiving in fluoridated communities (1.6 to 6.6 mg/day) (25) actually exceeds the dose of fluoride which was found to depress the thyroid gland (2.3 to 4.5 mg/day). (26)
Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) is currently one of the most common medical problems in the United States. Synthroid, the drug doctors prescribe to treat hypothyroidism, was the fourth most prescribed drug in the US in the year 2000. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels, and heart disease.
A recent study published in the journal Brain Research found that 1 PPM fluoride in water facilitated the uptake of aluminum into the brain of rats, producing the type of brain tangles (amyloid deposits) that are associated with Alzheimers disease and other types of dementia. (27) An epidemiological study published in the December 2000 issue of the journal Neurotoxicology, found that fluoridated water was associated with elevated levels of lead in children's blood. (28) The study's findings parallel the findings of an earlier study published in the September 1999 issue of the International Journal of Environmental Studies. (29) Lead in the blood is associated with a variety of neurological problems, including reduced intelligence, aggression and hyperactivity. Dozens of laboratory studies have found that fluoride is a mutagen - a classification which frequently indicates that a substance is carcinogenic (i.e. that it causes cancer). (30) A cancer bioassay conducted by the National Toxicology Program found that rats dosed with fluoride had a statistically significant increase in bone tumors (osteosarcomas), which were not found among the controls.
The initial review of the study also reported that the fluoride-dosed rats had tumors of the thyroid, oral cavity and rare tumors of the liver; however these tumors were later downgraded under conspicuous and controversial circumstances. According to Dr. William Marcus, the Chief Toxicologist at the EPA's Office of Drinking Water, the downgrading of the tumors was politically motivated and not scientifically defensible. A recent epidemiological study conducted by a scientist from the US Public Health Service found that female infertility was associated with elevated levels of fluoride ( >3ppm) in drinking water. The study concluded that more emphasis needs to be given to the effects on health from total fluoride exposure - not just exposure to fluoridated drinking water.
"Dr. Phyllis Mullenix of Harvard University's Forsyth Research Institute (a dental research institute) published a study pointing out that fluoride was more effective than lead in reducing IQ levels in children!" Excerpt from naturalrearing.com
In 1997, 1500 scientists, engineers, and lawyers of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined in the release of a cautionary statement regarding fluoride: "Our members' review of the body of evidence over the last eleven years, including animal and human epidemiological studies, indicates a causal link between fluoride/fluoridation and cancer, genetic damage, neurological impairment, and bone pathology
Belgium becomes the first
country in the world to prohibit fluoride supplements
But the usefulness of fluoride
has been doubted worldwide for a long time already. Over the years at least
12 Nobel Prize winners in Medicine and Chemistry have warned of the
associated health risks. To make children take fluoride is not only useless
against caries, it is plainly dangerous. Tooth and bone decalcification as a
result of fluoride even has a name - fluorosis. Fluoride is very reactive and
it goes deep into the bones and cells where it is accumulated. Yes, the tooth
surface becomes much harder, but the tooth itself becomes more brittle. From
a lot of research it seems that fluoride causes joint problems, skeletal
deformations, osteoporosis, and that it can even cause bone cancer.
Also the brain cannot escape from it. Fluoride has a negative influence on
the nervous system and the immune system, and in children it can lead to
(chronic) fatigue, a lower IQ, learning disabilities, lethargy and
Health problems caused by fluoride:
During Pregnancy Links to Learning Disabilities
Attention Deficit and Behavior Disorders - Dr. Phyllis J. Mullenix
Osteoporosis and Arthritis: Scientists at EPA in Washington have declared that there is every reason to believe that the increasing numbers of people with carpal-tunnel syndrome and arthritis-like pains are due to the mass fluoridation of drinking water. On July 9, 1998 the Manchester Guardian reported news of fluoride poisoned water in Central India, from untested wells drilled in the 1980s, causing severe arthritic damage to tens of millions of people -- a national disaster. Fluoride is the most bone seeking element known to mankind. The US Public Health Service has stated that fluoride makes the bones more brittle and dental enamel more porous.
Hip fractures: Drinking fluoridated water will double the number of hip fractures for both older men and women. Extremely low levels of water fluoridation 0.1 ppm still produced statistically significant increased hip fractures. (Bordeaux Study JAMA 1994). According to Dr. J. William Hirzy (vice-president of the NFFE LOCAL 2050, the union representing all scientists at the EPA, Washington, D.C.) there have been 5 epidemiological studies done since 1990, in three different countries, all showing a higher increase in hip fractures in fluoridated communities. Some studies have indicated a 87% higher risk of hip fractures to the elderly in areas where water fluoridation was even below 1.5 ppm.
Cancer: Fluoride was found to be an equivocal carcinogen by the National Cancer Institute Toxicological Program. Further studies by the New Jersey Department of Health have now confirmed a 6.9 fold increase in bone cancer in young males. Earlier studies had found a 5% increase in all types of cancers in fluoridated communities. In 1981, Dean Burk, for many decades Chief Chemist at the US National Cancer Institute, testified at congressional hearings, reporting that at least 40,000 cancer deaths in 1981 were attributable to fluoride. 40,000 cases that could have been prevented simply by NOT putting industry waste into the public water supply. Burk stated that fluoride causes more cancer, and causes it faster, than any other chemical.
Infertility: Infertilityin women was found to increase with water fluoridation. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists reported a close correlation between decreasing total fertility rates in women between ages of 10 and 49, and increasing fluoride levels. They also reported that a review of all of the animal studies done to date shows that fluoride adversely affects fertility in most animal species.
Brain damage: Fluorides lower the intelligence capacity of humans, with children, again, especially susceptible to early fluoride toxicity. IQ levels were significantly lower than children not exposed to fluorides in all age groups listed. (Li,X.S.,Zhi,J.L.,Gao,R.O.,"Effects of Fluoride Exposure on the Intelligence of Children", Fluoride;28:182-189, 1995) Further studies proving the neurotoxicity of fluoride in rats have also been conducted by Dr. Phyllis Mullinex. In 1995 Mullenix and co-workers showed that rats given fluoride in drinking water at levels that give rise to plasma levels fluoride concentrations in humans, suffer neurotoxic effects that vary according to when the rats were given the fluoiride - as adult animals, as young animals, or thorugh the placenta before birth. Those exposed before birth were born hyperactive and remained so throughout their lives. Thoses exposed as young animals displayed depressed activity. In 1998 Guan et al. gave similar doses as used by the Mullenix group and found that several key chemicals in the brain - those that form the membrane of brain cells, were substantially depleted in rats given fluoride, as compared to those who did not receive fluoride. Partly based on these findings, the union representing all EPA scientists in Washington have now filed a grievance demanding fluoride-free bottled water for their offices. (Note: this also explains a recent University of South Florida study relating fluoride intake during pregnancy to the yearly 1% increase in learning disabilities found in children...) Studies proving that fluorides transfer through the placenta are well known. (Meanwhile, Dr.Weil, Internet's Health Guru, advocates fluoride supplements for pregnant woman in his book "8 Weeks To Optimum Health"...)
Alzheimer Disease There are also several studies linking aluminum with fluoride, showing that the bioavailability of aluminum is increased in the presence of fluorides, causing aluminum in the brain to double in treated animals. According to an October 28, 1992 Wall Street Journal Article about a study conducted by Varnier JA, et al.: "Rats fed the highest doses developed irregular mincing steps characteristic of senile animals.... Post mortem examination of the rat brains disclosed 'substantial cell loss in structures associated with dementia -- the neo-cortex and hippocampus'." (Note: Alzheimer's Disease, first diagnosed by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1907, is now the #4 killer for every person over 60 in the US. Every 2nd person over 70 will develop Alzheimer's.) Environmental fluoride is implicated in this. Sighting
Thyroid disorder: It is only in the last two decades during which endocrinology has progressed so rapidly, that now over 150 symptoms and associations can be identified in hypothyroidism. Almost all(!) correlate with known symptoms of fluoride poisoning. Most of the double-blind test results of fluoride poisoning found in Moolenburgh's study on water containing 1ppm of fluoride - which led to the ban of fluoridation in Holland - are now recognized symptoms of hypothyroidism. ..more about thyroid disorders
The Effects Of Fluoride On The
Thyroid Gland By Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield
Thyroid Power by Richard Shames MD and Karilee Shames RN, PhD
Dr. Richard Shames, a Harvard and University of Pennsylvania graduate who served at the NIH, believes that we are witnessing an autoimmune low-thyroid epidemic. Doctors on the Thyroid Unit at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC have revealed that 20 million Americans are currently being treated for thyroid problems. Synthroid, just one of the various thyroid medicines, is now either first or second most-prescribed drug in the US. The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center estimates that there are over 13 million more Americans who have undiagnosed thyroid problems that are causing many of their uncomfortable symptoms (fatigue, depression, excess weight, infertility, miscarriage, severe menopause, dry skin, constipation, hair loss). Karilee Shames, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nursing, points out that a major environmental trigger of low thyroid is likely to be the fluoride added to municipal water supplies. Scientists believe that fluoride can depress thyroid functions with levels as low as 2. 5 mg/ day, even though (according to a 1991 government report estimates that) adults in fluoridated areas ingest an average of 3.9 mg daily. Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames suggest that in a misguided attempt to help curb cavities in young children, we may be unwittingly poisoning our collective endocrine systems. In fact, the Shames are quick to point out, there really is no solid research on the long-term effects of fluoride on the human body, even though it has been used for over fifty years. Equally disturbing is the current substitution of an industrial silicofluroide waste product in place of the original pharmaceutical grade of sodium fluoride, without proper research.
"Consider Thyroid Power a long, personal visit with a caring, prevention-oriented practitioner," state the authors. The journey begins with thyroid basics: how this little hormone-producing tissue operates, signs that things are amiss, how other illnesses compound the problem, and how to determine one's risk for hypothyroidism. Next, the Shameses discuss the labyrinth of diagnostic and treatment issues a patient must endure. Helpful and harmful supplements and environmental factors, repairing the immune system (the origin of thyroid troubles), and a rich, sensitive exploration of holistic healing nicely round out this valuable resource. A brief section titled "Show This to Your Doctor," penned by Richard, perfectly crystallizes the book and provides an effective tool for initiating a patient/physician dialogue. --Liane Thomas
Two main thyroid disorders:
Hyperthyroid occurs when tyroid gland produces too much hormone.Speeds up body processes (esp. digestion). Thyroid functions influence pituitary, parathyroid, and sex glands. All may be affected., Results: overactive metabolic state, malabsorbtion of food, increased fat breakdown and cholesterol excretion, increased use of glucose, over stimulation of protein synthesis., Symptoms: Nervousness, irritability, increased perspiration, insomnia and fatigue, weakness, hair loss, seperation of the nails, hand tremors, intolerance of heat, rapid heartbeat, and sometimes protuding eyeballs., The condition is sometimes called thyrotoxicosis, or Grave's disease.
Protecting The Thyroid Gland In Radiation Emergencies The toll of thyroid cancer carried by the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster could have been prevented, new evidence suggests. Governments world-wide are now stockpiling a supplement that protects the thyroid from radiation fallout (radioiodine). Amongst them are Japan, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Sweden, etc., but not the U.S. Learn how to protect your thyroid gland.
Fluoride The Aging Factor: How to Recognize and Avoid the Devastating Effects of Fluoride Dr. John Yiamouyiannis
John Yiamouylannis is a world-leading authority on the biological effects of fluoride, which include mottling of teeth, premature aging, spontaneous abortion, brittle bones and cancer. Learn how fluoride acts as a chronic poison and how to avoid exposure. The author provides a scathing indictment of corporate and government responsibility in promoting the fable of fluoride as a necessary and safe product for human consumption.
Fluoride's positive image in the United States may rest in part on the whitewashing of unwelcome research findings and the firing of scientists who dared question fluoride's benefits. Dr. William Marcus, formerly the chief toxicologist for the EPA's Office of Drinking Water, lost his job in 1991 after he insisted on an unbiased evaluation of fluoride's potential to cause cancer. Marcus fought his dismissal in court, proved that it was politically motivated and eventually won reinstatement. Marcus now declines comment on the episode beyond saying, "I was right about fluoride's carcinogenicity, and now we know that." An investigation by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in 1991 supported Marcus' charges, documenting that government scientists had been coerced to change their findings and portray fluoride more favorably.
- Children at Risk
Research is beginning to show that the cavity-fighting power of fluoride may have been overstated. Recent studies in the Journal of Dental Research conclude that tooth decay rates in Western Europe, which is 98 percent unfluoridated, have declined as much as they have in the United States in recent decades. Indeed, it's only in the United States that fluoride is championed by the government
Most European nations --
including Germany, France, Sweden and Holland -- prohibit fluoride on public
health grounds. more
HAVE YOU READ THE WARNING ON YOUR
TOOTHPASTE LABEL LATELY?
Three ingredients in toothpaste are considered dangerous. Fluoride is poisonous if taken internally, and Sorbitol and sodium lauryl sulfate can cause diarrhea, especially in children. As of April 7, 1997, all fluoride toothpastes and dental care products shipped must have a warning label stating that if more toothpaste is swallowed tha needed for brushing, a poison control center or health care professional should be contacted immediately. Natural fluoride-free toothpaste:
Fluoride Free Toothpaste
· Miscelanious healthy fluoride-free toothpastes (two dozens listed)
In the United States, there are no warnings posted on fluoride-laced products pertaining to the risks of ingesting too much fluoride or for those at risk from ingesting fluoride. Many dentists and pediatricians who prescribe fluoride supplements, dentists administering fluoride treatments and the manufacturers of fluoride-laced products do not inform people of the risks: (1) Fluoride is poison; second only in toxicity to arsenic which is rated as the most toxic. (2) The fluoride gel used for topical treatments contain concentrations as high as 12,000 ppm (parts per million), well above the probable lethal dosage for a child. (3) A tube of toothpaste contains 1,000 to 1,500 ppm of fluoride which can be a lethal dose for young children. (4) Many children and adults have allergic reactions to fluoride. The more notable reactions are: Restlessness/insomnia, nausea and swelling of the lips. (5) People who have maladies such as: kidney ailments, HlV/AIDS, immunodeficiencies, diabetes and heart ailments are at risk from consuming fluoride-laced products and fluoridated water. (6) The suspected geno-toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic effects from long term fluoride intake have not been disproved. Almost every research paper broaching the subjects calls for more research into those areas and states that the evidence of safety is "inconclusive and contradictory". The same scenario occurred with asbestos.
More info on Fluoride Issues From the Santa Rosa Junior college Campus Wide Information System.
The Fluoride Deception unearths one of the great secret narratives of our age, how a grim workplace poison and the most damaging environmental pollutant of the Cold War was added to our drinking water and toothpaste. A chronicle of the abuse of power and of the manufacture of state sponsored medical propaganda, the book reveals how military and industry scientists and public health officials buried information about fluoride's potential for human harm, while promoting its use in dentistry. The book documents how a secretive group of powerful industries, who all faced extensive litigation for fluoride pollution, collaborated with officials from the National Institutes of Dental Research, laundering fluoride's public image, and helping industry off the hook.
"I have a 7 month old baby boy who had been diagnosed with eczema quite some time ago. He suffered from it behind the ears, hairline and mainly cheeks. I tried everything to help him get rid of it. While I was on the allergy onelist group, I was told about flouride and it's problems. I NEVER would have dreamed that this was the problem. Sure enough, after eliminating tap water (which has flouride in it, in my city anyhow), and replacing that tap water with steam distilled water, his eczema is GONE! I am so surprised and very happy some one told me about this as I would have never associated the two.? It worked for me and it's worth a try for your child. The distilled water is used for drinking, and I use it to make his formula. As for bathing, I rarely bathe my son (doctor's orders because his skin is so sensitive)- I use regular tap water when I do and afterwards apply a lotion all over his body to seal in the moisture. Even his constant nasal congestion has cleared since using the distilled water, also my allergies have subsided as I now too drink that water. I am very happy with the results!!!! Rose"
Over the past several years, numerous fluoride-containing medications have been pulled off the market for causing deaths and illness. Fluoride is "highly toxic to the liver," expert Andreas Schuld of Vancouver, BC Canada said. Schuld, head of Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children, explained that "In the liver all fluorides interfere with the metabolism of thyroid hormones, creating thyroid disorders and associated diseases, such as muscle diseases ….heart disease, etc." Other effects can include a serious muscle disease that causes pain and weakness. He cited the recent withdrawal of Baycol, a cholesterol-lowering drug taken by 700,000 Americans, as an example of hidden fluoride-induced dangers that could be lurking in your medications. Baycol, Schuld said, has been linked to 31 U.S. deaths, with at least nine other fatalities worldwide.
CIPRO is ciprofloxacin, a fluorinated quinolone, belonging to a class of fluorinated antibiotics which also include enoxacin, temafloxacin, grepafloxacin, norfloxacin, sparfloxacin, tosufloxacin, fleroxacin, lomefloxacin, ofloxacin, etc.
September 4, 2000 - Sen. Bob Smith (R-N.H.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works committee, has asked EPA to review its standard for fluoride in drinking water because of some recent scientific reports showing potential adverse effects from fluoride exposure. In a letter to J. Charles Fox, EPA assistant administrator for water, Smith wrote, "I urge EPA to conduct an in-depth analysis of fluoride in drinking water based on the best available, peer-reviewed science, as required by the [Safe Drinking Water act Amendments of 1996 (SDWA)], and also to evaluate whether fluoride additives, including fluorosilicates, provide a safe alternative to sodium fluoride added to drinking water." Smith, Bob (R) email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, has written to EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner asking 20 questions about EPA's standard of 4 mg per L for fluoride in drinking water. Fluoride is now added to the drinking water supplied to about 50% of the U.S. Population. SDWA requires EPA to review drinking water standards between August 2000 and August 2002 Write Your Representative --- U.S. Senators' Email Addresses
October 26, 2000 Assemblyman John V. Kelly (R-36) today petitioned FDA Commissioner Jane Henney to take regulatory action against children's fluoride supplements. The products, drops and tablets, are prescribed for children living in areas with non-fluoridated water to reduce dental caries.
Exerpt from The Health Action Network Society's website
Crippling By Fluoride: A Global Problem "Millions Effected," Says Noted Scientist From India
"Endemic skeletal fluorosis" blackens and wakens the teeth, permanently curves the spine and cripples both children and adults. A 35 year old suffering this disease may appear to be 80! This was one of the topics discussed at the 19th conference of The International Society for Fluoride Research [ISFR] in Kyoto, Japan, September 8 - 11, 1992.
The conference, hosted by Osaka Medical College was attended by researchers from around the world. Dr. S.P.S. Teotia from LLRM Medical College, Meerut, India has studied this problem for thirty years. Speaking at the conference Dr. Teotia stated that "endemic fluorosis is a global challenge". In his study of 150,000 villages in India from 1963-1990, he discovered that "the continuous uptake of less than 2.5 MG of fluoride per day for more than 6 months causes detectable x-ray changes of fluorosis." This should trouble all of us in countries that allow artificial fluoridation of water supplies as our total intake of fluoride may be higher than this from a combination of drinking fluoridated water, food prepared in fluoridated areas, fluoride dental products and atmospheric pollution.
Excerpt taken from The Health Action Network Society's website
Hosts International Fluoride Conference US Public Health Service and WHO in
Conflict with Scientists
The 20th Conference of the International Society for Fluoride Research [ISFR] was held September 5-9, in Beijing, Peoples' Republic of China. This was co-sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Health and the World Health organization [WHO]. The conference was the largest in the history of the Society. In attendance were 200 scientists from China and almost 100 from 15 other countries.
The main theme of the Conference was the wide range of serious health problems caused by wide-spread fluorosis in China. In the regions where endemic fluoride poisoning has been found, out of a total population of 100 million, 43 million have dental fluorosis and 2.4 million, skeletal fluorosis.
The sources of fluoride poisoning in China are multiple: high natural fluoride in drinking water supplies; atmospheric fluoride from burning coal for cooking, heating and power generation; and, fluoride in food such as corn, millet and wheat dried over coal fires.
The Chinese recognize that there is a continuum of adverse effects from fluoride poisoning: Chalk-like dental fluorosis [DF]; DF in which teeth are discolored; DF in which teeth are damaged; and, skeletal fluorosis that may result in severe crippling and deformity as well as paralysis.
Their studies show that bone changes occur early and accompany the three levels of dental fluorosis. Skeletal fluorosis is seen as the end result of fluoride poisoning. In Canada and the US, dental fluorosis is largely ignored and evidence of skeletal fluorosis is taken as an indicator of fluoride toxicity.
The following article excerpt exposes the biggest on-going medical experiment ever carried out by the United States Government on an unsuspecting population.
Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb
Since the days of World War II, when this nation prevailed by building the world's first atomic bomb, U.S. public health leaders have maintained that low doses of fluoride are safe for people, and good for children's teeth.
That safety verdict should now be re-examined in the light of hundreds of once-secret World War II documents obtained by Griffiths and Bryson -- including declassified papers of the Manhattan Project, the U.S. military group that built the atomic bomb.
Fluoride was the key chemical in atomic bomb production, according to the documents. Massive quantities of fluoride -- millions of tons -- were essential for the manufacture of bomb-grade uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons throughout the Cold War. One of the most toxic chemicals known, fluoride rapidly emerged as the leading chemical health hazard of the U.S. atomic bomb program -- both for workers and for nearby communities, the documents reveal.
The Truth About Mandatory
Several states have passed laws which mandate state-wide fluoridation. A common perception is that fluoridation has been proven to reduce caries rates in children, is without harmful risk, and is cost effective. The many who have not studied the fluoridation problem in depth are often unaware that the pro-fluoridation argument contains a heavy mix of political and economical pressures which seriously distort the scientific validity of these claims. Having extensively researched this subject for the past 25 years, I offer the following facts.
Please go to the main Fluoride Issues index file for A wealth of additional information) From the Santa Rosa Junior college Campus Wide Information System
and Fraud at the EPA - Truth suppressed by fraud and intimidation
The Big Lie has been maintained by outright fraud and the persecution of scientists attempting to speak the truth. In 1990, Dr. William Marcus, a senior scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was fired for exposing a coverup in a government study showing that fluoride causes cancer. In 1992, EPA ignored the union representing all 1200 scientists, lawyers and engineers at EPA's Headquarters, when the union provided evidence of scientific fraud in the development of the fluoride in drinking water standard.
How the truth is suppressed
Please go to the main Fluoride Issues index file for more info - From the Santa Rosa Junior college Campus Wide Information System.
· Fluorides have been used to modify behavior and mood of human beings. It is a little known fact that fluoride compounds were added to the drinking water of prisoners to keep them docile and inhibit questioning of authority, both in Nazi prison camps in World War II and in the Soviet gulags in Siberia.
· Fluorides have little or no effect on decay prevention in humans. In 1990 Dr. John Colquhoun was forced into early requirement in New Zealand after he conducted a study on 60,000 school children and found no difference in tooth decay between fluoridated and unfluoridated areas. He additionally found that a substantial number of children in fluoridated areas suffered from dental fluorosis. He made the study public.
· "Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century" Robert Carlton, Ph. D., former U. S. EPA scientist on "Marketplace" Canadian Broadcast Company, Nov. 24, 1992 Get more facts...
Visit the Fluoride Stop Website for FAQ and a wealth of additional information about the devastating health effects of fluoride/flouride and read about Scientific Facts on the Biological Effects of Fluorides
National call for a full Congressional hearing and copies of the Committee on Science investigative letters can also be viewed and downloaded at Citizens for Health web site
Fluoride Action Network An International Coalition to End Water Fluoridation and Alert People to Fluoride's Health and Environmental Risks
View list of Esteemed Voices have, for 50 years, warned the American public that water fluoridation has dangerous long-term consequences to health.
Fluoride: Drinking Ourselves to Death Barry Grove's book, Fluoride: Drinking Ourselves to Death, exposes the "science" that has successfully promoted water fluoridation for what it is: bluff, propaganda, and lies. Fluoride is a poison--more poisonous than lead, slightly less poisonous than arsenic. It is cumulative and collects in bones and tissues, not just the teeth. Numerous studies done on animals point out the obvious dangers. Other studies have shown increased rates of cancer, osteoporosis, and other diseases. Dr. Albert Schatz, who discovered the antibiotic streptomycin, said in 1982 that "fluoridation is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated." Yet other studies of tens of thousands of children show that it isn't even effective at preventing cavities and is an extremely poor delivery system even if it were effective. Like it or not, your government sometimes lies to you. Groves points out the fact that fluoridation is nothing more or less than a huge government-sponsored lie, conveniently spun so that the super-phosphate industry can rid itself of harmful toxic waste that is illegal and dangerous to release into the air but suddenly becomes a magical "elixir of good teeth" when added to our drinking water.
Arguments Against Water Fluoridation from the National Academy of Sciences
Three Reasons Why Those Who Supported the Use of Fluoride Say No to Fluoridation Today
1. Total fluoride exposure. The fluoridation goal of delivering 1 mg (milligram) of fluoride to a child per day has already been reached, and exceeded, even in non fluoridated communities. Explanation:
The total dosage goal of 1 mg of free-fluoride ion/day for a child was adopted in the early 1940's when there was little or no other source of exposure.
The 1 mg of free-fluoride ion was to be placed in 1 liter of water, as that was the amount that a child was assumed to drink per day (The very reason for using the public water was the assumption that it would be the child's only access to fluoride). Placing 1 mg into a liter created an equivalent concentration of 1 ppm (part per million). Promoters have since incorrectly identified the 1 ppm concentration as the goal, rather than the 1 mg dosage.
2 mg per day was considered by all, including promoters, to be excessive, as it caused an unacceptable risk for dental fluorosis (the visible display of fluoride poisoning the specialized cells that make the enamel, resulting in white opaque spots, brown stains, mottling and fracture-prone teeth); thus many scientists protested that there was not an adequate margin of safety. Despite their protests, 1 mg/L was chosen as the "optimal" concentration, and a temperature adjusted 2 mg/L, or 2 ppm, was chosen for the Maximum Contaminant Level for fluoride concentration in the water.
Independent laboratory analysis now shows that fluoride is in most cola and fruit juices at concentrations of 1 ppm and up; in well known cereals at 2 to 10 times the concentration intended for our water; in products using white grape juice as sweetener or in children's juices at 3 to 7 ppm; and, because of fluoride-based pesticide residue, on lettuce at 180 ppm and raisins (that we know no child is going to scrub) at 55 ppm.
U.S. Public Health Service documents show that even in 1991, non fluoridated communities were already receiving equal to and more than the targeted fluoride dosage of 1 mg per day. Fluoridated communities were receiving an estimated 3 to 7 times the "optimal" goal.
Result: in 1986-87, 29.9 % of all children in so-called "optimally" fluoridated communities displayed the permanent visible signs that they have been overdosed (dental fluorosis). (1986-87 survey, National Institute of Dental Research)
2. Adding fluoride to the water to achieve the so-called "optimal" concentration mass medicates at a higher level than any doctor in the country following the current recommendations for care can prescribe. Explanation:
Although promoters of fluoridation often insinuate that children are deficient in fluoride, 98% of Europe and our own continent's professional associations have seen that adverse effects have gotten out of hand and have advised their professionals to adjust for uncontrolled exposure.
In 1995, the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs and the American Academy of Pediatrics, while segments of these same trade associations simultaneously continued to lobby for fluoridation, created new policy recommendations for controlled-dose supplementation, which are intended to be the substitute for fluoridated water in non fluoridated communities.
The new schedules indicate that mass medication, at the claimed "optimal" level of fluoridation, grossly exceeds the dosage that a qualified professional could prescribe, even after the professional's individual evaluation of a child for growth and development, weight, total exposure to fluoride from all sources, and individual susceptibility.
According to these new recommendations infants are to receive no additional fluoride, no matter what the fluoride level in the water; and it is not until a child reaches the age of 6 that the new prescription recommendations ever reach the excessive dosage that is thrust upon a child that consumes fluoridated tap water.
The Canadian Dental Association went even further, stating that fluoride's effect on caries is topical, rather than systemic, and recommended that if a child brushes his/her teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste that they should have no further exposure to fluoride even in a non fluoridated community.
"The level of fluoride incorporated into dental mineral by systemic ingestion is insufficient to play a significant role in caries prevention." (Featherstone JD. Prevention and reversal of dental caries: role of low level fluoride. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 1999;27:31-40.
3. The hazardous waste substances used in 90% of fluoridation have never been tested, either alone in distilled water, or in combination with other chemicals and contaminants found in tap water. Explanation:
The most common substances now used for fluoridation are hydrofluosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride, which are waste products that are captured in scrubber systems of the phosphate fertilizer industry. The resulting toxic waste can not be diluted by 1 million or even 3 million or 10 million to 1 and dumped in the ocean or river or landfill, nor allowed to escape into the air because it would kill all the plants and animals and people. And it can't be given away because it would still be classified as a Class I toxic waste and have to be neutralized at the highest rated hazardous waste facility at a cost of $1.40 per gallon, or more depending on how much cadmium, lead, uranium, and arsenic are also present.
But, if destined for a water district that will pay $0.35 to $0.45 per gallon for transportation, the 23% solution in industrial waste water is magically pronounced benign and shipped, untreated, to be mixed into our water.
If it was not a hazardous waste, it could have been added to salt or some other universally accessible food source, just like iodine is, more than fifty years ago. Each of us would then be free to choose for ourselves.
tap water linked to birth defects
Matthew Silver, MD - "An associate in her early fifties who had suffered for many years from the toxic effects of chlorine poisoning from inhaling vapors from an over-chlorinated swimming pool. This had resulted in many severe health challenges including extreme chronic fatigue and breathing difficulty that kept her housebound and dependent on oxygen. Even minimal exertion led to extreme shortness of breath. After just three days of drinking lycium (go-ji) juice, she reported that all of her symptoms improved dramatically and that she was able to leave her house without oxygen and work in her garden, which she had not been able to do in years." The sugars found on all glyconutrients/saccharides also address the workings of the brain and nervous system – from memory and sleep to anxiety and depression.