At long last, there’s a call among professionals to put an end to fluoridation in tap water in the U.S. — that’s the water that comes out of your kitchen tap, bath and other water in your home.
As most people know, most of the tap water in the United States purposefully contains fluoride, which was supposed to help with tooth decay. However, decades later (and, one imagines, after long battles), it was found that fluoride in tap water can have serious health risks.
An article at FluorideAlert.org displays a number of pictures showing effects of dental fluorosis on teeth — and dental fluorosis is defined on that page:
"Dental fluorosis is an irreversible condition caused by excessive ingestion of fluoride during the tooth forming years. It is the first visible sign that a child has been overexposed to fluoride."
That page also quotes Dr. Arvid Carlsson (a Nobel Prize Laureate in Medicine and Physiology), who had this to say about fluoridation seven years ago:
"It is a toxic effect and a cosmetic effect. These are not mutually exclusive. It’s toxic and it’s cosmetic."
– Dr. Arvid Carlsson, Nobel Prize Laureate in Medicine/Physiology (2000).
The good albeit belated news comes via Medical News Today in End Fluoridation, Say 500 Physicians, Dentists, Scientists And Environmentalists published August 10, 2007:
In a statement released recently, over 600 professionals are 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. (fluorideaction.org/statement.august.2007.html)
Signers include a Nobel Prize winner, three members of the prestigious 2006 National Research Council (NRC) panel that reported on fluoride’s toxicology, two 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.
Toxicology, of course, is “The study of the nature, effects, and detection of poisons and the treatment of poisoning.” [Answers.com]
Unfortunately, as seems to happen with issues like this, there’s more. From the above Medical News Today article:
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 silicofluoride chemicals used for fluoridation are contaminated industrial waste and have never been FDA- approved for human ingestion.
Pretty strong stuff. Given that fluoride is imposed on us by the water in our homes, that means fluoride is in plenty of things; I can’t think of a reason why any of us need fluoridated drinking water, pasta or hair.
What can you do?
- Purify your water. Even if you can’t set up a whole-house water filtration system, you can filter your water. We’ve been purifying our water for years, starting with distillation and now a multiple-filter reverse osmosis machine.
- Get the news out. All the professionals are asking for is a cessation of fluoridation in tap water "until Congressional hearings are conducted". So it’s up to Congress to do the right thing.
Sorry to the companies who are profiting from the fluoridation of U.S. tap water, but it’s time to do the right thing.
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