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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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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10 Comments for "Professionals call to end fluoridation in U.S. tap water"

  1. Brad

    After many battles the public finally won and the City and Borough Assembly of Juneau Alaska voted 5-4 to stop adding fluoride to the municipal water system. Eager beaver medical professionals started an initiative to put the fluoride back in the water.

    To my shock – the public can put on a municipal ballot which medications should be distributed through the municipal water system.

    An even more shocking shocker, in green town USA, Juneau Alaska, home of the Clean Water protection agency Southeast Alaska Conservation Council they are silent about putting a known toxic substance in the municipal water system yet are fighting the local mining company which is actually cleaning up natures less than pristine waters. Go figure – it must be getting close to the fall silly season.

  2. Diane Vigil

    That is amazing, Brad, that it was voted out. Also amazing that medical professionals wanted it back in (although I’m wondering whether "amazing" is the right word; possibly "not surprising" would better fit). One wonders what they get out of it, if anything — but one has to wonder.

    It’s almost as if we all have to become chemists *and* sleuths in order to monitor what’s going on and what’s being put where.

    Unfortunately, our health and quality of life depend on it. But, luckily, people are much more in communication with each other than in decades past, partially due to the Internet — so it’s easier for us to find out what’s going on and to share information.

  3. Juli

    Please end fluoridization in the U.S. Let individuals decided weather or not to add floride to their water. Please do not make this choice for us.

  4. Diane Vigil

    I agree. I think it’s quite ridiculous to surmise that, if a substance (in this case, fluoride) might be good for a specific reason, then we should not only drink it but bathe in it too — year-round. And it’s beyond ridiculous to have this forced on us.

    Glad you’re adding your voice, Juli. And welcome to We Want Organic Food.

  5. Lynn Cameron

    I’d like to add my two cents’ worth here. Don’t forget that chlorine also added to sterilize water is toxic as well. Even though, as a gas it is meant to evaporate into harmlessness, when taking a hot bath or shower or hot tub in steamy chlorinated water, it’s evaporating right into your body and equal to drinking 8-10 glasses of water treated with the toxin. Lemon essential oil as well as many other EOs and even plain distilled vinegar do a good job at sanitizing making the use of this poison solely a position for economic gain.

  6. Diane Vigil

    Thanks, Lynn. You’re right, of course.

    Here in Los Angeles, you can smell the chlorine in the water. Unfortunately, the situation is not that we can’t easily filter our drinking water, but that it’s a bit more problematic with the tap water unless you’re willing to invest.

  7. Lynne

    I am now giving up any fluoridation treatments recommended (pushed) by my periodontist and dentist. I am using glycerin, baking soda, and OTC peroxide for dental treatments at home. I will be seeking out and using food-grade 35% peroxide which I will dilute at home to the safe 3% grade. I am on well water, and will use distilled water for any ingested diluted peroxide. I am in my forties, and I see no benefits from fluoride.

    Also, I have looked into what is called oil pulling which consists of swishing good oils (sesame, olive, canola, many others) in your mouth for at least three minutes, supposed to pull outbad things. What the oils do is dissolve much of the plaque/smother bad bacteria in your mouth. Pulls nothing out. However, you are a getting a great healthy dose of essential fatty acids by doing this. Swish for a few minutes, don’t swallow, and spit it out.

    I am keeping an eye on my skin tone, and have recently begun brushing w/glycerin and baking soda, one after the other. My mouth stays CLEAN, where as before I would have crusty teeth after about three hours (I like acidic drinks and sweets). And, I don’t believe that teeth can re-enamelize, that’s just to sell certain types of Sensitive Teeth toothpaste.

  8. Diane Vigil

    I know what you mean about fluoridation; I got kind of ill the last time my dentist insisted on using it. Enough of that!

    I haven’t tried swishing oils for cleanliness of the mouth. I wonder if the mouth then feels … oily? But dissolving plaque is a good thing — however, the glycerine and baking soda, individually, sound interesting.

    And welcome to We Want Organic Food!

  9. Lorraine

    Pls. I would like to have a petition done up and go as far as i can to have the fluoride removed. CAn u tell me what kind of support i would get. A movement, a revolution is what is needed. Can we keep in touch and get this going? I have a bunch of people that want to take this far. I also just found out the relations between Prozac and Fluoride. You don’t need to go to the dr. anymore (not that i would) to get your prescription, just drink the water. (eat your veggies that are grown with that water) this is discusting

  10. Diane Vigil

    Hi Lorraine. You could always start your own petition and promote it; I don’t know what kind of support you would get. What are you looking for?

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