Fluoride in our Water
In the last two weeks more than 600 professionals have urged 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.
Supporters 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.
Dr. Arvid Carlsson, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine, says, "Fluoridation is against all principles of modern pharmacology." Paul Connett, PhD, Executive Director of the Fluoride Action Network, announced, "The NRC report dramatically changed scientific understanding of fluoride's health risks. Government officials who continue to promote fluoridation must testify under oath as to why they are ignoring the powerful evidence of harm.”
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.
But fluoride isn't just added to our water. It's also added to almost all of the toothpaste we buy. Take a moment and look at your toothpaste label. If it's got fluoride in it, it will advise you to call a poison control center immediately if swallowed.
The CDC's own website cites concentrations of 1000-1500 parts per million – way past those in water! And many people brush with toothpaste 2-3 times a day.
And yet, fluoride still has its advocates such as Dr. Poki Namkung, the health officer for Santa Cruz County. According to Dr. Namkung, “Opponents [of fluoride] routinely misquote scientific studies, take comments out of context and misinterpret the results.” That “may” indeed be true. But if so, it would merely be a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Make no mistake, fluoride's advocates, such as Dr. Namkung, absolutely misquote scientific studies, take comments out of context and misinterpret the results. (He really should read the NRC panel report on fluoride.) To paraphrase, Geena Davis in The Fly, when it comes to fluoride, “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”