Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Gov't Lies About Tooth Loss and Fluoride Benefit

About one-third of children and adolescents had enamel fluorosis of their teeth, admits the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in their 8/25/05 press release (1) which claimed a reduction in tooth decay. Fluorosis is the only outward sign of fluoride overdose or toxicity.
The press release puts a spin on the non-peer reviewed "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" (MMWR) which actually shows an increase in tooth decay in younger populations. Since tooth decay in primary teeth is the only proven indicator of tooth decay in permanent teeth, the future looks bleak for America's oral health, despite indications of fluoride abundance.
This is what the report shows when the "questionable" category of fluorosis is included:

40% of 6-11-year-olds have fluorosis
49% of 12-15 year-olds have fluorosis
42% of 16-19-year-olds have fluorosis
America is experiencing a tooth decay epidemic, according to the U.S. Surgeon General at the same time the gov't tells us American children are fluoride overdosed. How is that possible?
The CDC's press release entitled, “New Report Finds Improvements in Oral Health of Americans,” obviously was not fact-checked by most reporters, because U.S. oral health is decaying, according to CDC’s own statistics.
Toothlessness went up from 2002 to 2004 (2,3,) and cavities experience got worse in two - four-year-olds (4).
The CDC’s MMWR report also tells us that dental fluorosis occurs more often in black children who also have higher rates of tooth decay.
If the people ingesting the most fluoride have the most cavities, what is that saying? This either means fluoride isn’t reducing tooth decay or maybe fluoride actually is causing tooth decay. In any event, it’s clearly not working in the black population.
Tooth decay rates went down since its inception in 1945 because diets improved and foods were fortified. Now that diets are decaying; so are teeth.
Tooth decay crises are occurring in most, if not all, fluoridated U.S. Cities. (5)
In fact, tooth decay is the new “racism,” according to best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell (Blink, The Tipping Point) who writes in the New Yorker that rotted teeth are the single most common complaint of America’s uninsured which keeps them in bad health, bad jobs, eating bad diets and generally keeps them down. (6) 108 million Americans lack dental insurance.
Meanwhile, dentists make much more money than physicians while working fewer days and, fewer hours (7) and refusing to treat low-income people whom they claim to care about when they endorse, instigate and promote water fluoridation.
I join the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Employees Unions asking for a moratorium on water fluoridation.
If you agree, please sign the petition supporting 11 EPA Unions, representing 7,000 EPA employees including scientists, toxicologists and other health professionals, in asking Congress to stop fluoridation until further study shows fluoridation’s benefits are worth the expense and risks.
1) U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Office of Communication, “New Report Finds Improvements in Oral Health of Americans,” 8/25/05
4) Oral Health Progress Review 3/17/04

6) The New Yorker, ”The Moral Hazard Myth - The bad idea behind our failed health-care system.” by Malcolm Gladwell

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