Fluoridation, the addition of fluoride chemicals into public water supplies, began 68 years ago promising to eradicate tooth decay, lower dental bills, and put dentists out of business.
Instead, tooth decay rates and dental bills are rising, more dental professionals were created, more dental schools opened, both fluoridated dental products and tooth decay have become multi-billion dollar international industries. And fluoride-overdose, dental fluorosis, is the new epidemic facing America’s children, along with UNtreated tooth decay.
The following fluoride-related stories occurred in 2012 adding to the alarming body of evidence proving fluoridation is not safe, not effective and not wanted:
-- Wichita Kansas voters Rejected Fluoridation, 60% to 40% despite a well-funded, stealth lobbying campaign by fluoridationists.
-- Portland, Oregon residents halted the ill-advised, secretly-planned fluoridation mandate after collecting over 40,000 valid petition signatures in one month to force a May 2013 referendum instead (Portlanders defeated fluoridation in 2013)
-- Windsor, Ontario, Canada stopped 51 years of fluoridation. The number of people drinking fluoridated water in Canada has dropped by about 25% since 2008.
-- New Hampshire Passes First State-Wide Fluoride Warning Law “if your child under the age of 6 months is exclusively consuming infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated water, there may be an increased chance of dental fluorosis.”
-- Arsenic in fluoridation chemicals costs society $1 – 6 billion in medical
costs, according to research published in Environmental Science & Policy
-- Dr. Yolanda Whyte, a primary care pediatrician, explains why she no longer supports water fluoridation in this Fluoride Action Network (FAN) video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iu9HzaVbWQ
-- FluorideGate – An American Tragedy by David Kennedy, DDS - This new documentary exposes the scientific fraud behind the promotion of water fluoridation
-- "fluoridation rates were not significantly related to the measures of either caries or overall condition of the teeth for urban or rural areas." ((West Virginia University Rural Health Research Center, 2012 )
-- 37 studies link fluoride to reduced IQ in human populations. FAN located obtained, and — in many cases — translated these studies. FAN also identified dozens of other studies which correlate fluoride exposure with
impaired learning and memory, altered neurobehavioral function, fetal brain damage, and altered thyroid hormone levels.
-- Harvard researchers’ review of fluoride/brain studies “support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment.” (Environmental Health Perspectives). Co-author Grandjean says, “Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain.”
Fluoridationists continually misrepresent this research. So, Grandjean corrects them on his own blog, “Chemical brain drain should not be disregarded. The average IQ deficit in children exposed to increased levels of fluoride in drinking water was found to correspond to about 7 points – a sizable difference. To which extent this risk applies to fluoridation in Wichita or Portland or elsewhere is uncertain, but definitely deserves concern.”
-- Vandenberg et al. include sodium fluoride in a list of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) with low-dose effects. They noted the EDC action of sodium fluoride as: “Inhibits insulin secretion, PTH, TH.” [parathyroid hormone, thyroid hormone]
-- Crescent City, California stops fluoridation partially because no fluoridation chemical manufacturer or distributor could provide required safety studies. They join fluoridation-free Poughkeepsie, NY; Selmer, Tennessee and the Carroll-Boone Water District employees, Arkansas in asking for but failing to receive this necessary documentation.
-- “the average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth in 12-year-olds was higher in the United States than in 11 peer countries (and three nonpeer countries)” behind 13 countries that do not fluoridate public water supplies according to a National Research Report .
-- Dentists are trained to use politics and not science to promote water fluoridation, according to a Journal of the American Dental Association article. The authors write: "Studies of dentists' attitudes about water fluoridation suggest that a lack of knowledge and preparedness are barriers to discussing the topic ... more than one-half of the respondents believed they needed more information and training on the issue…Dentists’ lack of self-efficacy with respect to critically evaluating scientific literature may help to explain their reluctance to promote fluoridation”
-- Public Relations fluoridation-promoter strategist, Matt Jacob paid by the Pew Foundation, teaches fluoridationists to focus on teeth and not health. “Opponents are likely to win if the dialogue is trapped” on Harms and Risks, he says.
-- New York City Fluoridation Opposition Rally held by Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. on city hall steps. Local school children studied the issue and protest the continued addition of fluoride chemicals into their bodies via NYC’s water supply without their consent.
-- At least Four New Jersey County legislatures passed resolutions opposing NJ’s proposed but abandoned fluoridation mandate bill
“As the I-Team dug into the science behind the fluoride controversy, we found study after study dating back to the 80s from respected academic and scientific institutions that connect fluoride to health dangers.”
-- Exposure to fluoride suppresses the production of certain cells that resorb bone, and account for osteosclerosis, an increase in bone density, the major clinical manifestation of skeletal fluorosis, according to a report in the journal Fluoride (Vol. 45, No. 2, 2012)
-- Postmenopausal women drinking water with 2.0 parts per million fluoride suffered significantly greater oxidative stress on their bones than women drinking water in a village with a low amount of fluoride, researchers reported in the same issue of the journal Fluoride (pp. 108-115).
--- “Some infant foods/drinks, when reconstituted with fluoridated water, may result in a F intake in infants above the suggested optimum range and therefore may put infants at risk of developing dental fluorosis” Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology,
-- Captive New Zealand zoo frogs living in ponds of fluoridated water (0.94 ppm) suffered increased rates of bone disease, “consistent with skeletal fluorosis” and mortality according to published research
In 2012, the following joined hundreds of communities that stopped or rejected fluoridation:
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
Balsam Lake, Wisconsin
Pine Island, Florida
Romulus, New York
Pulaski, New York
Crescent City, California
Lake View, Iowa
Cassadaga and Lily Dale, New York
Santa Fe, New Mexico
North Liberty, Indiana
Albuquerque, New Mexico
West Manheim, Pennsylvania
Windsor, Ontario, (includes LaSalle and Tecumseh )
Kirkland Lake, Ontario
Bundaberg region, Queensland
North and South Burnett, Queensland
Fraser Coast, Queensland
Waipukurau, New Zealand
Curacao (The entire country)