Monday, September 07, 2020

Judge Rules Fluoride IS Neurotoxic in Fluoride Lawsuit

It is undisputed that fluoride can, at some level, be a neurological hazard said Judge Edward Chen in a federal lawsuit against the EPA on June 17, 2020. Chen held off his final ruling hoping the EPA would consider the new fluoride neurological evidence to lower safe water fluoride levels which was published since plaintiffs filed their first petition. The next trial date is December 10, 2020.

Federal Case No. 17-CV-02162-EMC, challenging water fluoridation safety, was brought by several environmental groups led by Food & Water Watch and the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) under provisions in the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).  Plaintiffs argue that fluoride's neurotoxic harm to children presents an unreasonable risk and should not be added to water supplies, effectively ending artificial water fluoridation.

Representatives for EPA, CDC and FDA could not provide, in their testimony, any scientific studies showing fluoridation is safe. All agreed fluoride has no benefits prenatally 

Unnecessary artificial fluoride chemicals are added to US water supplies in a failed attempt to reduce tooth decay in tap water drinkers.

The Judge also awaits the final report from the National Toxicology Program which reported, in draft form,  that "Fluoride is presumed to be a cognitive neurodevelopmental hazard to humans"

EPA admits that fluoride is a chemical with "Substantial Evidence of Developmental Neurotoxicity," but is haggling over the exact levels while our children pose as lab rats in this ongoing experiment.

At EPA's request, the National Research Council (NRC) reviewed fluoride toxicology data to conclude in 2006, "fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain." NRC advised EPA to reduce fluoride contaminant levels allowed in public drinking water supplies to protect health; but they didn't.  Since NRC's review, hundreds more fluoride/brain studies were published. Several members of the NRC fluoride panel believe water fluoride levels should be as close to zero as possible.

EPA's current safe water fluoride contaminant levels protect against  bone and teeth damage; but fail to consider fluoride's proven neurological effects.
As of May 2020, there are 74 fluoride-IQ studies - 66 found a lower IQ among children with higher fluoride exposure.  There is now very strong evidence that fluoride damages both the fetal and infant brain at the levels used to artificially fluoridate water. Over 400 animal, cell and human studies link fluoride to neurological effects.
Instead of government officials tasked with promoting fluoridation and vouching for its safety, EPA hired employees from the consulting firm, Exponent Inc., to testify in court. Some call Exponent a "Science for Hire" firm.

Fluoridation-promoting government and dental agencies provide no proof of safety regarding fluoride's effects to the nervous system.  

Fluoride is NOT a nutrient or essential for healthy teeth as it was mistakingly assumed to be when fluoridation was introduced in 1945, meaning that consuming a fluoride-free diet will NOT cause tooth decay. Ending water fluoridation will not cause harm; but continuing it will.

The experts who testified for plaintiffs include:

A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Phillipe Grandjean is on the faculty of Harvard University and the University of Southern Denmark. He’s received multiple awards throughout his long career for his research on the effects of environmental toxins affecting children and has also been recognized for his advocacy in protecting future generations from the effects of neuro- and developmental toxins.

Dr. Howard Hu, from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, has led international research teams investigating the environmental, nutritional, social, and epi/genetic causes of chronic disease and impaired child development in the USA, Mexico, India, China, and elsewhere around the world.
Dr. Lanphear is on the faculty at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, where his research focuses on preventing common diseases and disabilities in children, as well as quantifying the impact of risk factors to children’s health including exposures to heavy metals and chemicals.
Kathleen M. Thiessen, Ph.D. is a risk assessment scientist at Oak Ridge Center for Risk Analysis in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. For more than 30 years, she has been involved in the evaluation of exposures, doses, and risks to human health from trace levels of contaminants in the environment, including fluoride, and in the use of uncertainty analysis for environmental and health risk assessment

Dr. Hu advises pregnant women and infants to avoid fluoride ingestion to assure normal brain development (Journal of Pediatrics “Current Best Evidence,” July 2020)

He wrote, "Fluoride is not essential for growth and development, a cautious step could be avoidance of fluoridated products and water by women during pregnancy and by infants during the first 6 months of life."

JAMA Pediatrics Journal editor Dimitri Christakis, MD, agrees. “I would advise them [pregnant women] to drink bottled water or filtered water because it is not a particularly odious thing to do and actually does reduce the risk,” in a discussion of the JAMA Pediatrics fluoride/IQ study.

Philippe Grandjean, MD, also testified in the fluoride trial. He concluded in a recent review 

"… there is little doubt that developmental neurotoxicity is a serious risk associated with elevated fluoride exposure, whether due to community water fluoridation, natural fluoride release from soil minerals, or tea consumption, especially when the exposure occurs during early development."

Fluoridation was declared safe for 75 years. “Yet, studies conducted in North America examining the safety of fluoride exposure in pregnancy were nonexistent,” write Till and Green in “Controversy: The evolving science of fluoride: when new evidence doesn’t conform with existing beliefs.” Till and Green both advise pregnant women to avoid fluoride.

"It's time to protect children's developing brains" from fluoride writes Linda Birnbaum, PhD, who is Scientist Emeritus and Former Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Birnbaum, who is internationally recognized for her work on the toxicity of flame retardants and other chemicals, was the Director of the National Toxicology Program when the report on fluoride began.  

EPA scientists, in a recent research paper, write "Fluoride was observed to have the greatest increase in impacting cognitive ability and it is often reported to affect memory and cause cognitive deficits."  (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, July 2020) 

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