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Monday, February 18, 2013

Avoid Fluoride!

From kidney damage to drops in IQ scores, the research is piling up like mad that Fluoride is not helping, but actually contributing to our mounting health issues here in the US.

FLuoride Action Network- 50 reason to OPPOSE Fluoride

Here are a few I cut and copied:
Fluoridation is a bad medical practice

1) Fluoride is the only chemical added to water for the purpose of medical treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies fluoride as a drug when used to prevent or mitigate disease (FDA 2000). As a matter of basic logic, adding fluoride to water for the sole purpose of preventing tooth decay (a non-waterborne disease) is a form of medical treatment. All other water treatment chemicals are added to improve the water’s quality or safety, which fluoride does not do.

2) Fluoridation is unethical. Informed consent is standard practice for all medication, and one of the key reasons why most of Western Europe has ruled against fluoridation. With water fluoridation we are allowing governments to do to whole communities (forcing people to take a medicine irrespective of their consent) what individual doctors cannot do to individual patients.

Put another way: Does a voter have the right to require that their neighbor ingest a certain medication (even if it is against that neighbor’s will)?

3) The dose cannot be controlled. Once fluoride is put in the water it is impossible to control the dose each individual receives because people drink different amounts of water. Being able to control the dose a patient receives is critical. Some people (e.g., manual laborers, athletes, diabetics, and people with kidney disease) drink substantially more water than others.

4) The fluoride goes to everyone regardless of age, health or vulnerability. According to Dr. Arvid Carlsson, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Physiology and one of the scientists who helped keep fluoridation out of Sweden:

“Water fluoridation goes against leading principles of pharmacotherapy, which is progressing from a stereotyped medication — of the type 1 tablet 3 times a day — to a much more individualized therapy as regards both dosage and selection of drugs. The addition of drugs to the drinking water means exactly the opposite of an individualized therapy” (Carlsson 1978).

5) People now receive fluoride from many other sources besides water. Fluoridated water is not the only way people are exposed to fluoride. Other sources of fluoride include food and beverages processed with fluoridated water (Kiritsy 1996; Heilman 1999), fluoridated dental products (Bentley 1999; Levy 1999), mechanically deboned meat (Fein 2001), tea (Levy 1999), and pesticide residues (e.g., from cryolite) on food (Stannard 1991; Burgstahler 1997). It is now widely acknowledged that exposure to non-water sources of fluoride has significantly increased since the water fluoridation program first began (NRC 2006).

6) Fluoride is not an essential nutrient. No disease, not even tooth decay, is caused by a “fluoride deficiency.”(NRC 1993; Institute of Medicine 1997, NRC 2006). Not a single biological process has been shown to require fluoride. On the contrary there is extensive evidence that fluoride can interfere with many important biological processes. Fluoride interferes with numerous enzymes (Waldbott 1978). In combination with aluminum, fluoride interferes with G-proteins (Bigay 1985, 1987). Such interactions give aluminum-fluoride complexes the potential to interfere with signals from growth factors, hormones and neurotransmitters (Strunecka & Patocka 1999; Li 2003). More and more studies indicate that fluoride can interfere with biochemistry in fundamental ways (Barbier 2010).

7) The level in mothers’ milk is very low. Considering reason #6 it is perhaps not surprising that the level of fluoride in mother’s milk is remarkably low (0.004 ppm, NRC, 2006). This means that a bottle-fed baby consuming fluoridated water (0.6 – 1.2 ppm) can get up to 300 times more fluoride than a breast-fed baby. There are no benefits (see reasons #11-19), only risks (see reasons #21-36), for infants ingesting this heightened level of fluoride at such an early age (an age where susceptibility to environmental toxins is particularly high).

8 ) Fluoride accumulates in the body. Healthy adult kidneys excrete 50 to 60% of the fluoride ingested each day (Marier & Rose 1971). The remainder accumulates in the body, largely in calcifying tissues such as the bones and pineal gland (Luke 1997, 2001). Infants and children excrete less fluoride from their kidneys and take up to 80% of ingested fluoride into their bones (Ekstrand 1994). The fluoride concentration in bone steadily increases over a lifetime (NRC 2006).

9) No health agency in fluoridated countries is monitoring fluoride exposure or side effects. No regular measurements are being made of the levels of fluoride in urine, blood, bones, hair, or nails of either the general population or sensitive subparts of the population (e.g., individuals with kidney disease).

10) There has never been a single randomized clinical trial to demonstrate fluoridation’s effectiveness or safety. Despite the fact that fluoride has been added to community water supplies for over 60 years, “there have been no randomized trials of water fluoridation” (Cheng 2007). Randomized studies are the standard method for determining the safety and effectiveness of any purportedly beneficial medical treatment. In 2000, the British Government’s “York Review” could not give a single fluoridation trial a Grade A classification – despite 50 years of research (McDonagh 2000). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to classify fluoride as an “unapproved new drug.”

Swallowing fluoride provides no (or very little) benefit

11) Benefit is topical not systemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 1999, 2001) has now acknowledged that the mechanism of fluoride’s benefits are mainly topical, not systemic. There is no need whatsoever, therefore, to swallow fluoride to protect teeth. Since the purported benefit of fluoride is topical, and the risks are systemic, it makes more sense to deliver the fluoride directly to the tooth in the form of toothpaste. Since swallowing fluoride is unnecessary, and potentially dangerous, there is no justification for forcing people (against their will) to ingest fluoride through their water supply.

I really recommend you finish reading all 50. Or google about fluoride- The US is aware that this stuff is no good and that it may cause harm, yet they have continued to encourage adding fluoride to our water. INSANE. Bottled water for cooking and drinking. When buying bottled water, do a little research first- find out what is in that bottle!

97 percent of Western Europeans DO NOT consume Fluoride in their food and water.

In Europe, only Ireland (73%), Poland (1%), Serbia (3%), Spain (11%), and the U.K. (11%) fluoridate any of their water. Most developed countries, including Japan and 97% of the western European population, do not consume fluoridated water.

In the U.S., about 70% of public water supplies are fluoridated. This equates to approximately 185 million people, which is over half the number of people drinking artificially fluoridated water worldwide. Some countries have areas with high natural fluoride levels in the water. These include India, China and parts of Africa. In these countries measures are being taken to remove the fluoride because of the health problems that fluoride can cause.


Acute Toxicity:

Minimum Lethal Dose (5 mg/kg)
Minimum Dose that Produces Acute Toxicity (0.1-0.3 mg/kg)
Causes of
Acute Toxicity
Fluoride toothpastes
Fluoride gels
Water fluoridation accidents

Fluoride & Arthritis
Fluoride & Osteoarthritis
Fluoride & Rheumatoid Arthritis
Fluoride & Repetitive Stress
Fluoride’s differential effect on bone density (trabecular vs. cortical bone)
Epidemiology: Fluoride in water & bone density
The “Iowa Fluoride Study”
Relationship between fluoride, bone density, and bone strength
Bone Mineralization
Fluoride increases osteoid content of bone
Fluoride & osteomalacia
Fluoride & rickets
Fluoride exposure increases calcium requirement
Bone Fluorosis
The Misdiagnosis Problem
Skeletal fluorosis & individual variability
Factors which increase risk for skeletal fluorosis
Exposure pathways linked to skeletal fluorosis
Estimated threshold doses for skeletal fluorosis
Skeletal fluorosis in India & China
Skeletal fluorosis in the U.S.
“Pre-skeletal” fluorosis
X-ray diagnosis of skeletal fluorosis
Variability in radiographic variability of skeletal fluorosis
Fluorosis & Spondylosis/Spondylitis
Fluorosis & DISH (Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis)
Fluorosis & Spinal Stenosis
Fluorosis & Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Fluorosis & Osteopetrosis
Bone Fracture
Mechanisms by which fluoride can reduce bone strength
Clinical Trials / Fracture Rates
Animal Studies / Bone Strength
In vitro studies / Bone Strength
Epidemiology: Fluoride in Water & Bone Fracture
Fluoride reduces bone strength prior to onset of skeletal fluorosis
Skeletal fluorosis & Bone fracture
Bone Cells
Fluoride & osteoblasts
Fluoride & osteocytes
Fluoride & osteoclasts

Human Studies
Fluoride & IQ: 33 Studies
Fluoride’s neurobehavioral effects
Fluoride’s effect on fetal brain
Animal Studies
Fluoride’s effect on learning/memory
Fluoride’s effect on brain cells/tissue

In vitro studies
In vivo studies
Indiana’s Oral Health Research Institute’s Studies
NTP’s Bioassay (1990)
Overview of NTP Bioassay
Liver cancer (hepatocholangiocarcinoma) findings
Human Epidemiological Studies
Fluoride & Osteosarcoma: A Timeline
A critique of Gelberg’s study on fluoride/osteosarcoma in New York
Fluoride & Bladder/Lung Cancer
Biological plausibility of fluoride/osteosarcoma link
Cardiovascular system

Fluoride & Cardiovascular Disease: An Overview
Fluoride, Blood Pressure & Hypertension
Fluoride & Arterial Calcification
Fluoride & Arteriosclerosis
Fluoride & Electrocardiogram Abnormalities
Fluoride & Myocardial Damage
Endocrine Function

Glucose Metabolism
Fluoride & Impaired Glucose Metabolism
Fluoride & Insulin
Fluoride Sensitivity Among Diabetics
National Research Council’s Summary (2006)
Pineal Gland
Luke (2001): Fluoride accumulation in human pineal gland
Luke (1997): Fluoride’s effect on pineal function in gerbils
Thyroid Gland
Fluoride Aggravates Iodine Deficiency
Fluoride Aggravates Iodine Excess
Fluoride & Goitre
Fluoride & Thyroid Hormones
NRC’s (2006) Review of Fluoride/Thyroid
Parathyroid Gland
Fluorosis & Secondary Hyperparathyroidism

Acute Toxicity
Gastric symptoms: Early sign of acute fluoride toxicity
Clinical Trials
Fluoride-induced damage to gastric mucosa
Gastric symptoms: common side effect
Fluorosis patients
Gastric symptoms: common side effect

Fluoride’s Effect on Kidney Patients
Kidney patients at increased risk of fluoride poisoning
Health authorities are ignoring the risk
Similarities between skeletal fluorosis & renal osteodystrophy
Fluoridation, dialysis, & osteomalacia
Fluoride’s Effect on Kidney
Kidneys are exposed to high concentrations of fluoride
Fluoride as a cause of kidney disease in humans
Fluoride as a cause of kidney disease in animals
Fluoride & Kidney Stones
Reproductive System

Male Fertility
Human studies
Animal studies
In vitro studies
The Sprando/Collins Anomaly

Caries (Syntheses)
Fluoride’s Topical vs. Systemic effect
Tooth decay trends in F vs. NF countries
Tooth decay rates in F vs. NF communities
Fluoridation & “baby bottle tooth decay”
Water fluoridation, tooth decay, & poverty
Studies on tooth decay rates after fluoridation was stopped
Caries (Specific Studies)
The “Iowa Fluoride Study” (1990s-Present Day)
Armfield & Spencer (2004)
National Institute of Dental Research (1986-87)
Dental Fluorosis
Dental fluorosis rates in the U.S.: 1950-2004
Racial disparities in dental fluorosis rates
Dental fluorosis: The “Cosmetic Factor”
Severe Fluorosis: Perception & Psychological Impact
“Mild” Fluorosis: Perception & Psychological Impact
Moderate/Severe Fluorosis: Impact on Tooth Quality
Dental Fluorosis’s impact on enamel (“Hypo-mineralization”)
Dental fluorosis impacts dentin in addition to enamel
Mechanisms by which fluoride causes dental fluorosis
Diagnostic criteria for dental fluorosis: Dean Index
Diagnostic criteria for dental fluorosis: TF Index
Diagnostic criteria for dental fluorosis: TSIF Index
Community Fluorosis Index (CFI)
Vulnerable Populations

Age groups:
Racial/Ethnic groups
African Americans
Populations with the Following Conditions:
Kidney Disease
Nutrient Deficiencies
Individuals with Fluoride Sensitivity
Topical Fluorides
Systemic Fluorides



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