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Re: “Oh, Secure Arkansas, where were you when I was struggling with science class in high school?

Science says fluoridation is ineffective, harmful and a waste of money

Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing

4,038 professionals (including 331 dentists and 518 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped citing scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluoridealert.org/professionals…

Eleven US EPA unions representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals are calling for a moratorium on fluoridation.

The CDC reports that 225 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2008. About 100 US and Canadian communities rejected fluoridation since 2008.

In Nebraska, 53 out of 66 towns voted not to fluoridate in 2008 and 2010, reports the PEW Foundation.

Tennessee, once 99% fluoridated, is now down in the low 90’s, according to the American Dental Association News.

In 2011 the following US cities stopped fluoridation: Holmen and Grantsburg, Wisconsin; Welsh, Louisiana; Mechanicsville, Iowa; Hartland, Marcellus and Mt. Clemens, MI; Fairbanks and Palmer, Alaska; Spring Hill, Lawrenceburg & Hohenwald, TN; Philomath, OR; Pottstown, PA; College Station and Lago Vista, Texas ; Spencer, Indiana; Naples, NY; Pinellas County and Tarpon, FL; Amesbury, MA and Yellow Springs, Ohio . In 2012: Myerstown, Pennsylavnia; ; Bolivar, Missouri

In Canada: Lake Shore, Ontario; Calgary, Slave Lake and Taber, Alberta; Flin Flon, Manitoba; Verchères, Québec; Lake Cowichan and Williams Lake, BC; Moncton and Dieppe, New Brunswick. In 2012: Amherstburg, Ontario.

Many cities are considering stopping fluoridation including New York City

Adverse health effects of fluoride http://www.FluorideAction.Net/health

Posted by nyscof on 02/16/2012 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Fluoride is coming back to Boone County

Health Officials Fail to Disclose Fluoride Cautions

New York – April 2011 -- In 1990, the New York State Department of Health (DoH) published a study, “Fluoride: Benefits and Risks of Exposure,” alerting officials that fluoride can be harmful to kidney patients, diabetics and those with fluoride hypersensitivity even at “optimal” levels.(1) But the advice went unheeded, research left undone and today’s claims of safety ring hollow.

Twelve million New Yorkers drink fluoridated water (8.4 million in NYC). As of January 2011, the NYS DoH’s website incorrectly claims that “water fluoridated at the optimum level poses no known health risks.” (2)

Kaminsky et. al report: "The available data suggest that some individuals may experience hypersensitivity to fluoride-containing agents” and " …individuals with renal insufficiency who consume large quantities of fluoridated water are at an increased risk of developing skeletal fluorosis.” Research in these two areas were advised but never conducted.

Further, dental fluorosis was reported in diabetics who consume large volumes of water containing 0.5 to 1.0 mg fluoride/liter, the latter equal to NYS’s fluoridated water supplies.

Malfunctioning kidneys may not adequately filter fluoride from the blood allowing toxic fluoride levels to build up in and damage bones. Symptoms of skeletal fluorosis include bone pain, tenderness and fractures, according to the EPA.(3)
The American Dental Association admits in its Fluoridation Facts booklet "decreased fluoride removal may occur among persons with severely impaired kidney function who may not be on kidney dialysis."
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) withdrew its fluoridation endorsement in 2007, with advice that “individuals with CKD [Chronic Kidney Disease] should be notified of the potential risk of fluoride exposure.”(4)

The landmark 2006 National Research Council fluoride report stated, “Early water fluoridation studies did not carefully assess changes in renal [kidney] function...Several investigators have shown that patients with impaired renal function, or on hemodialysis, tend to accumulate fluoride much more quickly than normal."

Bone changes in advanced kidney patients are similar to bone changes found in individuals with skeletal fluorosis, according to the Fluoride Action Network. This raises the possibility that some individuals with kidney disease are suffering from undiagnosed skeletal fluorosis.

“We know almost half of US kids are fluoride-overdosed as evidenced by their fluoride-discolored teeth, or dental fluorosis,” says attorney Paul Beeber, President, NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. “What has fluoride done to their bones, glands and organs known to collect fluoride? Are they fluoride-hypersensitive? Without such critical studies, claims that fluoridation is safe for everyone are unproven and groundless,” says Beeber.

Fluoride also absorbs through the skin from baths and is inhaled in showers.

Seven New York City Council Members are sponsoring legislation to stop fluoridation in New York City (5). NYC residents can lighten their toxic fluoride exposure by contacting Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Christine Quinn and their own Council Member to make sure they vote to stop the addition of fluoride chemicals into NYC’s water supply. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=252…


References:

More fluoride/kidney information here: http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/kidney…

1) Critical Reviews in Oral Biology & Medicine, “Fluoride: Benefits And Risks of Exposure,” by Kaminsky et. al

http://cro.sagepub.com/content/1/4/261.lon…

2) http://www.health.state.ny.us/prevention/d…

3) http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/ba…

4) http://www.kidney.org/atoz/pdf/Fluoride_In…

5) http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Legislatio…

Posted by nyscof on 04/22/2011 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Fluoride is coming back to Boone County

Civil Rights Leaders Call for Halt of Water Fluoridation

Because fluoride can disproportionately harm poor citizens and black families, Atlanta civil rights leaders, former UN Ambassador Andrew Young and Reverend Gerald Durley, PhD, have asked Georgia legislators to repeal the state’s mandatory water fluoridation law.

Ambassador Young and Dr. Durley expressed concerns about the fairness, safety, and full disclosure regarding fluoridation in letters to the state’s minority and majority legislative leaders. (1,2)

Fluoride chemicals, added to 96% of Georgia’s public drinking water supplies are meant to prevent tooth decay, especially in the poor. Yet, 61% of low-income Georgia third-graders have tooth decay compared to 51% from higher income families - and 33% and 20%, respectively, have untreated cavities showing a dire need for dental care. (3)

“We also have a cavity epidemic today in our inner cities that have been fluoridated for decades,” wrote Ambassador Young.

Studies show that despite fluoridation, tooth decay is higher in blacks (4) along with fluoride overexposure symptoms - dental fluorosis or discolored teeth.(5)

Dr. Durley wrote, “The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences has designated kidney patients, diabetics, seniors, and babies as ‘susceptible subpopulations’ that are especially vulnerable to harm from ingested fluorides. Black citizens are disproportionately affected by kidney disease and diabetes, and are therefore more impacted by fluorides.”(4)

Ambassador Young wrote, “I am most deeply concerned for poor families who have babies: if they cannot afford unfluoridated water for their babies’ milk formula, do their babies not count? Of course they do. This is an issue of fairness, civil rights, and compassion. We must find better ways to prevent cavities, such as helping those most at risk for cavities obtain access to the services of a dentist.”(5)

Dr. Durley's letter to the legislators also says, “I support the holding of Fluoridegate hearings at the state and national level so we can learn why we haven’t been openly told that fluorides build up in the body over time (and) why our government agencies haven’t told the black community openly that fluorides disproportionately harm black Americans…“
An American Association for Justice Newsletter for trial lawyers describes potential fluoride legal actions based on personal injury, consumer fraud, and civil rights harm.(6)

In a letter to their state’s Health Commissioner, a bipartisan group of Tennessee legislators expressed their concern about fluoridation’s undesirable impact on babies and other groups.(7)

A bipartisan group of New York City Council Members has also introduced legislation to stop fluoridation in NYC. (8)

Daniel G. Stockin of The Lillie Center Inc., a Georgia-based firm working to end the practice of fluoridation says, “You can look for even more leaders and persons harmed by fluoridation to speak out now.”

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposes to lower water fluoride levels to alleviate the growing dental fluorosis epidemic. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) submitted scientific evidence to HHS (9) indicating that fluoridation must stop completely to preserve health, documenting that:
• HHS has failed to consider fluoride's impact on the brain. Fluoride has been linked to lowered IQ in 24 human studies, and over 100 animal studies have reported damage to the brain.
• Infants who are fed formula made with fluoridated tap water will receive up to 175 times more fluoride than breast-fed infants. Infants 0-6 months old, the smallest and most vulnerable in our population, were completely excluded from risk calculations in HHS's proposal.
• African-American children and low-income children suffer from the highest rates of dental fluorosis, including the most severe forms of the condition. The HHS has failed to take any steps to redress this inequity, thereby making fluoridation an Environmental Justice issue.
Young stated, “My father was a dentist. I formerly was a strong believer in the benefits of water fluoridation for preventing cavities. But many things that we began to do 50 or more years ago we now no longer do, because we have learned further information that changes our practices and policies. So it is with fluoridation.”

Paul Connett, PhD, Director of FAN says "Fluoridation is unnecessary, unethical, the benefits wildly exaggerated and the risks minimized."


References: http://fluoridealert.org/press.release.4-1…

Posted by nyscof on 04/22/2011 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Tales from the Capitol

I watched the proceedings on the internet. It seems the fluoridationists got their money's worth by hiring PR agencies (better known as liars for hire) to convince legislators that fluoridation was a good thing. I heard many members on the House floor say the same things they were probably coached to say "this is one of the best things we can do for our children" "Fluoridation reduces tooth decay by 60%" "The CDC says it's OK to mix fluoridated water into infant formula" Too bad all their practiced and memorized quotes are false and not substantiated by science.

One has to wonder why, if fluoridation was such a good thing, that PR agencies would have to be hired to convince legislators and without knowledge of their constituents. And why did the legislator who said he received thousands of messages from all over the state telling him to oppose fluoridation vote in favor and then brag he was a conservative. The money is still coming from taxpayers that go to the dentist and will have to pay a little more so Delta Dental can give away $500,000 to every city in Arkansas that wants to start fluoridation.

Why does he think the one-sided information given to him by a special-interest group
trumps that of his constituents who he is supposed to represent. It's a really sad day for the children of Arkansas who will be guinea pigs in this on-going experiment disguised as a public health measure.

Beware of the fluoride's side effects http://www.fluorideaction.net/health

Posted by nyscof on 03/04/2011 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Fluoride bill passes

Arkansas legislators have been duped and manipulated by organized dentistry. Listening to them on the internet, the legislators uttered "facts" that were false. For example, they said it's OK to mix fluoridated water into infant formula. But these organizations say no: the Centers for Disease Control, American Dental association, Academy of General Dentistry, the Mayo clinic and other respected health and government groups.

Read how it happened here: http://www.lovelycitizen.com/story/1707531…

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Posted by nyscof on 03/02/2011 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Fluoride frenzy; bill approved UPDATE

University of York, UK (2000) Report - About this report, the Centre for Review and Dissemination writes “We were unable to discover any reliable good-quality evidence in the fluoridation literature world-wide.” (1)

National Institutes of Health NIH Consensus Statement on Diagnosis and Management of Dental Caries Throughout Life (2001) - "... the (NIH) panel was disappointed in the overall quality of the clinical data that it reviewed. According to the panel, far too many studies were small, poorly described, or otherwise methodologically flawed" (over 560 studies evaluated fluoride use). (2)


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (2003) - This report says "… subsets of the population may be unusually susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride and its compounds…the elderly, people with osteoporosis, people with deficiencies of
calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and/or protein." (3)

New York State Department of Health (1990) - The authors concluded: “… some individuals may experience hypersensitivity to fluoride-containing agents.” And, “…it is
currently impossible to draw firm conclusions regarding the independent effect of fluoride in drinking water on caries prevalence using an ecologic study design.” (4)

National Research Council Fluoride in Drinking Water Report (2006) (5) - The Chairman of this committee, John Doull, PhD, is quoted in Scientific American as saying “What the committee found is that we’ve gone with the status quo regarding fluoride for many years—for too long, really—and now we need to take a fresh look,” Doull says. “In the scientific community, people tend to think this is settled. I mean, when the U.S. surgeon general comes out and says this is one of the 10 greatest achievements of the 20th century, that’s a hard hurdle to get over. But when we looked at the studies that have been done, we found that many of these questions are unsettled and we have much less information than we should, considering how long this [fluoridation] has been going on.”

References:

1) “What the 'York Review' on the fluoridation of drinking water
really found,” October 28 2003,A statement from the Centre for Reviews
and Dissemination http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/fluoridnew.…

2) http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2001/od-28a.…
3) US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Toxicological
Profile for Fluorides, Hydrogen Fluordie, and Fluorine, (2003)
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp11.…
4) Kaminsky LS, Mahoney MC, Leach J, Melius J, Miller MJ. Fluoride:
benefits and risks of exposure. Crit Rev Oral Biol Med. 1990;1:261–281
http://crobm.iadrjournals.org/cgi/reprint/…
5) “Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of
EPA's Standards,”
Committee on Fluoride in Drinking Water, National
Research Council, Executive Summary, 2006
http://www.nap.edu/nap-cgi/report.cgi?reco…

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Posted by nyscof on 03/01/2011 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The Conway Corp. giveth ...

Commonly-consumed Infant fruit juices contain fluoride, some at levels higher than recommended for public water supplies which can damage teeth, according to research to be presented on March 17, 2011 at the International Association for Dental Research annual meeting in San Diego.

Ninety samples of three different flavors (apple, pear and grape) from three manufacturers were tested. All contained fluoride at concentrations ranging from 0.11 to 1.81 parts per million (ppm).

“Children who consume excessive amounts of juice per day may be ingesting more fluoride than the recommended daily intake,” the researchers report.

Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services recommended lowering “optimal” water fluoride levels to 0.7 ppm to decrease the epidemic of fluoride-discolored teeth (dental fluorosis) afflicting over 41% of adolescents. Many cities are complying, some consider ending fluoridation.

Posted by nyscof on 02/06/2011 at 7:20 AM

 

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