Impure, untested and non-required fluoride chemicals (http://www.fluoridealert.org/nsf-letter.pdf) are legislated into ma U.S. water supplies, and forcefully recommended to all Canadian water utilities. It is not used to kill nasty microbes, but to medicate your water supply with the assurance that water fluoridation is a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay, but it is neither safe nor effective: (http://www.slweb.org/bibliography.html).
Water fluoridation is an old-fashioned concept that is as useless and pointless as it is harmful to the health and well being of consumers. It is dentistry’s continued goal for every Canadian’s faucet to dispense 0.7 milligram of fluoride per litre of water. In Canada, approximately 42% of Canadians receive fluoridated tap water. Virtually 100% eat and drink a fluoridated food supply.
Shockingly, fluoridation is not supported by valid science: (http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/fluoridnew.htm). When asked to produce the science behind the claims made for fluoridation, no one is able to provide any whatever.
Dentists mistakenly believed that swallowed fluoride created decay resistant teeth by becoming part of children’s developing enamel; but they were wrong. Fluoride’s beneficial effects, if any, are now thought to be topical (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5014a1.htm) according to the CDC and the Dental Associations.
Public health officials predicted fluoride would eradicate tooth decay like vaccines have prevented disease; but they were wrong about that, too. They said fluoride was a necessary nutrient and, like vitamin C prevents scurvy, fluoride would prevent tooth decay – wrong again (http://www.bruha.com/pfpc/html/essential_.html). There is no known disease that occurs in the absence of Fluoride (the ionic form of the element Fluorine) in human biochemistry.
There is now irrefutable fact that the most fluoridated sates in the U.S., Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, Maine, and others, have the highest rates of tooth decay, while the least fluoridated state, Hawaii, has the lowest of them all.
The U.S. Surgeon General and many Canadian health authorities report tooth decay is at epidemic proportions among our poor and minority populations, many of whom live in fluoridated communities (http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof2/_pgg6.php3). While, tooth decay is increasing in U.S. (and Canadian) children (http://www.cdhp.org/downloads/mmwrfinal90805.pdf), the United Kingdom reports an 11% cavity decline in a recent survey and a 15% decline in a previous survey. The UK is only 10% fluoridated and provides low-fluoride children’s toothpaste. Only high-dose fluoride toothpaste is available in the U.S. – twice the dosage of the UK’s children’s fluoridated toothpastes.
Non-water-fluoridated Finland, Sweden and Holland cut tooth decay rates by 92%, 82% and 72% respectively over the past 20 years without water fluoridation. Meanwhile in the much fluoridated U.S., public health dentists only managed to cut rates by 50% over the same period (since 1984).
Fluoride supplements (http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/pediatricks/fluoridesupp.asp) are often prescribed to children from communities that won’t or can’t fluoridate their water supply. With outdated and scientifically invalid scientific support, dentists say swallowing 0.7 milligram of fluoride daily reduces tooth decay without fluoride’s adverse effects such as dental fluorosis, but they are even wrong about that. Dental fluorosis is beyond epidemic proportions in Canada and the U.S.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada have never approved fluoride ingestion (http://fluoridedangers.blogspot.com/2005/12/fluoride-never-fda-approved-for.html). They were “grandfathered” in before the FDA drug testing laws were enacted.
New research shows that children who consume fluoride tablets are more at risk for dental fluorosis. That’s why routine fluoride supplementation is no longer recommended by the Canadian Dental Association, the Western Australian Health Authority’s Dental Section and the German Scientific Dental Association. Because of health concerns, Belgium banned the sale of fluoride supplements to prevent tooth decay and many European countries actually ban imports of foods and beverages processed with fluoridated water.
Astonishingly, research now shows swallowing fluoride is virtually useless (http://groups.google.com/group/Fluoridation-News-Releases/browse_thread/thread/94d3b101079755c4/825e8275b04679d7?q=ingested+fluoride&rnum=1#825e8275b04679d7) and has unnecessarily exposed millions of North Americans to fluoride’s adverse side effects such as bone disease, dental fluorosis (white spotted, yellow or brown stained [black stained] and sometimes pitted and crumbly teeth) which has, not so surprisingly, increased dramatically (http://groups.google.com/group/Fluoridation-News-Releases/browse_thread/thread/b1ff88cdd4d4fee2/d1bb9aaca9655ef9#d1bb9aaca9655ef9) in North American children.
The Academy of General Dentistry and many researchers now recommend non-fluoridated water be used to prepare infant formula and foods (http://fluoridedangers.blogspot.com/2005/12/infant-foods-and-fluoride.html) to avoid dental fluorosis.
Lack of fluoride does not cause tooth decay. Poor nutrition does. Fluoride cannot fix poor nutrition. But fluoride can and does ruin children’s teeth (http://www.nofluoride.com/wsj_article.htm). No Canadian or American is or ever was fluoride-deficient.
Many studies show that cavity levels decline after water fluoridation stops (http://www.holisticmed.com/fluoride/nyscof030905.html). Ironically, African Americans have the most tooth decay (http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_n8_v51/ai_18348292) and the most dental fluorosis (http://books.nap.edu/books/030904975X/html/44.html).
There’s actually evidence that fluoride causes tooth decay (http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/teeth/fluorosis/caries.html) at levels slightly above the arbitrarily set “optimal” level set as recommended by Dental Health authorities.
In fact, dental fluorosis has gotten so bad that some dental experts, such as Dr. Hardy Limeback (http://www.actionpa.org/fluoride/torontostar.html), say that it costs more to repair teeth damaged by fluoride than would have been saved if water fluoridation actually did reduce tooth decay. He estimates that it can costs as much as $20,000 to repair dental fluorosis before adulthood. In the U.K. it has been estimated that it can cost upward of ₤38,000 for a lifetime.
In 2004, one dentist charged $18,000 to cover a 16-year-olds white-laced fluoride-damaged teeth with veneers and caps.
HOW WE GOT INTO THIS MESS
At the turn of the last century, many residents of the Southwest U.S. had unusually ugly teeth. They called it “Colorado Brown Stain” or “Texas Teeth” because of the locations in which the effect was predominant. Dental researchers sought to discover the source of this disfiguring tooth malformation. The culprit was high levels of fluoride in the water. We’ve been told for years that these ugly teeth resisted decay but a recently discovered book (April 2004) via the internet gives conflicting details.
Only 28.5% of 12- to 14-year-olds were cavity-free in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with 2.6 ppm naturally fluoridated water, 75% had fluorosis, according to a 1948 study (“Fluorine in Drinking Water Its Effect on Dental Caries,” by Francis A. Arnold). The natural fluoride compound culprit in this dental fluorosis problem is the naturally occurring Calcium Fluoride, not what is currently used as the chemical of choice for water fluoridation, Hydrofluorosilicic acid, chemical formula H2SiF6, that goes by many other names as well.
Also, Hereford, Texas, was touted as the “town without a toothache” because high levels of natural water fluoride discoloured the townsfolk’s teeth but, we were told, they didn’t have any or few cavities. However, 12 to 14-year-olds living there, where the water was naturally fluoridated at 3.1 ppm, 100% had dental fluorosis; but only 38% were caries free, that means that 62% had dental caries. These statistics are not impressive. But maybe they were better than other cities without fluoride, or calcium, or dentists and/or sound nutrition.
But that didn’t stop well-meaning but misguided dentists (who probably didn’t, and still don’t, read the actual studies) to assume the fluoride also caused the discoloured teeth allegedly to resist decay. What they overlooked is significant. The water supply was also very high in calcium and magnesium, essential nutrients we now know helps make teeth strong.
Also the population studied in Colorado Springs was healthy and wealthy, which drew dentists from the East striving to make their own fortune. At the same time, poor residents of Appalachia in the East were losing teeth to decay without any dentist around willing to treat them which is still the case today. It is a well known fact that most U.S. dentists see mostly well-to-do residents and will therefore see few cavities in their patients due to better socio-economic conditions.
In another highly unbelievable move, the dentists convinced public health people to experiment with this new fluoride “discovery.” They hypothesized that, if natural fluoride (Calcium fluoride) in drinking water apparently makes teeth resist decay, the natural fluoride, and makes the general health of people appear to be rather healthy, with great teeth, and see if adding artificial, man made, fluoride to a town’s water also makes a difference.
So they used all the people in a few cities like Grand Rapids, Michigan, Newburgh, New York, Evanston, Illinois and Brantford, Ontario, as their guinea pigs. In Newburgh, they added sodium fluoride into the water supply in 1945 and left Kingston unfluoridated to act as the control while doing the same with the others, assigning control cities to them as well.
Of course, enthusiastic researchers, prodded by rich industrialists, declared fluoridation a success after less than five years, even though the teeth of the children born into the experiment had not even erupted yet. They said fluoride was safe because they examined school children who weren’t sick two weeks before the examination date – virtually eliminating the very children who may have been made ill by the fluoride. Adults were never examined for ill effects.
Ten years later, the State University of New York found that children in fluoridated Newburgh had more cortical bone defects and higher rates of haemoglobin anaemia. Kingston was never fluoridated. Recent studies have shown that tooth decay and dental fluorosis are both higher in fluoridated Newburgh. It has also been observed that the onset of menstruation in young girls has become lower and lower in fluoridated areas over time and that dental fluorosis has dramatically increases in all areas but more so in fluoridated areas.
And what’s even more perverse is that the chemical used to fluoridate your drinking water is an industrial toxic waste silicofluoride that, along with Fluoride, carries Lead, Arsenic, and other contaminants to your faucet, some of them radioactive and others having neurotoxic and carcinogenic effects.
The silicofluorides have never been safety tested in animals or humans. With North American children and the general population as guinea pigs, some researchers have found that silicofluorides increase children’s lead absorption and higher blood lead levels are linked to more tooth decay. The U.S. National Toxicology Program is just beginning to study silicofluorides for human ingestion some 50 plus years after it’s been dumped into most North American’s drinking water. One researcher has also found a relationship between exposure to fluoridated water with violent and criminal behavior (Prof. Roger Masters, PhD, Dartmouth College, U.S.A.)
Other studies link fluoride to bone fractures, lowered IQ, thyroid dysfunction, Alzheimer’s, pineal gland calcification and more. Fluoridation has provided a lucrative sector for researchers to apply for federal grants to study the after effects of the crazy decision to have Fluoride in human water supply and then see what happens. However, this avenue of research has been discouraged by the granting organizations from pressures by the ADA (American Dental Association) and the CDC.
Canadian and U.S. children are overdosed with fluoride whether rich or poor, healthy or malnourished, from the various sources that are contaminated by the Fluoride from your water supply. You would think dentists would heed the advice reported in their own dental journals – to cut back on fluoride use. But instead medico-dental bureaucrats are lobbying legislators all over the North America to fluoridate more water supplies – sometimes even when the people have voted against it. But educated individuals are fighting back. In the past, fluoridation has regularly failed miserably in the polls whenever the polling question has been worded without bias.
Meanwhile, the Dental Associations have reported to the press as far back as June 16, 2000 that they have a new cavity fighting tool – calcium. January 2006, researchers tout Cavistat, a calcium containing nutrient substance that reduces cavities better than fluoride and without Fluoride. Yet, instead of putting themselves out of business as they once predicted, today’s dentists make much more money than physicians (http://www.wsjclassroomedition.com/archive/05apr/care_dentist.htm) while working less days and less hours. Much of their income is generated from the rotting deciduous (baby) teeth of children damaged by ingested Fluoride and repairing dental fluorosis, of which they never inform their patients.
Revised, updated and Canadianized from http://www.fluoridation.webs.com/ 2012.07.24.
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