How Fluoride Makes You Sick

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Dentist Thomas Hogan thought he had seen bad teeth when he treated poor and uninsured patients in the Buffalo area.
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Doctor J

Since: Jan 06

Pullman, WA

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Jan 6, 2006
 
Actually, fluoride have been proven to be a safe and effective way of preventing cavities, and is evident in the remarkable decrease in caries rate since community water fluoridation began in the 1950s. It is endorsed by the World Health Organization, the American Medical Assocation and the American Dental Association, among many others. There have been no scientifically credible studies that have proven any negative effects of fluoride at the recommended fluoride levels, as is done with community water fluoridation.

To read more about the safety and positive effects of community water fluoridation, check out the ADA's website. I'm attaching their statement about fluoridation below.

ADA Statement on the Safety of Community Water Fluoridation


Fluoridation of community water supplies is safe. This has been the American Dental
Association’s (ADA) policy since 1950. The ADA’s policies regarding community water
fluoridation are based on the overwhelming weight of credible scientific evidence.
This body of knowledge is based on the efforts of nationally recognized scientists who
have conducted research using the scientific method, have drawn appropriate balanced
conclusions based on their research findings and have published their results in refereed
(peer-reviewed) professional journals that are widely held or circulated such as The
Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Journal of Public Health.
Studies showing the safety of water fluoridation have been confirmed by independent
scientific studies.

Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter occurring naturally in the earth’s crust in combination
with other minerals found in soil and rocks. Small amounts of fluoride occur naturally in
all water sources. Water fluoridation is the process of adjusting the natural level of
fluoride to a concentration sufficient to protect against tooth decay (0.7 to 1.2 parts per
million). Fluoride in these low concentrations is not toxic or harmful.

Throughout more than 55 years of research and practical experience, the overwhelming
weight of credible scientific evidence has consistently indicated that fluoridation of
community water supplies is safe. The possibility of any adverse health effects from
continuous low-level consumption of fluoride has been and continues to be extensively
studied. Of the hundreds of credible scientific studies on fluoridation, none has shown
health problems associated with the consumption of optimally fluoridated water.

In 2000, the U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher wrote in his report, Oral Health in
America,“Community water fluoridation is safe and effective in preventing dental caries
in both children and adults. Water fluoridation benefits all residents served by
community water supplies regardless of their social or economic status.” Additionally,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Dental and
Craniofacial Research continue to support water fluoridation as a safe method of
preventing tooth decay in people of all ages.

Based on data for 2000, approximately 162 million people (two-thirds of the population)
in the United States are served by public water systems that are fluoridated. The ADA,
along with state and local dental societies, continues to work with federal, state, and local
agencies to increase the number of communities benefiting from water fluoridation.
For more information regarding fluoride and fluoridation, visit the American Dental
Association’s “Fluoride and Fluoridation” Web site at http://www.ada.org/goto/fluoride .
Doctor J

Since: Jan 06

Pullman, WA

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Jan 7, 2006
 
"Federal government scientists," including the surgeon general and the United States Department of Health and Human Services actively support the initiative to increase community water fluoridation. These are doctors with extensive knowledge of the scientific evidence that shows there is no correlation between community water fluoridation and any negative effects on health.

I urge anyone who is interested in learning more on this issue to look carefully at the literature that is quoted. Be sure that your source is reputable, scientific, non-privately funded and peer-reviewed.

As a dentist who works in a Medicaid clinic, I see first-hand effects on children and adults who suffer from the effects of living in a non-fluoridated area and without access to regular dental care. We owe it to these individuals to provide them with every opportunity to have the best oral health possible.

For more information, refer to the following websites:

www.ada.org (American Dental Association)
www.surgeongeneral.gov (US Dept of Health and Human Services)
http://www.who.int/en/ (World Health Organization)
www.ama-assn.org (American Medical Association)
Doctor J

Since: Jan 06

Pullman, WA

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Jan 7, 2006
 
For more information on the safety of silicofluorides and fluoride in general, refer to the ADA's Fact sheet on Fluoridation at http://www.ada.org/public/topics/fluoride/fac... (Question 37)
todd

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Feb 19, 2006
 
It is interesting and quite revealing that the two most affluent counties(Nassau and Suffolk)
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island )

in the United States have declined fluoride in their water systems. Obviously, fluoride is suitable and easily foisted upon the unwashed masses elsewhere; and not the super wealthy concentrated in these areas of Long Island.These wealthy, educated Long Islanders are obviously in the know about the long term debilitating effects of the toxic compound known as silicofluorides.
Sandra

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May 16, 2006
 
In April, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the "Surveillance for Dental Caries, Dental Sealants, Tooth Retention, Edentulism, and Enamel Fluorosis - United States, 1988-1994 and 1999-2002".

A few of the conclusions and recommendations made in the report strike me as significant.

Conclusions:
1)No reductions were observed in the prevalence and severity of dental caries in primary teeth.

2)Prevalence of enamel fluorosis has increased in cohorts born since 1980. This increase should be evaluated in the context of total fluoride exposure.

Recommendations:
1)Factors related to the lack of reduction of dental caries in primary teeth need to be studied.

2)Timely surveillance tools are needed to monitor fluoride exposure from multiple sources.

Check out the report at www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5403a1.ht...

One question for those of you concerned: What constitutes a "credible" study? Many studies around the world have shown disturbing correlations between fluoride consumption and health effects, but proponents turn their noses up at these studies, claiming they are not credible. Is Harvard not a credible institution? Does fluoride act differently on Chinese children than American children, when it was found to lower IQ? Is it just possible that fluoride is the next lead, or asbestos, or mercury -- once defined as safe, now considered a toxin?

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