Up until now, the supposed efficacy and safety of fluoride for dental purposes has been relatively unquestioned and considered as American as baseball and apple pie. In fact, a former Surgeon General of the Public Health Service has said that "...fluoridation, along with the pasteurization of milk, the purification of water, and immunization against disease, is one of the four horsemen of public health".

However, it now appears there will be a lot of explaining to do.

As reported in Newsweek(Feb. 5, 1990) and other media to date, critical, health-related information on fluoride in drinking water(tap and bottled varieties) has been intentionally withheld from the public(including many dental professionals) with the result that the public may be heading for environmental and physiological disasters.

That conclusion may well extend to mouthwashes and topical applications of fluoride in dental offices and even toothpaste-where the legal standard is over 1000 times higher than for fluoridated drinking water!

FLUORIDE FOUND INEFFECTIVE

AGAINST TOOTH DECAY

For 45 years, Americans have been trading the supposed tooth decay preventiveness of fluoride for the possible genetic, mutagenic and carcinogenic possibilities for their children.

The issue of fluoridation of public drinking water supplies has been a volatile issue for at least three decades. On one side, tremendous pressure is being applied to the Public Health Service by the American Dental and Medical Associations to continue fluoridation. Add to this the intense lobbying of industries who benefit financially from selling their fluoride waste products to municipal water systems.

On the other side, a wide range of studies, both domestic and foreign, have cast serious doubts as to the safety of fluoridation. As recently as 1990, the American Dental Association was sued by 40 of it's members who claimed that the ADA was misleading the public about the safety of fluoridation. On several occasions, even the EPA has pointed out the potential dangers and requested industrial studies to sort the problem out once and for all.

As this whole issue came to a head, the National Institute of Dental Research(NIDR) of the U.S. Public Health Service(USPHS) conducted a massive, two year, multi-million dollar, taxpayer funded study. The results of this study, reported in the May 1989, American Laboratory Magazine, indicates that fluoride has no effect on reducing tooth decay.

This massive nationwide study of nearly 40,000 children in all areas of the country, and conducted by the peers of the dental profession, now stands between your local family dentist(if he promotes topical fluoridation) and his credibility in the community.

Understandably, health officials and dentists alike are anxious to preserve their credibility and therefore are reluctant to acknowledge that fluoride doesn't reduce cavities or create adverse health effects as is now being reported in respected medical and scientific journals.

But it is hard to see how a truthful dental professional can possibly justify continuing to tell the public and their patients that fluoridation "is the single most effective way to prevent dental decay" when their own data, published in a respected scientific journal, reveals that there is no measurable benefit.

As a result of the availability of this new and revealing information, which had to be pulled into public view through the Freedom of Information Act, cities across the country(Phoenix, for example) are now calling for the elimination of fluoride from their drinking water-at least until firm, openly available information proves that it can be beneficial without causing permanent physiological damage.

FLUORIDE FOUND TO CAUSE CANCER

Alar, Red Dye #3, Cyclamates and other proven carcinogens have been banned after extensive testing through special toxicology tests on animals. Strong cause/effect relationships, shown by these controlled tests, led the bans.

In 1977, Congress mandated the National Toxicology Program(NTP) study of the Carcinogenity of Fluoride. After 12 years of extensive research and testing, on January 22, 1990, the NTP reported that fluoridated animals(rats) developed bone cancers(osteosarcoma) which fluoride-free rats did not contract.

The NTP-validated fluoride/cancer link is greater than that which resulted in the banning of Alar, Red Dye #3 and Cyclamates.

The dosage of fluoride which revealed this carcinogenic hazard was consistent with the Federal Register's Guidelines(Principle 3, page 45508) which are a necessary and valid method of discovering possible carcinogenic hazards IN HUMANS.

In short, the study was done correctly-using procedures and test scenarios which have been used routinely in numerous other "carcinogen seeking" situations which have drawn the widespread support of the medical community.

Finally, an extensive study by Dr. Burke and Dr. Yiamouiannis at the National Cancer Institute produced the following chart which illustrated a dramatic increase in cancer(dark dots) in cities which fluoridated their drinking water versus cancer rates in cities which did not fluoridate their drinking water. The two parts of the graph started diverging about 10-12 years following the onset of fluoridation in selected, large US cities.

Ignoring of such dramatic statistical information by public health officials as well as dentists borders on professional negligence. Is your dentist or health professional aware of such information?

Fluoride Cancer Statistics

INESCAPABLE CONCLUSIONS?

The initial NTP results are obviously not the final word on the carcinogenity of sodium fluoride in water, toothpaste, fluoride drops(pediatricians), bottled water, etc. There is too much at stake monetarily for those who have been peddling this toxic waste product of phosphate fertilizer production and aluminum manufacturing to our families.

However, now that the door has finally been fully opened on the issue, it is important that we carefully watch those professionals and civil servants who are tasked with sorting these issues out.

Among environmental controversies, fluoridation is rather unique in that one side has consistently denied that questions of risk or benefit even exist. The American Dental Association has gone on record saying that "...anti-fluoridation groups attempt to create the illusion of a scientific controversy(which is) merely a ploy to create doubt about a well-researched, well-demonstrated preventative measure".

Well, we now know from the reports discussed earlier that that ADA statement represents pure cannon fodder.

Interestingly enough, even well-researched articles, using information drawn from the ADA and other dental agencies draw fire if they question the validity of fluoridation claims.

The August 1988 issue of Chemical & Engineering News presented a balanced report on fluoridation. But it set off a veritable fire storm of name calling and badmouthing by the medical community-ironically the same organizations which helped assemble and edit the report!

When a professional group or individual has lost their technical edge, we naturally steer clear from them. But when that same group or individual loses their scientific objectivity in the face of debate or controversy, we do indeed have a more serious problem which begs the question of motive.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF FLUORIDE

If you are feeling apprehensive about this whole issue of fluoride, and want to do something while the scientists scrap over the importance of three mice which died of bone cancer from fluoride or the dosage which is "optimum" for drinking water, consider the following.

Rather than relying on fluoride to clean up your children's tooth decay problems, insist in keeping teeth clean; limit sweets, brush regularly and floss daily.

If your municipal water is fluoridated, use a fluoride-free toothpaste. Studies have shown shown that kids swallow about as much toothpaste as they spit out. With toothpaste carrying thousands of times the dosage of fluoridated drinking water, you might consider a trip to the health food store to find a fluoride-free toothpaste.

Pump up with calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. When you're low in these three essential minerals, your body will use fluoride as building elements instead.

Finally, be aware that simple carbon and reverse osmosis systems will not remove fluoride completely. Only steam distillation will completely remove all water contaminants, including fluoride.

Scientific Facts on the Biological Effects of Fluorides

1. Fluoride exposure disrupts the synthesis of collagen and leads to the breakdown of collagen in bone, tendon, muscle, skin, cartilage, lungs, kidney and trachea.
A.K. Susheela and Mohan Jha, " Effects of Fluoride on Cortical and Cancellous Bone Composition," IRCS Medical Sciences: Library Compendium, Vol. 9, No.11, pp. 1021-1022 (1981);

Y. D. Sharma, " Effect of Sodium Fluoride on Collagen Cross-Link Precursors," Toxicological Letters, Vol. 10, pp. 97-100 (1982);

A. K. Susheela and D. Mukerjee, " Fluoride poisoning and the Effect of Collagen Biosynthesis of Osseous and Nonosseous Tissue," Toxicological European Research, Vol. 3, No.2, pp. 99-104 (1981);

Y.D. Sharma, " Variations in the Metabolism and Maturation of Collagen after Fluoride Ingestion," Biochemica et Biophysica Acta, Vol. 715, pp. 137-141 (1982);

Marian Drozdz et al., " Studies on the Influence of Fluoride Compounds upon Connective Tissue Metabolism in Growing Rats" and "Effect of Sodium Fluoride With and Without Simultaneous Exposure to Hydrogen Fluoride on Collagen Metabolism," Journal of Toxicological Medicine, Vol. 4, pp. 151-157 (1984).


2. Fluoride stimulates granule formation and oxygen consumption in white blood cells, but inhibits these processes when the white blood cell is challenged by a foreign agent in the blood.
Robert A. Clark, " Neutrophil Iodintion Reaction Induced by Fluoride: Implications for Degranulation and Metabolic Activation," Blood, Vol. 57, pp. 913-921 (1981).


3. Fluoride depletes the energy reserves and the ability of white blood cells to properly destroy foreign agents by the process of phagocytosis. As little as 0.2 ppm fluoride stimulates superoxide production in resting white blood cells, virtually abolishing phagocytosis. Even micro-molar amounts of fluoride, below 1 ppm, may seriously depress the ability of white blood cells to destroy pathogenic agents.
John Curnette, et al, " Fluoride-mediated Activation of the Respiratory Burst in Human Neutrophils," Journal of Clinical Investigation, Vol. 63, pp. 637-647 (1979);

W. L. Gabler and P. A. Leong, ., " Fluoride Inhibition of Polymorphonumclear Leukocytes," Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 48, No. 9, pp. 1933-1939 (1979);

W. L. Gabler, et al., " Effect of Fluoride on the Kinetics of Superoxide Generation by Fluoride," Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 64, p. 281 (1985);

A. S. Kozlyuk, et al., " Immune Status of Children in Chemically Contaminated Environments," Zdravookhranenie, Issue 3, pp. 6-9 (1987)


4. Fluoride confuses the immune system and causes it to attack the body's own tissues, and increases the tumor growth rate in cancer prone individuals.
Alfred Taylor and Nell C. Taylor, " Effect of Sodium Fluoride on Tumor Growth," Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, Vol. 119, p. 252 (1965);

Shiela Gibson, " Effects of Fluoride on Immune System Function," Complementary Medical Research, Vol. 6, pp. 111-113 (1992);

Peter Wilkinson, " Inhibition of the Immune System With Low Levels of Fluorides," Testimony before the Scottish High Court in Edinburgh in the Case of McColl vs. Strathclyde Regional Council, pp. 17723-18150, 19328-19492, and Exhibit 636, (1982);

D. W. Allman and M. Benac, " Effect of Inorganic Fluoride Salts on Urine and Cyclic AMP Concentration in Vivo," Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 55 (Supplement B), p. 523 (1976);

S. Jaouni and D. W. Allman, " Effect of Sodium Fluoride and Aluminum on Adenylate Cyclase and Phosphodiesterase Activity," Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 64, p. 201 (1985)


5. Fluoride inhibits antibody formation in the blood.
S. K. Jain and A. K. Susheela, " Effect of Sodium Fluoride on Antibody Formation in Rabbits," Environmental Research, Vol. 44, pp. 117-125 (1987)


6. Fluoride depresses thyroid activity.
Viktor Gorlitzer Von Mundy, " Influence of Fluorine and Iodine on the Metabolism, Particularly on the Thyroid Gland," Muenchener Medicische Wochenschrift, Vol. 105, pp. 182-186 (1963);

A. Benagiano, "The Effect of Sodium Fluoride on Thyroid Enzymes and Basal Metabolism in the Rat," Annali Di Stomatologia, Vol. 14, pp. 601-619 (1965);

Donald Hillman, et al., " Hypothyroidism and Anemia Related to Fluoride in Dairy Cattle," Journal of Dairy Science, Vol. 62, No.3, pp. .416-423 (1979);

V. Stole and J. Podoba, " Effect of Fluoride on the Biogenesis of Thyroid Hormones," Nature, Vol. 188, No. 4753, pp. 855-856 (1960);

Pierre Galleti and Gustave Joyet, " Effect of Fluorine on Thyroid Iodine Metabolism and Hyperthyroidism," Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Vol. 18, pp. 1102-1110 (1958)


7. Fluorides have a disruptive effect on various tissues in the body.
T. Takamorim " The Heart Changes in Growing Albino Rats Fed on Varied Contents of Fluorine," The Toxicology of Fluorine Symposium, Bern, Switzerland, Oct 1962, pp. 125-129;

Vilber A. O. Bello and Hillel J. Gitelman, " High Fluoride Exposure in Hemodialysis Patients," American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Vol. 15, pp. 320-324 (1990);

Y. Yoshisa, " Experimental Studies on Chronic Fluorine Poisoning," Japanese Journal of Industrial Health, Vol. 1, pp. 683-690 (1959)


8. Fluoride promotes development of bone cancer.
J.K. Mauer, et al., " Two-Year Cacinogenicity Study Of Sodium Fluoride In Rats," Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 82, pp. 1118-1126 (1990);

Proctor and Gamble " Carcinogenicity Studies with Sodium Fluoride in Rats" National Institute of Environmenrtal Health Sciences Presentation, July 27, 1985;

S. E. Hrudley et al., " Drinking Water Fluoridation and Osteosarcoma," Canadian Journal of Public Health, Vol. 81, pp. 415-416 (1990);

P. D. Cohn, " A Brief Report on the Association of Drinking Water Fluoridation and Incidence of Osteosarcoma in Young Males," New Jersey Department of Health, Trenton, New Jersey, Nov. 1992;

M. C. Mahoney et al., " Bone Cancer Incidence Rates in New York," American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 81, pp. 81, 475 (1991);

Irwin Herskowitz and Isabel Norton, " Increased Incidence of Melanotic Tumors Following Treatment with Sodium Fluoride," Genetics Vol. 48, pp. 307-310 (1963);

J. A. Disney, et al., " A Case Study in Testing the Conventional Wisdom: School Based Fluoride Mouth Rinse Programs in the USA," Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, Vol. 18, pp. 46-56 (1990);

D. J. Newell, " Fluoridation of Water Supplies and Cancer - An Association?," Applied Statistics, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 125-135 (1977)


9. Fluorides cause premature aging of the human body.
Nicholas Leone, et al., " Medical Aspects of Excessive Fluoride in a Water Supply," Public Health Reports, Vol. 69, pp. 925-936 (1954);

J. David Erikson, " Mortality of Selected Cities with Fluoridated and Non-Fluoridated Water Supplies," New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 298, pp. 1112-1116 (1978);

" The Village Where People Are Old Before Their Time," Stern Magazine, Vol. 30, pp. 107-108, 111-112 (1978)


10. Fluoride ingestion from mouth rinses and dentifrices in children is extremely hazardous to biological development, life span and general health.
Yngve Ericsson and Britta Forsman, " Fluoride Retained From Mouth Rinses and Dentifrices In Preschool Children," Caries Research, Vol. 3, pp. 290-299 (1969);

W. L. Augenstein, et al., " Fluoride Ingestion In Children: A Review Of 87 Cases," Pediatrics, Vol. 88, pp. 907-912, (1991);

Charles Wax, " Field Investigation Report," State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, March 19, 1980, 67 pages;

George Waldbott, " Mass Intoxication from Over-Fluoridation in Drinking Water," Clinical Toxicology, Vol. 18, No.5, pp. 531-541 (1981)


Other Facts

The contents of a family size tube of fluoridated toothpaste is enough to kill a 25 pound child.


In 1991, the Akron (Ohio) Regional Poison Center reported that "death has been reported following ingestion of 16mg/kg of fluoride. Only 1/10 of an ounce of fluoride could kill a 100 pound adult. According to the Center, "fluoride toothpaste contains up to 1mg/gram of fluoride." Even Proctor and Gamble, the makers of Crest, acknowledge that a family-sized tube "theoretically contains enough fluoride to kill a small child."


Fluorides have been used to modify behavior and mood of human beings.
It is a little known fact that fluoride compounds were added to the drinking water of prisoners to keep them docile and inhibit questioning of authority, both in Nazi prison camps in World War II and in the Soviet gulags in Siberia.


Fluorides are medically categorized as protoplasmic poisons, which is why they are used to kill rodents.

The September 18, 1943 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, states, "fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons, changing the permeability of the cell membrane by inhibiting certain enzymes. The exact mechanisms of such actions are obscure."


Fluoride consumption by human beings increases the general cancer death rate.
In 1975 Dr. John Yiamouyiannis published a preliminary survey which showed that people in fluoridated areas have a higher cancer death rate than those in non-fluoridated areas. The National Cancer Institute attempted to refute the studies. Later in 1975 Yiamouyiannis joined with Dr. Dean Burk, chief chemist of the National Cancer Institute (1939-1974) in performing other studies which were then included in the Congressional Record by Congressman Delaney, who was the original author of the Delaney Amendment, which prohibited the addition of cancer-causing substances to food used for human consumption. Both reports confirmed the existence of a link between fluoridation and cancer. (Note: Obviously Dr. Burk felt free to agree with scientific truth only after his tenure at National Cancer Institute ended, since his job depended on towing the party line).


Fluorides have little or no effect on decay prevention in humans.
In 1990 Dr. John Colquhoun was forced into early retirement in New Zealand after he conducted a study on 60,000 school children and found no difference in tooth decay between fluoridated and unfluoridated areas. He additionally found that a substantial number of children in fluoridated areas suffered from dental fluorosis. He made the study public.


There is no scientific data that shows that fluoride mouth rinses and tablets are safe for human use.
In 1989 a study by Hildebolt, et al. on 6,000 school children contradicted any alleged benefit from the use of sodium fluorides. A 1990 study by Dr. John Yiamouyiannis on 39,000 school children contradicted any alleged benefits from the use of sodium fluorides. In 1992 Michael Perrone, a legislative assistant in New Jersey, contacted the FDA requesting all information regarding the safety and effectiveness of fluoride tablets and drops. After 6 months of stalling, the FDA admitted they had no data to show that fluoride tablets or drops were either safe or effective. They informed Perrone that they will "probably have to pull the tablets and drops off the market."
The fact that fluoride toothpastes and school based mouth rinses are packaged in aluminum accentuates the effect on the body.
In 1976, Dr. D. Allman and coworkers from Indiana University School of Medicine fed animals 1 part-per-million (ppm) fluoride and found that in the presence of aluminum, in a concentration as small as 20 parts per billion, fluoride is able to cause an even larger increase in cyclic AMP levels. Cyclic AMP inhibits the migration rate of white blood cells, as well as the ability of the white blood cell to destroy pathogenic (disease-causing) organisms. Reference: Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 55, Sup B, p. 523, 1976, " Effect of Inorganic Fluoride Salts on Urine and Tissue Cyclic AMP Concentration in Vivo". (Note: It is no small accident that toothpaste tubes containing fluoride are often made of aluminum)


"Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century"
Robert Carlton, Ph. D., former U. S. EPA scientist on " Marketplace" Canadian Broadcast Company, Nov. 24, 1992


"Regarding fluoridation, the EPA should act immediately to protect the public, not just on the cancer data, but on the evidence of bone fractures, arthritis, mutagenicity and other effects
" William Marcus, Ph. D., senior EPA toxicologist, Covert Action, Fall 1992, p. 66

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