Fluoride Story on CBS Atlanta

Lately more and more articles are making it into the mainstream media about the dangers of Fluoride. This is no doubt thanks in part to the hard work of Dan Stockin who is quoted in this article below. He has done so much for all of us who are concerned about fluoride. I know him to be a genuinely dedicated and caring individual who has stood up to many Goliath’s in the government and medical community, and I for one am very thankful for his bravery.

Here is the video of this recent story

Fluoride: Friend Or Foe?

Fluoride Opponent Says Chemical Is Harmful To Our Health

By Stephany Fisher, CBS Atlanta Anchor
POSTED: 2:05 pm EST March 8, 2010
UPDATED: 2:41 pm EST March 8, 2010
ATLANTA — It’s in the tap water we drink and many of the foods we eat.For decades, we’ve been told that it helps fight cavities, but there are critics who say this chemical is doing more harm than good.”I’ve worked with a lot of dangerous things in my career. I don’t get real worked up over chemicals or I could have never done my job — this one scares me,” said Daniel Stockin, a health advocate whose background includes toxics assessment.What could it be? Arsenic? Lead?No, it’s fluoride — the kind you brush your teeth with, and the kind that’s been added to Atlanta’s city water supply since 1969. Every public water district in Georgia is required by law to do so. “When we started to fluoridate 50-plus years ago, water was the only source for the fluoride, then they really quickly said hey, let’s put it in toothpaste, and then it started to show up in the foods made with fluoridated water,” Stockin said.
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Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation (Video)

Featuring a Nobel Laureate in Medicine, three scientists from the National Research Council’s landmark review on fluoride, as well as dentists, medical doctors, and leading researchers in the field, this professionally-produced 28 minute DVD presents a powerful indictment of the water fluoridation program. To learn more and to purchase the DVD, see: http://www.FluorideAlert.Org

Bill would require Tenn. utilities to provide notice if fluoridation of water stops

This is a big deal to me, because I live in TN,  and I have worked really hard to get the word out about Fluoride here, in fact I was even on the news here in Tennessee at one point.

Here is the Article:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee public utilities would have to provide notice if they stop fluoridation of their water systems under a proposal that was unanimously approved by the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Sen. Tim Barnes of Clarkesville was approved 32-0 on Thursday.

Utilities would have to notify the state within 10 days of the decision and the public 30 days prior to discontinuance.

Barnes says he proposed the measure after residents in Montgomery County complained that a public utility there decided to remove fluoride from the water without notifying them.

Fluoride is added to drinking water to help reduce tooth decay.

The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Public Health and Family Subcommittee.

Fluoridated “Nursery® Water” Background to Class Action Suit

From http://www.fluoridealert.org/nursery.water.background.html

CLASS ACTION SUIT: DiSimone v. DS Waters of America, Inc.

Notice of Class Action and Proposed Settlement

• According to Council for Plaintiff, Herman Gerel LLP:

NURSERY WATER MISLEADS PARENTS

On November 9, 2006, the American Dental Association (ADA) issued an alert advising parents to avoid using water with added fluoride when mixing infant formula. Likewise, the American Academy of Pediatrics (“AAP”) recommends that “Supplementary fluoride should not be provided during the first six months of life.”

Contrary to these clear warnings, Nursery Water, one of the nation’s biggest infant bottled water companies, markets its fluoridated water to infants and claims in its marketing and advertising that fluoride in water will “strengthen your little one’s teeth” and “prevent tooth decay.”

On February 21, 2008, Herman Gerel, LLP filed the first suit in the country against one of the nation’s biggest infant bottled water companies – Nursery Water – for misleading parents with erroneous information on its website and advertising materials regarding the safety and benefits of fluoride in infant bottled water, in clear violation of Federal Trade Commission rules. This case is currently pending in the Central District of California. See DiSimone v. DS Waters of America, Inc.

EWG calls for Investigation of Nursery Water (Feb 2008)- see press release and Letter to Federal Trade Commission and the FDA (html or pdf)

• January 3, 2007. Dental Experts: Too Much Fluoride Is Bad For Babies – WCVB-TV (Boston)

• Fluoride Action Network’s Online Petition to Wal Mart to stop selling Nursery Water

The Truth About Hydrofluorosilicic Acid

Ok folks, this one is downright crazy! It is so hard for me to believe that this stuff (Hydrofluorosilicic Acid) is a known toxic waste produced by the phosphate industry, yet it is added to all of our water supplies even though there has never been a single study that shows it to be safe.

a former EPA official said it this way:

‘”If this stuff gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing… There’s got to be a better way to manage this stuff” (Hirzy 2000)

You will be shocked to learn the history of How this all came about. Check out this short (10 min) videi I just made. It is based of the excellent article here (go there for references)

Fluoride and the Pineal Gland

Here is a video I just made based of the article here

Berkey Water Filters

The single animal study of pineal function indicates that fluoride exposure results in altered melatonin production and altered timing of sexual maturity. Whether fluoride affects pineal function in humans remains to be demonstrated. The two studies of menarcheal age in humans show the possibility of earlier menarche in some individuals exposed to fluoride, but no definitive statement can be made. Recent information on the role of the pineal organ in humans suggests that any agent that affects pineal function could affect human health in a variety of ways, including effects on sexual maturation, calcium metabolism, parathyroid function, postmenopausal osteoporosis, cancer, and psychiatric disease. SOURCE: National Research Council. (2006). Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards. National Academies Press, Washington D.C. p221-22. “In conclusion, the human pineal gland contains the highest concentration of fluoride in the body. Fluoride is associated with depressed pineal melatonin synthesis by prepubertal gerbils and an accelerated onset of sexual maturation in the female gerbil. The results strengthen the hypothesis that the pineal has a role in the timing of the onset of puberty. Whether or not fluoride interferes with pineal function in humans requires further investigation…” SOURCE: Luke J. (1997). The Effect of Fluoride on the Physiology of the Pineal Gland. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Surrey, Guildford. p. 177.

Should Infants Drink Fluoridated Water?

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Summation Fluoride Exposure During Infancy:

In contrast to recommendations adopted in the 1950s, fluoride supplementation is no longer recommended for newborn children. This includes both fluoride in drops, and fluoride in drinking water.

Not only is fluoride ingestion during infancy unnecessary, it can also be harmful – as suggested by a mounting body of evidence linking fluoride exposure during the first year of life with the development of dental fluorosis. (For pictures of dental fluorosis, click here)

Because of the risk for dental fluorosis, and the lack of demonstrable benefit from ingesting fluoride before teeth erupt, the American Dental Association – and a growing number of dental researchers – recommend that children under 12 months of age should not consume fluoridated water while babies under 6 months of age should not receive any fluoride drops or pills.

Fluoridated drinking water contains up to 200 times more fluoride than breast milk (1000 ppb in fluoridated tap water vs 5-10 ppb in breast milk). As a result, babies consuming formula made with fluoridated tap water are exposed to much higher levels of fluoride than a breast-fed infant. (A baby drinking fluoridated formula receives the highest dosage of fluoride among all age groups in the population (0.1-0.2+ mg/kg/day), whereas a breast-fed infant receives the lowest).

Dental fluorosis is not the only risk from early-life exposure to fluoride. A recent review in The Lancet describes fluoride as “an emerging neurotoxic substance” that may damage the developing brain. The National Research Council has identified fluoride as an “endocrine disrupter” that may impair thyroid function, while recent research from Harvard University has found a possible connection between fluoride and bone cancer.

FLYER: Fluoride Warning for Infants

ACTION ALERT: Ask Wal-Mart to Stop Selling Fluoride “Nursery Water” to Babies

NEW! Health Alert Flyer (pdf file)

Articles of Interest Fluoride Exposure During Infancy:

Notable Quotes Fluoride Exposure During Infancy: (back to top)

“A major effort should be made to avoid use of fluoridated water for dilution of formula powders.”
SOURCE: Ekstrand J. (1996). Fluoride Intake. In: Fejerskov O, Ekstrand J, Burt B, Eds.
Fluoride in Dentistry, 2nd Edition. Munksgaard, Denmark. Pages 40-52.

“If using a product that needs to be reconstituted, parents and caregivers should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride.”
SOURCE: American Dental Association (2006). Interim Guidance on Reconstituted Infant Formula. November 9, 2006.

“[I]nfant formulas reconstituted with higher fluoride water can provide 100 to 200 times more fluoride than breastmilk, or cows milk.”
SOURCE: Levy SM, Guha-Chowdhury N. (1999). Total fluoride intake and implications for dietary fluoride supplementation.
Journal of Public Health Dentistry 59: 211-23.

“[P]arents of children using powdered infant formula should be warned by their medical practioners to use unfluoridated or defluoridated water to reconstitute the formula.”
SOURCE: Diesendorf M, Diesendorf A. (1997). Suppression by medical journals of a warning about overdosing formula-fed infants with fluoride.
Accountability in Research 5:225-237.

“Our analysis shows that babies who are exclusively formula fed face the highest risk; in Boston, for example, more than 60 percent of the exclusively formula fed babies exceed the safe dose of fluoride on any given day.”
SOURCE: Environmental Working Group, “EWG Analysis of Government Data Finds Babies Over-Exposed to Fluoride in Most Major U.S. Cities”, March 22, 2006.

“[M]ore than 50 percent of infants are currently formula fed by 1 month of age, and these infants are likely to be continuously exposed to high intakes of fluoride for 9 or 10 months – a circumstance quite rare in the 1960s and early 1970s.”
SOURCE: Fomon SJ, Ekstrand J. (1999). Fluoride intake by infants. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 59(4):229-34.

“Fluoride is now introduced at a much earlier stage of human development than ever before and consequently alters the normal fluoride-pharmacokinetics in infants. But can one dramatically increase the normal fluoride-intake to infants and get away with it?”
SOURCE: Luke J. (1997).
The Effect of Fluoride on the Physiology of the Pineal Gland. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Surrey, Guildford. p. 176.

‘[F]luoride exposure, at levels that are experienced by a significant proportion of the population whose drinking water is fluoridated, may have adverse impacts on the developing brainThe findings are provocative and of significant public health concern.”
SOURCE: Schettler T, et al. (2000). Known and suspected developmental neurotoxicants. pp. 90-92. In:
In Harms Way – Toxic Threats to Child Development. Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility: Cambridge, MA.

“Infant foods mixed with water pose a special problemOne wonders what a 50-fold increase in the exposure of fluoride, such as occurs in infants bottle-fed with water-diluted preparations, may mean for the development of the brain and other organs… There is reason to be aware of the possibility that fluoride may affect the somatic and mental development of the child.”
SOURCE: Carlsson A. (1978). Current problems relating to the pharmacology and toxicology of fluorides.
Lakartidningen 25: 1388-1392.

“The entire Board holds serious concerns about the current fluoride exposure of infants between the ages of zero and six months. We deem this exposure to be a “significant public health risk”, and one that should be given immediate attention by the city and state.”
SOURCE: Burlington Board of Health (Vermont, USA) August 31, 2005. See copy of full report.

Fluoride Exposure During Infancy Fluoride Supplementation No Longer Recommend for Newborns: (back to top)