NEW YORK, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to the Fluoride
Action Network (FAN), there is a crucial need for both parties to restore
scientific integrity to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on several
policies. The most egregious is their continued unscientific support for
"The simplest and quickest way to restore public trust in the CDC is
for both Democrats and Republicans to put a commitment to end fluoridation
into their party platforms," says Paul Connett, Ph.D., FAN's Executive
According to Connett, "Fluoridated water contains 250 times more
fluoride than in mothers' milk. In 1950, when the Public Health Service
first endorsed fluoridation, no studies had investigated possible adverse
health effects. Today, many published studies show fluoride is harmful, but
the CDC is ignoring these studies and continues its relentless promotion
and funding of this outdated practice."
The only risk that the CDC acknowledges is dental fluorosis - a tooth
discoloration - which impacts 32% of American children (1). Both the ADA
and the CDC now advise that fluoridated water not be used to prepare infant
According to Connett, "this marking of the enamel indicates a child has
been over-exposed to fluoride. We are concerned about how fluoride may be
affecting the rest of the child's body. Over 20 studies show that fluoride
can lower IQ (4,5)."
A 2006 National Research Council fluoride report revealed many health
risks, including potential damage to the bones, brain and thyroid gland.
The panel concluded that drinking fluoridated water can pose risks to those
with thyroid or kidney disorders, diabetics, high water drinkers and
infants and recommended that the US EPA lower their safe drinking water
This new research has prompted over 1,800 professionals to call for an
end to fluoridation worldwide (7).
Meanwhile, researchers reporting in the British Medical Journal (Oct
2007) showed that tooth decay has come down as fast in non-fluoridated
countries as fluoridated ones (8).
"It is clear that the CDC's Oral Health Division is misleading the
public about the safety and effectiveness of water fluoridation," says
"They must be held accountable for this. We need both political parties
to resist the well-heeled dental lobby. Our children's health and the
public's trust in government health agencies is at stake," says Connett.
SOURCE Fluoride Action Network