End Fluoridation, Say 600 Physicians, Dentists, Scientists, and Environmentalists

Aug 09, 2007, 01:00 ET from Fluoride Action Network

    NEW YORK, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a statement released
 today, over 600 professionals are urging Congress to stop water
 fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted. They cite new
 scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay,
 is ineffective and has serious health risks.
     Signers include a Nobel Prize winner, three members of the prestigious
 2006 National Research Council (NRC) panel that reported on fluoride's
 toxicology, two officers in the Union representing professionals at EPA
 headquarters, the President of the International Society of Doctors for the
 Environment, and hundreds of medical, dental, academic, scientific and
 environmental professionals, worldwide.
     Signer Dr. Arvid Carlsson, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine,
 says, "Fluoridation is against all principles of modern pharmacology. It's
 really obsolete."
     Paul Connett, PhD, Executive Director of the Fluoride Action Network
 (FAN), announced that an Online Action Petition to Congress in support of
 the Professionals' Statement will soon be available at FAN's web site,
     "The NRC report dramatically changed scientific understanding of
 fluoride's health risks," says Connett. "Government officials who continue
 to promote fluoridation must testify under oath as to why they are ignoring
 the powerful evidence of harm in the NRC report," he added.
     An Assistant NY State Attorney General calls the report "the most
 up-to- date expert authority on the health effects of fluoride exposure."
     The Professionals' Statement also references:
     -- The new American Dental Association policy recommending infant formula
        NOT be prepared with fluoridated water.
     -- The CDC's concession that the predominant benefit of fluoride is
        topical not systemic.
     -- CDC data showing that dental fluorosis, caused by fluoride
        over-exposure, now impacts one third of American children.
     -- Major research indicating little difference in decay rates between
        fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities.
     -- A Harvard study indicating a possible link between fluoridation and
        bone cancer.
     -- The silicofluoride chemicals used for fluoridation are contaminated
        industrial waste and have never been FDA-approved for human ingestion.
     The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a DC watchdog, revealed that a
 Harvard professor concealed the fluoridation/bone cancer connection for
 three years. EWG President Ken Cook states, "It is time for the US to
 recognize that fluoridation has serious risks that far outweigh any minor
 benefits, and unlike many other environmental issues, it's as easy to end
 as turning off a valve at the water plant."
     Dr. Paul Connett

SOURCE Fluoride Action Network