Fluoridation Based on Belief, Not Science, Says Dentist Textbook

Aug 14, 2001, 01:00 ET from NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation

    NEW YORK, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Fluoridation is based more on unproven
 theories than scientific evidence, according to a revised dental textbook by
 leaders in the field.
     Dentists have convinced the public, the media, and legislators that 1 part
 per million (ppm) fluoride, an essential nutrient -- they claimed, added to
 water supplies is "optimal" to reduce children's tooth decay, without unwanted
 fluorosis (white-spotted or dark-stained teeth) and that it is safe for
     Ingested fluoride is incorporated into teeth before they erupt which
 reduces cavities, they said. Since residents of areas drinking water with
 natural calcium fluoride had fewer cavities, dentists, neglecting the calcium
 and other tooth building minerals, gave the credit to fluoride then lobbied to
 add fluoride to water supplies to level out tooth decay rates nationwide.
     However, according to "Dentist, Dental Practice, and the Community," 1999,
 by prominent researchers and dental university professors, Burt, Eklund, et
      *  Fluoride is not an essential nutrient. It isn't even a nutrient
      *  Fluoride incorporated into developing teeth does NOT reduce tooth
         decay but does increase fluorosis. Alleged beneficial effects occur
      *  There is no evidence that "optimal" intake inhibits cavities. In
         fact, the authors suggest "optimum intake" of fluoride be dropped
         from common usage.
      *  Near universal fluoridation in the U.S.A. hasn't leveled out tooth
         decay rates, instead fluorosis has spread and increased.
      *  Not every possible hypothesis regarding fluoride and human health was
         tested  before beginning fluoridation.
     "Studies of even low-level fluoridated populations now show fluoride is
 linked to bone fractures, thyroid dysfunction, brain defects, kidney
 abnormalities, infertility, damaged teeth and unexpectedly collects in the
 pineal gland," says Paul Beeber, President and Counsel, New York State
 Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation.
     "It's reprehensible that our taxes continue to fund the failed
 fluoridation experiment with our children as the guinea pigs," says Beeber.
     More from the dental textbook:
      *  "No clear reasons for the caries (cavities) decline (in the U.S.) have
         been identified"
      *  At between 3 and 4 times "optimal," fluoride causes tooth decay
      *  A 1943 estimation that .05 mg ingested fluoride per kilogram of body
         weight could reduce cavities was misinterpreted, over time, as the
         "optimal"  fluoride dose, a level never scientifically verified.
      *  "Dental fluorosis cannot be classed as a public health problem in the
         United States ... It would be a mistake, however, to assume that it
         could not become so."
     "Fluorosis is already a public-health problem that can be solved by
 stopping the addition of fluoride chemicals into public water supplies," says
     Despite Burt's warnings, dentists continue to play games with our lives.
 Like Internet abusers who lure innocent web-surfers with a switch of a
 "dot-com," the American Dental Association (ADA) purchased a website
 (according to http://www.networksolutions.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois) resembling
 opponent's Fluoride Action Network (FAN) which deliberately mis-directs FAN's
 visitors to the ADA's own pro-fluoridation website.
     This ADA strategy, on the eve of the Centers for Disease Control's release
 of new fluoride recommendations, makes us believe we have valid information
 the ADA wants to block from the public for its own damage control.
     Burt et al write, "Fluoridation proponents have also made honest mistakes
 in promoting it. What can appear to some, in retrospect, as arrogance and
 complacency in past years can still present problems in promoting fluoridation
     "We hope the ADA and other fluoridation promoters will replace their
 arrogance and complacency with humility and prudence," says Beeber.
              Contact:  Paul Beeber
                        NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
                        516-433-8882, nyscof@aol.com,
                        Paul Connett
                        Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry
                        St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY,
                        http://www.fluoridealert.org, (NOT ".COM")

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