Kidney Foundation Drops Fluoridation Support

Fluoride may damage bones of kidney patients

Jun 09, 2008, 01:00 ET from NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

    NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Kidney
 Foundation withdrew its support of water fluoridation citing the 2006
 National Research Council (NRC) report indicating that kidney patients are
 more susceptible to fluoride's bone and teeth-damaging effects.
     The kidney-impaired retain more fluoride and risk skeletal fluorosis
 (an arthritic-type bone disease), fractures and severe enamel fluorosis,
 which may increase the risk of dental decay, reports the NRC.
     Fluoride is added to US water supplies ostensibly to reduce tooth
 decay. Fluoride is also in foods, beverages, drugs and dental products.
     The National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) former fluoridation position
 statement also carried surprising cautions. The NKF advised monitoring
 children's fluoride intake along with patients with chronic kidney
 impairment, those with excessive fluoride intake, and those with prolonged
 disease. But NKF now admits, "exposure from food and beverages is difficult
 to monitor, since FDA food labels do not quantify fluoride content."
     The NKF's April 15, 2008 statement goes further: "Individuals with CKD
 [Chronic Kidney Disease] should be notified of the potential risk of
 fluoride exposure."
     "More than 20 million Americans have CKD, and most don't even know it.
 More than 20 million others are at increased risk for developing CKD," NKF
     "There is consistent evidence that impairment of kidney function
 results in changes to the way in which fluoride is metabolized and
 eliminated from the body, resulting in an increased burden of fluoride,"
 concludes Kidney Health Australia in a paper NKF recommends reading.
     NKF's fluoridation support was dropped when a lawyer, an academic
 dentist and public health professional, Daniel Stockin, alerted it to NRC's
     "An easy way to reduce the uncontrolled flow of fluoride into our
 bodies is to stop water fluoridation," says attorney Paul Beeber,
 President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. "But it takes
 political will to reject fluoridation."
     The American and Louisiana Dental Associations erroneously claim the
 National Kidney Foundation supports fluoridation. However, even the ADA
 reports that "decreased fluoride removal may occur among persons with
 severely impaired kidney function who may not be on kidney dialysis."
     Chronic kidney disease is a growing health problem in the United States
 occurring more often in African-American populations, says the Centers for
 Disease Control.
     More fluoride/kidney information here:
     Contact: Paul Beeber, JD 516-433-8882
     Daniel Stockin, the Lillie Center, MPH 706-669-0786

SOURCE NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.