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Scientific American Journal having 'Second Thoughts about Fluoride
NEW YORK, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Some recent studies suggest that
over-consumption of fluoride can raise the risks of disorders affecting teeth, bones, the brain and the thyroid gland,"
reports Scientific American editors (January 2008). "Scientific attitudes toward fluoridation may be starting to shift,"
writes author Dan Fagin.
"Fluoride, the most consumed drug in the USA, is deliberately added to 2/3 of public water supplies theoretically to
reduce tooth decay, but with no scientifically-valid evidence proving safety or effectiveness," says lawyer Paul
Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation.
Fagin, award-wining environmental reporter and Director of New York University's Science, Health and
Environmental Reporting Program, writes, "There is no universally accepted optimal level for daily intake of fluoride."
Some researchers even wonder whether the 1 mg/L added into drinking water is too much, reports Fagin.
After 3 years of scrutinizing hundreds of studies, a National Research Council (NRC) committee "concluded that
fluoride can subtly alter endocrine function, especially in the thyroid -- the gland that produces hormones regulating
growth and metabolism," reports Fagin.
Fagin quotes John Doull, professor emeritus of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Kansas Medical
Center, who chaired the NRC committee thusly, "The thyroid changes do worry me."
Fluoride in foods, beverages, medicines and dental products can result in fluoride over-consumption, visible in young
children as dental fluorosis -- white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth. We cannot normally see fluoride's
effects to the rest of the body.
Reports Fagin, "a series of epidemiological studies in China have associated high fluoride exposures with lower IQ."
"Epidemiological studies and tests on lab animals suggest that high fluoride exposure increases the risk of bone
fracture, especially in vulnerable populations such as the elderly and diabetics," writes Fagin.
Fagin interviewed Steven Levy, director of the Iowa Fluoride Study which tracked about 700 Iowa children for sixteen
years. Nine-year-old" Iowa children who lived in communities where the water was fluoridated were 50 percent more
likely to have mild fluorosis... than [nine-year-old] children living in non-fluoridated areas of the state," writes Fagin.
Levy will study fluoride's effects on their bones.
Over 1200 professionals urge Congress to cease water fluoridation and conduct
Congressional hearings because scientific evidence indicates fluoridation is ineffective and has serious health risks.
Support them; write your representative here:
Contact: Paul Beeber, Esq.
Source: NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Jan. 2/
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Submitted by Crystal Harvey,
Fluoride Action Network
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