Health Issues

Do your teeth, or your child’s teeth, have white spots? white streaks? cloudy splotches? brown stains? pitting?

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 You have the condition called dental fluorosis.

Fluorosis is a defect of tooth enamel caused by too much fluoride intake.

What Is Fluorosis?

Dental fluorosis is a defect of the teeth marked by increased porosity of the enamel (a condition known as “hypomineralization“). In the “moderate” and severe forms of fluorosis, the enamel’s porosity increases to such an extent that the teeth can begin to erode and crumble.  Teeth with moderate and severe fluorosis also have very pronounced staining which can deeply disfigure a child’s smile. http://fluoridealert.org/issues/fluorosis/ ________________________________________________________________________________

Fluoride can cause a range of health effects such as:

  • Skeletal fluorosis
  • Arthritis
  • Bone fracture
  • Cancer
  • Immune system alteration
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Brain Effects

Learn more about health effects at: http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/health/

BONE FRACTURE

No one disputes that high doses of fluoride wreak havoc on bone tissue. Millions of people throughout the world, for example, currently suffer a debilitating bone disease called skeletal fluorosis, which is caused by fluoride. For many years, however, fluoride advocates believed that fluoride could also benefit bone due to its ability, under certain circumstances, to increase bone mass. Attempts to use fluoride as an experimental treatment for osteoporosis, however, resulted in more fractures, not less. http://fluoridealert.org/issues/health/bone-fracture/

BRAIN

Fluoride’s ability to damage the brain is one of the most active areas of fluoride research today. In the past three decades, over 100 studies have found that fluoride exposure can damage the brain. This research includes:

  • Over 40 animal studies showing that prolonged exposure to varying levels of fluoride can damage the brain, particularly when coupled with an iodine deficiency, or aluminum excess;
  • 37 human studies linking moderately high fluoride exposures with reduced intelligence;
  • 19 animal studies reporting that mice or rats ingesting fluoride have an impaired capacity to learn and remember;
  • 12 studies (7 human, 5 animal) linking fluoride with neurobehavioral deficits (e.g., impaired visual-spatial organization);
  • 3 human studies linking fluoride exposure with impaired fetal brain development.

Based on this accumulating body of research, several prestigious reviews — including a report authored by the U.S. National Research Council and a meta-analysis published by a team of Harvard scientists – have raised red flags about the potential for low levels of fluoride to harm brain development in some members of the population. http://fluoridealert.org/issues/health/brain/

FLUORIDE & OSTEOSARCOMA (BONE CANCER)

The concern that fluoride can cause cancer has been fueled by evidence linking it to a serious form of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma. This evidence includes a government animal study as well as several studies of human populations living in the United States. Osteosarcoma is a rare, but deadly, form of cancer that strikes primarily during the teenage years. A national case control study published in 2006 by Harvard scientists found that boys exposed to fluoridated water during their 6th, 7th, and 8th years of life (the mid-childhood growth spurt) had a significantly elevated risk of developing osteosarcoma during adolescence. (Bassin 2006). The sex-specific link between fluoride and osteosarcoma in young males is consistent with the government’s animal study, (NTP 1990), which found osteosarcomas in the fluoride-treated male rats, but not the female ones. It is also consistent with previous studies by the National Cancer Institute and New Jersey Department of Health, which both found associations between fluoridation and osteosarcoma in young males, but not females. (Cohn 1992; NCI 1990) http://fluoridealert.org/issues/health/cancer/

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Fluoride in Drinking Water:

A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards 

(2006)

Fluoride in Drinking Water reviews research on various health effects from exposure to fluoride, including studies conducted in the last 10 years. The 2006 National Research Council report was the first U.S. report to look at low-level fluoride toxicity in a balanced way. The reporting panel’s task was to determine whether the maximum contaminant level goal for drinking water, currently 4 ppm, was appropriate for protecting health. The report concluded that the MCLG was too high and should be reduced. The report is clearly relevant to fluoridation since, if 4 ppm is too high (by an unspecified amount) to be acceptable as a contaminant, it cannot be sensible to deliberately add 1 ppm. That implies a safety margin of less than four times, possibly much less — absurdly small by normal toxicological standards. Despite this, the major promoters of fluoridation hastened to state that the report was irrelevant to fluoridation and could be completely disregarded, on the spurious grounds that it dealt only with exposure to fluoride at more than 2 ppm. Acceptance of such a tiny margin of safety indicates a cavalier disregard for public health. The report identified three main concerns — stage II skeletal fluorosis, bone fractures, and severe dental fluorosis —but also drew attention to other potential health hazards especially to the endocrine system and the developing brain. Taken from The Case Against Fluoride, 2010 Paul Connett , James Beck , H. Spedding Micklem  Summary Page 1-12 http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11571&page=1 ________________________________________________________________________________

 

Look at the labels on toothpaste, what does this tell us about the safety of ingesting this substance?

A pea size amount of tooth paste contains 0.25 mg equivalent to 250 ml of water at 1 ppm

 (1 large glass of water )

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