Fluoride - Friend or Foe?
Fluoride in drinking water is a matter of great debate.
Yes it should be added to drinking water....No it should not.
Here we can only summarize how various jurisdictions are dealing with this question.....a question that is not new.
For example in Nebraska, the community of Beatrice added fluoride to its water in 1950 - 1954 on the recommendation of the local Dental association.
In 1954 residents voted 2:1 to halt fluoridation. This is not an isolated instance.
Once more, this subject is being revisited by the State. (Please see below)
Please click here to see the
A Brief History of Fluoride
More Reading on Fluoride
2 Fluorides - Toxic Waste - and - Natural (Beneficial)
Intriguingly, fluoride that is dumped into our water is sourced from such places as scrubbers that clean the smoke going out of smoke stacks at aluminum smelters. The pollutants trapped by the scrubbers are harvested and relabeled as 'fluoride' and dumped into our water to protect our teeth!!
In nature, fluoride occurs naturally. It is found in water. This natural-occurring fluoride has a completely different chemical composition!
The former is nothing less than industrial toxic waste......that proponents of fluoridation say is OK for you and me to drink.
Interestingly, fluoride is being added to the water - not to kill bad germs etc.
...but to medicate us - to make our teeth better.
REALLY?? Here's what the CDC found out....
“Fluorosis is the result of fluoride rearranging the crystalline structure of a tooth's enamel as it is still growing. It is evidence of fluoride's potency and ability to cause physiologic changes within the body, and raises concerns about similar damage that may be occurring in the bones."
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CDC Fluorosis Study
As a matter of interest, click here to see:
CDC'S TOP 10 Scientific Developments 2007
English Dentists push for Fluoridation to Combat Tooth Decay
5th August 2008
It is reported that a secret government plan is in the works where more than 50% of England's drinking water could have fluoride added to it so as to combat tooth decay.
Opponents are against this involuntary 'mass medication' of water as contrary to the population's basic human rights.
Additionally, dentists are being accused of disregarding possible dangers. Fluoride has been linked to such diseases as brittle bones cancer.
On the contrary say Dental experts, who claim there is overwhelming evidence that adding fluoride to water helps reduce tooth decay, with children the biggest beneficiaries.
CDC July 10/08 Community Water Fluoridation Now Reaches
Nearly 70 percent of U.S. Population
Press Release from CDC:
Nearly 70 percent of U.S. residents who get water from community water systems now receive fluoridated water, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.
The proportion of the U.S. population receiving fluoridated water, about 184 million people, increased from 62.1 percent in 1992 to 69.2 percent in 2006, said the study in this week′s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.
“Community water fluoridation is an equitable, cost-effective, and cost-saving method of delivering fluoride to most people,” said Dr. William Maas, director of CDC′s Division of Oral Health. “We′ve seen some marked improvements; however, there are still too many states that have not met the national goal. The national goal is that 75 percent of U.S. residents who are on community water systems be receiving fluoridated water by 2010.”
Fluoride, a naturally occurring compound in the environment, can reduce or prevent tooth decay. Adding or maintaining tiny levels of fluoride in drinking water is a safe and effective public health measure to prevent and control tooth decay (dental caries). The second half of the 20th century saw a major decline in the prevalence and severity of dental caries, attributed in part to the increasing use of fluoride. Based upon studies and a systematic review, the U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services reported that fluoridation resulted in a median 29.1 percent relative decrease in tooth decay.
"The report, “Populations Receiving Optimally Fluoridated Public Drinking Water-United States 1992-2006,”
This report provides the most recent information on the status of fluoridated water by state. The report says the percentage of people served by community water systems with optimal levels (which are defined by the state and vary based on such things as the climate) of fluoridated water ranged from 8.4 percent in Hawaii to 100 percent in the District of Columbia. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have met or exceeded national objectives, while 25 states need improvements. Three states (Colorado, Delaware and Nebraska) that previously reached the national objective dropped below the target by 2006.
During 1998-2006, CDC developed the Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS), a Web-based method to support management of state fluoridation programs and to collect these data. The state has administrative oversight on water fluoridation and CDC relies on state dental or drinking water programs to provide fluoridation data, including populations served, fluoridation status, fluoride concentration, and fluoride source for individual community water systems.
For more information on fluoridation and oral health, please visit www.cdc.gov/oralhealth.
Scientists and Professionals Lash Out Against Water Fluoridation
Public water fluoridation push may expose infants to dangerous levels of fluoride
Dr. Hardy Limeback Comes to Alaska to Help Oppose Fluoridation
Southern California Metropolitan Water District Begins Poisoning Millions with Toxic Synthetic Fluoride Chemicals
April, 2008: the Nebraska Legislature passed LB245, which requires fluoride to be added to drinking water in cities and towns with more than 1,000 residents by June 1, 2010.
Exemption from this law is possible where: Residents vote against it; Fluoride occurs naturally in water.
Interestingly, approximately 40 of the State's 65 water systems are naturally fluoridated.
Additionally, residents are encouraged to perform their own research and share their findings. Clearly, no one really has an answer on the benefits of fluoridation.
And on a final note.......evaluate for yourself....
The Fluoride Deception...
Additional Reading on Fluoride