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UK Against Fluoridation

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Dry infant formula contains up to 3.98 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride.

Baby formula, fluoride alert
WITH fluoridation of Wodonga’s drinking water to commence on May 23, it’s time to consider ways of minimising total fluoride intake to protect the most vulnerable.
Infants are in particular danger of overdose as some infant formulas have high levels of fluoride.
The National Health and Medical Research Council in 1991 suggested a need to lower fluoride intake in infants.
The suggestion was based on a study that found that dry infant formula contains up to 3.98 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride.
The Health Department would have us believe that 1ppm is safe and yet some infants are receiving almost 5ppm of fluoride when they drink Nan formula mixed with fluoridated water.
Every formula exceeded 1ppm when mixed with fluoridated water.
There is no indication of fluoride content on infant formula tins to alert parents of the danger.
Infant formula manufacturers all claim that they do not have to list the fluoride content on their packaging because they did not put the fluoride in the formula, the fluoride is in the milk before them receiving and packaging it.
Breast milk contains 0.01ppm of fluoride — perfect for infants.
No one in authority will tell you what the fluoride levels are in formulas, not even manufacturers.
The World Health Organisation stated that before fluoride being added to a water supply, the existing fluoride intake should be measured — no studies are ever done.
Studies of children’s teeth show 45 per cent in fluoridated areas have some form of dental fluorosis which is a fluoride overdose — the first visible signs of poisoning.
Recent studies indicate that infants and children under six years should have no added fluoride.
Use unfluoridated toothpaste and select infant formulas that have a low fluoride content.
Others who are at risk from increased fluoride are those with low thyroid function, kidney or liver disease, those on fluoridated medications, those taking fluoride tablets — about 5 per cent of the population is allergic to fluoride.
For more information contact Marilyn on 0409 511 484.

— MARILYN EDGAR,

President, Fluoride Education Awareness Team

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