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Thursday, May 22, 2008

USA - CDC Oral Health Division Must Be Investigated

CDC Oral Health Division Must Be Investigated
Federal Statistics Show Fluoridation has Failed - Officials Promote It Anyway
2008-05-21 17:07:09 - Fluoridation did not lower tooth decay rates according to US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics. (1)
Man-made fluoride chemicals are added to 2/3 of US water supplies ostensibly to reduce tooth decay to levels found in people consuming naturally fluoridated water. This began in 1945 and promised a 60 - 70% cavity reduction.
A 1981 government report reveals the first evidence of fluoridation's failure: (1a) 'Regional differences in caries prevalence in the United States were reported as
early as 1941 and have evidently persisted over four decades.'
The most highly fluoridated states have very high cavity rates, much of it untreated (2), the CDC reports.
For example, CDC statistics show that:
-- Despite a 60% fluoridation rate, Arkansas has the most third-graders suffering with tooth decay (72%) with 42% untreated.

-- Oklahoma third-graders endure the third worst cavity rate (69%) even though 3/4 of the state is fluoridated. (40% is untreated)

-- Nevada's 69% fluoridation rate didn't stop 67% of third-graders from getting cavities. (30% untreated)

-- Similarly, although South Dakota is 78% fluoridated, 67% of their third-graders have cavities. (30% untreated)

The CDC also reports that up to 48% of US school children are fluoride overdosed sporting dental fluorosis - white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth (3). Yet tooth decay is rising in our most fluoridated generation - toddlers (4)

The U.S. Surgeon General reports that excessive fluoride increases
susceptibility to cavities. (10)

Also, Chemicals commonly used to fluoridate drinking water may actually increase rather than decrease tooth decay, according to a study published in a U.S. government journal, "Environmental Health Perspectives." (9)

By neglecting the poor, organized dentistry helped create an oral health epidemic.(5) Eighty percent of dentists refuse Medicaid patients and 108 million Americans lack dental insurance.

'Promoting fluoridation may deflect government regulators from forcing dentists to treat poor children but will solve no problems and create more,' says attorney Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

The CDC calls fluoridation one of the Ten Great Public Health Achievements of the 20th century (7) citing, as its source, a 1999 Dental Textbook by Burt and Eklund, "Dentistry, dental practice, and the community' (published by WB Saunders Company)

This is what the Burt, Eklund dental textbook also reveals:

* Fluoride is neither a nutrient nor essential.

* Fluoride incorporated into developing teeth does NOT reduce tooth
decay but does increase fluorosis. Alleged beneficial effects occur

* There is no evidence that "optimal" intake inhibits cavities. In
fact, the authors suggest "optimum intake" of fluoride be dropped from
common usage.

* Near universal fluoridation in the U.S.A. hasn't leveled out tooth
decay rates, instead fluorosis has spread and increased.

* Not every possible hypothesis regarding fluoride and human health was
tested before beginning fluoridation.

* "No clear reasons for the caries (cavities) decline (in the U.S.)
have been identified"

* At between 3 and 4 times "optimal," fluoride causes tooth decay

* "Dental fluorosis cannot be classed as a public health problem in the
United States ... It would be a mistake, however, to assume that it
could not become so."
Over 1,700 professionals signed a statement urging Congress to sponsor a fluoridation hearing so that those in government agencies who continue to support the procedure, particularly the Oral Health Division of the CDC, be compelled to provide the scientific basis for their ongoing promotion of fluoridation. They must be cross-examined under oath if the public is ever to fully learn the truth about this outdated, ineffective and harmful practice.

Eleven environmental protection agency employee unions, representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals of the Civil Service, called for a halt on drinking water fluoridation programs across the USA and asked EPA management to recognize fluoride as posing a serious risk of causing cancer in people.(8)

You can support this professionals' statement and our EPA scientists by petitioning your representatives here:


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