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UK Against Fluoridation

Thursday, January 20, 2011

USA - Who can we believe about fluoride?

Leroy Gebhart: Who can we believe about fluoride?
Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
Your recent article “U.S. says too much fluoride in water” indicated that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were proposing to reduce the level of fluoride that could be added to public water supplies due to the high incidence of dental fluorosis (yellowing/browning, streaking and pitting of teeth) in children. Currently, the DHHS allows water utilities to add between .7 to 1.2 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water (mg/L) to our water supply. The proposed standard is targeted at .7 mg/L of water

Based on the government’s own statistics, 33 percent to 41 percent of children between the ages of 6-19 have symptoms of dental fluorosis and if one includes those children for whom it couldn’t be definitely determined if they had dental fluorosis, it increases to 40 percent to 48 percent!

When you have almost 50 percent of children suffering from dental fluorosis, I would call that an epidemic, especially when one considers that fluoride is meant to protect children’s teeth. In this instance, the DHHS appears to be deliberately downplaying the significance of the level of dental fluorosis in children, whereas, its normal response is to call a few events an epidemic or disaster. But this is understandable since the DHHS has heavily promoted the use of fluoride for decades, and with the evidence so overwhelming now that children are ingesting too much fluoride, the DHHS is being forced to reluctantly lower the level of fluoride in the water supply.

But is .7 mg of fluoride safe? Will that level prevent dental fluorosis?.........


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