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Thursday, September 01, 2016

USA - Dentists Unsure of Fluoride's Safety, FOIAs ReveaL

Organized Dentistry, the CDC and others publicly pronounces fluoride as safe to ingest; but privately they aren't so sure, reveals freedom of information ( FOIA ) documents.
Fluoridation Safety Uncertainty Persists Despite Claims to the Contrary

A CDC freedom-of-information request uncovered a document from the American Dental Association (ADA) (1), an ardent fluoridation protector and promoter, asking for fluoride safety studies to include the following:

1. “Determine if and how fluoride metabolism – including fluoride bioavailability, intake and excretion – is influenced by environment, altitude, temperature, genetics, age, sex, race, nutritional status, pharmacological agents, physiological status and culture.

2. Seek to determine the health effects of optimally fluoridated water (0.7 mg/L) for individuals with kidney disease and/or diabetes (Type I and II) and if such an effect varies by age, sex or race.

3. Reports have shown that minority populations have a higher incidence of dental fluorosis. NIDCR [National Institute of Dental Research] should initiate studies that look at total fluoride intake from all sources and the occurrence of dental fluorosis (fluoride-discolored teeth) in all minority populations.”

The FDA has never approved fluoride ingestion - in supplements or in water. See: http://fluoridealert.org/articles/fda-fluoride-supplements-petition/

The National Toxicology Program is reviewing fluoride's neurotoxic effects. See:https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/about_ntp/bsc/2015/december/meetingmaterial/fluoride_508.pdf

The ADA is often the go-to union which legislators and the media consider experts. Most professional unions based their endorsements on their trust of the ADA. This document appears at odds with years of public statements by dental groups assuring the public that fluoridation safety has been extensively researched.

CDC's Oral Health Division shows similar doubt as the ADA. Previous emails released through FOIA requests (2) reveal that at least two members of the US Center for Disease Control's Oral Health Division have worries about fluoride's risks to kidney patients.

CDC says, “The safety and effectiveness of fluoride at levels used in community water fluoridation has been thoroughly documented…”(3)

But, William Maas, (former CDC Oral Health Division Director) admits “There is a lot of uncertainty,” regarding fluoride’s effects to kidney patients in a May 2011 email to ADA Director of Congressional Affairs, Judith Sherman, a registered ADA lobbyist (4).

Cc’d is William Bailey, then acting Director of CDC’s Oral Health Division, who responds: “End stage renal disease may be another issue. Since the body excretes fluoride through the kidneys, it is reasonable to assume that people with end stage [renal] disease may experience a buildup of fluoride.”

Even the ADA admits in its Fluoridation Facts Booklet, that “decreased fluoride removal may occur among persons with severely impaired kidney function who may not be on kidney dialysis.”

Civil rights icon Andrew Young spoke out against fluoridation in 2011, noting that “the story about fluorides keeps changing.” (5)

The new documents also show that Andrew Young’s and Dr. Gerald Durley’s statements opposing fluoridation generated a whirlwind of meetings and correspondence in dental and government circles.(6)

One email exchange reveals that the ADA was concerned that Young’s and Durley’s statements about fluoridation harm to minorities had “the potential to gain traction.”

Other nationally known figures subsequently waded in, such as environmental activist Erin Brockovich who called for Fluoridegate scandal investigations.

Best-selling author and nationally known physician Dr. Mark Hyman issued this statement: “I support federal investigative hearings looking into why our cities and towns are allowed to continue to add fluoride to public water sources and why the whole story about fluorides is only just now coming out." (7)

The ADA’s recommendations were included in a July 21, 2011 email from Nadine Gracia in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Health.

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