To Fluoride or Not To Fluoride?
According to Wikipedia Water fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply to reduce tooth decay. Simple and straight forward, correct? But most things in life aren't that simple and water fluoridation is one of them. Gary Null, PhD has written an extensive article in the November 2010 Townsend Letter Report giving interesting statistics regarding fluoridation.
Grand Rapids, MI was the first city to fluoridate their public water. It was done as an experiment that was suppose to be followed for 15 years to determine health benefits and hazards. However, just one year later six more cities in the US had adopted this process. Within the following year 87 more cities joined these original cities. Popular demand was listed as the reason for fluoridating the water prior to the studied being completed....or should we say barely started. This move was cheered by dentists, government agencies and especially the rapid industrial growing companies that were looking for a way to dispose of their toxic waste known as fluoride. The fluoridation of public water source using this toxic waste, was deemed safe if only 1.o ppm were used in the water system. This 'safe' level was determined by H. Trendley Dean, head of the Dental Hygiene Unit of the National Institute of Health. "Unfortunately, Dean's scientific findings, when placed under scrutiny, were found to be shaky, not solid, biased, and not impartial. An independent study of his results revealed that he had engaged in 'selective use of data' employing figures from 21 cities but ignoring findings from 272 other locations that didn't support his results," according to Dr. Null. Of course the public was in support of the addition of fluoride because of the highly successful public relations campaign spearheaded by Edward L. Bernays. Bernays was known in the 1950s as the original spin doctor and a masterful public relations strategist. "As a result of his influence, almost overnight, the popular image of fluoride - which at the time was being widely sold as rat and bug poison- became that of a beneficial provider of gleaming smiles, absolutely safe, and good for children, bestowed by a benevolent paternal government." After all, it reduced the occurrence of tooth decay. Rates of tooth decay were supposedly plummeting due to this intervention. Right??? Decades of worldwide research has actually contradicted the above claim.
- A study comparing prevalence and incidence of tooth decay in 2994 lifelong residence in BC, in grades 5,6,11 and 12 found that decay was not different between fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities.
- The Sierra Club study shows people in non fluoridated developing nations have fewer dental caries than those living in industrialized nations. They state "fluoride is not essential to dental health".
- In 1986-87, the largest study of fluoridation was performed. The subjects were 39,000 school children ages 5 to 17 living in 84 different areas around the US. A third of the locations were fluoridated, a third were not, and a third were partially fluoridated. Results indicated no statistically significant differences in dental decay.
- A World Health Organization survey reports a decline of dental decay in western Europe which is 98% non fluoridated.
- A study done at the University of Arizona indicates surprising results when it states "the more fluoride a child drinks, the more cavities appear in the teeth".
- Although all Native American reservations are fluoridated, children living there have much higher incidences of dental decay and other oral health problems than children living in other nearby locations.
- In 2001 an article in the Journal of the American Dental Association admits that the fluoride swallowed and/or incorporated into teeth is "insufficient to have a measurable effect" on reducing cavities.
- There was an amazing study done in 1997 in La Salud, Cuba. They ceased fluoridating their water and found decay levels remained low for 6 - 9 years old, levels decreased in ages 10 - 11 years old, and significant decrease in ages 12 - 13. The children who presented with no decay rose from 4.8% to a staggering 55.2%.
In light of these and many other research projects many proponents of fluoridating water have begun to express their doubts. The National Institutes Of Health conducted an intensive review of the data supporting fluoride in tap water. They reviewed 560 studies and in 2001 made the following statement, "We are disappointed in the overall quality of the clinical data that we reviewed. According to the panel, far too many studies were small, poorly described, or otherwise methodologically flawed". Most government agencies, however, continue to over look the current scientific studies and evidence produced. They continue to push fluoridation and the so called evidence that they are doing the public a favor. If you would like a copy of this article in its entirety so that you can see the references and make up your own mind please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address. Being well informed is the starting point of wellness.