Saturday, April 25, 2020

Fluoride/Brain Studies Ignited June 8 Federal Fluoridation Trial 

Twice-delayed, a lawsuit seeking to prohibit the addition of fluoridation chemicals into public water systems in the US because of the threat fluoride poses to the developing brain will begin June 8, 2020, in Federal District Court in San Francisco

Federal Case No. 17-CV-02162-EMC  against the EPA, challenging water fluoridation safety, was brought by several environmental groups led by Food & Water Watch and the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) under provisions in the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).  
Plaintiffs argue that fluoride's neurotoxic harm to children presents an unreasonable risk and far outweighs any possible benefit to teeth. Over 400 studies link fluoride to neurological effects.
This groundbreaking case challenges a practice endorsed by the U.S. Public Health Service 70 years ago, without safety evidence, that today affects more than 200 million Americans through water systems in thousands of communities.  
Paul Connett, FAN Executive Director says, "Several well-conducted and government funded Mother-Offspring studies indicate that fluoride has the potential to lower the children's IQ. These studies have changed the ball-game on the argument over fluoride's neurotoxicity."  
Further, as of 2020, there have been 72 fluoride-IQ studies -  64 found a lower IQ among children with higher fluoride exposure. Many of the earlier studies were in places with elevated natural fluoride levels. There is now very strong evidence that fluoride damages both the fetal and infant brain at the levels used to artificially fluoridate areas. 

"You only have to read four studies (below)  to realize that deliberately adding fluoride to drinking water unnecessarily endangers children’s brains. Three* of these four studies were funded by the National Institutes of Health,” says Connett.

The first * published in Sept 2017 is a groundbreaking study from Mexico City. This study found a strong association between the amount of fluoride women were exposed to during pregnancy and lowered IQ in their offspring.

The second published in 2019 in JAMA Pediatrics essentially replicated the Mexico City finding in Canadian communities.

The third published in 2019 found a staggering 284% increase in the prevalence of ADHD among children in fluoridated communities in Canada compared to non-fluoridated ones.

The fourth published in 2020 reported that children who were bottle-fed in fluoridated communities in Canada lost up to 9 IQ points compared to those in non-fluoridated communities.

“The level of evidence that fluoride is neurotoxic now far exceeds the evidence that was in place when lead was banned from gasoline,” says Connett.

Plaintiffs are represented by Michael Connett and C. Andrew Waters of Waters Kraus and Paul of El Segundo, California. The defendant is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), represented by the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.  

EPA plans to call on hired experts from the consulting firm Exponent Inc., known for servicing large corporations.   

A Fact Sheet providing further information on the case is at http://fluoridealert.org/tsca-fact-sheet/  

Friday, July 07, 2017

Fluoride is Damaging Teeth, Fed Stats Reveal 

The most recent federal data reveals that over half of US children consumed so much fluoride it permanently discolored their teeth, while cavity rates have increased.

Fifty-seven percent of 6-19 year-olds have dental fluorosis, according to a 2016 Boston University dissertation by Behbehani, et al which was presented at the April 2017 National Oral Health Conference,  Behbehani also reported “[t]here was a significant increase in caries [cavity] experience.”

Fluoride is claimed to reduce tooth decay. But over-consumption while teeth are forming causes dental fluorosis – white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth. Cavity risk actually increases with more advanced fluorosis.

Using the same data-set as Behbehani, Fluoride Action Network (FAN) researchers, reportsthe 2011-2012 NHANES survey found dental fluorosis in 58.3% of the surveyed adolescents, including an astonishing 21.2% with moderate fluorosis, and 2% with severe.”

FAN reports the “data suggests that up to 24 million adolescents now have some form of dental fluorosis, with over 8 million adolescents having moderate fluorosis, and 840,000 having severe fluorosis.”

Fluoridation’s 1945 inception promised that only 10% would suffer the mildest, without moderate or severe, fluorosis. Today, unknown amounts of fluoride are delivered to virtually every American via the water, food supply, dental products, air pollution and/or medicines.

Several studies link higher fluorosis levels to more tooth decay e.g. Caries Research 2/2013; Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2004; International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry 2001.

Low-income children, often the reason for mass-fluoridation, don’t benefit from fluoridation.

Attempts to reduce fluorosis rates have failed, including lowering infant formula fluoride levels, lowering supplement dose protocols, advising toddlers use pea-sized dabs of toothpaste without swallowing and avoiding the routine mixing of fluoridated water into infant formula.

In 2011, HHS further recommended lowering water fluoride levels to 0.7 mg/L to avoid fluorosis

“However, water concentration doesn’t equate to a child’s daily dose,” says Attorney Paul Beeber,  President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF) “Politics, not science, supports fluoridation – which is delivering risks without benefits.  Fluoridation is a sacred cow connected to the political viability of organized dentistry and the legislators they influence. People need to contact their elected officials and demand fluoridation be stopped and de-funded.”

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Saturday, January 09, 2016

Feds Look Into Fluoride’s Adverse Brain Effects 

The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) plans to review hundreds of studies linking fluoride to adverse brain effects. The report won’t be finalized until 2018 and may signal an end to the fluoridation program nation-wide, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF)

“It’s careless to put your constituents in harm’s way when important safety studies have yet to be done,” says attorney Paul Beeber, President NYSCOF.

According to attorney Michael Connett, Fluoride Action Network (FAN) Executive Director, "FAN has identified 314 studies that have investigated fluoride’s effects on the brain and nervous system. This includes 181 animal studies, 112 human studies, and 21 cell studies,

The majority of these studies were published after the 2006 National Research Council’s fluoride toxicology report  concluded, "It is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain."

Responding to the NTPs information request, FAN summarized the latest research in its letter, writing:  “Since proponents of fluoridation like to claim  that fluoride only reduces IQ at enormously high doses, we made sure to draw NTPs attention to 23 studies where IQ reductions were found at levels at, or below, EPA's current ‘safe’ drinking water level (4 ppm) for fluoride, with a few studies even finding IQ loss at the so-called ‘optimal’ levels that are added to water for fluoridation.”
“FAN's submission included a great deal of other information which every legislators should read before starting or continuing water fluoridation, for constituent safety,” says Beeber.

Our children are already fluoride-overdosed. Connett reveals “The rates of fluorosis have continued to rise since the early 2000s, as evident by the CDC’s 2011-2012 NHANES survey, which found that 57% of adolescents now have the condition, with a staggering 21% of adolescents displaying moderate fluorosis on at least two teeth, up from 2% in 1999-2004 Severe fluorosis has also increased, from < 1% to 2%.”

Dental fluorosis is white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth which occurs when children consume too much fluoride while their teeth are forming.  

What is the NTP?

The NTP was established in 1978 to develop cutting-edge scientific tools to investigate "concerns about the human health effects of chemical agents in our environment." The NTP was created because "Many human diseases were thought to be directly or indirectly related to chemical exposures; therefore, it was thought that decreasing or eliminating human exposures to those chemicals would help prevent some human disease and disability."

On December 2, NTP's Board of Scientific Counselors held a hearing in which it considered the proposed fluoride/brain study Videotape is  here.
At the hearing, Dr. Kristina Thayer, of NTP's Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT), outlined the studies that NTP seeks to conduct on fluoride. These studies include (1) a systematic review of the existing research on fluoride's developmental neurotoxicity, including human, animal, and cellular studies, and (2) NTP's own animal experiments that will be conducted to clarify fluoride's effects on learning and memory and the doses that cause these effects.  

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Newsweek: Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities 

Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities, Scientific Review Shows

If you’re like two-thirds of Americans, fluoride is added to your tap water for the purpose of reducing cavities. But the scientific rationale for putting it there may be outdated, and no longer as clear-cut as was once thought. Water fluoridation, which first began in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and expanded nationwide over the years,…
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Legal Scholar: Fluoridation an Illegitimate Human Experiment? 

"The cessation of all compulsory water fluoridation schemes should be the goal of all public health agencies, ethical lawmakers and informed citizens," argues Rita Barnett-Rose, Chapman University Associate Law Professor, (online August 2014), reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF).

Evidence of fluoride's harm is ignored, downplayed or not studied; benefits exaggerated and informed consent disregarded. "Claims that fluoridation is not mass medication are unpersuasive," she writes. 

After scientists disproved the 1945 theory assuming ingested fluoride was essential for healthy teeth, fluoridation promoters newly speculate, without evidence, that fluoridation benefits low-income children who have the most decay and least access to dental care – a problem that persists today despite 7 decades of fluoridation. In fact, dental socioeconomic disparities have increased.

The National Research Council acknowledges significant fluoride health research has yet to be done - especially fluoride's effect on the young brain.

Using case law, legal opinions and scientific reports, Barnett-Rose argues that fluoridation schemes allow public health officials to experiment on human subjects without their informed consent.

"Adding a drug to the water supply to treat or prevent the disease of tooth decay is unquestionably a medical intervention, and the fact that the risks of this drug are still being determined by public agencies, supports an argument that water fluoridation is an ongoing human medical experiment," she writes.

"Continued imposition of compulsory water fluoridation schemes violates numerous legal and ethical human subjects' research protocols," argues Barnett-Rose.

"It is no longer acceptable for public health officials to simply dismiss the accruing negative data and to continue to insist that the levels of fluoride children and adults are receiving on a daily basis are without any serious health consequences," she writes.

Attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President says, "Politics plays a heavy hand in fluoridation policy and promotion which seems to protect special interest groups, corporations and government agencies instead of the American public who are unwitting guinea pigs in this ongoing fluoridation experiment."

Barnett-Rose writes: "Taking politics and long-entrenched agendas out of the mix, the risks of tooth decay, while perhaps still significant for a minority of individuals, are significantly outweighed by the human rights burdens, economic costs, and risks of other bodily harm for the majority of those affected."

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Study: Hidden Fluoride in Infant Foods Can Mar Babies' Teeth (via PR Newswire)
NEW YORK, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Babies risk dental fluorosis from unlabeled fluoride in infant foods, say researchers in General Dentistry, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF). Detectable fluoride…

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dr. Paul Connett, Executive Director of the Fluoride Action Network and co-author of "The Case Against Fluoride," explains why you should take action to stop fluoridation in your community and state

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Is Fluoride "Brain-Drain" Damaging Generations of Children? (via PR Newswire)

NEW YORK, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fluoride is one of 213 known brain-toxic chemicals that may lower the intelligence of generations of children, reports renowned physician and 30-year brain researcher, Dr. Phillipe Grandjean in his…

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Sunday, February 03, 2013

AOL On - Fluoride Lowers IQ 

AOL On - Fluoride Lowers IQ  

Studies of Fluoride Supplements: No Evidence of Safety - No Benefit Either 

Studies of Fluoride Supplements: No Evidence of Safety - No Benefit Either (via PR Newswire)

NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to the Cochrane Oral Health Group, fluoride supplements fail to reduce tooth decay in primary teeth, permanent teeth cavity-reduction is dubious and health risks are little studied (1). Further, "When fluoride supplements were compared with…

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Fluoride Damages Children's Liver and Kidneys, study shows 

New Research: Fluoride Damages Children's Liver and Kidneys (NYSCOF) (via PR Newswire)

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Fluoride in drinking water damages children's liver and kidney functions, according to a new study in "Environmental Research"(1), reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF). Xiong and colleagues write, "Our results suggest that drinking…

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New Studies: Fluoridation Fails to Reduce Cavities in New York City and Nationally 

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New Studies: Fluoridation Fails to Reduce Cavities in New York City and Nationally (via PR Newswire)

NEW YORK, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research shows that fluoride chemicals added to U.S. public water supplies are not reducing tooth decay as promoted and promised by government agencies, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF). Using federal…

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Limit Fluoride to Prevent Lead Poisoning, Study Says 

Limit Fluoride to Prevent Lead Poisoning, Study Says (via PR Newswire)

NEW YORK, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  Fluoride chemicals added to public water supplies, boosts lead absorption in lab animals' bones, teeth and blood, report Sawan, et al. (Toxicology 2/2010). Earlier studies already show children's blood-lead-levels are higher in fluoridated communities…

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Friday, October 08, 2010

Interview about water fluoridation with Dr Doug Everingham (Australian H... 

Former Australian Health Minister explains why he opposes water fluoridation

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Prof Connett Part 5 

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Friday, September 24, 2010


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Thursday, September 23, 2010


Saturday, May 01, 2010

Limit Fluoride to Prevent Lead Poisoning, study says

– Fluoride chemicals added to public water supplies, boosts lead absorption in lab animals’ bones, teeth and blood, report Sawan, et al. (Toxicology 2/2010). Earlier studies already show children’s blood-lead-levels are higher in fluoridated communities, reports Sawan’s research team.

“…exposure to increased amounts of lead and fluoride occurs at about the same age (1-3 years)… Therefore, this is a critical time when systemic exposure to fluoride should be minimized since fluoride may increase lead accumulation,” the researchers caution.

Low-level lead exposure is associated with lower IQ, ADHD and many health and behavior ailments.

NSF International is a private company that regulates public water supply additives. February 2008 NSF reported that 2% of the 245 fluoridation chemicals sampled from 2000 to 2006 had detectable levels of Lead. (There are approximately 155,000 US public water supplies.) Lead is an allowable trace contaminant in fluoridation chemicals along with antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, selenium, and thallium. See:


Sawan’s team put fluosilicic acid, with and without lead, into lab animals’ drinking water. They found more lead in tooth enamel, surface bone, whole bone, and tooth dentine in rats co-exposed to fluoride and lead.

Possibly anticipating criticism that rats were fed higher fluoride-concentrated water than people drink, the authors write, “this concentration was chosen because it produces plasma fluoride levels that are comparable with those commonly found in humans…”

Increased prevalence and severity of fluoride-discolored teeth (fluorosis) proves US children are already fluoride-overexposed "which may cause their blood-lead levels to increase and produce more lead toxicity,” they write.

“These findings suggest that a biological effect, not recognized so far, may underlie the epidemiological association between increased blood-lead levels in children and water fluoridation,” concludes Sawan’s research team.

“[O]ur findings may have serious implications for populations exposed to increased amounts of both lead and fluoride, particularly young children,” the research team writes.

Attorney Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF) says, “People need to lobby and petition their legislators to stop fluoridation in their towns, cities and states. Legislators are ignoring the science proving fluoridation is endangering our health, our water supplies and wasting tax dollars while denying freedom of choice.” (see: http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/sitemap.html )

Masters and Coplan’s landmark studies show higher blood-lead-levels in children living in silico-fluoridated communities (Neurotoxicology 2000, 2007). Macek’s research shows children’s higher blood-lead-levels are associated with water fluoridation when lead is already in the environment (Environmental Health Perspectives, 2006).

Some fluoridation chemicals originate in China, Mexico and Japan, reports the CDC. ABC-TV Boston reported that a Massachusetts city was forced to discontinue fluoridation because Chinese fluoridation chemicals were clogging up the water system with an unidentifiable contaminant.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It's Time to Retire Fluoridation

New York - January 25 2010 -- Sixty-five years ago, sodium fluoride powder was slowly poured into Grand Rapids, Michigan's public water supply to see if drinking fluoridated water (fluoridation) really safely reduced children's tooth decay. Nearby Muskegon was left fluoridation-free, for only 5 years, as the experiment's control city for comparison purposes even though evaluations were made after 15 years. (1)

Before then, sodium fluoride was mainly used as a rat poison.

The study failed and was seriously flawed; but early over-zealous fluoridationists ignored this inconvenient

truth. Fluoridation was declared a success, anyway (2) and spread across the country and the world based on positive-spun PR but invalid science.

So what's happening today?

Grand Rapids children have high rates of tooth decay and fluoride overdose - dental fluorosis, white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted enamel.(3)

According to the Grand Rapids Press, one pediatric dentist said in 2007 "...we see children under the age of 2 with active decay...Rather than just a few cavities, we're seeing a lot of cavities. It's not unusual to see a child with 8 to 10 cavities." (4)

Despite 65 years of water fluoridation reaching 70% of Americans on public water supplies and virtually 100% via the food supply and despite 55 years of fluoridated toothpaste, tooth decay has increased in our most fluoridated population - toddlers - and UNtreated tooth decay has risen, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). (5) Incredibly, American children have died from the consequences of untreated tooth decay. (5a) with up to 48% of US school children now sporting dental fluorosis, according to the CDC.

Today sodium fluoride is purchased from China and something's wrong with it. Water engineers complain it's clogging up their systems (6)

Fluoridation opposition is scientific, respectable and growing.

Over 2,700 professionals urge the US Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted, citing scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement http://www.fluorideaction.org/statement.august.2007.html

Also, eleven Environmental Protection Agency employee unions representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals called for a moratorium on drinking water fluoridation programs across the country, and have asked EPA management to recognize fluoride as posing a serious risk of causing cancer in people.

Approximately, 80 US communities rejected fluoridation in 2008 & 2009 (7).


1) Grand Rapids fluoridation Study - Results Pertaining to the

Eleventh Year of Fluoridation, by Francis A Arnold ,American Journal of Public Health, May 1957 "In making comparisons on these data it should be remembered that Muskegon started fluoridation in July 1951" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1551218/pdf/amjphnation01088-0018.pdf

2) Fluoridation: Errors and Omissions in Experimental Trials [Chapters
19, 20 and 21. Philip Sutton. Originally published in 1960]

3) "Some babies get too much fluoride," The Grand Rapids Press, by Morgan Jarema October 09, 2007 http://www.fluoridealert.org/news/3091.html

4) "Protecting kids' teeth includes trips to the dentist," The Grand Rapids Press, by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, June 19, 2007

5) "Tooth Decay In American Preschool Kids On The Rise"

5a) "For Want of a Dentist Pr. George's Boy Dies After Bacteria From Tooth Spread to Brain," Washington Post


6) "Feds Note Fluoride Problem," January 25, 2010

7) http://www.FluorideAction.Net/communities.htm

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Study Links Fluoride to Premature Births

State University of New York (SUNY) researchers found more premature births in fluoridated than non-fluoridated upstate New York communities, according to a presentation made at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting on November 9, 2009 in Philadelphia. (1)

Fluoridation is the addition of fluoride chemicals into public water supplies ostensibly to prevent tooth decay. Many groups oppose fluoridation because of its scientifically-documented health risks. (2)

Human pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks or just more than 9 months. A baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy is considered a preterm (or premature) birth. About 12 percent of US pregnancies are preterm and this is one of the top causes of infant death in the US, according to the US National Institutes of Health. (3)

The SUNY researchers used 1993-2002 data from the NY Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS), which collects patient characteristics, diagnoses, treatments, services and charges for every hospital discharge, ambulatory surgery patient and emergency department admission in New York State. They recorded fluoridation residence status (under or over 1 milligram fluoride per Liter of water) and adjusted for age, race/ethnicity, neighborhood poverty level, hypertension and diabetes.

“Domestic water fluoridation was associated with an increased risk of PTB [preterm birth]. This relationship was most pronounced among women in the lowest SES [socio-economic-status] groups (>10% poverty) and those of non-white racial origin,” write Rachel Hart, et al. Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, SUNY School of Public Health.

Previous published research by others has shown that fluoride can interfere with the reproductive system. (4)

“It would be wise to follow the lead of the 7,000 Environmental Protection Agency scientists and public health professionals (5) who asked Congress to place a moratorium on fluoridation until definitive studies are conducted to prove fluoridation is safe for every human consuming it,” says attorney Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. “Clearly fluoridation is not safe for everyone," says Beeber.

At the request of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a National Research Council (NRC) panel of experts reviewed current fluoride toxicology. In 2006 they concluded that the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water is too high to be protective of health. At least three NRC panel members believe water fluoride levels should be as close to zero as possible. The EPA has yet to perform a fluoride risk assessment based on the NRC's findings leaving millions of Americans at risk of fluoride's adverse health effects.

According to Dr. Bill Hirzy, Chair of American University’s Chemistry Department and former EPA scientist from 1981 to 2008, the EPA fears “setting a maximum contaminant level goal of zero because that would mean the EPA is going to be responsible for the end of the water fluoridation program. EPA knows that there will be enormous political flak for doing that.” (6)

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1) 197468 Relationship between municipal water fluoridation and preterm birth in Upstate New York Rachel Hart, BA, MPH, et al. Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York, Rensselaer, NY


(2) Fluoride Action Network – Health Effects Database

(3) National Institutes of Health, “Preterm Labor and Birth,”


(4) Fluoride Action Network - HEALTH EFFECTS: Fluoride & the Reproductive System http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/repro/index.html

(5) Why EPA Headquarters Union of Scientists Opposes Fluoridation


(6) The Eagle, “Hirzy: EPA drags feet on fluoride.” by Howie Perlman, October 28, 2009


Monday, June 15, 2009

Another Study Links Fluoride to Bone Cancer

New York – May 2009 -- Blood fluoride levels were significantly higher in patients with osteosarcoma than in control groups, according to research published in Biological Trace Element Research (April 2009). Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, occurs mostly in children and young adults

Sandhu and colleagues measured serum fluoride levels in three equal groups of age-matched and sex-matched patients. Group one had osteosarcoma; group two had non-osteosarcoma bone tumors; and group three had musculo-skeletal pain. (1)

“Mean serum fluoride concentration was found to be significantly higher in patients with osteosarcoma as compared to the other two groups,” write Sandhu’s team. “(T)his report proves a link between raised fluoride levels in serum and osteosarcoma,” they write.

This reinforces a 2006 published Harvard study by Bassin showing a link between water fluoridation and osteosarcoma in young boys. (2)

A 1992 New Jersey Department of Health study shows osteosarcoma rates higher among young males in fluoridated vs. unfluoridated regions of New Jersey. (3)

More studies link fluoride to bone and other cancers but are downplayed or ignored by government officials. (4)(5)

Bone defects similar to bone cancer were detected in fluoridated Newburgh NY children as early as 1955. Newburgh is home of the first human health fluoridation experiment begun in 1945.

According to Christopher Bryson in The Fluoride Deception. “A radiologist, Dr. John Caffey of Columbia University, called the defects ‘striking’ in their ‘similarity’ to bone cancer… and seen more than twice as frequently among boys in Newburgh as among boys in nonfluoridated Kingston [the control city].” (6)

In 2006, the prestigious National Research Council review of fluoride/fluoridation toxicology found a fluoride/bone cancer link plausible.

“If governments truly want to save money, stopping fluoridation is a no-brainer. It would save money, preserve health and teeth,” says attorney Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation.

In 2005, 11 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee unions, representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals called for a moratorium on fluoridation programs across the country and asked EPA management to recognize fluoride as posing a serious risk of causing cancer in people. (7)

In addition, over 2,440 professionals urge the US Congress to stop fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted, citing scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement:

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1) Biological Trace Element Research, “Serum Fluoride and Sialic Acid Levels in Osteosarcoma,” by Sandhu R, Lal H, Kundu ZS, Kharb S, Apr 24, 2009 [Epub ahead of print]

2) Cancer Causes Control "Age-specific fluoride exposure in drinking water and
osteosarcoma (United States), by Bassin et al., May 2006

3) New Jersey Department of Health, “A Brief Report On The Association Of Drinking Water Fluoridation And The Incidence of Osteosarcoma Among Young Males,” Cohn PD. (1992).

4) Fluoride and Osteosarcoma


5) Fluoride and Cancer


6) The Fluoride Deception, by Christopher Bryson
with a foreword by Dr. Theo Colborn, Seven Stories Press,
May 2004


7) Press Release August 19, 2005, “EPA Unions Call for Nationwide Moratorium on Fluoridation, Congressional Hearing on Adverse Effects, Youth Cancer Cover Up,” Contact: Dr. William Hirzy, Vice-President NTEU Chapter 280


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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Officials Lie About Fluoridation Safety

The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) new Fluoridation Position Statement is based on many documents that neither support nor evaluate fluoridation’s safety and/or effectiveness as it claims (1).

APHA asserts, “All of these reviews have found CWF [Community Water Fluoridation] to be safe and effective.” Here’s the truth about APHA’s “supportive” references:

National Research Council (2006)

This isn’t a fluoridation risk/benefit analysis. It found EPA’s current fluoride maximum-contaminant-level-goal for drinking water is not protective of health and must be lowered. (2)

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (2003)

This report says "… subsets of the population may be unusually susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride and its compounds…the elderly, people with osteoporosis, people with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and/or protein." (3)

University of York, UK (2000)

About this report, the Centre for Review and Dissemination writes “We were unable to discover any reliable good-quality evidence in the fluoridation literature world-wide.” (4)

Lewis and Banting, Canada (1994)

“The effectiveness of water fluoridation alone cannot now be determined,” they write. (5)

New York State Department of Health (1990)

The authors concluded: “… some individuals may experience hypersensitivity to fluoride-containing agents.” And, “…it is currently impossible to draw firm conclusions regarding the independent effect of fluoride in drinking water on caries prevalence using an ecologic study design.” (6)

World Health Organization (2006)

This report, not about fluoridation, documents high levels of natural fluoride causing human bone and teeth malformation in many countries. (7)

Medical Research Council, UK (2002)

This report, not a fluoridation risk/benefit analysis, identifies fluoridation health uncertainties such as total exposure and bone effects. (8)

Institute of Medicine (1999)

Since fluoride is not a nutrient, this report set the adequate intake from all sources to avoid children’s moderate dental fluorosis (discolored teeth) and, also, the upper limit to avoid crippling bone damage -- which the IOM admits “is too high for persons with certain illnesses…” (9)

While APHA says that fluoridation reduced the incidence and severity of tooth decay, ”No clear reasons for the caries decline have been identified,” according to dental textbook, Dentistry, Dental Practice, and the Community (Burt and Eklund).

“Why is the APHA misrepresenting these documents and not publicizing fluoridation’s health risks and uncertainties, therefore, protecting fluoridation instead of the American public?” asks attorney Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

Over 2,200 professionals urge Congress to stop fluoridation. Join them at http://congress.FluorideAction.Net


1) American Public Health Association Oral Health Section Newsletter, Winter 2009


2) “Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of

EPA's Standards,”

Committee on Fluoride in Drinking Water, National

Research Council, Executive Summary, 2006


3) US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Toxicological Profile for Fluorides, Hydrogen Fluordie, and Fluorine, (2003) http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp11.pdf

4) “What the 'York Review' on the fluoridation of drinking water really found,” October 28 2003,A statement from the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/fluoridnew.htm

5) Lewis DW, Banting DW. Water fluoridation: current effectiveness and dental fluorosis. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1994;22:153–158 http://tinyurl.com/bhtlkq

6). Kaminsky LS, Mahoney MC, Leach J, Melius J, Miller MJ. Fluoride: benefits and risks of exposure. Crit Rev Oral Biol Med. 1990;1:261–281 http://crobm.iadrjournals.org/cgi/reprint/1/4/261

7) World Health Organization, “New WHO report tackles fluoride in drinking-water,” November 2006 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/new/2006/nw04/en/index.html
8). Medical Research Council. Medical Research Council Working Group Report: Water Fluoridation and Health. September 2002. www.mrc.ac.uk/Utilities/Documentrecord/index.htm?d=MRC002482

9) Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Fluoride: Background Information. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D and Fluoride. Report of the Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes. Washington, DC:http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309063507

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Fluoridation and Tea DO NOT MIX, Studies Continue to Show

Fluoridation puts tea drinkers at risk of damaged bones, discolored teeth and soft tissue harm, studies show.

Tea has naturally high fluoride levels. Excess fluoride can weaken bones and discolor children’s un-erupted teeth. When fluoridated water is used to make tea, fluoride levels consumed can be health damaging.

Four cups, of 20 teas sampled, delivered 0.8 to 1.8 mg of fluoride, when non-fluoridated water was used, reports Cao et al. in Food Chemistry.

“Among populations habitually consuming black tea, water fluoridation is not only unnecessary but also possibly harmful…The target organs of chronic fluoride intoxication are not only the teeth and skeleton, but also the liver, kidney, nervous and reproductive systems,” they write.

A March 2008 Food and Chemical Toxicology study found up to 4.5, 1.8, and 0.5 mg/L fluoride in black, green and white teas, respectively, when brewed for 5 minutes (61 teas sampled).

Brewed teas could contain up to 6 mg/L fluoride depending on the amount of dry tea used, the water fluoride concentration and the brewing time, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

According to 1997 ADA data, 3 and 4 milligrams daily is adequate for women and men, respectively, to prevent fluoride’s adverse effects. It’s much lower for children. In 2006, the National Research Council reported the basis for those levels should be reduced.

Case Reports by Cao and Yi in the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry (February 2008) “Tea and fluorosis:”

--A 57-year-old Englishman’s misdiagnosed Paget’s disease (weakened bones) with osteoarthritis was finally correctly diagnosed as skeletal fluorosis caused by his long-term heavy tea-drinking habit.

--A Pakistani woman’s dental fluorosis resulted solely from tea which she consumed from age two.

--A 36-year-old Chinese woman’s ten-years of joint pain disappeared when she stopped drinking tea.

--French doctors identified 5 patients who developed bone softening (osteomalacia) from drinking tea.

-- An American woman's fluoride-caused debilitating joint pains disappeared when her two-gallon-a-day iced-tea habit stopped.

"By 2020, one in two Americans over age 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis or low bone mass," according to the Surgeon General.

“It’s clear that fluoridation is increasing Americans’ bone damage. Presidential candidates must pledge to stop water fluoridation if they truly care about individuals and not fluoridation-supporting special interest groups such as the American Dental Association,” says attorney Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

Fluoride is in many foods as determined by the USDA http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=6312

According to American Dental Association, the adequate intake of fluoride to avoid moderate fluorosis (yellow teeth) is:

-- 0.01 mg/day for 0 to 6-month-olds
-- 0.5 mg/day for 7 through 12 months
-- 0.7 mg/day for 1 to 3-year-olds
-- 1.0 mg/day for 4 to 8-year-olds

Mild fluorosis is white spots, lines or blotches to the teeth and can occur at levels lower than the above.

The CDC reports that fluorosis afflicts up to 48% of US school children - 4% of it severe.

Both the ADA and CDC advise that infant formula should not be mixed with fluoridated water.

New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation



Past News Releases: http://tinyurl.com/NewsReleases


Food Chemistry, "Safety evaluation on fluoride content in black tea," by Cao et al. (November 2004)

Food Chemical Toxicology, "Assessment of fluoride concentration and daily intake by human from tea and herbal infusions," by Malinowska et al. (March 2008)

Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, "Tea and fluorosis," by Juan Yi and Jin Cao (February 2008)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fluoride Damages the Thyroid, report shows

There is clear evidence that small amounts of fluoride, at or near levels added to U.S. water supplies, present potential risks to the thyroid gland, according to the National Research Council’s (NRC) first-ever published review of the fluoride/thyroid literature.(A)

Fluoride, in the form of silicofluorides, injected into 2/3 of U.S. public water supplies, ostensibly to reduce tooth decay, was never safety-tested.(B)

“Many Americans are exposed to fluoride in the ranges associated with thyroid effects, especially for people with iodine deficiency,” says Kathleen Thiessen, PhD, co-author of the government-sponsored NRC report. “The recent decline in iodine intake in the U.S could contribute to increased toxicity of fluoride for some individuals,” says Thiessen.

“A low level of thyroid hormone can increase the risk of cardiac disease, high cholesterol, depression and, in pregnant woman, decreased intelligence of offspring,” said Thiessen.(C)

Common thyroid symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, fuzzy thinking, low blood pressure, fluid retention, depression, body pain, slow reflexes, and more. It’s estimated that 59 million Americans have thyroid conditions.(D)

Robert Carton, PhD, an environmental scientist who worked for over 30 years for the U.S. government including managing risk assessments on high priority toxic chemicals, says “fluoride has detrimental effects on the thyroid gland of healthy males at 3.5 mg a day. With iodine deficiency, the effect level drops to 0.7 milligrams/day for an average male.”(E) (1.0 mg/L fluoride is in most water supplies)

Among many others, the NRC Report cites human studies which show

- fluoride concentrations in thyroids exceeding that found in other soft tissues except kidney

- an association between endemic goiter and fluoride exposure or enamel fluorosis in human populations

- fluoride adversely affects thyroid and parathyroid hormones, which affect bone health

“If you have a thyroid problem, avoiding fluoride may be a good preventive health measure for you,” writes Drs’ Richard and Karilee Shames in “Thyroid Power.”(F).

Over, 1700 Physicians, Dentists, Scientists, Academics and Environmentalists urge Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted. They cite new scientific evidence that fluoridation is ineffective and has serious health risks. (http://www.fluorideaction.org/statement.august.2007.html)

Scientific American quotes John Doull, professor emeritus of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, who chaired the NRC committee thusly, “The thyroid changes do worry me.”

“Fluoride can harm bones, teeth, kidneys, the brain and more,” says lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. "It's time to stop fluoridation."

Eleven environmental protection agency employee unions, representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals , 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.

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


(A) "Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards," Committee on Fluoride in Drinking Water, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies of Science. March 2006 Chapter 8


"Thyroid Function: Fluoride exposure in humans is associated with elevated TSH concentrations, increased goiter prevalence, and altered T4 and T3 concentrations." (Page 262)

"(The thyroid effects are associated with average fluoride intakes that) will be reached by persons with average exposures at fluoride concentrations of 1-4 mg/L in drinking water, especially the children." (Page 260)

(B) Sodium Hexafluorosilicate and Fluorosilicic Acid

Review of Toxicological Literature, October 2001


(C) Chemical & Engineering News, “Fluoride Risks Are Still A Challenge,” by Bette Hileman, September 4, 2006,


(D) Mary Shomon, About.com Thyroid editor, Patient Advocate -- Author of "The Thyroid Diet" and "Living Well With Hypothyroidism"


(E) Fluoride, “Review of the 2006 National Research Council Report: Fluoride in Drinking Water,” July-September 2006, by Robert J. Carton


(F) Thyroid Power and Feeling Fat Fuzzy or Frazzeled“by Richard Shames MD & Karilee Shames RN, PhD http://www.thyroidpower.com http://www.feelingfff.com/

Fluoride/Thyroid Health Effects


Sources of Fluoride


Sulfuryl Fluoride Pesticide Residues Allowed on Foods


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Fluoride Database of Selected Beverages and Foods

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

More Tooth Decay in Poor Children; Fluoridation No Help

"Caries experience may be associated with income,” reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Low income, not fluoridation deficiency, predicts more cavities is revealed in statistics posted on the CDC’s website (1).

Those states reporting third-graders cavity rates and children living below the federal poverty level indicate that poor children have more cavities – even when water is fluoridated. And, the states with the highest rates of fluoridation don’t have the lowest cavity rates. For example, CDC statistics show that:

Despite a 60% fluoridation rate, Arkansas has the most third-graders suffering with tooth decay (72%) and the highest number of poor children (45%)

Oklahoma third-graders endure the second worst cavity rate (69%) even though 3/4 of the state is fluoridated. But 41% are poor, the second poorest state on the CDC’s list.

Similarly, 89% fluoridated South Dakota reveals the third worst decay rate (68%) where 41% are poor.

At the low end:

Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont third-graders have the least decay – 49%, 45% and 44%, respectively, and the smallest amount of poor children (26%, 32% and 31%), Fluoridation rates: 63%, 75%, and 54%, respectively.

Additionally, the CDC reports that, while fluoridation numbers improved, cavity experience in two – four-year-olds got worse. (9)

Healthy people have healthy teeth. Ten of the twelve least healthiest (10) states as reported by the United Health Foundation have the most toothless populations (11) when compared to CDC statistics, even though most of those states are heavily fluoridated (12).

“The cavity-prone and toothless are not fluoride-deficient; but are fluoride overdosed. Poor health and/or low income predicts tooth decay,” says lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. “Fluoridation is a waste of money and is no substitute for a healthy diet and dental care,” says Beeber..

Water engineers dispense fluoride chemicals into 2/3 of Americans via their water supply attempting to prevent tooth decay. However, in the United Kingdom, where only 10% drink fluoridated water, tooth decay rates are equal too or better than those of the U.S.(2) and have declined over the last ten years.(3)

In contrast, U.S. cavity rates increased (4) along with fluoride overdose symptoms, prompting some researchers to suggest that water fluoridation be stopped (5a,b).

In both the U.S. and U.K., lack of money and dental care predicts higher rates of tooth decay – regardless of fluoridation status (6a,b).

By neglecting the poor, organized dentistry helped create an oral health epidemic.(7) Promoting fluoridation may deflect government regulators from forcing dentists to treat poor children.(8) .

Take Action to End Fluoridation: http://www.FluorideAction.Net/congress

(1) http://www2.cdc.gov/nohss/IndicatorV.asp?Indicator=2&OrderBy=2
(2) U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Oral Health: Preventing Cavities, Gum Disease Disease, and Oral Cancers At A Glance 1004 http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/aag/aag_oh.htm
(3) National Statistics “Dentinal Decay Children's permanent teeth better than ever” http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=973
(4) Wall Street Journal http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/03/08/financial1058EST0079.DTL
(5a) “A Quantitative Look at Fluorosis and Fluoride Exposure and Intake of Children Using a Health Risk Assessment Approach,” Environmental Health Perspectives, by Serap Erdal1 and Susan N. Buchanan2, Online 14 September 2004 http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2004/7077/7077.pdf
(5b) http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof/_pgg8.php3
(6a) http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof2/_pgg6.php3
(6b) Inequalities in children’s caries experience: the nature and size of the UK problem,” by Nigel B. Pitts, Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK http://www.dundee.ac.uk/dhsru/cdh/supp151/#2
(7) “FIRST-EVER SURGEON GENERAL'S REPORT ON ORAL HEALTH FINDS PROFOUND DISPARITIES IN NATION'S POPULATION,” News Release, May 2000, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/news/pressreleases/pr_oral_52000.htm
(8) Oregon Dental Association newsletter, April 2004, Volume 9, Number 11 (Page 6) http://www.oregondental.org/oda/section.cfm?wSectionID=1277
(9) Oral Health Progress Review 3/17/04 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/ppt/hpdata2010/focusareas/fa21.ppt (slide 5)
(10) United Health Foundation “2004 Overall State Health Rankings” http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/shr2004/Findings.html
(11) CDC tooth loss rates by state http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5250a3.htm
(12) CDC’s 2004 Water Fluoridation Statistics By State http://www2.cdc.gov/nccdphp/doh/synopses/WaterFluoridationV.asp?Year=2004&submit1=+Go+

Monday, October 22, 2007



Thursday, September 06, 2007

ADA Distributing Misleading Information on Two ADA Distributing Misleading Information on Two Federal Fluoride Reports

NEW YORK -- The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) charges the American Dental Association (ADA) with
circulating false and misleading information in its newsletter (8/15) that expressed concern over professional "opposition to community water

ADA misrepresented important findings in the 2006 National Research Council (NRC)(2) report and trivialized the significance of the dental
fluorosis epidemic afflicting American children (CDC, 2005).

"We don't understand why the ADA won't deal honestly with the science that caused 600 professionals to urge fluoridation be ended,"(3) says Paul Connett, PhD, FAN Director.

The ADA says the NRC report is not relevant to water fluoridation, but, according to its website, made this statement before it had reviewed the
report. In March, 2006 it wrote: "Additional information will appear on ADA.org after the report has been reviewed"(4) but no further information
has appeared.

Connett says, "The ADA assessment is totally superficial, in contrast to statements from three NRC panel members who wrote important chapters in
the report."

Kathleen Thiessen, PhD says, "I have become increasingly convinced that deliberate exposure of a large fraction of the U.S. population ... to
uncontrolled and unmonitored intake of fluoride in their drinking water is unwise at best, and probably harmful to a substantial number of people."(5)

Hardy Limeback, PhD, DDS, writes, " ... it is obvious that the benefit of fluoridation is next to nil. ... I am even more convinced that fluoride
should be banned as a systemic drug (which includes water fluoridation)..."(6)

Robert L. Isaacson, PhD adds, "The health of the entire country is at risk as long as fluoridation of the drinking water remains uncurbed."(6)

The ADA claims that dental fluorosis, which now impacts 32% of American children, is "so slight that only trained professionals can notice it."

However, very mild fluorosis affects up to 25% of tooth surfaces and mild up to 50%(7). The CDC reports that 4% of children have moderate or severe
fluorosis(8), in which all tooth surfaces are affected, frequently with brown staining and sometimes pitting.

"These categories are easy to identify and can result in psychological harm," says Connett. "We urge citizens to sign the ONLINE MESSAGE calling
for an end to fluoridation and Congressional hearings at:



(2) http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11571

(3) http://www.fluoridealert.org/statement.august.2007.html

(4) http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/topics/fluoride_report_response.pdf

(5) http://www.fluoridealert.org/thiessen-letter.pdf

(6) http://www.fluorideaction.org/statement.quotes.aug.2007.pdf

(7) http://www.ada.org/public/topics/fluoride/facts/fluoridation_facts.pdf

(8) http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/figures/s403a1t23.gif

SOURCE Fluoride Action Network http://www.FluorideAction.Net

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