EPA Reverses Itself on Fluoride
Well, it’s about time for a small concession such as this. We
didn’t expect them to admit the WHOLE, illicit truth right off the bat,
did we? Let’s see them eliminate fluoride from toothpaste, water and
everywhere else completely and dispose of it properly! Once we get rid
of nuclear power, we may not have any at all to deal with.
For decades, fluoride has been marketed and heralded as essential for
good dental hygiene and used in most toothpastes and mouthwashes. In
addition, parents have been routinely encouraged to give their kids
cavity-fighting fluoride treatments when they visit the dentist.
Beginning in the late 1940s, aided by mass industry lead lobbying
campaigns, the government encouraged municipal water authorities to add
fluoride to their community’s drinking water. According to the Centers
for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 70 percent of the U.S.
population ingests fluoride through their community drinking water today
and they want this percentage to continue to climb. This is in stark
contrast to other developed European nations were fluoride is rarely
added to drinking water – Britain provides only about 10 percent of
their population with fluoridated water.
The “experts” and the government told us fluoride would strengthen
tooth enamel, help prevent tooth decay and is, of course, perfectly
“Community water fluoridation is an equitable, cost-effective, and
cost-saving method of delivering fluoride to most people,” noted Dr.
William Maas, director of CDC’s Division of Oral Health.
Click here to find out more.
But that was then and this is now.
In a surprising reversal, last month EPA’s announced that it intends
to lower the maximum amount of fluoride in drinking water because of
growing evidence supporting the chemical’s possible deleterious effects
to children’s health.
In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences report that found dental
fluorosis – caused by too much fluoride – capable of putting children at
risk of developing other dental problems including the breakdown of
tooth enamel, discoloration and pitting.
January’s EPA recommendation reversal was made following a revised
risk assessment study that found 2 out of 5 adolescents had tooth
streaking or spottiness and some pitting as a result of excessive
fluoride. In addition, other studies have found excessive ingestion of
fluoride capable of increasing the risk of brittle bones leading to
fractures and debilitating bone abnormalities.
There have always been fluoride critics who questioned the chemical’s
safety and challenged the decision to use fluoride in municipal
drinking water. According to the Los Angeles Times, back in 2005, “the
heads of 11 EPA unions, including those representing the agency’s
scientists, demanded that EPA reduce the permissible level of added
fluoride in water to zero, citing research suggesting it can cause
cancer. Other studies have pointed to neurotoxicity and hormone
disruption from excessive fluoride”.
Click here to read: Fluoride in drinking water: Will the EPA get tougher? Jan. 8, 2011
It has taken the government more than 60 years to recognize – some
would argue admit – that American children have been overexposed to this
toxic, potentially harmful chemical.
In response to the EPA’s sudden announcement, Jane Houlihan, senior
vice-president of the Washington based non-profit Environmental Working
Group, said, “this decision is another signal to the public to take care
when it comes to exposures to industrial chemicals. What is considered
safe today won’t necessarily be thought safe tomorrow.”
Our government has a pretty abysmal track record when it comes
acknowledging the potential health risks associated with certain
chemicals, particularly when its agencies have already determined these
products as “safe”, encouraged, and in some cases mandated their use. So
it is somewhat encouraging to see the EPA acknowledging the need to
revise their position on fluoride and should be commended for it.
Nonetheless, here is yet another example of why consumers, especially
parents, need to be vigilant, do their own research and understand that
sometimes the “experts” and the government can be wrong.
NOTE: A reverse osmosis system is needed to remove fluoride from drinking water.
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