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Sixty-four years ago, today, fluoride was poured into Grand Rapid's water supply to reduce tooth decay in children.  Effects to adults or other body parts were never examined. Today research shows ingested fluoride is doing more harm than good.

On January 25, 1945, sodium fluoride was slowly poured into Grand Rapids, Michigan's  public water supply to prove that fluoridation reduces children’s tooth decay. Five years into the experiment, things weren’t going as expected. Cavities declined equally in the non-fluoridated control city of Muskegon, too.

So to blur the truth or prove their expectation, Muskegon was fluoridated also. Children’s teeth were checked but not adults or other body parts.

Sixty-four years later, research exposes fluoride’s undesirable health effects to human organs and systems that weren’t considered in the 1940’s.  Many fluoridation-supporting organizations are quietly covering their legal aspects while publicly proclaiming “no problem; drink up.”

The American Dental Association admits in its Fluoridation Facts
booklet “decreased fluoride removal may occur among persons with severely impaired kidney function who may not be on kidney dialysis.”

The National Kidney Foundation withdrew its fluoridation support after a lawyer contacted them about their legal responsibility to tell the truth. They now advise that individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease be notified of fluoride’s danger to them.

The kidney-impaired retain more fluoride and risk skeletal fluorosis (an arthritic-type bone disease), fractures and severe enamel fluorosis, which may increase the risk of dental decay, reported the U.S. National Research Council in 2006.

The Centers for Disease Control concedes that fluoride’s beneficial effects are topical and not systemic, meaning there’s really no good reason to swallow fluoride.  Swallowing fluoride creates dental fluorosis – white spotted, yellow, brown and/or stained teeth – now afflicting up to 48% of school children, up to 4% moderate/severe, according to the CDC

The CDC’s 2001 fluoride recommendations says,  "The laboratory and epidemiologic research that has led to the better understanding of how fluoride prevents dental caries indicates that fluoride's predominant effect is posteruptive and topical ... Fluoride works primarily after teeth have erupted,..."

As of 2006, both the ADA and the CDC advise that fluoridated water not be mixed into concentrated infant formula because it unnecessarily puts babies at high risk of developing dental fluorosis.

So what’s happening today?

Grand Rapids children are showing high rates of tooth decay and dental fluorosis.

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."

Detroit Michigan is also fluoridated.

A study shows that, although fluoridated tap water is the most consumed item, 83% of low-income Detroit African-American adults, 14-years-old and over, have severe tooth decay.  Almost all Detroit ’s African-American 5-year-olds have cavities, most of them go unfilled.

In fact, there are cavity crises in all fluoridated cities and states (See: because 80% of dentists refuse Medicaid patients and over 108 million Americans lack dental insurance.

Our food supply has become so fluoride-polluted because of fluoridation and fluoride containing pesticide residues that the USDA had to create a database of food fluoride levels  to help Americans tally their daily fluoride intake to protect their bones and their children's teeth.  

The NIH just gave a NJ researcher $3 million to find out why children get fluorosis from fluoridated water.  The Iowa Fluoride Study has used Iowa children as guinea pigs for years studying fluoride's adverse effects to their teeth and bones and whether or not fluoride has had any benefits, costing multi-million dollars of federal money.

The real solution is to stop fluoridation. It would save money, improve health and preserve health. It makes sense. The only reason that fluoridation continues are merely political and that's why fluoridation makes no sense.


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 comparisonson these data it should be remembered that Muskegon started fluoridation in July 1951"

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

“Some babies get too much fluoride,” The Grand Rapids Press, by Morgan Jarema October 09, 2007

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

"Dietary Patterns Related to Caries in a Low-Income Adult Population, Burt, et al., Caries Research 2006:40:473-480

“Severity of Dental Caries among African American Children in Detroit,” by Ismail et al, Abstract presented at the March 2006 International Association of Dental Research Annual Meerting

2006 “Burden of Oral Disease in Michigan ,” Michigan Department of Community Health

USDA fluoride database

Originally posted to nyscof on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 08:12 AM PST.

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  •  Precious Bodily Fluids (16+ / 0-)

    Mandrake. Mandrake, have you never wondered why I drink only distilled water, or rain water, and only pure grain alcohol?

    Well it did occur to me, Jack, yes.

    Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation? Fluoridation of water?

    Ah, yes, I have heard of that, Jack. Yes.

    Well do you know what it is?

    No. No, I don't know what it is. No.

    Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face?

    Ah, naah. We're ok here. Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridated water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk, ice cream? Ice cream, Mandrake. Children's ice cream?

    Good Lord.

    You know when fluoridation first began?

    No. No, I don't, Jack. No.

    Nineteen hundred and forty six. Nineteen fortysix, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your postwar commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard core commie works.

    •  You beat me to it. (9+ / 0-)

      Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Uh, Jack, Jack, listen, tell me, tell me, Jack. When did you first... become... well, develop this theory?
      General Jack D. Ripper: Well, I, uh... I... I... first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love.
      Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Hmm.
      General Jack D. Ripper: Yes, a uh, a profound sense of fatigue... a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I... I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence.
      Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Hmm.
      General Jack D. Ripper: I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women uh... women sense my power and they seek the life essence. I, uh... I do not avoid women, Mandrake.
      Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: No.
      General Jack D. Ripper: But I... I do deny them my essence.

    •  Classic (0+ / 0-)

      Hell, I only even clicked on this diary title because I caught that  on TCM the other night and I figured this would be good for a few laughs.

      Hello? Hello, Dimitri? Listen, I can't hear too well, do you suppose you could turn the music down just a little? Oh, that's much better. Yes. Fine, I can hear you now, Dimitri. Clear and plain and coming through fine. I'm coming through fine too, eh? Good, then. Well then as you say we're both coming through fine. Good. Well it's good that you're fine and I'm fine. I agree with you. It's great to be fine. laughs Now then Dimitri. You know how we've always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the bomb. The bomb, Dimitri. The hydrogen bomb. Well now what happened is, one of our base commanders, he had a sort of, well he went a little funny in the head. You know. Just a little... funny. And uh, he went and did a silly thing. Well, I'll tell you what he did, he ordered his planes... to attack your country. Well let me finish, Dimitri. Let me finish, Dimitri. Well, listen, how do you think I feel about it? Can you imagine how I feel about it, Dimitri? Why do you think I'm calling you? Just to say hello? Of course I like to speak to you. Of course I like to say hello. Not now, but any time, Dimitri. I'm just calling up to tell you something terrible has happened. It's a friendly call. Of course it's a friendly call. Listen, if it wasn't friendly, ... you probably wouldn't have even got it.

  •  Oh my God! Lyndon LaRouche was right!!!!!!!!!!!!! (9+ / 0-)

    "I gotta rec that sh*t, even though it is completely tasteless and rude."

    by DemocraticLuntz on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 08:21:57 AM PST

  •  Fluorosis is extremely uncommon in the (19+ / 0-)

    United States. The risks to your health due to Fluoridated water is extremely low. You're more at risk from the other much more lethal chemicals in your home.

    Just because water is fluoridated doesn't mean it's supposed to fix problems. People need to take care of their teeth. Fluoridated water helps them do that it isn't the Omega.

    Also most of your assertions about Fluoride are completely bogus.

    There has been an increase in Dental Fluorosis in areas that don't fluoridate their water. I guess we blame that on magic fluoride beings falling from the sky.

    Junk science.

  •  At the Sign of the Unholy Three (7+ / 0-)

    Learn about the Unholy Three here!

    *Fluoridated Water
    *Polio Serum
    *Mental Hygiene

    FIGHT COMMUNISTIC WORLD GOVERNMENT by destroying THE UNHOLY THREE!!!  It is later than you think!

  •  Oh, here, this can help you (11+ / 0-)

    You should buy a lot of this.

    Darwinic pilgrims claim the image fills them with an overwhelming feeling of logic. --The Onion

    by mem from somerville on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 08:32:04 AM PST

  •  As a dental hygienist for 34 years... (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    native, luku, Wilberforce, dus7, cynndara

    I wholeheartedly agree that we should NOT have fluoride in the water.  If people want the medication, children can easily get fluoride in tablets.  They are very reasonable and only those who feel they would derive benefit from the medicine would use it.
    As for fluorosis, it is rampant.  The children of my parents who play by the rules have more serious cases than the ones with parents who often forgot to give their kids the vitamins.
    Just so you know, most hygienists are now opposed to fluoride since we recognize that it does little good and does have the negative effect.  The shift is happening, in the interim, use a water filter.  It gets the fluoride out.
    Thanks for posting this.  Once again, it is way ahead of where many people in this site worship but you are writing about where dentistry is heading as opposed to its past.

  •  Fluorois & tooth decay rampant (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    native, luku, dus7

    Up to 48% of US school children sport dental fluorosis (discolored & disfigured teeth) according to the Centers for Disease Control

    Tooth decay is an epidemic, according to the US Surgeon general.  Pockets of the US have tooth decay similar to that of third world countries.

    Fluoride is neither a nutrient nor essential for heatlhy teeth and must be removed from water supplies

    Fluoridation 101 News Releases

    by nyscof on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 08:44:37 AM PST

    •  Uh, are you the author (9+ / 0-)

      of the original version?  Or did you just copy it wholesale from that?

      If you are the original author, you have serious problems understanding scientific studies.  If you aren't the author, I would distance yourself quickly from this and delete this diary.

      Your own links to the ADA and the scientific literature completely contradict your premise.  This was my favorite part from the ADA:

      And that study of people with cavities?  My favorite part is this:

      ...Apart from tapwater, the most frequently consumed food item by adults of all ages was soft drinks; 19% of all energy from sugar came from soft drinks alone. In both the bivariate analyses and in the regression model, frequency of soft drink consumption and the presence of gingival plaque deposits were significantly associated with caries...

      Why don't you pick a better battle--such as nutrition for impoverished people?

      Darwinic pilgrims claim the image fills them with an overwhelming feeling of logic. --The Onion

      by mem from somerville on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 09:08:02 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:

        I agree that the real way to fight tooth decay is with better diets.  However, since I don't have the power to force-feed poor people their 7 - 9 servings of F&V daily and the government certainly isn't even telling people that their tooth decay is a result of poor diet, the only thing that can be done is to educate people about how fluoride is harmful to health and teeth - especially to people who eat poor diets.

        Fluoridation 101 News Releases

        by nyscof on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 09:25:49 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I switched (0+ / 0-)

    I stopped using fluoride toothpaste a year ago and now use xylitol based. My teeth have never been stronger or whiter. No cavities since.

  •  I suspect (0+ / 0-)

    that the risks are low.  But so are the benefits.  Given that situation, statistically speaking it would take huge sample sizes and a hell of a lot of research money to actually prove anything.  IMHO, the best policy in situations where definitive information is prohibitively expensive, is to inform clearly and make personal choices to do or not to do simple.  Government has no business mandating unknowable risks for unknowable benefits.

  •  I'm the Gov't & I'm here to help you (0+ / 0-)

    that's what fluoridation is all about

    Fluoridation 101 News Releases

    by nyscof on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 03:37:07 PM PST

    •  From the government (0+ / 0-)

      "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

      --Ronald Reagan, Republican President of the United States 1981-1989

      I happen to know of a few blogs that are chock-full of Ronald Reagan fans.  I bet they would also be fascinated by your fluoridation theory.  Don't forget to tell them it's part of a communist plot!

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