Fluoridation

 

Connecticut has a mandate to fluoridate our municipal water.  Unfortunately, more scientific studies are showing that fluoride, not only does not prevent tooth decay, but also carries serious health risks (especially to young children).  We want to change the law and lift the statewide mandate on water fluoridation so each town in Connecticut can decide if they want to add fluoride to their local water supply.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a chemical that was added to the US water supply beginning in 1945 after naturally occurring fluoride showed tooth decay prevention. Unlike naturally occurring fluoride, however, fluoride in our drinking water is a non-pharmaceutical grade chemical that comes in bulk from China and other countries as the byproduct of the wet-scrubbing systems of the phosphate fertilizer industry. This Hexafluorosilic acid (fluoride) is a hazardous waste product. Fluoride is an element, not an essential nutrient, therefore the body does not need fluoride. Fluoride is the only chemical added to our water for the purpose of medical treatment.  According to the CDC, 66% of US residents or 170 million people are currently drinking fluoridated water. Since 1967, Connecticut has been one of 17 states with mandatory statewide fluoridation.*

What are the benefits of fluoride?

Some believe that ingesting fluoride will prevent tooth decay (dental caries) by fortifying the enamel of the developing teeth. Recent studies, however, have shown that fluoride works best topically not systemically.  Even the CDC in 1999 acknowledged that the benefit of fluoride is topical, not systemic.  Furthermore, comprehensive data from the World Health Organization has revealed that there is no discernable difference in tooth decay between the minority of the western nations that fluoridate water, and the majority that do not.  In fact, tooth decay rates in many non-fluoridated countries are now lower than tooth decay rates in fluoridated ones.

Is Fluoride safe to ingest?

Although fluoride has been added to the US water supply for more then 60 years, there have been no truly rigorous scientific studies establishing the safety and effectiveness of ingesting fluoride. In fact, the CDC has stated that 41% of American children have dental fluorosis due to fluoride consumption. Recent studies on fluoride consumption have shown increases in bone fractures, arthritis, impaired thyroid function and lowered IQ in children – see below.

Of particular concern are the babies who are being bottle-fed with tap water containing fluoride.  Since the doses cannot be controlled through fluoridation, babies are receiving the highest doses of fluoride for their body size & weight. Hence, they are being overexposed to fluoride.  In fact, some states have issued warnings to mothers about this and recommend using non-fluoridated water to bottle feed infants.

Do other countries fluoridate?

Fluoridated:  
U.S., 
Canada, 
UK, 
Eastern Europe
, Australia, 
Ireland and 
New Zealand

Unfluoridated:
 Western Europe, 
Belgium, 
Denmark, 
Japan and The 
Netherlands

Cities that do not fluoridate their water include:  Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Copenhagen, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Helsinki, London, Montreal, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Tokyo, Vancouver, Venice, Vienna and Zurich

In 2014, Israel banned fluoridation for the entire country.

States with mandatory fluoridation:  
Arkansas, Connecticut, 
California, 
Delaware, Georgia
, Illinois
, Indiana
, Kentucky, Louisiana, 
Michigan
, Minnesota, 
Mississippi, Nebraska, 
Ohio, Puerto Rico
, 
South Dakota, Washington D.C.

What’s happening with fluoridation in the U.S.?

According to the Fluoride Action Network, “Since health authorities in North America have refused to let go of the fluoridation paradigm, local communities are doing the work for them. Since 2010, over 150 communities have rejected the practice, including over 30 communities like Calgary, Alberta (pop. 1.3 million people), Albuquerque, New Mexico (pop. 500,000) and Portland, Oregon (900,000) that have voted to end their longstanding fluoridation programs.”

ConnFACT is leading the grassroots movement to lift the mandate on fluoridation in the state of CT.  If passed, this law will leave the decision up to the municipalities as to whether or not they should fluoridate.

 How can I learn more about fluoridation?

For more information about the risks of fluoridation click here.

Below are some books, websites and movies with indepth information:

Books: The Case Against Fluoride by Connett, Beck, Micklem 2010, The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson 2004,

Websites: http://fluoridealert.org

Movies: FluorideGate, The Fluoride Deception, Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation

Studies supporting fluoridation

Domestic Water and Dental Caries: V. Additional Studies of the Relation of Fluoride Domestic Waters to Dental Caries Experience in 4,425 White Children, Aged 12 to 14 Years, of 13 Cities in 4 States

H. Trendley Dean, Francis A. Arnold, Jr. and Elias Elvove

Public Health Reports (1896-1970)

Vol. 57, No. 32 (Aug. 7, 1942), pp. 1155-1179

Published by Association of Schools of Public Health

http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4584182?sid=21105665839263&uid=3739256&uid=3739808&uid=70&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=4

Studies supporting harmful effects from fluoridation

Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity.

Grandjean, Landrigan.

Lancet Neurol. 2014 Mar;13(3):330-8. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(13)70278-3. Epub 2014 Feb 17.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24556010

 

Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Anna L. Choi, Guifan Sun, Ying Zhang, Philippe Grandjean

Environ Health Perspect. 2012 October; 120(10): 1362–1368. Published online 2012 July 20. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1104912

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3491930/

Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004

Eugenio D. Beltrán-Aguilar, D.M.D., M.S., Dr.P.H.; Laurie Barker, M.S.P.H.; and Bruce A. Dye, D.D.S., M.P.H.

NCHS Data Brief ■ No. 53 ■ November 201

NCHS Data Brief, Number 53, November 2010

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db53.htm

A complete listing of the health effects of fluoride ingestion can be found at http://fluoridealert.org/researchers/health_database/

*Since 1967, Connecticut has been one of 17 states with mandatory statewide fluoridation maintaining a minimum level of between .8mg/l to 1.2mg/l in communities serving 20,000 people or more.