CDC and ADA Now Advise to Avoid Using Fluoride

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by Joseph Mercola: New
Proof That This Common Medical Treatment Is Unnecessary and Ineffective



A new study
in the Journal of the American Dental Association finds
once again that, contrary to what most people have been told, fluoride
is actually bad for teeth.

Exposure to
high levels of fluoride results in a condition known as fluorosis,
in which tooth enamel becomes discolored. The condition can eventually
lead to badly damaged teeth. The new study found that fluoride intake
during a child’s first few years of life is significantly associated
with fluorosis, and warned against using fluoridated water in infant

The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is of a similar opinion.
According to their website:

evidence suggests that mixing powdered or liquid infant formula
concentrate with fluoridated water on a regular basis may increase
the chance of a child developing … enamel fluorosis.”


Dr. Mercola’s

It was 2007
when the American Dental Association (ADA) first warned that parents
of infants younger than a year old “should consider using water
that has no or low levels of fluoride” when mixing baby formula,
due to concerns about fluorosis.

Now the Journal
of the American Dental Association has published a study that
found increased fluorosis risk among infants who were fed infant
formula reconstituted with fluoride-containing water, as well as
used fluoridated toothpastes.

The authors

suggest that prevalence of mild dental fluorosis could be reduced
by avoiding ingestion of large quantities of fluoride from reconstituted
powdered concentrate infant formula and fluoridated dentifrice.”

The U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also followed suit,
warning on their Community
Water Fluoridation page
that mixing powdered or liquid infant
formula concentrate with fluoridated water on a regular basis may
increase the chance of a child developing enamel fluorosis.

They also state:

“In children
younger than 8 years of age, combined fluoride exposure from all
sources – water, food, toothpaste, mouth rinse, or other products
– contributes to enamel fluorosis.”

This is as
far as the CDC warnings go, however, and they continue to state
that water fluoridation is safe – and dental fluorosis is only
a “cosmetic” problem. In reality, neither of these assertions is

Dental Fluorosis
is a Sign of Excessive Fluoride Intake

Dental fluorosis
results in white and brown spots on your teeth. It is only
caused by fluoride – typically due to ingesting too much fluoride
during your developing years, from birth to about 8 years of age.
According to the CDC, about one-third of U.S. children aged 12 to
15 years have very mild to mild forms of enamel fluorosis on their

Promoters of
fluoridation say that these markings are “just cosmetic,” but it
can also be an indication that the rest of your body, such as your
bones and the rest of your organs, including your brain, has been
exposed to too much fluoride also.

As Dr. Paul
Connett, a chemist specializing in environmental chemistry, explained
in our recent interview

“We know
that 32 percent of American children have been overexposed to fluoride
because you have this telltale sign of dental fluorosis, which in
its mildest form is little white specs. But when it gets more serious,
it affects more of the surface of your teeth and it becomes colored;
yellow, brown and orange mottling of the teeth …

The teeth
are the window to the bones. If you’ve seen the damage to the teeth,
what damage can you not see?”

In other words,
if fluoride is having a detrimental, visual effect on the surface
of your teeth, you can be virtually guaranteed that it’s also damaging
something else inside your body, such as your bones.

Bone is living
tissue that is constantly being replaced through cellular turnover.
Bone building is a finely balanced, complicated process. Fluoride
has been known to disrupt this process ever since the 1930s.

Why it’s
Dangerous to Swallow Fluoride

The United
States is one of only eight countries in the entire developed world
that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its water supply. It is
added under the guise that it helps prevent and control tooth decay

This is in
spite of the fact that there never been any demonstrated difference
in tooth decay between countries with fluoridated and non-fluoridated
water, and no difference between states that have a high- or low
percentage of their water fluoridated.

Even promoters
of fluoridation concede that the major benefits are topical; fluoride
works from the outside of the tooth, not from inside of your body,
so why swallow it?

The fluoride
added to your drinking water is in fact a chemical waste product!
It is NOT something you should use as a supplement to your diet.

There are plenty
of studies showing the dangers of fluoride to your health, such

As far as tooth
decay is concerned, this is not caused by lack of fluoride.

Tooth decay
is caused by acids in your mouth, typically created from sugar being
metabolized by bacteria (Streptococcus mutans), and as you may already
know, the number one source of calories in the United States is
high fructose corn syrup.

The acid produced
then attacks your enamel. Eventually the bacteria can get into the
dentine, at which point tooth decay sets in. So there are far better
options for decreasing tooth decay than using a topical or ingested
poison, with a chief one being minimizing your intake of sugary
foods and eating a healthful diet.

You typically
don’t find dental caries in more primitive societies that do not
consume vast amounts of sugar like in the United States.

Make Sure
Your Children Are Not Exposed to Fluoride

One of dentist
Bill Osmunson’s
main concerns is water fluoridation for infants.
The ADA and the CDC now both recommend that infants NOT receive
fluoridated water for drinking, nor for making their formula, as
fluoridated water contains 250 times more fluoride than mother’s

“We shouldn’t
fluoridate water and harm our most vulnerable,” Dr. Osmunson

It is my strong
belief and recommendation to avoid giving your children fluoridated

the only way to ensure your water is pure enough to drink is by
installing a high-quality water filtration system in your house,
such as a reverse osmosis filter that can filter out much of the
fluoride and other dangerous water contaminants like disinfection
byproducts (DBPs).

Remember that
most bottled water also typically contains fluoride, even though
it’s not stated on the label, and whatever you do, avoid using “nursery
water,” which is fluoridated water sold specifically for infants.

Fluoride in
your drinking water is one more reason why breastfeeding
your infant
is so essential. Nature has kept breast milk virtually
fluoride-free for a reason.

If you are
unable to breastfeed and are instead using formula, make sure the
water you use is fluoride-free. Again, for now the best way you
can provide pure, fluoride-free water to your family is by using
a reverse osmosis filter, which you can install in your home.

Even better,
if you are unable to breastfeed use this recipe to make homemade
infant formula using raw milk
and no water at all.

Keep in mind
also that if you are a pregnant woman it is equally important for
your water to be fluoride-free, as this chemical can harm your developing

The Ultimate
Solution Is to Get Fluoride Out of Tap Water

Even though
the ADA and the CDC have issued warnings that parents not use fluoridated
tap water to make infant formula, neither of them has openly informed
the public!

So there are
millions of parents out there using tap water to make up formula,
oblivious of the fact that the agencies that promote fluoridation
in this country have issued a specific warning against using fluoridated
water for this purpose.

Not only that,
but by fluoridating the municipal water supply you doom many low-income
families to fail to protect their young children from this dangerous
drug, even if they have this information, as they simply don’t have
the resources to install a reverse osmosis system.

This is why
the only real solution is to stop the archaic practice of water
fluoridation in the United States.

Fluoride Action Network
is an absolutely phenomenal resource
for further education, and they’re doing much to pressure the US
government for change. We will be working together to devise a complete
game plan to tackle this issue head on. Once we reach the tipping
point, which may be as little as 5 percent of the population, we
will be able to reverse the policies of water fluoridation.

Our strategy
will begin with addressing Canada, because 60 percent of Canada
is already un-fluoridated. If we can get the rest of Canada to stop
fluoridating their water, we believe the U.S. will be forced to

You can visit
for the most recent updates and progress, as well as tips on how
you can get involved and take
action in this important cause

In addition,
I highly recommend getting a copy of Dr. Connett’s new book, The
Case Against Fluoride
, for more information on the bad science
and political agendas that got this toxic chemical in our drinking
water and is, at least for now, keeping it there.

15, 2010

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