This Daily Habit Can Damage Your Brain, Disrupt Your Bones, and
Stain and Pit Your Teeth
by Joseph Mercola: Why
Do You Yawn? (It's Not What You Think...)
- On March
15, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 253-23 in
favor of mandating infant fluoride warnings on all water bills
in fluoridated communities. The bill will now go to the Senate
to the text of the bill, the warning would read, in part: “According
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if your child
under the age of 6 months is exclusively consuming infant formula
reconstituted with fluoridated water, there may be an increased
chance of dental fluorosis.” But dental fluorosis is not “just
cosmetic.” It can also be an indication that other tissues, such
as your bones and internal organs, including your brain, has been
overexposed to fluoride as well
- A repeated
theme in recent cases where communities successfully removed fluoride
from their water supply is the shifting of the burden of proof.
Rather than citizens taking on the burden of proving that fluoride
is harmful and should be removed, champions in positions of some
authority have managed to end water fluoridation in their communities
by demanding that any fluoride product used must be able to prove
its compliance with the regulations, laws, and risk assessments
already required for safe drinking water
state legislature in the U.S. recently passed a bill mandating infant
fluoride warnings on all water bills in fluoridated communities.
On March 15, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 253-23
in favor of the bill.
Thanks to a
13-2 recommendation from the House Resources, Recreation, and Development
committee, there was no debate over the bill on the House floor.
The bill will now go to the Senate. According to the text of the
, the warning would read:
water supply is fluoridated. According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, if your child under the age of 6 months
is exclusively consuming infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated
water, there may be an increased chance of dental fluorosis. Consult
your child's health care provider for more information."
Should Not Drink Fluoridated Water
Two years ago,
a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association
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 formulaii.
a condition in which your tooth enamel becomes progressively
discolored and mottled is one of the first signs of over-exposure
to fluoride. Eventually, it can result in badly damaged teeth, and
worse... It's important to realize that dental fluorosis is NOT
It can also
be an indication that the rest of your body, such as your bones
and internal organs, including your brain, have been overexposed
to fluoride as well. In other words, if fluoride is having a visually
detrimental effect on the surface of your teeth, you can be virtually
guaranteed that it's also damaging other parts of your body, such
as your bones. After all, bone is living tissue that is constantly
being replaced through cellular turnover.
is a finely balanced, complicated process and fluoride has been
known to disrupt this process ever since the 1930s.
supportive of water fluoridation, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) does admit that using fluoridated water to
mix infant formula may not be in the best interest of your baby's
developing teeth. According to their websiteiii:
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."
The CDC also
younger than 8 years of age, combined fluoride exposure from all
sources water, food, toothpaste, mouth rinse, or other products
contributes to enamel fluorosis."
The lack of
formal and easy-to-find warnings about the hazard of using fluoridated
water to make infant formula has, and continues to be, a major source
of contention. New Hampshire will set a marvelous example for other
states if their bill mandating infant fluoride warnings on water
bills in fluoridated communities is enacted.
Burden of Proof
this article, I was in contact with Jeff Green, National Director
of Citizens for Safe Drinking Water, who kindly shared a couple
of other success stories with me. A repeated theme in some of the
recent cases where communities successfully removed fluoride from
their water supply is the shifting of the burden of proof. Rather
than citizens taking on the burden of proving that fluoride is harmful
and shouldn't be added, a more successful strategy has been to hold
those making claims accountable for delivering proof that the specific
fluoridation chemical being used fulfills their health and safety
claims, and is in compliance with all regulations, laws, and risk
assessments already required for safe drinking water.
important to accentuate that these strategic actions focused on
the accountability for the actions surrounding the selection and
use of the specific substance, rather than just opposition to the
public policy where supporters routinely find cover for their actions,"
The word 'Champion'
may elicit reverie-like thoughts of a bygone era, but Champions while
rare can still be found today. A true Champion can be defined as
a person in a position of some authority who can reasonably make
a probing request, and, most importantly, has the authority to declare
that a distorted response one that does not answer questions directly,
or a non-response, simply isn't good enough.
previous Chairman of a joimt water board in the State of New York,
is one example of such a Champion. While neither 'easy' nor 'fast,'
Mora's dedication to the ethics of stewardship eventually led to
the discontinuation of the addition of fluoride to their water supply
in October 2009. The water board, who originally supported the public
policy of fluoridation based on endorsements, rejected the use of
the hydrofluosilicic acid fluoridation chemical without
taking any stance on whether or not it might do harm... Rather the
rejection was based on the Board's inability to confirm the compliance
of the product with already established laws and regulations for
safe drinking water.
water fluoridation continued for about a month after the Board made
their decision. The reason for this was because the hydrofluosilicic
acid they still had on hand would have to have been disposed of
as hazardous waste. The cost of proper disposal
was considered excessive, so they used up their last reserves before
discontinuing it. It's rather amazing to consider that the hazardous
waste facility was more committed to identifying the contents and
contaminants of the product before they would accept it for treatment
than water departments are before adding it to our drinking water!
Versus Due Diligence...
A town in Tennessee
also found a Champion in its Mayor Robinson, and the town, while
keeping its resolution to fluoridate intact, unanimously ended its
use of its chosen hydrofluosilicic acid fluoridation substance a
couple of years ago, and as of yet have not found a product that
is compliant. According to a press release dated June 10, 2011:
was to a process of sequentially challenging various authorities
to dig deeper into the factual basis for endorsements and assurances,
and to provide specific documents.
Town exchanged letters with the Tennessee Municipal League Risk
Management Pool (TML) explaining the Town's inability to extract
information on the content and impurities of the product, the refusal
of the chemical supplier to provide specific documents required
for compliance with law, and evidence that contaminants such as
lead and arsenic are admittedly a part of the product. This resulted
in TML's lawyerly response that they wouldn't be able to answer
with any certainty what liability coverage the Town could count
on until TML received a claim.
that had to be considered," said Robinson, "is that all of these
endorsements, and even assurances and guidance from health agencies,
doesn't alter the fact that we as the water operator are the only
ones that can select and ultimately be responsible for the benefits
or harm from consumption of the product. So while it might be nice
to take potshots from the sideline, or to repeat the assurances
from someone who has no accountability, if we are going to take
our role as stewards of the water supply seriously, we don't get
to substitute endorsements for due diligence."
What You Might
Find if a Champion Performs Due Diligence
makes an excellent point, which is that the stewards of the water
supply cannot simply substitute endorsements of safety,
effectiveness, and regulatory compliance for the public policy,
for due diligence on the actual product used. Questions
must be asked, and answers must be provided. Ditto for proof in
terms of documentation. If it's all on the up-and-up, this should
be a fairly straight-forward process. However, those who have taken
on the task of performing due diligence on the actual fluoridation
chemical have been surprised by the lack of responsiveness and clarity
from the very sources of the safety claims. In addition, in the
case of the joint water board in New York, they couldn't even get
a single straight answer from the chemical manufacturer about their
surprising when you consider that there's virtually no evidence
supporting the safety or effectiveness of the fluoridation chemical
believe we would have known how to navigate through this process
without guidance from someone who is fully informed of all of the
regulations that should be considered in our decision-making, as
even though we are in the business of delivering water, we were
not aware of all of the factors, which were not divulged by the
sources we usually rely upon," stated Robinson.
First of all,
swallowing fluoride provides little or no benefit to your teeth.
It works topically, and not particularly effectively at that. According
to the findings of a groundbreaking 2010 study published in the
the benefits of even topical application of fluoride are highly
questionable. The study discovered that the fluorapatite layer formed
on your teeth when you apply fluoride is a mere six nanometers thick.
To put that into perspective, you need 10,000 of these layers to
get the width of a strand of your hair! Scientists now question
whether this ultra-thin layer can actually protect your enamel and
provide any discernible benefit, considering the fact that simple
chewing will quickly eliminate it.
fluoride exposes every tissue in your body to both a drug and a
There is pharmaceutical-grade
fluoride, which is used in certain drugs, and adding it to the public
water supply equates to forcing a medication on the entire population,
without regard for dose or frequency. However, pharmaceutical grade
fluoride is not typically what's added to water supplies... No,
the fluoride added to municipal water supplies is the toxic byproduct
from the fertilizer industry a rarely-discussed fact that effectively
nullifies most if not all studies pertaining to fluoride they simply
have not studied the correct type of fluoride being added to our
fact is that a pea-sized dollop of fluoridated toothpaste contains
about the same amount of fluoride as a large glass of water. The
difference is that if you swallow more than a pea-sized amount of
toothpaste, you're instructed to immediately contact Poison Control,
while there are no warnings issued for fluoridated water, even though
there's no way to control the dose any given person will receive
on any given day or throughout their lifetime.
Jeff Green: One element to be addressed is that many of us who are
first exposed to issues such as this enter into a world of anger
at injustice, where we see the problem so passionately and so clearly
that we carry the burden of proof and are in a hurry to tell others
to set it right, viewing anyone who does not immediately agree with
our view as opposition that must be overwhelmed with facts and a
list of "shoulds."
In this state
we look angry, and are easily characterized as a zealot, probably
because we are. Asking someone without our passion to join us may
not be that inviting.
Should we expect
that this would be any different when speaking to authorities and
asking them to act?
If you are
able to suspend your anger at injustice, able to switch your focus
from stating the problem to addressing solutions, there are avenues
If you would
like to elevate your discussions from the argumentative "he said,
she said" to letting the facts declare themselves, and you are in
a position of authority from which you can champion the performance
of due diligence, contact us for access to guidance and further
If you are
capable of being an advocate of safe drinking water and would like
to assist in identifying a champion for due diligence in your community,
contact us for approaches and further information.
10 Facts About
Water Fluoridation Everyone Should Know
infants receive the highest doses of fluoride as they rely solely
on liquids for food, combined with their small size. A baby being
fed formula receives approximately 175 times more fluoride than
a breast-fed infant
- There is
not a single process in your body that requires fluoride
- A multi-million
dollar U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) -funded study
found no relation between tooth decay and the amount of fluoride
ingested by children
- Water fluoridation
cannot prevent the oral health crises that results from inadequate
nutrition and lack of access to dental care
- Water fluoridation
is a violation of your individual right to informed consent to
percent of all American children aged 12-15 are now impacted by
dental fluorosis, rising to more than sixty percent of children
in fluoridated communities
- The chemicals
used to fluoridate water supplies are largely hazardous by-products
of the fertilizer industry and have never been required to undergo
randomized clinical trials for safety or effectiveness by any
regulatory agency in the world
- The U.S.
FDA classifies ingested fluoride for purposes of reducing tooth
decay as an "unapproved drug"
fluoride has been found to damage soft tissues (brain, kidneys,
and endocrine system), as well as teeth (dental fluorosis) and
bones (skeletal fluorosis). There are also 24 studies demonstrating
a strong relationship between fairly modest exposure to fluoride
and reduced IQ in children
discriminates against those with low incomes. People on low incomes
are least able to afford avoidance measures, such as reverse osmosis
filters or bottled water
Hampshire State Legislature
2012 Dr. Joseph Mercola
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