In this timely
and important book, Connett and his two co-authors, Beck and Micklem,
take a new look at the science behind water fluoridation and argue
that just because the medical establishment endorses a public health
measure, that doesn't mean it's safe.
In the case
of water fluoridation, the chemicals used to fluoridate the water
that more than 180 million people drink each day are not pharmaceutical
grade, but rather hazardous waste products of the phosphate fertilizer
industry; it is illegal to dump these into rivers and lakes or release
the parent gases into the atmosphere.
water fluoridation is a prime example of one of the worst medical
practices possible forced medication with no control over
the dose or who gets it. Perhaps most shocking of all, it is not
subject to any federal regulation.
At once painstakingly-documented
and also highly-readable, The
Case Against Fluoride brings new research to light, including
links between fluoride and harm to your brain, bones, and kidneys,
and shows that while there is possible value in topical applications
like brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, the evidence
that swallowing fluoride reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak.
In this interview,
Dr. Connett shares important information about fluoride and water
fluoridation that you may have not been aware of before, and offers
practical advice for what you can do to help get fluoride removed
from the water supply of the United States and in other fluoridating
the United States is only one of eight countries in the entire developed
world that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its water supply.
(The other seven are: Australia, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia,
New Zealand and Singapore.)
Ireland is the only country that fluoridates more than 50 percent
of its drinking water, and England fluoridates 10 percent.
Most of mainland
Europe is not fluoridated, and yet, according to World Health Organization
data, their teeth are just as good, if not better than Americans'.
One of the
central challenges in this debate is that the United States claim
to have one of the most advanced scientific countries in the world,
yet we're still engaging in a practice that is questionable at best,
and extremely harmful at worst.
is part of an ongoing effort to help provide you with the tools
to take action in three primary areas, and help you understand that
indeed you CAN make a real difference in this area.
fluoridates about 40 percent of its drinking water, and there, the
efforts to eliminate fluoride seem quite optimistic. The fluoridation
there is concentrated in Alberta and Ontario, so if Ontario stops
water fluoridation, the entire country of Canada could conceivably
get rid of it in short order.
In the US,
the current focus is on two specific communities: San Diego, California,
and Austin, Texas. These areas already have leadership backing this
cause, along with favorable media support.
There may be
other communities that we're not aware of, and if you're interested
in starting a movement in your local community, please let us know
you're interested by adding your remarks in the Vital Votes section
If you're not
already registered, you can do
so here. It only takes a moment. We can then help you to get
the process rolling.
Is Water Fluoridation
Really in the Best Interest of Public Health?
As you may
know, the theory behind the introduction of fluoride in your water
supply initially seems beneficial – to reduce the incidence of dental
caries in children.
health dangers of fluoride are so numerous; they far outweigh any
potential benefit to your teeth.
all, water fluoridation is very bad medicine," Dr. Connett says,
"because once you put it in the water, you can't control the dose.
You can't control who gets it. There is no oversight. You're allowing
a community to do to everyone what a doctor can do to no one,
i.e. force a patient to take a particular medication."
both unnecessary and avoidable.
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? Why put it in the drinking water when
you could just brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste if you
choose – in addition to drinking it!
Please note that I do NOT believe you should use fluoride in your
toothpaste but I am just emphasizing the point that it might
work topically but does not work at all when you swallow it.
There are far better options for decreasing tooth decay than using
a topical poison.
fluoridation is ineffective.
There is practically
no difference in tooth decay between fluoridated and non-fluoridated
countries, and no difference between states that have a high or
low percentage of their water fluoridated.
fluoride can cause significant harm.
that 32 percent of American children have been overexposed to
fluoride," Connett says, "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."
fluoridation scoff at these signs, saying that they're "just cosmetic."
we already know that water fluoridation does NOT effectively reduce
dental caries, this is an unnecessary cosmetic defect, and, worse
yet, it is a worrisome indication that your body has been overexposed
to fluoride. If it's 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.
are the window to the bones," Connett says. "If you've seen the
damage to the teeth, what damage can you not see?"
Bone is in
fact living tissue that is constantly being replaced through cellular
turnover. Bone building is a finely balanced, complicated process.
been known to disrupt this process ever since the 1930s. We have
huge concerns about the potential of fluoride to damage the bone
and cause symptoms like arthritis and making them more brittle and
more prone to fracture.
is an Assault on Your Freedom of Choice!
level at which they estimate this is happening is 1.9 parts per
million of fluoride.
got an effect at 1.9 parts per million with a few hundred children
in the study, then there is not enough margin of safety to protect
every child that's being exposed to fluoride."
You need a
much larger margin of safety to protect children living in fluoridated
the US has not yet studied the impact of fluoride on IQ.
which are fluoridated are doing practically no health studies,"
Connett points out. "They are far more concerned about protecting
this policy for some reason than protecting health."
In 2003, the
National Research Council appointed one of the most balanced and
objective panels of experts that have ever objectively investigated
fluoride. They spent about three years studying it and determined
that the current "safe" drinking water standard of 4 ppm (parts
per million) set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for
fluoride is too high and it should be lowered.
But in the
four years since, the EPA has not completed a new health risk assessment
and thus we still live with this outdated and unsafe standard, even
though the NRC study was specifically requested by the EPA.
the issue of water fluoridation it is also important to understand
that fluoride is a drug. You can't get fluoride without a prescription!
Yet it's being added to your water supply on a mandatory basis at
various levels that may or may not be safe for various individuals,
especially children, the sick, and the elderly.
is a major assault on your freedom of choice – to be drugged or
which is a far simpler toxin than the fluoride compounds used for
most water fluoridation, has also been used for rat and cockroach
poisons, so there is no question that it is highly toxic.
Have a Glass
of Water, then Call Poison Control!?
irony here is that the FDA, which does not regulate fluoride in
drinking water, does regulate toothpaste," Connett says, "and
on the back of a tube of fluoridated toothpaste… it must state
that "if your child swallows more than the recommended amount,
contact a poison control center."
that they're talking about, the recommended amount, which is a
pea-sized amount, is equivalent to one glassof water.
The FDA is
not putting a label on the tap saying don't drink more than one
glass of water. If you do, contact a poison center. So you got
this tweedledum and tweedledee…
no question that fluoride not an excessive amount
can cause serious harm. There have been examples of children who
swallowed the gel that is used for topical treatment and they
died as a consequence. So fluoride is extremely toxic."
Dr. Connett, you also increase your child's risk for dental fluorosis
if he brushes his teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day
compared to just once.
talking about killing people outright with drinking water," Connett
concerned about is the chronic exposure… It's poisonous."
Down Your Bones and Damages Your Thyroid
fifty percent of the fluoride that you ingest each day ends up accumulating
in your bones over a lifetime. So you're steadily increasing the
fluoride levels in your bones over time.
recounts the evidence gleaned from India and China, where some areas
have high natural fluoride levels. There, the initial symptoms of
fluoride poisoning are arthritis-like symptoms such as joint pains.
findings, no study has ever been conducted in the US to investigate
whether there's an association between people living in fluoridated
areas and increasing arthritis rates.
lowers thyroid function. It was used in medicine during the 1930s
through 1950s in Europe to treat patients with overactive thyroid
glands. This is a very real and significant concern, especially
today as millions of people suffer with low thyroid function.
to be particularly sensitive to this. I've seen tens of thousands
of patients, and low thyroid function is a very common problem.
If you exhibit
symptoms of low thyroid function you'll want to get a TSH (thyroid
stimulating hormone) test. If it's above 1.5 then you probably need
to address your thyroid, at which point it becomes mandatory to
avoid fluoride from all sources.
of decreased thyroid function include:
water and fluoridated toothpaste are the two most obvious sources,
but you may also be exposed to fluoride from certain drugs, if they
are metabolized to free fluoride in the body. This may occur with
some antidepressants and some antibiotics,
especially the fluoroquinolones.
is pesticides, so it also becomes more important to eat organic.
the Fluoride Come From?
to make a distinction between the natural fluorides found in the
environment versus the toxic chemicals used for fluoridating your
water. Ninety percent of the chemicals used in fluoridation in the
United States do not occur naturally.
"It's a substance
called hexafluorosilicic acid or its sodium salt: silicon fluorides,"
fluorides are captured pollutants from the phosphate fertilizer
industry. When you're making phosphate fertilizers… the process
generates two very toxic gasses; hydrogen fluoride and silicon
a hundred years, these decimated the local area the vegetation;
crippled cattle and so on. Eventually, they were required to capture
these toxic gasses, using a spray of water. That spray of water
produces silicon fluorides.
liquor cannot be dumped into the sea by international law. It
can't be dumped locally because it's too concentrated. But if
someone buys it, it's no longer a hazardous waste, it's a product.
… Who buys
water utilities buy this stuff and put it in our drinking water.
It's absolutely absurd."
Hirzy from the EPA has pointed out that if it goes into the air,
it's a pollutant. If it goes into the local water, it's pollution.
But if the public water utilities buy it and pour it in our drinking
water, it's no longer a pollutant. All of a sudden like magic it's
a beneficial public health measure.
"So not only
are we doing something quite unique, using the public water supply
to deliver medicine... we're using the public water supply to
get rid of hazardous waste from the phosphate industry," Connett
a lot of money for them [this way, because otherwise it would
cost] a lot of money to get rid of it as hazardous waste."
worse, if that's even possible, is that in recent times the US has
started purchasing these industrial fluoride products from China,
as phosphate-producing industry in Florida has been reduced. However,
some communities in the US have stopped using China-made fluoride
because it was producing a white sludge that jammed up the delivery
for Disease Control engineer said, "We don't know what this sludge
is but we know it's safe," Connett says. "But if you don't know
what it is, how can you say it's safe?"
taken a personal interest in this, my team will try to obtain some
of this fluoride from China and have it analyzed by a third-party,
independent laboratory to see what's really in it… Once I have those
results, I will share them with you in this newsletter.
The REAL Cause
of Tooth Decay
As far as tooth
decay is concerned, this is not caused by lack of fluoride.
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.
don't find dental caries in more primitive societies that do not
consume these vast amounts of sugar.
education, not fluoridation," Connett agrees. "That education
would have a double dividend. By avoiding high-fructose sugar,
we'll not only score a huge benefit with dental decay but also
with obesity and health."
Note about Using Tap Water when Making Infant Formula
Most of the
people who are educated about fluoride will avoid drinking municipal
tap water that is fluoridated, and will use a reverse osmosis system
in your home to rid your water of fluoride.
are many who simply don't have the resources or the know-how to
protect themselves and their young children.
of 2006, the American Dental Association (ADA) sent out an email
to alert its members of their recommendation to parents to not use
fluoridated tap water to make infant formula. A few days later,
the CDC followed suit. But neither of them 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.
Help End Water
Fluoridation in Canada and the United States
Action Network is an absolutely phenomenal resource for further
education, and they're doing much to pressure the US government
Last but not
least, stay tuned, as 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 five percent of the population,
we will be able to reverse the policies of water fluoridation.
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
If you live in Ontario, Canada, please join the ongoing effort by
contacting Diane Sprules at [email protected].
The point-of-contact for Toronto is Aliss Terpstra. You may email
her at [email protected].
We're also going to address the two US communities: Austin, Texas
and San Diego, California.
If you live in Austin, Texas, you can join the effort by contacting
Rae Nadler-Olenick at either: [email protected]
or [email protected],
or by regular mail or telephone:
Austin, Texas 78713
Phone: (512) 371-3786
If you're in
San Diego, California, contact Patty Ducey-Brooks, publisher of
the Presidio Sentinel at [email protected].
we're willing to support any credible activist for this cause, who
is scientifically based and grounded, regardless of where you live
in the US. We can provide resources to help support you in your
effort to eliminate fluoride from your local community – and it
really needs to be a community battle.
We're not going
to be able to pass a federal law against fluoridation. There is
not going to be a Presidential mandate or even a statewide elimination.
This change will occur one community at a time.
that is interfering with science in this issue," Connett says.
"It's a matter of political will, and you cannot change political
will if you don't get the people. We must involve the people."