Does Fluoride Put Us At Risk?
by Sandra Tonn
Source: Health Action, Summer 2009
A large body of scientific research shows that water fluoridation is, at best, useless in relation to dental health. At worst, research suggests that our teeth, brain and bones, as well as our digestive, endocrine, reproductive and immune systems, and liver and thyroid function, may be at risk. If that isn't enough reason to question our intake of fluoride, increased risk of cancer, osteoarthritis and hip fracture is also a possibility.
In 2006, the National Research Council published a landmark scientific review of the Environmental Protection Agency's fluoridated drinking water standards. The following year, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), a non-profit international coalition, released a statement on behalf of more than 1,400 professionals urging the US Congress to stop water fluoridation. According to Dr. Paul Connett, the executive director of FAN, "The meager benefits do not outweigh the serious risks and fluoridation must be stopped."
A major, national US organization has added its weight to the growing number of cities, professionals and citizens who question the conventional assertion that water fluoridation is safe.
The National Kidney foundation concluded in an updated position paper that people with chronic kidney disease should be told about the potential risks of fluoride exposure, and that there's a glaring lack of research in this area.
The American Dental Association has since removed the foundation from its list of affiliates that promote the benefits of fluoride.
Fluoridation of water is banned in some countries, such as China and Sweden, and rejected in many others, such as Austria, Belgium and Japan. Why not in North America? Good question.
Throughout its history, Health Action Network Society has worked to promote awareness around the possible dangers of fluoridated water and the use of fluoride in dental care.
For more information, visit www.hans.org and FAN at www.fluoridealert.org.
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