The prestigious National Research Council of the National Academies of Science released a 450-page review of fluoride toxicity. The report concluded that the safe drinking water standard for fluoride (4 ppm) causes significant damage to teeth, and places consumers at elevated risk for bone damage, including bone fracture and joint pain. Because of this, the NRC recommended that the fluoride safety standard be reduced. In addition to its concerns about tooth and bone damage, the NRC identified a range of other health effects that may be associated with fluoride exposure, including damage to the brain, disruption of the endocrine system (thyroid gland, pineal gland, and glucose metabolism), bone cancer, and decreased fertility rate.
While proponents of fluoridation have long claimed that the safety of fluoride is a “settled” question, the NRC report emphatically undermines this contention. The NRC report identifies a staggering number of fundamental questions about fluoride’s safety that have yet to be adequately addressed. According to the panel’s chairman Dr. John Doull, “when we looked at the studies that have been done, we found that many of these questions are unsettled and we have much less information than we should, considering how long this [fluoridation] has been going on. I think that’s why fluoridation is still being challenged so many years after it began.”
As noted by FAN’s Executive Director, Dr. Paul Connett, “the crucial message of this report is that the highest scientific authority in the US has determined that low levels of fluoride in drinking water may have serious adverse health effects.”
The NRC began working on the report in 2003 following a request by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review the latest research on fluoride toxicity and assess the adequacy, or lack thereof, of EPA’s “Maximum Contaminant Level Goal” (MCLG). The MCLG is the maximum level of a water contaminant that EPA considers safe for all subsets of the population, including the most vulnerable. The MCLG for fluoride is currently 4 parts per million (ppm), or 4 milligrams of fluoride in each liter of water (mg/L). This standard was established in 1985 amidst considerable controversy. As noted in 1983 by Dr. Stanley Wallach, a member of a Surgeon General committee that advised EPA on fluoride’s non-dental health effects: “You would have to have rocks in your head, in my opinion, to allow your child much more than 2 ppm.” EPA’s decision to enact the 4 ppm MCLG was thus harshly criticized by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and even EPA’s own scientists.
- The NRC Report (full online copy of report)
- NRC’s Findings
- NRC’s Recommendations
- Statements by NRC Panelists
- Relevance to Water Fluoridation
- Relevance to Fluoride Pesticides
- Media Coverage
- FAN Submissions to NRC
When the U.S. Public Health Service endorsed water fluoridation in 1950, there was little evidence of its safety. Now, six decades later and after most countries have rejected the practice, more than 70 percent of Americans, as well as 200 million people worldwide, are drinking fluoridated water. The Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to promote it–and even mandatory statewide water fluoridation–despite increasing evidence that it is not only unnecessary, but potentially hazardous to human health.
In this timely and important book, Dr. Paul Connett, Dr. James Beck, and Dr. H. Spedding Micklem take a new look at the science behind water fluoridation and argue that just because the dental and medical establishments endorse a public health measure doesn’t mean it’s safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals that go into the drinking water that more than 180 million people drink each day are not even pharmaceutical grade, but rather a hazardous waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. It is illegal to dump this waste into the sea or local surface water, and yet it is allowed in our drinking water. To make matters worse, this program receives no oversight from the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency takes no responsibility for the practice. And from an ethical standpoint, say the authors, water fluoridation is a bad medical practice: individuals are being forced to take medication without their informed consent, there is no control over the dose, and no monitoring of possible side effects.
At once painstakingly documented and also highly readable, The Case Against Fluoride brings new research to light, including links between fluoride and harm to the brain, bones, and endocrine system, and argues that the evidence that fluoridation reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak.
Every community needs to take action to get rid of fluoride in their water supply, and you should take action to get it out of your toothpaste. An action guide is in the conclusion of this book.
This book is so important, you should not put off buying and listening to it. It is one of the most important books you have ever found and could lead you to a healthier and happier life.
- Discover the real reason fluoride is in your water.
- You and your dentist have been brainwashed.
- Everything you have been taught about fluoride is a big lie.
- No independent scientific research has anything positive to say about fluoride.
- It is a poison and does your body absolutely no good.
- Fluoride causes fluorosis – blotching and destruction of teeth. By the time the spots show up, it is too late.
- It causes painful arthritis.
- Fluoride causes thyroid problems
- Fluoride causes bone problems
- Fluoride induces disease and early death
- It can cause cancer
- Babies and people with kidney problems are the most sensitive to this problem.
- It has resulted in some immediate deaths.
- It attaches to aluminum and takes it into the brain, causing brain fog, and is linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
- It is almost as poisonous as arsenic.
- Workers have to wear hazmat suits when handling it.