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Mainstream media finally admits: Adding fluoride to water a 'useless scheme' with no benefit to public health


(NaturalNews) Fluoride, long added to our drinking water to improve oral health, is probably useless and even harmful to public health.

Its effectiveness is based on shaky science from the 1950s, yet big dental associations around the world keep promoting the addition of fluoride to our drinking water.

"The sad story is that very little has been done in recent years to ensure that fluoridation is still needed [or] to ensure that adverse effects do not happen," says Dr. Philippe Grandjean, an environmental health researcher and physician at Harvard University.

A little bit of history

In the early 1930s the link was made between fluoride and both mottling – or tooth staining – and stronger, healthier teeth. By the mid-40s the U.S. Public Health Service was convinced that artificial fluoridation of drinking water to 1.0 ppm would provide better oral health without causing mottling from over-fluoridation.

In 1945, they started to add fluoride to a test environment, and by 1950 declared the test a huge success, reporting a 50 percent reduction in cavities. (This number may be slightly misleading). At the same time, people started to improve their oral health practices, and there was an increase in the use of fluoridated toothpaste, too.

Since then, fluoridation of drinking water has been pushed upon us as necessary to improving oral health. It was recommended that every community without naturally occurring fluoride in their water add it to their water supply.

"They have to justify forcing this on people who don't want it – it's a violation of the principle of informed consent," Paul Connett, a Briton who taught chemistry at St Lawrence University, in New York, for 23 years, and helped set up the Fluoride Action Network in the US, told The Guardian. "You can couple that with the fact that once you put it in the water you can't control the dose or who it goes to. Also, is it effective? At least demonstrate that it's effective and then demonstrate that it's safe."

"Studies describing fluoride as a 'neurotoxicant' should ring alarm bells," he added.

Effectiveness was never proven

Recently, The Guardian reported that many health experts are calling for a moratorium on water fluoridation. The claims of the benefits of water fluoridation, as opposed to those of topical fluoride (directly applied to the teeth), are actually unproved.

Stephen Peckham, director and professor of health policy at Kent University's centre for health service studies, warns: "Water fluoridation was implemented before statistics had been compiled on its safety or effectiveness. It was the only cannon shot they had in their armoury. It gets rolled out, becomes – in England – policy and then you look for evidence to support it."

It may have seemed a good idea back in the 1950s, when usage of fluoride-containing dental products like rinses and toothpastes weren't as widespread as today. However, these days it doesn't seem necessary or useful, and may even harm your health.

Some more recent studies claim that fluoridation of drinking water is linked to bone cancer in boys, as well as bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, hip fractures and lower IQ in children.

"It's been going on since 1950 and we are still having the same arguments over the same research," Peckham told The Guardian. "We don't have the information to address this. I think they should have a moratorium."

Peckham would like to see a study following similar groups of children in areas with fluoridated and non-fluoridated water.

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