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APHA Misleads Americans About Fluoridation

NEW YORK, March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Public Health Association's (APHA) new Fluoridation Position Statement is based on many documents that neither support nor evaluate fluoridation's safety and/or effectiveness as it claims, (1) reports NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

APHA asserts, "All of these reviews have found CWF [Community Water Fluoridation] to be safe and effective." Here's the truth about APHA's "supportive" references:

National Research Council (2006)

This isn't a fluoridation risk/benefit analysis. It found EPA's current fluoride maximum-contaminant-level-goal in drinking water is not protective of health and must be lowered.(2)

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (2003)

This report says "... subsets of the population may be unusually susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride and its compounds...the elderly, people with osteoporosis, people with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and/or protein."(3)

University of York, UK (2000)

About this report, the Centre for Review and Dissemination writes, "We were unable to discover any reliable good-quality evidence in the fluoridation literature world-wide."(4)

Lewis and Banting, Canada (1994)

"The effectiveness of water fluoridation alone cannot now be determined," they write.(5)

New York State Department of Health (1990)

The authors concluded: "... some individuals may experience hypersensitivity to fluoride-containing agents." And, "... it is currently impossible to draw firm conclusions regarding the independent effect of fluoride in drinking water on caries prevalence using an ecologic study design."(6)

World Health Organization (2006)

This report, not about fluoridation, documents high levels of natural fluoride causing human bone and teeth malformation in many countries.(7)

Medical Research Council, UK (2002)

Not a fluoridation risk/benefit analysis, this report identifies fluoridation health uncertainties such as total exposure and bone effects.(8)

Institute of Medicine (IOM) (1999)

Since fluoride isn't a nutrient, the IOM sets adequate intake from all sources to avoid children's discolored teeth and upper limit to avoid crippling bone damage which IOM admits "is too high for persons with certain illnesses..."(9)

APHA says that fluoridation reduced the incidence and severity of tooth decay. However, "No clear reasons for the caries decline have been identified," according to dental textbook, Dentistry, Dental Practice, and the Community (Burt and Eklund).

"Why is the APHA misrepresenting these documents and not publicizing fluoridation's health risks and uncertainties, therefore, protecting fluoridation instead of the American public?" asks lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation


Contact: Paul Beeber 516-433-8882

SOURCE NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
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