Who needs strong teeth, anyway?

I live in Rockland County, NY.  It is a fairly metropolitan place, just north of New York City.  There are lots of people here.  And a giant mall.  And a nuclear power plant (or is that across the river in Westchester County?  I can never remember).

We found out that they don’t fluoridate the water here.  Doesn’t that seem odd?  So, my kids have to continue taking those kelpy looking fluoride drops.  Thank goodness the kids like them.

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3 responses to “Who needs strong teeth, anyway?

  1. People worked very hard to keep your water fluoride free. You need to google fluoride and learn more about it.
    Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties are all non-fluoridated and enjoy among the lowest tooth decay rates in the state which is otherwise 73% fluoridation.

    Professionals Urge End to Water Fluoridation

    In a statement first released August 9, 2007, over 1,500 professionals urge Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted. They cite new scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. (http://www.fluorideaction.org/statement.august.2007.html)

    Signers include a Nobel Prize winner, three members of the prestigious 2006 National Research Council (NRC) panel that reported on fluoride’s toxicology, two officers in the Union representing professionals at EPA headquarters, the President of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment, and hundreds of medical, dental, academic, scientific and environmental professionals, worldwide.

    Signer Dr. Arvid Carlsson, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine, says, “Fluoridation is against all principles of modern pharmacology. It’s really obsolete.”

    An Online Action Petition to Congress in support of the Professionals’ Statement is available on FAN’s web site, http://www.fluorideaction.org/congress .

    “The NRC report dramatically changed scientific understanding of fluoride’s health risks,” says Paul Connett, PhD, Executive Director, Fluoride Action Network. “Government officials who continue to promote fluoridation must testify under oath as to why they are ignoring the powerful evidence of harm in the NRC report,” he added.

    The Professionals’ Statement also references:

    — The new American Dental Association policy recommending infant formula NOT be prepared with fluoridated water.
    — The CDC’s concession that the predominant benefit of fluoride is topical not systemic.
    — CDC data showing that dental fluorosis, caused by fluoride over-exposure, now impacts one third of American children.
    — Major research indicating little difference in decay rates between fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities.
    — A Harvard study indicating a possible link between fluoridation and bone cancer.
    — The silicofluoride chemicals used for fluoridation are contaminated industrial waste and have never been FDA- approved for human ingestion.

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a DC watchdog, revealed that a Harvard professor concealed the fluoridation/bone cancer connection for three years. EWG President Ken Cook states, “It is time for the US to recognize that fluoridation has serious risks that far outweigh any minor benefits, and unlike many other environmental issues, it’s as easy to end as turning off a valve at the water plant.”

    Further, researchers reporting in the Oct 6 2007 British Medical Journal indicate that fluoridation, touted as a safe cavity preventive, never was proven safe or effective and may be unethical. (1)

    In New York State, Cobeskill stopped 54 years of fluoridation in 2007, the Central Bridge Water District stopped fluoridation in 2006, Homer in 2005, Canton in 2003. Oneida rejected fluoridation in 2002. Ithaca rejected fluoridation in 2002. Johnstown rejected it in 1999. Before that several towns in Nassau County stopped fluoridation. Suffolk County rejected fluoridation in the 1990’s.

    On October 2, 2007 Juneau Alaska voters rejected fluoridation despite the American Dental Association’s $150,000 political campaign to return fluoride into the water supply after the legislative body voted it out.

    Many communities rejected or stopped fluoridation over the years. See: http://www.fluoridealert.org/communities.htm

    SOURCE: Fluoride Action Network http://www.FluorideAction.Net

    References:

    (1) “Adding fluoride to water supplies,” British Medical Journal, KK Cheng, Iain Chalmers, Trevor A. Sheldon, October 6, 2007

  2. Ohhh, yes, ma’am, heavy on the fluoride. Keene didn’t fluoridate the water, and Emily had her first cavities (yep, plural) at 2.

    Jacob has never had a single one, since we moved here before he was a year old and *gasp* they’ve got that newfangled metal stuff in that there water!

  3. nyscof, that is interesting and thank you for posting it.

    As someone who used to work in the pharmaceutical industry, I will say it is misleading to mention the FDA not approving something for human consumption. The FDA does not approve most things for human consumption, unless they are specifically pharmaceuticals. The FDA did not approve apples for human consumption – does that mean they are hazardous? I’m also curious why there is only one factual item footnoted in your lengthy post, when as an educated person I would assume that many other points should have been footnoted as well. It’s one thing to not footnote anything, but once you start, I’d expect to see the 7 or 8 other citations I’d be interested in reading further as well.

    I was not aware that fluoridation was so contentious, and in the interest of avoiding fluorosis in my own kids, they only get a half-dose of the fluoride drops every other day, basically getting 1/4 of the recommended dosage.

    Thanks for posting!

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