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“Research published in 2010 identified that the concept of ‘fluoride strengthening teeth’ could no longer be deemed as clinically significant to any decrease in caries linked to fluoride use. Furthermore, research has suggested that systemic fluoride exposure has minimal (if any) effect on the teeth, and researchers have also offered data that dental fluorosis (the first sign of fluoride toxicity) is higher in U.S. communities with fluoridated water as opposed to those without it.” - IAOMT 2017 Position Paper Against Fluoride Use, p. 41

 

Although I'm not on board with all this screaming about 'fake news,' the self-censorship in our media is astounding. In September, there were two major stories that were all but unmentioned by the media. Apparently, even though the Washington Post and New York Times were each offered an exclusive on the findings of major NIH/NIEHS/EPA sponsored multi-year, mult-million dollar study on the impact of prenatal exposure to fluoride on IQ of children that validates the findings of dozens of  human and hundreds of laboratory studies - yes, any fluoride exposure even in extremely low doses consistent with doses of those living in 'optimally' fluoridated communities lowers IQ by up to 6 points - the major news desks declined the scoop and didn't say a word on the report.

 

The exceptions were mealy mouthed reports in CNN and Newsweek. I have it on good authority that the only reason those two wrote anything was because of insider support. The apparent reason why the rest of the major media outlets ignored this bombshell is because of sponsorship dollars from vested interests like Big Pharma and the toothpaste folks. The sugar industry also supports the myth of fluoride as a magic potion in order not to hurt their market. 

 

That the IAOMT Position Paper Against Fluoride Use was published just three days after the NIH report should have given the media a case of whiplash - but I haven't seen any news reports on this paper by a large international professional dental association based in the United States. Their position paper includes over 500 scientific citations documenting the harm done by the dental dogma around fluoride and recommends it not be used even in dental offices because of adverse impact on people and planet. 

 

Any reporter who cared to look would have found that per U.S. governement most recent statistics from 2011-12, over half of today's 15 year olds have some degree of dental fluorosis with more than one in five having at least two teeth with moderate to severe fluorosis which essentially guarantee crowns in young adulthood because these teeth are badly stained, brittle, and even pitted or deformed. Dental fluorosis is caused by fluoride poisoing during childhood and is associated with increased learning disabilities, bone breaks, and kidney disease. Kidney disease is also up per 2011-12 US statistics. 

 

God forbid a major news agency should report on this - it might hurt toothpaste and candy sales! 

 

2017 IAOMT: https://iaomt.org/for-patients/fluoride-facts/

2017 NIH IQ review on independent site:  http://www.mintpressnews.com/ada-study-fluoride-health-impacts/

2017 Dental fluorosis: 

http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2017/05/09/DC85141

2017 Politics: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/science-and-alternative-facts-about-fluoridation-false-dilemmas-and...

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Thanks for posting......I've heard of this before and believe its' true!   Now, for something else you probably ingest that WILL affect you.....read this below.

People need to know that the chemical sweetener Aspertame (also goes by other names) has been found to be the cause of Alzheimer's-type symptoms in many people.  People who eat and drink a lot of "diet" drinks and foods that have the Aspertame sweetener in them (including many yogurts) need to stop ingestion of that product immediately. Scientists (including Mercola) have found that by stopping the usage of Aspertame products, many of these patients bounce back to their near-normal selves again after a short period of time.  If you have been using Aspertame sweetened products, stop using them NOW. 

Here's a few links to verify:   (You're welcome).   ;-)

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/26/aspartame-methanol-alzheimers.aspx

https://www.theherbprof.com/InfoAspartameDisease.htm

http://wnho.net/prevalence_of_alzheimers.htm

The question is this:  If Aspertame is so dangerous to our health, WHY is still being produced and sold in the US?

My answer is this.....(sad to say) there's WAY too much tax money that would be lost if they did......just like all those Tobacco products that are being sold!!   Isn't that SICKENING???    ;-(

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“This is a very rigorous epidemiology study. You just can’t deny it...  Our study shows that the growing fetal nervous system may be adversely affected...” - Dr. Howard Hu, Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (Sept. 2017) 

 

“Children are the primary victims of our failed fluoridation policy, and mothers are our last line of defense. To protect your baby's brain, we recommend mothers avoid drinking fluoridated water, swallowing fluoride supplements or toothpaste, and avoid fluoride dental treatments during and before pregnancy.” - Bill Osmunson, DDS, MPH (2017)

 

The 12 year multimillion dollar study sponsored by the NIH, NIEHS, and EPA that was conducted by internationally renowned researchers at University of Toronto, University of Michigan, McGill University, Indiana University School of Dentistry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health was designed to disprove any prenatal impact on IQ. It did the opposite. The study controlled for confounders and validated dozens of less rigorous human studies and I don’t know how many animal studies with the same findings - prenatal fluoride exposure damages the brain and reduces IQ by as much as 6 points on a dose-response trend line consistent with exposure in 'optimally' fluoridated communities. However, in typical research fashion, it concluded with “more research is needed.” 

 

Think about this. We have the evidence of harm and they want to do more studies on pregnant women? Get your own sisters, wives, and daughters to volunteer the brains of their unborn children for your experiment and leave my family alone, thank you very much! 

 

Community water fluoridation is human experimentation and must be ended immediately! 

 

Call your Congressman and the AARP. Tell them they work for us and we don’t want poison in our water!

 

Study: https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/ehp655/

Review: http://fluoridealert.org/articles/fluoride-exposure-in-utero-linked-to-lower-iq-in-kids-new-study-sa... NIH study chartNIH study chartNIH study profileNIH study profile 

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“Infants, children and adolescents are at high risk of diseases due to over intake of fluorides, through drinking water and/or fluoridated milk, as the deterioration of health is proportional to the dose and time of exposure.” - Romero et al. in “The impact of tap water fluoridation on human health.” Revista médica de Chile (Feb. 2017)

 

 Fluoride toxicity symptoms are threatening to steal away the golden years of the 'baby boomers,’ the first generation to be experimental subjects to lifelong water fluoridation.” - Susan Kanen, biochemist formerly with Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Aqueduct, water treatment plant for Washington, DC, whistleblower on lead in drinking water (2016)

 

The latest meta review of fluoridation is from Chile and published in their major medical journal. Like all modern scientific reviews (but not those  sponsored by political organizations in the US, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia defending their policy), the Chilean team of scientists found fluoridation of salt, milk and water to be ineffective in preventing cavities, but causal for asthmatic, skeletal, neurological, endocrine and skin diseases. You know, things like arthritis & brittle bones, learning disabilties & dementia, eczema & psoriasis, and thyroid disease & diabetes. 

 

  • The impact of tap water fluoridation on human health. Verena Romero, Frances J. Norris, Juvenal A. Ríos, Isel Cortés, Andrea González, Leonardo Gaete, Andrei N. Tchernitchin. Rev. méd. Chile vol.145 no.2 Santiago Feb. 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872017000200012   

 

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In the 21st century, chemical water fluoridation is totally outdated. It is based on the myth that ingesting fluoride reduces tooth decay.  It's junk science, a holdover from the 1950s when doctors recommended smoking cigarettes. It's time to end it.

 

 The Cochrane Collaboration review,  the gold standard of scientific rigor in assesing effectiveness of public health policy, in its 2015 review concluded..."Fluoridation does not reduce cavities to a statistically significant degree in permanent teeth,"or baby teeth, The review criticized studies supporting fluoridation as being weak, biased and of poor quality.  It found no evidence to support the efficacy of ingesting fluoride to reduce cavities.  

 

Fluoridation chemicals are industrial waste products collected from pollution control scrubbers primarily from the phosphate fertilizer industry.  This acid is caught in scrubbers because it is so lethal and corrosive that releasing it into the air, a lake, a stream or any body of water, is an environmental crime.  However it is somehow, "legal," to dispose of this corrosive poison in municipal drinking water.  Fluoridation benefits industry.  Rather than paying the high cost of disposing of it's toxic waste, it earns a profit on it.   

 

Fluoride is not a nutrient and has no use in the human body.  Forcing toxic fluoridation chemicals on the population is unethical and illegal. Fluoride is a drug.  If it's not in your municpal water, you can only obtain fluoride with a doctor's prescription.  Your doctor cannot administer fluoride to anyone without informed consent. However, citizens are denied the right to informed consent when it comes to flouride in our tap water.  Although fluoride is a drug that is a known developmental neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor and carcinogen, it is forced upon the entire citizenry without informed consent and with no regard to dose, age or medical condition.

 

Public health policy must be based on sound science.  It needs to be effective and safe for everyone, including vulnerable subpopulations.  It's clear that artificial water fluoridation does not meet any of those criteria and that artificial water fluoridation must end.

 

 

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“Evidence has shown that these early researchers had it backwards. It now appears that fluoride acts only on teeth that have already erupted.” - Lahey Clinic website (current)

 

“Fluoride has no known essential function in human growth and development and no signs of fluoride deficiency have been identified.” - European Food Safety Authority (2013)

 

If you haven't already, sign this petition directed to Congress and the National Acadmy of Medicine about the controversial 1997 decision to include fluoride on the Dietary Reference Intake table (DRI) without any special considerations because the NAM board of nutritionists depended on dental testimony that there was no adverse impact up to and including 10 mg/day and ingestion, per dentists, was good for teeth. They were not only wrong, they were manipulated by one or more bad actors. It is time the Food & Nutrition Board corrects their mistake.  

 

Sign and share: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/dietary-fluoride-and.fb48 

 

In 1999, the CDC admitted that the ingestion theory about dental benefit from consumption was invalid, although they couched their language by using the term "predominantly topical." There is absolutely no scientific evidence of any systemic benefit from consumption or "remineralization" either, which was the substitute theory dentists advanced. The only evidence of any benefit is from poisoning cavity causing bacteria when used topically in high concentrations, like in toothpaste.   

 

Since 1997, the evidence of harm is significant:

 
  1. In 2006, the US EPA found 4 ppm as a MCLG to be UNSAFE. 
  2. In 2009, the US EPA found fluoride to be a “developmental neurotoxicant” with substantial evidence of harm, one of approx 100 chemicals known to cause brain damage during critical periods of brain development 
  3. In 2010, the US CDC released a report that approximately half of US 15 year olds have some level of dental fluorosis, with 4% having mod-severe which likely result in expensive cosmetic dentistry including crowns and veneers because of both the brittle nature of these teeth and unsightliness
  4. In 2015, scientists from that same EPA 2009 team found fluoride to be one of only 21 chemicals with “gold standard” verification of human harm
  5. Since 1995, multiple animal, in vitro, epidemiological, and case studies have proved that fluoride consumption adversely impacts memory, i.e. ability to learn. Moreover, modern studies have correlated dental fluorosis with genetic predisposition, kidney disease, and learning disabilities. Fluoride induced thyroid hormone suppression seems to play a significant role. Higher rates of low-thyroid disease is also correlated with fluoridation. 

 

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Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2006.  http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11571 
 

W. Mundy, S. Padilla, T. Shafer, et al. Building a Database of Developmental Neurotoxicants: Evidence from Human and Animal Studies. EPA, RTP, NC 27711; Curriculum in Toxicology, Univ. of N.C. at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514; NCEA/ORD, U.S. EPA, Washington, DC, 20460; Cellumen, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA. 15238; 5U.S. EPA, Region 7, Kansas City, KS, 66101. 2009. http://www.fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/epa_mundy.pdf 

 

W. Mundy, S. Padilla, J. Breier, at al. Expanding the test set: Chemicals with potential to disrupt mammalian brain development. Neurotoxicology and Teratology. Volume 52, Part A, November– December 2015, Pages 25–35. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0892036215300362  

 

Xiong X, Liu J, He W, et al. Dose-effect relationship between drinking water fluoride levels and damage to liver and kidney functions in children. Environ Res. 2007 Jan;103(1):112-6. Epub 2006 Jul 10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16834990 
 
A. Martín-Pardillos et al. Effect of water fluoridation on the development of medial vascular calcification in uremic rats. Toxicology. 2014 Apr 6;318:40-50. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24561004  
 
Fei Liu, Jing Ma, Hui Zhang, Peng Liu, You-Ping Liu, Bo Xing, Yong-Hui Dang. Fluoride exposure during development affects both cognition and emotion in mice. Physiol Behav. 2014 Jan 30;124:1-7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24184405   
 
Modifying Effect of COMT Gene Polymorphism and a Predictive Role for Proteomics Analysis in Children's Intelligence in Endemic Fluorosis Area in Tianjin, China. Zhang S, Zhang X, Liu H, Qu W, Guan Z, Zeng Q, Jiang C, Gao H, Zhang C, Lei R, Xia T, Wang Z, Yang L, Chen Y, Wu X, Cui Y, Yu L, Wang A. Toxicol Sci. 2015 Apr; 144(2):238-45. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfu311. Epub 2015 Jan 1. PMID: 25556215. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25556215  
 
Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004. NCHS Data Brief, Number 53,November 2010. CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db53.htm 
 
Anat Gesser-Edelsburg and Yaffa Shir-Raz. Communicating risk for issues that involve 'uncertainty bias': what can the Israeli case of water fluoridation teach us? Journal of Risk Research · August 2016.  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305985332 
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"Mandates are not objective realities, but subjective interpretations."  - Thomas E. Mann

 

Medical mandates are politics pretending to be science. They benefit corporations, not the public and certainly not the individual. There are two very interesting recent articles in GreenMed on medical mandates. 

 

Science and Alternative Facts: About fluoridation, false dilemmas and fake news slams the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control for their anti-scientific and biased promotion of fluoridation that is attempting to incentivize states to establish a medical mandate for fluoridation using Medicaid monies. 

 

NVIC Tracking 134 Vaccine Bills Introduced in 35 States reports on vaccine mandate laws in front of state legislature this year. I'm not going down the vaccine route, but this much is certain.... we Baby Boomers were not afraid of or dying from childhood diseases in the 1960s. Most of us had between 2 and 5 immunizations during our childhood which were happy, healthy and active. Everyone had chicken pox, measles, etc. without undo concern. There might have been one kid in our class with asthma, maybe. Practically no one had food allergies.

 

Today, 50% of our grandchildren who have received 25 vaccines in their first six months of life have a chronic illness - food allergies, asthma, anaphylaxis, learning disabilites, autoimmune disease, etc. Some are even on respirators, and some died for no known reason. The CDC schedule recommends our grandchildren have another 44 vaccines before they turn 18. There are more children on respirators now than were ever on Iron Lungs in the 1950s, and many of their families have testified that the paralysis occured shortly after being vaccinated, even beginning on that same day in many cases. Since the passage of a federal law in 1986, pharmaceutical companies and doctors have no liability for harm caused by vaccines. There are 200 additional vaccines in the CDC pipeline. The primary targets are children and the elderly. The laws criminalize non-conformance, even barring access to schools and threatening parents with loss of custody. 

 

Medical Mandates, whether finagled with financial incentives to fluoridate a community or legislated with  punitive actions against any parent who choses not to follow a vaccination schedule are dangerous to our health and our freedom. Phone your representatives and tell them the 1947 Nuremberg Code, the 21st century UNESCO documents on human dignity and bioethics and our own constitution which ensures us the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are violated by medical mandates. 

 

  • ”Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.” - UNESCO on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005)

 

  • ”The interests and welfare of the individual should have priority over the sole interest of science or society.”  - Informed Consent in UNESCO documents on Bioethics and Human Rights, Article 3 (2005)

 

  • ”In no case should a collective community agreement or the consent of a community leader or other authority substitute for an individual’s informed consent.” - Informed Consent in UNESCO documents on Bioethics and Human Rights, Article 6 (2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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”Development of the program must begin with re-education and stimulation of the individual dentist both in the community and in the dental school, whose active participation is essential to the success of any fluoridation program.  Individual dentists must be convinced that they need not be familiar with scientific reports of laboratory and field investigations on fluoridation to be effective participants in the promotion program and that non-participation is overt neglect of professional responsibility.  Initiation of this part of the promotional effort should include the preparation of a short fact sheet for wide distribution.” - American Dental Association (1979)  http://fluoridealert.org/content/1979-ada-white-paper/ 

 

". . . in the previous year (1955) many responsible persons had felt that the public should be spared the ordeal of “knowledge about controversy.” If word ever got out that the Public Health Service had actually done something damaging to the health of the American people, the consequences would be terrible. . . . We felt that no lasting good could come to science or the public if the Public Health Services were discredited.” Congressman Percy Priest on the thousands of  paralytic illnesses provoked by the immunization and the many who died in the “Cutter Incident." The definition of polio was changed from a paralysis lasting more than 24 hours to one lasting more than 60 days in order to declare the immunization program a success 

 

When anyone tries to tell you that we are so much healthier than ever before and Americans have the best health care, they lie. The US did lead in good health in 1950, but since then our health has declined while our health costs have sky rocketed compared to our contemporaries in other countries. It's gotten particularly bad this century, with over half of our children suffering from a chronic illness and many more cases of paralysis diagnosed as Guillain-Barré Syndrome or Transverse Myelitis than ever beforeMany of these GBS and TM victims require a ventilator, the modern version of an Iron Lung.... their number exceeds the 1950s polio victims.  

 

The Institute of Medicine wrote in their 2013 report U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health document that across all stratas, American health has been in decline since the 1950s.... you know what happened around 1950? As part of the "better living through chemistry" model promoted by our government, we started fluoridating our water, generously spraying poisons on our food and in our neighborhoods, and pushing drugs starting with the polio vaccine that provided an income to the government. Today, the CDC holds 56 vaccine and adjuvant patents and therefore makes money on every administration of these drugs.

 

I got very ill after that OPV vaccine. I missed months of school with a "kidney infection" and was unable to walk for several weeks. Couldn't be polio, but I was paralyzed. When recovered, I suffered fainting spells and horrible hay fever. I also needed glasse for the first time; my eyesight was shot. Same thing is going on in India today. Polio rates are down, but paralysis rates are up and paralysis associated deaths have doubled. As to that kidney infection, our government had known for several years that the polio vaccine was contaminated with SV40, a monkey kidney virus, but didn't want to waste the vaccines already manufactured or create any doubt in the public. SV40 virus is associated with several types of cancers with long latency, documented by the NIH and IOM. 

Whatever is going on overall, it's equal parts environmental and political. Government agencies and politicians are more interested in protecting profits than in protecting people. We have too many poisons in our water, food and medicines.... and FLUORIDE, which is in literally everything, is an inflammatory drug and adjuvant which intensifies the symptoms of any inflammatory or autoimmune disease. Get political! 

 

Start by signing and sharing:

  1. Petition about fluoride: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/dietary-fluoride-and.fb48
  2. Letter to Pres. Trump about pesticides in food and chronic illness among Americans:  http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/letter_to_trump?recruiter_id=96452 

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“When studying any matter, ask yourself two things: what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted by what you wish to believe, or what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. Look only and solely at what are the facts.”Bertrand Arthur William Russell, logician and Nobel laureate (1959)

 

“There’s no doubt that the intake of fluoridated water is going to interrupt basic functions of nerve cells in the brain, and this is certainly not going to be [for] the benefit of anybody……The addition of fluorides to drinking water was, and is, a mistake.” - Dr. Robert Isaacson, 2006 National Research Council panelist on Fluoride in Drinking Water (2007)

 

Six organizations plus several individuals filed a Citizen's Petition with the EPA on the topic of the neurotoxicity of fluoridation and the regulations of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) in November 2016. The petition includes 46 pages of scientific citations specific to the neurotoxic effects of fluoride. I especially like section IX of the petition that points out that per scientific protocol, no potable water should be considered safe for consumption if it contains fluoride levels above point one parts per million, i.e. safe water concentrations should be set as < .1 ppm. 

 

The EPA has 90 days to respond. However, the best thing about this TSCA petition, other than further paving the way for lawsuits, is that it gives the EPA a way of ending fluoridation without addressing the naturally occuring or accidental contamination of water with fluoride which is the economic motivation for the high 4 ppm contaminant level found unsafe by the NRC in 2006 but still in effect. The TSCA regulation referenced only addresses the intentional addition of substances to water and EPA authority to act on the neurotoxicity science. 

 

See video, petition, and sign supporting letter: http://fluoridealert.org/articles/epa_fluoride_petition/ 

 

Also check out this podcast on Woman Power hosted by thyroid specialist Dr. Richard Shames on fluoridation neurotoxicity that features two moms and activists, one of whom signed the TSCA petition: 

http://www.iheart.com/show/209-WOMANPOWER/?episode_id=27861885

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“The government hires scientists to support its policies; industry hires them to support its business; and universities hire them to bring in grants that are handed out to support government policies and industry practices.” - David L. Lewis, PhD, microbiologist (2014)

 

Have you seen the latest two exposes on fluoridation? 

 

Out of Israel, a social science team documents the misrepresentation of scientific  and historical fact by lobbyists and politicians in order to deceive the public and mandate a policy that benefits vested interests, but harms public health.  They call it "uncertainty bias" but I call it lies and bullying. August 2016 in Journal of Risk Research: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305985332 

 

Out of Scandinavia, team determines that incidence of Crohn's disease and other irritable bowel disease (IBD) experiences a sharp and significant uptick in  communities that fluoridate in Canada, the US, Australia and Wales. They also note that there is a similarly significantly higher rate of IBD in communities with naturally high levels of fluoride and in industrial workers exposed to fluoride on the job. People who brush their teeth frequently are more likely to suffer IBD, too. Plus, animal studies confirm, even low levels of fluoride inflames the bowels.  S**t! Vol 51, 2016 Issue 9 in Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00365521.2016.1177855?journalCode=igas20