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WATER FLUORIDATION: MYTHS VS REALITY Or. HOW TO DEAL WITH THE ANTI-FLUORIDATIONISTS IN YOUR CITY David F. Nelson, D.D.S., M.S. Consultant to the Office of Oral Health California Dept. of Health Services October 24, 2006. CURRENT ANTI-FLUORIDE ACTIVITY. Anti-fluoridation websites:

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WATER FLUORIDATION: MYTHS VS REALITYOr

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE ANTI-FLUORIDATIONISTS IN YOUR CITY

David F. Nelson, D.D.S., M.S.

Consultant to the Office of Oral Health

California Dept. of Health Services

October 24, 2006


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CURRENT ANTI-FLUORIDE ACTIVITY

  • Anti-fluoridation websites:

    • FAN (fluoride action network)

      • 50 reasons to oppose fluoridation:

        • 1. F not necessary to humans

        • 2. doesn’t reduce tooth decay

        • 3. benefits are topical, not systemic

        • 4. causes dental fluorosis even at low doses

        • 5. lowers IQ of children

        • 6. causes hypothyroidism

        • 7. causes skeletal fluorosis

        • 8. causes hip fractures in the elderly

        • 9. causes osteosarcoma in young boys

        • 10. Nobel prize winners are opposed


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Rebuttal to the 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation

  • The author of the “50 Reasons” document states: ‘these reasons are based on a thorough review of the scientific literature as regards both the risks and benefits of being exposed to the fluoride ion’. And yet…..

  • The “50 Reasons” document fails to conform to ANY generally accepted principals for assembling, evaluation and interpreting medical research.

  • There is no systematic search for pertinent research; no critical appraisal of studies; no use of a selection criteria; no critical appraisal of studies to determine validity and no integration of evidence. Therefore…


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Conclusions on the “50 Reasons” document

  • No conclusions can or should be drawn from this poor quality document!

  • This paper is a series of statements and opinions and is not evidence based!

  • This rebuttal of the “50 Reasons” was done by Irish fluoridationists in 2 papers, one 18 pages and one of 42 pages.

  • Thorough, investigative, professional and evidence based critique by health care professors from the dental schools of the United Kingdom


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More anti-fluoride websites

  • Nofluoride.com

    • 4 main arguments against fluoridation:

      1. AMA not willing to state that fluoride will harm no one!

      • Of course not. Would not say that about any element

        2. Not FDA approved

      • And never will be. FDA doesn’t regulate drinking water. Regulates bottled water, toothpaste, etc. F OK in toothpaste

      • EPA has the responsibility for drinking water, not the FDA

        3. Forced mass medication of the public

      • No more so than immunizations, helmets, iodine in bread, vitamin D in milk

        4. The chemicals are not pharmaceutical quality

      • Don’t have to be. As long as they pass the NSF Standard 65 water quality tests they are pure enough for drinking water


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ONE MORE WEBSITE…

  • Keepers of the Well:

    • Run by Jeff Green, notorious anti from San Diego

    • Their claims:

      1. Mass medicates at a level that no doctor could Rx

      2. FDA reports the chemicals used in fluoridation have never been studied for safety

      3. EPA unions call for a moratorium

      4. Chemicals contain arsenic and lead

      5. The increased lead levels responsible for learning disabilities, substance abuse, hyperactivity and crime

      6. Kidney and brain lesions causing Alzheimers

      7. We are already overdosed on fluoride from foods and beverages.


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The anti-fluoridationists and the media

  • Personal communications with the antis

  • Local newspapers

  • Letters to the Editor

    • Very effective in Watsonville, Arcata, Modesto

  • Cartoons

  • Use of non-peer reviewed journals

    • Publishing “junk science” in junk journals

    • Publishing “junk science” in popular women’s magazines


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    The Nazi’s scheme used water fluoridation to control prisoners and the public


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    Studies prove that fluoride causes more cavities, more drilling, more filling, more billing.  Studies prove that all kinds of health problems are the cause of fluoride.  Many people are victims of fluoride poisoning.   Read the many horror stories.......also read "The Fluoride Deception" by Chris Bryson. 

    TO ALL:   DAVID NELSON,  YOU LIAR!

    You fools....promoting fluoride!  You greedy fools!  People are waking up to the fact that fluoride is a waste product....and that fluoride does nothing good for teeth. 

    FIND the cause NOT the cure for diseases!   FLUORIDE IS THE CAUSE!

    Every one cent spent on fluoridation costs more than Three times $120 for teeth repair....that obviously makes YOU happy!  I am proof!  I am a victim of fluoride poisoning, and it didn't take much!   You pay for ALL the repair on my teeth because of fluoride!  Send me a check!!  Plus all the health problems I have, and NO medical insurance!  You bastard!

    People are suffering, people are dying from this CRAP!   YOU BASTARD DAVID NELSON!!    USING the poor people to promote this crap....OH.. make your self look as good as you possibly can!!    WHAT A JERK YOU ARE!!   The reason for cavities is SUGAR, POP, CANDY!   POOR DIET, get it!!  TRY promoting good diet!  How many dollars would be in that?  NONE!  Who are you, or anyone else, to tell people what to put in their water.  FLUORIDE IS POISON!  

    greedy bastard! WHAT a sad shame that fluoridation is any where!  You

    You are so stupid you don't know fact from fiction.  Fluoridation is ALL about money and greed!  At the expense of people's health and teeth!

    A fluoride poisoned person


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    Another happy camper!!

    “……..Time to acknowledge the cause of ALL our health problems.....NOT the cure. The cause is fluoride!! WAKE UP!! You bastards!! Apologize for putting poison in the water in the first place! YOU STUPID DENTISTS and DOCTORS.......YOU HAVE NO COMMON SENSE! Someone sold YOU POISON!! AND you were stupid enough to believe it! SUCH FOOLS!!!!! Can't stop now.......YOU (dentists and doctors )are too ashamed to admit the truth! YOU (dentists and doctors ) were/are JUST PLAIN STUPID AND GREEDY!!!””

    Sincerely,


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    Myths vs. Reality

    • Fluoridation causes osteosarcoma in young boys

      Harvard study by Dr. Bassin-very small cohort

      Did not control for residency

      Even the author cautions-no conclusions can be drawn

      Her mentor,Dr. Chet Douglas, says the same thing

      There are harmful contaminants e.g.arsenic and lead in the fluoridation chemicals

      Hardly measurable, well below the MCLs, in ppb

      Basis for the Escondido lawsuit

      Exposure from foods, beverages is overdosing us

      NAS—toxicity level to produce symptoms is 20-80 ppm for 10-20 years, or 10ppm of naturally occurring for 10-20 years


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    More myths

    • We are using “industrial grade” chemicals

      All chemicals used in treating water are “industrial grade”

      Natural F and added F are the same ion

    • Is fluoride effective in reducing decay?

      In the US, 113 studies alone

      Effectiveness ranges between 15-60% depending on age group and type of teeth. Not as effective as in 1945 due to “halo effect”

      Current estimates are between 20-40%

    • Fluoride causes rampant fluorosis

      Antis claim fluorosis rates are 60%

      Reality is more like 22%

      Dentists don’t seem to see even that much


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    And even more….

    • Fluoridation is wasteful because only a tiny portion goes for human consumption

      Used for watering lawns, washing cars, industry

      Impossible to treat just the drinking water portion

    • Fluoridation will kill my fish!!

      Sea water is 1.2-1.5 ppm naturally

    • Fluoridation is compulsory mass medication

      It is neither compulsory nor medication

      • Use Bottled water; F is not a “medicine”

        Adjustment of a naturally occurring element


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    SAFE

    COMMUNITY WATER FLUORIDATION IS:

    OVER 60 YEARS OF USE AND THOUSANDS

    OF CREDIBLE PEER-REVIEWED STUDIESTELL US THIS


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    EFFECTIVE

    COMMUNITY WATER FLUORIDATION IS:

    DECAY IS REDUCED BY UP

    TO 40% IN CHILDREN, 20% IN ADULTS AND UP TO 60% IN SENIORS


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    ECONOMICAL

    COMMUNITY WATER FLUORIDATION IS:

    COSTS PER PERSON RANGE FROM

    50¢ / PERSON / YR TO $3 / PERSON / YR

    (A SINGLE FILLING MAY COST $60- $180)


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    GOTTEETH ?

    GETFLUORIDE !


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