Fluoridation in New York State: Challenges May 23, 2012. Jay Kumar, DDS, MPH. Fluoridation in New York State. Focus on research and evaluation Opposition to fluoridation New York law supports local decision making Regulations Efforts to discontinue fluoridation. Objectives.
Jay Kumar, DDS, MPH
Referred to Committee on Health on 6/14/2011
Sponsors: Jumaane Williams, Fernando Cabrera, Letitia James, and Deborah Rose
“The municipal water supply shall be fluoridated in the following manner: A fluoride compound shall be added to the municipal water supply at an optimum concentration of about 0.7 ppm of the fluoride ion, provided, however, the concentration of such ion shall not exceed 1.0 ppm at any time.”
No final action taken yet
NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Breaking away from dental school dogma, more dentists are speaking out against fluoridation because fluoride chemicals, added to NYC's water supply intending to reduce tooth decay, are actually a money-wasting health risk, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF).
Seven NYC Council Members sponsored legislation (1) and residents are petitioning Mayor Bloomberg to stop fluoridation, to preserve money and health. Join them: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-fluoridation-in-new-york-city
Hydrofluosilicic acid, a lead- and arsenic-laced chemical (2) left-over from making phosphate fertilizer (3) is NYC's fluoride chemical of choice. Dentist Caree Alexander, a former Navy practitioner, then a private practice dentist for 20 years, says fluoridation is "totally ineffective and actually damaging as well."(5)
Dr. Alexander says, "When I graduated from University, we weren't given any information about where [fluoride] came from. We all assumed it was [pharmaceutical-grade] calcium fluoride."
Prominent NYC dentist and Huffington Post Contributor, Dr. Thomas Connelly, writes, "I do not see the good in fluoridating our drinking water ... To me, the 'bad' it can (potentially) do outweighs the good."(6)
“The Board asked a number of questions about how much fluoride is ingested by Dutchess County residents from drinking water and other sources, and the potential for health effects at those fluoride ingestion rates. Information directly relevant to these questions is contained in a recent, comprehensive report by the National Research Council on water fluoridation (NRC, 2006). Based on our review of the data in this report and other sources, detailed below, we conclude that the existing national data on water consumption rates and fluoride exposures from all sources is applicable to Dutchess County residents. The overall response to the Board’s questions is that the national estimates of the amount of fluoride exposure for infants and children when drinking water is fluoridated to about 1 mg/L does not indicate the likelihood of adverse health effects in Dutchess County residents.”
“Since the Board’s authority to discontinue fluoridation needs to be clarified and it is not clear that the public health benefits of fluoridation and options to provide equivalent protection have been considered, I strongly urge you to continue fluoridation until such time as these issues have been thoroughly examined and addressed.”