Informational Handouts to Download
INFORMATIONAL MATERIAL TO DOWNLOAD, PRINT AND SHARE
DOWNLOAD, PRINT, SIGN AND SHARE THE SONOMA COUNTY PETITION
[look at cover sheets for BOS packets]
WATER FLUORIDATION DOES NOT REDUCE TOOTH DECAY
[EPA Experts v. EPA Policy on Fluoride Reference Dose]
EPA scientists, medical experts fired for opposing water fluoridation / Ethan A. Huff
EXCERPTS: …many EPA scientists…as well as other medical and scientific experts, have bravely come out in opposition to water fluoridation over the years, a move that for many cost them their jobs and careers…
Back in 1985 when the EPA proposed doubling the maximum allowable level of fluoride to be added to water, a large number of EPA’s own scientists, legal experts, and advisory personnel, not to mention a panel of scientists tasked with evaluating fluoride for the Surgeon General’s office, came out in vehement opposition to the proposal. Fluoride, revealed the science, was not safe at the proposed levels, and should be further evaluated — many actually called for an immediate moratorium on fluoride. But their concerns were ultimately ignored, and the EPA decided to move forward with fluoride against the recommendations of its own scientists…
Using the agency’s own risk control methodology, known as the “Reference Dose” [RfD] EPA scientists discovered several decades ago that the maximum acceptable dose for fluoride is 0.000007 mg/kg of body weight a day. But the average person living in a fluoridated area today ingests about 0.01 mg/kg of body weight of fluoride a day, which is 1,428 times the maximum dose.
EPA has no information on the effects of silicofluorides on health and behavior.
WHY I CHANGED MY MIND
Hardy Limeback, BSc PhD (Biochemistry) DDS
Jane Nielson, PhD
Bill Osmunson, DDS, MPH
“Why I am now officially opposed to adding fluoride to drinking water” by Hardy Limeback, BSc PhD (Biochemistry) DDS,
Head, Preventive Dentistry, University of Toronto
EXCERPT: The dose of fluoride cannot be controlled. Fluoride as a drug has contaminated most processed foods and beverages throughout North America. Individuals who are susceptible to fluoride’s harmful effects cannot avoid ingesting this drug. This presents a medico-legal and ethical dilema and sets water fluoridation apart from vaccination as a public health measure where doses and distribution can be controlled.
“Some background on what changed my mind” by Bill Osmunson DDS, MPH
EXCERPTS: Reviewing “policy” of the American Dental Association, I must admit that the Association itself was founded because the previous dental association would not allow mercury fillings, which were cheaper than gold and therefore more popular with clients in pain. To my ADA, the financial health of the association was more important than the health of the public…
It seems obvious to me the FDA CDER has scientists who evaluate the risk/safety of chemicals for a living. Congress pays them to make the tough decisions. The FDA has never banned fluoridation, but it has never approved it – probably because the FDA is an arm of HHS and its CDC, which support fluoridation for political reasons…the FDA has never approved fluoridation and neither has any other federal or state agency…
We all have biases, and it is almost impossible not to bring bias to the table. That is why I so strongly urge cities and water districts to either gain FDA CDER approval or at least get a written statement from FDA CDER with references that fluoride when used with the intent to prevent dental caries is not a drug, regardless of concentration. If the FDA CDER requires placebos to be FDA CDER approved, then concentration does not exempt FDA CDER approval.
“Fluoridation Convert: A Scientist Explains What Changed Her Mind” by Jane Nielson, PhD, MSc (Geochemistry)
EXCERPTS: I then proceeded to review a range of scientific papers, including all the most recent research on actual and potential effects of water fluoridation. In study after study I found that differences in tooth decay rates between areas that have fluoridated water supplies for decades, and those that either never fluoridated or stopped fluoridating, were minimal to nonexistent.
In recent years the differentiation between swallowing fluoride and coating teeth with it has become lost in the discussion. But this differentiation is essential. The overwhelming consensus among scientists, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Research Council, is that fluoride works when it’s applied to the tooth surface, NOT when it’s swallowed.
In analyzing early research, it’s clear that the U.S. promoted the spread of water fluoridation before completing definitive studies. I’ve met with this practice of promoting innovations that later prove to have negative public health impacts over and over again in my scientific career.
“How I ended up fighting fluoridation”, by Chris Neurath, Research Director Fluoride Action Network, Research Director, American Environmental Health Studies Project (AEHSP)
EXCERPTS: I was trained as a scientist, but it took me a while to realize how much science gets twisted when a vested interest is at stake…
I can understand why most Americans still believe what they were told time and again as children … that fluoridation is wonderful and anyone who questions it is crazy. For several more years I was
still wary of joining the Connetts’ campaign on fluoridation. But then I started delving into the science myself.
For more than 25 years Sheldon Thomas was the Manager of Water Distribution for the City of Hamilton, Ontario, operating and managing Hamilton’s aged and complex Class IV water infrastructure. He is the founder of Clear Water Legacy, a Water Distribution System training and consulting service (www.clearwaterlegacy.com).
Tooth Decay Trends in Fluoridated vs. Unfluoridated Countries
DMFT (Decayed, Missing & Filled teeth) Status for 12 year olds by Country
World Health Organization Data (2012) ~ Oral Health Database ~ http://www.mah.se/CAPP/
MANDATORY CALIFORNIA WATER FLUORIDATION IS EXEMPT FROM CEQA
Bassin 2001Association Between Fluoride in Drinking Water During Growth and Development
and the incidence of Osteosarcoma for Children and Adolescents. Chapter 3.
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