The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention promotes water fluoridation as one of many biggest public well being achievements of the twentieth century when, in actuality, it’s one its biggest failures. But, within the face of stable scientific proof of hurt, politics and public relations have stored the apply alive. 

Proponents such because the American Dental Affiliation and the Oral Well being Division of the Facilities for Illness Management have spent hundreds of thousands of {dollars} on promotion1 and public relations2 to promote fluoridation utilizing half-truths and deceptive speaking factors. 

Whereas the U.S. remains to be attempting to carry on to the fallacy that water fluoridation is a public well being service, it’s one of the extensively rejected well being interventions on this planet, with 95% of the worldwide inhabitants consuming nonfluoridated water. 

Now, due to an abundance of recent analysis, a landmark lawsuit in opposition to the U.S. Environmental Safety Company, and the sustained schooling efforts of the Fluoride Motion Community (FAN) and its supporters, it appears like we might lastly be an finish to this poisonous apply.

Within the video above, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., chairman of Youngsters’s Well being Protection, interviews Michael Connett, an lawyer for FAN who’s main the lawsuit in opposition to the EPA.

Part 21 of the Poisonous Substances Act

Part 21 of the Poisonous Substances Management Act (TSCA) permits residents and nongovernmental organizations to petition the EPA to take away poisonous substances discovered to pose an “unreasonable threat” both to the final inhabitants or a subset of that inhabitants.

What’s extra, it permits residents and watchdog teams to current their case earlier than a choose. That is what FAN did on this case, and it’s the primary time a citizen’s group has ever introduced a Part 21 TSCA petition all through to trial.

It started November 22, 2016, when a coalition together with FAN, Meals & Water Watch, Natural Shoppers Affiliation, American Academy of Environmental Drugs, Worldwide Academy of Oral Drugs and Toxicology, Mothers In opposition to Fluoridation and several other people, filed a petition3,4,5 calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemical substances to U.S. consuming water beneath Part 21 of the TSCA. 

The petition was made on the grounds that a big physique of analysis demonstrates fluoride is neurotoxic at doses throughout the vary now seen in fluoridated communities, and included over 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing these well being dangers. 

The EPA denied the petition6 February 27, 2017, on the grounds that it had did not current “a scientifically defensible foundation” to conclude that anybody had the truth is suffered neurotoxic hurt on account of fluoride publicity. In response, FAN and its coalition companions filed a lawsuit within the U.S. District Courtroom for the Northern District of California, legally difficult the EPA’s denial of their petition.

Fluoride on Trial

The trial started June 8, 2020.7 Throughout the trial, Connett argued the EPA should, primarily based on the proof, remove the unreasonable threat of neurotoxicity posed by fluoride by banning the addition of fluoride to consuming water.

Curiously, among the many plaintiffs’ professional witnesses had been the EPA’s personal in-house specialists on fluoride who, when requested to touch upon the newest proof, agreed that the animal information help the organic plausibility that fluoride causes neurotoxic results in human beings.

Joyce Donahue, an EPA scientist with the Workplace of Water, additionally admitted that research exhibiting hurt to the mind warrant a radical reevaluation of the speculation that bone and tooth are probably the most delicate to fluoride injury.

Depositions by CDC officers, which happened in 2018, additionally confirmed the company doesn’t have any security information on fluoride consumption and neurotoxic results. Neither does the EPA have security information on fluoride consumption and results on the mind.

Connett requested the EPA to establish all research that exhibit or help the neurological security of prenatal fluoride publicity. They produced one: A 1995 research during which the neurotoxicity of sodium fluoride was assessed in rats.

Mockingly, this research, Connett factors out, reveals that neonatal fluoride publicity really is neurotoxic to rats, and EPA scientists confirmed that this was certainly the case.

Current Research Verify Harms to Youngsters

The claims made by proponents of fluoridation that there are solely “one or two research” discovering hurt, or that they’re solely from areas with naturally excessive fluoride ranges, are now not related.

In actuality, the scientific proof can now be thought of overwhelming and simple. Actually, the degree of proof that fluoride is neurotoxic now far exceeds the proof that was in place when lead was banned from gasoline.

Proof introduced forth in the course of the trial included some 300 animal and human research, together with a number of revealed in 2019 and 2020 that present water fluoridation poses a major threat to kids’s brains and lowers IQ.

These research are among the many strongest but, and are clearly related to water fluoridation as they had been carried out in communities that have what the ADA considers an “optimum degree” of fluoride in consuming water:

Inexperienced 20198 — Printed in JAMA Pediatrics, this research reported substantial IQ loss in Canadian kids from prenatal publicity to fluoride from water fluoridation.

Riddell 20199 — Printed in Atmosphere Worldwide, this research discovered a stunning 284% enhance within the prevalence of ADHD amongst kids in fluoridated communities in Canada in comparison with nonfluoridated ones.

Malin 201910 — Printed in Environmental Well being, it linked a doubling of signs indicative of sleep apnea in adolescents within the U.S. to ranges of fluoride within the consuming water. The hyperlink between fluoride and sleep disturbances could also be by means of fluoride’s impact on the pineal gland.

Malin 201911 — Printed in Atmosphere Worldwide. A second research by Malin’s staff reported that publicity to fluoridated water led to a discount in kidney and liver operate amongst adolescents within the U.S., and advised these with poorer kidney or liver operate might take in extra fluoride. The CDC funded this research.

Until 202012 — Printed in Atmosphere Worldwide, this research reported that kids who had been bottle-fed in Canadian fluoridated communities misplaced up to 9.3 IQ factors in comparison with these in nonfluoridated communities.

Uyghurturk 202013 — Printed in Environmental Well being, it discovered that pregnant ladies in fluoridated communities in California had considerably greater ranges of fluoride of their urine than these in nonfluoridated communities. The degrees discovered of their urine had been the identical as these discovered to decrease the IQ of the fetus in Inexperienced et al, 2019, and Bashash et al, 2017.14,15

The Bashash research,16,17 funded by the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, the Nationwide Institute of Environmental Well being Sciences and the EPA, adopted pregnant ladies and their infants for 12 years, measuring the fluoride of their urine, which reveals complete publicity, whatever the supply. They discovered a powerful relationship between the fluoride degree in moms’ urine and IQ scores of their kids on the ages of 4, and between 6 and 12.

Fluoride Is Neurotoxic

What’s extra, a draft systematic evaluate revealed in 2020 by the Nationwide Toxicology Program, which included 149 human research and 339 animal research, concluded that fluoride was a “presumed” neurotoxin primarily based on the big quantity, high quality and consistency of mind research.

This evaluate did not embody the three most up-to-date neurotoxicity-related research: Until 2019, Riddell 2019 and Uyghurturk 2020, the addition of which renders the proof for neurotoxicity much more compelling.

Whereas the draft NTP evaluate is equivocal about results at low exposures, these latest high-quality mother-child research help a conclusion that artificially fluoridated water causes substantial IQ reductions. This reality was additionally highlighted in a letter18 revealed in Pediatric Analysis by the co-authors of the 2019 JAMA Pediatrics research, who wrote:19

“Over the previous 75 years, well being authorities have declared that group water fluoridation … is protected. But, research carried out in North America inspecting the protection of fluoride publicity in being pregnant had been nonexistent.

When a Canadian research reported that greater fluoride publicity in pregnant ladies was related to decrease IQ scores in younger kids, critics attacked the methodology of the research and discounted the importance of the outcomes.

Well being authorities continued to conclude that fluoride is unequivocally protected, regardless of 4 well-conducted research over the past 3 years constantly linking fluoride publicity in being pregnant with opposed neurodevelopmental results in offspring …

The tendency to disregard new proof that doesn’t conform to widespread beliefs impedes the response to early warnings about fluoride as a potential developmental neurotoxin. Evolving proof ought to encourage scientists and well being authorities to re-evaluate claims concerning the security of fluoride, particularly for the fetus and toddler for whom there isn’t a profit.”

Equally, in a 2019 evaluate,20 Danish scientist, Harvard professor and neurotoxicity professional Philippe Grandjean concluded:

“… there’s little doubt that developmental neurotoxicity is a severe threat related to elevated fluoride publicity, whether or not as a consequence of group water fluoridation, pure fluoride launch from soil minerals, or tea consumption, particularly when the publicity happens throughout early growth.”

As early as 2006, the Nationwide Analysis Council (NRC) appeared on the toxicology of fluoride, concluding that, primarily based on the research accessible at the moment, fluoride poses a risk to the mind.21

Fluoride Suppresses Thyroid Perform

As famous by Connett within the interview above, research have additionally demonstrated that fluoride is an endocrine disruptor22 that suppresses thyroid operate. This too might help clarify among the neurological injury seen from fluoride publicity.

For instance, it’s identified that hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) throughout being pregnant may end up in lowered IQ and different neurological deficits of their offspring. Research23,24 have additionally proven fluoride can promote and exacerbate iodine deficiency.

In 2015, British researchers warned that 15,000 individuals could also be needlessly bothered with hypothyroidism in the U.Okay. on account of consuming fluoridated water.25,26,27 Areas with fluoride ranges above 0.3 mg/L had a 30% greater fee of hypothyroidism than nonfluoridated areas.

Fluoride’s Poisonous Previous

Within the interview, Connett and Kennedy additionally evaluate and summarize the sordid historical past of how fluoride chemical substances got here to be added to water provides within the first place. Through the Manhattan Venture, monumental quantities of fluoride chemical substances had been used within the processing of uranium for the atom bomb.

Information clearly present fluoride was a extremely harmful substance inflicting vital environmental hurt. In 1946, farmers in Salem County sued the U.S. authorities for $400,000 in damages to peach crops brought on by fluoride fumes traced again to a facility concerned within the bomb-making course of. Cattle had been additionally killed.

As famous by Connett, the aluminum and bomb-making industries realized they’d a severe downside on their palms and had been going through staggering legal responsibility for fluoride air pollution. Consequently, you begin to see a shift within the science at the moment. Dangerous results on human well being had been suppressed, and potential advantages had been being launched — even earlier than there was any security information accessible in any respect.

Too A lot Fluoride Causes Dental Fluorosis

The reality of the matter is that fluoride is a poisonous substance with no identified organic crucial. Researchers have even questioned its efficacy as a topical anticaries prophylactic.28

Dental caries is brought on by demineralization of your tooth by the acids shaped in the course of the bacterial fermentation of dietary sugars. Demineralization is countered by the deposit of minerals out of your saliva. Nevertheless, the remineralization course of is a sluggish one, and fluoride is claimed to stop dental caries by enhancing this remineralization.

The downside is your tooth don’t really depend on fluoride for remineralization. What’s extra, analysis29 has concluded that the protecting defend fluoride varieties on tooth is as much as 100 occasions thinner than beforehand believed. It has lengthy been believed that fluoride modifications the principle mineral in tooth enamel, hydroxyapatite, right into a extra decay-resistant materials known as fluorapatite.

Nevertheless, the researchers discovered that the fluorapatite layer shaped on this approach is just 6 nanometers thick — that means it will take nearly 10,000 such layers to span the width of a human hair. As famous by the authors, “it needs to be requested whether or not such slender … layers actually can act as protecting layers for the enamel.”

In the meantime, fluoride has been proven to trigger vital systemic hurt when ingested. That is why, in 2019, the CDC warned that 40% of kids between the ages of three and 6 use doubtlessly dangerous amounts of toothpaste. As reported by the Chicago Solar Occasions:30

“Brushing with an excessive amount of toothpaste can injury enamel, as kids might swallow an excessive amount of fluoride whereas their tooth are creating, the CDC says. This could trigger dental fluorosis, white marks and discoloration of tooth.”

If you happen to look intently, you’ll discover fluoride-containing toothpastes have a warning on their label stating that “If you happen to by chance swallow greater than used for brushing, search skilled assist or contact a poison management heart instantly.”

This warning was made obligatory for fluoride-containing dental merchandise by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration in April 1997.31 Mockingly, whereas swallowing toothpaste is acknowledged as a trigger for concern, we’re imagined to imagine that consuming fluoridated water at any amount is not solely protected, however helpful for our tooth.

In actuality, research have discovered that kids with fluorosis have elevated charges of cavities32,33 — a discovering that means extra fluoride is certainly not higher, not even in terms of defending in opposition to cavities.

Present Standing of the Lawsuit

After the closing arguments had been offered, the choose made a number of feedback on the file, together with that the proof offered by plaintiffs raises severe questions concerning the coverage to fluoridate water provides, and that the EPA had illegitimately denied FAN’s 2016 petition for TSCA motion. The choose additionally famous that “the EPA, throughout these years of litigation, has used the improper commonplace to assess this proof,” Connett says.

In the long run, the choose requested that the 2 events agree to present the EPA the prospect to reassess the proof appropriately, utilizing the best commonplace of evaluate. Connett expressed his concern to the Courtroom that the EPA has a historical past of dragging its ft on this problem and that there’s sufficient proof to take instant protecting motion.

The choose in flip famous that he expects the EPA to conclude its re-evaluation inside months, not years. Connett hopes they’ll be capable of come to an settlement with the EPA, but when they don’t, the choose has made it clear that he has the proof and can make a ruling, if wanted.

So, we nonetheless have to attend for the conclusion to this groundbreaking trial, however clearly, we are nearer than we’ve ever been to seeing an finish to this tragic and pointless poisoning of hundreds of thousands of people.

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