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Fluoride in Water Not Protective, Finds National Academies

By March 25, 2006

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Current EPA standards for the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water do not protect against adverse health effects, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council.

The report committee concluded that children exposed to the current EPA maximum allowable concentration of fluoride risk developing dental problems including discoloration, enamel loss, and pitting of the teeth. In addition, warned the committee, people who consume water containing that much fluoride over a lifetime are likely to face an increased risk for bone fractures. The drinking water of over 200,000 Americans contains fluoride in amounts at or above the 4 milligrams per liter (mg/L) currently allowed by the EPA.More details concerning sources and effects of fluoride in drinking water can be found in this National Academies press release. The entire report Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards can be ordered here.

Also See:
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Fluoride Overdose
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How Can Fluoride Affect My Health?


March 25, 2006 at 10:05 am
(1) nyscof says:

The NRC report also tells us that infants and children are at particular risk of damaging their teeth when fed “optimally” fluoridated water.

Don’t ever use fluoridated water to make infant formuals or foods and never ever use fuoride supplements.

August 12, 2009 at 12:03 am
(2) evo says:

Highly misleading summary and headline.
From the NAS summary here — http://www.nationalacademies.org/morenews/20060322.html :
“The report does not examine artificially fluoridated water, which contains much less fluoride.”
The report is talking about adverse effects seen over the EPA limit (4 mg/L), with the most negative effects seen only after ingensting water with concentrations equal to or exceeding 4 mg/L of fluoride *over a lifetime*. From the published summary: “For the vast majority of people in the United States, fluoride concentrations in drinking water without any treatment to remove fluoride are below the EPA standards.”
4mg/L is very high (the summary says these levels affect approximately 200,000 US Citizens in various communities), and is not the result of municipalities adding fluoride, but is typically the result of naturally occurring fluoride and/or pollution in the water. In these cases, fluoride can be removed from a water supply to bring it down to recommended levels.

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