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Fluoride in Water Now Reaches 70 Percent of Americans

By July 13, 2008

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The number of U.S. residents who ingest fluoride via their community drinking water has now reached 184 million Americans or about 70 percent of the total population, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Fluoride, the naturally occurring chemical touted for its tooth decay preventing effects, has been met with a love it or hate it attitude by Americans since first being injected into municipal water systems in 1945.

"Community water fluoridation is an equitable, cost-effective, and cost-saving method of delivering fluoride to most people," said Dr. William Maas, director of CDC's Division of Oral Health, whose agency has a goal of seeing to it that 75 percent of U.S. residents get fluoride in their city drinking water by 2010.

"This common additive to your water supply, and ingredient in the toothpaste you and your children use may be contributing to the increased rates of hypothyroidism -- and other health concerns -- in the U.S. . . without improving dental health," says Mary Shomon, About Guide to thyroid disease.

While the CDC contends that fluoridation drove a major decline in the prevalence of tooth decay during the second half of the 20th century, several communities have now stopped spiking their drinking water with the chemical.

In 2006, the National Academies of Science concluded that the EPA maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water does not protect against adverse health effects, and can place children at risk of developing dental problems including discoloration, enamel loss, and pitting of the teeth.

Also See:
Fluoride in Water Not Protective, Finds National Academies
Hidden Danger in Your Drinking Water and Toothpaste (Thyroid Disease)
Why I Oppose Fluoridation of Public Drinking Water (Chemistry)


July 16, 2008 at 10:49 am
(1) Jim Schultz says:

For anyone who has read the current science this article gets almost nothing right except policy.The York 2000 ,Pizzo 2007 show huge dental fluorosis caused by fluroidation (48 vs51%) and no decrease in social inequities as well as proof of any benefit from ingested fluoride. It is a topical effect at levels much higher then 1ppm so ingested 1ppm has only negative effects. Science not policy dogma. fluoridealert.org or waterloowatch.com for science not BS. Jim Schultz

July 16, 2008 at 12:47 pm
(2) Robert says:

Jim: The only “fact” presented in the above blog post is that 70 percent now get fluoridated water. Since the figure comes from CDC, we can assume it is accurate. Other articles linked to from this blog post are the business of the authors.

July 20, 2008 at 5:36 pm
(3) GRgal says:

Fact??? “70% now get fluoridated water” is not a fact (i.e. an objectively derived statement based in reality) but a Newspeak public relations announcement right out of Edward Bernays’ playbook.
All North Americans are getting fluoridated water because the food and beverage supply is processed with it. All Americans are eating foods grown in soil with added fluoride from fertilizer — but deficient in essential iodine and selenium which are required in greater amounts when extra fluoride is consumed. All Americans are breathing air with industrial fluoride that is no longer being monitored as an emission yet accumulates relentlessly in bones, brain and blood vessels just like fluoride from water and food. Breathing industrial waste fluoride, like drinking it and eating it, does not prevent cavities either. Baked goods, instant foods and bagged snacks are loaded with fluoride yet eating them promotes tooth decay. Tea, decaf coffee and sodas are loaded too. So are myriad prescription and retail medicines, which contribute to fluoride intake and have no benefit for teeth. The Americans getting five to twenty times more fluoride from artificially fluoridated water on top of all this are not doing well at all healthwise according to the CDC’s own statistics (NHANES). The victims of the Grand Rapids fluoridation experiment (I am one) born since 1945 are living sicker and dying sooner, and our teeth are worse than European counterparts who rejected both water and salt fluoridation (most of northern Europe).
Since 99% of fluoridated water is never consumed, tonnes and tonnes of the industrial waste fluorosilicic acid and its contaminants of lead, arsenic and insolubles added to drinking water since 1945 never reached teeth. They just degraded municipal infrastructure and downstream environments in rivers and the Great Lakes.
The CDC’s darling scheme to bury massive amounts of pollution in public drinking water and then refuse to monitor the health effects and ridicule every scientist and doctor who dissents, is backfiring right, left and center. We are mad as hell and we are going for justice.
Since the 70% figure comes from the CDC, the institution currently trying to evade a formal ethics complaint that has already resulted in Health Canada dropping William Maas’ ridiculous propaganda statement from its information portal, and the National Kidney Foundation removing its endorsement of water fluoridation, we can NOT assume it is accurate. The CDC misleads the public into thinking that there are no other sources of fluoride for that other 30% whose water supplies have yet to be contaminated with fluorosilicic acid. This places vulnerable humans at serious health risk from fluoride toxicity according to the National Research Council report, 2006.
A tax-funded public health agency which puts public health at risk deliberately and then lies about it must be held accountable through its democratic foundations.

July 20, 2008 at 7:08 pm
(4) Robert says:

GRgal: I think the links (other articles) provided in my blog post support your points in opposition to mass fluoridation. My site is not an op/ed site, but try to read between the lines.


November 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm
(5) Avery says:

I became aware of the ill effects of Fluoride after realizing that my hypothyroid symptoms were caused by dentist prescribed Fluoride. It took 2 month of detoxing to get rid of the worst symptoms after using my prescription for 2 and a half weeks. I was disturbed by the information read concerning the reason for adding fluoride to our water and the effect it has on our bodies long term. I have contacted city council, the water dept. and the Mayor. I approached it with a savings for the city since they are looking to cut costs like most municipalities. $200k/yr for a population of 180k pumping out 37 Mill gallon a days is obviously a way to dilute toxic waste since we may consume a half a gallon each per day. Give me a break.

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