US EPA Admits Fluoridated
Drinking Water May
Be Harming Millions
From George Glasser <>
St Petersburg, Florida, USA.

In a September 5, letter from USEPA responding to a US House Committee on Science inquiry into the safety of artificial drinking water fluoridation, Charles Fox, USEPA Assistant Administrator, wrote: "There are no water quality criteria for fluoride either for the protection of aquatic life or for the protection of human health." He said that the EPA has made a requirement for public water systems to provide their consumers with information on health effects and contaminants, including fluoride, in their water supply.
Fox stated that EPA is in the process of developing medical fact sheets for medical practitioners (doctors, nurses, dietitians, etc.) with health information on drinking water contaminants that can be used to counsel patients about waterborne contaminants, including fluoridation chemicals. He said that the fact sheets will initially focus on the elderly, children and pregnant women. However, the EPA will later expand the information sheets to cover other at-risk populations.
The action on fluoridated water was prompted by the 1993 "Toxicological Profile for Fluorides, Hydrogen Fluoride and Fluorine" (US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), 1993), page 112 statement:
"POPULATIONS THAT ARE UNUSUALLY SUSCEPTIBLE. Existing data indicate that subsets of the population may be unusually susceptible to the effects of fluoride and its compounds. These populations include the elderly, people with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and vitamin C, and people with cardiovascular and kidney problems . . . Poor nutrition increases the incidence and severity of dental fluorosis and skeletal fluorosis."
The EPA letter also revealed that 'at risk' populations for exposure to fluorides in drinking water are in the tens of millions of Americans:
* 55 years and older population - 52,000,000 * Cardiovascular disease - 22,000,000 * Kidney (renal) disorders - 2,000,000 * Vitamin C deficiency - 27% of the population * Magnesium deficiency - 37% of the population * Calcium deficiency - 44% of the population
Assistant Administrator Fox stated that in 1999, the EPA requested the National Toxicology Program to conduct studies regarding the neurotoxicity of almunium and fluoride in drinking water, which had been observed in several earlier studies.
Fox concluded by saying that adverse effects from fluoridated drinking water are based only on dental fluorosis which "is not an appropriate value to use for a human health criterion." ends.
CONTACT: George Glasser, Telephone 727.896.9050 <
Links to EPA letters to Congressman Ken Calvert, Chairman House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment can be found at the following site:
"Dental fluorosis" is a sign of systemic fluoride poisoning. It is NOT "merely a cosmetic problem."

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