- Furthermore, fluoride interacts with aspartame.
- * http://www.swtexaslive.com/node//node/1811
- * http://www.swtexaslive.com/node//node/1811/links
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- FDA Never Safety-Tested Fluoride Ingestion
- FDA approval of fluoridated bottled water may be premature
- NEW YORK -- Because of a
glitch in the law,3 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) never safety-tested
fluoride for ingestion.1 Yet, the FDA recently OK'd cavity-preventing claims
on fluoridated bottled water labels,2 giving Americans a false sense of
security about the safety and effectiveness of drinking bottled water with
- Sodium fluoride was sold before FDA safety and effectiveness
testing laws were enacted in 1938 and 1962, respectively. So fluoride was
exempt from scrutiny, or "grandfathered in," without any FDA
human or animal studies.3 "The premise was that all pre-1938 drugs
were considered safe," according to FDA correspondence.3
- Sodium fluoride was already sold pre-1938 but not as
a decay preventive. As strange as it sounds, it commonly sold as a rat
poison. The FDA has no information on the medical uses of fluoride before
- According to the FDA's website: "New products that
are designed to treat human conditions or diseases are scrutinized by FDA's
reviewers for safety and effectiveness before they can be made available
to consumers." 4 But this never occurred for fluoride or fluoridated
- In fact, the FDA can't assess whether something added
to the water is safe because there's no way to know how much people will
consume, according to an FDA spokesperson quoted in a Colorado newspaper.
5 "The drug approval process requires specific dosing and conditions
to be treated and clinical trials,' [FDA spokesperson] Koontz said,"
according to the Daily Camera.
- The FDA approved fluoridated toothpaste, as a drug, for
topical application as in toothpaste; but not for swallowing. In fact,
toothpaste tubes are imprinted with FDA "do not swallow" warnings.
- However, fluoridated bottled water is meant to be swallowed.
Not a nutrient, fluoride is a drug prescribed to treat humans against tooth
decay. The FDA never studied fluoride ingestion, in any form, for adverse
health effects or to discover if it really reduces tooth decay.6
- Adding fluoride chemicals into public water supplies
(water fluoridation) began in the mid 1900's. It was then believed fluoride
worked from the inside, that is to say, ingested fluoride incorporated
into children's, and only children's, developing tooth enamel to shield
against tooth decay. However, modern science proves fluoride absorbs into
enamel by topical means alone or from the outside and it can occur over
the lifetime of the tooth..
- Unfortunately, science also tells us that ingested fluoride
has many health risks, including tooth damage or dental fluorosis
white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth a consequence of
fluoride over-ingestion which is a growing U.S. problem.7
- The following side effects may be early signs of possible
chronic fluoride overdose, according to the Mayo Clinic website: 8
- Pain and aching of bones; skin rash; sores in the mouth
and on the lips; stiffness; white, brown, or black discoloration of teeth.
- "Modern studies also link fluoride to arthritis,
allergies, kidney and thyroid dysfunction, bone damage and cancer even
at the low levels dentists claim is optimal to reduce tooth decay,"
says lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to
Fluoridation, Inc. "Adding fluoride to bottled water implies to the
American public that FDA studies give fluoride a clean bill of health
and that's not true," says Beeber.
- No studies link fluoride-free bottled water to more tooth
decay, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).9
- "The ADA should lobby for fluoride content labeling
on all foods," says Beeber. "Because fluoridated water is used
in processing and because of fluoride pesticide residues, virtually all
foods and beverages have a fluoride content even soda, candy, french
fries, grape juice and some chicken products. Americans are actually over-fluoridated
now; and should avoid fluoridated water whether from the tap or the
bottle, in our opinion." says Beeber.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists the fluoride
content of many foods here: http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/Fluoride/Fluoride.html
- Contact: Paul Beeber
- President and General Counsel
- New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
- PO Box 263
- Old Bethpage, NY 11804
- Past News Releases: http://tinyurl.com/6kqtu
- Paul Connett, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Executive Director
- Fluoride Action Network
- SOURCE: New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation,
- 1) U.S. FDA Approved Drug List
- 2) US FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition,
Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, October
14, 2006, "Health Claim Notification for Fluoridated Water and Reduced
Risk of Dental Caries
- 3) E-mail correspondence at bottom of article
- 4) "FDA's Growing Responsibilities for the Year
2001 and Beyond," Page 2 Department of Health and Human Services,
Food and Drug Adminstration
- 5) Daily Camera, "FDA wants out of 2B dispute -
Feds say they didn't expect comments to appear in ad," By Ryan Morgan,
October 24, 2006
- 6) Letter from Assemblyman John V. Kelly to Senator Robert
Smith, August 14, 2000 http://www.fluoridealert.org/fda.htm
- 7) Surveillance for Dental Caries, Dental Sealants, Tooth
Retentin, Edentulism, and Enamel Fluorosis --- United States, 1988-1994
- 8) Mayo Clinic - Drugs & Supplements Vitamins
and Fluoride (Systemic) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR202600
- 9) E-mail correspondence with the American Dental Association