More Government Research Shows Fluoridation Creates More Harm Than Good
HICKSVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Another New York State Department
of Health study shows that children in fluoridated Newburgh, New York, have
no less tooth decay but significantly more dental fluorosis than children
from never-fluoridated Kingston, New York. Newburgh and Kingston's children
have been examined periodically, with results published since 1945, in order
to demonstrate that fluoridation reduces tooth decay. This new research
shows the experiment has failed.
Published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, June 1999, New York
State Department of Health dentist, Dr. J. V. Kumar, and associates report
that "continuous exposure to water fluoridation had an observable effect on
dental fluorosis." Dental fluorosis is white, yellow or brown permanent
tooth stains; in severe cases teeth actually crumble. In fact, they report
that three children with unusually large amounts of decay also had severe
fluorosis -- the worst fluorosis category. Kumar previously reported this
data in the New York State Dental Journal and the American Journal of Public
Health in 1998. Kumar found the risk of dental fluorosis is even greater in
Kumar's data corroborates recently published research ("A Re-examination of
the Pre-eruptive and Post-eruptive Mechanism of the Anti-Caries Effects of
Fluoride: is there any anti-caries benefit from swallowing fluoride?" by Dr.
Hardy Limeback, Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 1999) that shows
fluoride's decay preventing effects are mostly topical (on the outside of the
tooth) and that very little, if any, swallowed fluoride incorporates into
teeth as a shield against decay, as has been theorized since fluoridation
began. But swallowed fluoride builds up in the teeth and bones which can
lead to disfiguring dental fluorosis or crippling skeletal fluorosis.
Dr. Paul Connett, Chemistry Professor at St. Lawrence University in Canton,
New York, says, "Fluoridation of public water supplies must cease. The
evidence shows clearly that fluoridation does more harm than good."
Dr. Kumar's unheeded advice has been for dentists and physicians to cut back
on fluoride and to prescribe fluoride based upon a patient's total fluoride
"How can anyone calculate a child's total fluoride exposure when there are
unknown amounts of fluoride in virtually all the foods we eat, mainly because
they are processed with fluoridated water," says lawyer Paul Beeber,
president of the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. "U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency scientists are calling for an end to
fluoridation. It must be stopped across the country like we have done on
Long Island, New York, with the help of our legislators," he says.
CONTACT: Paul Beeber, J.D., of New York State Coalition Opposed to
Fluoridation, Inc., 516-433-8882, or fax, 516-433-8932, NYSCOF@aol.com; or
Paul Connett, Ph.D., of St. Lawrence University, 315-379-9200, or fax,
Last modified: 9 September 1999