Scientists Accuse National Academy of Sciences of Unscientific Behavior in Promoting Fluoride
For Immediate Release
Scientists and an attorney today accused the National Academy of
Sciences of unscientific behavior by promoting fluoride as a "beneficial
element." Citing research on fluoride, some from NAS's own publications,
Drs. Albert Burgstahler, University of Kansas, Paul Connett, St. Lawrence
University, Lennart Krook, Cornell University, and William Hirzy, National
Treasury Employees Union at EPA, and New York attorney Paul Beeber said NAS
was engaging in "linguistic de-toxification" of fluoride.
Professor Krook linked fluoride with increased risk of hip
fractures in the elderly. He said peer reviewed publications showed weaker
bones result from drinking fluoridated water. He also discussed several
studies showing fluoride causes bone cancer in animals and humans, studies
Professor Burgstahler pointed out errors in NAS's publication that
purports to establish a safe upper limit of exposure to fluoride and
expressed concern over bias among the NAS panelists. Burgstahler said NAS
has previously cited 13 studies showing fluoride causes bone toxicity below
the doses NAS now says are "tolerable."
Dr. Hirzy said EPA treats fluoride as a "protected pollutant." He
gave several examples including EPA's drinking water standard, set at a
level known to cause adverse effects on teeth, its reliance on NAS rather
than its own staff for advice on fluoride risks, and its firing of the
senior drinking water toxicologist for refusing to keep quiet about
fluoride's ability to cause cancer. He said the professionals' union voted
to support citizens fighting fluoridation after union scientists reviewed
recent research on fluoride.
Paul Beeber discussed a new report that shows, after a fifty-year
trial, no difference in the dental cavities rates in children in
fluoridated Newburgh and un-fluoridated Kingston, NY. The report shows
children in Newburgh to have about twice the rate of dental fluorosis, the
earliest sign of fluoride toxicity, as children in Kingston.
Professor Connett said, "If we add the new evidence of fluoride's
damage to the brain and the pineal gland to its carcinogenicity and its
known toxicity to teeth, bones, the reproductive and other systems, and
consider the ineffectiveness of fluoride in drinking water in preventing
dental cavities, it is insane for NAS to promote fluoride as a beneficial
element. Fluoride is a very toxic substance, and the less our children get
CONTACT: BILL HIRZY 202-260-4683(V) 202-401-3139(F)
For more background on the press conference that took place and on the speakers, read the press release below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: DR. WILLIAM HIRZY 202-260-4683
NTEU CHAPTER 280/EPA HQ
SCIENTISTS CHALLENGE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES STANCE ON
FLUORIDE, COMMENT ON RECENT NEWS STORIES ON CHEMICAL
On Wednesday, January 20, 1999 at 9:00 am in the Murrow Room of the
National Press Club, a panel of four scientists whose combined years of study
of fluoride total nearly a century will present their case against the
National Academy of Science's listing of fluoride as a "beneficial element."
They will also discuss recent stories on the chemical in the Wall Street
Journal and on NBC's "Today" program.
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) intervened with NAS on behalf of the
scientists to obtain a response to a year-old letter the researchers had sent
on the subject to the Academy. This point will be discussed.
Professors of Chemistry Albert Burgstahler (University of Kansas) and
Paul Connett (St. Lawrence University) and Professor Emeritus Lennard Krook
(Cornell University) will be joined by Dr. William Hirzy (representing the
union of scientists and attorneys at EPA headquarters) and New York attorney
Paul Beeber in presenting information showing fluoride is neither an essential
nutrient nor a beneficial element, contrary to what the NAS is attempting to
establish, and that Americans are now overdosed with that chemical.
Professor Burgstahler, who has been an active researcher on the toxic
effects and chemistry of fluoride for over thirty years, will cover in detail
the unscientific nature of the NAS' s justification for attempting to anoint
fluoride as an "beneficial element." He will explain errors in the NAS's
arithmetic and reasoning on the subject and point out the bias of the NAS
panel members involved. Professor Connett will present information on the
mechanisms of fluoride's toxic effects, including suppression of the activity
pineal gland, which is responsible for many critical aspects of life such as
aging and adaptation to day/night cycles. He will also discuss how fluoride's
chemical properties explain much of that substance's toxicity, and the present
state of America's over-dosing by fluoride and the role of the American Dental
Association in it.
Dr. Hirzy is Senior Vice-president of the union that represents
scientists and other professionals at EPA Headquarters1, National Treasury
Employees Union Chapter 280, and he will explain why his union members voted
to endorse efforts to ban water fluoridation. He will give examples of how
fluoride has been treated as a "protected pollutant" by EPA, and explain how
the union is trying to change that situation.
Professor Krook will summarize his years of work on the toxicity of
fluoride on bone as well as the work of other researchers and epidemiologists
who have reported on the bone-weakening effects of fluoride, work that has
been virtually ignored by the NAS. His work includes seminal studies of the
massive damage to cattle herds in upstate New York by industrial fluoride
Mr. Beeber will present data published last year on the on-going
fluoridation experiment in his state, the (at first secret) fluoridation of
Newburg, NY, while nearby Kingston, NY remains unfluoridated. These data show
increased signs of toxicity, but no significant dental cavities reduction, in
fluoridated Newburg compared to unfluoridated Kingston. He will also note how
these data are consistent with similar results in
other parts of the world, and make the connection with the large increase in
the U.S. of dental fluorosis - an early, visible sign of fluoride toxicity.
Dr. Hirzy is not representing EPA. His opinions do not necessarily reflect
those of EPA.
Last modified: 22 January 1999