One of many national movements gaining steam these days is the anti-fluoride movement. I’m reposting two related articles by Washington’s Blog to fill you in. As if any of this information was actually new, (reports below cite research from 2001 and 2006) the EPA and HHS has reduced the amount of allowable fluoride in the water saying essentially that too much fluoride is very bad for you. I believe this is a reaction to public pressure. The scam of selling industrial waste like sodium fluoride, a byproduct of fertilizer production, to municipal water systems is a big business, and one that would cost chemical companies a lot of money to dispose of if the laws were ever reversed to disallow the use of this harmful toxic substance. Members of the government are part of this dirty business and they need to occasionally make a small admission in order to provide some cover for other actions. Uninformed folks in the middle ground who might be aware of the debate, but not actively pursuing information see these reductions as evidence that the government is policing itself which they hope will defuse growing opposition. At the same time as this admission, most public water supplies have switched over to the even more toxic and as yet untested sodium hexafluoride. So in the end, has the government improved the situation, or actually allowed more harm in the end? The lead in paragraphs and links are below for each article.
From Washington’s Blog:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011
“Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a reduction in allowable fluoride levels in U.S. drinking water:
HHS’ proposed recommendation of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water replaces the current recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams. This updated recommendation is based on recent EPA and HHS scientific assessments to balance the benefits of preventing tooth decay while limiting any unwanted health effects.
As AP notes:
A scientific report five years ago said that people who consume a lifetime of too much fluoride — an amount over EPA’s limit of 4 milligrams — can lead to crippling bone abnormalities and brittleness.
That and other research issued Friday by the EPA about health effects of fluoride are sure to re-energize groups that still oppose adding it to water supplies.
In March, 2006, the National Academy of Sciences released a report recommending that the EPA lower its maximum standard for fluoride in drinking water to below 4 milligrams. The report warned severe fluorosis could occur at 2 milligrams. Also, a majority of the report’s authors said a lifetime of drinking water with fluoride at 4 milligrams or higher could raise the risk of broken bones.
Late last year, lawyers for the Fluoride Action Network, Beyond Pesticides, and Environmental Working Group threatened legal action if the EPA did not lower its ceiling on fluoride.
In Europe, fluoride is rarely added to water supplies. In Britain, only about 10 percent of the population has fluoridated water. It’s been a controversial issue there, with critics arguing people shouldn’t be forced to have “medical treatment” forced on them.
And in a more recent article by Washington’s Blog published by Global Research:
Dartmouth University wrote in 2001:
In a recent article in the journal NeuroToxicology, a research team led by Roger D. Masters, Dartmouth College Research Professor and Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government Emeritus, reports evidence that public drinking water treated with sodium silicofluoride or fluosilicic acid, known as silicofluorides (SiFs), is linked to higher uptake of lead in children.
Sodium fluoride, first added to public drinking water in 1945, is now used in less than 10%of fluoridation systems nationwide, according to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) 1992 Fluoridation Census. Instead, SiF’s are now used to treat drinking water delivered to 140 million people. While sodium fluoride was tested on animals and approved for human consumption, the same cannot be said for SiFs.
Masters and his collaborator Myron J. Coplan, a consulting chemical engineer, formerly Vice President of Albany International Corporation, led the team that has now studied the blood lead levels in over 400,000 children in three different samples. In each case, they found a significant link between SiF-treated water and elevated blood lead levels.
“We should stop using silicofluorides in our public water supply until we know what they do,” said Masters. Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency have told Masters and Coplan that the EPA has no information on health effects of chronic ingestion of SiF-treated water.