NYS Health Officials Disregard Own Fluoride Cautionary Advice

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Apr 26, 2011, 6:27:28 PM4/26/11
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NYS Health Officials Disregard Own Fluoride Cautionary Advice

New York – April 2011 -- In 1990, the New York State Department of
Health (DoH) published a study, “Fluoride: Benefits and Risks of
Exposure,” alerting officials that fluoride can be harmful to kidney
patients, diabetics and those with fluoride hypersensitivity even at
“optimal” levels.(1) But the advice went unheeded, research left
undone and today’s claims of safety ring hollow.

Twelve million New Yorkers drink fluoridated water (8.4 million in
NYC). As of January 2011, the NYS DoH’s website incorrectly claims
that “water fluoridated at the optimum level poses no known health
risks.” (2)

Kaminsky et. al report: "The available data suggest that some
individuals may experience hypersensitivity to fluoride-containing
agents” and " …individuals with renal insufficiency who consume large
quantities of fluoridated water are at an increased risk of developing
skeletal fluorosis.” Research in these two areas were advised but
never conducted.

Further, dental fluorosis was reported in diabetics who consume large
volumes of water containing 0.5 to 1.0 mg fluoride/liter, the latter
equal to NYS’s fluoridated water supplies.

Malfunctioning kidneys may not adequately filter fluoride from the
blood allowing toxic fluoride levels to build up in and damage bones.
Symptoms of skeletal fluorosis include bone pain, tenderness and
fractures, according to the EPA.(3)

The American Dental Association admits in its Fluoridation Facts
booklet "decreased fluoride removal may occur among persons with
severely impaired kidney function who may not be on kidney dialysis."

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) withdrew its fluoridation
endorsement in 2007, with advice that “individuals with CKD [Chronic
Kidney Disease] should be notified of the potential risk of fluoride
exposure.”(4)

The landmark 2006 National Research Council fluoride report stated,
“Early water fluoridation studies did not carefully assess changes in
renal [kidney] function...Several investigators have shown that
patients with impaired renal function, or on hemodialysis, tend to
accumulate fluoride much more quickly than normal."

Bone changes in advanced kidney patients are similar to bone changes
found in individuals with skeletal fluorosis, according to the
Fluoride Action Network. This raises the possibility that some
individuals with kidney disease are suffering from undiagnosed
skeletal fluorosis.

“We know almost half of US kids are fluoride-overdosed as evidenced by
their fluoride-discolored teeth, or dental fluorosis,” says attorney
Paul Beeber, President, NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.
“What has fluoride done to their bones, glands and organs known to
collect fluoride? Are they fluoride-hypersensitive? Without such
critical studies, claims that fluoridation is safe for everyone are
unproven and groundless,” says Beeber.

Fluoride also absorbs through the skin from baths and is inhaled in
showers.

Seven New York City Council Members are sponsoring legislation to stop
fluoridation in New York City (5). NYC residents can lighten their
toxic fluoride exposure by contacting Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker
Christine Quinn and their own Council Member to make sure they vote to
stop the addition of fluoride chemicals into NYC’s water supply. For
more information: https://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=252199261811&topic=16815


References:

More fluoride/kidney information here: http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/kidney/index.html


1) Critical Reviews in Oral Biology & Medicine, “Fluoride: Benefits
And Risks of Exposure,” by Kaminsky et. al

http://cro.sagepub.com/content/1/4/261.long

2) http://www.health.state.ny.us/prevention/dental/fluoride_guidance_during_infancy.htm

3) http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/fluoride.cfm#three

4) http://www.kidney.org/atoz/pdf/Fluoride_Intake_in_CKD.pdf

5) http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=828442&GUID=B1B850E6-5BB5-4CC1-9492-6E1070A72B31&Options=&Search
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