Fluoride from Tea & Toothpaste Weakens Bones, studies show

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New York – November 1, 2010 -- Fluoride consumption from tea and
toothpaste damaged a woman’s bones, report researchers in Osteoporosis
International published online October 9, 2010.

Fluoride, added to water intending to reduce tooth decay, accumulates
in and can weaken bones. To prevent bone damage or skeletal fluorosis,
in 1986 EPA set 4mg/L as water fluoride’s maximum-contaminant-level.
In 2006, the National Research Council reported that 4 mg/L is too
high to protect health. Some brewed teas contain almost twice that

This case describes a 53-year-old British woman with a broken bone in
her foot and abnormally dense bones and badly decayed teeth.

“A striking feature of our case was the very high serum, urine, nail
and bone fluoride levels, to our knowledge the highest ever reported
in a patient with [skeletal] fluorosis,” the research team writes.

Her standard breakfast tea measured 7.6 mg/L fluoride. She drank six 8-
ounce-cups daily, made with low-fluoride water (0.3 mg/L) and
therefore 11 milligrams of fluoride daily.

She brushed her teeth 8-10 times a day. “…it is not uncommon to
swallow about 25% of the toothpaste applied to the brush,” report the
researchers estimating their patient’s fluoride intake from
toothbrushing at 4 mg/daily.

Adding 2-3 mg of fluoride from other dietary sources, this woman
ingested “a chronic dally dose of 17-18 mg [daily], an amount
sufficient to cause the skeletal changes…,” the researchers report.

Bone sample analysis revealed fluoride at a greatly elevated 15,144 mg/
kg bone ash, above the level the National Research Council reports is
indicative of stage III crippling skeletal fluorosis.

Since this patient didn’t complain of usual skeletal fluorosis
symptoms - stiffness, joint pain, etc., or dental mottling, “[t]he
case emphasizes the need to exclude [skeletal] fluorosis in
individuals with unexpectedly high BMD [Bone Mass Density] levels,”
the researchers conclude.

Skeletal fluorosis afflicts millions worldwide from industrial
pollution or drinking water with naturally high fluoride levels, e.g.
India, China, and Africa.

Previously published European and North American skeletal fluorosis
cases were caused by excessive consumption of fluoride-containing tea
or wine, fluoride-containing mineral water or fluoridated toothpaste.
(See below examples)

“These studies report the effects of excessively high daily fluoride
intake, but detrimental effects are also documented to occur gradually
and insidiously at much lower levels,” says Attorney Paul Beeber,
President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation.

This and other little-known adverse fluoride health effects led Paul
Connett, PhD to co-author, "The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous
Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful
Politics that Keep it There," with James Beck, MD, PhD, professor
emeritus of medical physics, University of Alberta and Spedding
Micklem, DPhil, professor emeritus at Edinburgh University.

Case Reports by Cao and Yi in the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry
(February 2008) “Tea and fluorosis:”

--A 57-year-old Englishman’s misdiagnosed Paget’s disease (weakened
bones) with osteoarthritis was finally correctly diagnosed as
fluorosis caused by his long-term heavy tea-drinking habit.

--A Pakistani woman’s dental fluorosis resulted solely from tea which
she consumed from age two.

--A 36-year-old Chinese woman’s ten-years of joint pain disappeared
when she stopped drinking tea.

--French doctors identified 5 patients who developed bone softening
(osteomalacia) from drinking tea.

-- An American woman's fluoride-caused debilitating joint pains
disappeared when her two-gallon-a-day iced-tea habit stopped.

A 52-year-old American man's arthritic- like joint pain and immobility
went away after he stopped brushing his teeth with fluoridated
toothpaste. (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Jan 2007)

Roos, et al. documents a woman whose painful swollen fingers healed
after she ceased eating fluoridated toothpaste. ( Presse Med. Nov

Eichmiller, et al. report a patient's leg and joint pains from a
dentist- prescribed high-concentration fluoride product. (Journal of
the American Dental Association, Jan 2005)

More about skeletal fluorosis:

Fluoride is in many foods as determined by the USDA

Fluoride content of baby formula


SOURCE: NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.



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