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Fluoridation: the controversy continues.

Most physicians, dentists and public health officials believe fluoride is a safe and effective additive. Elected officials vote support for its use in public water supplies and endorse the supposedly "miraculous" treatment properties claimed in articles published in scientific journals.

However, many health experts caution against its use, citing dangerous links to bone and joint deterioration, bone cancer, damaged immune systems, and various neuropsychiatric disorders.

As a Florida physician who treats osteoporosis, I personally have become very skeptical about the claims and endorsements made for fluroidation.

Fluoride is a toxic substande that serves no nutritional need, is not compatible with normal body functions and can interfere with proper enzyme functioning. There is no "minimum safe dose" for such a poison.

Physicians rarely consider the possibility of fluoride excess in their diagnoses, especially in the way of unexplained chronic rheumatologic symptoms. Yet the Public Health Service and the Environmental Protection Agency recently expressed such concerns in the face of an upsurge in vertebral and hip fractures and other deterioration of bones and joints. Critics of fluoridation suggest such disorders can be attributed, at least in part, to the widespread use of the chemical.

Based on my own research, I am also concerned that sodium fluoride might be a factor in the increase of osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Potassium fluoride may have a similar effect.

Small amounts of fluoride (0.1 ppm.) may also damage the human immune system. It is interesting to note that Belle Glade, Florida - repeatedly cited by Palm County public health dental officials as an outstanding example of the caries-reducing benefits of fluoridation - has also been captioned "The AIDS Capital of the U.S."

The brain may also be vulnerable to the effects of fluoride. In the book Fluoride: The Aging Factor, author John Yiamouyiannis, M.D. attributes part of the profound increase in Alzheimer's disease, migraines, brain tumors and other neuropsychiatric disorders to fluoridation.

Long-term fluoride ingestion can led to headaches, ringing in the ears, depression, confusion, drowsiness, visual disturbances, severe fatigue and loss of memory. Such neurologic symptoms occurred in 65 percent of 10,000 Maryland residents who suffered acute fluoride poisoning in 1979. Fifty ppm., fluoride had recently been dumped into their public water system.

It may be significant to note that some countries actually prohibit the use of fluoride. India, for example does not allow toothpaste containing the chemical to be sold for the use of young children.

The public must be made aware of these effects of fluoridation.
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Author:Roberts, H.J.
Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Mar 22, 1992
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