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WATER FLUORIDATION: MYTHS VS REALITY Or HOW TO DEAL WITH THE ANTI- FLUORIDATIONISTS IN YOUR CITY David F. Nelson, D.D.S., M.S. Consultant to the Office.

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3 WATER FLUORIDATION: MYTHS VS REALITY Or HOW TO DEAL WITH THE ANTI- FLUORIDATIONISTS IN YOUR CITY David F. Nelson, D.D.S., M.S. Consultant to the Office of Oral Health California Dept. of Health Services October 24, 2006

4 CURRENT ANTI-FLUORIDE ACTIVITY Anti-fluoridation websites: –F–FAN (fluoride action network) 50 reasons to oppose fluoridation: –1–1. F not necessary to humans –2–2. doesnt reduce tooth decay –3–3. benefits are topical, not systemic –4–4. causes dental fluorosis even at low doses –5–5. lowers IQ of children –6–6. causes hypothyroidism –7–7. causes skeletal fluorosis –8–8. causes hip fractures in the elderly –9–9. causes osteosarcoma in young boys –1–10. Nobel prize winners are opposed

5 Rebuttal to the 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation The author of the 50 Reasons document states: these reasons are based on a thorough review of the scientific literature as regards both the risks and benefits of being exposed to the fluoride ion. And yet….. The 50 Reasons document fails to conform to ANY generally accepted principals for assembling, evaluation and interpreting medical research. There is no systematic search for pertinent research; no critical appraisal of studies; no use of a selection criteria; no critical appraisal of studies to determine validity and no integration of evidence. Therefore…

6 Conclusions on the 50 Reasons document No conclusions can or should be drawn from this poor quality document! This paper is a series of statements and opinions and is not evidence based! This rebuttal of the 50 Reasons was done by Irish fluoridationists in 2 papers, one 18 pages and one of 42 pages. Thorough, investigative, professional and evidence based critique by health care professors from the dental schools of the United Kingdom

7 More anti-fluoride websites Nofluoride.com –4–4 main arguments against fluoridation: 1. AMA not willing to state that fluoride will harm no one! –O–Of course not. Would not say that about any element 2. Not FDA approved –A–And never will be. FDA doesnt regulate drinking water. Regulates bottled water, toothpaste, etc. F OK in toothpaste –E–EPA has the responsibility for drinking water, not the FDA 3. Forced mass medication of the public –N–No more so than immunizations, helmets, iodine in bread, vitamin D in milk 4. The chemicals are not pharmaceutical quality –D–Dont have to be. As long as they pass the NSF Standard 65 water quality tests they are pure enough for drinking water

8 ONE MORE WEBSITE… Keepers of the Well: –Run by Jeff Green, notorious anti from San Diego –Their claims: 1. Mass medicates at a level that no doctor could Rx 2. FDA reports the chemicals used in fluoridation have never been studied for safety 3. EPA unions call for a moratorium 4. Chemicals contain arsenic and lead 5. The increased lead levels responsible for learning disabilities, substance abuse, hyperactivity and crime 6. Kidney and brain lesions causing Alzheimers 7. We are already overdosed on fluoride from foods and beverages.

9 The anti-fluoridationists and the media Personal communications with the antis Local newspapers Letters to the Editor Very effective in Watsonville, Arcata, Modesto Cartoons Use of non-peer reviewed journals Publishing junk science in junk journals Publishing junk science in popular womens magazines

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12 The Nazis scheme used water fluoridation to control prisoners and the public

13 TO ALL: DAVID NELSON, YOU LIAR! You fools....promoting fluoride! You greedy fools! People are waking up to the fact that fluoride is a waste product....and that fluoride does nothing good for teeth. Studies prove that fluoride causes more cavities, more drilling, more filling, more billing. Studies prove that all kinds of health problems are the cause of fluoride. Many people are victims of fluoride poisoning. Read the many horror stories also read "The Fluoride Deception" by Chris Bryson. FIND the cause NOT the cure for diseases! FLUORIDE IS THE CAUSE! Every one cent spent on fluoridation costs more than Three times $120 for teeth repair....that obviously makes YOU happy! I am proof! I am a victim of fluoride poisoning, and it didn't take much! You pay for ALL the repair on my teeth because of fluoride! Send me a check!! Plus all the health problems I have, and NO medical insurance! You bastard! People are suffering, people are dying from this CRAP! YOU BASTARD DAVID NELSON!! USING the poor people to promote this crap....OH.. make your self look as good as you possibly can!! WHAT A JERK YOU ARE!! The reason for cavities is SUGAR, POP, CANDY! POOR DIET, get it!! TRY promoting good diet! How many dollars would be in that? NONE! Who are you, or anyone else, to tell people what to put in their water. FLUORIDE IS POISON! greedy bastard! WHAT a sad shame that fluoridation is any where! You You are so stupid you don't know fact from fiction. Fluoridation is ALL about money and greed! At the expense of people's health and teeth! A fluoride poisoned person

14 ……..Time to acknowledge the cause of ALL our health problems.....NOT the cure. The cause is fluoride!! WAKE UP!! You bastards!! Apologize for putting poison in the water in the first place! YOU STUPID DENTISTS and DOCTORS YOU HAVE NO COMMON SENSE! Someone sold YOU POISON!! AND you were stupid enough to believe it! SUCH FOOLS!!!!! Can't stop now YOU (dentists and doctors )are too ashamed to admit the truth! YOU (dentists and doctors ) were/are JUST PLAIN STUPID AND GREEDY!!! Sincerely, Another happy camper!!

15 Myths vs. Reality Fluoridation causes osteosarcoma in young boys Harvard study by Dr. Bassin-very small cohort Did not control for residency Even the author cautions-no conclusions can be drawn Her mentor,Dr. Chet Douglas, says the same thing There are harmful contaminants e.g.arsenic and lead in the fluoridation chemicals Hardly measurable, well below the MCLs, in ppb Basis for the Escondido lawsuit Exposure from foods, beverages is overdosing us NAStoxicity level to produce symptoms is ppm for years, or 10ppm of naturally occurring for years

16 More myths We are using industrial grade chemicals All chemicals used in treating water are industrial grade Natural F and added F are the same ion Is fluoride effective in reducing decay? In the US, 113 studies alone Effectiveness ranges between 15-60% depending on age group and type of teeth. Not as effective as in 1945 due to halo effect Current estimates are between 20-40% Fluoride causes rampant fluorosis Antis claim fluorosis rates are 60% Reality is more like 22% Dentists dont seem to see even that much

17 And even more…. Fluoridation is wasteful because only a tiny portion goes for human consumption Used for watering lawns, washing cars, industry Impossible to treat just the drinking water portion Fluoridation will kill my fish!! Sea water is ppm naturally Fluoridation is compulsory mass medication It is neither compulsory nor medication Use Bottled water; F is not a medicine Adjustment of a naturally occurring element

18 COMMUNITY WATER FLUORIDATION IS: OVER 60 YEARS OF USE AND THOUSANDS OF CREDIBLE PEER-REVIEWED STUDIESTELL US THIS OF CREDIBLE PEER-REVIEWED STUDIES TELL US THIS

19 COMMUNITY WATER FLUORIDATION IS: DECAY IS REDUCED BY UP TO 40% IN CHILDREN, 20% IN ADULTS AND UP TO 60% IN SENIORS

20 COMMUNITY WATER FLUORIDATION IS: COSTS PER PERSON RANGE FROM 50¢ / PERSON / YR TO $3 / PERSON / YR (A SINGLE FILLING MAY COST $60- $180)

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22 GOT TEETH ? GET FLUORIDE !


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