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The Way I See It!

I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Let's Talk Fluoride

Health, Water, Fluoride

So instead of rehashing some old 1950’s or 1960’s info, what info is more current and relative?


I know Mike Clark is going to have a hard time with all of this given how much of a self-appointed expert he is on this subject working in the Cudahy DPW.  He didn’t like it that I told a reader and someone asking me election questions if I would support a city referendum about reducing Cudahy’s fluoride that I would support it going to a referendum if my constituents asked for it.  Oh it was nice that someone running for Alderman in Cudahy to call people “crazies”.  So professional and admiral don’t you think? 


Then again if you forgot or didn’t see some of his quotes here they are:


I can't believe the fluoride crazies are still around. This issue was settled in the 50's and 60's


I did not realize you were a doctor or a dentist which is beyond my educational expertise. But how can you be more knowledgeable than the ADA and especially the AMA.”


Too much fluoride in water, government says


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is announcing a proposal to change the recommended fluoride level to 0.7 milligrams per liter of water.  And the Environmental Protection Agency will review whether the maximum cutoff of 4 milligrams per liter is too high.


The standard since 1962 has been a range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter.






U.S. says too much fluoride in water


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is announcing a proposal to change the recommended fluoride level to 0.7 milligrams per liter of water.  And the Environmental Protection Agency will review whether the maximum cutoff of 4 milligrams per liter is too high.


The standard since 1962 has been a range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the splotchy tooth condition, fluorosis, is unexpectedly common in kids ages 12 through 15.  And it appears to have grown much more common since the 1980s.


Generally, the prevalence of tooth decay in at least one tooth among U.S. teens has declined from about 90% to 60%.  Health officials call water fluoridation one of the ten greatest public health accomplishments of the last century.


"One of water fluoridation's biggest advantages is that it benefits all residents of a community — at home, work, school, or play.  And fluoridation's effectiveness in preventing tooth decay is not limited to children, but extends throughout life, resulting in improved oral health," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, in a statement.


The government is not suggesting people change their brushing or other tooth-care habits.


The American Dental Association on Friday morning released a statement applauding the government announcement.


"This is a superb example of a government agency fulfilling its mission to protect and enhance the health of the American people," said ADA President Dr. Raymond F. Gist, DDS.


Indeed, many health leaders continue to be worried about cavities, particularly among poor families with kids who eat a lot of sweets but don't get much dental care.  The American Public Health Association in November adopted a resolution calling for coordinated programs to be established at public health, dental and medical clinics to offer fluoride varnish — a highly concentrated lacquer painted on teeth to prevent cavities.


Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could make a final decision within a few months, the administration official said.


There is no fluoride in most European water supplies.  In Britain, only about 10% of the population has water with fluoride in it.  It's been a controversial issue there, with critics arguing people shouldn't be forced to have "medical treatment" forced on them.  In recent years, the UK has tried to add fluoride to communities with the worst dental health but there's still considerable opposition.


Some European nations used to add fluoride to water supplies but have stopped.  Some countries add it to salt instead.






Does fluoride in drinking water hurt your brain?



Now, questions about the impact of fluoride on mental health are growing and can no longer be ignored.


A recently published Harvard study showed that children living in areas with highly fluoridated water have "significantly lower" IQ scores than those living in areas where the water has low fluoride levels.  In fact, the study analyzed the results of 27 prior investigations and found the following, among other conclusions:


* Fluoride may be a developmental neurotoxicant that affects brain development (in children) at exposures much below those that cause toxicity in adults.


* Rats exposed to (relatively low) fluoride concentrations in water showed cellular changes in the brain and increased levels of aluminum in brain tissue.


Other research studies in animals link fluoride intake to the development of beta-amyloid plaques (the classic finding in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's dementia).


And research on fluoride also has implicated it in changing the structure of the brains of fetuses, negatively impacting the behavioral/neurological assessment scores of newborns and, in animal studies, impairing memory.


This information is very important, from a psychiatric standpoint, because we have witnessed rising rates of attention deficit disorder, major depression, dementia and many other psychiatric illnesses since the 1940s, and because the United States (which fluoridates a much higher percentage of its drinking water than most countries, including European nations) has some of the highest rates of mental disorders in the world--by a wide margin.


It is not clear, of course, that fluoride is responsible wholly, or even in small measure, for these facts, but the connection is an intriguing one, especially in light of the new Harvard study.


Given the available data, I would recommend that children with learning disorders, attention deficit disorder, depression, attention-deficit disorder or other psychiatric illnesses refrain from drinking fluoridated water, and consult a dentist about the most effective way of delivering sufficient fluoride to the teeth directly, while minimizing absorption by the body as a whole--and the brain, specifically.





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