08 June 2009

The News

Hey "pro" fluoridationists! Save face and read this!

(from Fluoride Journal, by The International Society for Fluoride Research:
Fluoride [Fluoride]. Vol. 41, no. 3, p. 253. Jul-Sep 2008.)

"The US National Research Council (2006) concluded that fluoride is an endocrine disrupter: normal endocrine function or response in humans is altered by exposure to fluoride. The major effects examined to date include alterations of thyroid function, calcium metabolism, pineal function, and glucose metabolism. Both direct and indirect mechanisms of action appear likely, including direct stimulation or inhibition of hormone secretion, indirect stimulation or inhibition of hormone secretion, and inhibition of peripheral enzymes necessary for activation of a normal hormone. People with reduced thyroid function are at higher risk of clinical hypothyroidism and cardiac disease, among other things. In particular, reduced thyroid function in a pregnant woman, even if asymptomatic, can result in lowered IQ of her offspring. Fluoride exposure results in an increased requirement for calcium and a higher risk for calcium deficiency and consequent problems. Altered pineal function could impact a number of bodily processes or systems, including calcium metabolism, bone growth, and central nervous system function. Fluoride exposure appears to result in increased blood glucose levels or impaired glucose tolerance in some individuals. Also, diabetic individuals often have higher than normal intake of drinking water and consequent higher fluoride exposures. Many endocrine effects are associated with fluoride intakes in the range typically observed in the U.S. In general, adverse effects are more likely in the presence of dietary deficiencies (e.g., iodine or calcium). The increasing "epidemics" of thyroid disease, diabetes, and other health problems in the U.S. warrant examination of the possible role of nearly universal exposure of the population to fluoride. Reference: National Research Council (2006). Fluoride in Drinking water: A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press."

Hmmmmmm. Not looking good! What happens when people start consulting their health insurance companies and lawyers and OSHA and more? I'd say to change your mind quick.

Oh, and then, straight from the JADA (Journal of the American Dental Association) and the CDC:


"In the earliest days of fluoride research, investigators hypothesized that fluoride affects enamel and inhibits dental caries only when incorporated into developing dental enamel (i.e., preeruptively, before the tooth erupts into the mouth) (30,31). Evidence supports this hypothesis (32--34), but distinguishing a true preeruptive effect after teeth erupt into a mouth where topical fluoride exposure occurs regularly is difficult. However, a high fluoride concentration in sound enamel cannot alone explain the marked reduction in dental caries that fluoride produces (35,36). The prevalence of dental caries in a population is not inversely related to the concentration of fluoride in enamel (37), and a higher concentration of enamel fluoride is not necessarily more efficacious in preventing dental caries (38).

The laboratory and epidemiologic research that has led to the better understanding of how fluoride prevents dental caries indicates that fluoride's predominant effect is posteruptive and topical and that the effect depends on fluoride being in the right amount in the right place at the right time. Fluoride works primarily after teeth have erupted, especially when small amounts are maintained constantly in the mouth, specifically in dental plaque and saliva (37). Thus, adults also benefit from fluoride, rather than only children, as was previously assumed."

Might it help much to understand that silico-fluorides are bactericidal? Like regular old saltwater gargle is, in fact?

Mmmmmm... yeah. About that. BEING THAT FLUORIDE IS TOPICAL, one could surmount a gigantic and firestorm argument against proponents of said mass medication (being that, indeed, it is medicinally applied for human consumption), SUGGESTIVE THAT WE ALL SIMPLY BRUSH OUR TEETH REGULARLY.

Wall Street Journal covered this whole problem back in 1998... what the heck is going on???

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