Fluoride does not work by swallowing
The 1940s theory that fluoride needed to be incorporated into the tooth enamel by swallowing it, has been thoroughly discredited by both supporters and opponents of fluoridation. It is not even touted anymore by those pushing fluoridation today. Fluoride promoters now claim that if there is any benefit from fluoride it is from contact with the surface of the tooth.
For many years it was believed that [fluoride] worked systemically. It is now generally accepted that it works topically” – Judge Hansen, High court, New Plymouth 2014
Dental fluorosis is outward sign of fluoride poisoning
Ministry of Health says 40% of children in NZ have some form of dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis is first outward sign of over-exposure to fluoride i.e. fluoride poisoning, therefore no amount of dental fluososis is acceptable. NZ Research that has looked specifically at dental health and lifetime fluoride exposure has found twice the rate of dental fluorosis in fluoridated areas (30% compared to 15%). Obviously fluoride exposure needs to be urgently reduced not extended.
Fluoride is a neurotoxin
There are now 57 human studies that have looked at fluoride exposure and effects on brain function. 50 of these show fluoride’s damaging effect: lowered IQ, behavioral deficits, nervous disorders, and memory disruption. There are hundreds of animal studies showing fluoride’s adverse effect on the brain. Fluoride was classified in the Lancet in 2014 as a neurotoxin.
Dose causing harm is not known
The US Government’s prestigious National Toxicology Program is now reviewing all of the fluoride-brian studies and is conducting their own new animal studies. Panel member, Dr Linda Birnbaum, voiced their concerns about this, saying, “We know nothing about individual vulnerability and susceptibility.” Dr Birnbaum also stated that we do know already that fluoride’s affect on the brain could be as low as 2.7ppm, and stated the danger that this leaves a very small margin of safety, particularly as individual doses are unmonitored.
Fluoride accumulates in our bones and soft tissue
In countries with high amounts of naturally occurring fluoride such as China, India and Senegal, fluoride is removed from the drinking water to avoid people developing skeletal fluorosis. The first stage of skeletal fluorosis is identical to arthritis. 2 – 8 mg per day over a long period is considered to be the dose likely to cause this.
Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor
The US National Research Council’s, 12 member, three year review of all fluoride science found that extremely low levels of fluoride affect the human thyroid – between 0.05mg/kg/day – 0.13 mg/kg/day when iodine is adequate and 0.01mg/kg/day – 0.03 mg/kg/day when iodine is inadequate. Many New Zealanders are exceeding this dose.
Babies at Risk
Bottle-fed babies receive very dangerous amounts fluoride. Human breast milk contains almost no fluoride, New Zealand fluoridated water is normally 0.85ppm which is 212 times more fluoride than breast milk. Any reasonable person can see it is utterly reckless to be poisoning our bottle-fed babies.
Fluoridation chemicals are scrubbed from the chimneys of the phosphate fertliser industry. They contain contaminants such as lead, arsenic, mercury and sometime uranium. Why increase our ingestion of any amount of these substances?
Most countries don’t fluoridate
Less than 5% of the world is still fluoridating water supplies, with more and more cities stopping every year for several decades. 98% of Europe does not have water fluoridation. And their teeth are just as good not better than ours. Only four countries in Europe have some salt fluoridated. Only 10% of the UK is fluoridated. Only three countries in the world have mandatory fluoridation; Ireland, Singapore and Israel. Currently, Israel’s fluoridation policy is being challenged in the Supreme Court. China and Japan have banned fluoridation. China, India and Senegal remove fluoride from water supplies with more than 1ppm.
Programmes that work
There are successful international dental programmes that put fluoridation to shame in every way, saving money as well as reducing pain and suffering. Countries such as Scotland, Wales and Japan have targeted programs which include tooth brushing in schools and pre-schools, education for parents and children, and ensuring all children are seen every 6 to 12 months by a dental professional. Dental health of children in Scotland now exceeds New Zealand rates.
NZ study proves Fluoridation not needed
The most recent New Zealand study, carried out by pro-fluoride dentists, shows there is no difference in decay rates between non-Maori children in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas (see graphs below). The difference with Maori children is likely due to lack of access to dental care, as the study found Maori children less likely to have had a dental examination. The prestigious international Cochrane Review, published last year, also found no modern reliable evidence of fluoridation reducing dental decay.
Fluoridation doesn’t help
All data we have received from NZ District Health Boards on the severity of tooth decay have shown us that the rates of severe tooth decay the same ,if not more prevalent, in children in fluoridated areas versus non-fluoridated areas.