Updates on the Combat to Finish Water Fluoridation


It’s Fluoride Consciousness Week right here at Mercola.com, and I spoke with Paul Connett, government director of the Fluoride Motion Community (FAN), for the event. Connett has been instrumental in catalyzing the motion to take away fluoride — which is neurotoxic — from water provides within the U.S. in addition to internationally, and he shared some thrilling updates which have us shifting nearer to a post-water-fluoridation world.

First up is an replace to the historic lawsuit that FAN filed in opposition to the U.S. Environmental Safety Company in federal court docket. In 2016, FAN and coalition companions filed a petition asking the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemical substances to U.S. consuming water beneath Part 21 of the Poisonous Substances Management Act (TSCA).

The EPA dismissed FAN’s petition, prompting FAN’s lawsuit challenging the EPA’s denial. Though the EPA filed a movement to dismiss the case, the movement was denied by the court docket in 2017.1 The trial was held in June 2020, and whereas the decide has but to make a remaining ruling,2 it’s shifting in a constructive course.

“We had a latest listening to through which the decide denied the most recent effort by the EPA to get the case dropped,” Connett stated in our interview. “He is dominated in our favor a number of occasions now on key selections. What he made clear is he is very within the science of this situation. He desires to attend earlier than he makes his ruling.”

Decide Plans to Evaluation New Fluoride Research Displaying IQ Discount

The decide listening to the case plans to evaluate two issues earlier than making a call: the Nationwide Toxicology Program’s (NTP) remaining evaluate on fluoride’s neurotoxicity when it comes out, together with a benchmark dose research (BMD) research that was not too long ago revealed on fluoride’s results on IQ ranges.

“So, half of what the decide desires to see has come out,” Connett stated. Dr. Philippe Grandjean, an internationally identified skilled in environmental epidemiology, with ties to each Harvard Faculty of Public Well being and the College of Southern Denmark, is the EPA’s go-to individual on mercury’s neurotoxicity3 and he has warned in regards to the dangers of exposing youngsters to neurotoxicants throughout formative years and in utero.

Grandjean and colleagues simply revealed a landmark research displaying that publicity to very low ranges of fluoride throughout being pregnant impairs the mind growth of the kid.4 The research discovered {that a} maternal urine fluoride focus of 0.2 mg/L, which is exceeded 4 to 5 occasions in pregnant ladies residing in fluoridated communities, was sufficient to decrease IQ by one level.

Not solely do the findings counsel that water-fluoride suggestions meant to guard pregnant ladies and kids ought to be revised,5 however they present that there’s important threat even at present fluoridation ranges. Connett stated:

“What they discovered, they’d predict a reducing of IQ in youngsters if the pregnant mom’s urine was at 0.2 milligrams per liter … To place that into perspective, the common in north California and in Canada, two research, is between 0.8  and one half per million. So in different phrases … 4 to 5 occasions extra.

So you might predict (as a result of this can be a linear relationship), the common lack of IQ for youngsters born in the US, if their mom drinks fluoridated faucet water, goes to be between 4 and 5 factors, and that is huge whenever you take a look at the influence on a complete inhabitants. Huge.”

As Stuart Cooper, FAN’s marketing campaign director, previously stated, “It has been effectively established {that a} lack of one IQ level results in a decreased lifetime incomes skill of $18,000. Summed over the entire inhabitants we’re speaking a few lack of billions of {dollars} of incomes skill every year.”

The trial is shifting alongside in a constructive course, however they’re not out of the woods but. Connett famous that there’s proof from confidential sources that stress has been put upon the NTP, so there’s concern that their findings might be whitewashed. “As soon as once more, we could be confronted with the perfect science being nullified by political interference,” he stated.

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Professional Analysis Highlights Fluoride’s Risks to Kids

One of many specialists who testified in the course of the trial was Dr. Bruce Lanphear, who is called “the EPA’s ‘go-to man’ on lead’s neurotoxicity, and his work formed their lead requirements.”6 Lanphear’s JAMA Pediatrics research, revealed in 2019, discovered that each 1 mg/L enhance in fluoride in Canadian pregnant ladies’s urine was linked to a 4.5-point lower in IQ of their male youngsters.7

The research is one in every of a number of NIH-funded research8 that Connett believes will probably be key to the case. “Fabulous methodology, the perfect methodology thus far,” Connett stated. Different NIH-funded research embody:

In a research of 213 Mexican mother-child pairs, larger ranges of fluoride publicity throughout being pregnant had been related to consideration deficit hyperactivity dysfunction (ADHD)9

Infants fed method combined with fluoridated water had IQs that had been decrease than infants fed method combined with nonfluoridated water, and researchers famous, “Consumption of method reconstituted with fluoridated water can result in extreme fluoride consumption.”10

Based on Connett, “So the one distinction was whether or not these youngsters received fluoridated faucet water of their method after they had been infants. A staggering 13 IQ factors dropped, staggering.”

In a research of 299 mother-child pairs in Mexico, larger prenatal publicity to fluoride, within the vary of publicity ranges reported for pregnant ladies in different areas, was related to decrease cognitive perform within the youngsters at ages 4 and 6 to 12 years.11

The collective publicity of kids to fluoride in drinking water is a serious public well being risk. Going again to Grandjean’s research displaying that even very low exposures to fluoride in utero are poisonous, Connett defined:

“He [Grandjean] stated, proper now the injury to youngsters’s brains in the US might be higher for fluoride than it’s for lead, arsenic and mercury. Now he is not saying that atom for atom fluoride is extra poisonous than lead, mercury or arsenic …

He is simply saying, in the event you take a look at what’s taking place in the present day, fluoride is doing extra injury to our children’ brains than these different well-known neurotoxic substances, lead, mercury and arsenic. The rationale in fact is the publicity. There are tens of millions of kids which are being uncovered to fluoridated faucet water every day. Tens of millions of pregnant ladies.”

Damaging Folks From ‘Womb to Tomb’

It’s not solely youngsters who’re in danger from fluoride’s antagonistic results. A Swedish research revealed in April 2021 discovered that charges of hip fractures amongst postmenopausal ladies had been larger in areas with larger ranges of fluoride in consuming water.12

On this case, the fluoride was naturally occurring within the water at concentrations at or under 1 mg/L, making their whole exposures much like these of girls residing in areas with synthetic water fluoridation. Whereas charges of all sorts of bone fractures had been elevated in areas with larger fluoride in consuming water, the hyperlink to hip fractures was notably robust. Connett stated:

So that they labored out their particular person publicity to fluoride and, low and behold, they discovered that postmenopausal ladies consuming the identical vary of fluoride focus that we’ve in fluoridated communities in the US had a 50% elevated prevalence of hip fracture.

As you understand, hip fracture could be very critical. We now have about 300,000 hip fractures within the aged in the US and 30% of these ladies who get these hip fractures are lifeless inside a yr. A lot of them don’t regain an impartial existence …

Hip fractures are a really critical situation for aged individuals. So we could also be damaging individuals from womb to tomb. Damaging the fetus after which damaging our bones over a lifetime, which has deadly penalties whenever you attain outdated age.”

FAN Catches Head of CDC’s Oral Well being Division in a Lie

The CDC’s Division of Oral Well being continues to be actively selling water fluoridation, and the CDC only in the near past gave a big grant to Mississippi to take action, Connett stated. “Now let me clarify who they’re,” he stated, referring to the Division of Oral Well being:

“There’s solely about 30 people who find themselves concerned with enamel, and so they’re almost all dentally educated, and so they work hand in hand with the ADA [American Dental Association]. So they are a self-fulfilling prophecy by way of supporting fluoridation, and so they closely affect native selections. So, though the federal authorities would not settle for duty for it, they’re encouraging communities to do it …

This Oral Well being Division has worldwide affect. There’s not a day that goes by that anyone, some physician, some dentist, some public well being official, some politician says that fluoridation is likely one of the prime public well being achievements of the twentieth century. So huge affect, however no duty for hurt.”

CDC’s Oral Well being Division is primarily made up of these educated in dentistry — not specialists wanting on the results of fluoride on the mind and physique. “Let’s have a gaggle on the CDC that promotes fluoridation primarily based upon what they assume it does for enamel, and let’s have one other group of those that, no matter promotion, is wanting very rigorously in any respect the proof which signifies hurt to the bone, to the brains and so forth,” Connett stated.

FAN additionally caught Casey Hannon, director of the CDC’s Division of Oral Well being in a lie. Based on Connett, “He stated, ‘These NIH-funded research had been executed at ranges a lot larger than the water fluoridation applications.’ Absolute nonsense. They had been executed both at doses equal to what individuals in fluoridated communities get, or they had been truly executed in fluoridated communities themselves.”

This prompted FAN and over 100 professionals to write down a letter to the brand new CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “We weren’t after punishment of Casey Hannon, the top of the Oral Well being Division. We had been after a change of coverage. He is solely doing what all of the earlier heads of the Oral Well being Division have executed, which is to advertise fluoridation as being protected and efficient, protected and efficient, protected and efficient.”

FAN is hopeful that with a brand new individual within the place, being knowledgeable in regards to the newest fluoridation/IQ research, constructive modifications will proceed. Already, they’ve gotten a response from Dr. Karen Hacker, the director of CDC’s Nationwide Heart for Continual Illness Prevention and Well being Promotion.

“The essential level for us is that we have now received engagement on the CDC above the Oral Well being Division. We do not get these platitudes about how fantastic it [fluoridation] is for enamel,” Connett stated.

Assist Finish the Apply of Water Fluoridation

The extent of proof that fluoride is neurotoxic now far exceeds the proof that was in place when lead was banned from gasoline.

“Fluoride is following the identical trajectory as lead,” Connett stated, “as a result of principally, whether or not or not you discovered a neurotoxic impact for lead was merely a perform of how effectively designed your research was. The higher your research was designed, the extra seemingly you had been to seek out that lead was reducing IQ. The identical factor is occurring with fluoride.”

If you happen to’re involved in regards to the health effects of fluoride, please help FAN together with your tax-deductible donation in the present day. Mercola.com will match your donation, greenback for greenback, as much as $25,000, throughout Fluoride Consciousness Week.

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How will FAN use the funds? They’re anticipating a mini trial to come back up quickly, and so they’ll want to supply skilled witnesses to present commentary on the ultimate model of the NTP report and the BMD evaluation. They’re additionally revamping their web site, FluorideAlert.org, to make it simpler for individuals to make use of and entry info (particularly for many who achieve this through cellphone).

“We now have the biggest well being database on this planet, greater than many governments, perhaps all governments, on the well being results of fluoride. We wish to make that extra accessible,” Connett stated. FAN additionally makes use of funding to assist communities finish water fluoridation or preserve it out of their cities:

“Proper now, Spokane [Washington] is attempting to maintain fluoridation out, I feel for the fourth time. Calgary is attempting to place it again in … They’re claiming that tooth decay has gone up dramatically in Calgary since they stopped fluoridation, and that’s merely not true.

… our mission is to get this info to as many individuals as potential, so with their assist we are able to take this info to the facility constructions. We’re doing it in federal court docket and we’re doing it with our web site. Proper now, we’re doing it by participating with individuals on the CDC above its Oral Well being Division.”

On a sensible degree, in the event you reside in an space with fluoridated water, you possibly can shield your well being by filtering your water. Whereas Connett travels to a pure spring to gather pure water each few weeks — the best answer — this received’t be potential for many individuals.

As a result of fluoride is a really small molecule, it’s troublesome to filter out as soon as added to your water provide, however reverse osmosis filtration is efficient for fluoride elimination.

The only, best and most cost-effective technique is to not put fluoride within the water to start with, however whereas we work to finish water fluoridation, you don’t want to reveal your self or your loved ones to fluoride, so you’ll want to discover a fluoride-free supply of pure consuming water.