Another New Study Warns of Fluoride Dangers
A new study released in November 2009 by the State University of New York (SUNY) reveals researchers found more premature births occurred in areas with fluoridated water in upstate New York than non-fluoridated areas. The data for this study was collected by SUNY over a nine year period from 1993-2002.
A human pregnancy should last about 40 weeks, which is just over 9 months. A premature or preterm birth means the baby is born before 37 weeks in a pregnancy. Approximately 12 percent of US pregnancies are preterm, and according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), premature birth is one of the top causes of infant death in the US. This news does not come as a complete surprise, as previously published research has shown that fluoride can interfere with the reproductive system. Sodium fluoride, a byproduct of industrial aluminum processing, is offered up to the public water supply as "one of the greatest public health achievements ever discovered."
The American Dental Association encourages the fluoridation of the public municipal water systems throughout the country, claiming that it has helped to prevent tooth decay. However, the occurrence of periodontal disease is also scientifically linked to premature births. If fluoride helps to reduce the incidence of periodontal disease, it follows that premature birth rates should decrease in the areas of mandatory fluoridation - not be more prevalent. Contrary to the marketing image of fluoride being pushed into the public sphere, fluoride is not a natural substance; it is a byproduct of the aluminum industry and toxic waste that results from the nuclear industry's use of fluorine gas. It was first used as a rat and cockroach poison and is listed in the Merck Index as a known carcinogen (cancer causing agent).
A quick history lesson on the use of fluoride is when sodium fluoride was added to water supplies in Nazi concentration camps. Nazi leaders wanted to sterilize inmates and cause them to become docile and subservient, to comply more willingly with orders. Research chemist Charles Perkins submitted a letter to the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research in 1954 stating that ingestion of low doses of fluoride over time can destroy areas of the human brain that trigger resistance to tyranny, coercion and control, so the Nazis may have been correct in their belief that fluoride has potentially devastating side effects on willpower. So why is the U.S. fluoridating its public water supply? It is clear that fluoride has been recognized for its negative effects, but a country with widespread health care debates, the primary concern of the safety or health risks posed by ingesting fluoride goes unaddressed.
The National Research Council (NRC) warns that fluoride ingestion can cause thyroid dysfunction, and ingesting 0.01-0.03 mg/kg per day can severely damage thyroid function. That amount is a typical amount that a person would consume in a day if drinking fluoridated water. Other problems caused by fluoride consumption are dental fluorosis, a disease that causes dark streaks and fissures in the teeth and recomposition of the calcium. Skeletal fluorosis happens in much the same way, but it restructures the bone structure and leads to pain that is often confused for arthritis, so the true cause of the problem (fluoride ingestion) may continue, leading to progressive weakening of the bone structure and bone loss. Bone cancer, kidney problems, and hormone disruption are also attributed to fluoride consumption. Thanks to myriad studies like these, more people are starting to wise up to the truth about fluoride, and grass roots initiatives are working through ballot measures and public awareness campaigns to remove fluoride from public water supplies around the country. If you want to keep your family safe, consider joining a local campaign to remove this harmful substance from your water, and drink well water or install reverse osmosis in your home to get the toxin out of your water supply.