Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Dangers of Fluoride

Do you drink tap water? Do you or anyone in your family use fluoride toothpaste or take fluoride treatments at the dentist? Fluoride found in some of our tap water supply and used in treatments at the dentist, particularly for children, is a toxic substance to the human body. The use of this dangerous chemical has been found ineffective toward reducing tooth decay and poses serious health risks. The following information about fluoride may change your mind about using it.

In a statement first released August 9, 2007, over 1,450 professionals urged Congress to stop water fluoridation. The Fluoride Action Network describes itself as “an international coalition seeking to broaden public awareness about the toxicity of fluoride compounds and the health impacts of current fluoride exposures.” FAN, a non-profit group releases pertinent data and checks on government policies about the use of fluoride.

The National Research Panel of the National Academies released a 500-page report in 2006 regarding the toxicology of fluoride. The report states the hazards and unknowns of long-term fluoride use, and challenges the EPA’s current safe water drinking standard for fluoride.

FAN has reported the following health issues as a result of fluoride use: increased risk of bone fractures, decreased function of thyroid, arthritic-like symptoms, lowered IQ, dental fluorosis and, possibly, osteosarcoma." People included as higher risk would be children, those with Diabetes, and those who have kidney problems. Anyone who consumes above average amounts of tap water are in danger as well.

Communicate to your legislature that you want an end to fluoridation now! Visit the Fluoride Action Network to sign the online petition.

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