ADA reverses position, warns its members that fluoride is too dangerous to be consumed by infants

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    NewsTarget.com printable article
    Originally published November 14 2006
    ADA reverses position, warns its members that fluoride is too dangerous to
    be consumed by infants
    (NewsTarget) On Nov. 9, the American Dental Association released an email
    alert to its members warning that, in order to prevent tooth damage,
    fluoridated water should not be mixed into formula or foods intended for
    babies aged 1 and younger.
    Currently, two-thirds of the U.S. public water supply has fluoride chemicals
    added, a move centered on a now-disproved theory that fluoride ingestion
    prevents cavities. Research by the Centers for Disease Control has shown
    that fluoride absorbs into tooth enamel topically, but ingestion of the
    chemical can cause adverse reactions. Also, the CDC admitted that enamel
    fluoride concentration was not inversely related to cavities.

    Fluoridated bottled water is available in stores across the United States
    along with instructions to mix into formula, which is what prompted the ADA
    to warn its members.

    "Infants could receive a greater than optimal amount of fluoride through
    liquid concentrate or powdered baby formula that has been mixed with water
    containing fluoride during a time that their developing teeth may be
    susceptible to enamel fluorosis," stated the ADA report, describing the
    condition marked by pitting and white spotting as well as yellow and/or
    brown teeth.

    Paul Beeber, lawyer and New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
    (NYSCOF) president, noted that news releases from the NYSCOF in 2000 and
    2004 cited studies that linked fluorisis to infant foods mixed with
    fluoridated water. However, Beeber remarked, it took the ADA until 2006 to
    release its alert, right after the FDA disapproved of marketing fluoridated
    water to babies in October and the National Research Council reported that
    babies are fluoride overdosed from "optimally" fluoridated water supplies.

    "The ADA claims the NRC report didn't question the safety of fluoridation
    but it did, as the ADA now admits," Beeber said. "The NRC also revealed
    fluoridation's adverse effects to the thyroid gland, diabetics, kidney
    patients, high water drinkers and others."

    He added that the ADA warning had only gone out to its members, and asked,
    "Who will alert parents?"

    The Environmental Protection Agency, which sets allowable water fluoride
    levels, is required to consider the most vulnerable members of a population,
    so allowable fluoride levels should be near zero to protect infants.

    "This should end water fluoridation," Beeber said. "Fluoridation is a failed
    concept that must be abandoned before more Americans are harmed."
     
    Jan Drew, Nov 16, 2006
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