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Concern on fluoride levels
[Posted: Mon 27/03/2006 www.irishhealth.com]
By Niall Hunter-Editor
High concentrations of fluoride that occur in drinking water can damage teeth and bones, according to a US body, the National Academy of Sciences.
It says federal regulators in the US should reduce the level of fluoride that is considered safe for human consumption.
The Academy studied water supplies where there are at least four parts per million of naturally occurring fluoride, the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) current maximum allowed level.
An expert group of the Academy concluded unanimously that the Environmental Protection Agency in the US should lower the maximum contaminant level goal for fluoride.
The expert group believes that water fluoride concentrations at or near the current allowed levels could adversely affect health.
The US EPA said it would seriously consider the recommendation to lower fluoride levels.
The Irish environmental pressure group, VOICE, says the US report shows that drinking water fluoridated at the level founding Ireland is not protective of public health.
Its spokesman, Robert Pocock said the US report validates the many concerns about the safety of tap water to which fluoride is added.
He pointed out that among the concerns cited by the US experts are damage to bones and teeth as potential lowering of IQ resulting from neurological impacts.
VOICE claimed the message resulting form the US report is clear: fluoridation of Irish drinking water must stop immediately.
|Joe(joet61) Posted: 27/03/2006 14:24|
|So, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington is saying bluntly that drinking water at 4 ppm fluoride damages your health. Irish water is fluoridated at 1 ppm, and we\'re supposed to believe that\'s safe. As if some people don\'t drink four times as much water as others... Other drugs are given big safety margins; why is fluoride treated so differently? Fluoride is a cumulative poison, with a very wide range of harmful effects. The only sensible approach is to minimize our exposure to fluoride, as we do with radon gas. The whole legal basis of Irish fluoridation (the Ryan case, High Court, Supreme Court, 1963/64) is that fluoridation is absolutely safe. Judge Kenny said in his 1963 judgement: \"Let me say then that I am satisfied beyond the slightest doubt that the fluoridation of the public water supplies in this country at a concentration of 1 p.p.m. will not cause any damage or injury to the health of anybody, young, old, healthy or sick, who is living in this country and that there is no risk or prospect whatever that it will.\" That gave the green light to Irish fluoridation. Judge Kenny was neither a scientist nor a medical doctor, nor were the Supreme Court judges (led by Cearbhall O Dalaigh) who backed him up. However, Mary Harney told the Oireachtas Health Committee last July: \"Like many areas of health care, it is not a black and white issue but has shades of grey. However, if the Government thought for one moment that fluoridation did not have a positive effect, clearly it would do the right thing.\" The ONLY argument in favour of fluoridation is that it\'s supposed to reduce tooth decay in children, but the ONLY cause of tooth decay is sugar. As long as the Minister relies solely on the advice of the professors in the dental schools, whose reputations are tied to fluoridation, logic and common sense are out the window. And fluoridation remains the only public health problem that can be solved overnight.|
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