fluoridation for the nation

title ripped off, of course, from “Sanitation for the Nation“. While I’m on the fence about fluoridation of local water supplies, all I know is that the water I grew up drinking contained fluoride and I have no cavities whatsoever. Mr.Q, on the other hand, drank fluoride-free water and has at least one new cavity with every biannual dental check up. And he’s the one who flosses twice a day and actually brushes properly… But, that’s not what this is about.

We have a tooth.

First noticed on Sunday, while babyQ was chewing on my finger, said tooth has been the source of much gnawing. It’s been in the works for a few months now: drooling, chewing, wailing and gnashing… but some pointy little part has now broken through.

I have gouges on my fingers. Mr.Q has a gash on his forehead [yes, his forehead]. Boardbooks and little cardboard boxes are disintegrating in drool and puddles appear in her wake. She is, overall, not terribly concerned. The occasional object get gnawed on with a little too much force and the world temporarily becomes a horrible place as she protests her existence, the existence of whatever she chewed on and the existence of everything in general.

Then she tries to bite my shoulder.

And, just think, this is merely one of twenty

3 responses to “fluoridation for the nation

  1. Great post! It cracked me up! 🙂

    I like how, in the link, they have to specify that the finger you run on baby’s gms to soothe teething discomfort should be CLEAN.

    Ya think?

  2. No Fluoride for Infants, say Dentists

    New York – November 13, 2006 – To prevent tooth damage, the American Dental Association (ADA) warned its members that fluoridated water should not be mixed into concentrated formula or foods intended for babies one year and younger, in a November 9th ADA e-mail alert.(1)

    “But who will alert parents,” asks lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF).

    Two-thirds of U.S. public water suppliers add fluoride chemicals, based on a disproved theory that fluoride ingestion prevents cavities. Bottled water with added fluoride is now sold with specific instructions to mix into infant formula.(2)

    The ADA reports, “…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.”(3) The ADA recommends using fluoride-free water.

    Enamel or dental fluorosis is white spotting, yellow, brown and/or pitted permanent teeth. Pictures: http://www.fluoridation.com/teeth.htm

    NYSCOF news releases in 2000 and 2004 (4,5) cited studies linking fluorosis to infant foods mixed with fluoridated water. Scientific evidence here: http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/infant/

    Some scientists also tried in vain to get the word out sooner as described in “Suppression by Medical Journals of a Warning about Overdosing Formula-Fed Infants with Fluoride,” published in 1997 in the Journal Accountability in Research.(10)

    It took until 2006 for the ADA’s alert, following the Food and Drug Administration’s October disapproval of fluoridated bottled water marketed to babies,(6) and after the recent National Research Council’s (NRC) fluoride report indicating babies are fluoride overdosed from “optimally” fluoridated water supplies.(7)

    “The ADA claims the NRC report didn’t question the safety of fluoridation(8) but it did, as the ADA now admits,” says Beeber.

    “The NRC also revealed fluoridation’s adverse effects to the thyroid gland, diabetics, kidney patients, high water drinkers and others,” says Beeber.

    Now, the Centers for Disease Control reports that modern science shows that fluoride absorbs into enamel topically.(9) However, adverse effects occur upon ingestion. Further, the CDC admits enamel fluoride concentration is not inversely related to cavities.

    The Environmental Protection Agency is required to consider the most vulnerable populations when setting allowable water fluoride levels. To protect babies, allowable water fluoride levels must be near zero.

    The Environmental Working Group analyzed government data in March 2006 and found that babies are over-exposed to fluoride in most major U.S. cities.(11)
    “This should end water fluoridation,” says Beeber. “Fluoridation is a failed concept that must be abandoned before more Americans are harmed,” says Beeber.

    SOURCE: NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc

    References:

    1) http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/pubs/epubs/egram/egram_061109.pdf

    2) http://www.nurserywater.com/home.html

    3) http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/positions/statements/fluoride_infants.asp

    4) http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof/_pgg10.php3

    5) http://tinyurl.com/y8czsd

    6) http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/flfluoro.html

    7) http://www.nap.edu/openbook/030910128X/html/44.html

    8) http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/topics/fluoride_report_response.pdf

    9) http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5014a1.htm

    10) http://www.sustainabilitycentre.com.au/FormulaFedBabies.pdf

    11) http://ewg.org/issues/fluoride/20060322/index.php

    New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

    PO Box 263

    Old Bethpage, NY 11804

    http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof

    News Releases

    http://tinyurl.com/6kqtu

    Tooth Decay Crises in Fluoridated Areas from Lack of Dental Care
    http://www.fluoridenews.blogspot.com

    Posted here: http://tinyurl.com/y3ox5f

  3. hilllary – what? not just after handling raw chicken?? I know, I know… 😀

    nyscof – thank you for the info, and I believe you now qualify as the longest comment. ever. 😛

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