Special Section
Fluorides and the Environment


This special section of Earth Island Journal was prepared to coincide with the 22nd meeting of the International Society for Fluoride Research on August 24-27 in Bellingham, Washington. For information on the conference, contact Prof. Ming-Ho Yu. Center for Environmental Science, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9181, (360) 650-3676, fax: (360) 650-7284.

Funding for this report was made possible through the generosity of the Phillips E. Patton Charitable Foundation.

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"Our members' review of the body of evidence over the last 11 years, including animal and human epidemiology studies, indicates a causal link between fluoride/fluoridation and cancer, genetic damage, neurological impairment and bone pathology… the health and welfare of the public is not served by the addition of this substance (fluoride) to the public water supply… for which there is virtually no evidence of significant benefits… and substantial evidence of harm."
-- National Federation of Federal Employees Union (Local 2050), Washington, DC, July 1997