Fluoridation News 1997

Furor in Malaysia Over Non-Fluoride Toothpaste

December 12, 1997

M. Rajen, an entreprenuer who brought Malaysia its first non-fluoride toothpaste, says he has been told by his ad agency that he must change the wording of his advertisement to comply with Malaysian law. His company, Total Health Concept, markets NoFluorideTM Child Herbal Toothpaste. The text of the ad is reprinted here for scholarly review. The Malay Mail, October 8, 1997, page 19, quoted Mr. Rajen as saying, "We are just pointing out the potential danger . . . of children swallowing too much fluoride . . ." The non-fluoride toothpaste is not harmful if swallowed and promotes healthy gums. He called attention to research in the United States showing that too much fluoride ingestion by children can lead to dental fluorosis which may not be apparent until they are teenagers and maintained that the ad was not intended to scare anyone.

The president of the Malaysian Private Dental Practitioners Society said that children below six years of age do not need fluoride toothpaste if they live in an area where the water is fluoridated and that children with baby teeth do not need fluoride toothpaste.

In a follow up article in the Malay Mail, October 13, 1997, it was reported that Dr. Ishak Abdul Razak, Professor of Community Dentistry at the University of Malaya, refuted the idea that children under six years of age do not need fluoride toothpaste. Dr. Ishak is the dental public health officer of the Malaysian Dental Association. Dr. Ishak said that 50% of Malaysians use fluoridated water and so fluoridated toothpaste is the "only means of delivering fluoride to the community," of individuals who don't use fluoridated water. Dr. Ishak conceded that, "It is accepted that the intake of very high concentrations of fluoride . . . may have adverse effects." He went on to suggest that fluorides have a safe and controllable dose. When asked about possible inadequate cautionary labelling on the packages of toothpaste with fluoride sold locally, Prof. Ishak said it is up to the manufacturers themselves to assume the social responsibility of providing any necessary contionary labels on their products' packages."

Fluoridation Controversy Continues in Massachusetts

November 27, 1997

The Methuan Board of Health voted against fluoridation last month. Worcester, Massachusetts voted to stop fluoridation late last year. Now, the Natick Board of Health has decided to ignore a non-binding referendum against fluoridation and will fluoridate anyway. John Chiros, a spokesman for Natick residents opposed to fluoridation, made this statement:

"The Natick board of selectmen's attempt to stop fluoridation failed and our water now comes complete with rat poison. Many of us are now on bottled water but will continue to fight this thing. Some of us are now holding Saturday morning 1/2 hour vigils in front of the town hall until the fluoridation stops or town meeting convenes. We expect to go to town meeting in January to try to get them to pursue a new binding referendum next year."

The Boston Globe published an editorial on November 26, 1997 lauding the decision to fluoridate in Natick. I really must say, it was a real mudslinger with negligent, pseudoscientific statements for fanning the flames of fluoridation mania.

Referendums in Massachusetts Not Honored

November 7, 1997

Methuen, Massachusetts voted against fluoridation in a non-binding referendum on Nov. 4,1997. The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune reported on Nov. 5 that the vote was 4159 against, to 3765 for. Unfortunately, this was a non-binding vote . Activists in Methuen did not pursue the signatures necessary to make the vote binding because the Board of Health there made a gentlemen's agreement to abide by the vote. That board now appears to be backing away from it's agreement with some nonsense about a low turnout.

In Natick, Massachusetts, the fight to rescind a 1988 vote for fluoridation which was not yet implemented, has heated up. This spring the town voted against fluoridation in a non-binding referendum. In October,1997 the fluoridation study committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen, unanimously and emphatically recommended that the town should not fluoridate it's water supply. The Natick Board of Health has rejected these recent developments and indicated that they intend to go ahead with fluoridation. The Natick Board of Selectmen's subsequent attempt to resolve the matter using mediation failed, and they have now announced that they will pursue an injunction to prevent fluoridation until relief through legislation can be sought through town meeting and the state legislature.

"Should Natick Fluoridate?" Report Available

October 25, 1997

The Natick Fluoridation Study Committee conducted a thorough review of the scientific literature on water fluoridation. Their findings regarding the benefits and risks are in the report, "Should Natick Fluoridate?" The report was prepared for the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Natick, Massachusetts. This comprehensive report was completed in September, 1997. A copy of the report can be downloaded by ftp.

Video of NAS Panel Discussion Available

October 18, 1997

The National Academy of Sciences held a conference in Washington, D.C. on September 23 to promote the publication of their new book, Dietary Reference Intakes: Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride. Here are some highlights of the panel discussion as reported by Health Wire.

In this workshop which was open to the public, Dr. Paul Connett, professor of chemistry at St. Lawrence University at Canton, N.Y. and an international expert on dioxin risk assessment pointed out that the NAS review perpetuates a simple arithmetic error made by Dr. Harold Hodge. The error was published in the 1940's in support of the safety of fluoridation. Even after Dr. Hodge corrected the error in 1979, the correction is still being deliberately ignored by the NAS. Dr. Connett said that one does not have to be a rocket scientist to see the error in converting milligrams to pounds. Dr. Herschel Horowitz, representing the ADA, interrupted Connett to insist that fluoride is not a cumulative poison. Dr. J. William Hirzy, senior vice president of NFFE Local 2050 answered Horowitz's "outburst" by pointing out that the NAS review cites scientific evidence that 50 percent of ingested fluoride goes to the bones and tissues and refers to chronic fluoride poisoning of cryolite workers who did not become sick until after prolonged exposure.

In a heated exchange, Dr. Hirzy questioned the panel to try to get them to admit that claiming fluoride is a "beneficial element" implies it is an essential nutrient, which it is not. Dr. Vernon Young, chairman of the standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, denied that the NAS document was trying to establish fluoride as an essential nutrient.

The panel's answer to many of the questions from Dr. Paul Connett was "I don't know." Panelist Cuberto Garza, chair of the Food and Nutrition Board, insinuated that the reason Dr. Connett was having the sessions videotaped, was for personal profit. Dr. Connett told the panel that citizens in Washington, California , Pennsylvania and other states concerned about mandatory fluoridation laws had a right to be informed and questioned why the panel would be afraid of public disclosure. Dr. Connett demanded an apology from Dr. Garza and received one.

The free videotape of the proceedings is available to the media upon request by calling 800/728-3833. A copy of the NFFE statement is also available by calling Dr. Hirzy at 202/260-4683, or writing c/o NFFE Local 2050, Mail Code UN-200, USEPA, 401 M Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20460.

The NFFE, the union of the scientists, lawyers, engineers and other professionals at Environmental Protection Agency, headquarters, Washington, D.C., "issued a scathing indictment of the National Academy of Sciences review of fluoride." The complete text is in the Environmental News directory. The statement prepared by the NFFE reads in part,

"For the National Academy of Sciences to attempt to anoint this substance (fluoride) an 'essential nutrient' is a travesty and a matter of shame for the U.S. science community."

"Furthermore, the claimed benefits from the 'adequate intake' level have been shown to be based on biased or otherwise flawed studies. Not a single one of those studies was a randomized control trial."

Petition Drive for the California Safe Drinking Water Initiative Ends Today

October 15, 1997

Today was the last day for turning in petitions for the California Safe Drinking Water Initiative. Dr. David Kennedy, D.D.S., leader of the petition drive, says, "Doesn't look like we are going to qualify. I wonder if there are any others out there who consider that a major trajedy? We will clearly poison our children's future. The only thing we can do about it is to buy water purification equipment that will reduce our dose by 50%."

Fluoride Diet Pills Found to be Risky

October 10, 1997

On May 5, 1997, a wrongful death suit was filed in Cambridge, Massachusetts against the sellers, manufacturers of, and the doctor who prescribed a drug combination commonly known as fen-phen. The suit arose because an over weight lady who wanted to fit into her wedding dress used these diet pills until she died of the side effect of primary pulmonary hypertension. Although each of these fluorine-containing drugs had been approved, the combination had never been approved by the FDA.

Fen refers to fenfluramine. The brand name is Pondimin. Phen refers to phenterdine. In June, 1997, the Mayo Clinic reported heart-valve damage from fen-phen. The FDA ordered warning labels for these products in late August, 1997. On September 3, 1997, Nutri-System, a company that offers weight loss programs, announced it will drop fen-phen. Nutri-System will use phenterdine and Prozac in the weight loss programs. Now it's "fen-pro." Prozac also contains fluorine. Another diet drug that was recently found to have a potential for causing heart-valve damage is dexfenfluramine. The trade name of this diet pill is Redux. Redux was the first diet pill approved by the FDA in 20 years, but now will carry a warning on the label about the possible heart-valve damage. The FDA defends its 1996 decision to approve Redux even though it now requires the warning.

People use diet pills and read diet books because they want instant gratification, says Kathleen Doheny, an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. The diet clinic at UCLA remains full of people who don't care about the risk of diet pills. An attorney who used diet pills for a year said, "It lowers my anxiety level to the point that I'm not as productive. I don't get my work out as promptly and I am not as mentally quick." He continues to use diet pills, anyway. A massage therapist said, "I had jittery hands, cold hands and feet, sweaty hands for no reason. I was moody and depressed. I had a fast heart rate and headaches." The massage therapist quit using diet pills. Dr. Morton H. Maxwell, at the UCLA diet clinic, says careful selection of patients is the key to success.

Information for this article came from the Los Angeles Times, June 11, 1996, pp. E1+, May 8, 1997, pp. E1+, the New York Times, September 4, 1997, p. D8 (L), and the Wall Street Journal, August 28, 1997, pp. B1+.

NFFE Reviews NAS Publication of Flawed Dietary Reference on Fluoride

September 25, 1997

The National Academy of Sciences held a conference in Washington, D.C. yesterday to promote the publication of their new book -- Dietary Reference Intakes: Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride. Dr. Richard Foulkes, B.A., M.D., consultant to Health Action Network Society (based in Burnaby, B.C.) and former medical consultant to British Columbia's Ministry of Health, has reviewed the information pertaining to fluoride and concurs with the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists at the NFFE. The complete text is in the Environmental News directory.

This news posted by Elke Babiuk, (403) 295-3336, HANS, Alberta Chapter.

Lawsuit Filed Against FDA for Causing Millions of Needless Deaths

September 17, 1997

A suit was filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California at San Jose on August 4, 1997, alleging that the Food and Drug Administration has failed to prevent magnesium deficiency, thereby causing millions of needless deaths because magnesium deficiency contributes to heart disease. The connection with fluoridation is that fluoride contributes to magnesium deficiency. The suit was filed by Paul Mason. For the complete details, see Paul Mason's web site at http://www.execpc.com/~magnesum/index.html.

Here are some excerpts from the court record:


58. USC § 201 (f) states that water is a food. 21 USC § 342 states, A food shall be deemed adulterated (b) (1) if any valuable constituent has been in whole or in part omitted or abstracted therefrom. Therefore water from which nutritious and essential magnesium has been omitted or abstracted, such as by Reverse Osmosis, Distillation, or other, has been adulterated. 21 USC Sec. 331 states, The following acts are hereby prohibited:

59. The introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of any food ... that is adulterated.
60. The adulteration ... of any food...in interstate commerce.
61. The receipt in interstate commerce of any food...that is adulterated...and the delivery or proffered delivery thereof for pay or otherwise.
62. The manufacture within any Territory of any food...that is adulterated.

63. Numerous purified bottled waters and in-home water-purification systems use purification methods such as reverse osmosis or distillation which remove valuable nutrients such as magnesium and other healthful minerals, and are therefore adulterated under the law, but the Secretary of Health and the FDA have unlawfully ignored plaintiff’s Petitions, letters, and Constructive Notice of the adulterated water problem, and have permitted unfair competition from deadly, deficient, inferior, and adulterated drinking water, and thereby has harmed, does harm, and will harm plaintiff’s Mg-rich spring water business.

66. ALLEGATION B: Defendants did negligently and/or willfully and unlawfully cause American bottled water to have an average magnesium content of 2.7 mg/L compared to an average magnesium content of bottled water in the rest of the world of 28 mg/L --- over TEN TIMES AS MUCH --- and that this deadly deficiency of American bottled waters was a direct result of the Secretary of Health, DHHS, HEW, FDA, and the Commissioner of the FDA, acting in concert with other agencies of the Federal Government of the United States. . .

Plaintiff accepts, recognizes, and Honors that defendants and said radical far right extremists did Honestly believe that their water-agenda was correct and in the best interests of the American People, and that defendants and said far right extremists would, if informed by injunction of this court, currently be aghast at the pandemic and millions of deaths that they unintentionally wrought by their lack of knowledge existing decades ago and by their hysterical endorsement of pure water, meaning mineral-free water. However, once a fallacy is firmly established and woven into the official policies of manifold agencies of government, even overwhelming scientific evidence is powerless to change conventional wisdom and policies of government in a timely fashion, thus necessitating a resort to this Court, that reason and science, applied within the framework of Law, can be used to discredit fallacy and establish scientific truth, and thereby end and prevent 215,000 needless deaths per annum. . .

Highlight from the prayer for relief:

116. For an order that defendants and/or the NAS immediately release to the public the unreleased study of Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, and Fluoride, and interactions of said minerals, which the FDA commissioned the NAS to perform in 1994, and which went to secret internal review in late 1996, and which has not yet been released to the plaintiff or the public, even though plaintiff instigated the inclusion of Magnesium in the study in 1994.

Lady Refuses to Drink Fluoridated Water and Lives to be 107 Years Old

September 15, 1997

Irene Sieberling Harrison was born in 1890. Her father was F. A. Sieberling, founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The Sieberling family has lived in the Akron, Ohio area since 1810. She has always refused to drink fluoridated water. "If I did, I'd be dead," she always used to say. She celebrated her 107th birthday this year. In 1968, there was campaigning for and against a measure to fluoridate the city's water in Akron. Mrs. Harrison opposed the fluoridation measure. Someone put a pro-fluoridation bumper sticker on her car and it was there for a week before she noticed it. She was not thrilled. Her daughter reports that Mrs. Harrison kept a lot of papers about fluoridation in the attic. She saved everything -- except that bumper sticker.

Part of the information in this article came from the The Akron Beacon Journal, February 2, 1997, pp. G1+.

New Research Reaffirms that Fluoride Concentrations of Infant Foods Are Sometimes High Enough to Cause Dental Fluorosis

September 12, 1997

The prevalence of dental fluorosis has continued to increase in the United States and Canada and other industialized countries. Part of the cause may be the hidden sources of fluoride in foods. Researchers at the University of Iowa analyzed 238 commercially available infant foods. The fluoride concentration ranged from 0.01 to 8.38 micrograms per gram. Micrograms per gram is equivalent to parts per million in water. Some manufacturers process foods at various locations where the water may be fluoridated or unfluoridated. The consumer has no reliable way of choosing or avoiding fluoridated brands. Chicken was significantly higher in fluoride content. This is attributed to the mechanical deboning procedure which allows small fragments of bone to get into the chicken product. Dry cereals are another significant source of fluoride when reconstituted with fluoridated water. Food is one of several sources of fluoride intake, along with toothpaste, dietary supplements and fluoridated water. The total amount of fluoride per day is a better measure of fluoride intake than the concentration of fluoride in these sources, but is not easy to assess. This research was published in the July, 1997 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. The authors stated their belief that allowing enough fluoride in food to cause dental fluorosis is a good idea. No mention was made of the class action law suit which was filed in the United Kingdom last year against tooth paste companies by more than 200 people who have dental fluorosis from using too much fluoride toothpaste.

Dr. Hodge Should Have Known Fluoridation Was Not Safe

September 10, 1997

Darlene Sherrell has unearthed evidence that the original calculations that were used to support the claim that fluoridation is safe were flawed. They were derived from a review written by Dr. Harold Hodge which contained a gross arithmetic error. Dr. Hodge was the authority on the "safety" of fluoridation. Dr. Hodge later admitted the error, but his admission was so obscure, the believers in fluoridation's safety ignored it. Mrs. Sherrell has corresponded about the error with some of the science managers who mismanage fluoridation research in the United States. The details are on her new web site at http://www.inter-view.net/home/sherrell/lettes.htm and http://www.inter-view.net/home/sherrell/sound.htm.

Is Your Bottled Water Fluoridated?

July 23, 1997

Fluoridation of public water supplies has been promoted for over fifty years. During the last twelve years, the bottled water market has continued to boom. Americans drink almost 3 billion gallons of water a year. About twenty of the more than 500 brands of bottled water contain fluoride. The Lawrence, Kansas Journal-World, July 15, 1997, pp. 1A, 3A, reports that an ardent pro-fluoridationist, Michael Easley, is concerned about this trend. Mr. Easley says, "I'm concerned about people who are relying on bottled water. They're not getting enough fluoride and may not realize they're depriving their children, who will pay the price their entire lives." One might inquire into what drives people to use bottled water for cooking and drinking. Do harmful effects of additives such as hydrofluosilicic acid and sodium hydroxide contribute to the growing aversion for tap water? For those who feel they must swish with fluoride, now they can use bottled water with fluoride and spare the rest of us.

Legal Action Threatened to Stop Fluoridation in Bremerton, Washington

July 17, 1997

Mr. Phil Heggen, a local resident, has warned the Bremerton City Council in a letter dated July 16, 1997 that legal action may be taken to stop their plan to start fluoridation in the Bremerton Water District. His letter reviews some of the recent politically important facts about fluoridation.

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