Posted by NYSCOF
on May 29, 2000 at 13:18:50:
In Reply to: flouride and children posted by grund on April 19, 2000 at 13:21:01:
: 5 year old has uncerated colitis. Doctor is have trouble controling it. Child is home on IV steriods and rectal enamas twice a day. Can she be sensitive to the flouride tablets she takes once a day?
Fluoride is known to cause stomach problems as listed in the Physicians Desk Reference and the US Pharmacopeia. It could be the source of your child's problem. Fluoride supplements have never been safety tested by the FDA. They were "grandfathered" in before the FDA required testing for safety and effectiveness before a drug could be put on the market.
Please note the following news release that tells us fluoride supplements aren't even effective so why risk it's side effects.
Stop Fluoride Supplements for Children Under Age 7 Says Canadian Dental Association
New York, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- To avoid permanent tooth discoloration, the Canadian Dental Association advises against cavity fighting fluoride supplement use for children before their permanent teeth erupt, at about 6 or 7 years old.
There is "...weak scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of
fluoride supplements." This was reported at a Canadian Consensus Conference
on the Appropriate Use of Fluoride Supplements. "The use of fluoride
supplements before the eruption of the first permanent tooth is generally not
recommended," says recently released CDA fluoride supplement guidelines and
announced world-wide on the internet-based dental-public-health listserv, a
forum for government and academic public health dentists and other fluoride
"Studies show that tooth decay is declining in both fluoridated and non-
fluoridated areas while dental fluorosis (white spotted, yellow or brown
stained and sometimes crumbly teeth) is increasing, more so in fluoridated
areas," says lawyer Paul Beeber, President of the New York State Coalition
Opposed to Fluoridation. "Furthermore, fluoride poses harmful systemic damage
as well as dental damage," says Beeber.
"New research shows that swallowed fluoride carries little, if any,
benefit," says Canada's leading fluoride authority, dentist Hardy Limeback,
head of the Department of Preventive Dentistry, University of Toronto, and
past-president of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. "Fluoride's
enamel strengthening effects are primarily topical, or when fluoride touches
the outside of the tooth," says Limeback. "Fluoride's adverse effects occur
upon ingestion. Fluoride gets into every cell of the body and can especially
damage the bones and teeth."
"Half of all ingested fluoride remains in the skeletal system and
accumulates with age," says Limeback. "Studies have linked fluoridation to
hip fractures and high levels of naturally-occurring water fluoride to
crippling skeletal fluorosis, a bone deforming arthritic-type disease endemic
to India," says Limeback.
A study in progress by Limeback shows that residents of fluoridated
Toronto have double the fluoride in their hip bones than residents of non-
fluoridated Montreal. "Worse, we discovered that fluoride is actually
altering the basic architecture of human bones," says Limeback. Ironically,
"Here in Toronto we've been fluoridating for 36 years. Yet Vancouver, which
has never fluoridated, has a cavity rate lower than Toronto's," says Limeback.
"Current fluoridation studies show that the benefit of fluoride added to
water is minuscule but it has increased dental fluorosis. We are now spending
more money treating dental fluorosis than we would spend treating new decay if
water fluoridation halted," says Limeback.
Children have become over-saturated with fluoride from food and beverages
made in fluoridated cities, from the overuse or misuse of a growing number of
fluoridated dental products, from fluoride containing pesticide residues in
food, from industrial fluoride air emissions and from some fluoride-containing
medicines, anesthetics and other products. Fluoride is also inhaled via ocean
mist (ocean water and fish contain 1.4 ppm fluoride) and through showers and
humidifiers using fluoridated water. Fluoride is found naturally in some
foods like tea.
"The safety of long-term fluoride ingestion has not been proven," says
Limeback. "The notion that systemic fluorides are needed in non-fluoridated
areas is an outdated one that should be abandoned altogether." says Limeback.
The American Dental Association (ADA) still recommends fluoride
supplements (which have never been FDA approved) for children from 6 months to 16 years old in non or low-fluoridated communities. "The ADA is clinging to outmoded ideas," says
Beeber. "And they are trailing behind the CDA by failing to protect our
"Fluoride supplements and water fluoridation must stop immediately," says
Dr. Hardy Limeback, http://www.fluoridealert.org/limeback.htm
Paul Beeber, Esq., NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
Fluoride's bone effects:
SOURCE NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
PO Box 263
Old Bethpage, New York 11804