Newsweek Questions Water Fluoridation

There was no basis for the fluoridation of water when it was considered healthy, but it does nothing! Plus it causes health risks.

I guess, amid all the other “science” scams the government is working hard to push onto the American people and the entire globe, they let this old standby slide.

Newsweek’s headline: “Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities, Scientific Review Shows.”

If you’re like two-thirds of Americans, fluoride is added to your tap water for the purpose of reducing cavities. But the scientific rationale for putting it there may be outdated, and no longer as clear-cut as was once thought. 

Water fluoridation, which first began in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and expanded nationwide over the years, has always been controversial. Those opposed to the process have argued—and a growing number of studies have suggested—that the chemical may present a number of health risks, for example interfering with the endocrine system and increasing the risk of impaired brain function; two studies in the last few months, for example, have linked fluoridation to ADHD and underactive thyroid. Others argue against water fluoridation on ethical grounds, saying the process forces people to consume a substance they may not know is there—or that they’d rather avoid.

Despite concerns about safety and ethics, many are content to continue fluoridation because of its purported benefit: that it reduces tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Oral Health, the main government body responsible for the process, says it’s “safe and effective.”

You might think, then, that fluoridated water’s efficacy as a cavity preventer would be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. But new research suggests that assumption is dramatically misguided; while using fluoridated toothpaste has been proven to be good for oral health, consuming fluoridated water may have no positive impact. 

The occasion for this Newsweek story was a review by the Cochrane Collaboration—a group of doctors and medical researchers who have a reputation for producing objective, reliable findings. They comprehensively reviewed all the studies since 1975, eliminated that ones that were flawed, and summarized the results. Amazingly, they could only find three that addressed cavities in adult teeth in populations using fluoridated water… And all three found no statistical benefit to using such treated (contaminated?) water.

“Frankly, this is pretty shocking,” says Thomas Zoeller, a scientist at UMass-Amherst uninvolved in the work. “This study does not support the use of fluoride in drinking water.” Trevor Sheldon concurred. Sheldon is the dean of the Hull York Medical School in the United Kingdom who led the advisory board that conducted a systematic review of water fluoridation in 2000, that came to similar conclusions as the Cochrane review. The lack of good evidence of effectiveness has shocked him. “I had assumed because of everything I’d heard that water fluoridation reduces cavities but I was completely amazed by the lack of evidence,” he says. “My prior view was completely reversed.”

Yes how shocking that “official science” has turned out to be nothing but an urban legend. Or perhaps not shocking at all. Meanwhile, Barack Obama has released amazing amounts of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere flying to Alaska to propagandize for climate change.