The fluoride-free movement continues to grow throughout the world. More than 400 communities around the world have ended existing fluoridation programs and reject new efforts for fluoridating. In 2014, 30 communities providing water to more than 9,961,111 residents rejected and ended fluoridation. (1)
In April 2015, federal health officials made the announcement that the amount of fluoride in drinking water will be significantly decreased for the first time since 1962. The officials reported that fluoride would be cut by almost half of the maximum. (2,3)
Recommendation for fluoride in drinking water now 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter instead of 0.7-1.2 milligrams per liter.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water instead of 0.7-1.2 milligrams per liter. (2,3)
“The change is recommended because now Americans have access to more sources of fluoride, such as toothpaste and mouth rinses, than they did when fluoridation was first introduced in the United States,” Dr. Boris Lushniak, the deputy surgeon general, told reporters during a conference call. (2)
As a result of the fluoride in water and in other products, the officials reported that American’s are getting too much fluoride, which is linked to large increase of fluorosis diagnosis. Fluorosis is often first recognized by faint white marks on your teeth. (2,3)
“The new recommended level will maintain the protective decay prevention benefits of water fluoridation and reduce the occurrence of dental fluorosis,” Lushniak says. (2)
Scientist and opponents of fluoridation continue to remind officials of research on side effects of fluoride and hope to completely eliminate fluoride from water sources.
Opponents who have spent substantial time researching the effects of fluoridation report that the new standard is not good enough. They continue to cite evidence that overexposure to fluoride causes more problems than just the white marks found on teeth. Concerned researchers remind officials of scientific study that links fluoride to thyroid problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and even lower IQs. (2)
“Due to the importance of having the best possible brains in the future, I think that that would suggest that we be careful about the amount of fluoride that we deliver to the population in drinking water,” says Dr. Philippe Grandjean at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (2)
“In our view, it’s high time for the United States to start following the approach taken by most of the Western world and stop fluoridating its water,” says Michael Connett of the Fluoride Action Network. (2)
“It makes far more sense for those people who want to use fluoride to brush it on their teeth, spit it out and that way you apply fluoride to the only tissue in the body that stands to benefit,” he says. “And you don’t expose every other tissue in the body.” (2)
If you live in a community where water fluoridation still occurs, consider purchasing a reverse osmosis filter, such as a Berkey water filtration system, that is designed to filter out fluoride from your drinking water.
UPDATE: In April 2017, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), along with a coalition of environmental and public health groups filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to their denial of a petition under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) seeking a ban on water fluoridation.
FAN stated, “We believe this lawsuit is an unprecedented opportunity to end the practice once and for all in the U.S., and potentially throughout the world, based on the well-documented neurotoxicity of fluoride.” You may read the official complaint here. (4) Here is a link to a Mercola article that is the source for this update
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