Could Your Water Be Giving You Heart Disease?

Could Your Water Be Giving You Heart Disease?

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A form of calcium, hydroxylapatite, is known to gradually harden and calcify arteries and lead to atherosclerosis. Fluoride forms fluorapatite by replacing hydroxyls in hydroxylapatite—simply put, this process enhances the cardiotoxic effect and makes it harder for your body to remove it.

I can’t stress the importance of regularly consuming water enough. I personally drink at least eight to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water every day to support my healthy body. It is well known that drinking plenty of water is important for proper hydration, body temperature regulation, digestion, and nutrient metabolism. It is also crucial in maintaining the health of nearly every organ in the body.

It’s not just important that you drink water, but that you also consider the type of water you consume. I always get my water from a filtered tap, because municipal drinking water straight from the tap is known to contain a heavily toxic chemical—fluoride.

Fluoride is added to municipal water without your permission to help prevent tooth decay; however, the risks outweigh the rewards in this case. Water fluoridation has been linked to several health problems, including brain damage, permanent teeth discoloration, and dental enamel fluorosis—caused by exposure to excessive amounts of fluoride

But fluoridated water is now also suspected to lead to stroke, heart attack, or heart failure, meaning you could unknowingly be drinking yourself to heart disease.

I read a study recently in the journal Toxicology that shed some light on heart complications and water fluoridation. The study observed the effect of fluoride exposure in a cell model (in vitro) and a rat model (in vivo). This study suggested that fluoride exposure could potentially lead to heart disease.

Read the full article at Doctor’s Health Press

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Feds: Blacks Suffer Most From Fluoride, Fluoridate Anyway

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The results of the experiment, which for the first time focused on the chemical‚Äôs effects on the black community, revealed that blacks were far more susceptible to dental fluorosis than whites…”twice as much fluorosis than others.” The condition, which is caused by fluoride consumption, produces a wide range of problems.

The federal government has known for five decades that blacks were even more susceptible than whites to serious damage from fluoride added to water supplies, but it urged local governments to fluoridate the population anyway, according to newly released documents. In addition to knowingly inflicting major dental problems known as “fluorosis” on whites and especially blacks through the controversial forced mass-medication scheme, federal health officials never even bothered to inform blacks about the risks. Despite the mounting scientific evidence of harm and the ethical concerns surrounding the involuntary medical treatment, authorities across the United States continue fluoridating public water supplies.

The recently uncovered documents, obtained using Freedom of Information (FOIA) Act requests by the anti-fluoridation group Fluoride Action Network (FAN), reveal that the U.S. Public Health Service fully understood the consequences of its actions. The tale begins in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1945, when authorities there began a massive involuntary medical experiment by adding the controversial chemical to the water supply. The theory was that fluoride, now labeled a “neurotoxin” by perhaps the world’s most prestigious medical journal and myriad experts, might reduce cavities.

The results of the experiment, which for the first time focused on the chemical’s effects on the black community, revealed that blacks were far more susceptible to dental fluorosis than whites. Indeed, an internal 1962 memorandum from Public Health Service official F.J. Maier, “sanitary engineer director” with the “Division of Dental Public Health and Resources,” stated that “negroes in Grand Rapids had twice as much fluorosis than others.” The condition, which is caused by fluoride consumption, produces a wide range of problems. In moderate to severe cases, it damages tooth enamel to such an extent that teeth can literally fall apart.

Read more at The New American

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Fluoridation: A question of consent

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“Medical treatment is for physicians to give with our consent. By voting NO on Measure P, Healdsburg citizens will give themselves clean water again. They can then decide whether they and their children should use fluoride.”

EDITOR: As a cofounder of the Sonoma County Water Coalition and as a member of the Sonoma County Health Services’ Fluoridation Advisory Committee, I was distressed to read the polarizing editorial on water fluoridation (“Defending Healdsburg’s dental health,” Oct 8).

There is no evidence that children’s teeth in fluoridated Healdsburg are any better than children’s teeth elsewhere in non-fluoridated Sonoma County. All the solid peer-reviewed science now indicates that dental health correlates more closely to family income and access to dental care than to drinking fluoridated water. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control say that fluoride works when applied topically to tooth surfaces, not internally.

By voting no on Measure P, Healdsburg citizens will give themselves clean water again. They can then decide whether they and their children should use fluoridated toothpaste or any of the many other sources of fluoride that were not available 62 years ago when Healdsburg began fluoridating its drinking water. They will have that choice.

Medical treatment is for physicians to give with our consent. It’s not the job of our elected representatives or for our public health officials to medicate anyone without his or her own individual informed consent.

STEPHEN FULLER-ROWELL

Santa Rosa

Letter to the Editor at The Press Democrat

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FLUORIDE – A matter of choice

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“I want to keep the fluoride only in my mouth, not in my stomach and to be able to choose how much I am getting. That is why I am voting no on P.”

EDITOR: The editorial that stated The Press Democrat’s recommendation to vote yes on Measure P portrayed those who are against the measure as fanatics and believers in “voodoo science” (“Defending Healdsburg’s dental health,” Editorial, Oct. 8). I am in no way a supporter of improperly documented studies. Having been born and raised in Healdsburg, I have been exposed to fluoride my whole life. I don’t believe in any of the mental side effects and have not been affected by them, but I have been affected by fluorosis (staining and more porous enamel). I also have a sensitive stomach and would prefer my fluoride to not be ingested due to gastrointestinal irritation that can be caused.

I feel my oral health can be maintained by my flossing, brushing and rinsing with products that contain fluoride. I want to keep the fluoride only in my mouth, not in my stomach and to be able to choose how much I am getting. That is why I am voting no on P.

ELIZABETH LeBRETT

Healdsburg

Letter to the Editor at The Press Democrat

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FLUORIDE: Same concentration, different doses

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“…they can‚Äôt control the dose. In what other instance would a medical professional prescribe medicine to a person without also prescribing the dose? In Healdsburg, someone who drinks a lot of water gets a greater dose of fluoride than one who drinks little. A child‚Äôs consumption isn‚Äôt differentiated from an adult‚Äôs.”

Editor: Throughout the last many months of debate over the fluoridation of Healdsburg’s water, pro-fluoride medical professionals have made the argument that the amount of fluoride in our water is miniscule and is at a level determined to be safe. This always boggles my mind. Healdsburg’s water department does indeed control the concentration of fluoride in the water, but they can’t control the dose. In what other instance would a medical professional prescribe medicine to a person without also prescribing the dose? In Healdsburg, someone who drinks a lot of water gets a greater dose of fluoride than one who drinks little. A child’s consumption isn’t differentiated from an adult’s. The elderly, the healthy and those with compromised immune systems all get the same concentration, but different doses, depending on how much fluoridated water they drink.

We should all educate ourselves about the fluoride in our water. Unlike chlorine, which is added to make our water safe, fluoride is added to treat us, our bodies, and in an indiscriminate manner. I encourage anyone who cares about their health to Google the company that supplies our fluoride, and read the warnings. (Solvay Chemicals/sodium fluoride.) It bothers me a great deal that intelligent, educated people would think that just because something toxic can be mixed with water and ingested in small concentrations without noticeable ill-effects, that you can also swallow it and bathe in it 24/7, 365 days a year, for your lifetime, and still be unaffected. Toxic effects often go undetected, disguised as common chronic illnesses or just the effects of aging.

There are so many substances that were commonly used 60 years ago that we considered safe: lead, asbestos, nicotine, DDT … Some people say that they‚Äôve been drinking the fluoridated water here with no discernible harm to their health. But the chemical companies that produce the sodium fluoride we use cannot produce any peer-reviewed studies that show that it‚Äôs safe for human ingestion. I have to ask the question: how did this ever get into our water without that proof? Dosing an entire city is no way to conduct a safety test and the good people of Healdsburg should not be subjected to this experiment. Our water is a precious resource. We should do everything we can to make it as unadulterated and as pure as possible and still be safe. Please Vote No on Measure P.

Julie Kennedy

Healdsburg

Letter to the Editor at The Healdsburg Tribune

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John Colquhoun, DDS, PhD — Why I Changed My Mind on Water Fluoridation

He was shocked to discover, when the statistics were sent to him, that they revealed no such benefit. In fact, in most Health Districts the percentage of children who were “caries-free” was higher in the non-fluoridated areas…

A dentist and historian, John Coquhoun lived in Auckland, New Zealand while pursuing a career as a researcher, dental practitioner and public health official. He graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand in 1948 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and received his diploma for education in Sydney. After 7 years service in the national School of Dental Service, as a teacher and administrator, he entered private practice. In 1971, he became Principal Dental Officer for the Auckland Health District. During this period he carried out research in both dentistry and Auckland social history.

Until 1980, Colquhoun was a keen advocate of water fluoridation. In that year, he was sent on a world study tour by the New Zealand Department of Health for the purpose of investigating recent research into fluoridation. Upon his return he was appointed to the post of Chairman of the Fluoridation Promotion Committee of the New Zealand Dental Health Foundation.

After returning from his study tour, Dr. Colquhoun reported the new discovery (for 1980) that dental decay was declining in “western” counties, with or without fluoridation, and that the differences between decay rates in fluoridated versus non-fluoridated locations were much less than had been claimed would occur.

Nonetheless, like many of his professional colleagues of the day, Colquhoun was very reluctant to admit that fluoridation was a failure. He advocated, and his superiors agreed to a new approach based on the belief that fluoridation still provided a marginal benefit. Colquhoun felt he was reinforced in that belief by his superiors’ claim that new statistics, collected for all New Zealand School Dental Service patients (98% of the childhood population) revealed such a benefit.

He was shocked to discover, when the statistics were sent to him, that they revealed no such benefit. In fact, in most Health Districts the percentage of children who were “caries-free” was higher in the non-fluoridated areas of New Zealand.

Colquhoun disagreed sharply with his superiors’ action in circulating a document, “overview of fluoridation statistics,” which omitted the Health District statistical information on fluoride and “disgracefully doctored” the remaining statistics, claiming that a marginal benefit existed.

When, in addition, he discovered that dental fluorosis prevalence (a sign of fluoride toxicity) was much higher than expected in fluoridated areas, Colquhoun publicly changed his stance on fluoridation in 1983.

Dr. Colquhoun continued his research, which contributed to the earning of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1987, and was appointed to the post-doctoral position of Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Auckland. In 1992 he became editor of the Journal of the International Society for Fluoride Research (Fluoride), a position which provided a good overview of fluoride research in different academic disciplines.

Dr. Colquhoun passed away peacefully in his home on March 23rd, 1999 at the age of 75, remaining intellectually active almost until his final moments.

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Water Fluoridation Gets Another Thumbs-Down

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Published in the Scientific World Journal… “92 studies and scientific papers, concludes that early research showing a reduction of children‚Äôs tooth decay from municipal water fluoridation may have been flawed and hadn‚Äôt adequately measured the potential harm from higher fluoride consumption.”

An extensive review of research from the UK’s University of Kent has concluded that fluoridation of municipal water supplies may be more harmful than helpful, because the reduction in dental cavities from fluoride is due primarily from its topical application instead of ingestion. Published in the Scientific World Journal earlier this year, the review, which covered 92 studies and scientific papers, concludes that early research showing a reduction of children’s tooth decay from municipal water fluoridation may have been flawed and hadn’t adequately measured the potential harm from higher fluoride consumption.The researchers note that total fluoride intake from most municipalities can significantly exceed the daily recommended intake of four milligrams per day, and that over-consumption is associated with cognitive impairment, thyroid issues, higher fracture risk, dental fluorosis (mottling of enamel) and enzyme disruption. The researchers also found clear evidence for increased risk of uterine and bladder cancers in areas where municipal water was fluoridated.

Natural Awakenings

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FLUORIDE — Is it really safe?

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“There has never been a single randomized controlled trial to demonstrate fluoridation‚Äôs effectiveness or safety.”

Editor: Saturday’s (Sept. 30) Forum on the topic of Understanding Water Fluoridation was very informative. A doctor and two dentists attended and were able to answer questions. We learned that in the last 50 years tooth decay has declined in both fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas. There has never been a single randomized controlled trial to demonstrate fluoridation’s effectiveness or safety. Once fluoride is added to the public water system, it is impossible to control the dose since it depends on how much is consumed. The chemicals used to fluoridate water are not pharmaceutical grade, instead they are a toxic waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. Since 97 percent of Europe and the rest of the world have banned fluoridating their water since they do not believe there is conclusive evidence that it is safe, perhaps we can also decide that the best method for reducing cavities in children is by teaching proper oral hygiene and good nutrition. Assuming we are in doubt, let’s protect our health and “right to choose” and vote it out!

Erika Linn

Healdsburg

Letter to the Editor at The Healdsburg Tribune

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A matter of ethics

My ethics-based search found the following: “Substances used to fluoridate drinking water‚ have not been tested or approved for use in humans; the dosage is not controlled; individual consent has not been obtained; effects on individuals are not monitored; individuals can not stop the administration.”

Editor: I recently attended a Healdsburg fluoride forum. Both pro and con dentists presented their viewpoints and a film about current research was played. I discovered fluoride does its dental thing topically‚ on the tooth surface. Administered systemically‚ in our water and without regard to dosage, fluoride has negative consequences for infants, people vulnerable to immune disorders, and generally to our brains. Fluoride is not the benign substance we’ve been led to believe.

So come on, why the debate? Statistics show kids’ dental health, regardless of fluoride, is improved with good nutrition and early dental education.

After the event, I questioned the pro fluoride dentist as to how he could, in the face of current research, still stand behind his message. His response: ‘I genuinely believe fluoride helps tooth health in kids’. Man-to-man he let me know his bottom line: he’s ‘a dentist, looking after teeth’. His limited focus on teeth ignores the larger context of health. He mimicked the stance of the ADA‚ a professional advocacy organization not a health advocacy organization. The film demonstrated this willful and narrow perspective; point after point the ADA marginalizes and ignores current research.

I left thinking I may as well have been talking climate science to a coal industry representative. Science reporting is subject to arguments of bias, opinion, vested interests, and beliefs.

We’ve all had our earful of argumentative debate. That evening I formed my opinion on fluoridation yet felt manipulated by the drama of argument. I then realized the solid ground where my integrity and sense of civic responsibility resides is on the ethics of the issue.

My ethics-based search found the following: “Substances used to fluoridate drinking water have not been tested or approved for use in humans; the dosage is not controlled; individual consent has not been obtained; effects on individuals are not monitored; individuals can not stop the administration.”

Please, lets stop this unethical practice. For our kids let’s spend the $30,000 Healdsburg dumps into our water on dental education.

John Diniakos

Healdsburg

Letter to the Editor at The Healdsburg Tribune

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