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Eminent Group of Doctors Conclude that Fluoridation Does Not Reduce Cavities

by Barbara Minton
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(The Best Years in Life) The controversy about the benefits and hazards of fluoridation has come to an end. The Cochrane Collaboration has determined that fluoride shows no benefit against dental cavities, leading to the conclusion that the dumping of it into public waterways and its use in such items as toothpaste is one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated on humans.

The Cochrane Collaboration of doctors and researchers is well known for their comprehensive reviews.  Newsweek refers to them as the “gold standard of scientific rigor in assessing effectiveness of public health policies”. This group reviewed virtually every published study on fluoride to find out if it reduces cavities.  After collecting the studies that were most comprehensive, reliable, and done with sound methodology, they analyzed them for evidence.  Their conclusions were presented in June of this year.

Just three studies published since 1975 met their rigorous criteria.  Each of these determined that fluoridation does not reduce cavities in children’s permanent teeth. Two other studies meeting their criteria and completed since 1975 found that fluoridation had no statistically significant affect on reducing cavities in baby teeth as well.  In addition, insufficient evidence was found that fluoridation has any positive impact on the teeth of adults.

As news of these findings spread, the reaction was predictable.  Thomas Zoeller, a scientist at UMass-Amherst in the U.S. said, “This study does not support the use of fluoride in drinking water.”  Trevor Sheldon, dean of the Hull York Medical School in the U.K, came to the same conclusion.  He was leader of an advisory board’s systematic review of water fluoridation conducted in 2000 that yielded results similar to those of the Cochrane group.  At that time he was shocked by the lack of evidence of effectiveness at a time when so many people believed that fluoride could help prevent cavities. “There’s really hardly any evidence” that fluoride has any positive effect on teeth, he said.

Does ingestion of fluoride actually promote more cavities?  A study from 2001 meeting inclusion criteria for the Cochrane Collaboration study compared the prevalence and incidence of cavities between two communities in close proximity, one which had ended fluoridation and one which had not.  The researchers followed 5,927 children for three years.  At the end of that time, a slight reduction in cavity occurrence was actually seen in the children living where fluoridation had been discontinued!


The fluoride in water is not a natural substance

Contrary to popular belief, fluoride is far from being natural.  It is industrial waste from the aluminum and nuclear industries that industrialists would have to pay to get rid of.  Instead, the myth that it helps prevent cavities was created with the help from the FDA, so this waste could actually be sold at a profit.  Before that came about, fluoride was used as rat and insect poison.

Fluoride was also used in Nazi Germany in prisons and ghettos as a sterilization tool and to make their populations docile, subservient and easy to control.  It is a known carcinogen and the main cause of the loss of the thyroid function which occurs primarily in women.

Side effects of fluoride treatment affect children the most 

Children seem to be the most damaged by the fluoride given to them under the guise of avoiding cavities.  A study just published found that fluoride can be found in breast milk, so newborns are being bombarded with it even before they have any teeth.  We have yet to document the effects of this, but the soaring rates of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, and behavior disorders have paralleled its use.  Children are known to react in the exact opposite way as adults do to chemicals, making is quite likely that while adults are made docile by fluoride, children become hyperactive.

The dawn of the era of fluoridation began in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  By 2008, more than 72 percent of the U.S. population served by public water systems were drinking fluoridated water and bathing in it too.  Although the first special education classes began more than a hundred years ago, the life off in the numbers of children placed in them did not occur until shortly after fluoridation began.  Before that, special education was primarily confined to children with birth anomalies, those injured in accidents, and those who were blind or deaf.  In the 2012-2013 school year, an astounding 13 percent of children attended special education classes.

A study published in 2014 from the State University of New York found that the ingestion of fluoride may be responsible for many premature births.

Skiers paradise and home to the affluent and influential, Snowmass, Colorado announced only days ago it will no longer fluoridate its water.  One of the munipal leaders said it was not their place to medicate the public.  This news came on the heels of the Cochrane Collaboration's findings.  Will your city or town be next?

See also:

Fluoridated Water is Unhealthy to Consume and It Isn't Good for Teeth

Safely Avoid and Remove Dangerous Man-Made Fluoride

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About the Author:

Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.

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