Feb 08, 2011

Fluoride Action Network Argues Against Fluoridation of Drinking Water

Group argues that ingesting fluoride could be harmful to the human body

The federal government has proposed that water fluoride levels be lowered to 0.7 parts per million to stem the growing incidence of dental fluorosis. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) believes this level of fluoride is still too high, and will not protect children from dental fluorosis or other potential effects of fluoride.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is asking for public comment on its proposal by Feb. 14. FAN submitted comments to HHS, making a variety of arguments against fluoride in drinking water at any level. The organization argued that fluoride could be detrimental to other parts of the human body in addition to the teeth, including other bones, the endocrine system and the brain. Its comment also stated that the benefits of fluoride are topical, meaning that ingestion is unnecessary, adding that using public drinking was as a “drug delivery system” is unethical and unscientific.

According to FAN, most of the arguments in its comments are covered in detail in the new book The Case Against Fluoride, which was co-authored by FAN Director Paul Connett.

"We urge HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to appoint a group of experts from HHS who have not been involved in promoting fluoridation to provide a fully documented scientific response to the arguments and evidence presented in this book," Connett said. "Fluoridation is unnecessary, unethical, the benefits wildly exaggerated and the risks minimized.”