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Dentists and Physicians Urge You to Vote NO on Water Fluoridation

The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM) recommends a NO vote on mandated water fluoridation in Portland.

fluoridationFluoride in the public water supply poses risks for infants and small children. Fluoride has the potential to cause damage because of its toxicity to multiple organ systems, including the kidneys, the endocrine and skeletal systems and even the brain. The American Dental Association cautions against making babies’ formulas from tap water. Yet with fluoridation, that certainly will happen.

Fluoride in the public water supply is not dosed for individual patients. Some individuals may ingest more water due to warmer climates, work conditions or athletic events. But if that water is fluoridated, their dosage of fluoride cannot be effectively monitored. As a result, they will be ingesting larger undosed amounts of fluoride, increasing their potential for damaging side effects. We know that children frequently should not be given the same size dosage as adults. Yet when the public water supply is fluoridated, any small child could receive the same dose of fluoride as a full-grown adult.

The commendable goal of prevention should be advanced by effective routes, not by fluoride. When the public water supply is fluoridated, fluoride is taken into the body systemically when people drink water. Fluoride taken systemically has little to no effect in decreasing tooth decay.

As health professionals, we favor effective national and community efforts for cavity prevention; for example, a campaign for children to reduce sugar intake would have demonstrable effects on cavity reduction.

A “no” vote is a vote for the health of infants and small children...for the right to make our own health decisions...and for effective cavity prevention programs.

This statement may be freely republished or quoted.
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16 Responses to Dentists and Physicians Urge You to Vote NO on Water Fluoridation

  1. Thor March 27, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    Is this for real? If so I’m impressed!

  2. Shan Kelly (@Sandyshark) March 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    It’s great to see a dental organisation speak out against fluoridation of water. Here in Ireland, our Government is still refusing to listen to reason and it refuses to examine its policy of mandatory water fluoridation, which costs us about 15M euro a year. And this is when our country is broke. There is a little hope. Around 5000 people north and south of the border are actively campaigning to get the law changed. We are taking the governemnt to court this summer. You can follow me or Aisling Fitzgibbon @fluoridegirl on twitter to help us Get The F Out

  3. Kram Namloc March 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Thanks for this. Much appreciated! I am voting NO!

  4. Justin March 28, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    This is wonderful, thank you for coming forward, Portland is grateful! <3

  5. ralph havens March 28, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    let’s get hydrofluosilicic acid out of our water.
    here’s a great new movie about it

  6. Teressa Haefele March 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    I would like to see the data that shows that children are being poisoned. So far all I hear are these arguments that say that children could potentially overdose on fluoride, but lots of municipalities do fluoridate, so there must be cases and data analysis of it.

    This whole debate really reminds me of the vaccines causing autism debate, which consists of a lot of speculation but not a lot of data showing that kids who are not vaccinated have any less incidence of autism than kids who are vaccinated.

  7. Kurt Ferre DDS, Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland March 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    This organization is a fringe group of a very small minority of dentists. I searched for a dentist in this organization in Oregon, there is one dentist in the entire state who practices in Newport, OR.

    I’ll stick with the mainstream dental organizations that truly represents our profession

    • admin April 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      Of course, many esteemed organizations began as fringe groups. The ADA itself began with 26 dentists who disagreed with the American Society of Dental Surgeons. For as you suggest, it’s important to have a professional organization that accurately and effectively represents your practice. Regardless, the science remains. As per the 2012 report Human Toxicity, Environmental Impact and Legal Implications of Water Fluoridation,

      All of the evidence is convergent and demonstrates that fluoride compounds should not be added to public water supplies. When examined collectively the evidence clearly demonstrates that fluoridation of drinking water supplies is both unsafe and having significant negative health implications for human health, society and the natural environment.

  8. Bill Wilson March 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Congratulations to these physicians and dentists. I did not really believe all medical and dental practitioners were stupidly ill informed about fluoride – but I was beginning to have my doubts! There is one overriding reason to not allow fluoride addition to drinking water and that is no one has the right to force mass medications particularly when it is known that the chemicals used are toxic.

    Bill Wilson
    Auckland, New Zealand

  9. Cincinnati Dentist July 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    This is certainly long overdue, there is no reason to have flouride in the drinking water anymore. These are very courageous physicians and dentists, congratulations and nice work!

  10. MirrorImage April 24, 2014 at 3:44 am #

    If you really want the truth about fluoride, why don’t you check out the reports done in 1939 by the Department of Agriculture and the Public Health Services. While you are checking out those reports of who produced the most fluoride wastes during that year. Then move on to the report by the American Dental Association in 1944 that was terminated early. Or the 10 year study on artificial fluoridation done in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Or check out the infant mortality rates in Kansas City, Missouri after fluoridation was introduced.

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