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In a surprising reversal, last month EPA’s announced that it intends to lower the maximum amount of fluoride in drinking water because of growing evidence supporting the chemical’s possible deleterious effects to children’s health.
In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences report that found dental fluorosis – caused by too much fluoride – capable of putting children at risk of developing other dental problems including the breakdown of tooth enamel, discoloration and pitting.
January’s EPA recommendation reversal was made following a revised risk assessment study that found 2 out of 5 adolescents had tooth streaking or spottiness and some pitting as a result of excessive fluoride. In addition, other studies have found excessive ingestion of fluoride capable of increasing the risk of brittle bones leading to fractures and debilitating bone abnormalities.
SUMMARY: In this notice, EPA is requesting comment on several issues
that were raised in comments on EPA's proposed resolution of objections
and a stay request with regard to sulfuryl fluoride and fluoride
tolerances promulgated in 2004 and 2005 under section 408(d) of the
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). EPA is requesting that
interested parties address various legal issues that were raised by
several commenters as well as provide further documentation for
submissions regarding the impacts of the withdrawal of the sulfuryl
fluoride and fluoride tolerances.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2011
HHS and EPA announce new scientific assessments and actions on fluoride
Agencies working together to maintain benefits of preventing tooth decay
while preventing excessive exposure
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today are announcing important steps to ensure that standards and guidelines on fluoride in drinking water continue to provide the maximum protection to the American people to support good dental health, especially in children. HHS is proposing that the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water can be set at the lowest end of the current optimal range to prevent tooth decay, and EPA is initiating review of the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water.
These actions will maximize the health benefits of water fluoridation, an important tool in the prevention of tooth decay while reducing the possibility of children receiving too much fluoride. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named the fluoridation of drinking water one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.
“One of water fluoridation’s biggest advantages is that it benefits all residents of a community—at home, work, school, or play,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH. “Today’s announcement is part of our ongoing support of appropriate fluoridation for community water systems, and its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay throughout one’s lifetime.”
“Today both HHS and EPA are making announcements on fluoride based on the most up to date scientific data,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, Peter Silva. “EPA’s new analysis will help us make sure that people benefit from tooth decay prevention while at the same time avoiding the unwanted health effects from too much fluoride.”
Originally posted by Swills
reply to post by igor_ats
Which bottled water? Is it spring water or purified water? Are you aware of the garbage in the so called purified water?
This is the online version of NRDC's March 1999 petition to the FDA and attached report on the results of our four-year study of the bottled water industry, including its bacterial and chemical contamination problems. The petition and report find major gaps in bottled water regulation and conclude that bottled water is not necessarily safer than tap water. The online version contains all of the report's text, tables and figures; it does not include the accompanying Technical Report or additional attachments to the petition.
The bottled water industry promotes an image of purity, but comprehensive testing by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals a surprising array of chemical contaminants in every bottled water brand analyzed, including toxic byproducts of chlorination in Walmart’s Sam’s Choice and Giant Supermarket's Acadia brands, at levels no different than routinely found in tap water. Several Sam's Choice samples purchased in California exceeded legal limits for bottled water contaminants in that state. Cancer-causing contaminants in bottled water purchased in 5 states (North Carolina, California, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland) and the District of Columbia substantially exceeded the voluntary standards established by the bottled water industry.
They said their bottled water is not fluoridated, unless specifically stated so on their label.
Ok. So that means they don't add fluoride. That doesn't necessarily mean there is no fluoride in it (unless it's distilled).
Poland Spring does not add Fluoride unless specifically stated. That doesn't include naturally occurring Calcium Fluoride.
The levels of Sodium Fluoride added to local tap water is still deadly.
In Massachusetts, the levels in some cities have turned to population retarded.
How can you be "retarded" if you're dead?
I am from MA. and I can attest to the chemical smell in the water, along with the infuriating results of the population's mentality.