Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
June 2015 Newsletter
From a recent Mercola.com article:
The US government has finally admitted they've overdosed Americans on fluoride and, for first time since 1962, are lowering its recommended level of fluoride.
About 40 percent of American teens have dental fluorosis, a condition referring to changes in the appearance of tooth enamel—from chalky-looking lines and splotches to dark staining and pitting—caused by long-term ingestion of fluoride during the time teeth are forming.
In some areas, fluorosis rates are as high as 70-80 percent, with some children suffering from advanced forms. The former recommendation called for a fluoride level of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter (mg/L) of water. The new upper limit set by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is 0.7 mg/L, to prevent these visible signs of toxic overexposure. (Note- Boulder uses .9mg/L of fluorosilicic acid in our drinking water)
It's quite clear that when you add fluoride to drinking water, you cannot control the dose that people are getting, and fluoride is in fact not only a non-essential mineral but a toxic drug. This alone is one of the reasons why fluoride shouldn't be added to drinking water at any level. Yet water utilities administer this drug without a prescription, at the behest of the government, without any idea of who will get what dose and for how long, and without monitoring for side effects.
You are beyond naïve if you believe that fluoride somehow selectively goes to your teeth when you swallow it. Rather, it accumulates throughout your body's bones and tissues. What little benefit fluoride may have is achieved through topical application. Both the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) have noted that there is no discernible difference in tooth decay between developed countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not.
The decline in tooth decay the US has experienced over the last 60 years, which is often attributed to fluoridated water, has likewise occurred in all developed countries, most of which do notfluoridate their water. So declining rates of dental decay is not in and of itself proof that water fluoridation actually works. It’s also worth noting that well over 99 percent of the fluoride added to drinking water never even touches a tooth; it simply runs down the drain, into the environment, where you can be guaranteed it’s doing nothing that is beneficial. (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/05/12/fluoride-overdose.aspx)
Up until the 1990s, health authorities advised parents to give fluoride to newborn babies. This is no longer the case. Today, the Institute of Medicine recommends that babies consume a minuscule 10 micrograms of fluoride per day. This is roughly the equivalent of what babies ingest from breast milk, which contains virtually no fluoride. Infants who consume formula made with fluoridated tap water consume up to 700 to 1,200 micrograms of fluoride, or about 100 times more than the recommended amount. According to the CDC, these early spikes of fluoride exposure during infancy provide no known advantage to teeth. These spikes can, however, produce harm. Recent studies show that babies who are given fluoridated water in their formula develop significantly higher rates of dental fluorosis. Because of this, a number of prominent dental researchers now advise that parents should not add fluoridated water to baby formula. And teeth are not the only concern. In July of 2012, scientists from Harvard University warned that the developing brain may be another target for fluoride toxicity. (http://fluoridealert.org/researchers/health_database/)
As you can see there is a lot of fighting on both sides of this issue about what is best for all of us. Carbon block and reverse osmosis filters do get out most of the added fluoride if you want to avoid drinking it. For more extensive coverage of this topic you can visit http://fluoridealert.org.
No we haven’t moved yet but we will officially open in our new office on Monday June 1st. The office will be closed May 25th for Memorial Day and May 29th for packing/moving day so that will be a short week that we are available. Since June has no exciting holidays during the week, we will be here during regular office hours.
We look forward to seeing everyone at 6666 Gunpark Dr. Boulder 80301. We’ve checked the MapQuest and Google maps and they surprisingly have the location correct on their maps if you think you can’t find us.