SOURE: Fluoride Action Network, www.fluoridealert.org
Below we have reprinted a press release written by Carol Kopf, who is the media officer for both the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF) and the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). This gives us a chance to tell you a little more about this amazing woman. She has been working to end fluoridation for over 30 years, and helped NYSCOF end water fluoridation in Long island, New York. Without fluoridation, the children in non-fluoridated Nassau County (Levittown’s County) have slightly better teeth than the average for NY State, which is 71.4% fluoridated.
Carol Kopf is in fact one of a trio of heros that have been fighting fluoridation so successfully in NY state for many years: those three musketeers are Carol, Paul Beeber and Eleanor K. Perhaps NYSCOF’s greatest achievement–of many–was the enacting of a “home rule” provision in state law which prevents the state from forcing fluoridation on a community without their approval. Carol acknowledges Eleanor as her mentor and “the chief organizer and button pusher.” Ellen reminds me that in 1996 when she was looking for information on fluoridation it was Eleanor who provided her with the key scientific studies, which she then passed on to me.
All of Carol’s work for NYSCOF and FAN is pro bono. Both organizations are truly blessed with her knowledge and energy. She keeps a very close eye on the dental literature and an even closer one on the machinations of the dental lobby. The press release below summarizes some of the recent evidence that the science that supposedly supports the benefits of fluoridation is very weak. I would add that after 70 years of enthusiastic support for this practice from government agencies and professional bodies, not one single researcher has ever produced a randomized control study (RCT) which demonstrates that swallowing fluoride reduces tooth decay. Not one! And this is the gold standard for human epidemiology.
More Researchers Acknowledge Fluoridation’s
Lack of Effectiveness Data
“Fluoridated water [does] not seem, based on the existing literature, to hold sufficient evidence for the reduction of dental caries,” report Italian researchers in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry (December 2016), reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF)
Sicca, et al. analyzed thirty systematic reviews on tooth decay prevention, from 2002 – 2015, and report “there is not sufficient evidence to determine whether the use [of] water fluoridation has a significant impact in the reduction of caries.” Other scientists concur. Swedish researchers, in PLOS one, February 2015, reported a “systematic review concerned the caries-preventive effect of water fluoridation [MdDonagh]… was graded as low.”
In July 2012, Cagetti, et al. reported “Studies of the effectiveness of water fluoridation have been based on observational study designs… these studies are regarded as low in quality and the weight of the evidence derived from cross-sectional and observational studies can be questionable”
Fluoridation’s foundation is based on human experimental studies which began in 1945. Errors and omissions in those studies were pointed out, but ignored, as early as 1959 by dental researcher Phillip Sutton and others.
In 2011 the West Virginia University Rural Health Research Center reported “…it was found that fluoridation rates were not significantly related to the measures of either caries or overall condition of the teeth for urban or rural areas.”
In 2015, the independent and trusted UK-based Cochrane group of researchers could not find any quality evidence that proves fluoridation changes the “existing differences in tooth decay across socioeconomic groups.” or that fluoridation cessation increases decay rates.
NYSCOF President, attorney Paul Beeber says, “Fluoridation is one the biggest public health blunders of modern times, a political boondoggle, not supported by science. It must stop.”
In 2009, attempting to prove that fluorosed teeth are less decayed, Kumar reveals 1986-1987 National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) data which, upon analysis, shows similar cavity rates in permanent teeth whether the water is fluoridated or not (Table 1). Chart depicts data.
- More ineffectiveness evidence here.
A December 2016 Health Affairs article claims fluoridation may save money but it’s based on “an assumption of Community Water Fluoridation Programs effectiveness in reducing caries,” the researchers write. It’s not proof of effectiveness as some have claimed.