The Fluoride Debate

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

HISTORY/
ENVIRONMENT

CENSORSHIP

THE FLUORIDE
DEBATE

BENEFITS
Question 1
Question 2
Question 3
Question 4
Question 5
Question 6
Question 7
Question 8

ALTERNATIVES
Question 9
Question 10
Question 11
Question 12


SAFETY
Question 13
Question 14

OVERDOSE
Question 15
Question 16
Question 17

DISEASES
Question 18
Question 19
Question 20
Question 21
Question 22
Question 23
Question 24
Question 25
Question 26
Question 27
Question 28
Question 29
Question 30
Question 31
Question 32
Question 33

PUBLIC
POLICY

Question 34
Question 35
Question 36
Question 37
Question 38
Question 39
Question 40

COST
EFFECTIVENESS
Question 41
Question 42
Question 43

CONCLUSION

DISEASES

Question 24.
Can fluoride, as found in optimally fluoridated drinking water, alter immune function or produce allergic reactions (hypersensitivity)?

ADA's Fluoridation Facts Short Answer
According to generally accepted scientific knowledge, there is no evidence of any adverse effect on specific immunity from fluoridation, nor have there been any confirmed reports of allergic reaction.159

ADA's Fluoridation Facts Long Answer
There are no confirmed cases of allergy to fluoride, or of any positive skin testing in human or animal models.159 The American Academy of Allergy reviewed clinical reports of possible allergic responses to fluoride and concluded, "There is no evidence of allergy or intolerance to fluorides as used in the fluoridation of community water supplies."160 A committee of the National Academy of Sciences evaluated the same clinical data and reported, "The reservation in accepting (claims of allergic reaction) at face value is the lack of similar reports in much larger numbers of people who have been exposed to considerably more fluoride than was involved in the original observations."14 The World Health Organization (WHO) also judged these cases to represent "a variety of unrelated conditions" and found no evidence of allergic reactions to fluoride.161, 162

A 1996 review of the literature on fluoride and white cell function examined numerous studies and concluded that there is no evidence of any harmful effect on specific immunity following fluoridation nor any confirmed reports of allergic reactions.159

Repeat of Question 24.
Can fluoride, as found in optimally fluoridated drinking water, alter immune function or produce allergic reactions (hypersensitivity)?

Opposition's Response

Yes. As reported in the Journal of Dental Medicine, October 1961, (Vol.) 16:190, a 14 year experiment by Feltman and Kosel proved that 1% of the population is allergic to fluoride. (See 24-1: letter dated June 18, 1963, by E. R. Cooper, M.D. from Abbott Laboratories).

"Six children and one adult exhibited various allergic reactions after the use of toothpaste and vitamin preparations containing fluoride. The following conditions were encountered: Urticaria, exfoliative dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, stomatitis, gastro-intestinal and respiratory allergy." (See 24-2: Allergy to Fluoride, by J.J.Shea, M.D., F.A.C.A., S.M.Gillespie, M.D., and G.L.Waldbott, M.D., F.A.C.A from Annals of Allergy, Vol. 25, July 1967).

"No two people react alike to the same drug no matter how small the dose. At the so-called 'safe' concentration fluorine is a potent danger to every individual, especially to diabetics who drink more water, to nephritics who can't eliminate fluorine readily and to allergic people who have a low tolerance for drugs. That it is cumulative has recently been shown in Berkley at the University of California by radio-active tracer studies made by Dr. Wallace-Durbin with the Atomic Energy Commission, 1955." (Dr. George L. Waldbott, (M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.A., F.A.C.A.) Detroit, Michigan.)

"As every physician knows some people have adverse reactions to the simplest drugs. It would be beyond expectation if none reacted unfavorably to fluoride." (Dr. G. W. Covey, (M.D.) Editor Nebraska State Medical Journal.)

Dr. H. Trendley Dean (so-called "father of fluoridation") made this statement: "The same amount of fluorine that causes a mild toxic reaction in one individual may cause a severe reaction in another. In other words we are dealing with a low-grade chronic poisoning of the formative dental organ in which case some individuals may show a more severe reaction than others having a comparable fluorine intake." (Journal of The American Dental Association, August 1943.) However, in 1945, Dean was promoting the fluoridation experiments.

Dr. Reuben Feltman, Research Dentist at Passaic, N. J. General Hospital, has spent years conducting studies of children and pregnant women given fluorides. He states: "We have had some individuals in our study who have had reactions to fluorides — urticarias, vomiting, etc. — and we have discontinued the use of the element with no deleterious effects. What will happen to such individuals, when water is fluoridated, if it may cause unusual reactions to a few?"

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