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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Fluoride Spurs Bone Cancer Risks in Young Boys

I learned early on that fluoride was dangerous for human use/consumption. I stopped using fluoridated toothpaste over a decade ago and now I purchase all natural toothpaste from Whole Foods. Since Chicago fluoridates its drinking water, I buy bottled water. I think it is important to research everything that you consume because policies are implemented without any regards for the health of the people. Most of the time - people have been consuming the said products for decades before the ill effects are publicized. By now, we all should know that the U.S. has a nasty little habit of hiding pertinent studies from its citizens. Cases in point are the Milk and the Tobacco Industries as well as those famous studies that revealed that GM foods were harmful to rats and had the potential to cause harm in humans too.

The 60th anniversary of fluoridation in the United States (jointly announced by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association) is certainly nothing to be excited about.


A study from the Harvard School of Dental Health found that young boys exposed to fluoridated tap water from ages 5-10 suffered an increased risk of osteosarcoma--bone cancer--between the ages of 10 and 19. This study is the first to link the toxic effects of fluoride to a child's development and the beginnings of bone cancer. (No such link, however, was found among young girls.)

Dangerous Fluoride Use

About 170 million Americans live in areas with fluoridated water; however, the United States isn't the only country dangerously exposed. In the UK, the chemical is added to tap water on the advice of organizations such as the British Dental Association; the Department of Health claims fluoride is a cost-effective public health measure that helps prevent tooth decay in children.

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