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  • 1. Theres Something in the Water: Ten Facts About Fluoridation Presentation by Michael Connett Fluoride Action Network January 13, 2010

2. Fluoride is the only chemical added to water for the purpose of medication. Fluoride, when used in the treatment or prevention of disease, is a drug. FDA, December 21, 2000 3. Most Western Countries Have Rejected Water Fluoridation GERMANY: The argumentation of the Federal Ministry of Healthagainst a general permission of fluoridation of drinking water is theproblematic nature of compulsion medication ."BELGIUM: "This water treatment has never been of use in Belgium and willnever be into the future. The main reason isthe fundamentalposition of the drinking water sector that it is not its task todeliver medicinal treatment to people. 4. 97% of Western Europe now drinks Non-Fluoridated Water Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Iceland Italy Luxembourg Netherlands Northern Ireland Norway Scotland Sweden Switzerland 5. The Fluoride Added to Chesters Water is a Cheap Industrial Waste Product By recovering by-product fluorosilicic acid from fertilizer manufacturing,water and air pollution are minimized, and water authoritieshave a low-cost source of fluoride.- Rebecca Hanmer, Deputy Asst Admin, EPA Office of Water, March 30, 1983 6. Fluoridated Water Has Been LinkedTo Higher Lead Levels Public drinking water treated with silicofluorides (SiFs),islinked to higher uptake of lead in children . - Dartmouth University Press Release, Dec. 15, 2001. 7. Even pharmaceutical fluoride is a toxic chemical. Read the warning on your toothpaste tube . Keep out of reach of children under 6 yrs of age.If youswallow more than used for brushing, get medicalhelp or contact a Poison Control Center right away . 8. According to the ADA, infants should not drink fluoridated water. "If using a product that needs to be reconstituted,parents and caregivers should consider usingwater that has no or low levels of fluoride." SOURCE: American Dental Association, Nov 9, 2006 9. 32%of American kids havevisible signs offluoride toxicity Dental Fluorosis Fluorosis is the first visible sign of fluoride toxicity . 10. Dental fluorosis represents atoxic effectondeveloping tooth cells. "it is illogical to assume that tooth enamel is the only tissueaffected by low daily doses of fluoride ingestion." - Dr. Hardy Limeback, Head of Preventive Dentistry, University of Toronto, 2000 11. According to theNational Research Council , fluoride may harm other tissues besides the teeth. 12. "All members of the committee agreed thatthere is scientific evidence that under certain conditionsfluoride canweaken boneandincrease the risk of fractures . National Research Council (2006): Fluoride & Skeletal System 13. National Research Council (2006): Fluoride & the Brain it is apparent that fluorides have the ability tointerfere with the functions of the brain. 14. National Research Council (2006): Fluoride & the Thyroid several lines of information indicate an effect offluoride exposure onthyroid function . 15. Fluorides main benefit isTOPICAL . There isNONeed toSwallow it. "Fluoride's predominant effect is posteruptive andtopical ." Centers for Disease Control, 2001 Its actions primarily aretopicalfor both adults and children." Centers for Disease Control, 1999 16. Many Children Are Ingesting Too MuchFluoride from Toothpaste Alone "Virtually all authors have noted that some childrencould ingest more fluoride from [toothpaste] alone than isrecommended as a total daily fluoride ingestion." SOURCE: Journal of Public Health Dentistry; 1999; p. 211-23. 17. Tooth decay has declined in the US over the past 50 years, but SOURCE: US Centers for Disease Control (CDC); 1999 18. the same (often greater) declines in tooth decay have occurred inall NON-fluoridated western countries. SOURCE: World Health Organization. (Data online) 19. For further information about fluoride, visitwww.FluorideAction.Net