CDC & ADA Now Advise to Avoid Using Fluoride ~ Dr. Joseph Mercola

Via Brent Binder
on Nov 8, 2011
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A new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association finds once again that, contrary to what most people have been told, fluoride is actually bad for teeth.

Exposure to high levels of fluoride results in a condition known as fluorosis, in which tooth enamel becomes discolored. The condition can eventually lead to badly damaged teeth. The new study found that fluoride intake during a child’s first few years of life is significantly associated with fluorosis, and warned against using fluoridated water in infant formula.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is of a similar opinion. According to their website:

“Recent evidence suggests that mixing powdered or liquid infant formula concentrate with fluoridated water on a regular basis may increase the chance of a child developing … enamel fluorosis.”

It was 2007 when the American Dental Association (ADA) first warned that parents of infants younger than a year old “should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride” when mixing baby formula, due to concerns about fluorosis.

Now the Journal of the American Dental Association has published a study that found increased fluorosis risk among infants who were fed infant formula reconstituted with fluoride-containing water, as well as used fluoridated toothpastes.

The authors noted:

“Results suggest that prevalence of mild dental fluorosis could be reduced by avoiding ingestion of large quantities of fluoride from reconstituted powdered concentrate infant formula and fluoridated dentifrice.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also followed suit, warning on their Community Water Fluoridation page that mixing powdered or liquid infant formula concentrate with fluoridated water on a regular basis may increase the chance of a child developing enamel fluorosis.

They also state:

“In children younger than 8 years of age, combined fluoride exposure from all sources—water, food, toothpaste, mouth rinse, or other products—contributes to enamel fluorosis.”

This is as far as the CDC warnings go, however, and they continue to state that water fluoridation is safe — and dental fluorosis is only a “cosmetic” problem. In reality, neither of these assertions is true.

Dental Fluorosis is a Sign of Excessive Fluoride Intake.

Dental fluorosis results in white and brown spots on your teeth. It is only caused by fluoride — typically due to ingesting too much fluoride during your developing years, from birth to about 8 years of age. According to the CDC, about one-third of U.S. children aged 12 to 15 years have very mild to mild forms of enamel fluorosis on their teeth.

Promoters of fluoridation say that these markings are “just cosmetic,” but it can also be an indication that the rest of your body, such as your bones and the rest of your organs, including your brain, has been exposed to too much fluoride also.

As Dr. Paul Connett, a chemist specializing in environmental chemistry, explained in our recent interview:

“We know that 32 percent of American children have been overexposed to fluoride because you have this telltale sign of dental fluorosis, which in its mildest form is little white specs. But when it gets more serious, it affects more of the surface of your teeth and it becomes colored; yellow, brown and orange mottling of the teeth …

The teeth are the window to the bones. If you’ve seen the damage to the teeth, what damage can you not see?”

In other words, if fluoride is having a detrimental, visual effect on the surface of your teeth, you can be virtually guaranteed that it’s also damaging something else inside your body, such as your bones.

Bone is living tissue that is constantly being replaced through cellular turnover. Bone building is a finely balanced, complicated process. Fluoride has been known to disrupt this process ever since the 1930s.

Why it’s Dangerous to Swallow Fluoride.

The United States is one of only eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its water supply. It is added under the guise that it helps prevent and control tooth decay …

This is in spite of the fact that there never been any demonstrated difference in tooth decay between countries with fluoridated and non-fluoridated water, and no difference between states that have a high- or low percentage of their water fluoridated.

Even promoters of fluoridation concede that the major benefits are topical; fluoride works from the outside of the tooth, not from inside of your body, so why swallow it?

The fluoride added to your drinking water is in fact a chemical waste product! It is NOT something you should use as a supplement to your diet.

There are plenty of studies showing the dangers of fluoride to your health, such as:

As far as tooth decay is concerned, this is not caused by lack of fluoride.

Tooth decay is caused by acids in your mouth, typically created from sugar being metabolized by bacteria (Streptococcus mutans), and as you may already know, the number one source of calories in the United States is high fructose corn syrup.

The acid produced then attacks your enamel. Eventually the bacteria can get into the dentine, at which point tooth decay sets in. So there are far better options for decreasing tooth decay than using a topical or ingested poison, with a chief one being minimizing your intake of sugary foods and eating a healthful diet.

You typically don’t find dental caries in more primitive societies that do not consume vast amounts of sugar like in the United States.

Make Sure Your Children are Not Exposed to Fluoride

One of dentist Bill Osmunson’s main concerns is water fluoridation for infants. The ADA and the CDC now both recommend that infants NOT receive fluoridated water for drinking, nor for making their formula, as fluoridated water contains 250 times more fluoride than mother’s milk.

“We shouldn’t fluoridate water and harm our most vulnerable,” Dr. Osmunson says.

It is my strong belief and recommendation to avoid giving your children fluoridated water.

Unfortunately, the only way to ensure your water is pure enough to drink is by installing ahigh quality water filtration system in your house, such as a reverse osmosis filter that can filter out much of the fluoride and other dangerous water contaminants like disinfection byproducts (DBPs).

Remember that most bottled water also typically contains fluoride, even though it’s not stated on the label, and whatever you do, avoid using “nursery water,” which is fluoridated water sold specifically for infants.

Fluoride in your drinking water is one more reason why breastfeeding your infant is so essential. Nature has kept breast milk virtually fluoride-free for a reason.

If you are unable to breastfeed and are instead using formula, make sure the water you use is fluoride-free. Again, for now the best way you can provide pure, fluoride-free water to your family is by using a reverse osmosis filter, which you can install in your home.

Even better, if you are unable to breastfeed use this recipe to make homemade infant formula using raw milk and no water at all.

Keep in mind also that if you are a pregnant woman it is equally important for your water to be fluoride-free, as this chemical can harm your developing fetus.

The Ultimate Solution is to Get Fluoride Out of Tap Water.

Even though the ADA and the CDC have issued warnings that parents not use fluoridated tap water to make infant formula, neither of them has openly informed the public!

So there are millions of parents out there using tap water to make up formula, oblivious of the fact that the agencies that promote fluoridation in this country have issued a specific warning against using fluoridated water for this purpose.

Not only that, but by fluoridating the municipal water supply you doom many low-income families to fail to protect their young children from this dangerous drug, even if they have this information, as they simply don’t have the resources to install a reverse osmosis system.

This is why the only real solution is to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation in the United States.

The Fluoride Action Network is an absolutely phenomenal resource for further education, and they’re doing much to pressure the US government for change. We will be working together to devise a complete game plan to tackle this issue head on. Once we reach the tipping point, which may be as little as 5 percent of the population, we will be able to reverse the policies of water fluoridation.

Our strategy will begin with addressing Canada, because 60 percent of Canada is already un-fluoridated. If we can get the rest of Canada to stop fluoridating their water, we believe the U.S. will be forced to follow.

You can visit for the most recent updates and progress, as well as tips on how you can get involved and take action in this important cause.

In addition, I highly recommend getting a copy of Dr. Connett’s new book, The Case Against Fluoride, for more information on the bad science and political agendas that got this toxic chemical in our drinking water and is, at least for now, keeping it there.

Dr. Mercola has made significant milestones in his mission to bring people practical solutions to their health problems. A New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Mercola was also voted the 2009 Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post, and has been featured in TIME magazine, LA Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, Today Show, CBS’s Washington Unplugged with Sharyl  Attkisson, and other major media resources.


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10 Responses to “CDC & ADA Now Advise to Avoid Using Fluoride ~ Dr. Joseph Mercola”

  1. One of my relatives suffered a Bone cancer when he accidentally swallowed fluoride in the dentist office. For you best source of water drinking try Reverse Osmosis Systems and you will live healthy.

  2. drbinder says:

    Reverse Osmosis Systems are good, but they are not the best. Natural spring water (collected at a spring near you) and perhaps distillation, depending on who you read, are better options in my opinion.

  3. elizabeth says:

    the water you can get at Vitamin Cottage in 5 gallon jugs has been filtered 5 times, and passes through a UV ray before it enters your jug… that's the water we drink and we will never go back to tap. no fluoride, no heavy metals, no chlorine.

  4. disgusted says:

    What a misleading headline and summary. Neither of the articles you reference say that the ADA or CDC recommend to "avoid using flouride." They say that making baby formula with it may cause flourosis. That does not mean don't ever use flouride for anything. How irresponsible of you to mislead your readers this way! It's articles like this that give viewpoints that conflict with the mainstream a bad name. You could have made a much more accurate and effective point by just stating the facts as is (e.g., Using flouridated water to make baby formula may damage teeth, or something like that).

  5. aware says:

    @ disgusted…perhaps if you took time off from judging and actually did some reseach on your own, you would find that cites are actually foregoing the addition of flouride to their municiple water because of the many health risks! It is TOXIC period…

  6. drbinder says:

    Thanks for your comment, Disgusted. I agree that precision of language is a very important tool for a mindful society. I think Dr. Mercola's article is accurate and effective. I also think the title is a true reflection of the available information, but that is just my opinion. I believe it is the difference of opinions between people that cause conflict, which aren't necessarily a bad thing when approached with constructive critical language.

  7. Dr K says:

    Your title is not "a true reflection of the available information". it is just plain wrong. The ADA is NOT advising to avoid fluoride. They just advise not to have fluoride from BOTH formula and toothpaste, so as to reduce the prevalence of MILD dental fluorosis. Fluorosis most definately does NOT " eventually lead to badly damaged teeth". Completely incorrect. It is purely an aesthetic problem ( in most cases hardly noticable), and in fact the teeth are much MORE resistant to decay. Fluoride occurs naturally in our water systems .. the effect on teeth was noticed after areas with a naturally high level of fluoride were found to have significantly lower levels of decay. The levels recommended in our water today are the optimal level to decrease decay safely. And there are multiple studies showing a drop in decay across all age groups when 1 city that has fluoride introduced is compared to a similar nearby city, with all other factors being taken into account.
    Would you rather a very small percentage of children have small marks on their teeth, or a HUGE percentage of children have multiple cavities, pain, distress and extractions on a regular basis?

  8. […] Several studies published just this year have shown that fluoride consumption leads to serious health problems. A study published in the journalNeurologia, for instance, found that the fluoride chemicals can cause serious brain and neurological damage (…). Another study published in the journalEnvironmental Health Perspectivesfound that fluoride exposure can lower IQ levels and even lead to mental retardation in children (…). […]

  9. thomasandy says:

    it is important to brush your teeth every after meal. Brushing helps remove food particles lodged in between teeth and gum areas, and prevent plaque build up. Plaque sticks to the surface of your tooth with which bacteria feeds on.

  10. Karen says:

    Agreed Dr K, both the title and the first sentence. are completely wrong. Even reading what is quoted from the CDC and the ADA, a non biased person can see this does not follow from the reports. The effects of fluoride are dose dependant. Just because people are warning of an mild side effect if fluoride is "doubled up" with baby formula, doesn't mean fluoride is "bad" for teeth, the overall effect is stronger teeth.
    Fluorosis, IF it occurs, is usually too mild to be an aesthetic problem, and NEVER leads to " badly damaged teeth". Yes, fluoride in HIGH doses is poisonous … so are lots of chemicals such as chlorine. Most of the studies showing results such as"fluoride lowers IQ" are done in places like China, looking at people living near dangerous factories belching out lots of nasties, including very high levels of fluoride.
    And where are all the dead and sick people from water fluoridation? Why is skeletal fluorosis rare in the USA? Pick your battles, like car pollution that kills thousands a year, not barely noticable white spots instead of children with pain, abcesses and extractions.