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Avoid Feeding Infants Fluoridated Water, Researchers Caution
New York - April 4, 2004 - Infant formulas prepared with fluoridated water
increase dental fluorosis risk, according to the April 2004 Journal of the
American College of Nutrition(1) and other studies. To prevent this tooth
staining, researchers caution against mixing infant formulas with fluoridated
Fluorosis, white-spotted, yellow or brown stained, sometimes pitted or crumbly
teeth, is the too-late warning sign that babies overdosed on fluoride. Neither
a nutrient nor essential to health, fluoride, can also damage bones.(1a)
Up to 63 percent of children living in optimally fluoridated areas (from
0.7-1.2 parts per million, ppm) show fluoride overdose symptoms as dental
fluorosis according to Beltran-Aguilar and colleagues in "Prevalence and trends
in enamel fluorosis in the United States from the 1930s to the 1980s. reported
in the Journal of the American Dental Association (13)
Researchers Marshall and colleagues found more fluorosed teeth in children who
consumed the most fluoridated water either alone or through infant formulas(1).
Researchers, Brothwell and Limeback, urge breastfeeding, or mixing infant
formula with non-fluoridated water, to avoid dental fluorosis, in a November
2003 Journal of Human Lactation study. They found three times more fluorosis in
children consuming 1 milligram per liter fluoridated water compared to those
who drank non-fluoridated water.(2)
Breastfeeding does not increase cavity risk, according to a recent Journal of
the American Dental Association study(3).
Researcher Mascarenhas also advised parents to avoid fluoridated water for
infant formula preparation to prevent fluorosis, in a 2000 Pediatric Dentistry
At least eleven other studies link reconstituted formula with fluorosis.(5a-k)
giving dentistry a new income source - concealing fluoride-induced discolored
"To our knowledge, no U.S. dental or governmental agency promoting fluoridation
as a cavity preventive, such as the American Dental Association or the Centers
for Disease Control (CDC), warns parents to avoid fluoridated water for infant
feeding. Why not?" asks lawyer Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition
Opposed to Fluoridation.
Formula prepared with optimally fluoridated water provides 100 times more
fluoride than the amount in breast milk(7). And newborns do not have "fully
developed renal handling capacity for fluoride at this early stage of
life..."(8) which can lead to dangerous bone-fluoride build up and more.
Not only is infant fluoride intake risky, it's unnecessary. According to the
CDC, "Fluoride works primarily after teeth have erupted?"(9). Further, the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration never safety-tested fluoride for ingestion(10).
In 2000, after extensively reviewing fluoride and health studies, a panel of
British scientists report, "We were unable to discover any reliable
good-quality evidence in the fluoridation literature world-wide,"(11) despite
incorrect news reports disseminated by prominent fluoride proponents about this
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