- In a September 5, letter from USEPA responding to a
US House Committee on Science inquiry into the safety of artificial drinking
water fluoridation, Charles Fox, USEPA Assistant Administrator, wrote:
"There are no water quality criteria for fluoride either for the
protection of aquatic life or for the protection of human health."
He said that the EPA has made a requirement for public water systems
to provide their consumers with information on health effects and contaminants,
including fluoride, in their water supply.
- Fox stated that EPA is in the process of developing
medical fact sheets for medical practitioners (doctors, nurses, dietitians,
etc.) with health information on drinking water contaminants that can
be used to counsel patients about waterborne contaminants, including fluoridation
chemicals. He said that the fact sheets will initially focus on the elderly,
children and pregnant women. However, the EPA will later expand the information
sheets to cover other at-risk populations.
- The action on fluoridated water was prompted by the
1993 "Toxicological Profile for Fluorides, Hydrogen Fluoride and
Fluorine" (US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR),
1993), page 112 statement:
- "POPULATIONS THAT ARE UNUSUALLY SUSCEPTIBLE. Existing
data indicate that subsets of the population may be unusually susceptible
to the effects of fluoride and its compounds. These populations include
the elderly, people with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and vitamin
C, and people with cardiovascular and kidney problems . . . Poor nutrition
increases the incidence and severity of dental fluorosis and skeletal
- The EPA letter also revealed that 'at risk' populations
for exposure to fluorides in drinking water are in the tens of millions
- * 55 years and older population - 52,000,000 * Cardiovascular
disease - 22,000,000 * Kidney (renal) disorders - 2,000,000 * Vitamin
C deficiency - 27% of the population * Magnesium deficiency - 37% of the
population * Calcium deficiency - 44% of the population
- Assistant Administrator Fox stated that in 1999, the
EPA requested the National Toxicology Program to conduct studies regarding
the neurotoxicity of almunium and fluoride in drinking water, which had
been observed in several earlier studies.
- Fox concluded by saying that adverse effects from fluoridated
drinking water are based only on dental fluorosis which "is not an
appropriate value to use for a human health criterion." ends.
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- NOTES FOR EDITORS:
- Links to EPA letters to Congressman Ken Calvert, Chairman
House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment can be found at the following
- "Dental fluorosis" is a sign of systemic fluoride
poisoning. It is NOT "merely a cosmetic problem."
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