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EPA: Fluoride Must Be Phased Out

Commentary, News // Jul 13 2011

By Bob Tuskin

The EPA recently released a proposal to “phase out fluoride pesticide” which is an “insecticide and fumigant used on stored grain, such as wheat and oats; driedfruit; coffee and cocoa beans; and other foods”.

If EPA’s plan becomes final, many food uses of this fluoride-based pesticide would stop within 90 days.

Although this is a major break through, the EPA has not yet announced any plans for the removal of this dangerous poison from our water supply.

If you are reading this article and still think that fluoride is somehow good for you, perhaps you should take a look at a recent study that shows it can damage the brain.

- “The prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause significant damage to health and particularly to the nervous system,” concludes a review of studies by researchers Valdez-Jimenez, et al. published in Neurologia (June 2011), reports New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF).

The research team reports, “It is important to be aware of this serious problem and avoid the use of toothpaste and items that contain fluoride, particularly in children as they are more susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride.”

“Fluoride can be toxic by ingesting one part per million (ppm), and the effects are not immediate, as they can take 20 years or more to become evident,” they write.

Most fluoridating U.S. public drinking water suppliers add fluoride chemicals to deliver 1 ppm fluoride (equal to about 1 milligram per quart) intending to benefit teeth and not to purify the water.

“Fluoridation clearly jeopardizes our children and must be stopped,” says attorney Paul Beeber, President, NYSCOF.  ”We can actually see how fluoride has damaged children’s teeth with dental fluorosis; but we can’t see the harm it’s doing to their brains and other organs. No U.S. researcher is even looking,” says Beeber.

Paul Beeber will be coming on The Bob Tuskin Show Thursday 7/14/11 to talk about the recent EPA proposal.

And if that is not enough check out the various resources at The Fluoride Action Networks website or at .

Major Victory?

In a letter from the Environmental Working Group they high lite this possible major step forward

The Environmental Working Group strongly supports EPA’s proposed order. It reflects a growing consensus that the American public is exposed to excessive fluoride. For decades, public health agencies have erroneously reassured the public that fluoride is entirely safe. As a result, generations of children have been exposed to amounts of fluoride that could damage teeth and bones and that emerging science indicates could harm thyroid function and increase risks of bone cancer.

EPA’s  2011  proposal came in response to objections filed by Environmental Working Group, Fluoride Action Network and Beyond Pesticides to the use of sulfuryl fluoride on food.  In the same month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed to reduce its recommended maximum level of fluoride in tap water from 1.2 to 0.7 parts per million, a 42 percent decrease.

Sulfuryl fluoride, manufactured by Dow AgroSciences and approved by EPA in 2004 as an alternative to ozone-depleting fumigant methyl bromide, is used for control of pests in  food storage and processing facilities. EPA statistics indicate that  sulfuryl fluoride is used in approximately 40 percent of  such facilities across the country. Once sprayed, sulfuryl fluoride breaks down into fluoride, which can contaminate food. Over-exposure to fluoride from oral ingestion has been associated with multiple adverse health effects, including dental fluorosis (mottling and loss of tooth enamel) and skeletal fluorosis (joint pain, stiffness and bone fractures).

EPA’s original permit to allow sulfuryl fluoride for use on foods relied on an outdated health risk assessment and significantly underestimated children’s exposures to fluoride from all sources. After a new exposure and risk assessment was done, the EPA Office of Pesticide Program concluded that the current legal limit of the pesticide residue on food does not adequately protect children from excessive fluoride exposures. After considering the aggregate exposures to fluoride from all sources, including drinking water and toothpaste, EPA found that sulfuryl fluoride does not meet the children’s health protection requirements set under the Food Quality and Protection Act of 1996, which regulates pesticide safety.

EPA’s decision to stop sulfuryl fluoride use is a step in the right direction, but, as EPA’s recent exposure assessment indicates, sulfuryl fluoride represents just a fraction of Americans’ overall fluoride exposure.  Children under the age of 7 are particularly at risk of excessive fluoride exposure. It is of great concern that even if sulfuryl fluoride is eliminated from their diets, many children will still ingest too much fluoride. Further reductions in fluoride exposure are necessaryto protect children’s health more fully.

EWG has provided detailed comments to Health and Human Services about the impact of new water fluoridation guidelines, including shortcomings of EPA’s new risk and exposure assessments for fluoride (copy of the letter is attached). Actions to reduce fluoride ingestion via drinking water and pesticide residues represent a step in the right direction toward protecting Americans from fluoride exposure.

Yet EWG found that a significant body of scientific evidence supports an even more dramatic reduction to protect the health of infants, children and others who are most vulnerable to the surprising array of health problems associated with this common water additive. We urge EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs and Office of Water to join other agencies in committing to reduce substantially human exposures to fluoride from sources other than sulfuryl fluoride.

EPA’s decision to withdraw sulfuryl fluoride tolerances is significant both in regard to the particular pesticide tolerances involved and in the context of  reevaluating the health effects of fluoride.  It sets an important example for future initiatives to address cumulative exposures to pesticides from multiple sources, a concept that is on the  cutting edge of research and policy. EWG strongly supports EPA’s action on sulfuryl fluoride. Yet in order to protect Americans from over-exposure to fluoride, the agency must go further by lowering fluoride content in drinking water.


Sonya Lunder, MPHEWG Senior Analyst
Olga V. Naidenko, PhDEWG Senior Scientist

The EPA has both national and county based representatives. What is needed is a true grassroots effort.  It is important that we work in our cities and counties to get it taken out of our water supply.

Many cities around the world have been successful in doing so, and many more are making major headway. I hope this EPA announcement will inspire the total abolition of this nasty poison.


16 Responses to "EPA: Fluoride Must Be Phased Out"

  1. EPA: Fluoride Must Be Phased Out : July 13, 2011 6:52 pm Reply

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    1. tinygreenac July 16, 2011 11:36 am Reply

      bob, i posted your article on godlikeproductions and it was pinned.

      i forgot to link it, but corrected the problem. hope you get much traffic because of it.

      this needs to be spread far and wide.

      i was horrified when i read the article and saw the video.

      keep up the great reporting. we all need people that have ears to hear and eyes to see.

      thank you.

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  3. Noor July 13, 2011 10:16 pm Reply

    This is a teeeny step forward. When you consider the plans behind the chemtrails has been done is like being dropped a candy to silence the people. Our work is barely begun. You have posted much on contrails and chemtrails and in details few know of yet. So… fluoride, one baby step done, a million feet to jog ahead of us. We have such a long way to go made harder due to the brain damage already done by foods, injections and fluoride….

    1. anon July 14, 2011 1:59 am Reply

      It’s better than a step backwards….

    2. mothman777 July 14, 2011 10:36 pm Reply

      Try supplementing with phosphatidylserine 300mg a day. Fluoride not only causes Alzheimers type damage to the brain, it also very substantially reduces the production in the brain of phosphatidylserine and other compounds, which are themselves produced to facilitate the growth of new brain cell and neuron tissue. Hence fluoride not only kills your brain, it also prevents the brain producing compounds necessary to initiate the growth of new tissue in the brain to repair the damage done to it. Ingenious and evil, we have real funsters in the governments of the world.
      Please see my blog ‘metanoia’ by mothman777 on for the scientific study done on this. Also, you can use hemp oil, and coconut oil, and organic full cream raw organic milk (20% of the brain is oil; ketogenic therapy is good to treat epilepsy and alzheimers, there being you tube presentations available on the successful treatment of Alzheimers with coconut oil) . Plus there is a remarkable plant you can grow yourself, available in any garden centre, bacopa monnieri (brahmi) which will really enhance all mental functions with no side effects such as those of stroke which have been recorded with the use of gingko biloba, which has a much poorer effect than brahmi anyway.

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  9. Jacques Snyman | Siyavuna Development Centre July 16, 2011 8:51 am Reply

    The use of fluoride for dumbing down the populace is well documented, and where better to add it than the water supply……added to the well-documented dangers of fluoride we’re also talking about impurities from imported cheap Chinese fuoride…..

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  11. Spaz July 16, 2011 8:46 pm Reply

    I was watching that show on USA called ‘Suits’ last night and had to chuckle when they said that the EPA values an individual’s life at over $7 million. I think they forgot to mention that’s what the EPA profits from per individual life rather than what they feel we’re worth.

    Maybe a tiny step in the right direction; I doubt it. I see it as an in your face mocking – Fluoride is too vile and toxic for rats but it’s good enough for you to drink and brush your teeth with. So… being the pessimist/realist that I am, I’m not buying into the ‘hopey-changey’ thing. (Can’t stand Palin but the phrase is actually quite usable.)

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