16 Oct 2014

Water fluoride said to harden blood vessels

Two recent reports on water fluoridation have not been reported by the media.
This year, the journal, Toxicology, published a study showing that fluoride, at WHO recommended concentrations, dramatically increased medial vascular calcification. Fluoride impairs renal function and exacerbates renal damage. Given the prevalence of chronic kidney disease worldwide, and the epidemic of diabetes mellitus, the authors cautioned that the use of fluoride to improve dental health should be reconsidered and replaced by a fluoridation policy based on individual health.
This view is supported by another publication, ‘Water Fluoridation: A Critical Review of the Physiological Effects of Ingested Fluoride as a Public Health Intervention’, by Professor Stephan Peckham and Professor Niyi Awofeso. The authors reported “that available evidence suggests that fluoride has a potential to cause major adverse human health problems, while having only a modest dental caries prevention effect”, and concluded that its introduction into water supplies should be prohibited.
Declan Waugh
DirectorEnviro Management Services11 RiverviewO Doherty’s RdBandon
Co Cork

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