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Floriano Lobo
2003-04-09 11:42:36 UTC
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Fwd: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride

And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)

Floriano

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From: "Rex Warren" <warren_r at tpg.com.au>
To: <mailto:Undisclosed-Recipient:@www.semtech.it>
Subject: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 18:48:13 +1000

This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a good
idea to add it to drinking water. Rex


Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad

This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the ground water
into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people and leaving hundreds
of thousand of others in constant misery.

This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-prone
districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.

The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in contrast to
a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.

In the dust-filled hamlets and villages hardly 100 kilometres (60 miles)
from the state capital Hyderabad there are many living examples of the
havoc caused by fluoride.

Shocking
People with paralysing bone diseases, stooped backs, crooked hands and
legs, deformed teeth, blindness and other handicaps are a common sight.
The most shocking and sad image of this suffering is Ramaswamy.
At 18-yeard of age, when other youths are full of enthusiasm for life,
Ramaswamy looks to be hardly five-years-old, with a physique completely
devastated by the effects of fluoride.

He is so weak that he cannot walk and weighs barely 15 kilogrammes (less
than 34 lbs). He is blind and mentally challenged.
He cannot recognise his own name and he cannot even eat by himself.
"We have done all we could have done," says his father Ramalingaiah,
himself a victim of fluoride in Anneparti village.

'Dreadful fate'
"Now it is up to the God and government to do something to relieve our
sufferings," he says with misty eyes.

Komati Reddy Venkat Reddy, a member of the Andhra Pradesh legislative
assembly representing Nalgonda district says: "Ramaswamy is the symbol of
our dreadful fate, our horrendous sufferings.

"But the government shows no seriousness towards solving the problem".
Mr Reddy represents the opposition Congress party and succeeded in raising
the profile of the problem in March when he went on a hunger strike,
demanding the completion of a drinking water project.

Although his fast was forcibly broken he succeeded in stirring up public
opinion. His party also mounted pressure on the state's Telugu Desam
Government by
organising a march of fluoride victims to the Governor's House.

Ram Prakash Sisodia is head of the administration in Nalgonda. He denies
the allegations of inaction. "This problem has been there for ages. The
typical underground rock
formation with fluoride is the root cause of the problem. And there is no
solution other than bringing water from other areas through a pipeline," he
says.
Local people have been demanding this for 30 years and say they want a
supply of water from
the River Krishna, which flows about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-east of
the area.

Crippled
Saidamma is36, but looks like a 60-year-old with grey hair and a thin body.
She is a widow and is suffering from severe chest pains and recurring
fever. Her son is crippled and her grandson was born with defective legs.
With extensive suffering, there is growing anger, frustration and
disappointment.

Sudhakar Reddy is handicapped and uses a hand-driven tricycle to move
around the village. "People keep coming to see us as if we are exhibits.
They make meaningless
promises that water will come. But nothing has happened so far," he says
angrily.

Venkat Reddy says this is despite a clear ruling that if the government is
not able to supply safe drinking water, it should relocate the villagers.
Mr Sisodia says that day is not far off. "We will start pumping water to
these villages by June 2004," he says.

Now that a definite time limit has been given, there is some hope that the
region will see drinkable water one day.
But even if that water comes, it will be too late for thousands who had
already been crippled by an incurable disease.
Chimbelcho
2003-04-10 01:50:06 UTC
Permalink
And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)
The above information is FALSE. Alzheimer's Disease is not known to
be caused by fluoride excess.

I append to the end of this post reliable information on this subject
provided by the American Dental Association.
This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a
good idea to add it to drinking water. Rex
The above statement is IRRESPONSIBLE. It is absolutely a good idea to
add fluoride to drinking water. The health benefits of fluoride have
been well established by careful and rigorous scientific studies
conducted during the past century. All international medical and
dental organizations provide their strongest support to the practice
of fluoridation.
Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad
This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the
ground water into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people
and leaving hundreds of thousand of others in constant misery.
This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-
prone districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.
The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in
contrast to a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.
The above problems have occurred because of extremely high levels of
fluoride in water. The health authorities in that district should be
taken to task for allowing this to happen. The recommended level
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 1
part per million (ppm). At levels lower than 1.5 ppm fluoride is
absolutely safe. I append to the end of this post reliable
information on fluoride safety provided by the American Dental
Association.

Cheers,

Santosh

********************************************************************

INFORMATION ON FLUORIDE PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION

QUESTION
Does fluoride in the water supply, at the levels recommended for the
prevention of tooth decay, adversely affect human health?

ANSWER
The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and effective.

Fact
For generations, millions of people have lived in areas where
fluoride is found naturally in drinking water in concentrations as
high or higher than those recommended to prevent tooth decay.
Research conducted among these persons confirms the safety of
fluoride in the water supply.54, 92-95 In fact, in August 1993, the
National Research Council, a branch of the National Academy of
Sciences, released a report prepared for the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) that confirmed that the currently allowed

fluoride levels in drinking water do not pose a risk for health
problems such as cancer, kidney failure or bone disease.96 Based on a
review of available data on fluoride toxicity, the expert
subcommittee that wrote the report concluded that the EPA's ceiling
of 4 ppm for naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water
was "appropriate as an interim standard."96 Subsequently, the EPA
announced that the ceiling of 4 ppm would protect against adverse
health effects with an adequate margin of safety and published a
notice of intent not to revise the fluoride drinking water standard
in the Federal Register.97

As with other nutrients, fluoride is safe and effective when used and
consumed properly. No charge against the benefits and safety of
fluoridation has ever been substantiated by generally accepted
scientific knowledge. After 50 years of research and practical
experience, the preponderance of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and
effective.98 (Additional discussion on this topic may be found in
Question 19 and Question 32.)

Many organizations in the U.S. and around the world involved with
health issues have recognized the benefits of community water
fluoridation. The American Dental Association adopted its original
resolution in support of fluoridation in 1950, and has repeatedly
reaffirmed its position publicly and in its House of Delegates based
on its continuing evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of
fluoridation3 The American Medical Association's (AMA) House of
Delegates first endorsed fluoridation in 1951. In 1986, and again in
1996, the AMA reaffirmed its support for fluoridation as an effective
means of reducing dental decay.99 The World Health Organization,
which initially recommended the practice of water fluoridation in
1969,100 reaffirmed its support for fluoridation in 1994 stating
that: "Providing that a community has a piped water supply, water
fluoridation is the most effective method of reaching the whole
population, so that all social classes benefit without the need for
active participation on the part of individuals."82 Following a
comprehensive 1991 review and evaluation of the public health
benefits and risks of fluoride, the U.S. Public Health Service
reaffirmed its support for fluoridation and continues to recommend
the use of fluoride to prevent dental decay.54

National and international health, service and professional
organizations that recognize the public health benefits of community
water fluoridation for preventing dental decay may be viewed in the
Compendium.



QUESTION
Does drinking optimally fluoridated water cause Alzheimer's disease?

ANSWER
Generally accepted science has not demonstrated an association
between drinking optimally fluoridated water and Alzheimer's disease.

Fact
The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has yet to be identified.
Scientists have identified the major risk factors for AD as age and
family history. Other possible risk factors include a serious head
injury and lower levels of education. Scientists are also studying
additional factors to see if they may be associated with the disease.
These include genetic (inherited) factors, viruses and environmental
factors such as aluminum, zinc and other metals. Researchers have
found these metals in the brain tissue of people with AD, but it is
not known if these metals cause AD or build up in the brain as a
result of the disease.190

Because aluminum has been found in the brain tissue of people with
AD, claims have been made that fluoridated water "leaches" out the
aluminum in cookware when used for boiling water, thereby implicating
fluoride as a co-factor in the development of AD. One experiment
attempted to test this claim by measuring the release of aluminum
from aluminum cookware under the most adverse conditions, with and
without the presence of fluoride. Throughout these trials, scientists
were unable to leach out significant amounts of aluminum from any of
the cookware, including those that were exposed to extreme acidic or
alkaline conditions.191

A study published in 1998192 raised concerns about the potential
relationship between fluoride and Alzheimer's disease. However,
several flaws in the experimental design preclude any definitive
conclusions from being drawn.193

Interestingly, there is evidence that aluminum and fluoride are
mutually antagonistic in competing for absorption in the human
body.17, 194 While a conclusion cannot be made that consumption of
fluoridated water has a preventive effect on AD, there is no
generally accepted scientific knowledge to show consumption of
optimally fluoridated water is a risk factor for AD.
Floriano Lobo
2003-04-09 11:42:36 UTC
Permalink
Fwd: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride

And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)

Floriano

***

From: "Rex Warren" <warren_r at tpg.com.au>
To: <mailto:Undisclosed-Recipient:@www.semtech.it>
Subject: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 18:48:13 +1000

This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a good
idea to add it to drinking water. Rex


Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad

This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the ground water
into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people and leaving hundreds
of thousand of others in constant misery.

This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-prone
districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.

The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in contrast to
a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.

In the dust-filled hamlets and villages hardly 100 kilometres (60 miles)
from the state capital Hyderabad there are many living examples of the
havoc caused by fluoride.

Shocking
People with paralysing bone diseases, stooped backs, crooked hands and
legs, deformed teeth, blindness and other handicaps are a common sight.
The most shocking and sad image of this suffering is Ramaswamy.
At 18-yeard of age, when other youths are full of enthusiasm for life,
Ramaswamy looks to be hardly five-years-old, with a physique completely
devastated by the effects of fluoride.

He is so weak that he cannot walk and weighs barely 15 kilogrammes (less
than 34 lbs). He is blind and mentally challenged.
He cannot recognise his own name and he cannot even eat by himself.
"We have done all we could have done," says his father Ramalingaiah,
himself a victim of fluoride in Anneparti village.

'Dreadful fate'
"Now it is up to the God and government to do something to relieve our
sufferings," he says with misty eyes.

Komati Reddy Venkat Reddy, a member of the Andhra Pradesh legislative
assembly representing Nalgonda district says: "Ramaswamy is the symbol of
our dreadful fate, our horrendous sufferings.

"But the government shows no seriousness towards solving the problem".
Mr Reddy represents the opposition Congress party and succeeded in raising
the profile of the problem in March when he went on a hunger strike,
demanding the completion of a drinking water project.

Although his fast was forcibly broken he succeeded in stirring up public
opinion. His party also mounted pressure on the state's Telugu Desam
Government by
organising a march of fluoride victims to the Governor's House.

Ram Prakash Sisodia is head of the administration in Nalgonda. He denies
the allegations of inaction. "This problem has been there for ages. The
typical underground rock
formation with fluoride is the root cause of the problem. And there is no
solution other than bringing water from other areas through a pipeline," he
says.
Local people have been demanding this for 30 years and say they want a
supply of water from
the River Krishna, which flows about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-east of
the area.

Crippled
Saidamma is36, but looks like a 60-year-old with grey hair and a thin body.
She is a widow and is suffering from severe chest pains and recurring
fever. Her son is crippled and her grandson was born with defective legs.
With extensive suffering, there is growing anger, frustration and
disappointment.

Sudhakar Reddy is handicapped and uses a hand-driven tricycle to move
around the village. "People keep coming to see us as if we are exhibits.
They make meaningless
promises that water will come. But nothing has happened so far," he says
angrily.

Venkat Reddy says this is despite a clear ruling that if the government is
not able to supply safe drinking water, it should relocate the villagers.
Mr Sisodia says that day is not far off. "We will start pumping water to
these villages by June 2004," he says.

Now that a definite time limit has been given, there is some hope that the
region will see drinkable water one day.
But even if that water comes, it will be too late for thousands who had
already been crippled by an incurable disease.
Chimbelcho
2003-04-10 01:50:06 UTC
Permalink
And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)
The above information is FALSE. Alzheimer's Disease is not known to
be caused by fluoride excess.

I append to the end of this post reliable information on this subject
provided by the American Dental Association.
This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a
good idea to add it to drinking water. Rex
The above statement is IRRESPONSIBLE. It is absolutely a good idea to
add fluoride to drinking water. The health benefits of fluoride have
been well established by careful and rigorous scientific studies
conducted during the past century. All international medical and
dental organizations provide their strongest support to the practice
of fluoridation.
Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad
This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the
ground water into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people
and leaving hundreds of thousand of others in constant misery.
This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-
prone districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.
The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in
contrast to a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.
The above problems have occurred because of extremely high levels of
fluoride in water. The health authorities in that district should be
taken to task for allowing this to happen. The recommended level
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 1
part per million (ppm). At levels lower than 1.5 ppm fluoride is
absolutely safe. I append to the end of this post reliable
information on fluoride safety provided by the American Dental
Association.

Cheers,

Santosh

********************************************************************

INFORMATION ON FLUORIDE PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION

QUESTION
Does fluoride in the water supply, at the levels recommended for the
prevention of tooth decay, adversely affect human health?

ANSWER
The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and effective.

Fact
For generations, millions of people have lived in areas where
fluoride is found naturally in drinking water in concentrations as
high or higher than those recommended to prevent tooth decay.
Research conducted among these persons confirms the safety of
fluoride in the water supply.54, 92-95 In fact, in August 1993, the
National Research Council, a branch of the National Academy of
Sciences, released a report prepared for the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) that confirmed that the currently allowed

fluoride levels in drinking water do not pose a risk for health
problems such as cancer, kidney failure or bone disease.96 Based on a
review of available data on fluoride toxicity, the expert
subcommittee that wrote the report concluded that the EPA's ceiling
of 4 ppm for naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water
was "appropriate as an interim standard."96 Subsequently, the EPA
announced that the ceiling of 4 ppm would protect against adverse
health effects with an adequate margin of safety and published a
notice of intent not to revise the fluoride drinking water standard
in the Federal Register.97

As with other nutrients, fluoride is safe and effective when used and
consumed properly. No charge against the benefits and safety of
fluoridation has ever been substantiated by generally accepted
scientific knowledge. After 50 years of research and practical
experience, the preponderance of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and
effective.98 (Additional discussion on this topic may be found in
Question 19 and Question 32.)

Many organizations in the U.S. and around the world involved with
health issues have recognized the benefits of community water
fluoridation. The American Dental Association adopted its original
resolution in support of fluoridation in 1950, and has repeatedly
reaffirmed its position publicly and in its House of Delegates based
on its continuing evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of
fluoridation3 The American Medical Association's (AMA) House of
Delegates first endorsed fluoridation in 1951. In 1986, and again in
1996, the AMA reaffirmed its support for fluoridation as an effective
means of reducing dental decay.99 The World Health Organization,
which initially recommended the practice of water fluoridation in
1969,100 reaffirmed its support for fluoridation in 1994 stating
that: "Providing that a community has a piped water supply, water
fluoridation is the most effective method of reaching the whole
population, so that all social classes benefit without the need for
active participation on the part of individuals."82 Following a
comprehensive 1991 review and evaluation of the public health
benefits and risks of fluoride, the U.S. Public Health Service
reaffirmed its support for fluoridation and continues to recommend
the use of fluoride to prevent dental decay.54

National and international health, service and professional
organizations that recognize the public health benefits of community
water fluoridation for preventing dental decay may be viewed in the
Compendium.



QUESTION
Does drinking optimally fluoridated water cause Alzheimer's disease?

ANSWER
Generally accepted science has not demonstrated an association
between drinking optimally fluoridated water and Alzheimer's disease.

Fact
The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has yet to be identified.
Scientists have identified the major risk factors for AD as age and
family history. Other possible risk factors include a serious head
injury and lower levels of education. Scientists are also studying
additional factors to see if they may be associated with the disease.
These include genetic (inherited) factors, viruses and environmental
factors such as aluminum, zinc and other metals. Researchers have
found these metals in the brain tissue of people with AD, but it is
not known if these metals cause AD or build up in the brain as a
result of the disease.190

Because aluminum has been found in the brain tissue of people with
AD, claims have been made that fluoridated water "leaches" out the
aluminum in cookware when used for boiling water, thereby implicating
fluoride as a co-factor in the development of AD. One experiment
attempted to test this claim by measuring the release of aluminum
from aluminum cookware under the most adverse conditions, with and
without the presence of fluoride. Throughout these trials, scientists
were unable to leach out significant amounts of aluminum from any of
the cookware, including those that were exposed to extreme acidic or
alkaline conditions.191

A study published in 1998192 raised concerns about the potential
relationship between fluoride and Alzheimer's disease. However,
several flaws in the experimental design preclude any definitive
conclusions from being drawn.193

Interestingly, there is evidence that aluminum and fluoride are
mutually antagonistic in competing for absorption in the human
body.17, 194 While a conclusion cannot be made that consumption of
fluoridated water has a preventive effect on AD, there is no
generally accepted scientific knowledge to show consumption of
optimally fluoridated water is a risk factor for AD.
Floriano Lobo
2003-04-09 11:42:36 UTC
Permalink
Fwd: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride

And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)

Floriano

***

From: "Rex Warren" <warren_r at tpg.com.au>
To: <mailto:Undisclosed-Recipient:@www.semtech.it>
Subject: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 18:48:13 +1000

This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a good
idea to add it to drinking water. Rex


Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad

This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the ground water
into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people and leaving hundreds
of thousand of others in constant misery.

This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-prone
districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.

The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in contrast to
a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.

In the dust-filled hamlets and villages hardly 100 kilometres (60 miles)
from the state capital Hyderabad there are many living examples of the
havoc caused by fluoride.

Shocking
People with paralysing bone diseases, stooped backs, crooked hands and
legs, deformed teeth, blindness and other handicaps are a common sight.
The most shocking and sad image of this suffering is Ramaswamy.
At 18-yeard of age, when other youths are full of enthusiasm for life,
Ramaswamy looks to be hardly five-years-old, with a physique completely
devastated by the effects of fluoride.

He is so weak that he cannot walk and weighs barely 15 kilogrammes (less
than 34 lbs). He is blind and mentally challenged.
He cannot recognise his own name and he cannot even eat by himself.
"We have done all we could have done," says his father Ramalingaiah,
himself a victim of fluoride in Anneparti village.

'Dreadful fate'
"Now it is up to the God and government to do something to relieve our
sufferings," he says with misty eyes.

Komati Reddy Venkat Reddy, a member of the Andhra Pradesh legislative
assembly representing Nalgonda district says: "Ramaswamy is the symbol of
our dreadful fate, our horrendous sufferings.

"But the government shows no seriousness towards solving the problem".
Mr Reddy represents the opposition Congress party and succeeded in raising
the profile of the problem in March when he went on a hunger strike,
demanding the completion of a drinking water project.

Although his fast was forcibly broken he succeeded in stirring up public
opinion. His party also mounted pressure on the state's Telugu Desam
Government by
organising a march of fluoride victims to the Governor's House.

Ram Prakash Sisodia is head of the administration in Nalgonda. He denies
the allegations of inaction. "This problem has been there for ages. The
typical underground rock
formation with fluoride is the root cause of the problem. And there is no
solution other than bringing water from other areas through a pipeline," he
says.
Local people have been demanding this for 30 years and say they want a
supply of water from
the River Krishna, which flows about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-east of
the area.

Crippled
Saidamma is36, but looks like a 60-year-old with grey hair and a thin body.
She is a widow and is suffering from severe chest pains and recurring
fever. Her son is crippled and her grandson was born with defective legs.
With extensive suffering, there is growing anger, frustration and
disappointment.

Sudhakar Reddy is handicapped and uses a hand-driven tricycle to move
around the village. "People keep coming to see us as if we are exhibits.
They make meaningless
promises that water will come. But nothing has happened so far," he says
angrily.

Venkat Reddy says this is despite a clear ruling that if the government is
not able to supply safe drinking water, it should relocate the villagers.
Mr Sisodia says that day is not far off. "We will start pumping water to
these villages by June 2004," he says.

Now that a definite time limit has been given, there is some hope that the
region will see drinkable water one day.
But even if that water comes, it will be too late for thousands who had
already been crippled by an incurable disease.
Chimbelcho
2003-04-10 01:50:06 UTC
Permalink
And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)
The above information is FALSE. Alzheimer's Disease is not known to
be caused by fluoride excess.

I append to the end of this post reliable information on this subject
provided by the American Dental Association.
This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a
good idea to add it to drinking water. Rex
The above statement is IRRESPONSIBLE. It is absolutely a good idea to
add fluoride to drinking water. The health benefits of fluoride have
been well established by careful and rigorous scientific studies
conducted during the past century. All international medical and
dental organizations provide their strongest support to the practice
of fluoridation.
Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad
This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the
ground water into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people
and leaving hundreds of thousand of others in constant misery.
This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-
prone districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.
The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in
contrast to a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.
The above problems have occurred because of extremely high levels of
fluoride in water. The health authorities in that district should be
taken to task for allowing this to happen. The recommended level
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 1
part per million (ppm). At levels lower than 1.5 ppm fluoride is
absolutely safe. I append to the end of this post reliable
information on fluoride safety provided by the American Dental
Association.

Cheers,

Santosh

********************************************************************

INFORMATION ON FLUORIDE PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION

QUESTION
Does fluoride in the water supply, at the levels recommended for the
prevention of tooth decay, adversely affect human health?

ANSWER
The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and effective.

Fact
For generations, millions of people have lived in areas where
fluoride is found naturally in drinking water in concentrations as
high or higher than those recommended to prevent tooth decay.
Research conducted among these persons confirms the safety of
fluoride in the water supply.54, 92-95 In fact, in August 1993, the
National Research Council, a branch of the National Academy of
Sciences, released a report prepared for the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) that confirmed that the currently allowed

fluoride levels in drinking water do not pose a risk for health
problems such as cancer, kidney failure or bone disease.96 Based on a
review of available data on fluoride toxicity, the expert
subcommittee that wrote the report concluded that the EPA's ceiling
of 4 ppm for naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water
was "appropriate as an interim standard."96 Subsequently, the EPA
announced that the ceiling of 4 ppm would protect against adverse
health effects with an adequate margin of safety and published a
notice of intent not to revise the fluoride drinking water standard
in the Federal Register.97

As with other nutrients, fluoride is safe and effective when used and
consumed properly. No charge against the benefits and safety of
fluoridation has ever been substantiated by generally accepted
scientific knowledge. After 50 years of research and practical
experience, the preponderance of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and
effective.98 (Additional discussion on this topic may be found in
Question 19 and Question 32.)

Many organizations in the U.S. and around the world involved with
health issues have recognized the benefits of community water
fluoridation. The American Dental Association adopted its original
resolution in support of fluoridation in 1950, and has repeatedly
reaffirmed its position publicly and in its House of Delegates based
on its continuing evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of
fluoridation3 The American Medical Association's (AMA) House of
Delegates first endorsed fluoridation in 1951. In 1986, and again in
1996, the AMA reaffirmed its support for fluoridation as an effective
means of reducing dental decay.99 The World Health Organization,
which initially recommended the practice of water fluoridation in
1969,100 reaffirmed its support for fluoridation in 1994 stating
that: "Providing that a community has a piped water supply, water
fluoridation is the most effective method of reaching the whole
population, so that all social classes benefit without the need for
active participation on the part of individuals."82 Following a
comprehensive 1991 review and evaluation of the public health
benefits and risks of fluoride, the U.S. Public Health Service
reaffirmed its support for fluoridation and continues to recommend
the use of fluoride to prevent dental decay.54

National and international health, service and professional
organizations that recognize the public health benefits of community
water fluoridation for preventing dental decay may be viewed in the
Compendium.



QUESTION
Does drinking optimally fluoridated water cause Alzheimer's disease?

ANSWER
Generally accepted science has not demonstrated an association
between drinking optimally fluoridated water and Alzheimer's disease.

Fact
The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has yet to be identified.
Scientists have identified the major risk factors for AD as age and
family history. Other possible risk factors include a serious head
injury and lower levels of education. Scientists are also studying
additional factors to see if they may be associated with the disease.
These include genetic (inherited) factors, viruses and environmental
factors such as aluminum, zinc and other metals. Researchers have
found these metals in the brain tissue of people with AD, but it is
not known if these metals cause AD or build up in the brain as a
result of the disease.190

Because aluminum has been found in the brain tissue of people with
AD, claims have been made that fluoridated water "leaches" out the
aluminum in cookware when used for boiling water, thereby implicating
fluoride as a co-factor in the development of AD. One experiment
attempted to test this claim by measuring the release of aluminum
from aluminum cookware under the most adverse conditions, with and
without the presence of fluoride. Throughout these trials, scientists
were unable to leach out significant amounts of aluminum from any of
the cookware, including those that were exposed to extreme acidic or
alkaline conditions.191

A study published in 1998192 raised concerns about the potential
relationship between fluoride and Alzheimer's disease. However,
several flaws in the experimental design preclude any definitive
conclusions from being drawn.193

Interestingly, there is evidence that aluminum and fluoride are
mutually antagonistic in competing for absorption in the human
body.17, 194 While a conclusion cannot be made that consumption of
fluoridated water has a preventive effect on AD, there is no
generally accepted scientific knowledge to show consumption of
optimally fluoridated water is a risk factor for AD.
Floriano Lobo
2003-04-09 11:42:36 UTC
Permalink
Fwd: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride

And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)

Floriano

***

From: "Rex Warren" <warren_r at tpg.com.au>
To: <mailto:Undisclosed-Recipient:@www.semtech.it>
Subject: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 18:48:13 +1000

This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a good
idea to add it to drinking water. Rex


Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad

This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the ground water
into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people and leaving hundreds
of thousand of others in constant misery.

This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-prone
districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.

The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in contrast to
a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.

In the dust-filled hamlets and villages hardly 100 kilometres (60 miles)
from the state capital Hyderabad there are many living examples of the
havoc caused by fluoride.

Shocking
People with paralysing bone diseases, stooped backs, crooked hands and
legs, deformed teeth, blindness and other handicaps are a common sight.
The most shocking and sad image of this suffering is Ramaswamy.
At 18-yeard of age, when other youths are full of enthusiasm for life,
Ramaswamy looks to be hardly five-years-old, with a physique completely
devastated by the effects of fluoride.

He is so weak that he cannot walk and weighs barely 15 kilogrammes (less
than 34 lbs). He is blind and mentally challenged.
He cannot recognise his own name and he cannot even eat by himself.
"We have done all we could have done," says his father Ramalingaiah,
himself a victim of fluoride in Anneparti village.

'Dreadful fate'
"Now it is up to the God and government to do something to relieve our
sufferings," he says with misty eyes.

Komati Reddy Venkat Reddy, a member of the Andhra Pradesh legislative
assembly representing Nalgonda district says: "Ramaswamy is the symbol of
our dreadful fate, our horrendous sufferings.

"But the government shows no seriousness towards solving the problem".
Mr Reddy represents the opposition Congress party and succeeded in raising
the profile of the problem in March when he went on a hunger strike,
demanding the completion of a drinking water project.

Although his fast was forcibly broken he succeeded in stirring up public
opinion. His party also mounted pressure on the state's Telugu Desam
Government by
organising a march of fluoride victims to the Governor's House.

Ram Prakash Sisodia is head of the administration in Nalgonda. He denies
the allegations of inaction. "This problem has been there for ages. The
typical underground rock
formation with fluoride is the root cause of the problem. And there is no
solution other than bringing water from other areas through a pipeline," he
says.
Local people have been demanding this for 30 years and say they want a
supply of water from
the River Krishna, which flows about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-east of
the area.

Crippled
Saidamma is36, but looks like a 60-year-old with grey hair and a thin body.
She is a widow and is suffering from severe chest pains and recurring
fever. Her son is crippled and her grandson was born with defective legs.
With extensive suffering, there is growing anger, frustration and
disappointment.

Sudhakar Reddy is handicapped and uses a hand-driven tricycle to move
around the village. "People keep coming to see us as if we are exhibits.
They make meaningless
promises that water will come. But nothing has happened so far," he says
angrily.

Venkat Reddy says this is despite a clear ruling that if the government is
not able to supply safe drinking water, it should relocate the villagers.
Mr Sisodia says that day is not far off. "We will start pumping water to
these villages by June 2004," he says.

Now that a definite time limit has been given, there is some hope that the
region will see drinkable water one day.
But even if that water comes, it will be too late for thousands who had
already been crippled by an incurable disease.
Chimbelcho
2003-04-10 01:50:06 UTC
Permalink
And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)
The above information is FALSE. Alzheimer's Disease is not known to
be caused by fluoride excess.

I append to the end of this post reliable information on this subject
provided by the American Dental Association.
This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a
good idea to add it to drinking water. Rex
The above statement is IRRESPONSIBLE. It is absolutely a good idea to
add fluoride to drinking water. The health benefits of fluoride have
been well established by careful and rigorous scientific studies
conducted during the past century. All international medical and
dental organizations provide their strongest support to the practice
of fluoridation.
Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad
This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the
ground water into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people
and leaving hundreds of thousand of others in constant misery.
This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-
prone districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.
The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in
contrast to a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.
The above problems have occurred because of extremely high levels of
fluoride in water. The health authorities in that district should be
taken to task for allowing this to happen. The recommended level
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 1
part per million (ppm). At levels lower than 1.5 ppm fluoride is
absolutely safe. I append to the end of this post reliable
information on fluoride safety provided by the American Dental
Association.

Cheers,

Santosh

********************************************************************

INFORMATION ON FLUORIDE PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION

QUESTION
Does fluoride in the water supply, at the levels recommended for the
prevention of tooth decay, adversely affect human health?

ANSWER
The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and effective.

Fact
For generations, millions of people have lived in areas where
fluoride is found naturally in drinking water in concentrations as
high or higher than those recommended to prevent tooth decay.
Research conducted among these persons confirms the safety of
fluoride in the water supply.54, 92-95 In fact, in August 1993, the
National Research Council, a branch of the National Academy of
Sciences, released a report prepared for the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) that confirmed that the currently allowed

fluoride levels in drinking water do not pose a risk for health
problems such as cancer, kidney failure or bone disease.96 Based on a
review of available data on fluoride toxicity, the expert
subcommittee that wrote the report concluded that the EPA's ceiling
of 4 ppm for naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water
was "appropriate as an interim standard."96 Subsequently, the EPA
announced that the ceiling of 4 ppm would protect against adverse
health effects with an adequate margin of safety and published a
notice of intent not to revise the fluoride drinking water standard
in the Federal Register.97

As with other nutrients, fluoride is safe and effective when used and
consumed properly. No charge against the benefits and safety of
fluoridation has ever been substantiated by generally accepted
scientific knowledge. After 50 years of research and practical
experience, the preponderance of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and
effective.98 (Additional discussion on this topic may be found in
Question 19 and Question 32.)

Many organizations in the U.S. and around the world involved with
health issues have recognized the benefits of community water
fluoridation. The American Dental Association adopted its original
resolution in support of fluoridation in 1950, and has repeatedly
reaffirmed its position publicly and in its House of Delegates based
on its continuing evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of
fluoridation3 The American Medical Association's (AMA) House of
Delegates first endorsed fluoridation in 1951. In 1986, and again in
1996, the AMA reaffirmed its support for fluoridation as an effective
means of reducing dental decay.99 The World Health Organization,
which initially recommended the practice of water fluoridation in
1969,100 reaffirmed its support for fluoridation in 1994 stating
that: "Providing that a community has a piped water supply, water
fluoridation is the most effective method of reaching the whole
population, so that all social classes benefit without the need for
active participation on the part of individuals."82 Following a
comprehensive 1991 review and evaluation of the public health
benefits and risks of fluoride, the U.S. Public Health Service
reaffirmed its support for fluoridation and continues to recommend
the use of fluoride to prevent dental decay.54

National and international health, service and professional
organizations that recognize the public health benefits of community
water fluoridation for preventing dental decay may be viewed in the
Compendium.



QUESTION
Does drinking optimally fluoridated water cause Alzheimer's disease?

ANSWER
Generally accepted science has not demonstrated an association
between drinking optimally fluoridated water and Alzheimer's disease.

Fact
The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has yet to be identified.
Scientists have identified the major risk factors for AD as age and
family history. Other possible risk factors include a serious head
injury and lower levels of education. Scientists are also studying
additional factors to see if they may be associated with the disease.
These include genetic (inherited) factors, viruses and environmental
factors such as aluminum, zinc and other metals. Researchers have
found these metals in the brain tissue of people with AD, but it is
not known if these metals cause AD or build up in the brain as a
result of the disease.190

Because aluminum has been found in the brain tissue of people with
AD, claims have been made that fluoridated water "leaches" out the
aluminum in cookware when used for boiling water, thereby implicating
fluoride as a co-factor in the development of AD. One experiment
attempted to test this claim by measuring the release of aluminum
from aluminum cookware under the most adverse conditions, with and
without the presence of fluoride. Throughout these trials, scientists
were unable to leach out significant amounts of aluminum from any of
the cookware, including those that were exposed to extreme acidic or
alkaline conditions.191

A study published in 1998192 raised concerns about the potential
relationship between fluoride and Alzheimer's disease. However,
several flaws in the experimental design preclude any definitive
conclusions from being drawn.193

Interestingly, there is evidence that aluminum and fluoride are
mutually antagonistic in competing for absorption in the human
body.17, 194 While a conclusion cannot be made that consumption of
fluoridated water has a preventive effect on AD, there is no
generally accepted scientific knowledge to show consumption of
optimally fluoridated water is a risk factor for AD.
Floriano Lobo
2003-04-09 11:42:36 UTC
Permalink
Fwd: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride

And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)

Floriano

***

From: "Rex Warren" <warren_r at tpg.com.au>
To: <mailto:Undisclosed-Recipient:@www.semtech.it>
Subject: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 18:48:13 +1000

This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a good
idea to add it to drinking water. Rex


Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad

This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the ground water
into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people and leaving hundreds
of thousand of others in constant misery.

This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-prone
districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.

The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in contrast to
a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.

In the dust-filled hamlets and villages hardly 100 kilometres (60 miles)
from the state capital Hyderabad there are many living examples of the
havoc caused by fluoride.

Shocking
People with paralysing bone diseases, stooped backs, crooked hands and
legs, deformed teeth, blindness and other handicaps are a common sight.
The most shocking and sad image of this suffering is Ramaswamy.
At 18-yeard of age, when other youths are full of enthusiasm for life,
Ramaswamy looks to be hardly five-years-old, with a physique completely
devastated by the effects of fluoride.

He is so weak that he cannot walk and weighs barely 15 kilogrammes (less
than 34 lbs). He is blind and mentally challenged.
He cannot recognise his own name and he cannot even eat by himself.
"We have done all we could have done," says his father Ramalingaiah,
himself a victim of fluoride in Anneparti village.

'Dreadful fate'
"Now it is up to the God and government to do something to relieve our
sufferings," he says with misty eyes.

Komati Reddy Venkat Reddy, a member of the Andhra Pradesh legislative
assembly representing Nalgonda district says: "Ramaswamy is the symbol of
our dreadful fate, our horrendous sufferings.

"But the government shows no seriousness towards solving the problem".
Mr Reddy represents the opposition Congress party and succeeded in raising
the profile of the problem in March when he went on a hunger strike,
demanding the completion of a drinking water project.

Although his fast was forcibly broken he succeeded in stirring up public
opinion. His party also mounted pressure on the state's Telugu Desam
Government by
organising a march of fluoride victims to the Governor's House.

Ram Prakash Sisodia is head of the administration in Nalgonda. He denies
the allegations of inaction. "This problem has been there for ages. The
typical underground rock
formation with fluoride is the root cause of the problem. And there is no
solution other than bringing water from other areas through a pipeline," he
says.
Local people have been demanding this for 30 years and say they want a
supply of water from
the River Krishna, which flows about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-east of
the area.

Crippled
Saidamma is36, but looks like a 60-year-old with grey hair and a thin body.
She is a widow and is suffering from severe chest pains and recurring
fever. Her son is crippled and her grandson was born with defective legs.
With extensive suffering, there is growing anger, frustration and
disappointment.

Sudhakar Reddy is handicapped and uses a hand-driven tricycle to move
around the village. "People keep coming to see us as if we are exhibits.
They make meaningless
promises that water will come. But nothing has happened so far," he says
angrily.

Venkat Reddy says this is despite a clear ruling that if the government is
not able to supply safe drinking water, it should relocate the villagers.
Mr Sisodia says that day is not far off. "We will start pumping water to
these villages by June 2004," he says.

Now that a definite time limit has been given, there is some hope that the
region will see drinkable water one day.
But even if that water comes, it will be too late for thousands who had
already been crippled by an incurable disease.
Chimbelcho
2003-04-10 01:50:06 UTC
Permalink
And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)
The above information is FALSE. Alzheimer's Disease is not known to
be caused by fluoride excess.

I append to the end of this post reliable information on this subject
provided by the American Dental Association.
This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a
good idea to add it to drinking water. Rex
The above statement is IRRESPONSIBLE. It is absolutely a good idea to
add fluoride to drinking water. The health benefits of fluoride have
been well established by careful and rigorous scientific studies
conducted during the past century. All international medical and
dental organizations provide their strongest support to the practice
of fluoridation.
Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad
This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the
ground water into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people
and leaving hundreds of thousand of others in constant misery.
This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-
prone districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.
The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in
contrast to a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.
The above problems have occurred because of extremely high levels of
fluoride in water. The health authorities in that district should be
taken to task for allowing this to happen. The recommended level
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 1
part per million (ppm). At levels lower than 1.5 ppm fluoride is
absolutely safe. I append to the end of this post reliable
information on fluoride safety provided by the American Dental
Association.

Cheers,

Santosh

********************************************************************

INFORMATION ON FLUORIDE PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION

QUESTION
Does fluoride in the water supply, at the levels recommended for the
prevention of tooth decay, adversely affect human health?

ANSWER
The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and effective.

Fact
For generations, millions of people have lived in areas where
fluoride is found naturally in drinking water in concentrations as
high or higher than those recommended to prevent tooth decay.
Research conducted among these persons confirms the safety of
fluoride in the water supply.54, 92-95 In fact, in August 1993, the
National Research Council, a branch of the National Academy of
Sciences, released a report prepared for the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) that confirmed that the currently allowed

fluoride levels in drinking water do not pose a risk for health
problems such as cancer, kidney failure or bone disease.96 Based on a
review of available data on fluoride toxicity, the expert
subcommittee that wrote the report concluded that the EPA's ceiling
of 4 ppm for naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water
was "appropriate as an interim standard."96 Subsequently, the EPA
announced that the ceiling of 4 ppm would protect against adverse
health effects with an adequate margin of safety and published a
notice of intent not to revise the fluoride drinking water standard
in the Federal Register.97

As with other nutrients, fluoride is safe and effective when used and
consumed properly. No charge against the benefits and safety of
fluoridation has ever been substantiated by generally accepted
scientific knowledge. After 50 years of research and practical
experience, the preponderance of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and
effective.98 (Additional discussion on this topic may be found in
Question 19 and Question 32.)

Many organizations in the U.S. and around the world involved with
health issues have recognized the benefits of community water
fluoridation. The American Dental Association adopted its original
resolution in support of fluoridation in 1950, and has repeatedly
reaffirmed its position publicly and in its House of Delegates based
on its continuing evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of
fluoridation3 The American Medical Association's (AMA) House of
Delegates first endorsed fluoridation in 1951. In 1986, and again in
1996, the AMA reaffirmed its support for fluoridation as an effective
means of reducing dental decay.99 The World Health Organization,
which initially recommended the practice of water fluoridation in
1969,100 reaffirmed its support for fluoridation in 1994 stating
that: "Providing that a community has a piped water supply, water
fluoridation is the most effective method of reaching the whole
population, so that all social classes benefit without the need for
active participation on the part of individuals."82 Following a
comprehensive 1991 review and evaluation of the public health
benefits and risks of fluoride, the U.S. Public Health Service
reaffirmed its support for fluoridation and continues to recommend
the use of fluoride to prevent dental decay.54

National and international health, service and professional
organizations that recognize the public health benefits of community
water fluoridation for preventing dental decay may be viewed in the
Compendium.



QUESTION
Does drinking optimally fluoridated water cause Alzheimer's disease?

ANSWER
Generally accepted science has not demonstrated an association
between drinking optimally fluoridated water and Alzheimer's disease.

Fact
The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has yet to be identified.
Scientists have identified the major risk factors for AD as age and
family history. Other possible risk factors include a serious head
injury and lower levels of education. Scientists are also studying
additional factors to see if they may be associated with the disease.
These include genetic (inherited) factors, viruses and environmental
factors such as aluminum, zinc and other metals. Researchers have
found these metals in the brain tissue of people with AD, but it is
not known if these metals cause AD or build up in the brain as a
result of the disease.190

Because aluminum has been found in the brain tissue of people with
AD, claims have been made that fluoridated water "leaches" out the
aluminum in cookware when used for boiling water, thereby implicating
fluoride as a co-factor in the development of AD. One experiment
attempted to test this claim by measuring the release of aluminum
from aluminum cookware under the most adverse conditions, with and
without the presence of fluoride. Throughout these trials, scientists
were unable to leach out significant amounts of aluminum from any of
the cookware, including those that were exposed to extreme acidic or
alkaline conditions.191

A study published in 1998192 raised concerns about the potential
relationship between fluoride and Alzheimer's disease. However,
several flaws in the experimental design preclude any definitive
conclusions from being drawn.193

Interestingly, there is evidence that aluminum and fluoride are
mutually antagonistic in competing for absorption in the human
body.17, 194 While a conclusion cannot be made that consumption of
fluoridated water has a preventive effect on AD, there is no
generally accepted scientific knowledge to show consumption of
optimally fluoridated water is a risk factor for AD.
Floriano Lobo
2003-04-09 11:42:36 UTC
Permalink
Fwd: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride

And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)

Floriano

***

From: "Rex Warren" <warren_r at tpg.com.au>
To: <mailto:Undisclosed-Recipient:@www.semtech.it>
Subject: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 18:48:13 +1000

This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a good
idea to add it to drinking water. Rex


Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad

This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the ground water
into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people and leaving hundreds
of thousand of others in constant misery.

This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-prone
districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.

The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in contrast to
a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.

In the dust-filled hamlets and villages hardly 100 kilometres (60 miles)
from the state capital Hyderabad there are many living examples of the
havoc caused by fluoride.

Shocking
People with paralysing bone diseases, stooped backs, crooked hands and
legs, deformed teeth, blindness and other handicaps are a common sight.
The most shocking and sad image of this suffering is Ramaswamy.
At 18-yeard of age, when other youths are full of enthusiasm for life,
Ramaswamy looks to be hardly five-years-old, with a physique completely
devastated by the effects of fluoride.

He is so weak that he cannot walk and weighs barely 15 kilogrammes (less
than 34 lbs). He is blind and mentally challenged.
He cannot recognise his own name and he cannot even eat by himself.
"We have done all we could have done," says his father Ramalingaiah,
himself a victim of fluoride in Anneparti village.

'Dreadful fate'
"Now it is up to the God and government to do something to relieve our
sufferings," he says with misty eyes.

Komati Reddy Venkat Reddy, a member of the Andhra Pradesh legislative
assembly representing Nalgonda district says: "Ramaswamy is the symbol of
our dreadful fate, our horrendous sufferings.

"But the government shows no seriousness towards solving the problem".
Mr Reddy represents the opposition Congress party and succeeded in raising
the profile of the problem in March when he went on a hunger strike,
demanding the completion of a drinking water project.

Although his fast was forcibly broken he succeeded in stirring up public
opinion. His party also mounted pressure on the state's Telugu Desam
Government by
organising a march of fluoride victims to the Governor's House.

Ram Prakash Sisodia is head of the administration in Nalgonda. He denies
the allegations of inaction. "This problem has been there for ages. The
typical underground rock
formation with fluoride is the root cause of the problem. And there is no
solution other than bringing water from other areas through a pipeline," he
says.
Local people have been demanding this for 30 years and say they want a
supply of water from
the River Krishna, which flows about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-east of
the area.

Crippled
Saidamma is36, but looks like a 60-year-old with grey hair and a thin body.
She is a widow and is suffering from severe chest pains and recurring
fever. Her son is crippled and her grandson was born with defective legs.
With extensive suffering, there is growing anger, frustration and
disappointment.

Sudhakar Reddy is handicapped and uses a hand-driven tricycle to move
around the village. "People keep coming to see us as if we are exhibits.
They make meaningless
promises that water will come. But nothing has happened so far," he says
angrily.

Venkat Reddy says this is despite a clear ruling that if the government is
not able to supply safe drinking water, it should relocate the villagers.
Mr Sisodia says that day is not far off. "We will start pumping water to
these villages by June 2004," he says.

Now that a definite time limit has been given, there is some hope that the
region will see drinkable water one day.
But even if that water comes, it will be too late for thousands who had
already been crippled by an incurable disease.
Chimbelcho
2003-04-10 01:50:06 UTC
Permalink
And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)
The above information is FALSE. Alzheimer's Disease is not known to
be caused by fluoride excess.

I append to the end of this post reliable information on this subject
provided by the American Dental Association.
This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a
good idea to add it to drinking water. Rex
The above statement is IRRESPONSIBLE. It is absolutely a good idea to
add fluoride to drinking water. The health benefits of fluoride have
been well established by careful and rigorous scientific studies
conducted during the past century. All international medical and
dental organizations provide their strongest support to the practice
of fluoridation.
Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad
This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the
ground water into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people
and leaving hundreds of thousand of others in constant misery.
This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-
prone districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.
The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in
contrast to a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.
The above problems have occurred because of extremely high levels of
fluoride in water. The health authorities in that district should be
taken to task for allowing this to happen. The recommended level
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 1
part per million (ppm). At levels lower than 1.5 ppm fluoride is
absolutely safe. I append to the end of this post reliable
information on fluoride safety provided by the American Dental
Association.

Cheers,

Santosh

********************************************************************

INFORMATION ON FLUORIDE PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION

QUESTION
Does fluoride in the water supply, at the levels recommended for the
prevention of tooth decay, adversely affect human health?

ANSWER
The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and effective.

Fact
For generations, millions of people have lived in areas where
fluoride is found naturally in drinking water in concentrations as
high or higher than those recommended to prevent tooth decay.
Research conducted among these persons confirms the safety of
fluoride in the water supply.54, 92-95 In fact, in August 1993, the
National Research Council, a branch of the National Academy of
Sciences, released a report prepared for the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) that confirmed that the currently allowed

fluoride levels in drinking water do not pose a risk for health
problems such as cancer, kidney failure or bone disease.96 Based on a
review of available data on fluoride toxicity, the expert
subcommittee that wrote the report concluded that the EPA's ceiling
of 4 ppm for naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water
was "appropriate as an interim standard."96 Subsequently, the EPA
announced that the ceiling of 4 ppm would protect against adverse
health effects with an adequate margin of safety and published a
notice of intent not to revise the fluoride drinking water standard
in the Federal Register.97

As with other nutrients, fluoride is safe and effective when used and
consumed properly. No charge against the benefits and safety of
fluoridation has ever been substantiated by generally accepted
scientific knowledge. After 50 years of research and practical
experience, the preponderance of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and
effective.98 (Additional discussion on this topic may be found in
Question 19 and Question 32.)

Many organizations in the U.S. and around the world involved with
health issues have recognized the benefits of community water
fluoridation. The American Dental Association adopted its original
resolution in support of fluoridation in 1950, and has repeatedly
reaffirmed its position publicly and in its House of Delegates based
on its continuing evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of
fluoridation3 The American Medical Association's (AMA) House of
Delegates first endorsed fluoridation in 1951. In 1986, and again in
1996, the AMA reaffirmed its support for fluoridation as an effective
means of reducing dental decay.99 The World Health Organization,
which initially recommended the practice of water fluoridation in
1969,100 reaffirmed its support for fluoridation in 1994 stating
that: "Providing that a community has a piped water supply, water
fluoridation is the most effective method of reaching the whole
population, so that all social classes benefit without the need for
active participation on the part of individuals."82 Following a
comprehensive 1991 review and evaluation of the public health
benefits and risks of fluoride, the U.S. Public Health Service
reaffirmed its support for fluoridation and continues to recommend
the use of fluoride to prevent dental decay.54

National and international health, service and professional
organizations that recognize the public health benefits of community
water fluoridation for preventing dental decay may be viewed in the
Compendium.



QUESTION
Does drinking optimally fluoridated water cause Alzheimer's disease?

ANSWER
Generally accepted science has not demonstrated an association
between drinking optimally fluoridated water and Alzheimer's disease.

Fact
The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has yet to be identified.
Scientists have identified the major risk factors for AD as age and
family history. Other possible risk factors include a serious head
injury and lower levels of education. Scientists are also studying
additional factors to see if they may be associated with the disease.
These include genetic (inherited) factors, viruses and environmental
factors such as aluminum, zinc and other metals. Researchers have
found these metals in the brain tissue of people with AD, but it is
not known if these metals cause AD or build up in the brain as a
result of the disease.190

Because aluminum has been found in the brain tissue of people with
AD, claims have been made that fluoridated water "leaches" out the
aluminum in cookware when used for boiling water, thereby implicating
fluoride as a co-factor in the development of AD. One experiment
attempted to test this claim by measuring the release of aluminum
from aluminum cookware under the most adverse conditions, with and
without the presence of fluoride. Throughout these trials, scientists
were unable to leach out significant amounts of aluminum from any of
the cookware, including those that were exposed to extreme acidic or
alkaline conditions.191

A study published in 1998192 raised concerns about the potential
relationship between fluoride and Alzheimer's disease. However,
several flaws in the experimental design preclude any definitive
conclusions from being drawn.193

Interestingly, there is evidence that aluminum and fluoride are
mutually antagonistic in competing for absorption in the human
body.17, 194 While a conclusion cannot be made that consumption of
fluoridated water has a preventive effect on AD, there is no
generally accepted scientific knowledge to show consumption of
optimally fluoridated water is a risk factor for AD.
Floriano Lobo
2003-04-09 11:42:36 UTC
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Fwd: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride

And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)

Floriano

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From: "Rex Warren" <warren_r at tpg.com.au>
To: <mailto:Undisclosed-Recipient:@www.semtech.it>
Subject: Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 18:48:13 +1000

This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a good
idea to add it to drinking water. Rex


Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad

This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the ground water
into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people and leaving hundreds
of thousand of others in constant misery.

This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-prone
districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.

The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in contrast to
a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.

In the dust-filled hamlets and villages hardly 100 kilometres (60 miles)
from the state capital Hyderabad there are many living examples of the
havoc caused by fluoride.

Shocking
People with paralysing bone diseases, stooped backs, crooked hands and
legs, deformed teeth, blindness and other handicaps are a common sight.
The most shocking and sad image of this suffering is Ramaswamy.
At 18-yeard of age, when other youths are full of enthusiasm for life,
Ramaswamy looks to be hardly five-years-old, with a physique completely
devastated by the effects of fluoride.

He is so weak that he cannot walk and weighs barely 15 kilogrammes (less
than 34 lbs). He is blind and mentally challenged.
He cannot recognise his own name and he cannot even eat by himself.
"We have done all we could have done," says his father Ramalingaiah,
himself a victim of fluoride in Anneparti village.

'Dreadful fate'
"Now it is up to the God and government to do something to relieve our
sufferings," he says with misty eyes.

Komati Reddy Venkat Reddy, a member of the Andhra Pradesh legislative
assembly representing Nalgonda district says: "Ramaswamy is the symbol of
our dreadful fate, our horrendous sufferings.

"But the government shows no seriousness towards solving the problem".
Mr Reddy represents the opposition Congress party and succeeded in raising
the profile of the problem in March when he went on a hunger strike,
demanding the completion of a drinking water project.

Although his fast was forcibly broken he succeeded in stirring up public
opinion. His party also mounted pressure on the state's Telugu Desam
Government by
organising a march of fluoride victims to the Governor's House.

Ram Prakash Sisodia is head of the administration in Nalgonda. He denies
the allegations of inaction. "This problem has been there for ages. The
typical underground rock
formation with fluoride is the root cause of the problem. And there is no
solution other than bringing water from other areas through a pipeline," he
says.
Local people have been demanding this for 30 years and say they want a
supply of water from
the River Krishna, which flows about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-east of
the area.

Crippled
Saidamma is36, but looks like a 60-year-old with grey hair and a thin body.
She is a widow and is suffering from severe chest pains and recurring
fever. Her son is crippled and her grandson was born with defective legs.
With extensive suffering, there is growing anger, frustration and
disappointment.

Sudhakar Reddy is handicapped and uses a hand-driven tricycle to move
around the village. "People keep coming to see us as if we are exhibits.
They make meaningless
promises that water will come. But nothing has happened so far," he says
angrily.

Venkat Reddy says this is despite a clear ruling that if the government is
not able to supply safe drinking water, it should relocate the villagers.
Mr Sisodia says that day is not far off. "We will start pumping water to
these villages by June 2004," he says.

Now that a definite time limit has been given, there is some hope that the
region will see drinkable water one day.
But even if that water comes, it will be too late for thousands who had
already been crippled by an incurable disease.
Chimbelcho
2003-04-10 01:50:06 UTC
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And Alzheimer's is said to be caused by fluoride excess (toothpaste??)
The above information is FALSE. Alzheimer's Disease is not known to
be caused by fluoride excess.

I append to the end of this post reliable information on this subject
provided by the American Dental Association.
This shows how poisonous fluoride is and yet some fools think its a
good idea to add it to drinking water. Rex
The above statement is IRRESPONSIBLE. It is absolutely a good idea to
add fluoride to drinking water. The health benefits of fluoride have
been well established by careful and rigorous scientific studies
conducted during the past century. All international medical and
dental organizations provide their strongest support to the practice
of fluoridation.
Indian villagers crippled by fluoride
By Omer Farooq BBC correspondent in Hyderabad
This is a story of a land where excess fluoride has turned the
ground water into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people
and leaving hundreds of thousand of others in constant misery.
This is the story of Nalgonda, one of the poorest and most drought-
prone districts of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.
The seriousness of the problem can be measured by the fact that the
groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in
contrast to a maximum permitted level of just 1.5 ppm.
The above problems have occurred because of extremely high levels of
fluoride in water. The health authorities in that district should be
taken to task for allowing this to happen. The recommended level
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 1
part per million (ppm). At levels lower than 1.5 ppm fluoride is
absolutely safe. I append to the end of this post reliable
information on fluoride safety provided by the American Dental
Association.

Cheers,

Santosh

********************************************************************

INFORMATION ON FLUORIDE PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION

QUESTION
Does fluoride in the water supply, at the levels recommended for the
prevention of tooth decay, adversely affect human health?

ANSWER
The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and effective.

Fact
For generations, millions of people have lived in areas where
fluoride is found naturally in drinking water in concentrations as
high or higher than those recommended to prevent tooth decay.
Research conducted among these persons confirms the safety of
fluoride in the water supply.54, 92-95 In fact, in August 1993, the
National Research Council, a branch of the National Academy of
Sciences, released a report prepared for the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) that confirmed that the currently allowed

fluoride levels in drinking water do not pose a risk for health
problems such as cancer, kidney failure or bone disease.96 Based on a
review of available data on fluoride toxicity, the expert
subcommittee that wrote the report concluded that the EPA's ceiling
of 4 ppm for naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water
was "appropriate as an interim standard."96 Subsequently, the EPA
announced that the ceiling of 4 ppm would protect against adverse
health effects with an adequate margin of safety and published a
notice of intent not to revise the fluoride drinking water standard
in the Federal Register.97

As with other nutrients, fluoride is safe and effective when used and
consumed properly. No charge against the benefits and safety of
fluoridation has ever been substantiated by generally accepted
scientific knowledge. After 50 years of research and practical
experience, the preponderance of scientific evidence indicates that
fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and
effective.98 (Additional discussion on this topic may be found in
Question 19 and Question 32.)

Many organizations in the U.S. and around the world involved with
health issues have recognized the benefits of community water
fluoridation. The American Dental Association adopted its original
resolution in support of fluoridation in 1950, and has repeatedly
reaffirmed its position publicly and in its House of Delegates based
on its continuing evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of
fluoridation3 The American Medical Association's (AMA) House of
Delegates first endorsed fluoridation in 1951. In 1986, and again in
1996, the AMA reaffirmed its support for fluoridation as an effective
means of reducing dental decay.99 The World Health Organization,
which initially recommended the practice of water fluoridation in
1969,100 reaffirmed its support for fluoridation in 1994 stating
that: "Providing that a community has a piped water supply, water
fluoridation is the most effective method of reaching the whole
population, so that all social classes benefit without the need for
active participation on the part of individuals."82 Following a
comprehensive 1991 review and evaluation of the public health
benefits and risks of fluoride, the U.S. Public Health Service
reaffirmed its support for fluoridation and continues to recommend
the use of fluoride to prevent dental decay.54

National and international health, service and professional
organizations that recognize the public health benefits of community
water fluoridation for preventing dental decay may be viewed in the
Compendium.



QUESTION
Does drinking optimally fluoridated water cause Alzheimer's disease?

ANSWER
Generally accepted science has not demonstrated an association
between drinking optimally fluoridated water and Alzheimer's disease.

Fact
The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has yet to be identified.
Scientists have identified the major risk factors for AD as age and
family history. Other possible risk factors include a serious head
injury and lower levels of education. Scientists are also studying
additional factors to see if they may be associated with the disease.
These include genetic (inherited) factors, viruses and environmental
factors such as aluminum, zinc and other metals. Researchers have
found these metals in the brain tissue of people with AD, but it is
not known if these metals cause AD or build up in the brain as a
result of the disease.190

Because aluminum has been found in the brain tissue of people with
AD, claims have been made that fluoridated water "leaches" out the
aluminum in cookware when used for boiling water, thereby implicating
fluoride as a co-factor in the development of AD. One experiment
attempted to test this claim by measuring the release of aluminum
from aluminum cookware under the most adverse conditions, with and
without the presence of fluoride. Throughout these trials, scientists
were unable to leach out significant amounts of aluminum from any of
the cookware, including those that were exposed to extreme acidic or
alkaline conditions.191

A study published in 1998192 raised concerns about the potential
relationship between fluoride and Alzheimer's disease. However,
several flaws in the experimental design preclude any definitive
conclusions from being drawn.193

Interestingly, there is evidence that aluminum and fluoride are
mutually antagonistic in competing for absorption in the human
body.17, 194 While a conclusion cannot be made that consumption of
fluoridated water has a preventive effect on AD, there is no
generally accepted scientific knowledge to show consumption of
optimally fluoridated water is a risk factor for AD.

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