Dr. Hardy Limeback, biochemist and Professor of Dentistry, University of Toronto, former consultant to the Canadian Dental Association.
"Children under three should never use fluoridated toothpaste. Or drink fluoridated water. And baby formula must never be made up using Toronto tap water. Never. In fluoridated areas, people should never use fluoride supplements. We tried to get them banned for children but (the dentists) wouldn't even look at the evidence we presented" (See news.htm for full text).
Professor A.K. Susheela (author of over 100 published scientific papers)
"What is the matter with your scientists that they allow your government to be so stupid?", October 4, 1998, commenting on the UK government's support for fluoridation.
Dr. Robert Carton, Ph.D, former Environmental Protection Agency Scientist (20 years), Food & Water Journal, Summer 1998
"The level of fluoride the government allows the public is based on scientifically fraudulent information and altered reports. People can be harmed simply by drinking water."
Dr. William Marcus, Ph.D, Environmental Protection Agency Scientist, Food & Water Journal, Summer 1998
"Fluoride is a carcinogen by any standard we use. i believe EPA should act immediately to protect the public, not just on the cancer data, but on the evidence of bone fractures, arthritis, mutagenicity, and other effects."
Dr. Geoffrey Smith, Dental Surgeon, New Scientist, May 5, 1983
"Dental Fluorosis, no matter how slight is an irreversible pathological condition recognised by authorities around the world as the first readily detectable clinical symptom of previous chronic fluoride poisoning. To suggest we should ignore such a sign is as irrational as saying that the blue-black line which appears on the gums due to chronic lead poisoning is of no significance because it doesn't cause any pain or discomfort.”
Frederick B. Exner, M.D., May 11, 1960
"Resolved to its simplest terms, the issue before you is this: Suppose I, as an individual, want to do something to one of you for the sole purpose of helping you and you don't want it done. You are a sane adult. There is no acute emergency. No one else is involved. I have no other ulterior motive. The question then is: 'Which one of us has the right to decide whether I should be permitted to do something to you 'for your own good' but against your will? Do You? Or do I"
Journal of the American Medical Association, Sept 18, 1943, Editorial.
"Fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons, probably because of their capacity to modify the metabolism of cells by changing the permeability of the cell membrane and by inhibiting certain enzyme systems. The exact mechanism of such actions is obscure. The sources of fluorine intoxication are drinking water containing 1 part per million or more of fluorine, fluoride compounds used as insecticidal spays for fruits and vegetables (cryolite and barium fluosilicate) and the mining and conversion of phosphate rock to superphosphate, which is used as fertilizer."
Journal American Dental Association, October 1944, Editorial
We do know that the use of drinking water containing as little as 1.2 - 3.0 parts per million of fluorine will cause such developmental disturbances in bones as osteosclerosis, spondylosis and osteopetrosis, as well as goiter, and we cannot afford to run the risk of producing such serious systemic disturbances in applying what is at present a doubtful procedure intended to prevent development of dental disfigurements....
Dr. P. Mullenix, Ph.D., research scientist, 1997 letter to Calgary Councillors.
"As a toxicologist involved in fluoride research for over ten years, I was stunned by the Calgary Regional Health Authority's glib comments proclaiming water fluoridation safe. The 'fifty years' of studies about fluoride safety, do not exist. The "ongoing intensive research on fluorides and fluoridation', does not exist, certainly none investigating safety.”
Dr. A. Schatz, Ph.D., co-discoverer, at age 23, of the first effective treatment against tuberculosis — streptomycin — 1997 letter to Calgary Councillors
"Many individuals with impeccable credentials in science, dentistry, and medicine have published incontrovertible evidence that fluoridation is harmful and does not reduce the incidence of dental caries".
Dr. Conrad Sonntag, Alberta Dentist, 1992
“[fluoridation] amounts to mass medication to contest a disease which is neither life threatening nor grossly debilitating. I'd rather not see any more chemicals in the water. We're trying to treat this problem [decay] much like trying to kill a fly with a shotgun.”
Alhava E.M., et al., The Effect of Drinking Water Fluoridation on the Fluoride Content, Strength and Mineral Density of Human Bone, Acta Orthop. Scand., 51, 1980
"The highest fluoride content in bone ash was observed in women with severe osteoporosis"
U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 1993
“...subsets of the population may be unusually susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride and its compounds. These populations include the elderly, people with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, and/or vitamin C, and people with cardiovascular and kidney problems.”
Dr. P.H. Phillips, biochemist, University of Wisconsin
"Fluoride is an accumulative poison which accumulates in the skeletal structures, including the teeth, when the body is exposed to small daily intakes of this element. ...it is like lead accumulation in the bone until saturation occurs and then lead poisoning sets in.”
Supreme Court Justice J.P. Flaherty - former Chairman of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences - in a 1979 letter to the Mayor of Auckland, N.Z.
“...the evidence is quite convincing that the addition of sodium fluoride to the public water supply at one part per million is extremely deleterious to the human body.... Prior to my hearing this case, I gave the matter of fluoridation little if any, thought but I received quite an education, and noted that the proponents of fluoridation do nothing more than try to impugn the objectivity of those who oppose fluoridation.”
Dr. C.G. Heyd, former President of the American Medical Association
"I am appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs....”
The late Dr. George L. Waldbott, author of "Fluoridation, the Great Dilemma"
“...When medical practitioners everywhere also recognize the severity of the problems of chronic fluoride toxicosis, and laws mandating truly safe drinking water are sincerely enforced, the health of millions will dramatically improve....”
Carl Sagan C., from Broca's Brain
The character or beliefs of the scientist are irrelevant; all that matters is whether the evidence supports his contention. Arguments from authority simply do not count; too many authorities have been mistaken too often.
Yearbook of Agriculture, 1939
Fluorine interferes with the normal calcification of the teeth during the process of their formation so that affected teeth, in addition to being usually discolored and ugly in appearance, are structurally weak and deteriorate early in life. For this reason, it is especially important that fluorine be avoided during the period of tooth formation, that is, from birth to the age of 12 years.
Dyson Rose, John Marier, Environmental Fluoride 1977, National Research Council of Canada (NRCC No. 16081).
Fluoride is a persistent bioaccumulator, and is entering into human food-and-beverage chains in increasing amounts. Careful consideration of all available data indicates that the amount of fluoride ingested daily in foods and beverages by adult humans living in fluoridated communities currently ranges between 3.5 and 5.5 mg. ... Long-term ingestion, with accumulation of fluoride in animals and man, induces metabolic and biochemical changes ... There is no doubt that inadequate nutrition increases the severity of fluoride toxicosis.
DeEds F, Fluorine in Relation to Bone and Tooth Development, JADA, 23, 1936, p 574
Fluorine is a general protoplasmic poison, but the most important symptoms of chronic fluorine poisoning known at present are mottling of the teeth and interference with bone formation.
Chief Dental Officer, British Ministry of Health and Social Security, December 11, 1980.
...no laboratory test has ever shown that 1 part per million fluoride in the drinking water reduces tooth decay.
Bette Hileman, Fluoridation of Water, Chemical & Engineering News, August 1, 1988.
Although skeletal fluorosis has been studied intensely in other countries for more than 40 years, virtually no research has been done in the U.S. to determine how many people are afflicted with the earlier stages of the disease, particularly the preclinical stages. Because some of the clinical symptoms mimic arthritis, the first two clinical phases of skeletal fluorosis could be easily misdiagnosed. Skeletal fluorosis is not even discussed in most medical texts under the effects of fluoride; indeed, a number of texts say the condition is almost nonexistent in the U.S. Even if a doctor is aware of the disease, the early stages are difficult to diagnose.
Johnston DW, Current status of professionally applied topical fluorides, Com Dent Oral Epidem 1994, 22
"Professionally applied topical fluoride procedures should not be provided on a routine basis but should be limited, particularly in Canada where caries incidence is relatively low, to high caries risk groups served by dental public health programs and high risk patients in private dental practice. For those selected for these procedures, the maximum benefits must be assured at the least biological and financial costs." [emphasis added]
Does your dentist still recommend twice-yearly fluoride treatments?