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Court denies EPA’s request to limit info on water fluoridation

An attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at doing away with water fluoridation in the U.S. was denied in 2018 by a Northern District of California federal court judge, as reported in The National Law Review.

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The court blocked requests by the EPA to limit the information that was available to the court while a decision was being made whether or not to ban water fluoridation. This means that important studies showing the harmful effects of fluoride may be submitted in court and that “any trial of this matter will be far broader than what the EPA preferred,” according to the NLR.

The vast majority of Western Europe — 97% — have already rejected water fluoridation.

Fluoride is very hard to filter out of the water, and the typical water filters that most people use will not remove fluoride.

Earlier this year a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report  showed that at least 40% of children are overexposed to fluoride. The report focused on kids swallowing too much toothpaste and neglected the significant exposure from fluoridated tap water.

Many children now exceed the recommended daily fluoride intake from toothpaste alone, and infants, particularly those under 6 months of age, will exceed the upper limit set by the Institute of Medicine for fluoride when consuming formula, since it is mixed with water, increasing their risk of side effects. Fluoridated water contains 200 to 250 times more fluoride than breast milk.

Exposure to fluoridated water has been shown to lower thyroid function and cause endocrine dysfunction. Numerous human studies have linked moderately high fluoride exposures with reduced IQ in children and a higher prevalence of ADHD, while over 100 animal studies have linked it to brain damage. 

While most people trust their water authorities to ensure their drinking water is safe, the fact is that many city and towns do not use pharmaceutical grade fluoride; they use hydrofluosilicic acid — a toxic waste product of the fertilizer industry that is frequently contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins.

Fluoride gets excreted through your kidneys, so kidney function is another important factor to consider. After fluoride is processed through your kidneys, the remainder accumulates in your teeth and bones, pineal gland and other tissues — including your blood vessels.

In 2015 — 53 years after fluoride levels had been established — the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the "optimal" level of fluoride had in fact been set too high, resulting in 40% of American teens showing signs of overexposure, a condition known as dental fluorosis.

So, for the first time since 1962, the government lowered its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water. But, is it low enough?

Probably not, considering the many sources of fluoride besides water: Toothpaste, dental rinses and processed foods and beverages. Since fluoride accumulates in your body over time, chances are this level is still too high — especially for infants and children.