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Expensive fluoride  added to Birmingham’s water did not protect first teeth

22 Mar

Royal College of Surgeons’ dean points to ‘sweet habits’ as first teeth are removed

Today it was reported that NHS data obtained by the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) shows there were 9,206 extractions within the age group in 2015-16 compared with 7,444 in 2006-07 – a 24% rise. The figures prompted calls for parents, the government and the food industry to take action to reverse the alarming trend.

Prof Nigel Hunt, dean of the RCS’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, said: “When you see the numbers tallied up like this it becomes abundantly clear that the sweet habits of our children are having a devastating effect on the state of their teeth.

Hundreds of children are having their first teeth extracted as hospital treatments hit their highest level in six years in Birmingham.

There were 1,464 hospital admissions for teeth extractions for children from the Birmingham CrossCity CCG in 2015/16, the highest number since at least 2010/11, and up from 795 in 2014/15. In Sandwell and West Birmingham, the number of hospital admissions for teeth extractions has also hit a six year high, at 141 in 2015/16, up from 33 in 2014/15.

The numbers have increased sevenfold since 2010/11

In 2010/11 there were 208 hospital admissions for tooth extraction. Included in the admissions were 297 for children aged between one and four to have multiple teeth extracted, the highest number since at least 2010/11, as well as 730 admissions for children aged five to nine, the highest number since at least 2010/11.

Ingesting fluoride at best ‘controversial’: at worst, causing some damage to health

A report by Birmingham Professor of Epidemiology, K.K. Cheng and Dr Trevor Sheldon published in the BMJ deemed the practice ‘controversial’.

More recently, corresponding author Professor Stephen Peckham, University of Kent commented on research he and two co-authors had undertaken and published in the BMJ: “We found that practices located in the West Midlands (a wholly fluoridated area) are nearly twice as likely to report high hypothyroidism prevalence in comparison to Greater Manchester (non-fluoridated area).

Last year Ian Wylie reported that around one million people in Birmingham are supplied with artificially fluoridated water. But its average number of extracted or filled teeth is 1.17, higher than the national average. Across the West Midlands, where water has been fluoridated since 1964, there has been a 300% rise in children under the age of 10 being admitted to hospital for multiple teeth extractions in the last five years. 


Stop Press: today we read that a representative of leading brands including Mars, Cadbury, Kellogg’s and Nestlé (aka ‘food giants’) told The Times that they would reduce sugar content in food and drink but not to the government’s timescale.





Fluoridated water

26 Apr

fluoride UK mapFollowing a recent blog on Birmingham’s fluoridated water supply, a thoughtful reader said she could not understand why hip fractures would increase when fluoride was accumulated, adding to bone mass. An online search followed.

The most relevant findings (10th page, Google search!) follow this summary of points made in the blog: Birmingham – together with only 10% of the UK’s population – accepted the expense of adding fluoride to its water supplies in 1964. Scientific research gives cause for concern on several counts:

  • Thyroid malfunction
  • Childhood cognitive impairment
  • Effect of fluoride accumulation on bone structure over many years
  • The effects of cumulative fluoride intake

Background info

“Fluoride has been used in the past and is possibly one of the oldest drugs available for managing osteoporosis. It would actually produce dramatic effects in changing the radio-graphic appearance of bones by making them appear much denser.The actual bone mass seemed to increase but it did not promote any mineralization (depositing of calcium) resulting in poor bone quality and hence chances of fractures are high,” says Gurinder Bedi, Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopedics, Fortis Hospital.

Vivek Logani, Chief of Joint Replacement Surgery at Paras Hospital in Gurgaon, agrees to the side effects of fluoride intake, “It is widely recognized that fluoride therapy for osteoporosis adds mass to bones but produces inferior bones. Numerous studies show that fluoride may cause not only increased skeletal fragility (more non-vertebral fractures such as hips) but also osteomalacia (deficiency of bone mineralization).” Infants, elderly, people with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and vitamin C and those with cardiovascular and kidney problems are more susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride and its compounds. According to experts, lower body pain, prolonged pain, body stiffness and inability to walk are some of the symptoms of bones being affected by high fluoride concentration.

Due to this counterproductive action of fluoride on the strength and elasticity of the bone, the Food and Drug Administration of United States has rejected the use of fluoride for treatment of osteoporosis,” Logani added.


– Joel M. Kauffman, Ph.D. Acknowledgements: Potential conflicts of interest , is Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 600 S. 43rd St., Philadelphia, PA, 19104-4495; Water Fluoridation: a Review of Recent Research and Actions: Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 10 Number 2 Summer 2005 – http://www.jpands.org/vol10no2/kauffman.pdf

Page 42:

Cancer rates in the ten largest fluoridated cities in the United States and in the ten largest nonfluoridated cities were found to be the same before fluoridation began. After 20 years, the ten fluoridated cities had 10% more cancer deaths than the nonfluoridated cities. The cancers were found in the tongue, mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, larynx, bronchi, and lungs. Hip fractures in two cities in Utah were compared: fluoridated Brigham City and nonfluoridated Cedar City. In the fluoridated (1 ppm) city, the hip fracture rate was twice as high as in the nonfluoridated city, in women around age 75. Men aged 80-85 also had twice the hip fracture rate in fluoridated Brigham City.

The insidious nature of fluoride toxicity is that it does not cause bone density loss as found in osteoporosis by bone scans, but causes an increase in bone density with no clinical benefit. Fluoride makes both bones and teeth more brittle. Early reports of supposed benefits of fluoridation to bone were quoted without citing later corrections or retractions. Dr. A. K. Susheela of the India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi found that fluoride severely disrupts formation of bone matrix, inhibiting the hardening of bones. She found that about 20 countries in the world have serious health problems due to excess fluoride. Her work showed that high levels of fluoride in drinking water were associated with birth defects, stillbirths, and early infant mortality . . .

Water fluoridated to 1ppm fluoride is not safe in the general population. How much of the toxicity results from the arsenic and heavy metal contamination in the newer fluoridating agents is not yet known. Additionally, certain populations such as patients with diabetes or renal impairment are at increased risk, especially if they drink more than average amounts of water. A study comparing 25 young adults with fluorosis against 25 matched controls showed very significant impairment of glucose tolerance in those with fluorosis, which, however, was reversible when water with low fluoride levels was given . . . –