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Disinformation on Fluoridation



"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right."

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

York Report In September of 2000, the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at York University published a comprehensive review of 3,246 studies on the effects of water fluoridation on humans. The results have been widely cited by fluoridation advocates, including Clallam County Health Officer Tom Locke.

This report has been so misrepresented by fluoridation advocates that the chair of the group that conducted the review was prompted to write an open letter stating:

“I am concerned that the results of the review have been widely misrepresented.” In fact, the reportconcluded “it is surprising to find that little high quality research has been undertaken.” ~A Systematic Review of Public Water Fluoridation, University of York, September 2000, page xvi

Despite studies such as this, the Port Angeles Water Fluoridation Fact Sheet states that “Community water fluoridation adjustment is effective. It prevents cavities in people of all ages.” They further claim “Fluoridation is safe. There is overwhelming support from the scientific and medical communities.”

The British Dental and Medical Associations

British Dental Association: “The report confirms that there is clear evidence that fluoridation reduces [decay].”  However, the York Report actually said that “To have clear confidence in the ability to answer the question [of caries reduction], the quality of the evidence would need to be higher.”  More Examples

British Medical Association: “There is no evidence of any adverse risk to human health.”  The York Report concluded otherwise: “The research evidence is of insufficient quality to allow confident statements about other potential harms [than dental fluorosis].” More Examples

American Dental Association Misrepresentations 

(1) “Over 405 million people in more than 60 countries worldwide enjoy the benefits of fluoridated water.” That is a gross exaggeration. Only 11 countries plus Hong Kong have a significant portion of their populations receiving fluoridated water. Source

(2) “Studies conducted throughout the past 60 years have consistently indicated that fluoridation of community water supplies is safe and effective in preventing dental decay.” The York Report indicates such a conclusion is unjustified.

(3) “...no European country has imposed a ‘ban’ on water fluoridation...” In fact, fluoride isnot allowed in the public water systems of most European countries, resulting in 98% of Europe and all of Japan, India, and China (except for Hong Kong) being unfluoridated. Source