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USA admits adding fluoride to water is damaging teeth

"Right now, dentists and dental researchers are really starting to take a closer look at this fluoride experiment of the last fifty years. And the research that’s emerging is drawing increasing concern, which is why legislators in Tennessee and other places like Calgary are calling to end and ban fluoridation altogether."
charliemsays...

He lost me at 'homoeopathic'. One wonders the credentials of such a man talking on the topic of fluoride toxicity, whom has a financial foot in selling anti-fluoride, homoeopathically based goods...on fox...

Sagemindsays...

Biography
Dr. Gerald Curatola graduated from Colgate University in 1979 and received his dental education from New York University College of Dentistry. After graduating in 1983, Dr. Curatola returned to join the teaching faculty in both the Division of Prosthodontic Science and Post-Graduate Department of Continuing Education from 1984-1995. Dr. Curatola also served on the hospital staffs of both New York University and Cabrini Medical Centers in New York City. As a researcher in dental materials and national lecturing clinician in the field of Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Curatola has worked with many dental manufacturers including the Den-Mat, Kerr, Siemens, Brasseler, Colgate, and Oral-B Companies.

In a joint effort with the Jamaican Government and the Peace Corps, Dr. Curatola performed voluntary dentistry on the island of Jamaica, West Indies in 1982. He continued to volunteer his services to the Bowery Mission in New York City from 1985-1995. Since 1996, Dr. Curatola currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Dental Fund of the Hamptons (PDF) whose mission is to provide voluntary dental services to indigent children on the East End of Long Island.

Dr. Curatola has maintained private dental practices in both Manhattan and East Hampton. In 1986, he established the Curatola Dental Group, a restorative and cosmetic dental practice in New York City. After settling his permanent residence in East Hampton, he founded East Hampton Dental Associates, a multi-specialty practice in 1999. Dr. Curatola continues to consult for several major dental corporations in the United States and Europe and lectures internationally on the techniques and benefits of new treatment modalities especially natural, therapeutic approaches to building dental health. He is Cofounder and Chairman of C.S.Bioscience, Inc., a dental biotech company which has developed and patented a nutritional- homeopathic oral care formula (NuPath TM Complexes).

Dr. Curatola has authored numerous articles on dentistry and health including a recent chapter on dental health for the book entitled, "Live Long, Look Young" by Lisa Trivell. Dr. Curatola is currently writing a book entitled "Smile for a Lifetime- An Integrative Look at the Role Your Dental Health Plays in Wellness and Longevity."

http://www.easthamptondental.com/curatola.htm

siftbotsays...

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marinarasays...

so it's better to be a dumbass dentist and ruin peoples teeth with flouridosis and feed poison to babies than to sell some homeopathic shit? rhetorical question.

rychansays...

That dentist seems pretty biased. He was willfully misrepresenting the state of scientific literature on the topic. The scientific consensus is clearly that Fluoride reduces cavities, especially among children and the poor.

He says the CDC has "already" recommended Fluoride be removed from baby water, as if this is the first recommendation in a progression towards banning Fluoride. But the CDC also calls water fluoridation "one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century".

Also, Fluoride in water is hardly exotic. Most groundwater naturally contains Fluoride, often in the concentrations that are recommended for public consumption.

Here's a more balanced set of information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fluoridation

maestro156says...

As soon as a "doctor" recommends homeopathy, his credibility is shattered.

This is just another "scare story" that the news broadcasters use when they need to fill airtime.

I scanned the CDC document that they referenced (found via wiki). It seems to indicate that feeding infants and toddlers fluoridated water _may_ be harmful, but that a much greater source of fluoride is fluoride toothpaste.

A more rational response is to lower the fluoride levels slightly, while teaching people to reduce infant intake of fluoridated water. We are not being poisoned by our government, and the government has not "admitted that fluoridated water damages teeth."

BansheeXsays...

The funny thing about fluoride is that it's purported benefits are topical. So even if you (falsely) believe it reduces cavities, you'd be an even bigger moron to deliver it in a format that is ingested, like tap water. They put warning labels on toothpaste telling you not to do this, but not when it's in the water supply. Makes perfect sense, right? Who knows what bodily ailments this stuff is contributing to in our society.

Just because you can find an opponent of something who is trying to scam you afterwards doesn't mean they aren't right about the shit being bad for you. Plenty of good scientists and dentists who aren't homeopaths have been voicing their opposition to fluoridated water for years.

charliemsays...

>> ^marinara:

so it's better to be a dumbass dentist and ruin peoples teeth with flouridosis and feed poison to babies than to sell some homeopathic shit? rhetorical question.


Logical fallacy. Yes fluoridosis is bad, but not once has he provided evidence to suggest excess levels of fluoride intake are due to the added levels in drinking water. To get the kind of fluoride damage he showed in those pictures you would need a LOT more than what gets added to your water, but he conveniently omitted that bit of info, only to then plug his crap at the end of the bit.

Selling homoeopathic shit as a doctor ruins all credibility this guy had.

sineralsays...

Teeth damage from fluoride in drinking water is definitely a very real phenomenon. I grew up in Suffolk, VA, which has a ridiculously high concentration of fluoride added to the water. We didn't know about it when I was growing up, and now my teeth have very dark brown spots on them, it looks like complete fucking shit. I've been getting them fixed, a couple at a time, over the last couple months, at a cost of $500 per tooth.

GeeSussFreeKsays...

It wouldn't even be an issue if we had choice in the matter, which you don't. It wouldn't be hard to have little fluoride diffusers on the tap. That way, you could control it better for your own use. Fluoride damage is among one of the top forms of crop damage along with vermin (which can be avoided if you manage the pH of your soil because it is a salt, it is just an unnecessary pain in the ass). It would be nice for a home gardener to be able to choose not to use fluoride. This isn't vaccination where herd immunity has an affect on the group, this is completely isolated to individual people. I don't see why "Brita" level fluoride solutions aren't the more viable alternative.

Xaielaosays...

This is why I am glad I grew up in the country and drank well water and as an adult who lives in a small city I get water delivered from a spring (for about $20 a month). City water just tastes like shit, the fluoride not withstanding anyway.

And one wonders why so many people drink soda and coffee over water anymore.

GeeSussFreeKsays...

>> ^gargoyle:

Fluoridation is also suspected of being a contributing cause to hypothyroidism. Can't find anything rigorous on this yet. Still looking.


It is hard with all the conflicting and conflated data and opinions out there to accurately gauge it. I am not a chemist either, but I know it makes my soil toxic to plants over time. I believe the chemical classification for Sodium Fluoride is a Toxic, Irritant, but for some reason the CDC lists it an an inert...which is completely false. People who do organic farming are really critical with the CDC on this point because Sodium Fluoride is anything but inert and violates the organic farmers main goal; of removing all toxic elements from food production. With fluoride in toothpaste, I really don't see a purpose for water fluoridation anymore. Like someone mentioned earlier, why ingest something that is supposed to be a topical application. Now that toothpastes all come with it, that topical nature is realized and drinking water fluoridation should fall away. Sodium Fluoride has electrolytes, what plants crave!

marinarasays...

>> ^charliem:
To get the kind of fluoride damage he showed in those pictures you would need a LOT more than what gets added to your water, but he conveniently omitted that bit of info, only to then plug his crap at the end of the bit.
Selling homoeopathic shit as a doctor ruins all credibility this guy had.


We both agree that selling homeopathic shit is shit.

To get that fluoride damage.... so how did he get it? Most likely just drinking too much water. Maybe he didn't have air conditioning. Fluoride also has been scientifically linked to bone cancer. Thankfully bone cancer is relatively rare to begin with.

marinarasays...

>> ^gargoyle:

Fluoridation is also suspected of being a contributing cause to hypothyroidism. Can't find anything rigorous on this yet. Still looking.


quick search for hypothyroidism says "women over the age of 60 are the most at risk."

Imagine how hard it is for a scientific study to run for 60 years before the data gets collected. Especially with fluoride being a politically charged subject; I mean industrial corporations would be liable for billions in damages if fluoride poisioning became documented.

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