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Expert: Stop Putting Fluoride in Connecticut's Water

During a hearing in Hartford this week critics argued the mandatory addition of fluoride in public water supplies is harmful to some.

Though state Sen. Joe Markley's proposal for a ban on adding fluoride to public water supplies failed in the General Assembly this year, the Southington Republican was back at the state capitol this week pushing the idea. 

During an informal hearing Monday in Hartford Markley said he would bring his bill back before the legislature during its next session in the fall, according to a Hartford Courant report. 

Markley wants to ban the addition of fluoride in public water supplies because, he says, it adds an unfair and costly burden to water utility companies. 

In renewing his case this week against the practice, Markley relied on an expert, Paul Connett, a retired chemist and college professor. Connett said that while fluoride in public water supplies has substantially reduced cavities for millions in Connecticut and the U.S., it can harm the bones and brains of young children, the Courant reports. 

He also said the state, which mandates adding fluoride in public water systems, is usurping the rights of residents to decide for themselves whether to take flouride or give it to their children. 

"We should never use the public water supply to deliver medicine. No doctor could do to us what the state of Connecticut is doing," the newspaper quotes Connett.


nyscof July 04, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Is Fluoride “Brain-Drain” Damaging Generations of Children? New York – June 25 – Fluoride is one of 213 known brain-toxic chemicals that may lower the intelligence of generations of children, reports renowned physician and 30-year brain researcher, Dr. Phillipe Grandjean in his new book, “Only One Chance: How Environmental Pollution Impairs Brain Development,” reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF) EPA lists fluoride as having “Substantial Evidence of Developmental Neurotoxicity.” Fluoride, never safety-tested in humans for brain or many other health effects, is an unapproved drug says the FDA. Yet, physicians and dentists routinely prescribe fluoride supplements and endorse fluoridated water as a cavity-preventive. When environmental chemicals affect developing brains, children risk cognitive deficits, learning disabilities, mental retardation, ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, and other disorders that will remain for a lifetime, says Grandjean. “Fluorides are known to cause brain toxicity and neurological symptoms in humans,” Dr. Grandjean says. He laments that vested interests often manipulate brain-drain research and manufacture uncertainties to wrongly discredit scientists’ conclusions and credibility. Vested interests caused decades to pass before children were protected from the brain-damaging effects of lead exposure reported in the literature. We unnecessarily lost a generation to lead-induced brain damage, reports Grandjean. When Grandjean’s research team published a careful review of studies (meta-analysis) linking fluoride to children’s lower IQ, worried fluoridation promoters and regulators immediately and incorrectly claimed that only excessive exposures are toxic, the effect is insignificant, decades of fluoridation would have revealed brain deficits (although nobody looked, yet), and that it was probably lead and arsenic that lowered IQ, not fluoride. Example here “When such a misleading fuselage is aimed at the authors of a careful meta-analysis of 27 different studies, what would it take to convince critics like that,” asks Grandjean. Another respected researcher, whose experiments revealed fluoride clearly is brain damaging, was fired because she “was jeopardizing the financial support of [the] entire institution [Forsyth],” writes Grandjean (See: The Fluoride Deception, Chapter 1) Grandjean was part of a WHO International Program of Chemical Safety. Most committee members promoted fluoride’s beneficial effects but curtailed any mention of fluoride’s toxic effects in the draft report. Grandjean writes, “as I was considered part of the secretariat I had no vote and my views were not allowed in the final document. Realizing that I had been taken hostage, I had to disengage from this report.” Attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President says, “Fluoride has powerful, influential and rich defenders. It’s up to the rest of us to protect children by demanding that unnecessary and ineffective brain-draining fluoride chemicals cease being added to public water supplies. Call your elected officials today and tell them you want fluoridation stopped where you live. Our children are victimized guinea pigs in this on-going experiment. It must end.” Find your legislators here Dr. Grandjean’s Chemical Brain Drain website and Video SOURCE: NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. References http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/is-fluoride-brain-drain-damaging-generations-of-children-212952611.html

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