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Baby Foods Too High in Fluoride

 

Some baby foods contain such high levels of fluoride that babies, who eat the food, risk dental fluorosis (white flecks, brown or yellow irreversibly stained permanent teeth, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association (Heilman, et al., July 1997)

The authors conclude, "Any infants who regularly eat more than a couple of ounces of infant foods containing high-fluoride-content chicken would be at elevated fluorosis risk." Infants who eat large quantities of dry infant cereals reconstituted with fluoridated water could ingest substantial quantities of fluoride from this source, this study shows "Children should also be monitored to make sure that they do not ingest too much fluoride from other sources such as fluoride dentifrice, dietary fluoride supplements or fluoridated water...."

"Fluoride consumption in the United States is out of control. Our children are paying the price with smiles that embarrass them," said lawyer Paul Beeber, President of the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. "Organized dentistry has lobbied for fluoride, unchallenged, for years. Now we have a glut of fluoride in our water, foods, and beverages, along with fluoridated dental products," said Beeber.

One ppm (part per million) fluoride is added to over half of US water supplies (approximately 1 milligram per quart of fluoridated water), the amount dentists claim as optimal to prevent tooth decay without causing unsightly dental fluorosis. However, "The actual 'optimal' fluoride intake has not been determined," according to this study.

"Chicken is processed using a mechanical deboning method that can leave skin and residual bone particles in the food." (Chicken skin has been found to contain about 1 ppm fluoride, according to the study.) Fluoride stores in animals' bones and teeth.

The FDA now requires fluoride toothpaste to carry a warning label: "WARNINGS: Keep out of the reach of children under six years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately."

"What is the recommended daily dose of fluoride from all sources? Where does it come from? In what amounts?" asked Beeber. "These are the questions the media should be asking."

On July 25, 1997, Beeber was presented with a "Pen Certificate" by New York State Senator Owen H. Johnson for Beeber's efforts, and that of the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation members, in the passage of the Home Rule Bill on fluoridation. The bill was signed into law on July 2, 1996 by Governor Pataki in spite of intense lobbying by the New York State Dental Society.

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