2/12/13

Mayor Graham
City Hall
Watertown, New York USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Mayor Graham,

Jefferson County Public Health Department Director Jean Bilow and
Steve Jennings of that department have provided Cancer Action NY with
the several  documents that they consider to constitute the foundation
for their statement that fluoridation of water has been proven to be
safe.  These documents are listed below.

“Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: The Impact
of Fluoride on Health”
http://www.eatright.org/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=8423

“Review of Fluoride: Benefits & Risks”; Report of the Ad Hoc
Sub-Committee on Fluoride of the Committee to Coordinate Environmental
Health and Related Programs – U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services
http://www.health.gov/environment/ReviewofFluoride/default.htm

Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Guidelines
http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=5776&page=288

National Academy of Sciences on Fluoride in Drinking Water
http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/safety/nas.htm

“National Research Council Report on Earth Materials and Health:
Research Priorities for Earth Sciences and Public Health”
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11809#toc

I have read “Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: The
Impact of Fluoride on Health”.  This document contains no information
that constitutes a basis for concluding that fluoridation is safe.
The document includes the following sentence, “Fluoride research of
more than 65 years has shown that fluoride is safe and effective at
the levels used for water fluoridation (0.7 to 1.2 mg/L).”  However,
the document presents this claim without offering any support for the
claim.  The position paper named above fails to address the matter of
total fluoride exposure.  It fails to address the endocrine disruption
effects of fluoride.  It fails to address the increased risk of bone
cancer imposed by fluoride exposure.

In “Review of Fluoride: Benefits & Risks” a report of the Ad Hoc
Sub-Committee on Fluoride of the Committee to Coordinate Environmental
Health and Related Programs an entity of the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, three health risks are assessed:  cancer, dental
fluorosis and bone fractures.  This report states that existing animal
studies fail to establish an association between fluoride exposure and
cancer.  However, it states that two animal studies have demonstrated
increased cancer risk associated with fluoride exposure.  Clearly, the
matter of fluoride exposure and cancer risk has not been studied
sufficiently to conclude that fluoride exposure does not increase
cancer risk.  The report states that
evidence exists for increased risk of dental fluorosis and bone
fractures in populations receiving fluoride exposures in the range
utilized by fluoridation programs in the United States.  I find this
report to provide a basis for the conclusion that fluoride exposure
has not been proven to be safe.

The 2007 National Research Council report “Earth Materials and Health:
Research Priorities for Earth Sciences and Public Health” does not
provide any in depth review of the scientific literature of fluoride
exposure and damage to health.  It is not a suitable document for use
as a foundation for the claim that fluoridation is safe.

The webpage titled, National Academy of Sciences on Fluoride in
Drinking Water presents information on several reviews of the
scientific literature that have been conducted over the course of many
years by the National Academies of Sciences (NAS).  The most recent
document found on this webpage, which constitutes a scientific review
is the 2006 National Research Council report titled, “Fluoride in
Drinking Water:  A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards”.  I have
reviewed this document and found information therein that raises
concerns about the endocrine disruption effects of fluoride exposure,
especially adverse impacts upon the thyroid gland.  It is incorrect to
claim that this document serves as a basis for concluding that
fluoridation is safe.  The document serves as a basis for concluding
that fluoridation has not been proven to be safe and that there is
reason to conclude that it is not safe.

Based upon all that is stated above, I reject the claim of the
Jefferson  County Public Health Department that fluoridation has been
proven to be safe.  Fluoridation has not been proven to be safe.  Much
to the contrary, fluoridation has been shown to cause harm.
Furthermore, so little research has been conducted on total exposure
and endocrine disruption effects that no reasonable person would
conclude that fluoridation was safe.

Thank you for your attention to this correspondence.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

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