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On January 25, 1945, the first human fluoridation experiment experiment was conducted on all the residents of Grand Rapids Michigan without their informed consent. Sodium fluoride was added to their water supply to discover if it really reduced tooth decay. Health effects were never even looked for.
Fluoridation is nothing to Celebrate
New York – Sixty-eight years ago while experimental trials were still underway, public water supplies were dosed with fluoride chemicals promising to safely reduce tooth decay, put dentists out of business and save millions of dollars on dental care. Current science tells us none of that came to pass; but fluoridation is still celebrated as if it did, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).
Paul Connett, PhD, FAN Executive Director says, "The fluoridation experiment has been an abject failure. Public health officials have abandoned their duty to protect health and have forfeited their integrity by ignoring growing science showing fluoride has the potential to harm health.”
Here’s some of what’s occurred since 1945:
1.) Dental expenditures have grown, along with the number of dental professionals, dental schools, and industry profits.
2) Even with 73.9% of the U.S. population receiving fluoridated water, the incidence and severity of children's primary tooth decay recently increased (CDC).
3) Fluoride overexposure is a new and growing epidemic afflicting up to 60% of US adolescents with dental fluorosis (white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth). Early fluoridationists expected that no more than 10% of children would develop mild fluorosis. CDC reports that Black and Mexican-American children suffer significantly higher rates of the more severe forms of dental fluorosis.
4) An expert panel reviewed fluoride’s toxicology for the National Research Council and released a landmark report in 2006. The panel found that the maximum contaminant level for fluoride permitted in drinking water is not protective of human health and that infants, children, and several other subsets of the U.S. population are being over-exposed. The panel noted the following adverse effects from this overexposure: broken bones, pre-clinical skeletal fluorosis which manifests as arthritic-type pain, and severe dental fluorosis.
5) Thirty-six studies report an association between fluoride and reduced IQ in children - some at levels considered safe in the US. Early fluoridationists didn’t consider fluoride/brain effects.
6) Fluoride has been found in the pineal gland of elderly cadavers at significantly high levels (up to 21,000 parts per million). The pineal is an endocrine gland located between the two hemispheres of the brain.
7) U.S. formula-fed infants receive up to 250 times more fluoride than breast-fed infants. This is a significant exposure that public health officials refuse to discuss.
When fluoridation began, fluoride was believed to be an essential nutrient for healthy teeth; but current science proves it is neither. Fluoride is a drug with side effects. The FDA classifies fluoride supplements as unapproved drugs and reports “this drug has not been found by FDA to be safe and effective,” because no safety experiments were ever performed.
Even fluoride varnish, containing 26,600 ppm fluoride, was never safety-tested but is applied to teeth of babies as young as 6-months-old which “leads to a significant increase in urine fluoride.”
“There is no scientifically-valid reason to ingest fluoride. Fluoridation must end.” says Connett.On January 25, 1945, the first human fluoridation experiment experiment was conducted... more
Harvard University researchers’ review of fluoride/brain studies concludes “our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment.” It was published online July 20 in Environmental Health Perspectives, a US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ journal
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi.htmlHarvard University researchers’ review of fluoride/brain studies concludes... more
Edwin Bernays, the father of propaganda, had a job assignment to convince the American public that adding fluoride chemicals into and onto their entire bodies via the water supply was a safe and effective way to reduce tooth decay. He did his job and now about 2/3 of public water supplies are fluoridated. Unfortunately science shows fluoridation is ineffective, harmful and a huge waste of money. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31568Edwin Bernays, the father of propaganda, had a job assignment to convince the American... more
Many individuals experience dental pain that requires urgent medical attention. As a result, the first step to relief comes from an understanding of the area that needs dental work. With various fields in the dental practice, dentists today can specialize to meet your needs. These fields are rapidly evolving and some dentists are more receptive to technology and practice advancements while others are not, and one that suits your specific needs can be difficult to find. Dentist finders can assist you in this. It is important to learn how to find a dentist who will meet your urgent needs and give you the satisfaction that you desire.
With several different fields in dentistry, it is beneficial to learn “what’s what.” Oral pathology deals with treatment of infections related to the mouth, jaw, and face. A public health dentist’s area of expertise is with common oral diseases that affect people. Endodontics deals with treatment of the dental pulp. This is commonly known among patients as a root canal. Oral radiology deals with interpretation of diseases of the mouth and jaw. Orthodontics is on correction of teeth, while pedodontics specializes in children’s teeth.
You will require dental consultation with the doctor to determine the extent of damage before the problem can be handled. To find a dentist one must gather information and collect references through asking family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues at work. It is also prudent to ask your current dentist for a reference if you are moving to another location. You can ask for advice from other health professionals like pharmacists or your family physician. With searches through a local hospital or online dental directories you can ascertain the physical address of local dentist offices.
There are several factors you must consider when looking for a dentist who will best fit you’re your life’s schedule. Learning how long the dentist has been in practice, their level of education, and area of focus within the practice as briefly explained above can benefit you. For convenience, examine whether the dental offices’ working hours are compatible with your own schedule. To ensure your care, you will need to check if the dentist is receptive to the modern technology of practices and whether or not they are involved in continuous learning through seminars and workshops. It is also important to learn vital information about the dental fees, insurance paperwork and eligibility. For public health purposes, one must note whether or not the dentist takes care of a patient’s safety by wearing protective gear and whether the work area is kept clean.
Opportunities for people to learn and an emphasis on advancing their career have led many to attend dental school. This makes it important for a dentist to stand out among their colleagues. However, certain factors should not weigh heavily when you need to find a dentist. In such a competitive world, there are various advertisements in the media and some are very misleading to the public. As much as knowing the cost of a dental procedure is vital, you don’t need to find a dentist based on cost alone. A dental office which charges low fees may not offer the best service to compensate for the costs. Therefore, it is extremely important to find a dentist who knows what he is doing despite the fee he is charging.Many individuals experience dental pain that requires urgent medical attention. As a... more
A Santa Barbara (California) Dentist Perseveres On His Afghanistan Humanitarian Project, Despite Obvious RisksSanta Barbara dentist perseveres on Afghanistan humanitarian project despite risks
Jim Rolfe sought to bring U.S.-caliber dental care to Afghans, most of whom have never been to a dentist. But it's been even more challenging than he could have imagined.
Pressing ahead with his mission
Photo: Dr. Jim Rolfe, 71, left, a Santa Barbara dentist, cares for a patient in Afghanistan. As other dentists at the end of their careers amble across the golf course, Rolfe operates in the shadow of the Taliban, providing essential care to people who have gone their whole lives without it. (September 11, 2010)
By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2010
Reporting from Santa Barbara, California —
To Santa Barbara dentist Jim Rolfe, it seemed straightforward enough: Turn a couple of shipping containers into prefab dental offices, send them to Afghanistan and set up a clinic.
That was before the steely idealist encountered corrupt officials and inept bureaucrats, flying shrapnel and religious killings. It was before his private practice ebbed and his retirement account plummeted, before he spent $750,000 of his savings on a project that, to less driven types, would seem doomed.
"It's just an obsession," he said in his office recently. "For me to give up — to let down all the people who helped me, the people who gave me money and advice, not to mention the Afghans — well, I couldn't bear to do that."
As other dentists at the end of their careers amble across the golf course, Rolfe operates in the shadow of the Taliban, providing essential care to people who have gone their whole lives without it. At 71, he's determined to keep his 3-year-old clinic alive — even after a dentist friend unaffiliated with the clinic and nine other Western aid workers were shot dead last month in a rural Afghan valley.
Working on the idea for nearly a decade, Rolfe has made frequent trips to Afghanistan while trying to maintain his office in Santa Barbara. His clinic on the outskirts of Kabul has treated thousands of Aghans at no charge — an achievement that has earned him an award from the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, an Iowa-based humanitarian group.
In a land where people sometimes die of infections caused by abscessed teeth, many of Rolfe's patients had never before seen a dentist. Now they're treated by three — all Afghan. There are 13 other staffers, including women who have graduated as dental assistants from a class introduced by Rolfe and the American volunteers who pitch in.
When he's in Kabul, Rolfe keeps a low profile. When asked about his religious beliefs, he demurs. In 2008, gunmen on a motorcycle roared by just half a block from the clinic, killing a woman who was known to teach Christianity in her guest house.
Still, Rolfe, who wears a diamond stud in his left ear, couldn't resist a biblical allusion when he described his last few years: "Sometimes," he said, half-laughing, "I feel like Job."
While he was still building his clinic-in-a-box in Santa Barbara, he tripped on a tangle of wire and smashed four ribs. When he gashed himself with a saw, he sewed up his wound and kept working.
In Afghanistan, a conniving government minister promised Rolfe a patch of land for the clinic. But Rolfe discovered that the land was nonexistent and the promise just a ploy to loot his shipment. Desperate, he paid $25,000 to have the two 40-foot containers — crammed with donated dental chairs, lab equipment and construction supplies — shipped back to California.
Misunderstanding followed mishap. A Kabul landowner tried to charge Rolfe $330,000 for an eighth of an acre — a price comparable to the stratospheric values in Santa Barbara's toniest neighborhoods. After an Afghan American family finally donated a site, a huge crane crashed through the ground and into a septic tank.
That winter, Rolfe, who was eager to build treatment rooms and establish a decent dental lab, lived in a house without heat or running water. He lost 15 pounds and his hands were numb from frostbite.
"He's a very hardheaded guy," said Dr. Ike Rahimi, a Placerville dentist who has volunteered for Rolfe in Kabul. "He's trying very hard to bring them a U.S. standard of care."
By Rolfe's account, he's motivated as much by political outrage as by a passion for healing.
He made his first trip to Afghanistan in 2002, a three-week dental mission to a remote, mountainous province. He kept returning, convinced that the U.S. had abandoned the Afghans. As the U.S.-led war effort expands, he believes it's up to ordinary citizens to right what he sees as the government's wrongs.
"We're not getting aid to the people who need it," he said. "If we could take a fraction of what we're spending on the military and spend it on clinics and schools and infrastructure, the Taliban wouldn't be an issue."
Religious extremists have not disrupted the clinic, even though it is training women as dental assistants and hygienists.
For Rolfe, a more urgent concern is funding. He dips into his personal accounts, he said, for about $3,500 a month.
One way to increase revenue would be to treat the relatively few Afghans who have money and foreigners posted to Kabul. Afghanistan has only about 120 dentists, so many of those who can afford dental care leave the country for it.
"For the good of the poor in Afghanistan, he has to reach a stage where he starts to charge some people," said G. Faruq Akchizad, chairman of a San Ramon-based philanthropic group called the Raqim Foundation. The group has contributed to the clinic and has tried to smooth Rolfe's way with the Afghan bureaucracy.
Meanwhile, Rolfe is trying to raise money by speaking to dental organizations, schools and civic groups. On Oct. 2, he's planning a benefit concert at Santa Barbara's Faulkner Gallery featuring Amiena, a Los Angeles singer, and guitarist Jamie Kime.
His next trip to Kabul will be this fall — but his life, he said, is still here: "I have 11 grandchildren. A few of them think I'm the best thing ever, but the others think I'm crazy."Santa Barbara dentist perseveres on Afghanistan humanitarian project despite risks... more
Dentists could soon hang up their drills. A new peptide, embedded in a soft gel or a thin, flexible film and placed next to a cavity, encourages cells inside teeth to regenerate in about a month, according to a new study in the journal ACS Nano. This technology is the first of its kind.
The new gel or thin film could eliminate the need to fill painful cavities or drill deep into the root canal of an infected tooth.
"It's not like toothpaste," which prevent cavities, said Nadia Benkirane-Jessel, a scientist at the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale and a co-author of a recent paper. "Here we are really trying to control cavities (after they develop)."
Drilling teeth and filling them is safe and effective. Dentists fill millions of cavities each year across the United States. However, though dentists numb the tooth, many patients still rue the sound of that drill.
The new research could make a trip to the dentist's office more pleasant, said Berkirane-Jessel. Instead of a drill, a quick dab of gel or a thin film against an infected tooth could heal teeth from within.
Wow. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we never again have to feel the pain of a dentist's drill?Dentists could soon hang up their drills. A new peptide, embedded in a soft gel or a... more
People spend several hundred dollars a visit trying to keep their pearly whites looking like porcelain. Little did they know that there is a secret, inexpensive home whitening method known as malic acid which acts as an astringent to remove discoloration on teeth.People spend several hundred dollars a visit trying to keep their pearly whites... more
TAMPA, Florida (AP) – A lawsuit claims a dentist's drill bit was left in a Tampa woman's head for nearly a year.
The lawsuit says Donna Delgao's surgeon left an inch-long piece of steel in a wound after dental surgery in 2008. The tool piece lodged in her right maxillary sinus was removed 11 months later by another surgeon.
The lawsuit says Delgao suffered nosebleeds and sinus infections after her original dental surgery. Her attorney says she also may suffer side effects, including nickel poisoning.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and a jury trial.
There was no phone number listed for the oral surgeon. Ralph Eichstaedt told the St. Petersburg Times he wouldn't comment on the lawsuit.
A phone message was left for the Dental Health Group, which was also named in the suit.
http://www.wtsp.com/news/mostpop/story.aspx?storyid=123819&provider=topTAMPA, Florida (AP) – A lawsuit claims a dentist's drill bit was left in a... more
There are a number of opportunities to be involved in a medical career, and to find fulfilling (and sometimes well-paying) work.There are a number of opportunities to be involved in a medical career, and to find... more
"The seas of copyright law are dangerous waters to sail, as the owners of the former "Wii Smile" dental surgery in Sweden have discovered. Nintendo found out that the small firm in Malmö had been using the name, and threw their lawyers of doom at the partners, forcing a change.
One of the firm's two partners, Christer Wihlborg, claims innocence, saying that his name starts with "Wi" and there are two owners, which apparently led to a completely independent and innocent decision being made about the surgery's name. I somehow don't buy that, but it doesn't matter, because "Wii" has been trademarked since 2006, a year before "Wii Smile" ever opened.
The interesting part about all this is that apparently, Nintendo already had dentistry covered in its original trademark of the Wii name, stipulating back in 2006 that no dentist may ever touch it. Nintendo's lawyers leave no stone unturned in the quest for global domination, and it seems that they've pretty much covered everything that's ever existed. Who knows what else has been protected? Are we even allowed to type Wii in here without Iwata's express written permission?"
Picture sort of related."The seas of copyright law are dangerous waters to sail, as the owners of the... more
Three million people in England resorted to trying their own hand at dentistry last year, according to a Which? report. The procedures ranged from taking pliers to remove teeth to using household glue to secure crowns. Now, I'm no fan of the dentist. But I don't think I could go through actually extracting my own teeth. I think this is a pretty shocking figure considering the NHS has recently put £2 billion into the dental industry.Three million people in England resorted to trying their own hand at dentistry last... more
British teeth are unlike American.
In America we seem to be very concerned about our dental appearance/health. I can't tell if it's a superficial reason or a health reason--I don't see anything wrong with having crooked teeth, since it doesn't affect anyone's health in any way.
For example, the article used the example of Kate Beckinsale who is English. Prior to making it big in Hollywood, she used to have "natural-looking" teeth which were not as bright and straight as they are today. She looks more air brushed than what she used to look like.
more at link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7633254.stm
I don't know about everyone else, but unnaturally straight or white teeth creeps me out! I'm not saying i like seeing yellow teeth either, but clean and somewhat crooked is totally acceptable. I don't understand why parents spend thousands of dollars on braces--it's not a necessity!British teeth are unlike American. In America we seem to be very concerned about... more
VC2 producer Carlos Aguilar has heard about the bargains across the Mexico Border but in this pod he'll put those rumors to the test. Carlos will get his teeth cleaned in Tijuana, get gas like a gringo and find out just how munch money you can save by crossing the boarder.VC2 producer Carlos Aguilar has heard about the bargains across the Mexico Border but... more
Tuesday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on CURRENT TV on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
It won't hurt if you talk nice.
Cutting down a tree.
Where's my tissues ?
I set a date to turn the heating on.
The electric blanket.
A little slap on the hand.
James from the Matinee Show is recognized on the bus ! Huh. I can do better than that.
Wasp & credit advice from Susan.
Changing in an instant.
Julian has visitors.
Bits dropping in my mouth.
Take your podcasts in the car.
Postcards for Bracknell.
The Wizard of Oz.
A pin on the end.
Who's on Gordons lap ?
No one in the UK is allowed to use any power whatsoever.
"Fair" ? What a cheek.
WWW.UNITEDKINGDOMTALK.CO.UKTuesday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on... more
Specially-trained "phobia" dentists are about to go to work in Scotland, helping patients suffering from dentophobia, a fear of dentists that leaves them too terrified to have their teeth touched.
Patients fearful of a trip to the dentist's chair will be among those helped at a £1 million new walk-in surgery in Midlothian. The centre will allow patients to be treated on-the-spot, as well as providing additional NHS support for the area.
Phobia dentists use a range of methods to help fearful patients, such as burning scented candles and allowing patients to watch DVDs, as well as employing mild hypnotic therapies like relaxing music or aromatherapy massage.
Specially-trained "phobia" dentists are about to go to work in Scotland,... more
NHS dentists in England are earning significantly more since new contracts were introduced two years ago, official figures will suggest.
The British Dental Association said the figures - showing average annual incomes as up from £87,000 to £96,000 - did not accurately reflect reality.
If this is true, why is it almost impossible to find a good NHS dentist in London. NHS dentists in England are earning significantly more since new contracts were... more