EPA on Trial
for Ignoring Fluoride as a Children’s Brain Toxin
by Leo Cashman, Director of DAMS (Dental Amalgam Mercury Solution and Board member of National Health Freedom Coalition
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on trial in a federal district court in San Francisco over its failure and unwillingness to classify fluoride as being toxic to children’s brains and impairing children’s ability to learn. The stakes are high as fluoride products are currently being added to the drinking water of 200 million Americans and fluoridation is promoted in fifteen other countries. Further, fluoride, a powerfully toxic germ-killer, is used in most toothpastes sold in the US, and it is touted as being safe and effective in fluoride gels, rinses and varnishes that are widely used in dentistry.
The American Dental Association (ADA) is a bastion of fluoride promotion. ADA has long forged a close partnership with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the nation’s active fluoride promoter. The CDC works through state health departments which it heavily funds. CDC touts its water fluoridation efforts as “one of the greatest health achievements of the 20th century,” although its critics, including independent scientists, have long criticized fluoridation as a scam and a boondoggle. Now the vast edifice of fluoride promotion and fluoride use is being challenged by increasingly overwhelming evidence that fluoride, and especially prenatal exposures to fluoride, damages children’s intelligence. It triples the incidence of “inattentive behavior and cognitive problems” according to Canadian researcher Morteza Bashash, PhD, co-author of several of the studies. “The symptoms of ADHD often persist into adulthood and can be impairing in daily life,” says Christine Till, PhD, another co-author of key studies.
The plaintiffs in this groundbreaking suit are various individuals and two non-profit groups, Food and Water Watch, and the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). FAN spearheads the effort. Since being founded in 2000 by chemistry professor Paul Connett, PhD, FAN has gathered scientific evidence and educated the public about fluoride and its real impact on health, separating myth from science. As FAN’s web site, FluorideAlert.org, has long revealed, the benefits of water fluoridation are virtually undetectable, while the damage that is done is extensive: