Fluoride/Cancer Link is Plausible, studies show

"Fluoride appears to have the potential to initiate or promote cancers, particularly of the bone...," according to the most recent and extensive review of fluoride toxicology by the prestigious National Research Council (NRC). (1)

Fluoride chemicals are added to about 70% of public water supplies ostensibly to reduce tooth decay, not to purify the water.

In 2006, the NRC found the.The Environmental Protection Agency's Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) for fluoride is too high to be protective of health (4 mg/L) and must be lowered. EPA scientists have been saying this since 1986; but EPA management caved to political pressure and over-ruled its scientists. EPA is long overdue in revising fluoride's MCLG based on the 2006 NRC Fluoride Report, which was done at EPA's request.

According to Bill Hirzy, PhD, retired EPA scientist, "Since 1986 the [EPA HQ professionals] union has taken exception to EPA’s unscientific approach to dealing with the toxicity of fluoride in order to protect the USPHS [Public Health Service] program of national water fluoridation." (2)

Hirzy writes, "When I last spoke with the Division Director responsible for that risk assessment he told me EPA was waiting for a paper, promised three years ago by its principal first author, that would counter an epidemiology study done under that very author’s direction at Harvard."

Hirzy is talking about a published peer-reviewed study by Bassin (2a) which links fluoridation to osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Chester Douglass, Bassin's Harvard University advisor and, at that time, employee of Colgate (sellers of fluoridated dental products) signed off on Bassin's work. But, Douglass told the NRC panel that no such study existed, according to the Environmental Working Group.(3)

The whole fluoridation program appears to rest upon the shoulders of Chester Douglass whose much anticipated osteosarcoma/fluoridation research has yet to be published even though it was promised years ago, costing tax payers millions of dollars.

But, there's more evidence linking fluoride to osteosarcoma (See: http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/cancer/osteosarcoma.html ) and loads of evidence linking fluoride to adverse health effects - even at low doses added to public (and some bottled) water supplies (See: http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/ )

At least three members of the NRC fluoride panel believe the MCLG for fluoride should be zero.

In a different study, Ramesh and colleagues propose that high fluoride bone content might have been one of the major factors causing osteosarcoma in people living in India where water supplies are often high in natural fluoride (Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology, 2001) (5)

The high levels of bone fluoride levels and the similarity of the mechanisms of action between fluoride-induced DNA damage and chemically-induced p53 mutations lead us to propose that high fluoride bone content might have been one of the major factors causing osteosarcoma, they write.

Mutations in the p53 genes are the most commonly observed genetic alterations in human cancer. Ramesh concludes that fluoride probably causes mutations in p53.

In another study published in the July 2001 "Journal of Epidemiology," Takahashi and colleagues write, "The likelihood of fluoride acting as a genetic cause of cancer requires consideration." (4)

Takahashi's team report that the National Cancer Institute provided epidemiological evidence of a relation between cancer incidence and water fluoridation in 1987. These findings provoked a 1990 National Toxicology Program (NTP) study that determined fluoride could be a cancer-causing agent.

The NTP study "supplied a detailed description of the toxicology of fluoride, not only in terms of osteosarcoma, but also lesions in the oral mucosa, thyroid gland, skin and uterus...(which) prompted us to re-test the hypothesis of an epidemiological association between water fluoridation and cancer incidences...", wrote Takahashi who found fluoridation status positively correlates to cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, colon, rectum, hepato-bilary & urinary organs and bone cancer in males.

Such a broad spectrum association has never been observed for any particular known carcinogen, but it may be reasonable for fluoride, because of its strong electronegative nature, the authors explain.

Some studies, e.g., Hoover (1976) and Knox (1985) claim no credible fluoridation/cancer association exists. However, Takahashi and co-authors found the Hoover/Knox assessments flawed, and explain why in their paper.

After ten years of water fluoridation, children aged 7-18 in Newburg, N.Y., had more cortical bone defects than the non-fluoridated control city, Kingston. And more osteosarcoma occurred in young males in
fluoridated portions of New Jersey. ... these two facts may be connected pathophysiologically, Takahashi reports.

An April 2009 research paper (Biological Trace Element Research) reports blood fluoride levels were significantly higher in patients with osteosarcoma than in control groups. Sandhu and colleagues measured serum fluoride levels in three equal groups of age-matched and sex-matched patients. Group one had osteosarcoma; group two had non-osteosarcoma bone tumors; and group three had musculo-skeletal pain. (6)

“Mean serum fluoride concentration was found to be significantly higher in patients with osteosarcoma as compared to the other two groups,” write Sandhu’s team. “(T)his report proves a link between raised fluoride levels in serum and osteosarcoma,” they write.

Take action to end fluoridation here: http://congress.FluorideAction.Net

More information about fluoride and cancer:



1) Fluoride in Drinking Water:A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards


2) Science Progress "Dude, Where’s My War on Science? An Attack on EPA’s Policy Process Fails Peer Review."

Comment #7 by Bill Hirzy


2a) Bassin EB, Wypij D, Davis RB, Mittleman MA. (2006). Age-specific Fluoride Exposure in Drinking Water and Osteosarcoma (United States). Cancer Causes and Control 17: 421-8.

3) Environmental Working Group "Harvard Fluoride Findings Misrepresented?"


(4) J Epidemiol. 2001 Jul;11(4):170-9.Regression analysis of cancer incidence rates and water fluoride in the U.S.A. based on IACR/IARC (WHO) data (1978-1992). International Agency for Research on Cancer, by Takahashi K, Akiniwa K, Narita K.

(5) J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol. 2001;20(3):237-43.
Low levels of p53 mutations in Indian patients with osteosarcoma and the correlation with fluoride levels in bone, by
Ramesh N, Vuayaraghavan AS, Desai BS, Natarajan M, Murthy PB, Pillai KS.

6) Biological Trace Element Research, “Serum Fluoride and Sialic Acid Levels in Osteosarcoma,” by Sandhu R, Lal H, Kundu ZS, Kharb S, Apr 24, 2009 [published online]


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Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 1:13pm.

is poisoning our water.

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 3:27pm.

and it is in everything we drink, and most of the food we eat! It is used is nuclear power plants to produce depleted uranium, in insecticides, and farmers regularly spray it on ALL food crops. It is a poison that must be BANNED at all costs!!!

In Liberty,


Submitted by Bonkers on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 4:50pm.

Apparently nearly everything is killing us! So say the doctors!
Fat, cholesterol, sugar, pasta, on and on.

I think there is something to it now that I think about it.
If you will just think for a minute---no one has ever stayed living very long!
Not even Jesus Christ!

So, something must be killing us out.

You would think that when babies get old enough to read that they would be very excited and sad to learn that they are going to die soon!

But the positivity dudes keep telling them everything is great. Cept DD!
So they see a doctor, get some pills, or some Anesthesia like Michael, and live with the knowledge. (for awhile).

If it ain't one thang hit is nother doin it to us;
Nuclear energy, jet exhausts, factory exhausts, Chinese exhausts, our food, our chairs, our beds, ouir wives, our friends, wars, Arthur Itis, bad genes, mayonnaise, bologna, red meat, gravy, eggs, ham,
barbeque sauce, bread, cokes, alcohol, cigarettes, cigars, chicken fever, swine fever, bird fever, pheumonia, ruaty nails, rabid dogs and foxes, deer ticks, guns, people who have guns, knives, and even Abu-Ghraib and Guantanamo. Not to mention dictators.

There must be a conspiracy!

What was Methuzala and Noah's secret to live 900 years?
Olives, grasshoppers, honey, goat, fish?

But I am really worried about that thar fluoride.

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 3:32pm.

in BEER....

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Submitted by The Wedge on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 3:45pm.

in the human body

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 4:58pm.

my favorite: sweet iced tea, think I'll get me some, right now!

In Liberty,


Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 5:16pm.

that eliminates the Dihydrogen Monoxide on ALL the lines that come into my house. I feel safer. Everyone should get one...the Water Department is clueless regarding the danger.

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 5:34pm.


In Liberty,


Submitted by MYTMITE on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 7:16pm.

Thank you for trying to save the world from Dihydrogen Monoxide. I have know about this and the horror it can produce for years. I think it is really a government conspiracy. Years ago, it caused my egg to split and as a result I had twins. I tried for years to get people to listen, but they were Doubting Thomases or rather Doubting Bonkers. Now I am too old and weak to fight the good battle but as long as there are good and true people like you out there to fight the good fight I can rest in peace. I have done everything I could to stay away from the dastardly Dihydrogen Monoxide (also referred to as DHMO) since then but I find I cannot live without it. I have tried to cut it by adding many other things to it to wean myself off but to no avail. Since I could not break the habit, I stopped having sex many years ago. If it could make me have twins, what could happen next? Something had to give---and I could live without sex but not my DHMO. Life has not been easy but I have perservered. There are no clinics or support groups for us--the DHMO addicts. Maybe if a famous star or athlete took up the cudgel-then it would get the exposure needed. Until then I bless you guys for what you are doing to enlighten the masses.

Submitted by Bonkers on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 7:17am.

NACL, or halite, is another dred poison which a woman once turned into when she looked back in defiance of her mate (weren't called husbands in those days---not even mates--just superior beings.

The Octomom was attacked by DHNO four times, twins each time. Poor thing is now geting very rich from it.
If only she had rinsed with halite thoroughly as she should have, she would not be getting rich.

I tell you the stuff is taking over the world as we know it! Have you tasted the ocean lately? It is absolutely contaminated terribly with the dred stuff.
Now the oceans cover 2/3 of our world--how soon the other third?

Between halite and fluoride, and sugar and hamburgers, we will all eventually die.

I think Git and some of them (Cyclist and muddle) have discovered a way to dilute the stuff where they may not be affected (or is it effected?) They drink gallons of special expensive liquid which has special ingrediants in it which counter-reacts most things.
It is mostly CnH2n+1OH (acyclic) ethanol.
It was outlawed in the constitution once by do-gooders,(made a lot of southerners rich) but relaxed in the 1930s.
I don't know Sotomayor's attitude about that constitutional amendment, I know Justice Roberts voted for the amendment, even when it had already been amended. He is predictable.

My medication (which I won't chemically list here) doesn't allow me but one drink of red wine per day that I make in my own still.

So, now we are getting somewhere beside coffes, fishing, crooked politicians, Bush, Obama, Cheney, wars, and taxes.

Submitted by MYTMITE on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 8:48am.

Finally found the right site, did you Bonkie? Good for you. Yep, those rich southern moon-shiners are just all over the place. Are you trying to emulate them with your own still? Psst, you can buy the stuff pretty cheap. If you do make it to the coffee and plan to hide out in the corner, don't wear sandals, your purple hued extremities (from stomping them thar' grapes) will give you away everytime. And if you have found a way to make wine in a still you should qualify as entrepreneur of the decade, nay, the century. Think of the glory you could bring to Peachtree City. I can see it now--a beautiful bottle featuring a golden still---and instead of "from the vineyards of__________",it would say-directly from the backyard still of Bonker$. People would flock here from all over the world, Peachtree City would thrive financially, you would probably singlehandedly bring us out of this depression (no pun intended) People would hail you as our Savior. All Hail to Bonker$!

Submitted by Bonkers on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 1:44pm.

Google has it about the salt woman and stuff?
I didn't know that!

The rich southern moonshiners are all over the place! They are the parents and grandparents of NASCAR drivers and folks! Ever hear of Jr. Johnson, Petty's dad, and many others.

I don't use grapes. I use other fruits but I don't build a fire in my wash room.

I prefer not to be hailed.

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 8:58pm.

Thankfully, like I said above, I have a filter.

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 7:57pm.

it started when I was only a boy, my mother of all people introduced me to the substance, and upon my first administration of this evil product I was hooked. I find my biggest and most horrid cravings for it are on hot summer days much like the past few. When its really hot I find myself using 8,9, sometimes 10 times a day. It seems the only time I don't want the DHMO is when sleeping, at least then my conscience rests easy knowing I cannot commit this dreadful sin in my sleep.

My heart goes out to you Mite, and all others who suffer this dreadful addiction this day.

In Liberty,


Submitted by MYTMITE on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 8:25pm.

is comforting to know there are others who understand. There are no clinics, no suport groups--just us alone here in this wilderness. Please try to forgive your mother--perhaps she was too deep in her addiction to see the harm she was doing.
I would love to attend the coffee this coming Saturday but I am so afraid of what will happen if I am out in public and this urge hits me. How will my fellow bloggers view me once they know of my weakness? Will they look at me with scorn or pity? Sometimes at night the desire is so great I must get out of bed and indulge myself. I try taking tiny sips as I put the bottle to my lips, then I find myself taking great gulps--I am unable to hold myself back, even as I am aware of the consequences--knowing I will toss and turn and have to get up many times to curse this addiction. Other times I pour it slowly in the glass just to enjoy seeing it slither down the sides, ah what beauty! I cannot resist. Is there no balm in Gilead? Must I suffer all of my days with this cursed affliction? Ah, that I could be as strong as Bonkers. He has probably been able to resist that pull--that draw to that cursed poison we put in our systems. Ah, that we could all emulate him, show his strengh and wisdom. Then we could feel we were worthy of his pithy and prosy blogs. But until then, I am here for you, day or night, call me and I will be your rock, I will talk you down from your desire. In numbers there is strength. Go in peace and thank you for sharing. I know it wasn't easy.

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 11:30am.

here are a great many documented articles showing that fluoride is responsible for a great many more disease, and disorders beside cancer: Flouride Articles

I called the city of Fayetteville Water Dept. today to ask the yes or no question: "Is our water fluoridated?" I was put on hold for ten minutes, and hung up. I called back, was put on hold again. I will go down in person this afternoon to get an aswer since no one at the dept. wants to give ANY answer at all. I expected to the run-around or hear some kind of answer, not just silence. I'll let you know the outcome.

One other thing: you will never get any action on the federal level. If we want fluoridation stopped it must start locally one water system at a time.

In Liberty,


Submitted by Bonkers on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 11:46am.

Action was started in the 1960s and finally passed later to add Fluoride to municipal water systems.

This was done primarily to prevent extreme tooth decay which existed in those days of no fluoride.

Dentists used to make a living either filling or pulling rotten teeth.
Tooth decay nearly disappeared after the fluoride useage started. However dentists found other things to do to make money. (caps, root canals, cleaning, 500% increase in filling costs, straightening teeth, etc.

Decay is now coming back gradually due to bottled water useage by so many--it has no fluoride, just bottle chemicals!

Take up fighting smoking or something that causes cancer. Leave the fluoride alone. There isn't enough in the municipal water to hardly call a trace. Do know of any fluoride deaths in the last 40 years?

I know a little about this case as I helped work on getting the law passed in the late 60s and into 70s. Also giving babies a check at the hospital for certain things that could prevent future terrible things.
I guess the pilgrims would have called us witches for even thinking!!!!

Submitted by nyscof on Wed, 07/15/2009 - 6:49am.

After 60+ years of water fluoridation and 50+ years of fluoridated toothpaste and decades of fluoridated dental products that didn't exist when fluoridation began, tooth decay is rising in our most fluoridated generation - toddlers and UNtreated tooth decay is an American disgrace.

Fluoridation hasn't hurt dentists' bottom line at all. They have grown rich catering to wealthier and well-insured Americans while neglecting those who need them the most. 80% of dentists refuse Medicaid patients and over 130 million Americans don't have dental insurance.

Two little boys died in recent years due to UNtreated tooth decay. 6.5 million children on Medicaid have untreated tooth decay.

Fluoridation gives the illusion that organized dentistry cares about low income people whom they won't allow in their dental chairs. Dentists fear laws that will mandate they treat every American so they put their political might, money and effort into fluoridation campaigns as if it will fix the oral health crisis caused by dentists who are selective about who they treat.

Organized dentistry also lobbies against any viable groups (e.g. Dental Health Therapists) willing and able to fill the void because dentists don't like any group infringing upon its lucrative monopoly even if people have to suffer in dental pain.

When free dental "missions of mercy" set up, lines of people show up with oral health problems that resemble that of third world countries.

It costs tax payers loads of money when people on Medicaid must use hospital emergency rooms for dental care costing ten times the amount of a simple filling.

Tooth decay crises in fluoridated areas. See http://www.FluorideNews.Blogspot.com

Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 07/15/2009 - 8:19am.

I'm surprised many of them even have teeth. Without Flouride, I doubt they would.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 3:52pm.

Most European countries do not add flouride to their water supply yet have had the same decrease the last 40 years in tooth decay as countries that do flouridate their drinking water. WHY? Very simple: flouride IN TOOTHPASTE(and mouthwash) is what prevents tooth decay, not consuming flouride every time you eat/drink something with water in it.

The CDC even FINALLY admitted that all the benefits from flouride come when applied topically, i.e. brushing your teeth with flouride toothpaste:

The CDC states: "Fluoride's caries-preventive properties initially were attributed to changes in enamel during tooth development because of the association between fluoride and cosmetic changes in enamel and a belief that fluoride incorporated into enamel during tooth development would result in a more acid-resistant mineral. However, laboratory and epidemiologic research suggests that fluoride prevents dental caries predominately after eruption of the tooth into the mouth, and its actions primarily are topical for both adults and children." ("Fluoridation of Drinking Water to Prevent Dental Caries," Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999.)

It's always amazing to me Americans haven't accidentally killed-off millions of people in the name of "for the public health" when you see an example of how a LITTLE research into flouride led to it being forced into the water systems without much fanfare over possible consequences.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 4:05pm.

Really? Been to England lately or seen Tony Blair. Yikes
Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 5:02pm.

Braces anyone? Toothbrush maybe?

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 12:42pm.

the public had no choice in the matter and were forced to smoke. However, most folks don't drink bottled water, most of which comes from fluoridated tap water anyway!

Do you have any documentation to back up your claims that sodium fluoride in the drinking water is stopping tooth decay? The main thing that has stopped tooth decay is education, and toothpastes containing CALCIUM-FLUORIDE as a TOPICAL TREATMENT. Ingested internally, Sodium-fluoride is acidic and acually causes dental fluorosis, a browning and blackening of the teeth, as it works on the teeth destroying the calcium and enamel from within.

Here's a doctoral thesis you should read:Fluoridation by Ian Stephens Please learn what you are talking about before you state opinions as fact.

Have a nice day!

In Liberty,


Submitted by Bonkers on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 4:32pm.

These stupid questions about "do I have documentation" about fluoridation are insulting!
There is so much documentation about the benefits of fluoride in drinking water that even you should be able to find some of it!

I can't find the good doctor's thesis (Ian Stephens) anywhere! There is a soccer player or something of that name.

You must be reading a P & G false article about tooth paste being the only way!!!!

Don't sart such rumors and deprive kids of healthy teeth!

Yeah, have a nice day, fake!

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 4:54pm.

wow you really believe everything they tell you, eh? All you had to do was hit the link, it'll take you right there. The documentation in support of water fluoridatiion that you speak of is propaganda spun by Big Pharma, even you should know that. They used to say smoking cigarettes was good for your teeth too, with a concensus of dentists agreeing!

I asked nothing of you bonkers that I don't do myself: provide links to documents that back up what you're saying. Also it is my experience that one stoops to name calling when losing an argument.


In Liberty,


Submitted by Bonkers on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 6:45pm.

First, that bunch of trash was "self published." I read it and it even has a letter attached to the end from EPA stating that fluoride in our water is safe!
Also, trhe Centers For Disease Control, Atlanta approves of it.

There is no mention that it is a doctorial thesis and was accepted!

The net is full of false crap right now put out by idiots and forwarded by those who want to believe it!

Read one today where you will be poisoned by rat urine from the tops of coke bottles taken from their warehouses!
Rat urine is not poisonous unless the rat is infected with a deadly disease!

No casulties have ever been discovered. Most are wrapped and in boxes with tops. Most do not see a warehouse!

There was one yesterday that President Obama went to Walter Reed, stayed 20 minutes and just waved!

He spent 2 1/2 hours and awarded three purple hearts, and talked to many wounded patiently.

Please don't do this stuff.

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 8:21pm.

how about a bunch of doctors and dentists?

Fluoride Action Network

Fluoride's Effects on the Brain by Dr. C. Vyvyan Howard

FAN Homepage

Seriously, you need to read up on dihydrogen monoxide too, man its a killer, its also the leading cause of drowning in this country, can't you see how serious this is?

In Liberty,


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