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Center for Disease Control says fluoride has no evidence of benefit for infants.

Friday, June 15th, 2012 by: Doug Cragoe.    Find Full article Here:-

In a letter to California senator Barbara Boxer the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director Thomas Frieden responded to questions about fluoride and infants. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1997 set the adequate amount of fluoride for infants 0 to 6 months of age at .01 milligrams per day, which is the amount of fluoride found in breast milk. The CDC was asked if more fluoride than the adequate amount was beneficial. CDC director Frieden wrote “We are unaware of data that directly answers your questions about the additional protection from tooth decay that could result from greater daily fluoride intake by infants, 0-6 months of age.” In other words, there is no scientific evidence that dosing babies with lots of fluoride has any benefit at all.

When powdered infant formula is prepared with fluoridated tap water infants get a very large dose of fluoride, and it can exceed the “tolerable upper intake level” of .7 milligrams per day set by the IOM in 1997. When asked what adverse health effects could occur when infants exceed the “tolerable upper intake level” director Frieden responded that the level was set to minimize the risk of moderate and severe dental fluorosis – a developmental disturbance in children. Fluorosis means discolored malformed teeth, which can be stained brown or black. Other adverse health effects of inadvertently dosing babies with heavy doses of fluoride are not considered important by government agencies.

What should be recommended but isn’t because fluoridation might look bad

Health care providers should recommend the use of non-fluoridated water to prepare powdered infant formula. But that recommendation is seldom made in the U.S. In 2006 the CDC and American Dental Association (ADA) finally admitted what dental research studies had been saying for many years – that infant formula prepared with fluoridated water increased the risk of fluorosis. But they were reluctant to actually inform parents about this risk to infants because it cast doubt on water fluoridation. They were afraid that people would stop drinking fluoridated water and oppose effort to start fluoridation in their communities. So in 2006 the only thing the CDC and ADA did was publish web pages about the risk and since then the ADA has opposed further efforts to inform parents.

The PEW children’s dental campaign is pushing for more fluoridation, but they don’t want parents to know about the fluorosis risk from infant formula. The American Academy of Pediatrics should have informed their members about this risk, but never did. Infant formula manufacturers have refused to put this information on their packaging labels. Most WIC programs refuse to inform parents about the risk from the free powdered infant formula they provide.

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