Federal Lawsuit Could Limit Fluoride in Drinking Water

era of light alternative news newsA landmark federal lawsuit that went to trial this week in California could change the longstanding practice of adding fluoride to the drinking water supplies for 200 million Americans.

The lawsuit, brought against the Environmental Protection Agency by groups including the Fluoride Action Network, Food and Water Watch and Moms Against Fluoridation, would compel the agency to require local water utilities to stop adding fluoride to tap water.

The suit claims fluoridated drinking water presents an unreasonable risk to public health and can harm the developing brain of young children and babies, causing an IQ deficit. Renowned public health experts, such as Dr. Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, have raised concerns about fluoride neurotoxicity and questioned the safety of fluoride-contaminated drinking water.

The U.S. first began adding fluoride to drinking water in the 1940s in an attempt to combat widespread tooth decay.

In 2011, responding to a lawsuit by Fluoride Action Network, EWG and Beyond Pesticides, the Department of Health and Human Services recommended that water utilities reduce the amount of fluoride added to tap water by almost half, from 1.2 parts per million, or ppm, to 0.7 ppm. This new recommendation took effect in 2015.

The levels of fluoride added to tap water supplies can vary, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established 0.7 ppm as a health advisory limit. EWG analysis of test data for community water systems across the country found roughly 30 million Americans are likely drinking water with fluoride levels higher than the CDC’s recommendation, as the news site Fair Warning reported Monday.

The CDC says if infant formula is mixed with fluoridated water, the baby’s teeth might be affected by dental fluorosis, which appears as white spot markings on the teeth. EWG recommends that baby formula be mixed with fluoride-free water, especially for an infant whose diet consists exclusively of powdered baby formula.

Excess fluoride exposure poses health risks, including discolored teeth, changes in the bones, and harm to the brain and nervous system. In 2017, a groundbreaking study by a team of researchers in Mexico found that exposure to fluoride during pregnancy can harm IQ and cognitive development in children. Similar results were found in a recent Canadian study.

The case is being argued before federal District Court Judge Edward M. Chen under the Toxic Substances Control Act, which gives the EPA the authority to limit or ban toxic chemicals in the nation’s municipal drinking water supply.

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3 Replies to “Federal Lawsuit Could Limit Fluoride in Drinking Water”

  1. TeeLight

    Look around. We are the sickest, mentally, physically and emotionally, nation on Earth.
    And if you do business with any level of our society, you find fellow humans who are unable to do anything for themselves while simultaneously holding the belief that they are the exception.
    I finally see the humor in the unravelling.
    We are being poisoned in our air, water, on our skin, in our food, then when the inevitable happens, we develop symptoms of the poisoning and malnutrition, we are given more chemicals to cover up our symptoms.
    Our continuing beliefs that nature is inherently dangerous to life,cthat we must ignore the wisdom of our ancestors and live lives of stress, worry, suffering and denial, chemical coatings that poison our bodies while marketed as protection from the sun. The very source of life has been demonized, our breath, plants inhale, declared a pollutant and still we listen to these rich, powerful people and wonder why we continue to struggle.
    Trusting the courts, funded by the very same institutions of science, government and education, to right the wrongs those very same institutions conceived, created, and became more enriched, more powerful and more entrenched is insanity.
    But, keep trying, soon it won’t matter anyway.

  2. Tom

    This would be great if they win. The Nazi’s used the fluoride in the drinking water for the Jews. It dum them down!