Tag: Skeletal Fluorosis
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Tea Intake Is a Risk Factor for Skeletal Fluorosis
A number of recent studies have found that heavy tea drinkers can develop skeletal fluorosis – a bone disease caused by excessive intake of fluoride.
Fluoride Content of Tea
Tea, particularly tea drinks made with lower quality older leaves, contain high levels of fluoride. Because of these high levels, research has found that individuals who drink large amounts of tea can develop skeletal fluorosis — a painful bone disease caused by excessive fluoride intake. Since skeletal fluorosis is often misdiagnosed by doctors as arthritis, tea […]
Ministry of not-so-funny walks
The fluorosis problem is “enormous, unbelievable,” says Andezhath Susheela of the Fluorosis Research and Rural Development Foundation in Delhi. She has been unravelling the national story for a decade during which time her estimate of the number of people leading “a painful and crippled life” from fluorosis has risen from one million to 25 million and now to 60 million — six million of them children.
An Examination of Statements by US Public Health Officials on Fluoride Toxicity: Part 2
In this bulletin, we address a statement about the alleged dose that causes skeletal fluorosis made by Colorado’s Dental Director, Dr. Diane Brunson.
Skeletal Fluorosis in the U.S.
A new study, documenting a case of skeletal fluorosis from excessive tea consumption in the United States, made headlines in the press this week. According to the authors: “Our concern is that skeletal fluorosis might result from drinking instant teas, especially when excessive volumes in hot environments or extra-strength preparations are consumed, or when fluoridated or fluoride-contaminated water is used.”
Study finds link between tea, fluoride, and weak bones
The authors identified 5 patients in their practice who developed skeletal fluorosis as a consequence of drinking tea (primarily darjeeling tea) over a course of 10 to 25 years. The skeletal fluorosis in these patients was the osteomalacic variety of the disease, in which the bones become softened and weak. As a result of the “fluoride-related osteomalacia”, the patients suffered “spontaneous bone fractures” where their bones fractured without external trauma.
Fluoride & Skeletal Fluorosis in China/India
A new study reports that skeletal fluorosis in China resulted from drinking water containing in excess of 1 ppm fluoride, a finding consistent with previous research. Indeed, according to the Chinese drinking water standard (GB5749-86), any water supply containing in excess of 1 ppm fluoride presents a risk for skeletal fluorosis.
Fluoride & Arthritis
The doses that American adults now routinely ingest overlap the doses that may cause chronic joint pain.
Fluoride & Osteoarthritis
While the osteoarthritic effects that occurred from fluoride exposure were once considered to be limited to those with skeletal fluorosis, recent research shows that fluoride can cause osteoarthritis in the absence of traditionally defined fluorosis. Conventional methods used for detecting skeletal fluorosis, therefore, will fail to detect the full range of people suffering from fluoride-induced osteoarthritis.
Exposure Pathways Linked to Skeletal Fluorosis
Excessive fluoride exposure from any source — and from all sources combined — can cause skeletal fluorosis. Some exposure pathways , however, have been specifically identified as placing individuals at risk of skeletal fluorosis. These exposure pathways include: Fluoridated Water for Kidney Patients Excessive Tea Consumption High-Fluoride Well Water Industrial Fluoride Exposure Fluorinated Pharmaceuticals (Voriconazole […]