Fluoride Action Network

Sodium Fluoride Allowed in New Organic Standards

FAN Bulletin | May 24, 2000

Despite the fact that Sodium Fluoride “is a persistent, non-degradable poison that moves through the environment and accumulates in the soil and organisms” (Waste Not #461) the USDA is allowing for its use in the new National Organic Standards which are nearing completion. We need to act now to ensure that organic food production does not contribute to our already excessive exposure to fluoride. The USDA is accepting comments up until June 12. So please add your voice to this matter and remind the USDA that

*Section 6508 (c)1 of the New Organic Standards says that producers shall not use “poisons such as arsenic and lead salts that have long-term effects and persist in the evironment.” Fluoride is in this category.

*Chronic ingestion of fluoride has been associated with damage to kidneys,teeth, and bone (5); increased hip fractures in the elderly (6-13); bone spurs (14); stress fractures (15); and osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in young males (16-18). Fluoride collects in the aorta, skin, skeleton, and cataracts. It causes calcifications in joints, soft tissues, and in and around teeth (19), and disturbs the formation of collagen (20).

*Fluoride concentrates in the pineal gland with a decrease in production of melatonin, accompanied by early puberty in gerbils (21,22) and perhaps in young girls (23).

*Fluoride passes the placenta from the mother’s blood to the developing fetus (24-26) and can interfere with calcification of bones and formation of teeth (27,28).

*Two recent animal studies reported that fluoride accumulates in the brain (29,30). Fluoride enables aluminum to enter the brain; aluminum appears to associate with the protein tangles seen in Alzheimer’s disease (29). Other studies suggest fluoride exposure may have adverse impacts on the developing brain (31).

(The above are excerpts taken from Waste Not #461, which was written by Ellen Connett and Jackie Jacobson, and which is presented in full at the website address given above)


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