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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas No health danger New Braunfets HenldZettung Continued From Page 1A an NCI report Burk and Yiamouyiannis report also ignored other aspects known to have an impact on the cancer death including ethnic composition and socioeconomic the report After reanalyzing the study in April the NCI said in a letter that it fails to show any relationship between the fluoridation of water and In the results of the study rather suggest a protective influence from NCI came up with the same conclusions the following year after reanalyzing another Burk Yiamouyiannis report which compared cancer death rates in 20 large with fluoridated and 10 The biochemists again found cancer death rates were higher in the fluoridated If the new study was even more according to Consumer One NCI official termed it the worst piece of work that has been done to date on This Burk and Yiamouyiannis report had ignored the three most important factors in determining cancer death sex and Blacks have a higher cancer mortality rate than whites old people die from cancer more often than young and more men die from cancer than the NCI When NCI reexamined data on the second it found the difference in the death rates was due entirely to the age and and racial makeup of the respective Consumer Reports Fluoridation was A second claim is that the overall death rate in cities with fluoridated water is higher than those without That claim was recently outlined in an article by David who said he is a former executive director of Schick Laboratories in The article appeared in the July 10 issue of the Pointing to a study made in 1978 by David Erickson of the Center for Disease Control in Dye noted that 24 cities with fluoridated water reported a higher crude death rate than 22 cities without Applying the figures to New he suggested fluoridation locally could lead to one unnecessary death every 13 Dye also suggested many others might become chronically sick as whose data Dye used as the basis of his arrives at a different I found no evidence of a harmful effect of he The crude death rates were and per in fluoridated and nonfluoridated Erickson and Dye both Erickson applied dif ferences in sex and race to the death rates and then applied analyses of which he described as a standard statistical tool and for which he listed two references in his As a cities with nonfluoridated water wound up with a higher death per versus for fluoridated he Ericksons study reaches the same con clusion as a 1974 report compiled by Janice Nixon of the Medical Research Council of the London Institute of Psychiatry and with the Department of Medical and London School of Hygiene and Tropical The which was published in the issue of The a British medical examined data from an earlier study of mortality and its relationship to the natural fluoride content of drinking They reported correlations between fluoride content and mortality were weak and When water hardness and socio environmental factors were no significant associations between fluoride content and mortality they Although cancer and death rates have been the major over the years reports have popped up linking fluoridation with other or terming it Heres what Consumer Reports has to say about Fluoride as Like many substances essential to good vitamins A and oxygen and even water can be toxic in excessive at the level in fluoridated water one part per youd have to drink at least several hundred gallons at one sitting to get a lethal The water alone would kill you But what about a gradual poisoning after years of drinking fluoridated water According to the National Academy of it would take a daily dosage far in excess of the average intake to produce symptoms of chronic Fluoride am birth This connection was made in the when a French physician reported that mongollsm occurred more frequently in some cities with fluoridated water thru in others with little or no Right from the experts had their doubts about the According to the physicians the incidence of mongolold births in both the fluoridated and non fluoridated citien was less than half the usual which led the experts to believe he had failed to uncover the majority of mongoloid births in the cities he chose to Since three independent and exhaustive in Britain and two in the United failed to uncover any connection between fluoride and The most recent which covered million births in six cities and was published in showed no connection between fluoride and a whole list of birth Fluoride as genetic Two researchers in Kansas City claimed in 1976 that various levels of fluoride damaged chromosomes in Experts who reviewed the research noted several inconsistencies in the and subsequent tests on mice at three separate institutions showed none sustained any chromosome even at levels 100 times greater than found in fluoridated Fluoride and allergic An early opponent of George attributed cases of spastic colitis and other symptoms to fluoridated water between 1955 and The World Health Organization and the Academy of Allergy both reviewed Waldbotts contentions and found them The academy There is no evidence of allergy or intolerance to fluorides as used in the fluoridation of community water Fluoride and animal Two reports are used to back this One was botched by the researchers who conducted it the second has been distorted by opponents of The first test was conducted in Texas in the Researchers using a strain of mice that ordinarily gets cancer concluded mice given fluoridated water developed tumors slightly earlier than mice on nonfluoridated But two errors invalidated the Researchers unknowingly fed all the mice a dog chow which contained 42 parts per million of or 10 to 100 times the amount any of the mice got in their The fluoride level in the water was also Two scientists from the National Institutes of Health reviewed the study in 1951 and dismissed The second study was conducted on fruit fifes in It showed that two strains of flies ex posed to 20 to 50 pprii fluoridated water has around 1 ppm in their food experienced an increased incidence of melanotlc Fluoridation opponents have interpreted that to mean fluoride causes which NCI scientists say is an erroneous Humans may be physiological cousins to mice and other but their relation ship to flies is somewhat more And a melanotic tumor in a fruit fly is not the same thing as a cancerous tumor in a it more closely resembles scar is not malignant and can be caused by a wide variety of including some vitamins and two amino acids essential to human growth and Fruit flies can get malignant but no evidence exists showing fluoride has ever caused Fluoride has never proved car cinogenic in tests on a wide variety of including guinea hamsters and Fluoride and heart This contention has been based on statistics showing the town of has experienced an increase in heart diseaserelated deaths since its water was the statistics overlooked the fact that Antigo had grown older since fluoridation was introduced in Deaths from heart disease become more frequent as people grow and between 1950 and Antigos population of people 75 years or older increased 106 Taking that into the correlation between heart disease and fluoridation the National Heart and Lung Institute The institute later conducted a study of its own and found no connection between fluoridation and heart There is one potential hazard associated with although it has nothing to do with drinking the according to a 1978 article in Consumer Since patients undergoing kidney dialysis can be exposed to about 50 to 100 times the amount of fluid consumed by the average the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Disease recommends that 1 magnesium and copper be removed from tap water before it is used in a dialysis Last the combination of a fluoridation overspill in the water supply and the use of plain tap water caused the death of an An Failure to remove fluoride from the a standard procedure since the was the main contributing Crossett ii Council majority backs fluoridation of water Staff City Council members seem to have these feelings about fluoridation They either favor or they wont Theyre not getting as worked up about the subject as some of their Four of six council members sur Donnie Mayor Pro Tern Barbara Laverne Eberhard and Max they were in favor of the fluoridation which will be on next Saturdays city Two Joe Rogers and Skip Stratemann not to take a public although Rogers indicated he may be leaning in favor of Comments of Councilman Gerald Schaefer and his opponent Doug Miller will appear in separate articles later this The articles will outline their views on several city Im sure Ill vote for Seay Indicating he makes sure his children receive fluoride he said water fluoridation is not one of my big Indicating he felt it would be Seay Its not that hot an issue with But it seems to be a hot subject among other New he and he predicted a fairly heavy turnout Im in favor of it Tieken She termed fluoridation a nice addition for everybody which would cost a She said she had talked with several dentists and all of whom supported the Eberhard seemed to concur with I dont get that excited about she But she felt fluoridation was and indicated she planned to vote for Her dentist also sup ported she Eberhard also felt fluoridation might prompt more people into going to the polls who said hes been doing his fluoridation homemork the past few I have become convinced that no harm can come of I endorse I favor it He felt it would be a blessing to the indigent citizens locally as well as for the entire But he was not optimistic about its chances of feeling that a heavy turnout of senior citizens who traditionally have provided the strongest antifluoridation vote in other fluoridation referendums in other cities would spell its Rogers said he hasnt made up his mind but I dont see how we can be against He declined to take a public When asked about his personal feelings on the Stratemanns reply was brief and to the No He explained his This is a decision the people should Council should not have an opinion one way or Rogers seemed to have received the most input from citizens on the and most of it was against the he the five dentists he has spoken with are all for he Like Rogers was not op timistic about the amendments The people that are against it are the most he Fluoride not linked to medical school professor says Claude Scruggs Ken Steger Marion Ammann Jim Brooks Alice Aaron Dean Radla George Krueger Le Anne Wehe Kathryn Aaron Margo Green Sandra Prochazka James Lehman John Johnson Betty Moeller Irene Allen Hilmar Oberkampf George Runge John Senter Robert Johnson Wanda Lasater Emily Mocker David King Henry Krausse Patricia Yznaga Josephine Heidman Pamela Schneider Virginia Foerster Joyce Schaefer Penny Menk Janice Eoff Lois Clayton Melanie Hartmann Shirley Marcaurele Susen Heller Shelly Ball Melissa Stahlberg Carol Schlachter Guswin Elbel Miguel Gonzales Michael Kneupper Michael Worden Max Murphy Douglas Brandt Timothy Millett Maurillio Yanez Michael Usey Elburn Kanz Roland Kraft Albert Gisbert Schaefer Elnora Kraft Connie Triesch There is absolutely no connection between fluoridation and one of the nations foremost experts on the disease said Richard professor of microbiology at the University of Missouri Medical School in said there has been one outbreak of cholera in the United States in this Around a dozen people contracted the disease in Louisiana in he The outbreak was linked to contaminated he Noting that almost hall the people in the United States drink fluoridated Finkelstein said if fluoride was connected with the outbreaks of cholera would be The cholera issue was raised by David who said he is former executive director of Schick Laboratories in In an article which appeared in the July 24 Herald Dye argued that fluoride affects the body in much the same way as the cholera That simply isnt Finkelstein Theres no basis for that what soever that I know of or can he Pye said that tests in medical laboratories show that sodium fluoride mimics or duplicates the actions of the cholera Finkelstein said what sodium fluoride does in the laboratory and what it does in the water are two different It takes concentrations of sodium fluoride hundreds or thousands of times higher than the amounts found in fluoridated water before it begins to act like the cholera he Dye also claimed fluoride can cause chronic diarrhea and can act as a substance which increases urine These claims are also un the professor who has been studying cholera since knows what hes talking local Spencer who was a colleague of Finkelsteins when both were at the University of Texas Health Science Center in said of Theres not anyone else in the country that knows more about It cholera than he on a to tnz Jl i 1 3 Herald
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