FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
JAN 20, 1999 / CONTACT: BILL
HIRZY 202-260-4683(V) 202-401-3139(F) EMAIL: HIRZY.JOHN@EPA.GOV
SCIENTISTS ACCUSE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF
SCIENCES OF UNSCIENTIFIC BEHAVIOR IN PROMOTING FLUORIDE
Four scientists and an attorney today accused the National
Academy of Sciences of unscientific behavior by promoting
fluoride as a "beneficial element." Citing research on
fluoride, some from NAS's own publications, Drs. Albert
Burgstahler, University of Kansas, Paul Connett, St. Lawrence
University, Lennart Krook, Cornell University, and William Hirzy,
National Treasury Employees Union at EPA, and New York attorney
Paul Beeber said NAS was engaging in "linguistic
de-toxification" of fluoride.
Professor Krook linked fluoride with increased risk of hip
fractures in the elderly. He said peer reviewed publications
showed weaker bones result from drinking fluoridated water. He
also discussed several studies showing fluoride causes bone
cancer in animals and humans, studies NAS downplays.
Professor Burgstahler pointed out errors in NAS's publication
that purports to establish a safe upper limit of exposure to
fluoride and expressed concern over bias among the NAS panelists.
Burgstahler said NAS has previously cited 13 studies showing
fluoride causes bone toxicity below the doses NAS now says are
Dr. Hirzy said EPA treats fluoride as a "protected
pollutant." He gave several examples including EPA's
drinking water standard, set at a level known to cause adverse
effects on teeth, its reliance on NAS rather than its own staff
for advice on fluoride risks, and its firing of the senior
drinking water toxicologist for refusing to keep quiet about
fluoride's ability to cause cancer. He said the professionals'
union voted to support citizens fighting fluoridation after union
scientists reviewed recent research on fluoride.
Paul Beeber discussed a new report that shows, after a
fifty-year trial, no difference in the dental cavities rates in
children in fluoridated Newburgh and un-fluoridated Kingston, NY.
The report shows children in Newburgh to have about twice the
rate of dental fluorosis, the earliest sign of fluoride toxicity,
as children in Kingston.
Professor Connett said, "If we add the new evidence of
fluoride's damage to the brain and the pineal gland to its
carcinogenicity and its known toxicity to teeth, bones, the
reproductive and other systems, and consider the
ineffectiveness of fluoride in drinking water in preventing
dental cavities, it is insane for NAS to promote fluoride as a
beneficial element. Fluoride is a very toxic substance, and the
less our children get the better."