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Fluoride: A Toxic Tort Perspective -
Panacea or Poison?
(An Overview and Guide to Fluoride Toxic Tort Research)
By George Glasser ©Dec 1996 - Third Edition
GEORGE C. GLASSER .... 3016 23rd ST. N. .... ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33713
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. FLUORIDE: PANACEA OR
2. WHAT IS A FLUORIDE?
3. FLUORIDE INTOXICATION:
4. THE PROBLEM WITH STUDIES
5. SOURCES OF FLUORIDE
6. DETERMINING FLUORIDE
7. FLUORIDE RELATED TOXIC TORTS
8. TOXIC TORT RESEARCH: WHERE
There are two sets of books on fluorides: One set says that fluoride is safe for
everyone (with qualifications) while the other paints a more bleak portrait of a
free radical that reacts with almost everything, an enzyme inhibitor and potent
While almost everyone knows the term "fluoride," virtually no one has any idea
of what a fluoride is and that all fluorides are systemic, cumulative poisons.
Unlike other substances found in common medicaments and food products
which can cause adverse effects to subsets of the population or the general
population, there are no adequate warnings on most products containing
fluorides. If there is a warning, there is no mention that the fluoride is a
Unfortunately, the public only sees selected bullets regarding fluoride's
questionable, beneficial effect as a cavity inhibitor and there is little or no
mention of any adverse side effects. The inadequacy of warnings can especially
impact subsets of the population who are most vulnerable to adverse effects from
As a matter of policy the US Public Health Service states: "There are health and
economic benefits from water fluoridation for people of all ages and social and
economic groups, especially for children who do not get adequate dental care."
However, fluorine compounds, fluorides, are listed by the US Agency for Toxic
Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)/US Public Health Service (USPHS) as
one of 275 substances that pose the most significant threat to human health.
Consequently, under the provisions of the Superfund Act (CRECLA, 1986), a
compilation of information about fluorides, hydrogen fluoride and fluorine and
their effects on health were required to be published, Toxicological Profile for
Fluorides, Hydrogen Fluoride and Fluorine (F), 1993.
Following the USPHS policy statement in the Toxicological Profile for Fluorides
Hydrogen fluoride, and Fluorine (F), "Public Health Statement" are a series of
comments contradicting the USPHS claims:
1. "However, exposure to certain levels of fluorides can harm your health. The
effects depend on the type of fluoride you are exposed to, how long you are
exposed, and how much gets into your body."
2. "Fluoride in the drinking water may increase the risk of old men and women
breaking a bone."
3. "In general, the more soluble the fluoride containing substances is, the more
toxic it is."
4. "If you eat relatively large amounts of sodium fluoride, it can cause stomach
aches, vomiting, and diarrhea."
5. "It is not known if fluoride affects reproduction in people . . . Fluoride does
cross the placenta from the mothers' blood to the developing fetus. However, no
birth defects related to fluoride were seen in one study." (Human study)
6. "The bone cancer seen in the rat study is very rare in humans, although its
frequency has recently increased in males in counties where the water is
fluoridated. In spite of the geographical association, a careful analysis by the
National Cancer Institute indicates that exposure to fluoride in the drinking
water was not the cause of this increase."
7. "Scientists within the PHS recently formed a committee to study the risks and
benefits of exposure to fluoride. The committee prepared a report that states that
fluoride in the drinking water helps prevent cavities. However, the scientists also
said that there is a need to study fluoride further to find out more about other
possible health effects in humans and animals exposed to fluoride in drinking
While the USPHS says that fluorides have benefits for people of all ages, page 112
of the profile states: "POPULATIONS THAT ARE UNUSUALLY SUSCEPTIBLE.
Existing data indicate that subsets of the population may be unusually susceptible
to the effects of fluoride and its compounds. These populations include the
elderly, people with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and vitamin C, and
people with cardiovascular and kidney problems . . . Poor nutrition increases the
incidence and severity of dental fluorosis and skeletal fluorosis."
In the United States, the population as a whole is kept ignorant of any adverse
effect that might occur from exposure to fluorides. Even many attorneys
specializing in toxic torts are unaware that fluorides are toxicants and have no
idea that the Toxicological Profile for Fluorides, Hydrogen Fluoride, and Fluorine
(F) exists while upwards to 80% of the people in the United States suffer with
some form of fluoride intoxication, from hip fractures in the elderly to dental
Because of the prevailing ignorance, by both attorneys and the general public,
regarding adverse health effects from exposure to fluorides, this guide was
written to offer an overview and point of reference to initiate fluoride related
toxic tort research.
FLUORIDE: PANACEA OR POISON?
"Fluoride has two faces, one apparently benevolent, the other unquestionably
sinister."1 (G.E. Smith, 1985)
It is said that fluorine is the 13th or 14th most abundant element on earth. In its
elemental form, fluorine is a pale yellow, highly toxic and corrosive gas. In
nature, fluorine is found combined with minerals as fluorides. Not accounting
for industrial fluoride pollution, water fluoridation, ect., probably everyone is
exposed to some form of fluorides. Most human exposure to fluorides prior to
sixty years ago was primarily from natural sources such as naturally fluoridated
drinking water, fluoride uptake in fruits and vegetables from the soil and seafood.
However, over the past sixty years there has been a dramatic expansion of the
industrial, domestic, agricultural and medical usages of fluorine-based products,
thus the average person's exposure has increased exponentially.
While fluorides are touted as beneficial, "a proven cavity fighter," they are also
on the Superfund Priorities List (CERCLA) of 275 toxic chemical substances which
pose the most significant risk to human health. By Public Law 99-499, the
USPHS/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) was required
to publish a toxicological profile for fluorides and update the document no less
than every three years or when needed. The last revised document, Toxicological
Profile for Fluorides, Hydrogen Fluoride and Fluorine (F), Department of Health
and Human Services, USPHS/ATSDR was published in April 1993.2
In 1984, the Legal Research Journal, vol. 7. published an article, Toxic Research,
Sources of Harmful Fluoride Intake, A List. It was stated: "Despite its salutory
effect in teeth protection, it is increasingly suspected that a chronic fluoride
intake, even at low levels, can cause health problems."3
Law of Toxic Torts, Michael Dore, Minimizing Toxic Tort Liability Exposure for
Product Sales, Chapter 3.03: "Once the causal connection between the product sold
and the injury suffered by a claimant has been established there is precious little
advice that can be given to manufacturers or sellers which will significantly
improve their liability position. Prior to the establishment of such a connection,
however, there are certain rules which, if followed, will dramatically reduce such
toxic tort risks. 1. Consider the Issue at the Product Development State:
Particularly if a product is likely to be used in a setting in which prolonged
human exposure is anticipated, the risks of unexpected human health
consequences should be considered to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to
minimize these risks to the fullest extent scientifically possible . . . "4
The Toxicological Profile for Fluorides, Hydrogen Fluoride, and Fluorine (F)
establishes that exposure to fluorides do, in fact, cause harm to the population in
general and particularly to vulnerable subsets of the population.
WHAT IS A FLUORIDE?
By definition: Fluorides are the product of the element, fluorine, combined with
another element or elements.
Fluorine (the parent of fluorides) is the most electronegative, oxidizing
(corrosive) and reactive of all the known elements. When exposed to a stream of
fluorine, water will burn. Fluorine, a member of the halogen family (pale yellow
gas), cannot exist outside a controlled environment without combining with
other substances to become fluorides (fluorine combines with all but a few
elements to become fluorides).
There are ionizable and non-ionizable, organic and inorganic fluorides. The
Chemical Rubber Company (CRC) Handbook of Chemistry and Physics lists more
than 600 different fluorides. For the purpose of water fluoridation, highly
ionizable salts (sodium fluorosilicate, potassium fluorosilicate and sodium
fluoride) or fluorosilicic acid (solution) are used because they readily dissolve in
water and release the fluoride ion (F-) which in turn seeks out hydrogen and
other positive charged ions. The fluoride ion (F-) needs a companion and does
not exist as a lone entity (you cannot purchase a pound of pure fluoride ions from
a chemical supply company).5,6,7 On the other hand, non-ionizable fluorides
such as some fluorocarbons do not readily dissolve in water and the molecule
remains intact unless a chemical reaction takes place to release the F-.
Dr. Arthur Gregory, independent peer reviewer of the profile, chided the Public
Health Service scientists for using the incomplete term "fluoride." In his 1992
review of the second draft of the profile, Dr. Gregory stated: "The term "fluoride
(F-)" is used throughout the profile as if it were a specific entity. It is not. The
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Science and Technology defines "Fluoride" as a
compound derived from hydrofluoric acid. Fluoride does not exist by itself.
Fluorine is the most chemically reactive of all the elements and is always
associated with another entity. As a last resort F- (the fluoride ion) associates with
itself to form Fluorine (F2). Fluorine, oxygen difluoride, chlorine trifluoride and
related structures are strong oxidizers and can be highly destructive to living
organisms both via chemical reaction with tissue and poisoning of the numerous
body enzymes that require calcium and magnesium."a
In the text of the Profile for Fluorides, Dr. Gregory's stark and understandable
definition of fluorides was not used. However, the authors did offer a more
obscure definition: "In this profile, the term fluorides will be used to refer to
common salts of the element fluorine."
Because of fluorine's corrosiveness and volatility when combined with other
substances, for many years it was considered impractical to isolate large volumes
of the element. Fluorine remained mainly a laboratory curiosity from the time it
was first successfully isolated by Henri Moissan in the late 1800's until the 1920's.
However, fluorine chemistry did not come of age until quantity production of the
element (separation from fluorides) was required to refine uranium into
uranium hexafluoride for production of the atomic bomb in the 1940's.
Today, every facet of our lives is affected by fluorine chemistry: Computer chips,
medicines, plastics, anesthetics, hypnotics, psychoactive stimulants, diet pills,
analgesics, hormonal treatments, corticosteroids and numerous other
medicaments, gasoline production, insecticides, pesticides, rodenticides,
herbicides and fungicides, chemical warfare weapons, tobacco, aluminum, steel,
Teflon, plastics, ceramics, bricks, industrial and domestic pollution, and the
fluorides used for water fluoridation.8,9,10,11,12,13,
FLUORIDE INTOXICATION HEALTH EFFECTS
Now, the primary concern of many researchers is that people are being exposed to
inordinate levels of fluorides (ionizable and non-ionizable) and what the long
term health effects could be. While there are literally thousands of studies
addressing the health effects of fluorides, there are still more questions than
answers. However, the preponderance of scientific evidence suggests that there is
a narrow margin of safety between safe exposure levels and those of observed
toxicity. Some scientists state that exposure to F- is akin to exposure to radioactive
materials, suggesting there is no safe exposure level (paradoxical
The more soluble the fluoride, the more toxic it is; however, there are exceptions,
often, fluorine in combination with another toxicant is synergistic (the
interaction of two agents is greater than the sum of the components). Fluorine is
listed as the most toxic member of the halogen family and second only to arsenic
on the scale of toxicity (arsenic is considered the most toxic substance known).
Calcium and magnesium fluorides found in naturally fluoridated water are less
soluble and reactive than fluoride compounds used for artificial drinking water
Regarding fluoride toxicity, in general, not all fluorides are equal: Sodium
fluoroacetate is about 200 times more toxic than calcium fluoride and 25 times
that of sodium fluoride. And Sarin (nerve gas), the most potent fluorine-based
compound, is so toxic that it requires less than a drop to kill a grown man,
0.01mg/kg. These estimates are based on acute dosage (exposure to a certainly
lethal dose "CLD").
Fluorine is also well known for its ability to potentiate (synergize) the
toxicokinetics of poisons and pharmacokinetics of medicines and drugs.
In the 1979 American Dental Association's White Paper on Fluoridation, toxic
synergism was addressed, and in the document, it was stated: "Among specific
subjects on which further research is needed are fluorides in skeletal biology, in
heart disease, in utilization of minimal iron; the combined effects of two or more
additives to the drinking water; and the long term effects of multiple sources of
fluoride" (Page 16).
Again in the Journal of Dental Research, Vol. 69, pg. 584, Feb. 1990 there is a
mention of toxic synergism in Recommendations from Session IV, Needed
Research, # 7, "Consider variations in physiological, nonphysiological, and
pathological changes __ for example, diet, ambient temperature, altitude,
environmental pollution and disease states. Environmental pollutants __ heavy
metals, for example __ should be monitored not just for their effects on F but for
their other effects per se".
There are three classes of poisoning: 1) Acute, which is short term, high dose
intoxication (14 days or less; 2) intermediate (15-364 days); and 3) chronic which is
long-term, low-level intoxication (365 or more).
Acute toxic reactions happen immediately; the effects are evident; they are
generally treatable; and usually, there are no long-term side-effects. However,
with prolonged low-level (chronic) exposure, the cause and effect relationship are
not apparent and can be mistakenly attributed to other factors.
The average person is more likely to suffer from the effects of chronic, low-level
fluoride intoxication. Consequently, the symptoms could be easily confused with
common maladies for which the recommended medication could be a
fluorine-based medicament such as Prozac or Fluacizine with manic depression
thus exposing the person to even more fluorides.
Page 112, Toxicological Profile for Fluorides, "POPULATIONS THAT ARE
UNUSUALLY SUSCEPTIBLE: Existing data indicate that subsets of the population
may be unusually susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride and its compounds.
These populations include the elderly, people with deficiencies of calcium,
magnesium and/or vitamin C, and people with cardiovascular and kidney
problems . . . Poor nutrition increases the incidence and severity of dental
fluorosis and skeletal fluorosis."
On page 125 of the profile it is stated: "Neurotoxicity. Because fluoride interacts
with calcium ions needed for effective neurotransmission, fluoride can affect the
nervous system." Although it was stated that fluorides interfere with the calcium
flow essential for thought processes, the chronic neurotoxicokinetics of
fluoride-metal complexes such as lead and mercury fluoride that occur in
drinking water are not addressed in the profile. However, supporting the theory
that the brain is a target organ for fluorides is the fact that many psychoactive
drugs such as hypnotics, stimulants, antidepressants, anesthetics and sleeping aids
are fluorine based.
Since 1992 there have been three studies confirming that fluorides affect brain
functions. Dr. Robert Isaacson, Binghamton University, New York conducted two
studies using low levels of aluminum and sodium fluoride. The levels were
similar to the amounts people are exposed to on a daily basis from fluoridated
toothpastes and drinking water. Results showed that both types of fluorides were
neurotoxic. The most recent study published in Neurotoxicology and Teratology
was done using large doses of sodium fluoride and corroborated the results of
both Isaacson studies (1992 & 1994).19,20
All the studies demonstrated that the hippocampal region (learning center) of the
brain was the most susceptible to the effects of fluorides.
It was also stated in the study published in Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 1995,
Mullenix, et al, that: "Hyperactivity and cognitive deficits are generally linked
with hippocampal damage, and in fact, the hippocampus is considered to be the
central processor which integrates inputs from the environment, memory, and
motivational stimuli to produce behavioral decisions and modify memory."
However, the researchers said that although the behavior of rats does not
extrapolate to humans; the generic behavioral patterns created in rats from
fluoride exposure can and probably do occur in humans. They also said the
problems that might occur in humans from typical chronic fluoride exposure
during pregnancy and early childhood are: "motor-sensory dysfunction, IQ
deficits' and/or learning disabilities" (environmentally induced retardation of
Dr. Stan Freni, scientist for the Division of Biometry and Risk Assessment,
National Center for Toxicological Research, US Food and Drug Administration,
said in a reproductive study of exposure to F- from water fluoridation, he felt that
chemical interactions with fluorides in the water could play a role in
reproduction and fertility problems. He also stated that total fluoride intake
needed to be addressed. Intake of fluoride from naturally fluoridated drinking
water was the only focus of his study.21
Literally hundreds of studies discuss the effect of fluoride on bones and teeth,
which are the primary endpoints of fluoride intake. Many studies dating from the
1940's suggest a strong association between fluoride exposure and bone strength.
Recently, more studies suggest that fluoride exposure via drinking water is linked
to hip fracture in the elderly population. On page 56-57 of the Toxicological Profile
for Fluorides it states: "The weight of evidence from these experiments suggests
that fluoride added to water can increase the risk of hip fracture in both elderly
women and men . . . If this effect is confirmed, it would mean that hip fracture in
the elderly would replace dental fluorosis as the most sensitive endpoint of
Dental fluorosis is the most visible effect induced by the ingestion of as little as
1.0mg of fluorides per day, causing a failure of the enamel to crystallize properly
in the permanent teeth. Cases range from very mild (barely discernable opaque,
chalky blotching of the teeth) to very severe (unsightly rust colored stains and
surface pitting and brittleness of the teeth). 27 Dental fluorosis is a foreseeable
condition that has been well known, and many studies have been published on
dental fluorosis since the 1930's.
In the Feb. 1990 Journal of Dental Research, Dr. Gary M. Whitford stated on page
"Dental fluorosis. ___ There is a growing body of evidence which indicates that
the prevalence of and in some cases the severity of dental fluorosis is increasing
in both fluoridated and nonfluoridated areas . . . (1) It increases the risk of
esthetically objectionable enamel defects; (2) it places dental professionals at an
increased risk of litigation; and (3) it jeopardizes the perception of safety and,
therefore, the public acceptance of the use of fluorides." (Also see: ref. 26)
Many scientists and chemists state a concern about fluoride's (F-) effect on the
thyroid gland because of the law of halogen displacement. Any of the five
halogens can displace an element with a higher atomic weight. The relative
atomic weight of fluorine is 19 while iodine (essential for thyroid function) is 127.
An impaired function of the thyroid gland will result in interruption of basal
metabolic functions. Common problems associated with impaired thyroid
function is chronic fatigue and/or hyperactivity. Little research has been done in
Many animal studies offer insights into the mutagenic, teratogenic and genotoxic
effects of fluorides; however, there is little data regarding humans. In
Remington's Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1980, pg. 983, it is stated that spontaneous
abortion among female operating room personnel exposed to chronic low level,
fluorinated (halogenated) anesthetics were 19.5-37.9% as compared with 8.8-11.4%
in a similar number of unexposed personnel. "Other studies suggest that the live
born offspring of both women and men chronically exposed to the operating
room environment have increased incidence of congenital abnormalities." The
anesthetics include Enflurane, Fluoroexene, Halothane, and Methoxyflurane, all
of which are fluorinated.
Ecological and clinical studies have suggested an "equivocal link" between
fluorides and a rare and fatal form of bone cancer, osteosarcoma, which is peculiar
to young males. Ecological studies have shown that U.S. osteosarcoma rates have
increased by 53% in human males less than twenty years of age. The most
significant increases have been in areas where the water is fluoridated. If nothing
else, the weight of evidence would suggest that fluoride exposure is a cofactor in
the dramatic increase of osteosarcoma.
Also, adding to the weight of evidence suggesting that fluorides could be a
causative and/or co-causative for osteosarcoma is the marked increase in
incidence of dental fluorosis in both fluoridated and nonfluoridated areas over
the same period. (Osteosarcoma discussed further in segment 4)
THE PROBLEM WITH STUDIES
"Those who are for and against fluoridation have little common ground other
than issues they disagree on. They cannot dialogue objectively because they have
different realities. They see things differently, and have different criteria in
determining validity. Our lives are enriched by artists for whom "beauty is in the
eye of the beholder." But our lives are often endangered when scientific truth is
in the eye of the beholder." (Dr. Schatz, discoverer of streptomycin)
A first criticism appearing in a legal journal regarding types of studies used to
prove that fluorides are safe was by Michael Wollan in the 1968 George
Washington Law Review. Mr. Wollan said, "The PHS was aware of and
concerned about possible adverse medical consequences of the fluoridation, but
its primary interest in confirming the benefits of fluoridation easily created a
situation in which the issues brought out by the Select Committee in 1952 were
not rigorously researched, particularly when the limited studies undertaken in
naturally fluoridated areas had not yielded cases of serious physical harm."b
Most clinical studies attempt to induce adverse health effects in laboratory
animals by exposing them to high doses of chemicals for short periods. The
method is similar to using hydroponics and artificial lighting to make a plant
grow faster. The theory behind this approach is that in exposing animals to large
doses over a short period, the result will be the same as a human exposed to small
doses over a long period. From the information obtained by this method,
scientists attempt to determine the safe exposure level, or the highest level of
exposure that little or no adverse effect will occur, a linear dose-response.
All forms of fluorides are toxicants. However, most clinical studies are done with
animals or humans using a pharmaceutical grade of sodium fluoride and are
designed to determine a linear dose-response to F-. Animal studies generally use
pedigreed, virus-free, disease resistant animals, fed special diets and
distilled/deionized water, and administered high-grade sodium fluoride in
controlled doses. Consequently, the results of such studies do not reflect the
reality of everyday exposure to a variety of fluorides and the potential chemical
interactions that are likely to occur.
The United States Public Health Service and Environmental Protection Agency
base the safety and efficacy of municipal water fluoridation on the linear-dose
response theory. The assumption is based on a scale of toxicity, the smaller the
dose, the less toxic the effect (one dose fits all philosophy). Dr. Albert Schatz states
in his paper, Low Level Fluoridation and Low Level Radiation - Two Case
Histories of Misconduct in Science, that there is a fault with this assumption:
"They assume that there is only one dose-response to fluoride and that
dose-response is linear. They do not know that there are two distinctly different
concentration ranges of fluoride. The dose-response they completely overlooked
is the paradoxical, nonlinear dose-response. This occurs only with low-level
fluoridation, just as it occurs only with low-level radiation, where it is described
as supra-linear, quadratic and nonlinear." Dr. Schatz goes on to describe how
practices of adding iodine to water supplies and the therapeutic use of radium
were abandoned. At one time it was said by the preponderance of scientists that
radium was harmless and had therapeutic value, but the opposite has been
The present philosophy regarding clinical research is that of a linear
dose-response to a particular specie of fluoride, and that is a pharmaceutical grade
of sodium fluoride. Scientists are only concerned with how much F- a person can
be exposed to before toxic effects will be observed (linear-dose response). All
studies are based on the 1.0mg per day recommendation, and any dose below
1.0mg a day is ruled out as a causative factor for adverse toxic effects. A
linear-dose response always appears at the maximum exposure range; however,
the paradoxical effects surface where low-level, long-term (chronic) intoxication
occurs and is affected by variables like environmental, economic, and
physiological factors. These variables are not considered in conventional studies
based on the linear-dose response theory.
Epidemiological, ecological and population studies are generally performed in
areas where the water is naturally fluoridated. In naturally fluoridated areas, F- is
generally bound with calcium and magnesium which are 20-25 times less toxic
than sodium fluoride or the effluent fluorosilicates. These studies address only
intake of fluoridated water and not total fluoride intake. Also, not addressed are
the malnourished, susceptible ethnic subsets of the population, health status of
subsets of the population such as people with cardiovascular, kidney, and thyroid
problems or diabetes.
Most studies commissioned regarding fluoride intake are designed to investigate
one aspect of exposure and that is ingestion of fluoridated water. The
manufacturers of fluorine-based pharmaceuticals do a more thorough job of
testing products. Monographs and research from fluorine-based pharmaceuticals
in the Physician's Desk Reference and other publications offer insights into the
pharmacokinetics, toxicokinetics and toxic synergism of fluoride compounds and
their effects on animals, insects and humans.
An example of the synergistic toxicokinetics of fluorides is when DuPont's
fungicide, Benlate DF, was contaminated with a fluorine-based fungicide,
Flusilazole. Flusilazole is not registered for use in the United States.28 The
combination of the two products created a super mutagen which was found toxic
at parts per trillion. Wearing protective gear and properly decontaminated,
Haz-Mat teams removing the contaminated dirt from farms became ill. It
required the development of special equipment to determine the amount of
chemicals in the body because toxic levels were so minute. It also only requires a
thimble-full of Benlate to treat one acre of land. The contaminated Benlate caused
the worst environmental catastrophe in Florida's history, and no one knows
what volatile concoctions are created when chemicals of this type mingle in
nature. The outcome is beyond solid scientific speculation.29
Most of the people in the United States are exposed to fluorides from community
water fluoridation. Most research is designed to determine the effects of exposure
to F- from the average consumption of water per day by a person according to age,
not total fluoride exposure from incidental environmental media. Other factors
such as toxic synergism are not considered in current epidemiological, population
and clinical studies.
The most commonly used agents for water fluoridation, fluorosilicic acid and
sodium fluorosilicate, are derived from pollution scrubbing operations at
phosphate fertilizer manufacturing facilities. Unlike the pharmaceutical grade of
sodium fluoride used for clinical research or the almost benign magnesium and
calcium fluorides found in naturally fluoridated water, the industrial waste
fluorides are contaminated with mercury-fluoride, cadmium-fluoride,
lead-fluoride, arsenic-fluoride, uranium-fluoride, and polonium fluoride ( 1.0mg
of polonium fluoride gives off as much alpha radiation as 5.0 grams of radium),
radium-fluoride, and radon fluoride among others. After 25 years of extensive
use as water fluoridation agents, not one study can be obtained regarding the
safety and effectiveness of using phosphate fertilizer production effluent
In Florida, which is a major source for fluorosilicates used for water fluoridation,
the phosphate rock contains up to 3.5% total fluorine and up to 300 parts per
million of uranium oxide. Residual scale scrubbed from filtration systems at
superphosphate fertilizer production facilities contains up to 100,000 picocuries of
radioactive wastes, referred to as NORM waste (naturally occurring radioactive
materials). In fluorosilicates, these waste products would be radioactive fluorides.
Neither the USEPA, the manufacturers, National Sanitation Foundation 32 nor
the American Water Works Association offer any data regarding the levels of
alpha and beta radiation in the fluorosilicates (alpha radiation is of most concern).
However, the wash water from superphosphate fertilizer production can contain
between 30-40 picocuries of radionuclides per liter. Fluorosilicic acid is a 23%
solution of fluorosilicates derived from pollution scrubbing operations.33,34
Uranium and its daughters (radium, radon and polonium) are known
carcinogens (produce osteosarcoma), and like fluorides, they are bone seekers.
Although these substances are present as fluorides in fluorosilicates, there is no
available data or research regarding health effects from chronic exposure to these
fluorides. An August 12, 1986-letter from Dr. John Cotruvo, USEPA, Office of
Drinking water to a G. England regarding radionuclides in fluorosilicic acid stated
that the USEPA does not consider the amounts to pose a significant health risk.
Consequently, manufacturers are not required to monitor radionuclide levels.
The most controversial aspect of fluoride research is a rare and fatal form of bone
cancer generally occurring in young males, osteosarcoma. With the results of both
the NTP and Proctor and Gamble studies, what constituted a cancer by one
scientist was another's benign tumor. The fact that osteosarcomas were found in
male rats (as with human males) and not female rats were a deciding factor in
designating the results of the NTP study, equivocal.36,37,38
The results of the NTP and Proctor and Gamble carcinogenicity studies reviewed
in the Toxicological Profile for Fluorides are contradictory and qualified with
introductory statements like: "The osteosarcoma rate has increased markedly in
recent years, but thorough statistical analyses concluded the effect was not due to
fluoride. None-the-less, analytical epidemiological studies to determine the risk
factors for osteosarcoma may be useful"; and "The bone cancers seen in the rat
study is rare in humans, although its frequency has recently increased among
males in counties with fluoridated water. In spite of this geographical association,
a careful analysis by the National Cancer Association indicates that exposure to
fluoride in drinking water was not the cause of this increase." The population
and epidemiological studies (with a 10-20% margin of error) used to disprove that
fluorides cause osteosarcoma were criticized by the independent panel for not
being sensitive enough.
The results of the NTP study stated that there was an equivocal risk of developing
cancer (osteosarcoma) from oral fluoride exposure. This was because some male
rats in the study developed osteosarcomas which are also peculiar to young
human males. While the evidence was stated as equivocal in the NTP study, the
fact remained that no animals in the control group had developed osteosarcoma.
Osteosarcoma is virtually unknown in animals, especially rats.
The results of both the human epidemiological study and the clinical rat study
showed that the males of both species exposed to fluorides seemed to more
readily develop osteosarcoma.
Regarding the NTP study, Dr. William Marcus, Senior Science
Advisor/Toxicologist, USEPA, Office of Water, said in a 1995 radio interview
(Gary Null, New York), "I have been trying to produce osteosarcoma in animals
for almost twenty years; and the only luck I have ever had is with dogs and
monkeys; and the osteosarcomas took nearly the lifetime of the animals; and we
were using radium which specifically produces that in bones; and here we have a
compound, commonly available, that did it in rats in two years or less." He also
addressed the fact that many cancerous and precancerous tumors were
downgraded in the study including a "very rare liver cancer,"
Dr. Marcus also said that in the twenty-five years that he had been a toxicologist
with the USEPA: "I have seen one or two endpoints argued over, usually on what
is a cancer in that particular tissue, but I have never seen every single one of
From the critiques of numerous scientists and researchers of the NTP study,
several indisputable facts surfaced: There were no osteosarcomas in the control
groups. All the dissenting scientists felt that the results had been downgraded
with regards to osteosarcomas and liver cancer.
The Proctor and Gamble study is considered the gold standard and often quoted by
fluoridation proponents as the definitive study proving that fluorides do not
cause cancer. However, a critique of the Proctor and Gamble study in the Profile
for Fluorides which ended in early termination of the study because of
unexplained high mortality rates in all treatment and control groups, cited the
following flaws: (1) Bone tumors were missed by the contract laboratory; (2) only
50-80% of the bones of animals exposed to low and mid-range fluoride doses were
examined; (3) ambient fluoride levels in the water and feed were not determined
or reported; (4) neither the diet and/or water was maintained to standard, and the
mineral, ion and vitamin levels were often above specifications; (5) the rats had a
virus existing prior to and during the study that could have affected the outcome
such as early mortality; and (6) the high mortality rate among the rats was not
Despite the notable flaws in the Proctor and Gamble study, the Carcinogenicity
Assessment Committee (CAC), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S.
Food and Drug Administration concluded that fluorides posed no cancer risk and
the Proctor and Gamble study was adequate. It is also interesting that both studies
used a pharmaceutical grade of sodium fluoride while the most used water
fluoridation agents, fluorosilicates, derived from superphosphate fertilizer
manufacturing contain uranium and its daughters, which are the only known
causatives of osteosarcoma.
Research and studies concentrating on the effects of F- are only addressing one
aspect of a complex puzzle. Many pieces are missing and others are buried
between the lines of monographs in medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural and
chemistry reference books, eg. Physician's Desk Reference and Farm Chemicals
Also, all epidemiological studies which deal with fluoride exposure levels of
1.0 part per million in the drinking water use data obtained from areas where the
water is naturally fluoridated. The fluoride ions found in naturally fluoridated
water are generally bound with calcium and magnesium which are not as soluble
or reactive as artificial fluoridation agents therefore less toxicokinetic. Research
data obtained from naturally fluoridated areas do not offer a complete picture
regarding health risks.
SOURCES OF FLUORIDE EXPOSURE
Most government and industry-sponsored studies only consider the average
amount of F- ingested by a person from drinking water fluoridated at 1.0mg/L.
However, most people are exposed to multiple sources and fluoride species via
bioavailability from environmental media and
bioaccumulation/biomagnification in the food chain,39 all of which the
individual levels may be considered safe, but the total intake for the average
person may exceed safe levels.
In the Toxicological Profile for Fluorides, it states that from dietary sources alone,
the average person is exposed to 2.7mg per day of fluoride (F-). However, in
almost every study regarding a total fluoride intake, the researchers state that
there is no way of determining the actual intake of fluorides by the average
person. Brushing one's teeth with fluoridated toothpaste, twice a day, would
expose a person to at least 2.0mg of the active fluoride ion (F-). Some fruit juices
contain up to 6.7 mg/L of fluorides from residual fluorine-based pesticides,
fungicides and herbicides. If a person is using a fluorine-based medicament,
supplement or drug, he or she could be exposed to potentially toxic doses of
fluorides per day.40,41,42
Not discussed to any extent in the profile was the metabolism of fluorides by
plants, although several peer reviewers' felt that plant uptake of fluorides was an
important factor when considering the total intake and toxicokinetics of fluorides
for humans. However, Dr. Thomas Hensely's review of the 1990 draft of the
profile included: "....But there is no mention of a need for further research to
determine potential hazards associated with accumulations of fluorides in and
the production of fluorocarbons by growing plants. Nevertheless, it appears that
fluorocarbons produced by and contained in plants are several hundred times
more toxic to animals than inorganic fluorides. Since food is the major route of
human exposure to fluorides, further research is needed to determine plant
uptake and accumulations of the nonessential element."c
Cooking with fluoridated water poses another source of exposure to fluorides.
Heating fluoridated water only concentrates the fluorides; consequently, cooked
foods contain higher levels of fluorides per volume. Because fluoride (F-) is so
reactive, heat also affects how F- reacts with other compounds such as food
preservatives, agricultural residuals and chlorine. There has been no research
noted in the profile or other references regarding interactions of this nature.
While the USPHS states that fluorides are beneficial for people of all ages,43 on
the first page (Public Health Statement) of the Toxicological Profile for Fluorides,
the context of the book is qualified with the statement: "If you are exposed to
substances such as fluorine, hydrogen fluoride, or fluorides, several factors
determine whether harmful effects will occur and what type and severity of those
health effects will be. These factors include the dose (how much), the duration
(how long), the route or pathway by which you are exposed (breathing, eating,
drinking, or skin contact), the other chemicals to which you are exposed, and your
individual characteristics such as age, sex, nutritional status, family traits, life
style, and state of health." On page 3, it states that fluoride exposure to the average
person can occur from household products although primary exposure is from
fluoridated drinking water, toothpastes, mouth rinses and fluoride gels (not
mentioned in the Public Health Statement were, processed foods and beverages
made with fluoridated water, residual and systemic fluorine-based pesticides,
fungicides and herbicides on produce, fluoride uptake in fruits and vegetables
from phosphate fertilizers, and fluorine-based medicaments and drugs): "If you
swallow the treated water, or these products, you will be exposed to fluorides."44
Most people who promote water fluoridation and the use of fluoride-laced
supplements mistakenly say that fluoride (F-) is a nutrient or essential element;
in 1989, the National Academy of Sciences determined that fluorides were not
essential for human development.45
DETERMINING FLUORIDE TOXICITY
There are several methods for determining fluoride toxicity: Serum, urine, tooth
enamel, bone and hair analyses. However, analyses can be deceiving depending
on whether the samples are analyzed for only F- or total fluorine (ionizable and
non ionizable fluorides).
To determine recent, acute exposure, urine analysis preferred by researchers to
serum analysis; to determine fluoride exposures for up to a year, hair analysis for
total fluorine is the most accurate method; and bone analysis for total fluorine
would indicate lifetime exposure.46
FLUORIDE RELATED TOXIC TORTS
Fluoride (F-) is primarily a teeth and bone seeker. In children, up to 50% of the
ingested fluoride is deposited in the teeth and bones, and with adults the
deposited fluorides can be as high as 20%.
The use of fluorides as a cavity preventive is well known; however, its actual
effectiveness is widely contested. The most obvious adverse side-effect is mottled
teeth (dental fluorosis). On a smaller scale, combinations of sodium fluoride and
calcium are used to treat osteoporosis; however, the preponderance of studies
states that although sodium fluoride treatments do produce bone mass, but the
generated bone is brittle and subject to fracture.
The most litigable aspect of fluoride intoxication is DENTAL FLUOROSIS. It is
considered a cosmetic effect by the USPHS; however, in Taber's Cylopedic Medical
Dictionary, dental fluorosis is a condition resulting from chronic fluoride
intoxication or a pathological effect.47,48
Sixty years ago, dental fluorosis was endemic to areas where the water was
naturally fluoridated. Today, the condition is pandemic in the United States with
estimates ranging from 20-40% in nonfluoridated areas and 40-84% in fluoridated
areas. Dental fluorosis is classified according to Deans Index: 1) Mild: Barely
discernable chalky blotching; 2) Moderate: Discernable chalking blotching to rust
colored stains on teeth; and 3) Severe: Stained, pitted and friable teeth. Dental
fluorosis is a permanent condition and there are only costly, temporary remedies
such as bleaching, micro-abrasion, cosmetic bonding and capping. Most cases of
severe dental fluorosis result in a loss of teeth, or the formation of cavities in
fluorosed areas. In cases where the teeth have become friable, repairing cavities is
difficult, if not possible.
It was established in 1916 that fluoride exposure caused dental fluorosis, then in
1942 it was estimated by Dean et al that 10% or more of the children ingesting
water (alone) containing 1.0mg/L of fluorides would develop the condition.
When these estimates were made, the only consideration was how much water
was drank per day, fluoridated at 1.0mg/L. Since there were no fluoride
treatments, supplements and other environmental sources of fluorides were
minimal, the standard for fluoridating drinking water was established at 1.0mg/L,
and that initial recommendation stands today despite the ubiquitousness of
fluorides in the environment.49,50
Regarding dental fluorosis toxic tort litigation, several important precedents
1) Foreseeability 51,52
2) Duty to warn 53
a) " The exposure to the chemical or chemicals did, in fact, occur;
b) The disease or injury complained of did, in fact, occur;
c) An appropriate period of time elapsed between the exposure and onset of
d) Scientific recognition exists as to the relationship between the
chemical(s) and injury or disease;
e) Exposure to dose or amount of the chemical was sufficient to cause the injury
f) Exposure was of such a nature as to cause the injury; and
g) Recognized alternative causes of the injury or disease(s) complained of have
Feldman v. Lederle Laboratories, the plaintiff filed a suit claiming that the
discoloration of her teeth was caused by medication prescribed during her
infancy.56 The plaintiff's claim was that the defendant was strictly liable for the
discoloration of her teeth because the defendant did not warn her of the potential
side effect of the drug. It was argued by the defendant that at the time Feldman
was administered the drug, it was scientifically impossible to know the potential
side effect and therefore to provide warnings of the dangerous side effect.
In Feldman v. Lederle Laboratories, the New Jersey Supreme Court stated that it
was the defendant's responsibility to prove that the information was not
reasonably accessible at the time; and consequently, lacked actual or constructive
knowledge. The Court held that if the risk was scientifically unknowable that no
liability could be attached to the defendant's failure to warn.
However, with dental fluorosis, the adverse side effect has been common
scientific knowledge for more than ninety years. Communities fluoridating
water, the promoters of water fluoridation, and the manufacturers of
fluoride-laced dentifrices do not provide adequate warnings to the public
regarding the scientifically knowable adverse effect, dental fluorosis. The
argument is straightforward: The undeniable fact is that exposure to fluorides
cause dental fluorosis, and the potential defendants are aware that ingestion of
fluorides will cause discoloration of the teeth; and the potential defendants have
failed to adequately warn the public of this adverse effect.57
Hip fracture is the second most litigable aspect of fluoride exposure. Studies have
indicated a strong association between chronic fluoride exposure (drinking water
fluoridated at 1mg/L) and hip fracture. Although fluoride related hip fracture
would be more difficult to establish, pursuing such litigation is feasible if, in fact,
the plaintiff has lived in a fluoridated area for a number of years. To prove
lifelong fluoride intoxication of the nature to cause hip fracture, analysis of a bone
biopsy for total fluorine would be essential.
Considering a toxic tort action, the sources of harmful fluoride intake would
indicate that there would be more than one defendant. While the USPHS states
that water fluoridated at 1.0mg/L is safe, it is still the primary, contributory factor
exacerbating fluoride toxicity and the vehicle by which most people are exposed to
Exposure occurs not only from drinking the water, but intake of beverages and
foods prepared with the fluoridated water. Fluorinated dentifrices are second,
residual fluorine-based agricultural products are third and fluorine-based
medicaments would be fourth in the sequence of primary sources of exposure for
the average person.
TOXIC TORT RESEARCH: WHERE TO BEGIN
As with investigative writing, all research begins with opening the first book and
pursuing the reference which, in turn, leads to more articles and publications
with more references, and so on. The reference section in this guide is the
compilation of two years of investigative writing about fluorides that affords the
legal researcher an eclectic overview not found in most studies or articles on the
The Toxicological profile for Fluorides is the most logical starting point for toxic
tort research. However, the profile is only about 85% complete and somewhat
contradictory in context. Upon obtaining the profile, it is also of value to request
the peer reviewers comments, notes and suggestions not included in the
document (as stated in Appendix C-1). The peer reviewers' comments can be
obtained from the US Centers for Disease Control Information Office with a
Freedom of Information Request.
With regards to the legal aspects of toxic tort litigation, Law of Toxic Torts,
Michael Dore is the most comprehensive publication on the subject.
From information reviewed, fluoride toxic tort cases (of which there are only a
few) after the 1970's have been settled out of court or dropped and none have
reached class action status in the United States. There have been two attempts in
the United Kingdom to sue for children suffering with dental fluorosis, but the
government refused to fund the effort. Suits prior to 1970 dealt with
environmental fluoride pollution damage to crops, livestock, nurseries (plants)
and tropical fish farms.58
[l] Difference Between Inadequate Warning and Other Product Defects
" Unlike most product defects whose consequences are relatively clear, products
or materials which are defective because they do not contain adequate warnings
as to their contents or use do not malfunction in any consistent and predictable
way. The differing ways in which various parties interact with products with
inadequate warnings make the consequences of these inadequate in that it did not
adequately disclose the risks of using the product, but also that the inadequate
warning was the cause of the plaintiff's harm because an adequate warning would
have disclosed those risks, and that disclosure would have been heeded by the
claimant, The causation which the plaintiff must demonstrate "is not merely
causation between the use of the product and the injury; plaintiff has the
affirmative burden of establishing causation between the failure to warn and the
injury. 72 (56 in references)"
(Law of Toxic Torts, Michael Dore)
Undoubtedly, fluorine chemistry has improved the quality of our lives, but the
unrestricted use of fluorine-based products such as chlorofluorocarbons, ect. is
simultaneously diminishing the quality of all life. With the use of fluorine-based
products, especially where prolonged (chronic) exposure is involved, it is the
obligation of manufacturers and municipalities fluoridating drinking water to
inform the public of any health risks occurring from exposure to fluorides in
those products such as dental fluorosis, the potential of hip fractures in later life,
or people who might be at risk from ingesting those products.
The practice of community water fluoridation is dose-related to how much water
an average individual drinks per day (about eight 8.0oz glasses of water
fluoridated at one part per million = a dose of 2.0mg of F-, or twice the optimal
recommended dose of F- for a person more than 12 years).59,60 However, not
factored into the dosage schedule are foods prepared with fluoridated water,
beverages made with fluoridated water, the use of fluoride-laced dentifrices and
ubiquitous fluorides contained in food-stuffs and drugs. All these sources
contribute to an average daily intake which can exceed what is considered safe
It has also been established that there are subsets of the population who are
particularly vulnerable to exposure to low levels of fluorides in the drinking
water; consequently, local and state governments who mandate water
fluoridation are doing so with the intent to cause harm to those vulnerable
subsets of the population.
Although community drinking water fluoridation is considered a "public health
measure," and the US Supreme Court has determined that the practice does not
violate constitutional law and falls under the Police Powers Act, the practice does
conflict with provisions of the: Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), 42 U.S.C. § 300i,
Tampering with public water systems (PHSA § 1432), Toxic Substances Control
Act (TSCA § 15), 15 U.S.C. § 2614 (a) (2), Prohibited Acts, and Food Drug and
Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), 21 U.S.C. § 331 (a)-(k), Prohibited acts.
These acts would apply because the term fluoride is used generically. According to
the present generic definition, any specie of fluorides, no matter how toxic,
carcinogenic or otherwise could be substituted as a water fluoridation agent for
the more benign, surrogate fluorides used for research purposes. To date there has
been no clinical research regarding safety and efficacy performed with the
fluorides derived from pollution scrubbing operations which are used for the
purpose community water fluoridation.61,62
Whether or not fluorides have a salutory effect on the teeth, or fluorides in a
particular product pose a minimal health risk to any individual, it is the
cumulative amounts of fluorides individuals are exposed that create health risks.
Consequently, each source of fluorides is a contributory factor to any adverse
health effect associated with fluorides added to the drinking water, products
produced from fluoridated water or a product containing contaminant fluorides
from other media. Therefore it is not only the legal responsibility, but also the
moral obligation of the manufacturers of those products or communities
artificially fluoridating drinking water to warn the general population of any
health risk from ingesting fluorides and especially those subsets of the population
who are particularly susceptible to adverse health effects from minimal exposure
Organizations and parties (such as newspaper ediorial endorsements) endorsing
the practice of water fluoridation and/or the indiscriminate use of fluorides
would also share limited liability for negligent misrepresentation [Yuhas v.
Mudge, 129 N.J. Super. 207, 322 A. 2d 824 (1974); and Hanberry v. Hearst Corp.,
276,Ca.App.2d 680, Cla.Rptr. 519 (1969)].
With regards to fluoride toxic torts, dental fluorosis could possibly be the most
mammoth class action in history, dwarfing asbestos litigation. Recently,
November 1996, United Kingdom, Colgate settled a dental Fluorosis case out of
court wnich established liability for the condition. Up to 50% of the US
population less than thirty years old has probably developed dental fluorosis.
Once the door is opened to fluoride toxic torts with dental fluorosis, hip fracture
will be the next logical point of toxic tort litigation, and from that point, possibly
osteosarcoma along with numerous other adverse effects to which vulnerable
subsets of the population are susceptible. Fluoride related toxic torts will not be a
single point for litigation, but a specialized area of law encompassing many subtle
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manufacturer's actions in selling the product without a warning. The article can
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