American Dental Association: No
Fluoride for Bottle-Fed Infants
In a little-noticed but dramatic
turnaround, the nation's leading fluoride advocate, The American
Dental Association (ADA), issued an alert on November 9th urging
parents to avoid fluoridated water when reconstituting infant
formula, warning that "Infants less than one year old may be
getting more than the optimal amount of fluoride if their
primary source of nutrition is powdered or liquid infant formula
mixed with water containing fluoride."
The dentists are worried that
fluoride exposure at this age will permanently damage teeth, not
protect them. A growing body of research also links fluoride to
weakened bones, reduced thyroid activity, and possibly bone
cancer in boys.
The advice, however, has gone
largely unheeded. Nursery Water, the nation's leading
fluoridated water for babies still markets its product
nationwide at Wal*Mart and other major retailers.
Help us stop this unsafe practice.
Sign our letter to Wal*Mart, asking them to stop selling
Say No to Nano - We Made It!
Two weeks ago we asked our online
community to help us reach our goal of 5,000 signatures that
would be sent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
demanding they test nanomaterials and require them to be labeled
when used in personal care products.
Nanomaterials are super-tiny
manmade chemicals that may pose extraordinary and unpredictable
risks to public health. The FDA is concerned about these
micro-sized ingredients because their toxicity may be very
different, and potentially more severe than normal-sized
We were overwhelmed with the
response - over 2,000 signatures in 24 hours! In total, we sent
5,700 signatures to the FDA. We'll keep you posted on whether
they step up and take responsibility for assessing the safety of
these materials before they find their way into our products,
our bodies and the environment.
We thank you for urging FDA to do
the right thing.
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products without fluoride or harmful chemicals