Baby formula carries a deadly threat...
The hidden danger in every bottle of formula
If you need more proof that “breast is best” when it comes to what to feed your baby, you won’t after you read this: Formula-fed babies can be exposed to up to 200 times more fluoride than breastfed babies.
And as a recent study showed, this doesn’t guarantee them a lifetime of cavity-free living, but a lifetime of embarrassing discolored, spotty teeth. It’s a condition called dental fluorosis, and the latest study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association confirms what we’ve known for years:
Infants exposed to fluoride have a significantly higher risk of developing this condition
The dangers are especially high during the first year of life, but the increased risks continue until kids reached four years old. Is it any wonder that 32 percent of American kids now suffer from this disfiguring disease?
This latest bit of research merely confirmed what a study in the Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology determined over four years ago. That’s right -- it’s been four whole years since this alarming news first came to light. Four years to warn the public about the risks of giving fluoridated water to children and infants. Four years to -- at the very least -- give moms the option of making a healthier choice for their kids.
Yet it seems as if moms are the only ones who haven’t heard about fluoride’s dangers to their babies. After all, plenty of “respectable” organizations have officially recognized the dangers. Take a look:
- American Dental Association: “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 concentrate infant formula mixed with water containing fluoride.” (Of course, the “optimal” amount of flouride is zero for all ages.)
- American Academy of Pediatrics: “Babies should not receive fluoride supplementation during the first six months of life...”
- Academy of General Dentistry: “If you add fluoridated water to your infant’s baby formula, you may be putting your child at risk of developing dental fluorosis.”
The Centers for Disease Control, the Environmental Working Group, the National Research Council...they all say the same thing: Fluoridated water is dangerous for your children.
So what’s being done about it? Not a whole heck of a lot.
Although most dentists have been warned, the buck stops there -- because I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard about this clear and present danger that’s facing your kids and grandkids.
I can’t lay all of the blame on the dentists, though. If more mothers had the common sense to stick with good old-fashioned (not to mention FREE) breast milk, none of this would be an issue to begin with. Instead, too many moms these days opt for the convenience of the powdered formulas.
But forget for a minute that these formula-fed kids are missing out on all of the nutrients that breast milk is naturally loaded with. Forget that study after study has shown that breast-fed babies are healthier than their formula-fed peers -- from fewer ear infections and allergies, to stronger bones and higher IQs.
Forget all of that, because what we’re talking about today is what these unfortunate children are getting instead -- a toxic dose of fluoride that multiple studies have now shown could damage them for the rest of their lives.
More reasons why I haven’t had a glass of water in over 20 years...and counting
The problem arises when the powdered formulas get mixed with water in order to make the pseudo-milk concoction. So what kind of water are we talking about? Fresh spring water? Filtered water? Bottled water?
Nope. Most mothers fill those plastic (not to mention BPA-lined) baby bottles with water straight from the tap. And why not? If the EPA says it’s safe to drink, it should be safe to drink, right?
Wrong. And if you’ve been reading my diatribes for any length of time, you know how I feel about the chemicals dumped into the water supply in the name of “health.” (If you’re new to the scene, search my online archives to get all the dirty details on the dangerous chemicals in your water.)
The evidence that topical fluoride is good for your teeth is thin enough. The evidence of it having any benefits whatsoever when it’s ingested is so miniscule that you’d need the Hubble telescope to see it.
But politicians have a way of seeing what they want to see -- or maybe I should say, of making you see what they want you to see. And fluoride’s “rat-poison-turned-tooth-fairy” fairy tale is a prime example -- but there’s no happy ending to this story.
Because when it comes right down to it, dental fluorosis is small potatoes compared to the harm it could be causing those little bodies.
“A significant public health concern”
If these kids are ingesting enough fluoride to affect the surface of their teeth, what do you think it’s doing to the rest of their bodies? You don’t have to wonder. Plenty of studies have been done, and the results speak for themselves. Ingesting fluoride has been linked to everything from muscle disorders, brain damage, and arthritis, to bone fractures, cell death, and infertility -- and that’s in adults.
No one knows for sure what effect it has on a developing brain. But what we do know is this: The protective blood-brain barrier isn’t developed until kids reach six months old, leaving them vulnerable to permanent neurotoxic effects from toxins such as fluoride. Remember what I told you earlier: Formula-fed babies can be exposed to up to 200 times more fluoride than breastfed babies.
The Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility issued a statement saying, “Fluoride exposure, at levels that are experienced by a significant proportion of the population whose drinking water is fluoridated, may have adverse impacts on the developing brain...The findings are provocative and of significant public health concern.”
Here’s what pediatrician Yolanda Whyte had to say about it: “I diagnose dental fluorosis on average 5 times daily, but fluoride doesn’t only affect teeth, it can potentially affect the brain and nervous system, kidneys, bones, and other tissue in young children during their critical stages of organ development.”
She concluded by saying that what we need is a public awareness campaign. And thanks to the Fluoride Action Network, that’s what we’ve got.
Here’s what to do:
FAN is on a mission to let consumers know of this danger to their children. Whether it’s at the state, county, or local level, FAN is attempting to get legislation passed that would require water utilities to put the following warning on their bills:
“Your public water supply is fluoridated. Fluoridated water should not be used or added to infant formula, foods, or drinks intended for babies 12 months of age or younger in order to avoid dental fluorosis.”
If you’d like to be a part of this campaign, visit the Fluoride Action Network’s website (www.fluoridealert.org). Once you’re there, you can download documents to pass out to your family and friends. You can even find out who to contact if you’re interested in spearheading this legislation in your area.
In the meantime, make it your mission to let everyone in your life know of this danger to children.
One final word for mothers of infants:
Breast is best. Always. But if, for some reason, you’re not able to breastfeed, for heaven’s sake, don’t use fluoridated water with formula. Better yet, don’t use store-bought formula at all. The best possible option in this scenario is to make a formula with raw cow’s milk or raw goat’s milk instead.
To make a formula as close to mother’s milk as possible, Sally Fallon from the Weston A. Price Foundation recommends a recipe that includes adding numerous oils (to bring the fat profile closer to nature), a probiotic (to suppress the growth of harmful bacteria and help ward off infantile diarrhea), whey (to help make the milk easier to digest), and a few other additional nutrients.
To find good sources of raw milk in your area, visit www.realmilk.com. If Uncle Sam has restricted your access to raw milk in your particular state, you can use goat’s milk instead.
For the complete recipe, visit www.westonaprice.org. Under “Health Topics,” click “Children’s health.” Then click on “Recipes for homemade baby formula.” You’ll find everything from the raw baby milk formula, to homemade whey, formula making tips, and nutrient comparison charts.