If Pregnant Women Take Fluoride
Crazy advice for women from the
The ACOG believes it is a "High-Risk Factor" if a woman lives in an area with "Inadequate Water Fluoridation." Therefore, ACOG advises women to take fluoride supplements.
Even the Australian Dental Association said:
October 2017: "There is no evidence that fluoride supplements taken by women during pregnancy are effective in preventing dental caries in their offspring." Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews
Fluoride supplements increase fetal fluoride levels.
Research shows that the use of fluoride supplements (1.5 mg/day)
during pregnancy doubles fetal blood concentrations of fluoride.
European Food Safety Authority (2013)
No good evidence that fluoridated water benefits mothers:
Despite this, ACOG advises pregnant women:
"Drink fluoridated water (via a community fluoridated water source)
Fluoridated amniotic fluid is another consequence of maternal fluoride intake.
It is more than crazy to supplement babies with fluoride
in the 9 months before birth, when it's long been known that
babies should not be supplemented in the 6 months after birth.
Prenatal fluoride: All risk and no benefit
(Page 60 of Pregnancy and Fluoride Do Not Mix)
On the plus side, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists knows that "reducing exposure to toxic environmental agents is a critical area of intervention" for reproductive health care professionals:
"Robust scientific evidence has emerged over the past 15 years, demonstrating that preconception and prenatal exposure to toxic environmental agents can have a profound and lasting effect on reproductive health across the life course...
"Chemicals in pregnant women can cross the placenta, and in some cases, such as with methyl mercury,* can accumulate in the fetus, resulting in higher fetal exposure than maternal exposure...
"As underscored by a groundbreaking 2009 report by the National Academy of Sciences, the effects of low-dose exposure to an environmental contaminant may be quite different based on vulnerabilities." **
Sadly, ACOG is ignorant about fluoride:
* Like methyl mercury:
** "The immature nervous system of an embryo or fetus is even more vulnerable to toxic exposures than is that of an infant." National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
Other High-Risk Factors identified by ACOG are serious diseases, including cancer. It is ridiculous to include "Inadequate Water Fluoridation" with cancer, when research shows that:
"Cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, colon and rectum... were positively associated with 'optimally' fluoridated drinking water."
Fluoride supplements are prescription drugs
The Preeclampsia Foundation, however, is ignoring
Adverse Effects of Bad Advice
Even though the March of Dimes is dedicated to ending premature birth,
when its Chief Medical Officer dismissed evidence that fluoride is a
risk factor for premature birth, he deferred to the ACOG,
as well as to the CDC and FDA:
Ironically, earlier that year the Chief Medical Officer
challenged the "culture of intractability" around
the need for Personalized Medicine.
Fluoridation is the antithesis of Personalized Medicine.