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If Pregnant Women Take Fluoride Supplements,
So Do Their Babies

Crazy advice for women from the
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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.

The CDC Disagrees:
Based on the highest quality of criteria, there is "good evidence to reject the use of fluoride supplements for pregnant women," because there is "no benefit for their children." Furthermore, "No published studies confirm the effectiveness of fluoride supplements in controlling dental caries among persons aged >16 years." – CDC

Even the Australian Dental Association said:
"Fluoride supplements should not be taken during a pregnancy."

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)

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.

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." **

ACOG Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women

Sadly, ACOG is ignorant about fluoride:

* Like methyl mercury:

  1. Fluoride is a "developmental neurotoxicant." ACOG already warns pregnant women to avoid consuming lead and bisphenol A (BPA), two substances that like fluoride the EPA says are toxic to the developing mammalian nervous system.
  2. Fluoride accumulates in the placenta, and fetal fluoride levels can be higher than maternal ones. Fluoride also accumulates in the amniotic fluid swallowed by fetuses.

** "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."

Takahashi et al. 2001

Fluoride supplements are prescription drugs
that have never been proven safe or effective.

The Preeclampsia Foundation recognizes the problem:
"For far too long, women have had a deficit of information about how the medications they need for other underlying health conditions can affect preeclampsia and their pregnancies... We need to take the next step forward in ensuring safe prescription drug use in pregnancy." – Executive Director

The Preeclampsia Foundation, however, is ignoring
placental fluorosis as a risk factor for preeclampsia.

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:

March of Dimes

Prenatal fluoride: All risk and no benefit
(Page 60 of Pregnancy and Fluoride Do Not Mix)