One of the most comprehensive reviews of water fluoridation conducted to date. This investigation into water fluoridation looks at a broad spectrum of research. This NRC 2006 report reviewed over 1,000 relevant studies examining the effects of fluoride in drinking water.
Ch.2: Measures of Exposure to Fluoride in the United States
Ch.3: Pharmacokinetics of Fluoride
Ch.4:Effects of Fluoride on Teeth
Ch.5: Musculoskeletal Effects
Ch.6: Reproductive and Developmental Effects of Fluoride
Ch.7: Neurotoxicity and Neurobehavioral Effects
Ch.8: Effects on the Endocrine System
Ch.9: Effects on the Gastrointestinal, Renal, Hepatic, and Immune Systems
Ch.10: Genotoxicity and Carcinogenicity
Ch.11: Drinking Water Standards for Fluoride
On March 22, 2006, a prestigious 12-member panel of the National Research Council completed a three year review of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA’s) safe drinking water standard for fluoride known as the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG). Following what has become one of the most thorough and objective reviews of the literature in 60 years, the NRC panel unanimously found that the MCLG is too high and asked the EPA to lower the standard in order to protect children against severe dental fluorosis and to protect all groups from bone fracture. At that time the MCLG was set at 4 parts per million (ppm) / 4 milligrams per liter (mg/L). Note: This panel’s learned recommendations do not only pertain to that higher concentration of fluoride in drinking water.
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