Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013

Gerstenbluth:‘The quantity of fluoride present in our drinking water does not increase the risk for any disease’

Izzy GerstenbluthWILLEMSTAD – After various week of agitation against the use of fluoride in our drinking water which is produced and distributed by Aqualectra, the government’s expert on this topic, epidemiologist Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth finally came to Parliament to explain this issue.

“The quantity of fluoride present in our drinking water does not increase the risk for any disease, according to Dr. Gerstenbluth.

The Parliament of Curacao has met with the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ben Whiteman on the fluoride administered in the drinking water. This meeting was called by the MFK faction in Parliament.

“When you are talking about fluoride in drinking water, it is important to know that all natural water contains this mineral. Sea water contains 1mg/liter. In rivers and lakes there are 0.5mg/liter. For wells, it varies per country depending on the minerals in their soil. There are places where the quantity of fluoride is extremely high,” according to Dr. Gerstenbluth.

Drinking water is extremely important for the body. Since the 1940’s, the effects of fluoride were well established. It was already known that high concentration, 10mg/liter is associated with dental fluoroses which gives the teeth a yellow brownish color. On the other hand a low concentration of fluoride, 0.1ml/liter is associated with the high level of tooth decay.

A concentration of about 1mg/liter is associated with lower levels of tooth decay, especially with children. The World Health Organization (WHO) has set the fluoride level in drinking water at 1.5ml/liter.

According to Dr. Gerstenbluth, after much research there is no consistent scientific evidence to associate fluoride with any type of cancer. There is also no evidence to connect fluoride with abortion or congenital abnormality. Nor are there any evidence to associate fluoride with respiratory problems, blood clot nor genotoxic effects.

The public meeting on this topic was postponed till further notice. Minister Whiteman has asked for one week to prepare for all the questions he has received from the members of Parliament.


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