Many of these conditions are common especially in infants, who happen to be one of the most sensitive subgroups in the population to fluoride, due to the fact that their kidneys are not fully functioning and that 90% of fluoride they are exposed to remains absorbed in their bodies. This is a worrying fact, especially for babies that are fed formula made up from fluoridated water which is the case in Ireland for over 90 percent of babies at 6 months of age. It is interesting therefore to note that studies have shown that up to twenty percent of children in Ireland have suffered eczema by the age of four. According to the Charles Institute, University College Dublin, in Ireland each year, 15% of all GP visits are attributed to a skin complaint. The prevalence of skin diseases such eczema has increased steadily over the past 20 years which coincidentally coincides with the ever growing exposure of the population to fluoride exposure in their diet from both water and dietary sources. And today, between 25% and 33% of the Irish population suffer from a dermatological condition at any one time.
It is important to remember that Ireland remains the only EU Member State with a mandatory policy for fluoridation of drinking water supplies. This water is also used for making beverages, cooking, washing, and bathing. Dr. Feltman conclusively demonstrated using double blind studies and with the use of placebos that fluoride contributed to to a variety of conditions in the general population. In the conclusion to his study Dr. Feltman highlighted that much more research on the biological effects of fluoride is necessary.
It further demonstrated that nine fluoridated cities with high dental decay rates had 10 percent more decay than nine equivalent non-fluoridated cities. Meanwhile the worlds largest study on dental decay, which examined 400,000 students, revealed that decay increased 27 per cent with a 1ppm fluoride increase in drinking water. In Japan, fluoridation caused decay increase of 7 per cent in 22,000 students (one of the reasons Japan stopped water fluoridation) while in the US a decay increase of 43 per cent occurred in 29,000 students when 1ppm fluoride was added to drinking water. This latest data from the WHO appears to support these findings as Ireland with the only policy of mandatory water fluoridation now has the worse dental health in Western Europe.