It is now a well-established fact that fluoride in drinking water can cause "non-ulcer dyspeptic" complaints in human subjects. The main complaints are:
- Loss of appetite
- Pain in the stomach
- Gas formation and bloated feeling
- Constipation followed by intermittent diarrhoea
- Head ache
The investigations carried out on Human patients during the period 1992-1996 and the results obtained are reported in the following publications.
Fluoride ingestion and its correlation with Gastro-intestinal discomfort. FLUORIDE, 1992, 25 (1), 5-22.
A.K. Susheela, Taposh K. Das, I.P. Gupta, R.K. Tandon, S.K. Kacker, P. Ghosh and R.C. Deka.
Alimentary tract and pancreas: Fluoride as a possible aetiological factor in non-ulcer dyspepsia. JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY, 1992, 7, 355 359. I.P. Gupta, T.K. Das, A.K. Susheela, S. Dasrathy and R.K. Tandon
Prevalence of endemic fluorosis with gastro-intestinal manifestations in people living in some North-Indian villages. FLUORIDE. 1993, 26 (2), 97-104. A.K. Susheela, Arbind Kumar, Madhu Bhatnagar and R. Bahadur.
Toxic Effects of Chronic fluoride Ingestion on the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract. J. CLIN. GASTROENTEROL 1994; 18(3) 194 9. T.K. Das, A.K. Susheela, I.P. Gupta, S. Dasarathy and R.K. Tandon.
Epidemiological studies of health risks from drinking water naturally contaminated with fluoride, A.K. Susheela. In: Assessing and managing health risks from drinking water contamination: APPROACHES AND APPLICATIONS. Editors ERIC G. REICHARD & GIOVANNI A. ZAPPONI 1995- Page No. 123 - 134, (Proceedings of Rome Symposium September 1994) International Association of Hydrological Sciences. IAHS Publication No. 233 (ISSN 0144 - 7815) IAHS Press: Oxfordshire OX 10 8BB, U.K.
Gastroduodenal manifestations in patients with skeletal fluorosis.J. GASTROENTEROL 1996; 31:333 337. S. Dasarathy, Taposh K. Das, I.P. Gupta, A.K. Susheela and R.K. Tandon.