Fluoride is a byproduct of aluminum manufacturing and fertilizer production. As a common ingredient in rat poison, insecticides and military nerve gas, it's considered a dangerous substance and an environmental pollutant, and is classified as a hazardous material during shipping.
Fluoride is listed in the handbook titled CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY OF COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS as more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic.
Independent studies have shown that fluoride causes various mental disturbances, makes people docile, damages bone structure and shortens life spans.
The first use of fluoridated drinking water occurred during World War II when the German pharmaceutical giant, I.G. Farben, utilized it in Nazi prison camps such as Auschwitz in order to force the inmates into a compliant submission.
In 1944, Oscar Ewing became the head of the U.S. Federal Security Agency where he began a campaign to add fluoride to public drinking water. Prior to that, Ewing had been an employee of Alcoa, which controls the global aluminum cartel. Soon, aluminum waste material became a profitable business venture, at a 20,000 percent markup.
According to APPLIED CHEMISTRY, SECOND EDITION by William R. Stine, the fluoride ion in drinking water is responsible for a defective dental condition called mottled enamel. Also known as dental fluorosis, this defect results from disturbance by fluoride of the enamel forming cells during tooth formation and is one of the first signs of chronic fluoride poisoning.
Dr. Hardy Limeback is the head of the Department of Preventative Dentistry at the University of Toronto and the President of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. Once a leading promoter of fluoride in public drinking water, he has since become an opponent of fluoridation. He claims that Canada currently spends more effort on treating dental fluorosis than treating cavities. He also reports lower cavity rates in areas where there is no fluoridation.
According to PHYSICIANS DESK REFERENCE, "in hypersensitive individuals, fluorides occasionally cause skin eruptions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, or urticaria. Gastric distress, headache, and weakness have also been reported. These hypersensitive reactions usually disappear promptly after discontinuation of the fluoride."
Research in the 1970s by the National Cancer Institute showed that more than 10,000 fluoride-linked cancer deaths occur in this country each year.
The Argonne National Laboratories demonstrated in 1989 the ability of fluoride to transform normal cells into cancerous cells.
A study by Proctor and Gamble showed that as little as half the amount of fluoride in public water supplies resulted in a significant increase in genetic damage.
The NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE reported in the March 22, 1990 issue that Mayo Clinic researchers found fluoride treatment of osteoporosis increased hip fracture rate and bone fragility.
In 1992, the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION reported that increased hip fractures were linked to rates of fluoride in the water.
Dr. Michael B. Schachter, M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, contends, "fluoride even at dosages of one part per million, found in fluoridated water, can inhibit enzyme systems, damage the immune system, contribute to calcification of soft tissues, worsen arthritis and cause dental fluorosis in children; up to 80% of the children in certain fluoridated areas."
If that isn't scary enough, many recent studies show that water fluoridation is ineffective in reducing tooth decay. The U. S. Public Health Service, in the largest study of its kind, examined the dental records of over 39,000 school children, ages 5-17, from 84 different areas around the country. The number of decayed, missing and filled teeth per child were virtually the same in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.
Because of evidence of harmful effects, fluoridation has been abandoned in most of Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Yugoslavia.
In the 1964 cold-war classic DR. STRANGELOVE, General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) was concerned about an epiphany he had experienced during a sexual encounter regarding protecting his "purity of essence" and thereby became a bit paranoid about the fluoridation of drinking water. "I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids," he declared, then ordered a squadron of B-52s on a nuclear strike of the Soviet Union.
Perhaps he sent the B-52s to the wrong target.
As a container of precious bodily fluids, I tend to be cautious about what I eat, drink and breathe. I prefer my drinking water to be void of toxic waste.
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Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and protects his purity of essence by bathing during full moons. His blogs appear on several websites, including www.myspace.com/bret1111