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Deadly Dangers of Fluoride
From the beginning Americans were told fluoridating public drinking water was safe and would lead to better dental health. But was that the truth, or were the real facts being covered up?
An intriguing question and many more are being asked by an awakening public. Just goes to show what can happen when an experimental program begun in 1945, without any health studies, is instituted by government.
Americans would like these questions answered because according to reliable reports fluoride is a poison that accumulates in our bones. It has also been linked to cancer in young males; osteoporosis, with symptoms almost identical to arthritis; reduced I.Q. and hip fractures in the elderly.
If this is true, why put it in our drinking water? And America drinks more fluoridated water than any other country! Of course, fluoride can be found naturally in water, but not at dangerous levels. Amazingly, fluoride in any form has never been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as required by law since 1938.
Here are a few interesting facts presented by the Health Action Network’s publication "Fluoridation: License to Dump Toxic Waste In The Name of Public Health,” from January 1997.
According to the report, water fluoridation is the ideal solution for industry's fluoride waste disposal.Chemicals that would cost thousands of dollars per tanker to dispose of are sold instead to cities by the ton.
Consequently, millions of dollars are invested by manufacturers lobbying government officials to promote water fluoridation. What fluoride’s advocates don’t promote are the facts these wastes are contaminated with arsenic, lead, barium, cadmium, and mercury.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of August 17, 2001, "Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Cavities in the United States” says in part, "…fluoride's predominant effect is after the tooth comes into the mouth and on the surface of the tooth.” If that is true, the question that seemingly never gets answered is, “Why do we have to ingest it?”
This brings up a few more important topics for consideration, one being the issue of informed consent. Doctors are required to tell patients benefits as well as dangers about prescribed medications. Patients have a right to know in order to make an informed decision about their treatment.
Fluoridation violates this principal. With fluoridation there is no control over who gets the "medication." When medications are prescribed, isn't the dose for an infant different than an adults? An even better question is, have the claims of tooth decay prevention been proven? To the contrary studies have shown tooth decay rates of people in communities having no fluoridation, are basically the same as those with it. In fact fluoridated communities have a greater risk of dental fluorosis, a discoloration and eventual mottling of the teeth.
Proponents for fluoridation argue no one is forced to drink the water. It's an individual's choice to drink the water. Another argument given is fluoride isn’t a drug, but a nutrient. When did toxic waste by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry, aluminum or steel industries become a nutrient? Stop laughing, they’re serious.
But wait, there's more. According to Dr. Dean Burke, former chief biochemist at the National Cancer Institute, over 10,000 Americans are dying of cancer caused by fluoridated drinking water annually. There has also been credible documentation proving fluoride adversely affects the brain by causing pineal gland damage. The pineal gland synthesizes secretion of melatonin. Melatonin affects jet lag, sleep patterns and aging. Another finding is fluoride can adversely affect the kidneys at high levels.
In many fluoridated areas, lead and copper content of the water exceeds EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act standards. Even if one chose not to drink fluoridated water it wouldn’t make any difference. Food and drinks are produced with fluoridated water and fluoride is a poison used for killing rats or mice.
In British Columbia, for example, 11% of the population drinks fluoridated water compared to 40-70% in other Canadian regions. Yet, British Columbia has the lowest tooth decay rates in the country. The lowest rates are found in areas not fluoridated. Another report, by the World Health Organization, showed a decline in dental decay for Western Europe, which has practically no fluoridation. Yet, even more surprising facts came from a 1992 University of Arizona study which stated in part, "…the more fluoride a child drinks, the more cavities appear in the teeth."
However, water isn’t the only way fluoride can enter a body, animal or human. For decades, industry has released massive quantities of it into the air and water. Noted medical writer, Joel Griffiths, described what industrial pollution by fluoride can do. He told of a case which devastated a Mohawk Indian reservation: "Cows crawled around the pasture on their bellies, inching along like giant snails. So crippled by bone disease they could not stand up.”
Many cattle died. Mohawk children also showed signs of damage to their bones and teeth. Mohawks sued the Reynolds Metals Company and the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) in 1960. The case was settled out of court to the tune of $650,000.
American children have been used as guinea pigs. Researchers found silicofluorides increase children's lead absorption and higher blood lead levels are linked to more tooth decay. But, the U.S. National Toxicology Program has begun studies of ingested silicofluorides….over 50 years after it's been dumped into our drinking water.
One would think dentists would have followed the advice reported in dental journals, to cut back on the use of fluoride. But instead, they had a history of lobbying legislators to fluoridate more water supplies.
But, the picture isn’t all doom and gloom.The American Dental Association announced in January 2006, they have a new cavity fighting tool, calcium. Researchers say Cavistat, a calcium nutrient substance, reduces cavities better than anything with or without fluoride.