Skip to comments.How We Got Fluoridated
Posted on 11/22/2002 7:33:34 PM PST by FormerLurker
How We Got Fluoridated
by Philip Heggen
Throughout the world, and from the beginning, virtually all living creatures have been exposed to fluoride. It's nothing new. Fluoride is one of the most abundant elements in the earth's crust - cumulative and toxic to all forms of life at remarkably low dosage.
Sixty years ago U.S. dental researchers had identified areas in sixteen states where disfiguring mottled enamel was a serious problem. Thirty years ago, the World Health Organization had noted that high concentrations of fluoride are found in areas of every continent and that dental fluorosis is a problem from Finland to South Africa and from England to Japan.
But fluoride affects more than just developing teeth. Even dinosaurs have ingested water and vegetation contaminated by fluoride from volcanic gases and ash - and suffered the consequence in terms of painful arthritic effects.
Industrial mining and manufacturing, like mini-volcanoes, bring up fluorides from the earth into the biosphere, with similar effects on human communities. In the past century or so, man has spawned these "mini-volcanoes" without fully understanding the consequences. Modern well-drilling equipment has provided much needed water from deep within the earth - and this, too, has resulted in fluoride poisoning.
Fluoridation has not been a conspiracy in the usual sense of the word ... but rather, a colossal blunder.
"The problem is enormous, unbelievable," says Andezhath Susheela of the Fluorosis Research and Rural Development Foundation in Delhi, India. She has been unraveling the national story for a decade during which time her estimate of the number of people leading "a painful and crippled life" from fluorosis has risen from one million to 25 million and now to 60 million - six million of them children - spread across tens of thousands of communities. "In some villages three-quarters of the population are seriously affected."
This paper is a chronicle and overview spanning the history of modern industry. It shows the rise of fluoride pollution and how economic motives have overridden concerns for human health. We take you back to the early metal refinery pollution in Europe and show the record of lawsuits for fluoride damage. This reveals the basis for American industry's fear of being shut down by lawsuits. We also document the steps taken by industry to divert public attention away from fluoride air pollution. This chronicle shows that the origin of water fluoridation is in these fluoride fears of industry -- not in concern for children's teeth.
During the 1940s, the development of the atom bomb required handling huge amounts of fluoride in the production of nuclear weapons. Documented here is a major safety study by the Atomic Energy Commission. As a result of this extensive study, the federal government became involved in the suppression of information about fluoride poisoning. Formerly restricted government documents now made available under the Freedom of Information Act have filled in blank spaces in this chronology.
Thus, both big government and big industry, for different reasons, became involved in the cover up. The succeeding collaboration of industry and government is documented below in detail.
The difficulties in maintaining a deception over an extended time are sizable. This is especially true with an ongoing issue like fluoridation. A compounding of dishonest statements and actions is required to maintain the original deception. At a certain point, the truth of the situation becomes obvious. These consequences are now coming to bear on the defenders of fluoridation. The Epilogue deals with this coming confrontation.
Gen. Jack Ripper.
"Do you know what flouride is, Mandrake?"
Ah, no, Jack, no I don't."
Keep reading through the article's links, you'll see..
"Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk... ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake children's ice cream."
If you only knew what it did, you might not want to do that...
Mandrake: Ah, yes, I have heard of that, Jack. Yes.
Ripper: Well, do you know what it is?
Mandrake: No. No, I don't know what it is. No.
Ripper: Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face? Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridated water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk, ice cream? Ice cream, Mandrake. Children's ice cream?
Mandrake: Good Lord.
Ripper: You know when fluoridation first began?
Mandrake: No. No, I don't, Jack. No.
Ripper: Nineteen hundred and forty-six. Nineteen forty-six, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your postwar commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core commie works.
LOL. The JBS lives.
I recommend TOM's Natural Tooth Paste, but you have to look at the labeling, they have fluoride and non-fluoride toothpaste, the non is great stuff, I haven't had to go to a dentist in 9 years.
Keep brushing with Crest. And you think POT is bad, my God..
Should I brush with pot?
Lethal? You are getting hysterical. First of all, we have children all over the country swallowing fluoridated water on a daily basis and not dying. And I give thousands of fluoride treatments a year (properly) to small children, as do all dentists, and haven't lost one yet.
And you are slowly poisoning them.
So it isn't "lethal for a small child if swallowed".
I've already shown you that it is. It is quite a reckless statement to make that it isn't lethal, or at least potentially lethal.
Only July 21, 1990, Chuck Filippini took his 8 year old daughter to the dentist who received a fluoride treatment at 11:00 A.M. Two hours later, she went into a seizure. Two to three days later, she died.
These cases are not unusual. Surveys show that over 6% of the children receiving fluoride treatments at the dental office complained of side-effects, including nauseaand vomiting, either immediately or within one hour following treatment.
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) studied fluoride for 13 years and found evidence that fluoride causes bone cancer in lab rats. A prestigious senior official from the US Public Health Service, experienced in the prestigious art of writing scientific reviews, rewrote the NTP report to make it appear that the evidence that fluoride is carcinogenic is equivocal instead of definitive.5 William Marcus, Ph.D. senior toxicologist in the EPA Office of Drinking Water, blew the whistle on this cover up. When he examined the original data of the experiment, Dr. Marcus found that there was clear evidence that fluoride causes cancer and that the results had been deliberately downgraded by the reviewer. Marcus publicly stated that there could be more than 10,000 avoidable fluoride-related deaths per year.7 For this, Dr. Marcus was fired in 1990. Dr Marcus sued. In 1992, the EPA was ordered by the court to rehire him and pay back pay, legal expenses and $50,000 in damages. "EPA appealed, but the appeal was turned down in 1994 by Secretary of Labor, Robert B. Reich who accused EPA of firing Dr. Marcus in retaliation for speaking his mind in public. Reich found among other things that EPA had shredded important evidence that would have supported Dr. Marcus in court. The original trial proceedings also show that EPA employees who wanted to testify on behalf of Dr. Marcus were threatened by their own management. EPA officials also forged some of his time cards, and then accused him of misusing his official time."8
It's hard to believe such a pro-fluoride stance: This year, FDA mandated that fluoridated toothpaste must display a warning that reads: "If you swallow more than the amount for brushing, contact a poison control center immediately." The mandate was prompted by more than 11,000 calls a year to poison control centers and three fluoride-related deaths.
From the 1991 Physicians' Desk Reference
The 1991 Physicians' Desk Reference cautions : "Dental Fluorosis [mottling] may result from exceeding the recommended dose. In hypersensitive individuals, fluorides occasionally cause skin eruptions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema or urticaria, gastric distress, headache, and weaknesshave also been reported. These hypersensitive reactions usually disappear promptly after discontinuation of the fluoride. In rare cases, a delay in the eruption of teeth has been reported."
I find it highly interesting that the very conditions that cause adverse reactions to the smallpox vaccine are due to fluoride.
Yes, but you said " Fluoride has cululative toxic effects ", with the implication that is accumulates in the tissues like lead or other heavy metals. That is NOT TRUE. You do not see levels of fluoride in the body rise over time to any great extent.
Contrary to what TomB has to say, it DOES accumulate in the body, and is even MORE toxic that lead..
Make no mistake about it: fluoride is poison . According to the 1984 issue of Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products (Williams & Wilkins), it is more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic . It has been used as a pesticide for the control of mice, rats, and other small pests. In 1991, the Akron (OH) Regional Poison Center reported that "Death has been reported following ingestion of 16 milligrams per kilogram of fluoride." In other words, one-hundreth (1/100) of an ounce of fluoride could kill a 10 pound child and one-tenth(1/10) of an ounce could kill a 100 pound adult.
Considering you have admitted that there are areas of the country with fluoride levels around 1ppm (albeit from the "natural" CaF), that is a useless statement. In addition, skeletal fluorosis is only seen in areas where the natural fluoride levels are over 4ppm. Lower levels of fluoride are actually associated with higher bone mass.
You obviously have conviently forgotten all of the facts I've provided that demonstrates that the food, water, and even the air that we breath are polluted with fluoride. The average intake is at least 4-8 mg of fluoride each day, higher than that for people who happen to live in fluoridated water districts that don't monitor their water as they should..
According to the National Research Council fluorosis affects 8 to 51% and sometimes as many as 80% of the children growing up in areas where drinking water contains one part per million (1 ppm) fluoride. Fluoride also can have a deleterious effect on bone growth and cause premature joint and ligament aging. The visible damage to tooth surfaces results in mottled, brittle teeth that are prone to fracture and may cost many thousands of dollars to cosmetically repair.
Once again, with fluoride ions being a natural feature of most water, this is not a problem at normal concentrations.
And again Tom, you try to confuse the issue between NATURAL calcium fluoride and ARTIFICIAL fluoride compounds. You have a rather short memory. Are you brushing your teeth with that 5000 ppm stuff?
I'm sorry, but I've seen no epidemologial studies looking at disease rates, hip fractures, or skeletal fluorosis, comparing areas with high and low fluoride levels.
Again Tom, I HAVE posted volumes of information and links on that. You DO appear to be suffering from fluoride intoxication...
Fluoride in drinking water increases the risk of hip fractures in women, according to an October 1999 American Journal of Epidemiology study. This corroborates several studies revealing a positive fluoride/hip fracture association. Furthermore, other studies dismissing a fluoride/fracture link may be flawed because they weren't gender or hip-fracture specific, report authors Kurttio, et al. A recent Lancet study showing no fluoridation/hip fracture link was not gender specific between high and low fluoride areas.
In 1990 a large national survey of hip fracture rates published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a dramatic link between fluoridated water and the frequency of hip fracture.11 This study closely followed a report in the New England Journal of Medicine which found that attempts to treat osteoporosis with fluoride actually increased the disease and resulted in increased bone fractures.12
I also noticed that many of your studies are from the journal Fluoride. Besides being on Quackwatch's list of journals to avoid, the paper I referenced above found some problems with it:
And those who made those statements are themselves guilty of quackery, and are more than likely funded by the ADA.
To promote a known poison as some sort of nutrient to the American public and to convince them that they NEED to ingest poison to attain good health is the ULTIMATE quackery. It is unimaginable that there are those who would even ALLOW adults and children to consume such hazardous material, never mind RECOMMEND and in fact FORCE them to.
Here's a bit of history on the topic.
You also fail to remember that I've posted a MASSIVE amount of information on this topic OTHER than what is available from the Fluoride Journal.
Let me just remind you that there are QUITE a few esteemed voices that are opposed to fluoridation and the use of fluoride in GENERAL.
It'd be safer for your mental health, your body, and your general well being. Have you bothered yourself with actually reading the article?
I can't read. The fluoride has rotted my brain.
It's too late for me, save yourself.
It's never too late...
What does your tartar buildup and gum recession look like? Do you floss daily?
Words of wisdom. That is something that is a GOOD idea for anyone concerned about fluoride intake.
From Fluoridation 101
At the turn of the last century, many residents of the Southwest US had unusually ugly teeth. They called it "Colorado Brown Stain." Dental researchers sought to discover the source of this disfiguring tooth malformation. The culprit was high levels of fluoride in the water. Since these ugly teeth resisted decay, well-meaning but misguided dentists assumed the fluoride also caused the teeth to resist decay. However, what they overlooked is significant. The water supply was also very high in calcium and magnesium, essential nutrients we now know makes teeth strong.
Aren't a mammal teeth all made of the same material? How come wild animal teeth don't decay from lack of fluoride? The sure answer is they aren't bathing their teeth in a toxic soup of refined sugars like us "intelligent" two-legged critters. Cut out all the sugar crap and lose the requirement for fluoride.
Actually, it IS. Try to read the links provided. Top researchers, scientists, doctors, and other health professionals are ALL saying this. Are you a health professional or an esteemed scientist?
Truth ALWAYS prevails...
Also, I noticed that most of the footnotes in that link you provided to the other study were all more than 8 years old. As a matter of fact, the newest source cited is from a 1994 article from "Health Natural", and most of those sources are from the 70's and 80's.
They are made by the top medical authorities in our nation based on the latest medical research.
"The American Medical Association is NOT prepared to state that no harm will be done to any person by water fluoridation. The AMA has not carried out any research work, either long-term or short-term, regarding the possibility of any side effects." - Dr. Flanagan, Assistant Director of Environmental Health, American Medical Association. [actual letter]
"Based on data from the National Academy of Sciences, current levels of fluoride exposure in drinking water may cause arthritis in a substantial portion of the population long before they reach old age" -Dr. Robert Carton, former EPA Scientist.
"Fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons, probably because of their capacity to modify the metabolism of cells by changing the permeability of the cell membrane and by inhibiting certain enzyme systems." Journal of the American Medical Association, Sept 18, 1943
Segments of the population are unusually susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride. They include "postmenopausal women and elderly men, pregnant woman and their fetuses, people with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and/or vitamin C, and people with cardiovascular and kidney problems." United States Public Health Service Report (ATSDR TP-91/17, pg. 112, Sec.2.7, April 1993)
"fluoride exposure, at levels that are experienced by a significant proportion of the population whose drinking water is fluoridated, may have adverse impacts on the developing brain." Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, May 2000
"It is now clear that fluoride is a potentially harmful substance when present in the drinking water in any amount." Dr. Simon Beisler, Chief of Urlogy, Roosevelt Hospital and Past President of the American Urological Association.
"The plain fact that fluorine is an insidious poison harmful, toxic and cumulative in its effects, even when ingested in minimal amounts, will remain unchanged no matter how many times it will be repeated in print that fluoridation of the water supply is 'safe.'" Dr. Ludgwig Grosse, Chief of Cancer Research, U.S. Veterans Administration.
In Harlem, NY, which has been fluoridated for 32 years, "There's more dental decay among these kids; we see the beginning of inflamed gingivitis in their mouths." American Dental Association, May 2000
"The CDA emphasizes that the need for fluoride depends on overall exposure, including place of residence, diet and oral health habits. and "The CDA recognizes the need to continue to monitor studies on fluoride and general health." Canadian Dental Association, May, 2000
"Fluoride has been shown to adversely effect the central nervous system, causing behavioral changes, increased hip fractures and reproduction problems." Natick Report Research Team
"I am appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs. Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious effects on a long range basis. Any attempt to use water this way is deplorable." - Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd, Past President of the American Medical Association.
"fluoridation ... it is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has." - Dr. Professor Albert Schatz, (Microbiology), co-discoverer of Streptomycin, the cure for tuberculosis and numerous other bacterial infections.
Fluoride may be destroying our bones, our teeth and overall health.. it doesn't need to be added to our water and we may be taking unnecessary risks by doing so. - Dr. Hardy Limeback, a leading Canadian fluoride authority, former fluoride advocate and long-standing consultant to Canadian Dental Association. (read his rationale)
"By 1983 I was thoroughly convinced that fluoridation caused more harm than good. I expressed the opinion that some of these children with dental fluorosis could, just possibly, have also suffered harm to their bones" - Dr. Colquhoun, former Principal Dental Officer for Auckland New Zealand. (read his rationale)
".. the evidence is quite convincing that the addition of sodium fluoride to the public water supply at one part per million is extremely deleterious to the human body". - Chief Justice John Flaherty, of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (presided over litigation involving fluoridation)
"This record is barren of any credible and reputable scientific epidemiological studies and/or analysis of statistical data which would support the Illinois Legislatures determination that fluoridation of the water supplies is both a safe and effective means of promoting public health." - Illinois Judge Ronald Niemann (presided over litigation involving fluoridation)
"the artificial fluoridation of public water supplies, such as contemplated by (Houston) City ordinance No. 80-2530 may cause or may contribute to the cause of cancer, genetic damage, intolerant reactions, and chronic toxicity, including dental mottling, in man; that the said artificial fluoridation may aggravate malnutrition and existing illnesses in man; and that the value of said artificial fluoridation is in doubt as to the reduction of tooth decay in man." - Texas Judge Anthony Farris (presided over litigation involving fluoridation)
"E.P.A. should act immediately to protect the public, not just on the cancer data, but on the evidence of bone fractures, arthritis, mutagenicity and other effects." - Dr. William Marcus, Senior Toxicologist at E.P.A.
In 1996, there were approximately 340,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures in the United States. Women sustain 75 percent-80 percent of all hip fractures. Medicare costs for hip fractures were estimated at $2.9 billion in 1991. Centers for Disease Control
"About one-half of the people with hip fractures end up in nursing homes, and in the year following the fracture, 20 per cent of them die." Harold Slavkin, Director of National Institute of Dental Research (JADA 1999)
"..fluoride damages bone even at levels added to public drinking water" American Journal of Epidemiology, October 1999
"Since 1990, five major epidemiological studies from three countries-the United States, United Kingdom and France-- showing a higher rate of hip fractures in fluoridated regions.." Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 1997 vol. 21 no. 24
"..significant increase in the risk of hip fracture in both men and women exposed to artificial fluoridation at 1 ppm." Journal of the American Medical Association, August 1992
"..the recommended "optimal" intake (a level that has yet to be determined scientifically)." Journal of the American Dental Association, Dec. 1995
"Water contains a number of substances that are undesirable, and fluorides are just one of them" stated Dr. F. A. Bull, State Dental Director of Wisconsin, speaking at the Fourth Annual Conference of State Dental Directors.
Hundreds of millions of dollars may be wasted annually on children's fluoride treatments by dentists. Typically given once or twice a year at routine checkups, the treatments do nothing to reduce cavities in kids, says a study of insurance records. Journal of Public Health Dentistry
In June of 1999, the Majority Chairman of the Environmental Resources Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives stated ".. there is no solid scientific or medical evidence to show that fluoridation is of any beneficial help to public health, safety or welfare."
The former editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association said he often received telephone calls from irate AMA members and letters from state medical societies and AMA officers "threatening political action against the editor and the Journal for publishing what offended them ideologically, or more likely imposed on (physicians') ability to earn money." (article) - Mr. Lundberg, editor of JAMA for 17 years
"That the artificial fluoridation of public water supplies, such as is contemplated by [Houston] City Ordinance No. 80-2530, may cause or may contribute to the cause of cancer, genetic damage, intolerant reactions, and chronic toxicity, including dental mottling, in man; that the said artificial fluoridation may aggravate malnutrition and existing illnesses in man; and that the value of said artificial fluoridation is in doubt as to the reduction of tooth decay in man." - Judge Farris, presiding judge in a case involving the fluoridation of Houston's water.
The Washington Bureau editor of AD Impact, the monthly publication of the Academy of General Dentistry, wrote last year that supporters of fluoridation have had an "unwillingness to release any information that would cast fluorides in a negative light," and that organized dentistry has lost "its objectivity - the ability to consider varying viewpoints together with scientific data to reach a sensible conclusion."
"All of the organizations promoting water fluoridation agree that dental fluorosis, which is the first visible sign of systemic poisoning, increases with water fluoride levels." Dr. Kennedy, Past President of International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and a practicing Dentist for 20 years.
These are strong, deliberate statements. They are made by the top medical authorities in our nation based on the latest medical research. Their voices are not alone, look at a partial list of dentists & medical doctors, Environmental Protection Agency Scientists and even a number of State Dental Directors are critical of the benefits.
Pdf file of this page
"I am appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs. Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious effects on a long range basis. Any attempt to use water this way is deplorable."
Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd, Past President of the American Medical Association.
"fluoridation ... it is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has. "
Professor Albert Schatz, Ph.D. (Microbiology), Co-Discoverer of streptomycin
Join voices with the following medical professionals
who see fluoride as a health hazard.
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Fluoride is naturally occurring in most water supplies in this country, it always has. As a matter of fact, in many areas the concentration is many times the recommended level.
Fluoride is a toxin, so ANY amount is too much. Those areas that DO have naturally occuring fluoride in their water supply DO also have children with statistically significant lower IQ and develop skeletal fluorsis.
ALL the ethical ones are...
Also, I noticed that most of the footnotes in that link you provided to the other study were all more than 8 years old. As a matter of fact, the newest source cited is from a 1994 article from "Health Natural", and most of those sources are from the 70's and 80's. Many of that list of quotes are from the 60's.
Do you care to link that which you mention, or am I supposed to guess?