Fluoridation Folly

By Barry Forbes

Source: The Tribune, Mesa, Arizona, August 27, 2000
Reprinted with Permission

So I’m reading my morning newspaper, enjoying a first cup of steaming hot coffee. Decaffeinated. Made with unfluoridated water, naturally.

Up pops a story about Gilbert, the lone Valley holdout when it comes to fluoridation. The issue has surfaced on the city’s November ballot, so fluoride pushers are busy claiming it’s the next best thing since Rice Krispees. It’s good for you, Gilbert. “Scientific studies prove it.”

Really? Who says? I decide to check it out.

To raise the natural fluoride levels of the water supply, Gilbert City Council proposes to dump in fluorosilicates, a waste by-product of the fertilizer industry. Fluoride apologists – led by dentists and 1 stray city council member – consistently fail to mention this toxic little fact. Instead they conveniently bury it under the “spit n’ rinse” category.

But the darn thing refuses to wash away.

I call the American Dental Association (ADA) in Chicago. The ADA makes millions of dollars “endorsing” fluoride with their pricey “seal of approval,” so what the heck – they must know something. I get on the line with “Mike,” a press relations guy.

“Mike,” I ask him, “have there been any scientific studies that show fluorosilicates are good for human health?”

“How do you spell that?” he asks.

We work through the problem phonetically. Mike promises to check it out. Later he e-mails me a load of pages from their Web site, which I’ve already perused. No answer to my question, but their Web site data is revealing.

For infants from birth to 6 months, the ADA recommends zero fluoride supplements. Up to 3 years of age, the maximum suggested amount is 0.25 ppm. That’s less than what naturally occurs in the water. In fact, it’s a meager third of the amount Gilbert City Council is hoping to pump up the water supply in order to “help poor kids.”

So in effect the ADA – in a transparent attempt to duck any future legal liability – is basically telling Gilbert parents: If your water is fluoridated, don’t allow your children 3 and under to drink it. Poor, rich or middle class, they’ll overdose on the junk. That’s called fluorosis, and there isn’t a soul in the world who wants it.

Uh-oh. A handful of local dentists are singing from a different hymnbook. Better clue ’em in.

Next I call the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. Their guy is knowledgeable and very helpful. He promises to send me reams of information, then promptly jams my fax machine. We straighten it out and carefully plow through pages of reports.

It sounds great, but the bottom line to my question turns thusly: Years back, when they substituted pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride with the industrial grade fluorosilicate pollution waste by-product, not a single study was conducted to test the safety of this new form of fluoride. Not one. Not then. Not ever.

But they’re busy testing now. The live subjects of North America are unwilling participants in the greatest mass-medication experiment in human history. (Europe basically kicked the stuff out.)

Is it possible that we could all be nothing more than expendable guinea pigs with fewer fillings?

Fertilized-based fluorosilicates are washed down and collected to prevent them from becoming airborne. This cocktail of hazardous pollutants contains about 19% fluoride plus trace elements of lead, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, vanadium, silica and sometimes mercury and radionuclides. Arsenic and beryllium are classified as Group 1 “known human carcinogens.” There is no safe level for arsenic – it is an accumulative poison.

Studies done in Canada suggest that radium in drinking water has caused an increase in childhood bone cancer. Studies done by Masters and Coplan have shown significant increases in blood lead levels for children living in fluoridated areas.

Back in 1993 the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services issued this report: “Existing data indicate that subsets of the population may be unusually susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride and its compounds. the elderly, people with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, and/or vitamin C, and people with cardiovascular and kidney problems.”

With these scientific studies in hand – with many more being released with every passing year – one would expect dentists to approach fluoride with a certain degree of trepidation. Not on your life. Nor your children’s, for that matter.

Instead, ever-decreasing numbers of dentists are hell bent for leather to stuff the toxins down your throat. What, they cry, no fluoride? You probably believe it’s nothing but a Commie plot!

Geez, doc, give us a break. The Berlin Wall came down. The U.S.S.R disintegrated. Communism has been laid to rest. There’s nothing to fear any longer. Everything will be all right. Ssshhh.

Just keep that toxic junk out of our drinking water.

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