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FLUORIDE - CURE OR CURSE


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Fluoridation of drinking water has been called everything from a Public Health cure-all for tooth decay to a Communist plot against the USA. We feel that this issue is worth investigating to sort out the facts. Millions of people are now being forced to drink water that contains a foreign additive that most of them never asked for or agreed to accept.

We have four questions:

1) Does fluoride actually help prevent tooth decay, THE reason promoters use to justify its addition to our water supply?
2) What, if any, negative health effects does fluoride have on people?
3) If fluoride has known negative health effects, why is it so heavily promoted by certain groups?
4) Even if fluoride is beneficial, it is also readily available in nearly all toothpastes and in dental treatments. Why are whole populations being force-medicated with fluoridated water - why are individuals not being offered the power of choice in this matter?

Rather than answer these questions completely for you, we prefer that you do your OWN research on this issue. The following links offer a great deal of useful information on this topic. We encourage you to seek out "positive" data on fluoride as well as negative, and to draw your own conclusions. (We have included the American Dental Association (ADA) information on Fluoride for you- they are about as "Pro-Fluoride" as you can get, yet even they are concerned about some aspects of fluoridation.)

Our position is this: For most of the 20th century, the tobacco industry enjoyed the "protection" of the United States government- the courts, congress and such agencies that are supposed to protect the welfare of the American public as the FDA and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Then, in the last ten years their scam was attacked in the courts and now practically all who do not smoke view the industry as an "evil business." Details of how they came to power and maintained their lucrative hold over so many consumers is now the subject of drama in books and movies.

This will also be the fate of the use of fluoride in our society. This story has many of the same elements, only much larger and more pervasive than cigarette use. Both the tobacco industry and the fluoridation promoters used falsehoods, half-truths, distortions and cover-ups to promote their products. The continued use of both substances destroys the health and lives of millions of unsuspecting consumers. Vast profit is realized by the corporations involved and various aspects of government look the other way. However, fluoride had one tremendous point going for it that tobacco could never claim- the myth that fluoride is beneficial to one's teeth. As long as this could be believed by enough people at large, the use of fluoride could be justified. Now, read further to find out the truth regarding fluoride in our lives and environment.

Before I researched this material, I thought that the fluoride issue didn't really apply to me personally because I don't live in a community that uses fluoride in the water supply, haven't used fluoride toothpaste for years and refuse to let dentists use fluoride on me in their treatments. However, fluoride is also found in many of the liquid food products on the market, like soft drinks and juices from concentrates, teas, etc., as well as fish, chicken, beef and other food sources exposed to fluoridated water.

These materials are very eye-opening and provide information we all need to know. To this end, we have excerpted portions of each site's article so that you can get an idea of what it is about before choosing to visit it.

THE ADA's SITE- "THE FACTS ABOUT FLUORIDE"

Includes the following excerpts:

"Acid is formed when the bacteria in plaque break down sugars and carbohydrates from the diet. Repeated acid attacks break down the tooth, which causes cavities. Fluoride also acts to repair, or remineralize, areas in which acid attacks have already begun."

"The ADA recommends the use of fluoride mouth rinses, but not for children under six years of age because they may swallow the rinse."

"It is important to note that fluoridated water may be consumed from sources other than the home water supply, such as the workplace, school and/or day care, bottled water, filtered water and from processed beverages and foods prepared with fluoridated water."

Editor's Note: Materials from other sources show just how pervasive fluoride is in the food supply.

"No matter how you get the fluoride you need - whether it be through your drinking water, supplements, toothpaste, mouth rinse or professionally applied fluoride - you can be confident that fluoride is silently at work fighting decay. Safe, convenient, effective... however you describe it, fluoride fits naturally into any dental care program. For more information about the oral health benefits of fluoride, just ask your dentist."

Editor's note: now for the rest of the story:

Editor's note: now for the rest of the story: This next reference warns about a multitude of fluoridation effects on health. Some of the featured articles are listed below for your convenience. http://www.fluoridation.com/

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FLUORIDE: PROTECTED POLLUTANT OR PANACEA?

"Fluoridation proponents often assert that there is no legitimate scientific controversy over the benefits or safety of this measure. These web pages clearly show controversy existed from the outset and continues to this day."

Featured Articles:

Study Finds Correlation Between Fluorides in Water and Lead Levels

Dartmouth College News Release and Plenary Address to the Annual Conference of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences:

Why the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Union of Scientists Opposes Fluoridation

EPA Union explains why they are opposed to the fluoridation of public water supplies.

Why I Changed My Mind About Water Fluoridation

The former Chief Dental Officer of Auckland, NZ and once an ardent fluoridation proponent. Sadly, Dr. Colquhoun passed away on March 23, 1999.

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CCITY OF LEWISVILLE, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICES WATER TREATMENT PLANT describes a typical water treatment plant process:

"Chemical Addition: Chlorine, ammonia, liquid ferric sulfate, lime, and polymer are added to the water. The water and chemicals are mixed together to start the purification process. Chlorine and ammonia combine to form chloramine, which is a disinfectant. Ferric sulfate, together with lime, serve as coagulants. The polymer is a filter aid. These chemicals kill germs, improve taste, remove odor and help to settle solids. Fluoride is added after the treatment process to aid in the prevention of tooth decay."

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"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right." Thomas Paine (Introduction to Common Sense, 1776)

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"Did Somebody Say FLUORIDATION?"

"20 Questions"

"Let's say you've never heard of "fluoridation." You have no idea what it's all about. Then one day a Government-Man tells you that the State is going to add some chemicals to your drinking water. He says it will save taxpayers money because your kids won't get as many cavities. Here are a few of the questions you might ask and the answers you would get if the truth were known."

"1.What are these chemicals they want me to drink?
2.What does the FDA say about fluoride?
3.How much fluoride do they say my kids should have?
4.Is this a good way for children to get fluoride?
5.What's this going to cost us taxpayers?
6.How do they know my kids need more fluoride?
7.How can I tell if my kids are getting too much fluoride?
8.What else happens when we get too much fluoride?
9.What's the proof that fluoridated water reduces cavities?
10.Do other states fluoridate their water?
11.Do other countries fluoridate their water?
12.Does fluoridation violate the Safe Drinking Water Act?
13.What do the experts say?
14.What does the fluoride do when it gets into our rivers?
15.Why are fluoridationists so fanatical?
16.How did the U.S. Government get involved?
17.What motivates people who don't want fluoridated water?
18.What if I don't want fluoride in my drinking water?
19.One more time, please: what's this really all about?
20.Where can I learn more? - including Updated News and Reports, and how you can support a call for Congressional hearings on fluoridation chemicals."

"1. What are these chemicals they want me to drink? The most common forms of fluoride added to your drinking water are the silicofluorides (SiF), which include fluorosilicates and fluorosilicic acid (FSA). They're used in approximately 90% of fluoridated U.S. water supplies. FSA is an extremely corrosive and toxic compound that originates from the phosphate fertilizer industry. Air pollution scrubbers collect FSA to prevent it from escaping into the environment, where it would poison plant and animal life. Unfortunately, fluoride isn't the only toxin collec hom

The actual substance used to fluoridate your water is only about 25% FSA. The rest is a toxic soup of heavy metals and industrial contaminants. According to a retired supervisor with 21 years of experience in phosphate fertilizer production, the FSA used to fluoridate drinking water is made with water from evaporation ponds. These noxious pools are a catch-all for toxic sludge and every imaginable waste chemical.

What's going into your water is not some pharmaceutical that's been tested for purity. It is a waste product containing mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and numerous other toxic compounds. Its exact composition is unknown, because it's never analyzed.

If this FSA solution and other fluoride compounds weren't being purchased by taxpayers and dumped into their drinking water, then the fertilizer industries would have to take them to the highest rated hazardous waste facility. But because these toxic compounds are first being channeled through our homes and our bodies, fluoridation is really a form of legalized pollution, an end-run around laws that require hazardous fluoride compounds to be properly disposed of (at a cost of several thousand dollars per tanker truck).

4. Is this a good way for children to get fluoride? Fluoridation is almost 100% inefficient - a total waste of money. For example, the city of Escondido, California added 33 tons of fluoride to their water supply in a single year. Only 16 pounds of it actually reached the target group of children. In other words, 99.98% of the fluoride - 33 tons of a poison more toxic than lead - was dumped into the environment.

Imagine two trucks that each contain 1300 pounds of fluorosilicic acid mixture, about a week's supply for Escondido. The first load is bought by the city for $455 and added to the water supply. The second is just dumped into the river, which should result in environmental fines of several thousand dollars. Since water treatment plants cannot remove fluoride compounds (nor can household carbon water-filters), what's the difference to the environment?

Adding fluoride to the public water supply would be like adding aspirin in order to prevent heart attack and stroke in the elderly, or... like spraying anti-hay fever medicine into the air. Adding this or any drug to our water supply is ridiculous, unless you want to fluoridate our lawns, cars, clothes, dishes, and skin, as well as fish and other wildlife. This is a grossly inefficient way to deliver fluoride.

Fluoride is best delivered in toothpaste or by a dentist, because its greatest benefit is received when the fluoride is topically applied and held against tooth structure. Ingesting fluoride from drinking water isn't effective. In 1997, the Canadian Dental Association agreed with the American Academy of Pediatrics that "the primary mechanism of action of fluoride to prevent dental decay is topical."

At about age 13, any advantage fluoridation might offer comes to an end. Fluoride's supposed benefits are for children older than three years, not adults and senior citizens, therefore very little of the fluoridated water actually reaches the target group. Everyone else is overdosed.

Mass medication via fluoridated water puts certain groups of people at risk. It is a reckless and criminal practice that most countries prohibit. Since everyone drinks different amounts of water, there is no way to control how much fluoride people consume. Laborers, athletes, diabetics, and people in hot or dry climates tend to drink more water, hence more fluoride (in fluoridated areas). It is therefore impossible to safely control what dosage of fluoride a person receives via the water supply.

What's more, in 1993 the U.S. Dept. of Health stated that "subsets of the population may be unusually susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride and its compounds. These include the elderly, people with deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, and/or vitamin C, and people with cardiovascular and kidney problems." In other words, most of us. Poor nutrition is widespread throughout America. Furthermore, adult-onset diabetes is becoming increasingly prevalent in children. This disease adversely affects kidney function, which means more fluoride will be retained by the body - building lifetime levels that will have serious consequences later.

(If the authorities were serious about protecting health, they would add magnesium to the water instead of fluoride. Magnesium deficiency alone has been associated with hundreds of thousands of deaths due to heart attacks.)

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FLUORIDE IN FOOD

Compiled by Andreas Schuld, PFPC

"This table is for reference only and gives a general idea as to the high fluoride content in some foods and beverages:

Juices
Soft Drinks
Tea
Fruit and Vegetables
Sugar and Substitutes
Meat
Dairy
Fish
Water
Cereals
Infant Foods
Strained Meats"

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Do Other Countries Fluoridate?

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"How We Got Fluoridated," by Philip Heggen

How We Got Fluoridated
PART II...
A Federally Funded, National Strategy Supporting Big Industry

"It was a quirk of fate that the early industrial secrecy surrounding fluoride in America was to be strongly reinforced by the federal government for reasons of national security. Uranium hexafluoride used in vast quantities was the key chemical compound in the production of the atomic bomb, and extensive government information on the serious health risks of fluoride was kept secret both during and after World War II. This helps explain how the fluoride industries were able to get virtually total cooperation from government agencies in covering up industry's fluoride pollution.

When the concept of water fluoridation surfaced around 1939, it was quickly seized by big industry and turned into a relentless, no-holds-barred drive for universal fluoridation. This drive was then implemented by the US Public Health Service as if it were a military mandate -- a "mission."

"Production of lead free gasoline in the US is growing rapidly. The process involves the use of HF to achieve high octane ratings without using lead. HF is now present in automotive exhaust gases instead of lead, even though it is more toxic than lead (see Townsend N. and Campbell D., Deadly Risks of Lead-free Petrol. New Statesman, 20 October 1988)."

"It was determined that over the past 50 years industries have released more than 25,000,000 tons of fluoride gases and particulates into the atmosphere. Arthritis, one of the most common physical symptoms of HF, is now found in the bulk of the senior population in the US. Fluorides and especially HF are severe nerve poisons. Alzheimer's Disease, in parallel with the fluoride poisoning of the US environment has become the number four cause of death in the US. Why are these striking synchronisms not being investigated? The answer is simple: Industry and their captive federal agencies do not support it."

"The evidence against the safety of this public health policy keeps mounting; it is too compelling to ignore." ≠ Phyllis J. Mullenix, Ph.D., Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

"To continue to advocate disposal of hydrofluosilicic acid (the major fluoridation agent) from fertilizer manufacturing recovery systems in the nation's drinking water supplies borders on the criminal." ≠ J. William Hirzy, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Office of Toxic Substances, EPA Headquarters, Washington, DC.

"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." ≠ Robert J. Carton, Ph.D., former EPA scientist

"In Canada we are now spending more money treating dental fluorosis than we do treating cavities. That includes my own practice." ≠ Dr. Hardy Limeback, B.Sc., Ph.D in Biochemistry, D.D.S., head of the Department of Preventive Dentistry for the University of Toronto, and president of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.

Topics on the Stop Fluoridation web site include:

National Library of Medicine and Other References
EPA Scientists Who Oppose Fluoridation
Internet, Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Symptoms of Fluoride Poisoning
History-Economic and Political Motives Behind Fluoridation
Legal Matters
Junk Science, Errors, Misinformation
Increasing Fluoride Dosage
Links and Miscellaneous Information

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THE DANGERS OF FLUORIDE AND FLUORIDATION

by Michael Schachter, M.D., P.A.

"Approximately half of the United States' drinking water supply is fluoridated in an attempt to reduce dental cavities in children. Is this state of affairs justified? Is it safe?

"Most Americans are unaware of the dangers of ingesting fluoride. Most dentists, physicians and scientists are unaware of the dangers of fluoride and water fluoridation. According to a 1988 article in the prestigious Chemical and Engineering News, scientific voices of opposition to fluoridation have been suppressed, since 1950 when the U.S. Public Health Service first endorsed fluoridation. Power tactics including threats, ridicule and frank censorship aimed at scientists and clinicians knowledgeable about fluoridation have prevented the truth about fluoride to be disseminated to the science world as well as to the public. Whenever a public agency is charged with objectively evaluating the safety of a procedure while at the same time endorsing and recommending it, a serious conflict of interest is set up. This is exactly the position of the U.S. Public Health Service for the past 44 years.

Facts About Fluoride

"Surprisingly, the most recent studies do not even show that water fluoridation is effective in reducing tooth decay. In the largest U.S. study of fluoridation and tooth decay, United States Public Health Service dental records of over 39,000 school children, ages 5-17, from 84 areas around the United States showed that the number of decayed, missing, and filled teeth per child was virtually the same in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.

Dr. John Colquhoun, former Chief Dental Officer of the Department of Health for Auckland, New Zealand, investigated tooth decay statistics from about 60,000 12 to 13 year old children and showed that fluoridation had no significant effect on tooth decay rate."

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FLUORIDE - POISON IN THE WATER?

"Listed as one of the top 25 censored stories of 1998, the use of fluoride in our drinking water may have originated over 50 years ago as a way to cover-up the dangers of fluoride first discovered during the project to create the first atomic bomb.

"While going over hundreds of declassified documents about the U.S. atomic bomb development program, the Manhattan Project, reporters Joel Griffiths and Chris Bryson found that fluoride was the key chemical in atomic bomb production. Millions of tons were subsequently used during the Cold War period to manufacture the high-grade uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons.

"Fluoride was the top chemical hazard of the U.S. nuclear weapons program, not only for workers, but for those living in nearby communities as well.

"The documents show that the first U.S. lawsuits levied against the atomic weapons program were over fluoride poisoning, not radiation damage. The documents reveal that the U.S. government secretly ordered atomic bomb scientists to create "evidence useful in litigation" against defense contractors who were being accused of injuring citizens with fluoride.

"In order to gather information, the government experimented with the residents of Newburgh, New York between 1945 and 1955. In a highly classified operation, the government secretly gathered blood and tissue samples from people of that town with the help of the New York Department of Health. Some of the results were published, but the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) censored the report for reasons of "national security" by removing the evidence of the adverse health effects from fluoride."

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Fluoride Action Network:
Please go to this excellent new website for the latest updates and news.
Call for Congressional Hearing on Fluoridation
Chemicals Fluoride Salesmen Use Apples versus Oranges to Sell Their Case
Government Unable to Prove Fluorides are Safe
Escondido Rejects Fluoridation
Pro-Fluoridation Study Seriously Flawed
The Violence of Lead in the Brain
California Bill for Quality Control of Fluoridation Products
Fluoride's Implication in Thyroid Disorders
Poisoning the Well: Neurotoxic Metals, Water Treatment, and Human
Behavior
Cavities Abundant in Fluoridated Boston
Santa Barbara Rejects Mandated Fluoridation
Johnstown, New York Bans Fluoridation

Escondido Rejects Fluoridation (April 7, 2000)

Escondido City Council Member Marie Waldron stated, "This is a classic example of the manipulation of science to prove a case... This Oral Health Needs Assessment was an intentionally non-published, non peer-reviewed, expensive study that they expected not one of us without a background in science would want to read. So they offered summarizing bullet points and glossy brochures to our Council, and evidently to many others throughout the entire state, as proof that we should convert our precious water supply into a delivery system for special interests, forcing those who can not afford bottled water to drink industrial-waste fluoride every day of their lives. - Not here!"

Contact: Citizens for Safe Drinking Water, Jeff Green, 800/728-3833, greenjeff@home.com

The safety and efficacy of fluoridating the water supply to fight tooth decay in children has been hotly debated for more than fifty years. "Seven cities and three water districts have placed total bans on fluoridation." Bock points out, "However, throughout this battle, little attention has been paid to the actual fluorine-bearing substances that are added to the water."

AB 1729 will require the substances used for fluoridation in California to have been approved for safety and effectiveness by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It will further require them to be tested to assure that any complex combination of elements is broken down into harmless components when introduced into actual conditions found in end-result tap water. The bill also mandates that no substance classified as a pesticide or hazardous waste shall be added to the public drinking water system.

The substances most widely used for water fluoridation programs are hydrofluosilicic acid and silicofluorides. A study of 280,000 Massachusetts children published in 1999 shows that the levels of lead in children's blood was significantly higher in Massachusetts communities using silicofluoride, hydrofluosilicic acid, or sodium silicofluoride, than in towns where water is treated with sodium fluoride or not fluoridated at all. The correlation with blood lead levels is especially serious because lead poisoning is associated with higher rates of learning disabilities, hyperactivity, substance abuse, and crime. (Sodium fluoride is utilized in only 10% of the nation's programs.)

Of further concern is the interaction between fluoridation chemicals and the other additives used in water treatment for corrosion, turbidity, odors, pH balance, etc. For example, aluminum compounds are commonly used as clarifying agents in tap water. A long-term study published in 1988 showed that even low levels of aluminum fluoride in the drinking water delivered higher levels of aluminum to the brain than concentrated aluminum fluoride. In the same study, both the low levels of aluminum fluoride and the same amount of sodium fluoride as is found in "optimally" fluoridated water caused severe kidney damage and lesions to the brain similar to those found in humans with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. This is why fluoridation agents must be tested for interaction with the other 40+ additives.

"We must ensure the dental health of California's children." states Bock, "However, we must also ensure that the chemicals we use to do so do not in and of themselves pose a severe health risk. In any case, fluoride in the drinking water cannot replace good dental hygiene."

Contact: Pamela Rasada, 916/319-2016

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THE FACTS ABOUT FLUORIDATION

Would you believe ...

- 98% of Europe's drinking water is fluoridation-free

- the fluoride added to Irish drinking water is toxic waste from the fertiliser industry

- the assertion that fluoride is good for teeth is a myth

- in fact countries with the best dental health do not fluoridate drinking water

- there is enough fluoride in a tube of toothpaste to kill a small child

For the truth about fluoridation read on ........

THE FLUORIDATION OF IRELAND

WHAT DO OUR EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURS THINK ABOUT FLUORIDATION?

- Less than 2% of Europe's population have fluoridated water.

- Sweden banned fluoridation in 1971.

- West Germany discontinued fluoridation in 1971.

- Norway rejected fluoridation in 1975.

- Holland banned fluoridation in 1976 and changed its constitution so that it could never again be introduced.

- Denmark rejected fluoridation in 1977. The Minister for Environment stated that "no adequate studies had been carried out on the long term effect on human organ systems".

- France rejected fluoridation in 1980. The Chief of Public Health declared it was too dangerous.

- 25 out of 26 Councils in Northern Ireland have recently rejected fluoridation. Only one small town, Tandragee, is fluoridated. WHAT DOES THE REST OF THE WORLD THINK ABOUT FLUORIDATION?

USA

Since 1990 over 45 US cities have rejected fluoridation. In 1990 forty US dentists brought a case against the American Dental Association contending that the Association purposefully shielded the public from data that links fluoride to genetic defects, cancer and other health problems. All US fluoride toothpaste must carry a poisons symbol, with a warning to contact the nearest poisons unit if more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is swallowed.

In 1997 the Union of Government Scientists of the United States Environmental Protection Agency voted unanimously to co-sponsor a Californian initiative to ban fluoridation, stating "Our members review of the body of evidence over the last 11 years, including animal and human epidemiology studies, indicates a causal link between fluoride/fluoridation and cancer, genetic damage, neurological impairment and bone pathology"

THE BIG MYTH

"Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century, if not of all time"

Dr Robert Carton, a scientist who spent 20 years working for the US EPA.

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