Some time ago I learned that the City of Ottawa is using hydrofluorosilicic acid from a phosphate fertilizer industry in Florida for artificial tap water fluoridation. I discovered that it is that industry’s untreated, uncontrolled, untested and unpurified waste by-product and is the unstable poisonous corrosive acid as shown on the City’s web site1 called hydrofluorosilicic acid, with the chemical formula H2SiF6.(2)
It’s essentially the recycling of a hazardous waste by dumping it into our drinking water. Our water department buys tons of this acid waste yearly. It can’t be given to us free because it’s classified as a contaminant by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Dr. J. William Hirzy, PhD, an EPA scientist has said: “If this stuff gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing!…”(3)
In case you haven’t heard, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has issued two advisories, one in November 2006 and another in January 2011, that mothers of infants not use fluoridated water for preparing infant formula.(4) Why has this not been more widely broadcast?
We are supposed to accept that if we pay pennies per gallon and they slap a new label on the container(5) this same untreated acid waste can be used by us to keep fluorine from becoming airborne, killing everything in sight and that on the truck-ride here it is magically converted to a safe and desirable health product. How does that make any sense at all?
Promoters of artificial tap water fluoridation claim it is safe and effective in reducing tooth decay when modern scientific research has shown that just the contrary is true. They refuse to look at the evidence. The world health organization has published a report that shows that the prevalence of tooth decay has been decreasing in industrialized countries whether tap water is fluoridated or not.(6)
What does that tell you about water fluoridation’s effectiveness?
Here’s the real problem. Once it’s in the water, it gets into everything we prepare for eating or drinking. It also gets into all the processed foods we buy. Even at 0.7 parts per million (ppm), that’s 0.7 mg per litre of water, it is still toxic to your body. In fact, it is slightly more toxic than lead and slightly less than arsenic. These two are only allowed to be present in tap water at 15 parts per billion and 10 parts per billion respectively, yet this poisonous solution is allowed at 4,000 parts per billion.(7) Does that make any sense at all?
Because of this problem another one is created. This practice has now been recognized beyond any doubt by promoters and opponents of water fluoridation as causing dental fluorosis, a pitting and staining of teeth that is the bane of over 40% of teenagers in North America.(8) It can cost in excess of $20,000 to repair this problem depending on severity. It also makes tooth enamel more brittle and subject to easier breaking. If this wasn’t bad enough, it has been documented during the last decade and a half as being the cause of or aggravating skeletal fluorosis, cancer, high cholesterol, infertility, arthritis, pineal gland damage, pituitary gland malfunction, hypothyroidism, the deactivation of 62 enzymes in your body, birth defects, lowered IQ and many more.(9),(10)
Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, PhD, Toxicologist and Pharmacologist, former head of toxicology at Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, has said: “If I was an arthritic care individual, I would be eliminating every possible source of fluoride exposure that I could think of.”(3) That’s exactly what some people have done and, using natural remedies, their symptoms have disappeared only to return any time they’ve become exposed to this toxic waste. Some people can’t even bathe in City water because they are so chemically sensitive it elicits severe adverse health reactions for them. Is that fair? Dr. Mullenix has often repeated that it is a neurotoxin, and she has done the research to prove it!(3)
So why are we still swallowing this substance with our tap water? Why also do our City Councillors refuse to personally respond to request after request for action in ending the use of this toxic waste product in your tap water? Why also do our medical authorities continue its promotion in light of the mounting evidence against its safety and efficacy? There is only one doubtful reason for maintaining this misrepresented and archaic practice. It might be helpful in stopping tooth decay, but this remains to be irrefutably proven. There are over 40 solid reasons to discontinue it.(11)
We have all the science on our side which they constantly belittle. All the promoters have in support of their claims for tooth decay prevention is their statements and endorsements, no science whatsoever, though they make claims that it exists. When asked to produced primary research backing their claims, they are unable to produce it.
Every claim made in this article is verifiable in scientific literature. For more information visit http://ffo-olf.org/.
References are reproduced on the web site and elsewhere:
1. “How is fluoride added to the drinking water?” http://ottawa.ca/en/env_water/water_sewer/water_wells/quality/facts/fluoride/#P32_3079
4. http://www.ffo-olf.org/files/ADA_InfantsEgram_20061109.pdf – pdf download,
5. http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/safety/infant_formula.htm – paragraphs 3, 4 and 12
To help bring an end to water fluoridation in Ottawa, whether or not you live in Ottawa, write to our Mayor asking him to do the following:
Dear Mayor Watson,
Please exercise your right and responsibilty to end the irresponsible, wasteful and dangerous practice of water fluoridation in the City of Ottawa.
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