The One Thing You Can’t Live Without
When was the last time you stopped to think about the one thing you can’t live without?
I don’t mean the Internet or sex! I’m talking about water.
Without clean drinking water, life could not go on. This is why it’s so important that we know what is in our water. For the past sixty-five years, city governments nationwide have been adding a controversial substance called fluoride to municipal water supplies.
You probably recognize the word fluoride from the back of your toothpaste tube or from your visits to the dentist. But the fluoride added to our water is not the same as that in our toothpaste. The chemical added to our water is a fluorine compound called hexafluorosilicic acid that is generated as a by-product from the phosphate fertilizer industry.
Phosphates are minerals that are used to make fertilizer, and phosphate mining industry is a giant moneymaker. Fluorides result from the production of fertilizers as well as in the manufacturing of steel, aluminum, glass, cement and Uranium enrichment for the nuclear industry. Previously, the lack of government regulation allowed gaseous fluorides to go up factory smokestacks and straight into the air. Anything and anyone living downwind would get poisoned by these fumes. Cattle and vegetation would wither and die from these gases. That’s why environmental regulations now require giant filtration systems called “wet scrubbers” inside the smokestacks to keep these toxic chemicals from escaping into the air. Fluorosilicic acid is condensed to a water-based solution along with all the other contaminants that result from the mining operations and is put into large cooling pools. They then ship this industrial toxic waste in special hazard tanker trucks, unrefined, having sold it to municipalities for water fluoridation.
By selling their fluoride waste as a product for this purpose, companies avoid the huge cost of disposing of these chemicals in the environment safely in accordance with regulations. Back in the 1930’s, a band of industrial corporations, including Monsanto, U.S. Steel, Union Carbide, Reynolds, and the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) and ALCAN, the leading producers of aluminium, had been cheaply disposing of their fluoride waste, mostly sodium fluoride, into the environment for years. This changed when their toxic waste became the target of negative press and embarrassing and expensive lawsuits written up in the local and national news. A 1933 toxicology report by the USDA had warned of fluoride’s toxicity, singling out the aluminum industry as the biggest culprit.
The new potential of legal liability due to the exposure of workers and communities to industrial fluoride scared these corporations. Knowing that disposing of industrial fluoride waste safely was expensive, ALCOA employed biochemist Gerald Cox in 1936, to argue for fluoride’s dental benefits through experimentation on rats. The nuclear industry had their equivalent in Harold Hodge, a pharmacologist and toxicologist. Cox, neither a doctor nor a dentist, concluded that fluoride strengthened and protected teeth against decay and began to tour the country promoting water fluoridation on behalf of his employers. Interestingly, Cox’s findings ran contrary to the position originally held by the American Dental Association (ADA) on water fluoridation.
In 1944, the Journal of the American Dental Association published the following statement:
“We do know that the use of drinking water containing as little as 1.2 to 3.0 parts per million of fluoride will cause such developmental disturbances as osteosclerosis, spondylosis, and osteopetrosis, and we cannot afford to run the risk of producing such serious systemic disturbances…”
In spite of this warning by the ADA, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first community to fluoridate its drinking water the very next year.
In 1947 Oscar R. Ewing, a paid attorney for ALCOA, was picked to head the Federal Security Agency. In this position he oversaw the Public Health Service or PHS (which is now the Department of Health and Human Services). This enabled him to change the Code of Federal Regulations, and place all control of drinking water fluoridation in the hands of his own department. Making clear his lingering ties to the aluminum industry and their expensive toxic waste, Ewing made fluoridation promotion one of the first official policies of the PHS. Over the next three years, 87 additional American cities began fluoridating their water.
The study that is often referred to in fluoride’s defense was conducted by the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). It sought to determine whether there was a relationship between fluoridation and tooth decay. Released in 1988, the multi-million dollar nationwide survey examined 39,000 U.S. school children aged 5-17 from 84 different fluoridated and non-fluoridated geographical areas.
Surprisingly, the study uncovered a declining trend in tooth decay rates in both fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas, mostly due to overall better hygiene. The overriding conclusion from the extensive study was that there is no relationship between tooth decay and fluoride ingestion. Despite this consensus, this study is still commonly cited to link lowered decay rates in fluoridated areas. A seldom-reported fact is that the same trend was found in non-fluoridated areas too.
Fluoride overexposure can bring serious health risks. The most common affliction due to over-consumption is called fluorosis, a condition characterized by a discoloration of teeth or changes in bone density. An excess of fluoride eats away at the enamel of your teeth, causing craters and surface discoloration. Dental fluorosis is the first clear and obvious sign that your body is being poisoned by too much fluoride, and cases can range from mild to severe. This occurs because only 50% of all fluoride taken in by the body is excreted. The remaining fluoride is disseminated throughout the body, accumulating in our bones, pineal gland and other tissues. In Karnataka, India, an excess of fluoride has turned the ground water into a slow poison, crippling at least 10,000 people.
The Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Dr D. Nagaraj, says that “due to fluoride concentration in water, many people in districts [in Karnataka, India] like Dharwad and Tumkur have spinal cord diseases. These are progressive diseases, after decades of consumption. People are battling with permanent disabilities.”
Alarmingly, a 1991 study by the U.S. Public Health Service found that the rates of osteosarcoma, a deadly type of bone cancer, were significantly higher in fluoridated communities than in non-fluoridated communities. The Harvard School of Dental Medicine found the same link in study done ten years later. Additional studies have associated fluoride ingestion with other serious health problems, including chromosomal damage, morphological changes to their kidneys and brain, hypo activity (or inactivity), damage to the thyroid gland, skeletal fluorosis, osteoporosis, liver cancer, and fertility problems.
The most distressing findings come from over 20 human studies done in China, India, Iran and Mexico that show a substantial lowering of IQ in fluoridated areas. The ingestion of fluoride has been shown to increase the gastrointestinal absorption of aluminum by over 600%, and the absorption of heavy metals like aluminum is known to have a direct correlation to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological brain disorders such as dementia, Parkinson’s, ADD and ADHD. Although a direct correlation between Alzheimer’s disease and fluoride ingestion is still tentatively and relatively inconclusive, it is interesting to note that the rate of Alzheimer’s is twice as high in America than in Europe, where many countries have banned fluoridation. Also interesting to note is that the rate of increase of neurological disorders have increased with the increase in the prevalence of fluoridation in North America.
Many countries around the world are skeptical of the benefits of adding fluoride to drinking water. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and China have all recognized that water fluoridation is not a safe and fair practice.
In the U.S., if you want to find out whether you’re drinking fluoridated water, the first thing you can do is access your city’s fluoridation status on the Center for Disease Control’s website in its oral health section. Most cities in Canada that have web sites have some propaganda message about the claimed benefits of fluoridation.
If your water is fluoridated, it’s not a lost cause. You can speak out in your community or at city council meetings to let your local representatives know your concerns. To remove fluoride from your water you have a couple of options. You can equip your home with water filtration systems like those at Equinox or Burkey. Filters like Pur and Brita do not remove fluoride. If you buy bottled drinking water, removes almost all fluoride: only distillation takes it all out.
If your city is planning to fluoridate you can stop it! Activists all over North America have successfully fought off fluoridation since 1987 and they’re at it again. There is still a chance to put a halt to the fluoridation process in your own city.
Whether or not you support water fluoridation, the real issue here is having a choice. No chemical, no matter what its supposed benefits are, should be forced upon the public without their consent. Having access to clean water should be a fundamental right for every human being.
“Water is the lifeblood of our bodies, our economy, our nation and our well-being.” -Stephen Johnson. To continue with fluoridation of the water supply is criminally irresponsible and a reckless disregard for its effects on human health and the environment. Mass medication is not an option in non emergency situations.
After numerous attempts to get data from city officials proving the benefits of mass fluoridation, I kept getting referred back to either the respective city’s Medical Officer of Health or indirectly asked to look elsewhere. All fluoridation cessation advocates and activists have yet to find any legitimate website or group presence that irrefutably proves any benefits for fluoridation. Neither is there any information anywhere that irrefutably proves that there are no adverse health effects from water fluoridation. Lack of research is not proof of lack of harm. If you don’t look, you don’t find. And no government agencies in fluoridating countries are funding research in the possibility of adverse health effects from fluoridation.
As much as we would like to believe that our highly paid medical bureaucrats with all those letters after their names know what they’re doing and talking about in medicine, that’s not the case when it comes to that contaminated acid pollutant banned by the EPA used for water fluoridation. They all claim and repeat that: “it’s safe and effective.” Unfortunately, that’s a false claim based on lack of knowledge and misinformation in the case of water fluoridation chemicals that they disparagingly call fluoride.
With this most pertinent information, can anyone NOT see that fluoridation of the water supply is a blatant, illogical absurdity that has to stop? Please do something to stop the insanity of fluoridation. Please contact me today to find out how. Please write to your city Councillor and ask that something be done to stop fluoridation.
Based on an article by Abby Martin, mediaroots.org
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