Fluoride Waste Finally Facing Conviction
Around the 1940's, when US agriculture began using huge amounts of synthetic fertilizers, they did not know how to dispose of the hazardous fluoride waste by-products. Fluoride is a very corrosive chemical which eats through concrete and metal, and to handle it workers need to wear respirators and chemical-proof suits, Someone conceived a wonderful solution - put it in people's drinking water! and a new propaganda industry was born.
Many doctors opposed the 50 years of American Dental Association support for the fluoride waste added to drinking water supplies,
but as late as 2001, the ADA reported that 50ppm of Fluoride caused no kidney damage in animals (which typically have a lifespan 1/10 of a human) when research actually showed problems at 1ppm, less than the levels in some drinking water.
On November 23, 1999, the City Council of Santa Barbara passed a resolution that, "... disagrees with and rejects the State's recommendation to fluoridate the city's public water system."
However Council Member Elinor Langor cited her trust in the long-time endorsers of fluoridation, without addressing the specific request from Citizens for Safe Drinking Water for now-time due diligence. Another vote against the resolution came from Council Member Dr. Dan Secord, who stated, "Finally, a health issue, and I can say trust me, I'm a doctor."
According to a recent review published in the medical journal The Lancet, fluoride may damage the developing brain, causing learning deficits and other problems (6).
Since then, much research has shown the damage caused by the hazardous waste substance from the phosphate fertilizer industry that is used to fluoridate drinking water:
* Lower IQ in children
* Toxic to nervous system
* Alzheimer's and dementia-like brain lesions in studies on rats
* Two- seven times more bone cancer in male children who consume fluoride in water than those without.
* Changes bone structure and leads to more hip fractures.
* Impairs the immune system
* Increases the risk of arsenic and lead exposure, because the fluoride compounds are often contaminated with these.
* Suppresses thyroid function
* Causes joint and muscle pain, and linked to osteoarthritis
By 1997 the US government required addition of warnings on toothpaste tubes, that now say: "Don’t Swallow—Use only a pea-sized amount for children under six." and "Children under six should be supervised while brushing with any toothpaste to prevent swallowing."
It was 2007 when the American Dental Association (ADA) first warned that parents of infants younger than a year old "should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride" when mixing baby formula, due to concerns about fluorosis.
In 2010 the Journal of the American Dental Association published a study that found increased fluorosis risk among infants who were fed infant formula reconstituted with fluoride-containing water, as well as used fluoridated toothpastes.
As Dr. Paul Connett, a chemist specializing in environmental chemistry, explained:
"We know that 32 percent of American children have been overexposed to fluoride because you have this telltale sign of dental fluorosis, which in its mildest form is little white specs. But when it gets more serious, it affects more of the surface of your teeth and it becomes colored; yellow, brown and orange mottling of the teeth …
The teeth are the window to the bones. If you've seen the damage to the teeth, what damage can you not see?"
97% of western Europe has chosen fluoride-free water: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The United States is one of only eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its water supply.
This is in spite of the fact that there never been any demonstrated difference in tooth decay between countries with fluoridated and non-fluoridated water, and no difference between states that have a high- or low percentage of their water fluoridated.
Even promoters of fluoridation concede that the major benefits are topical; fluoride works from the outside of the tooth, not from inside of your body, so why swallow it? Nature has kept breast milk virtually fluoride-free for a reason.
There are plenty of studies showing the dangers of fluoride to your health, such as:
* Increases lead absorption
* Disrupts synthesis of collagen
* Hyperactivity and/or lethargy
* Muscle disorders
* Brain damage, and lowered IQ
* Bone fractures
* Lowers thyroid function
* Bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
* Inactivates 62 different enzymes
* Inhibits formation of antibodies
* Genetic damage and cell death
* Increases tumor and cancer rate
* Disrupts immune system
* Damages sperm and decreases fertility
As far as tooth decay is concerned, this is not caused by lack of fluoride.
Tooth decay is caused by acids in your mouth, typically created from sugar being metabolized by bacteria (Streptococcus mutans), and as you may already know, the number one source of calories in the United States is high fructose corn syrup.
The acid produced then attacks your enamel. Eventually the bacteria can get into the dentine, at which point tooth decay sets in. So there are far better options for decreasing tooth decay than using a topical or ingested poison, with a chief one being minimizing your intake of sugary foods and eating a healthful diet.
You typically don't find dental caries in more primitive societies that do not consume vast amounts of sugar like in the United States.
The National Research Council broke important ground by dedicating an entire chapter of its report to the growing body of evidence indicating that fluoride can damage the brain. According to the NRC, "it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain and the body by direct and indirect means."
The British medical journal The Lancet, reviewed various chemicals in today's world that may damage a child's developing brain. The review classified fluoride as an "emerging neurotoxic substance" due to studies linking it to brain damage in animals and lower IQs in children.
The Lancet's review was officially published on December 16, 2006, less than a month before an environmental health journal in the US published a new study demonstrating -- once again -- that high fluoride exposure can reduce children’s IQ. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, reports that groups of children exposed to 8 ppm fluoride in water have lower average IQ’s, less children attaining high IQ, and more children affected by low IQ. While 8 ppm is higher than the fluoride level added to water in fluoridation programs (0.7-1.2 ppm), previous studies from China indicate that fluoride may affect IQ at lower levels (Xiang 2003), including as low as 0.9 ppm among children with iodine-deficiencies (Lin Fa Fu 1991).
Together, the publication of the Lancet review & the Environmental Health Perspectives study suggest that the mainstream medical literature is finally beginning to recognize this critically important, but previously ignored, issue.
For years, Cathy Justus' horses in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, were experiencing symptoms that, no matter what medical treatment she tried, would not go away. The symptoms included colic (i.e. gastrointestinal pain), arthritis-like stiffness of the bones, and skin allergies. Cathy brought her horses to multiple veterinarians in the area, but none were able to find a cure for the horses' problems -- that is, until she met Dr. Lennart Krook, a retired veterinary researcher from Cornell University. Upon examining the horses, Dr Krook quickly discovered that Cathy’s horses had dental fluorosis – a fluoride-induced condition that created large brown stains and pits on the horses’ teeth. (None of the previous veterinarians Cathy went to had ever bothered to examine the horses’ teeth, and had therefore missed this important warning sign.)
Following the discovery of dental fluorosis, Dr. Krook conducted microscopic analyses of some of the deceased horses' bones, and found changes in the bone structure that were consistent with skeletal fluorosis. While the horses' bone fluoride levels (between 600 and 900 ppm) were well below the levels typically associated with skeletal fluorosis (in cattle), Dr. Krook concluded that the horses were, in fact, suffering from 'chronic fluoride intoxication.'
Although some have questioned Dr. Krook's diagnosis (based on the low fluoride levels in the horses' bones), the owner of the horses swears by it. After her town council voted (in March 2005) to end its water fluoridation program, the symptoms that had plagued Cathy's horses for nearly 20 years, began to subside – and have not returned since. Coincidence? According to Cathy Justus, the proof is in the pudding.
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