Conspiracy or Myth?
Who doesn’t appreciate a good Conspiracy Theory? I know I sure do. Maybe it’s a result of all those Cold War spy novels I read back in the 1970s and ’80s? If I ask for directions to the restroom and someone says “back and to the left”, I immediately think “Grassy Knoll”… If you say the Federal Reserve’s money printing is a pyramid scheme designed to enslave the masses, well then, pull up a chair and let’s crack open a couple of beers… Before long you’ll have me believing that Reality TV is responsible for the dumbing down of America…
All joking aside, when it comes to Fluoride, or more specifically the topic of “Artificial Fluoridation”, there are boatloads of fantastic tales posted across the InterWebs. Many of these are copied and pasted fragments of content, some which have minimal, if any, citations. Gripping stories about scientists who were bought off by Big Pharma, sinister Military-Industrial coverups, or the diabolical manipulation of water supplies by Mad Nazi Scientists (this one is ubiquitous, but I couldn’t find any actual and specific documentation to support the claim, only hearsay).
Although I want to avoid jumping on the A.F.H.S. (Aluminum Foil Hat Society ) bandwagon, that doesn’t mean that many of the assertions and concerns regarding Artificial Fluoridation (AF) aren’t valid. They are. I studied both sides of the issue in depth, about 12 years ago, while I was looking for solutions to my own mysterious health problems. Once I dug through all the sensational articles, I decided that the scientific evidence against using F was highly credible. Since that time, as much as humanly possible, I’ve made a conscious effort not to use toothpastes, mouthwashes, or drink water that may have added fluoride. So settle into your chair, gentle reader, as I
spin my tale of intrigue make my case by looking at some of the science…
Let’s Clear Some of the Confusion:
Fluoride, or F for our purposes, is the reduced form of Fluorine. It is a member of the Halides which includes Astatide, Bromide, Chloride, and Iodide. Simply put, halides are negatively charged halogen atoms. Forms of fluoride found in toothpastes and other oral hygiene products are mostly Sodium Fluoride or Sodium Monofluorophosphate (MFP). According to the CDC, the majority of AF municipal water supplies now contain Fluorosilicic Acid (H2SiF6), but Sodium Fluorosilicate (Na2SiF6) is also used. Natural, untreated waters commonly contain Calcium Fluoride (CaF2), aka Fluorite or Fluorspar, which is highly insoluble.
We’re not going to concern ourselves so much with naturally occurring calcium fluoride, instead I want to focus on the risks associated with ingestion of the “man-made” Fluoride compounds:
- Sodium fluoride, which is found in your innocuous-looking tube of toothpaste, is widely used as a fungicide, insecticide and pesticide (it was frequently used as the active ingredient in many rodent poisons). It’s also used in chemical and biological weapons manufacturing. All fluoridated toothpastes must have the following warning labels (taken directly from a tube of Colgate):
“Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If more than used for brushing is swallowed, get medical help or call a Poison Control Center right away.”
“Children 2 to 6 years: Use only a pea sized amount and supervise child’s brushing and rinsing (to minimize swallowing). Children under 2 years: Ask a dentist or physician.”
- Fluorosilicic Acid, commonly used in public drinking water, is a toxic by-product of fertilizer manufacturing.
- Sodium Fluorosilicate, which is also used in municipal water supplies, has commercial uses as an insecticide and wood preservative. Classified as a hazardous waste by-product of fertilizer manufacturing which, unless it’s used expressly for water fluoridation, must be disposed of at hazardous waste facilities.
The Work of Phyllis Mullenix, PhD:
Dr. Phyllis Mullenix’s study “Neurotoxicity Of Sodium Fluoride In Rats”, published in 1995 in Neurotoxicology and Teratology, showed that AF water given to rats produced symptoms that resembled Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She also believes that F in drinking water and toothpastes may lead to lower intelligence (I.Q.) in children. Dr. Mullenix claims that just days before her paper was ready for publication, she was fired as the Head of Toxicology at Harvard’s Forsyth Dental Center in Boston. I found her findings and opinions to be extremely interesting and have provided a video below. This clip is from a 2009 International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology lecture and is quite long and technical, but it’s well worth watching. Courtesy of iaomt’s YouTube channel:
Observations of Fluoride Toxicity in Horses:
Cathy Justus, breeder and owner of Quarter horses in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and the late Dr. Lennart Krook, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biomedical Sciences from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, co-authored papers which documented the adverse effects of Artificially Fluoridated Water on her horses. AFW was introduced to her community in the Early 1980s and was the only source of water for the farm animals. AFW was also the only source of F since the horses were not fed a fluoride-containing mineral mix, nor was their roughage contaminated by fertilizer that contained F. They observed that Quarter horses who consumed AFW for long periods of time developed classic symptoms of chronic fluoride intoxication such as: dental fluorosis, crooked legs, abnormal bone formation, excessive calcification of soft tissues, hoof deformities, skin lesions, and colic. There were horses that developed cancers and Cushing’s Disease. Others showed very low serum thyroxin (T4), and many mares had problems with reproduction after 5 years of drinking Artificially Fluoridated Water. Interestingly enough, the reversible symptoms disappeared after she discovered the cause and started giving them unfluoridated water to drink.
If you’re up for more in-depth reading about the detrimental effects of fluoride on Cathy Justus’ Quarter horses, I’ve provided links below:
- “Failure To Diagnose Fluoride Poisoning In Horses Caused By Water Fluoridation”;
- “Fluoride Poisoning of Horses from AFW”
- “Allergy in Horses from AFW”.
If nothing else, the findings will really make you stop and think.
A Few Other Things To Consider:
- In 1956, esteemed endocrinologist and psychopathologist, Dr. Ionel Rapaport discovered a statistical link between the incidence of Down Syndrome and exposure to fluorides. Although widely criticized by the proponents of mass fluoridation, he continued research on mental disorders and the effects of fluorides until his death in 1972.
- An article published in the Wall Street Journal, October 28, 1992, features Dr. Robert Isaacson, of SUNY, who discovered that when Aluminum Fluoride was added to the food of rats, the rats developed short-term memory problems, sensory loss, and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Dr. John Colquhoun, DDS, PhD, in his paper “Child Dental Health Differences In New Zealand” found that the teeth of children in cities with non-fluoridated drinking water were better than those of children who lived in cities that had AFW. He was once an advocate of fluoridation but now is strongly opposed to it.
- Some researchers believe that excessive F is the cause of nearly epidemic levels of thyroid disease in the United States. Fluorine and iodine are both halogens and have an antagonistic relationship with each other. Excess F in the body can displace iodine and interfere with thyroid function.
- Dr. Jennifer Luke’s 1997 PhD dissertation found that F definitely accumulates in the pineal gland of mammals and disrupts the gland’s hormonal activity. Your pineal gland produces melatonin which is a hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles.
So How Did We Get Here & What Can Be Done?
As I stated before, there are numerous cloak and dagger stories on how fluoride and Artificially Fluoridated Water came to be foisted upon the American Public. I don’t want to get into the theories which range from Nazi Germany and the infamous I. G. Farben Chemical Company, to The Manhattan Project, et cetera. Suffice to say, that the key initial studies purporting to show F as a cavity-fighting compund were done between 1945-1947 in Grand Rapids, MI; Newburgh, NY; Brantford, ON; and Evanston, IL. From what I can gather, this handful of early pro-fluoride studies are of questionable scientific quality, but were used to sell mass fluoridation to the public. If you want to read an excellent, heavily-documented book which examines this public policy, check out “The Fluoride Deception” written by investigative journalist Christopher Bryson.
The absolute biggest change you can make is to stop using any kind of fluoridated dental products. What I chose to do several years ago was throw out all the glitzy toothpastes, rinses, and whiteners and go right back to basics. I make a point to floss twice a day with a plain, generic dental tape, and I never use mouthwashes, not even the natural ones. If I choose to do something besides a plain water rinse, I dissolve a ½ teaspoon of real Celtic Sea Salt or baking soda in a cup of warm water and then vigorously swish it around, and it works just fine without all of the fake chemical mintiness. It’s easy to find fluoride-free toothpastes at your local health food store, but they will be more expensive than that tube of Colgate or Crest that you’re used to buying. I’ve been brushing with Tom’s Of Maine Natural Toothpaste for quite some time now, it’s widely available and the price isn’t too bad. Tom’s makes a few different kinds, but I prefer their Spearmint Anti-Plaque and Fluoride-Free which works great. Some other brands that I’ve tried and I like are NOW Foods Xyliwhite Baking Soda Fluoride-Free and Spry Non-Fluoride Xylitol Toothpaste, which is very good.
As far as staying away from AFW, that’s a tough one if you have a fluoridated city water supply. I don’t drink soda for other reasons, but I believe most sodas and “commercially prepared” beverages and juices contain fluoridated water, so I would stay away from them also. Carbon based filters like PUR or Brita won’t eliminate F from your drinking water, and many bottled waters contain fluoride unless they are unprocessed spring waters. You should Google Search “whole house fluoride filters” and see what comes up. I’ve seen a brand advetised called Pelican and their filters aren’t cheap: I think prices range anywhere from $800 – $1,500 USD. I won’t recommend their products because I’ve never used them, so I don’t know how well they work or how they hold up over time.
As always, “Knowledge Is Power” and my goal is to present a perspective that is much different than the mainstream. I hope the information provided will enable my readers to take control of their health. Thanks for reading!