Fluoride – Some interesting facts
“The first occurrence of fluoridated drinking water on Earth was found in Germany’s Nazi prison camps. The Gestapo had little concern about fluoride’s supposed effect on children’s teeth; their alleged reason for mass-medicating water with sodium fluoride was to sterilize humans and force the people in their concentration camps into calm submission.”
Ref : The Crime and Punishment of I. G. Farben by Joseph Borkin
USAF Major George R. Jordan testified before Un-American Activity committees of Congress in the 1950’s that in his post as U.S.Soviet liaison officer, the Soviets openly admitted to…
“Using the fluoride in the water supplies in their gulags (concentration camps), to make the prisoners stupid, docile, and subservient.”
Fluoride, or Hydrofluorosilic acid (H 2 SiF 6 ), is not naturally occurring but is a waste by-product derived from the industrial manufacture of aluminium, zinc, uranium, aerosols, insecticides, fertilizers, plastics, lubricants and pharmaceuticals.
It is also a Part II Poison under the UK Poisons Act 1972 ranking in toxicity above lead and just below arsenic.
Fluoride is one of the basic ingredients in both PROZAC (FLUoxetene Hydrochloride) and Sarin nerve gas (Isopropyl-Methyl-Phosphoryl FLUoride).
American toothpastes containing fluoride are by law obliged to state, ‘”WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”
Sources of fluoride include: fluoride dental products, fluoride pesticides, fluoridated pharmaceuticals, processed foods made with fluoridated water, and tea. The tea plant especially seems to absorb large amounts of fluoride and the more mature the leaf the more fluoride. Young green leaves less so.
Research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a respected Washington-based research organisation suggests that boys exposed to fluoride between the ages of five and 10 will suffer an increased rate of osteosarcoma, (bone cancer) between the ages of 10 and 19.
Although osteosarcoma is rare, accounting for only about 3 per cent of childhood cancers, it is especially dangerous. The mortality rate in the first five years is about 50 per cent, and nearly all survivors have limbs amputated, usually legs. The EWG has asked that fluoride in tap water be added to the US government’s classified list of substances known or anticipated to cause cancer in humans.
The Scientific American study, completed January 2008, “Concluded that fluoride can subtly alter endocrine function, especially in the thyroid gland that produces hormones regulating growth and metabolism.”
Article in the Lancet on neurotoxins by P.Grandjean and P.J. Landrigan; 8 November 2006. “Fluoride is a toxin and harmful to the brain and spinal cord.”
Sulfuryl fluoride is a colourless, odorless gas recently legitimized for stored food fumigation, i.e. grains, herbs, dried ingredients such as powdered egg etc. The following is a quote from the Fluoride Action Network site
“It is now acceptable for fumigations to produce fluoride residues of 70 ppm “in or on” all processed foods (except for the processed foods otherwise specified), 130 ppm “in or on” wheat, and 900 ppm “in or on” dried eggs.”
As to sulfuryl fluoride’s toxicity, the primary target is the brain. According to the Californian Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment its effect is vacuolization of brain sections. This means holes in the brain.
Published research by Dr. Phyllis Mullenix shows a build up of fluoride and permanent damage to the brains of animals exposed to moderate levels. Offspring of pregnant animals showed marked hyperactivity (ADD) whereas adult animals with the same dosage displayed sluggishness or hypoactivity.
Fluoride interferes with the uptake of iodine crucial for the regulation of hormones and is believed to be responsible for the high incidence of under active thyroid in Birmingham UK, a fluoridated area for forty years. The region topped the UK’s ‘fat list’ in 2003 with 22 percent of the population classified as clinically obese.
Sixty percent of the US water supply is fluoridated where an estimated 13 million women have been diagnosed with an under-active thyroid, and drugs used to treat hypothyroidism were the second most prescribed medication in 1999.
Aluminium is routinely added at water treatment plants to remove suspended matter and small amounts inevitably reach the public water supply. Aluminium and fluoride combine easily to produce aluminium fluoride. Elemental aluminium cannot pass the blood-brain barrier but the compound aluminium fluoride can. Aluminium fluoride is poisonous to the kidneys and very poorly excreted. Aluminum salts in the brain are associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.
A series of epidemiological studies in China have associated high fluoride exposures with lower IQ. In Sihong County, Jiangsu Province, China, higher drinking water fluoride levels were significantly associated with higher rates of mental retardation in a group of 512 children 8 – 13 years. (IQ The National Academy Of Sciences (NAS) stated in 1977 that, for the average individual, a retention of 2 mg/day would result in crippling skeletal fluorosis after 40 years.
What makes fluoride so poisonous to humans is that approximately half of each day’s fluoride intake will not be flushed out. This is what makes it so dangerous. Toxicologists are fond of saying – “The dose makes the poison.” Well there is at least agreement that in a healthy individual the kidneys will be able to eliminate about 50 percent of daily fluoride intake. The rest will be permanently absorbed into calcareous matter, like bones and teeth.
If you live in a fluoridated area, drink several cups of brewed tea, or consume soft drinks and food prepared with water from a fluoridated area, you could easily be consuming 10 litres of fluoridated water every day.
Scientists are wary of publicizing any adverse effects as the resulting litigation would cost billions and probably run for decades. So we find ourselves in the usual place where our health is concerned; faced with doing our own research and due diligence.
Many European countries including France, Germany and Switzerland have now banned the dumping of hydrofluorosilic acid into their drinking water. But oh dear. At the very moment the devastating consequences of too much fluoride are becoming all too evident in the USA, Alan Johnson, the current Health Secretary has announced that he wants every family in the UK to have fluoride added to their tap water,. One has to wonder if he hasn’t been drinking too much fluoridated water.