Fluoridation proponents often assert that there is no
legitimate scientific controversy over the benefits or safety of this measure. This web page and thousands of others
clearly show controversy existed from the outset and continues to this day.
|Literally hundreds of authorities in the medical field have come forwards in the recent years and documented and voiced there opinion and research into fluoride expressing how it should be outlawed and any products that contain it should also be outlawed. Most of these professionals have at least a Ph.D. and are considered as experts in their fields. In November 1978, Judge John Flaherty, later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania was quoted after 2,800 pages of testimony and documentation was recorded and studied. As saying "In my view, the evidence is quite convincing that the addition of sodium fluoride to the public water supply at one part per million is extremely detrimental to the human body and a review of the evidence will disclose that there was no convincing evidence to the contrary. Prior to hearing this case, I gave the matter of fluoridation little, if any, thought, but I received quite an education, and noted that the proponents of fluoridation do nothing more than try to impune the objectivity of those who oppose fluoridation."|
Dental fluorosis is now pandemic in fluoridated areas.
Fluoride ingestion in our children is clearly out of control given the sky-rocketing rise in fluorosis rates in
fluoridated communities. The United States, Canada & Mexico have some of the highest rates in the world.
|There is enough poison in the average family size tube of tooth paste to kill a child.
Most of us brush our teeth with tooth paste that contains a toxin more hazardous than lead.
Yet no one would brush there teeth with lead.
The health problems caused by fluoride in some other countries is well-documented and staggering. There are over twenty nations with health problems due to fluoride ingestion. Many Nations have outlawed the use and sale of products containing fluoride and established exceptional high standards of control on water sources [in other words if the water contains fluoride, it can not be used to either agricultural or human purposes].
|Trucking companies that transport toothpaste are required to display a Toxic Hazard sign on their vehicles in most countries, yet we are told it is good for us and that we should drink, bathe, and brush our teeth with the poison added to our water known as FLUORIDE.|
The health problems attributed to the ingestion of fluoride are staggering and as more research reports surface. It appears that fluoride may negatively effect every area of the human body. This article is not meant to be a comprehensive listing of the health affects of ingesting fluoride. It would require a complete web site of many gigs of information to be comprehensive on this subject. This article is meant to be a comprehensive overview. A small sample of scientific research into how fluoride is affecting our environment and questions raised.
Fluoride has been found to increase the uptake of aluminum into the brain. Aluminum in the brain is believed to be the number one cause of Altimers and Dementia. Since 1994 there have been at least six publications that directly link fluoride exposure to direct adverse effects on the brain. Consuming high doses of Fluoride for even a short time can be summed up to be similar to having a frontal lobotomy. With ones will to survive, intelligence, memory, and problem solving abilities all adversely effected. Places around the world where fluoride occurs naturally in the water produce people that just don't care about anything. Consuming water with even mild levels of fluoride for one year will adversely change a person in as far as we know irreversible ways both mentally and physically. Well documented studies have shown the I.Q. drops 11 to 19% from short term exposure to moderately high levels of fluoride. Prolonged exposure to low levels has a similar effect. Exposure to fluoride has been shown to cause drops in key chemicals that the brain needs to function properly. Prenatal exposure to moderate levels of fluoride causes the mother to give birth to children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and autism. Fluoride consumption leads to anti-social behavior. Adverse effects on the brain's Pineal glad have also been documented.
In 1990 the beginning of reports started surfacing showing the most common form of fluoride, sodium fluoride like that put into water supplies and toothpaste caused cancer. Reports using terms like "clear evidence of carcinogenicity" were brought to the attention of both politicians and big business alike. Yet, the fraud that fluoride was safe and healthy continued from both. Cancer, Brain and Kidney damage were only the tip of the iceberg in the reports. Reports of adverse pre-mature onset of sexual maturity in both humans and animals alike have also been documented. Fluoride accumulates in the pineal gland, which may inhibit the production of the hormone melatonin, which helps regulate the onset of puberty. The reports of many studies have been covered up or are not available.
Fluoride inhibits antibodies from forming in the blood. Fluoride has been found to increase the uptake of lead into blood. Fluoride confuses the immune system, causing it to attack the body?s tissues. This can increase the growth rate of tumors in people prone to cancer. Totally contrary to the popular belief that fluoride helps us to have strong teeth and bones. The actual truth shows just the opposite.
|Here is a picture of Ramaswamy. At 18-years of age, when other youths are full of enthusiasm for life, Ramaswamy looks to be hardly five-years-old, with a physique completely devastated by the effects of fluoride. He is so weak that he cannot walk and weighs barely 15 kilo's (less than 34 lbs). He is blind and mentally challenged. He cannot recognize his own name and he cannot even eat by himself. The seriousness of the problem may be measured by the fact that the groundwater has 10 to 12 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride.|
Osteofluorosis is often misdiagnosed as osteoporosis.
Epidemiological evidence clearly showing elevated bone cancer and bone fractures in humans related to consumption of fluoridated drinking water. Bone fractures and bone cancer in areas where the water did not contain fluoride has risen after the water supplies have had fluoride added to them.
According to the National Institute of Dental Research in the USA, more than 61% of America's children in fluoridated communities show visible sign of over-exposure and fluoride toxicity, dental fluorosis. That figure is from a survey conducted in the mid-1980's and the figure today is undoubtedly much higher.
Most people unless they are specifically trained, do not recognize the early visual signs of dental fluorosis. Advanced signs are easily noticeable.
Dental Fluorosis pictures. Graphic examples of fluoride poisoning.
Dental fluorosis is a reflection of what's happening in our
bones and is the first visible sign of fluoride poisoning
Because of water fluoridation and other fluoride products, dental fluorosis is now pandemic. It's the first visible sign of fluoride poisoning. The structural integrity of enamel is compromised and small pits are left in teeth as it breaks away. Even with mild fluorosis, enamel is subject to increased erosion and attrition.
Fluorosis in 11-year-old Calgary Canada child, caused by the Public Health Authority's "recommended" daily fluoride dose. No effort was made to determine other fluoride intake found in formula, juices, toothpaste, naturally in water, etc. before supplements were prescribed for the is child.
More in depth scientific evidence and documentation on biological affects of consuming the poison Fluoride are available at; Bibliography of Scientific Literature on Fluoride
The story of water fluoridation began at the beginning of the
20th century but it was not until much later that the disputes, claims, arguments and accusations that have been
made about this foul practice, have been made transparent to the public at large.
Today we have more information at our fingertips than we could ever have dreamed of just a few decades ago. And despite the reluctance of some official Government departments, agencies or bodies to release information, there is certainly more openness and more access to valuable and meaningful data. As a consequence, the proponents of fluoridation can no longer hide behind bad science, one-sided propaganda and the control or corruptibility of public servants, scientists or important and influential institutions. Accountability is now the name of the game.
You do not have to be Einstein to understand simple science. You do not need a degree in law to understand the obvious breach of human rights. You do not need to be told again and again how devious, dishonest or egotistical some of our politicians are.
Fluoridation and its consequences should be made honestly, openly and in clear language so that everyone can understand the implications and risks involved.
Fluoride has two sources. It can appear "naturally"
in water or it can appear as a toxic waste. Even where it does appear without any help from industry it can cause
The earliest problems associated with toxic wastes involved those businesses manufacturing aluminum with the resulting waste usually being sodium fluoride. In Britain today, the most frequently used toxic waste product used for fluoridation comes from the phosphate fertilizer industry. However, the principles are the same and what happened in the first half of the 20th century is just as relevant as to what is happening today.
In the 1930's, the aluminum processing industry faced a serious threat to its existence - its toxic fluoride wastes were seriously polluting the environment and this resulted in some very expensive litigation settlements. According to George Waldbott's book, Fluoridation, The Great Dilemma ( published 1978 )
The waste cannot simply be dumped on the ground because it seriously pollutes grass and other foliage. Indeed, in 1950 ALCOA's ( the Aluminum Company of America ) plant in Vancouver, Washington, was fined for dumping fluorides into the Columbia River, and the airborne fluorides heavily contaminated the grass and foliage, "which resulted in injury and death to cattle." ( Reported by the Seattle Times, Dec.16, 1952 )."
Waldbott continues with a number of incidents which resulted in damages being awarded against the "industry". The first involved a trout and fish hatchery. "eggs were worthless" and did not hatch properly; the fish also exhibited malformations. "During the weeks after rains, the Meaders were hauling away about a ton of dead fish per day." So how many hundreds or thousands of parts per million ( "ppm" ) of fluoride caused this? Fluoride levels were no more than between 0.5 and 4.7 ppm in the samples taken from the hatchery. I would take the opportunity at this to remind the reader that your Government wants to add 1 ppm of fluoride to drinking water supplies. If you keep goldfish or other tropical fish, or ANY fish and are hoping to breed, then keep this in mind. Waldbott goes on to say that this was not just one in a series of a few incidents. More cases are mentioned which involved $100,000's being paid in compensation with the total liability running potentially into $1,000,000's.
The big "fluoride problem". Estimated total atmospheric inorganic fluoride emissions from major industries in the USA ( 1968 );-
Industry Tonnage per year
Steel Industry 40,1000
Combustion of coal 16,000
Ceramics industries 21,200
Nonferrous metal industries 4,000
Phosphate fertilizer & processing industries 18,700
Welding operations 2,700
Aluminum industry 16,000
TOTAL 118,700 tons.
An advertisement for ALCOA's sodium fluoride "drinking water supplement"
Fluoride: any combination of elements which contain the fluorine (F-) ion.
Dental fluorosis: a condition caused by an excessive intake of fluorides - while the teeth develop - characterized mainly by mottling of the enamel, although the skeletal system is also affected.
1) I heard fluoride is a poison. Is this true?
Yes. Fluoride is an acute toxin
with a rating slightly higher than that of lead. According to "Clinical Toxicology of Commercial products,"
5th Edition, 1984, lead is given a toxicity rating of 3 to 4, and Fluoride is rated at 4 (3 = moderately toxic,
4 = very toxic). On
Fluoride is also considered toxic waste. It is one of the most bone seeking elements known to mankind. The US Public Health Service has stated that fluoride makes the bones more brittle and the dental enamel more porous.
2) How much fluoride am I taking in?
Current intake is estimated to be between 5 and 7 mg/day in "optimally fluoridated" areas. Current fluoride intake is equally divided between drinking water (in fluoridated areas), food, other beverages, and dental products, meaning that even if you don't live in a fluoridated area, fluoride is endangering your health. Average fluoride content in juices is 0.02 to 2.80 parts per million, in part because of variations in fluoride concentrations of water used in production. Children's ingestion of fluoride from juices and juice-flavored beverages can be quite substantial and a crucial factor in developing fluorosis. Grape juice has been found to contain up to 6.8 mg/L of fluoride, a can of chicken soup up to 4 mg of fluoride. Fluoride can be found in water, toothpaste, mouthwash, Dentist's treatment, fluoride pills, juice, soft drinks, canned food, commercial fruit and vegetables, Teflon and T-Fal coated items (such as frying pans), etc. (Note: No "optimal" fluoride intake has ever been scientifically documented.)
3) How much is too much?
As little as 0.04 mg/kg/day has been proven to cause adverse health effects. Retention of 2mg a day will produce crippling skeletal fluorosis in one's lifetime.
4) Does fluoride accumulate in the body?
Yes. Approximately half of
each day's fluoride intake will be retained. This is what makes it so dangerous. "The dose makes the poison".
All sides agree to the fact that healthy kidneys can eliminate only about 50% of daily fluoride intake. The rest
gets absorbed in calcified tissues, like bones and teeth.
The National Academy Of Sciences (NAS) stated in 1977 that, for the average individual, a retention of 2mg/day would result in crippling skeletal fluorosis after 40 years. Considering the above-mentioned intake level, it is likely that skeletal fluorosis already affects a significant portion of the population.
Children, the elderly and any person with impaired kidney function (which includes many
AIDS patients), are in the
high-risk group for fluoride poisoning and must be warned to monitor their fluoride intake. Also at high risk are
people with immunodeficiencies, diabetes and heart ailments, as well as anyone with calcium, magnesium and Vitamin
(At the level of 0.4 ppm renal (kidney) impairment has been shown.) (Junco, L.I. et al, "Renal Failure and Fluorosis", Fluorine & Dental Health, JAMA 222:783 - 785, 1972)
5) How does fluoride get into the water?
Most often as a by-product from the fertilizer, aluminum and other industries, who manage to sell this toxic waste to municipalities WORLD-wide.
6) What about my toothpaste?
Studies show that adults can absorb up to 0.5 mg per "TV ribbon" brushing. Small children, even if pea-size amount is used, will still absorb the same, more if the child is younger and has less swallowing control skills. Half a tube of toothpaste can kill a child. Current content of sodium fluoride in toothpaste in Canada and the US is up to 0.4% = 4000 ppm (parts per million). Bubblegum- flavored dentifrice obviously is especially inviting for children. Since April 1997 all toothpaste in the US must carry a warning label, advising parents what to do if their child swallows more than the pea-size brushing amount. Wholesale containers carry the poison symbol of skull and crossbones.
7) What about the fluoride treatment at the dental office?
Fluoride treatments can contain
between 10,000 to 20,000 ppm. There is no regulated dose requirement. There are cases known of children dying in
the dentist's chair.
(New York Times, Jan.20, 1979: "$750,000 Given in Child's Death in Fluoride Case" about a three year old child killed by fluoride treatment in the Dentist's office.)
8) How can my dentist say that it's good for my teeth?
By receiving limited training
on the subject and being misinformed on purpose by the ADA and CDA. Figures in ADA pamphlets contain an incredible
amount of untruths, and outright fraudulent claims. If you check the references cited and numbers listed in your
local libraries, you will undoubtedly come to the same conclusion. Some fluoridation endorsements are listed which
proves fraudulent when checked. Most dentists never bother to take the time to study both sides of the fluoride
issue. Consider this statement by the ADA in 1979: "Individual dentists must be convinced that they need not be familiar with scientific reports and field
investigations on fluoridation to be effective participants and that non-participation is overt neglect of personal
responsibility." There are NO reliable studies, conducted under ethical research guidelines, which prove the
benefits of fluoride supplementation. The FDA admits to this! There are more than 500 peer-reviewed studies documenting
the adverse effects.
Furthermore, dentists make higher profits in fluoridated areas and through fluoride use. As a result of mottled enamel, many more restorative measures are necessary, such as braces, bridges, etc. For the ADA/CDA, this condition is a real moneymaker, because cosmetic dentistry is far more lucrative than cavity repair. In addition, there is an abundance of evidence in the scientific literature indicating that fluoride causes a delay in the normal shedding of the "baby" teeth, and their replacement by permanent teeth. This delay has been shown to increase the number of children with malpositioned teeth. Again, braces are far more expensive than fillings.
(Note: In a 1972 report by the American Dental Association, it is stated that dentists make 17% more profit in fluoridated areas as opposed to non-fluoridated areas.)
(Douglas et al., "Impact of water fluoridation on dental practices and dental manpower", Journal of the American Dental Association; 84:355-67, 1972)
In 1993 the National Academy of Sciences warned, "dental fluorosis...might be more than a cosmetic defect if enough fluorotic enamel is fractured and lost to cause pain, adversely affect food choices, compromise chewing efficiency, and require complex dental treatment."
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has classified fluoride as an unapproved dental medicament due to its high toxicity.
The FDA considers fluoride an unapproved new drug for which there is no proof of safety or effectiveness. The FDA does not consider fluoride an essential nutrient.
Four major studies involving 480,000 children (US, 39,000; Japan, 22,000; India, 400,000; Tucson, 29,000) comparing fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas showed no significant difference in decay rates. Proven is that a higher intake of fluoride will actually cause MORE cavities, especially for children with low dietary calcium intake.
9) Is it true that fluoride can cause cancer?
Yes. In 1990 fluoride was found to be an equivocal carcinogen by the National Cancer Institute Toxicology Program.
(Maurer, et. al.,"Fluoride an equivocal carcinogen. J.National Cancer Institute 82, 1118-26, 1990)
In 1992 further studies by the New Jersey Department of Health confirmed a 6.9 fold increase in bone cancer in young males.
(Cohn, Perry D. Ph.D. "An Epidemiological Report on Drinking Water" Fluoridation and Osteosarcoma in Young Males, New Jersey Department of Health, Environmental Health Service, Trenton NJ November 8, 1992)
In 1997 there were more than
80 references available, linking fluoride to cancer.
10) Is it true that fluoride can increase hip fractures?
Yes. According to Dr. J. William Hirzy (vice-president of the NFFE LOCAL 2050, the union representing all scientists at the EPA, Washington, D.C.) there have been 5 epidemiological studies done since 1990, in three different countries, all showing a higher increase in hip fractures in fluoridated communities.
Some studies have indicated a 87% higher risk of hip fractures to the elderly in areas where water fluoridation was even below 1.5 ppm.
11) Is this also true for Osteoporosis and Arthritis?
Yes, most definitely. There are also studies proving that fluoride toxicity affects fertility.
12) Does it cause brain damage?
Yes. Fluorides lower the intelligence capacity of humans, with children, again, especially susceptible to early fluoride toxicity. IQ levels were significantly lower than children not exposed to fluorides in all age groups listed. (According to Dr. Hirzy, 5 to 19 points lower!, other studies have shown 11 to 19 points lower!)
(Li,X.S.,Zhi,J.L.,Gao,R.O.,"Effects of Fluoride Exposure on the Intelligence of Children", Fluoride;28:182-189, 1995)
Dr. Phyllis Mullinex and her
co-workers have also conducted further studies proving the neurotoxicity of fluoride in rats.
(Note: this also explains a recent
Studies proving that fluorides transfer through the placenta are well known.
(Meanwhile, Dr.Weil, Internet's Health Guru, advocates fluoride supplements for pregnant woman in his book "8 Weeks To Optimum Health"...)
There are also several studies
linking aluminum with fluoride, showing that the bioavailability of aluminum is increased in the presence of fluorides,
causing aluminum in the brain to double in treated animals. According to an October 28, 1992 Wall Street Journal
Article about a study conducted by Varnier JA, et al.: "Rats fed the highest doses developed irregular mincing
steps characteristic of senile animals.... Post mortem examination of the rat brains disclosed 'substantial cell
loss in structures associated with dementia -- the neo-cortex and hippocampus'."
(Note: Alzheimer's Disease, first diagnosed by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1907, is now the #4 killer for every person over 60 in the
13) How wide-spread is this problem?
The US Public Health Service
estimates that 1 in 5 children have dental fluorosis. (By the way, all native reservations in the
14) If all this is true, how can all this be possible, sanctioned by government?
In 1939 a dentist named H.
Trendley Dean, DDS, examined water from 345 communities in
(J.Colquhoun;International Symposium on Fluoridation, Porte Alegre, Brazil, September 1988)
Meanwhile, a number of court
cases were being launched due to fluoride contamination, mainly by the aluminum industry. In addition the Manhattan
Project, the secret atomic bomb project, was in a big race to build the world's first A-bomb. A pollution incident
of great magnitude occurred at a factory in
In 1945, supposedly as a result of Dr. Dean's discovery, the PHS planned to conduct a 10-year study of fluoridation in two cities.
15) How about the effects on the environment?
Many studies have been conducted
examining the adverse effects of fluoride on the Eco-system. In 1995, the CEPA identified the now closed Brunswick
Mining and Smelting Fertilizer Plant in
Many serious toxic and detrimental effects to plants and animal species have been documented, salmon populations in particular being in the high-risk category.
IT'S A TOXIC WASTE!
Think about it - day after day, millions of tons of fluoride are "legally" released into the environment,
especially in fluoridated areas. Showers, toilet flushes, lawn sprinkling...As a result of the original Manhattan
Project logic, industries, now mainly the fertilizer and aluminum industries, have a perfect way to release their
hazardous and toxic waste. It would cost up to $
16) What do I need to do? How can I protect myself?
line of defence should be the water you drink. Very few water filtration systems remove fluoride. MiraculeWater processors systems for drinking water are designed to remove more than 99%
of the fluoride in the source water.
Also, eliminate any Teflon or T-Fal coated cooking ware, for scratches in the surface will release PTFE, another
toxic fluoride compound. Avoid fruit juices coming from fluoridated areas. All non-organic grape products are especially
high in fluoride content due to the number of fertilizer and pesticide applications. Wine can contain up to 3 ppm
fluoride. Avoid using any toothpaste or mouthwash containing fluoride. There are many alternatives on the market. A recent store survey in
In addition, lobbying is required to demand fluoride content labeling on commercial products. Steps to educate the public about this proven health risk and fluoride's toxic properties must be taken immediately and health advisories issued.
should cease immediately and steps should be taken to reduce fluoride in food, drink, and dental products.
If you live in a fluoridated area, take action to stop the addition of fluoride into the water supply.
Individuals ARE successful
in educating legislators about the issue and have helped pass laws to stop the addition of fluoride into the water
supply. (Notably Darlene Sherrell, who not only discovered that the original Roholm/Hodge safety figures had been
miscalculated and then persisted with the help of Dr. Bob Carton and Senator Bob Graham in her efforts to get the
National Research Council (NAS/NRC) to adopt the new figures - which had even been corrected by Hodge himself in
1979 - but also managed to change the law in Michigan, giving people the right to vote on fluoridation.
International Society for Fluoride Research
IAOMT Risk Assessment for ingested fluoride
Prominent Researcher Apologizes for Pushing Fluoride
The Fluoride Debate: A response to the American Dental Association's booklet, "Fluoridation Facts"
Fluoride Action Network (Excellent Resource, Very Up-to-Date)
Fluoride: Protected Pollutant or Panacea? (Elkie Babiuk's site)
New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
Fluoride Controversy, the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
Citizens for Safe Drinking Water (Mountainview, California)
More Scientific Facts on Fluoride
Fluoridation Debate (Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 105, Number 11, November 1997)
Fluoridation: The Overdosing of America - Fact or Fiction? (Slides by Gerald H. Smith, D.D.S.)
Darryl W. Roundy, D.C. - Fluoride Research
Fluoridation Fluoride Toxic Chemicals In Your Water
Does water fluoridation have negative side effects?