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FORCE FED FALSE FLUORIDE
In 1949 the medical community was still not sold on fluoride. An article that year by Dr. D. C. Badger in the American Journal of the Diseases of Children, supported by a press release by the American Medical Association, discussed the phenomenon of children with mottled teeth in various American communities with high fluoride levels in the water supply.(77 )The article suggested that children receive distilled water until six years of age.
H. Trendley Dean, the father of fluoridation, also suggested the same a short time before he flip-flopped to promote water fluoridation.(48) Cox’s findings that fluoride given to mothers prevented cavities in the offspring were expanded to the concept of fluoride after birth. “If the children were given distilled water,” Cox warned, they “would be prone to cavities. . . .To minimize the mottling, and still prevent cavities, fluorine levels should be adjusted seasonally to provide an optimal amount of fluorine.” While Badger was concerned about the complications of dental fluorosis, there was no concern or scientific interest on the part of Cox or Dean about potential harm from dental fluorosis.(48)
By the way, as a professional chemist Cox erred continuously in referring to “fluorine” added to the water. Fluorine is a toxic gas which combines easily with other materials such as calcium, uranium, and most other metals; it is almost never found in its native state. It is the fluorides and their derivatives that are added to the public water supply.
The cheapest form of fluoride used in water supplies today, now imported from China, is hydrofluorosilicic acid, an industrial by-product which contains, in addition to fluoride, arsenic, cyanide and cadmium as well.(49)
Hydrofluorosilicic acid is described by Solvay Chemicals as a hazardous material (Haz Mat Class 8 corrosive). “A corrosive material is a liquid or solid that causes full thickness destruction of human skin at the site of contact within a specified period of time.”50 It is produced as a byproduct of aluminum smelting from spent pot lining (SPL). Alcoa Aluminum describes SPL as a “waste product from the smelting of aluminum, considered to be a hazardous waste in various countries because it contains significant quantities of absorbed fluorides along with traces of cyanide.”(51)
“OPTIMALLY FLUORIDATED WATER”
The CDC of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Dental Association (ADA) support community water fluoridation as the “single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay”52 despite a growing body of evidence that fluoride is both ineffective and harmful. Despite more than two hundred fifty research articles documenting the harmful effects of fluoride on humans, published by institutions in China, Germany, Turkey, Poland, and England since 2005,53 U.S. government health officials continue to fluoridate our water. The goal of the U.S. and Pennsylvania state government is to increase the number of communities that provide “optimally fluoridated water,” says the U.S. Surgeon General’s report, Healthy People 2010.(54)
Things were different in 1939, when the USPHS (United States Public Health Service) regulations stated that “the presence of fluorides in excess of 1 ppm (part per million) shall constitute rejection of the water supply.” In 1943, the Journal of the American Medical Association, published “Chronic Fluorine Intoxication,” which stated that “fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons, changing the permeability of the cell membrane by inhibiting certain enzymes.”(55) After receiving funding from Kettering Laboratories, which produced the fluoride-based chemical freon and participated in the fluoride-dependent development of the atomic bomb, the AMA changed its position and supported water fluoridation in the 1950s.(56)
In 1986, the EPA Environmental Protection Agency established the maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) for fluoride and maximum contaminant level (MCL) at a concentration of 4 mg/L (milligrams per liter) or 4 ppm (parts per million). The MCL is an enforceable standard. At the request of the EPA, the National Research Council considered the issue and reported its findings in 2006 in a five-hundred-page report, Fluoride in Drinking Water. The major conclusion was that “4.0 mg/L ppm was too high and should be lowered. . . . The potential health risks are skeletal fluorosis, bone fractures and severe enamel fluorosis, which may increase the risk of dental decay.”(57)
FIRST DO NO HARM
While the CDC lists water fluoridation as one of the “ten greatest health achievements of the 20th century,” alongside vaccines, fluoride has been linked to autism and studies show that fluoride is a factor in many neurological conditions such as hyperactivity, dementia, brain damage, and lower IQ.(66)
“Especially troubling are more than twenty human studies from China, Mexico, India, and Iran reporting IQ deficits among children exposed to excess fluoride, by four human studies indicating that fluoride can enter and damage the fetal brain; and by a growing number of animal studies finding damage to brain tissue (at levels as low as 1 ppm) and impairment of learning and memory among fluoride-treated groups. Fluoride’s ability to damage the brain represents one of the most active areas of research on fluoride toxicity today.”(67)
In 1995 Phyllis Mullenix, a prestigious toxicologist at Harvard’s Forsythe Dental Research Institute, published her findings on the effect of fluoride on the rat brain which included hyperactivity in rat pups born to dams who were fed fluoridated water. She was summarily dismissed from Harvard shortly after publication.(68)
In addition other fluoride studies have shown cell death, genetic damage, impaired thyroid function, impaired production of melatonin in the pineal gland, arthritis, back problems, muscle disorders, bone fractures and osteosarcoma, a bone cancer found in young boys. Fluroide inactivates some sixty-two enzymes, blocks the formation of antibodies, and damages sperm.(69) Fluoride damages body systems and the brain through its capacity to increase lead absorption.(70)
The total body burden of fluoride is growing from an estimated 10 percent of children in fluoridated areas with mild dental fluorosis in 1950 to recent CDC data that show that the fluorosis rates have risen considerably, with 41 percent of American adolescents afflicted, a figure understated because it combines data from fluoridated and unfluoridated communities. Studies of fluoridated towns in the U.S. and Canada have rates as high as 70 to 80 percent. Fluorosis varies by race, with the highest rates found among black children,(71) the very same children that water fluoridationists say they want to protect from cavities.
The CDC and other government agencies say that dental fluorosis is “just cosmetic,” but scientists know that it is an indication of excess fluoride exposure.(72) Around 50 percent of fluoride is cleared through the kidneys—if the kidneys are in good working order—and the other 50 percent is stored in the bones and teeth and body organs. The body burden may be much higher in people with diabetes, kidney disease, and in children.(73)
In November 2006, the American Dental Association began recommending to parents that infants from birth through 12 months of age should have their formula prepared with water that is fluoride-free or contains low levels of fluoride to reduce the risk of fluorosis.(73) Fluoridated water contains two hundred fifty times more fluoride than mother’s milk.(74)
In 2010, a study showed increased fluorosis risk among infants who were fed infant formula reconstituted with fluoride-containing water, as well as for those using fluoridated toothpastes.(75)
In 1979 Balfour D. Mattox made these comments at the presentation of the College of Dentistry’s honorary fellowship to Cox: “The public should be doubly in his debt for the legacy he has bequeathed to those who have had the benefit of fluorides and the millions yet unborn who will reap the harvest of his multi-faceted research.”(76)
It is ironic that the comments made by Mattox in 1979 have come full circle. It is now those unborn who “reap the harvest” of dental fluorosis, infertility, diabetes, autism, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative diseases, all alarmingly on the rise. Is this indeed the legacy of Gerald D. Cox?
This is an excerpt from Dr. Sylvia Onusic, Please read more at Westonaprice.org