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November 10, 2008

Exposing The Hideous Nazi Monster Called F. Luride

“Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century.”

– Robert Carlton, Ph.D, former EPA scientist, 1992; Source

“Fluoridation … it is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has.”

Professor Albert Schatz, Ph.D. (Microbiology), Discoverer of streptomycin and Nobel Prize Winner Source

“I am appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs. Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious effects on a long range basis. Any attempt to use water this way is deplorable.”

Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd, Past President of the American Medical Association Source

“I am opposed to the mind control of soldiers by the fluoridation of water on military bases.”

– James Vincent Forrestal, first secretary of defense of U. S. Source

More quotes

Notational convention: slanted boldfaced emphasis is mine throughout the blog.

Dangers of Fluoride

History and Background

For a succinct review on the history and background of fluoride usage in the industry and consumption market I recommend: The Fluoride Conspiracy. For a more indepth treatment however, the classic by Chris Bryson, The Fluoride Deception, deserves preference. Another release, intermediate in length, focuses in on the happy wedding between Fluoride protagonist club and the US atomic energy industry: the Nexus article: TOXIC SECRETS Fluoride & the A-Bomb Program.

The rationale for dumping fluoride in the public consumption section is most aptly captivated by the following two paragraphs:

The story begins in 1924, when Interessen Gemeinschaft Farben (I.G. Farben), a German chemical manufacturing company, began receiving loans from American bankers, gradually leading to the creation of the huge I.G. Farben cartel. In 1928 Henry Ford and American Standard Oil Company (The Rockefellers) merged their assets with I.G. Farben, and by the early thirties, there were more than a hundred American corporations which had subsidiaries and co-operative understandings in Germany. The I.G. Farben assets in America were controlled by a holding Company, American I.G. Farben, which listed on it’s board of directors: Edsel Ford, President of the Ford Motor Company, Chas. E. Mitchell, President of Rockerfeller’s National City Bank of New York, Walter Teagle, President of Standard Oil New York, Paul Warburg, Chairman of the federal reserve and brother of Max Warburg, financier of Germany’s War effort, Herman Metz, a director of the Bank of Manhattan, controlled by the Warburgs, and a number of other members, three of which were tried and convicted as German war criminals for their crimes against humanity. In 1939 under the Alted agreement, the American Aluminum Company (ALCOA), then the worlds largest producer of sodium fluoride, and the Dow Chemical Company transferred its technology to Germany. Colgate, Kellogg, Dupont and many other companies eventually signed cartel agreements with I.G. Farben, creating a powerful lobby group accurately dubbed “the fluoride mafia”(Stephen 1995).

At the end of World War II, the US government sent Charles Eliot Perkins, a research worker in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and pathology, to take charge of the vast Farben chemical plants in Germany. The German chemists told Perkins of a scheme which they had devised during the war and had been adapted by the German General Staff. The German chemists explained of their attempt to control the population in any given area through the mass medication of drinking water with sodium fluoride, a tactic used in German and Russian prisoner of war camps to make the prisoners “stupid and docile”(Stephen 1995). Farben had developed plans during the war to fluoridate the occupied countries because it was found that fluoridation caused slight damage to a specific part of the brain, making it more difficult for the person affected to defend his freedom and causing the individual to become more docile towards authority. Fluoride remains one of the strongest anti-psychotic substances known, and is contained in twenty-five percent of the major tranquilizers. It may not seem surprising that Hitler’s regime practiced the concept of mind control through chemical means, but the American military continued Nazi research, exploring techniques to incapacitate an enemy or medicate an entire nation. As stated in the Rockefeller Report, a Presidential briefing on CIA activities, “the drug program was part of a much larger CIA program to study possible means of controlling human behavior”(Stephen 1995). Source

Does Fluoride Do Any Good?

“Fluoride (that is added to municipal water) is a hazardous waste product for which there is substantial evidence of adverse health effects and, contrary to public perception, virtually no evidence of significant benefits( Mullenix 1998). Source

“Although the prevalence of caries varies between countries, levels everywhere have fallen greatly in the past three decades, and national rates of caries are now universally low. This trend has occurred regardless of the concentration of fluoride in water or the use of fluoridated salt, and it probably reflects use of fluoridated toothpastes and other factors, including perhaps aspects of nutrition.” SOURCE: Cheng KK, et al. (2007). Adding fluoride to water supplies. British Medical Journal 335(7622):699-702. Source

[…]the usefulness of fluoride has been doubted worldwide for a long time already. Over the years at least 12 Nobel Prize winners in Medicine and Chemistry have warned of the associated health risks. To make children take fluoride is not only useless against caries, it is plainly dangerous. Tooth and bone decalcification as a result of fluoride even has a name – fluorosis. Fluoride is very reactive and it goes deep into the bones and cells where it is accumulated. Yes, the tooth surface becomes much harder, but the tooth itself becomes more brittle. From a lot of research it seems that fluoride causes joint problems, skeletal deformations, osteoporosis, and that it can even cause bone cancer. Also the brain cannot escape from it. Fluoride has a negative influence on the nervous system and the immune system, and in children it can lead to (chronic) fatigue, a lower IQ, learning disabilities, lethargy and depression. Source

Here is what Colgate says about the purported beneficent value of fluoride:

The addition of fluoride to drinking water is one of the great preventive disease programs of the 20th century.Source

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that can help to prevent tooth decay by strengthening teeth. Experts say the best way to prevent tooth decay is to use several sources of fluoride.
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Fluoride strengthens teeth by helping to speed remineralization and disrupt the production of acids by bacteria. Fluoride can be incorporated into teeth in two ways. When children swallow fluoride in small doses (through food, supplements or fluoridated water), it enters the bloodstream and becomes incorporated in their developing permanent teeth, making it harder for acids to cause demineralization. Fluoride also can enter teeth directly in the mouth when it is applied at the dental office, when you brush with fluoride toothpaste or use a fluoride rinse and when fluoridated water washes over your teeth as you drink.
Source

Fluoride is beneficial even before your child’s teeth begin to erupt. It strengthens the tooth enamel as the teeth are forming. In many municipal water supplies, the right amount of fluoride is added for proper tooth development. To find out whether your water contains fluoride, and how much, call your local water district. If your water supply does not contain any (or enough) fluoride, talk to your pediatrician or dentist about fluoride drops that can be given to your baby daily. If you use bottled water for drinking and cooking, be sure to tell your doctor or dentist. They may prescribe fluoride supplements for the baby.Source

From reading such strong statements of encouragement a completely uninformed reader may get the impression that fluoride is essential for proper well-being, even a vitamin if you will. This raises the obvious question: Is fluoride really beneficial for, or even vital to, dental health?

Nursery at least says so:


[…] The added fluoride will help strengthen your little one’s teeth while our process of steam distillation assures you that it is safe, pure, clean, and healthy. […]
Source

It is remarkable for Nursery to use the word healthy since, as you are finding out, this word hardly applies to any consumption product containing fluoride compounds. In addition, why bother poisoning your precious little pearl with a toxin that has only potential merit regarding protecting teeth, in this case deciduous teeth that will normally be gone before puberty starts.

Since dental caries was decreasing over time in the US, it would seem at a prima facie level that this was owed to increases of fluoride administration to the population. However, one should not be tempted to confuse correlation with causation as the former does not imply the latter:


In the second half of the 20th century, a steep decline in tooth decay occurred among children in the United States. Proponents of water fluoridation have long claimed that this reduction in tooth decay is primarily the result of adding fluoride to water.

When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) nominated water fluoridation as one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century, it published a graph (see Figure 1), which showed the reduction of cavities in US children coupled with the increase in water systems that have been fluoridated since the 1960’s. The CDC referred to the graph with the statement:

“as a result [of water fluoridation], dental caries declined precipitously during the second half of the 20th century.”

However, what the CDC failed to mention is that similar declines in tooth decay have occurred in virtually every western country, most of which do not fluoridate water (see Figure 2). Source

Indeed, if fluoridating water is beneficial for dental health you would expect, for instance, that people in countries who fluoridate their water have, per capita, less cavities than a person living in a country which does not fluoridate its water. This turns out to not be quite the case however:

According to the current consensus view of the dental research community, fluoride’s primary – if not sole – benefit to teeth comes from topical application to the surfaces of teeth (while in the mouth), and not from ingestion.

It is also acknowledged by dental researchers that fluoride has little effect on preventing cavities in the pits and fissures (chewing surfaces) of teeth – where the majority of tooth decay occurs.

Perhaps not surprisingly, therefore, tooth decay rates have declined at similar rates in all western countries in the latter half of the 20th century – irrespective of whether the country fluoridates its water or not. Today, tooth decay rates throughout continental western Europe are as low as the tooth decay rates in the United States – despite a profound disparity in water fluoridation prevalence in the two regions.

Within countries that do fluoridate their water (such as the United States and Australia), recent large-scale surveys of dental health – utilizing modern scientific methods not employed in the early surveys from the 1930s-1950s – have found little difference in tooth decay, including in “baby bottle tooth decay”, between fluoridated and unfluoridated communities. Source

Figure 2 (Source)
In Figure 2, if fluoridating water would truly be efficacious, as the fluoride lobby would like us to believe, you would expect steeper descents of the DMFT index with time in countries that fluoridate water compared to countries which do not. As you can clearly see though this is not the case. Indeed, quite contrarily, the DMFT index in a country such as Iceland – which does not fluoridate its water – shows a steeper descent as a function of time when compared to the USA – which does fluoridate its water.

The WHO arrives at a similar conclusion:

The World Health Organization data on dental decay trends in 12 year olds in 24 countries do not support fluoridation as being a reason for the decline in dental decay that has been occurring in recent decades. Source

Fluorosis

So if the benefits of fluoride intake are controversial at best and possibly even non-existent what are the drawbacks? One of the more obvious and direct afflictions is called fluorosis, and is a direct result of over-consumption of fluoride compounds.

Two kinds are referred to in the literature: dental and skeletal fluorosis. Let’s start with dental fluorosis.

Dental Fluorosis

“It is a toxic effect and a cosmetic effect. These are not mutually exclusive. It’s toxic and it’s cosmetic.”
– Dr. Arvid Carlsson, Nobel Prize Laureate in Medicine/Physiology (2000).

“it is illogical to assume that tooth enamel is the only tissue affected by low daily doses of fluoride ingestion.”
– Dr. Hardy Limeback, Head of Preventive Dentistry, University of Toronto. (2000). Why I am now Officially Opposed to Adding Fluoride to Drinking Water. Source


Click for more pictures of dental fluorosis

Here is what fluoride protagonist Colgate says about dental fluorosis:

Your permanent teeth form under your gums in the jawbone during early childhood. Except for your wisdom teeth, the crowns (the part you see in the mouth) of all of the permanent teeth fully form by the time you are about 8 years old. If you consume too much fluoride as a young child, the extra fluoride can disrupt the formation of the enamel (outer part) of your permanent teeth and lead to fluorosis, which varies from minor discoloration to surface irregularities of the teeth. The extra fluoride does not affect other parts of the tooth. Once your teeth have erupted into your mouth, they are not susceptible to fluorosis.

Fluorosis is a cosmetic condition, not a disease. Often, it is so mild that only a dental professional can detect it. Most cases of fluorosis result from young children taking fluoride supplements or swallowing fluoride toothpaste when the water they drink is already fluoridated. Source

The fluoride action network on the other hand is much harsher in its wording:

According to the Centers for Disease Control, dental fluorosis now impacts 32% of American children. (In the 1940s, dental fluorosis rates in fluoridated areas averaged 10%.)

Not only is the prevalence of fluorosis increasing, but so to is its severity. As noted by Dr. Gary Whitford:

“There is a growing body of evidence which indicates that the prevalence and, in some cases, the severity of dental fluorosis is increasing in both fluoridated and non-fluoridated regions in the U.S… This trend is undesirable for several reasons: (1) It increases the risk of esthetically objectionable enamel defects; (2) in more severe cases, it increases the risk of harmful effects to dental function; (3) it places dental professionals at an increased risk of litigation; and (4) it jeopardizes the perception of the safety and, therefore, the public acceptance of the use of fluorides.”
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Dental fluorosis, of esthetic concern, is an expensive condition to treat. If left untreated, it can cause embarrassment for school-aged children, resulting in psychological stress and damaged self-esteem.

There is also mounting evidence that dental fluorosis in its more advanced stages can leave teeth more susceptible to cavities. As noted by pro-fluoridation dental researcher, Dr. Steven Levy, “With more severe forms of fluorosis, caries risk increases because of pitting and loss of the outer enamel” (Levy 2003). Source

Here is what no less an institution than Unicef has to say about fluoride and fluorosis:

Fluoride was first used to fight dental cavities in the 1940s, its effectiveness defended on two grounds:

  1. Fluoride inhibits enzymes that breed acid-producing oral bacteria whose acid eats away tooth enamel. This observation is valid, but some scientists now believe that the harmful impact of fluoride on other useful enzymes far outweighs the beneficial effect on caries prevention.
  2. Fluoride ions bind with calcium ions, strengthening tooth enamel as it forms in children. Many researchers now consider this more of an assumption than fact, because of conflicting evidence from studies in India and several other countries over the past 10 to 15 years. Nevertheless, agreement is universal that excessive fluoride intake leads to loss of calcium from the tooth matrix, aggravating cavity formation throughout life rather than remedying it, and so causing dental fluorosis. Severe, chronic and cumulative overexposure can cause the incurable crippling of skeletal fluorosis.

Symptoms of fluorosis
Dental fluorosis, which is characterized by discoloured, blackened, mottled or chalky-white teeth, is a clear indication of overexposure to fluoride during childhood when the teeth were developing. These effects are not apparent if the teeth were already fully grown prior to the fluoride overexposure; therefore, the fact that an adult may show no signs of dental fluorosis does not necessarily mean that his or her fluoride intake is within the safety limit.

Chronic intake of excessive fluoride can lead to the severe and permanent bone and joint deformations of skeletal fluorosis. Early symptoms include sporadic pain and stiffness of joints: headache, stomach-ache and muscle weakness can also be warning signs. The next stage is osteosclerosis (hardening and calcifying of the bones), and finally the spine, major joints, muscles and nervous system are damaged.

Whether dental or skeletal, fluorosis is irreversible and no treatment exists. The only remedy is prevention, by keeping fluoride intake within safe limits.
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Map (Source)
Fluorosis worldwide

The latest information shows that fluorosis is endemic in at least 25 countries across the globe (see map). The total number of people affected is not known, but a conservative estimate would number in the tens of millions. In 1993, 15 of India’s 32 states were identified as endemic for fluorosis2. In Mexico, 5 million people (about 6% of the population) are affected by fluoride in groundwater3. Fluorosis is prevalent in some parts of central and western China, and caused not only by drinking fluoride in groundwater but also by breathing airborne fluoride released from the burning of fluoride-laden coal4. Worldwide, such instances of industrial fluorosis are on the rise. Source

Skeletal Fluorosis

Excessive exposure to fluoride causes an arthritic bone disease called skeletal fluorosis. According to UNICEF, skeletal fluorosis is endemic in at least 25 countries, with millions of people impacted.

Skeletal fluorosis, especially in its early stages, is a difficult disease to diagnose, and can be readily confused with various forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

In the advanced stages, fluorosis can resemble a multitude of bone/joint diseases, including: osteosclerosis, renal osteodystrophy, DISH, spondylosis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, and secondary hyperparathyroidism.

The risk of developing fluorosis, and the course the disease will take, is influenced by the presence of ceratin predisposing factors, including impaired kidney function; dietary deficiencies; gastric acidity; and repetitive stress.

In individuals with kidney disease, fluoride exposure can contribute to, and/or exacerbate, renal osteodystrophy.

While only a limited number of studies have documented the disease in the U.S., it is almost certain that cases of the disease have occurred but escaped detection.

‘The Dose Factor’ – Skeletal Fluorosis: (Click for more detail)

The minimum daily doses capable of producing the various stages of fluorosis are still poorly understood.

In India and China, skeletal fluorosis has repeatedly been documented in field surveys among communities with 1.0 to 1.5 ppm fluoride in water. In the U.S., there has been extremely little systematic research to assess the prevalence of fluorosis. Case reports, however, have documented fluorosis among susceptible individuals drinking water with as little as 1.7 ppm. Source

Skeletal fluorosis, especially in its early stages, is a difficult disease to diagnose, and can be readily confused with various forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

The arthritic symptoms of fluorosis can occur before the onset of bone changes detectable by x-ray, thereby making the early stages of fluorosis difficult to differentiate from arthritis.

In the advanced stages of skeletal fluorosis, the spine may closely resemble the appearance of spondylosis/spondylitis and DISH (Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis).Source

Other Dangers of Fluoride Exposure

Get ready for a huge laundry list of health hazards belonging to this extremely potent and versatile toxin.

Allergies

As acknowledged by the Physicians’ Desk Reference, some individuals are hypersensitive to fluoride.

Hypersensitive reactions to fluoride have been reported for both topical fluorides & ingested fluorides. The largest, government-funded, clinical trial found that 1% of people ingesting 1 mg fluoride tablets exhibited allergic/hypersensitive reactions to fluoride.

Symptoms of allergic/hypersensitive reactions have been reported to include: skin rashes (e.g. dermatitis, urticaria, eczema); mouth lesions (canker sores); gastric distress; headache; joint pain; weakness; visual disturbances; and lethargy. Source

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Brain


1) Fluoride’s ability to damage the brain represents one of the most active areas of research on fluoride toxicity today.

2) The research on fluoride and the brain has been fueled by 18 human studies from China, India, Iran, and Mexico finding elevated levels of fluoride exposure to be associated with IQ deficits in children. Fluoride’s impact on IQ is exacerbated among children with low-iodine exposure.

3) The impact of fluoride on children’s IQ has been documented even after controlling for children’s lead exposure, iodine exposure, parental education and income status, and other known factors that might impact the results (Rocha-Amador 2007; Xiang 2003 a,b).

4) In addition to IQ studies, 3 studies (Yu 1996; Du 1992; Han 1989) have found that fluoride accumulates in the brain of the fetus, causing damage to cells and neurotransmitters and 1 study (Li 2004) has found a correlation between exposure to fluoride during fetal development and behavioral deficits among neonates.

5) Several recent studies have found that even adult exposures to fluoride may result in central nervous system disturbances, particularly among industrial workers.

5) The findings of neurological effects in fluoride-exposed humans is consistent with, and strengthened by, recent findings from over 40 animal studies published since 1992. As with the studies on humans, the studies on animals have reported an impairment in learning and memory processes among the fluoride-treated groups.

6) The animal studies have also documented considerable evidence of direct toxic effects of fluoride on brain tissue, even at levels as low as 1 ppm fluoride in water (Varner 1998). These effects include:

reduction in nicotinic acetylcholine receptors;
reduction in lipid content;
impaired anti-oxidant defense systems;
damage to the hippocampus;
damage to the purkinje cells;
increased uptake of aluminum;
— formation of beta-amyloid plaques (the classic brain abnormality in Alzheimer’s disease);
exacerbation of lesions induced by iodine deficiency; and
accumulation of fluoride in the pineal gland.
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Cancer


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“In 1990 a 10 year study was completed by the federal government National Toxicology Program (a part of the Department of Health and Human Services) to rule out any possibility that fluoride causes cancer. Much to their surprise, bone tumors found in laboratory animals were found to be the direct result of fluoride ingestion. Even before the study was complete, the NTP contacted the Environmental Protection Agency to inform them that fluoride was carcinogenic.” Source

According to the National Toxicology Program, “the preponderance of evidence” from laboratory ‘in vitro’ studies indicates that fluoride is a mutagen (a compound that can cause genetic damage).

It is generally accepted that if a substance can induce genetic damage there is a heightened risk that it could cause cancer as well.

While the concentrations of fluoride causing mutagenic damage in the in vitro studies is higher than the concentrations found in human blood, there are certain “microenvironments” in the body (e.g. the bones) where the concentrations of fluoride can accumulate to levels comparable to, or in excess of, those causing mutagenic effects in the laboratory.

Of particular concern are a series of studies indicating that fluoride can cause osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in both fluoride-treated male rats and boys under the age of 20 living in fluoridated areas. Osteosarcoma is a rare, but deadly, form of cancer that strikes primarily during the teenage years.

Of additional concern are recent studies indicating that:

  1. Primates (humans and great apes) are more susceptible to the mutagenic effects of fluoride than rodents (rats);
  2. An increased rate of mutagenic damage was detectable in humans exposed to only modestly elevated levels of fluoride;
  3. Workers exposed to fluoride in industry – in the absence of other known carcinogens such as PAH – suffered an increased occurrence of bladder cancer.

Source

Gastrointestinal

1) Gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting) are the most common early symptoms of acute fluoride poisoning.

2) Among people hypersensitive to fluoride, gastrointestinal ailments have been produced by 1 mg tablets of fluoride or by consumption of water fluoridated at 1 ppm. (A 1 mg fluoride tablet is more damaging than 1 ppm fluoride in water because a tablet produces a higher fluoride concentration in the stomach.)

3) A review of reports to Poison Control Centers in Utah found that vomiting was induced in children after ingestion of 5 to 9 mg of fluoride. In double-blind experiments, single doses of 6.8 mg of fluoride have induced vomiting, and other gastric symptoms, within 30 minutes.

4) A single ingestion of as little as 3 mg of fluoride, in carefully controlled clinical trials, has been found to produce damage to the gastric mucosa in healthy adult volunteers. No research has yet been conducted to determine the effect of lower doses with repeated exposure.

5) In studies where fluoride has been used (at doses of 18-34 mg/day) as an experimental drug for the treatment of osteoporosis, gastrointestinal disturbances are one of the two main side effects consistently encountered.

6) Among humans suffering from skeletal fluorosis, there is an increased occurence of gastrointestinal disorders. When fluoride intake is reduced among these patients, the gastrointestinal problems are among the first symptoms to disappear. Source

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Infant Exposure


In contrast to recommendations adopted in the 1950s, fluoride supplementation is no longer recommended for newborn children. This includes both fluoride in drops, and fluoride in drinking water.

Not only is fluoride ingestion during infancy unnecessary, it can also be harmful – as suggested by a mounting body of evidence linking fluoride exposure during the first year of life with the development of dental fluorosis. (For pictures of dental fluorosis, click here)

Because of the risk for dental fluorosis, and the lack of demonstrable benefit from ingesting fluoride before teeth erupt, the American Dental Association – and a growing number of dental researchers – recommend that children under 12 months of age should not consume fluoridated water while babies under 6 months of age should not receive any fluoride drops or pills.

Fluoridated drinking water contains up to 200 times more fluoride than breast milk (1000 ppb in fluoridated tap water vs 5-10 ppb in breast milk). As a result, babies consuming formula made with fluoridated tap water are exposed to much higher levels of fluoride than a breast-fed infant. (A baby drinking fluoridated formula receives the highest dosage of fluoride among all age groups in the population (0.1-0.2+ mg/kg/day), whereas a breast-fed infant receives the lowest).

Dental fluorosis is not the only risk from early-life exposure to fluoride. A recent review in The Lancet describes fluoride as “an emerging neurotoxic substance” that may damage the developing brain. The National Research Council has identified fluoride as an “endocrine disrupter” that may impair thyroid function, while recent research from Harvard University has found a possible connection between fluoride and bone cancer. Source

Immune System


“When bone turnover occurs, the potential exists for immune system cells and stem cells to be exposed to concentrations of fluoride in the interstitial fluids of bone that are higher than would be found in serum.”
SOURCE: National Research Council. (2006). Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards. National Academies Press, Washington D.C. p 258.

“[P]atients who live in either an artificially fluoridated community or a community where the drinking water naturally contains fluoride at 4 mg/L have all accumulated fluoride in their skeletal systems and potentially have very high fluoride concentrations in their bones. The bone marrow is where immune cells develop and that could affect humoral immunity and the production of antibodies to foreign chemicals.”
SOURCE: National Research Council. (2006). Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards. National Academies Press, Washington D.C. p 249.

“There is no question that fluoride can affect the cells involved in providing immune responses. The question is what proportion, if any, of the population consuming drinking water containing fluoride at 4.0 mg/L on a regular basis will have their immune systems compromised? Not a single epidemiologic study has investigated whether fluoride in the drinking water at 4 mg/L is associated with changes in immune function. Nor has any study examined whether a person with an immunodeficiency disease can tolerate fluoride ingestion from drinking water.”
SOURCE: National Research Council. (2006). Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards. National Academies Press, Washington D.C. p 250.

“From an immunologic standpoint, individuals who are immunocompromised (e.g., AIDS, transplant, and bone-marrow-replacement patients) could be at greater risk of the immunologic effects of fluoride.”
SOURCE: National Research Council. (2006). Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards. National Academies Press, Washington D.C. p 258.

“It is paramount that careful biochemical studies be conducted to determine what fluoride concentrations occur in the bone and surrounding interstitial fluids from exposure to fluoride in drinking water at up to 4 mg/L, because bone marrow is the source of the progenitors that produce the immune system cells.”
SOURCE: National Research Council. (2006). Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards. National Academies Press, Washington D.C. p 259.
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Kidneys


Kidney disease markedly increases an individual’s susceptibility to fluoride toxicity.

The kidneys are responsible for ridding the body of ingested fluoride, and thereby preventing the buildup of toxic levels of fluoride in the body.

In healthy adults, the kidneys are able to excrete approximately 50% of an ingested dose of fluoride.

However, in adults with kidney disease the kidneys may excrete as little as 10 to 20% of an ingested dose – thus increasing the body burden of fluoride and increasing an individual’s susceptibility to fluoride poisoning (e.g. renal osteodystrophy).

The bone changes commonly found among patients with advanced kidney disease closely resemble the bone changes found among individuals with the osteomalacic-type of skeletal fluorosis. This raises the possibility that some individuals with kidney disease are suffering from undiagnosed skeletal fluorosis.

As noted by Dr. Edward Groth, a veteran Senior Scientist at Consumers Union:

“It seems probable that some people with severe or long-term renal disease, which might not be advanced enough to require hemodialysis, can still experience reduced fluoride excretion to an extent that can lead to fluorosis, or aggravate skeletal complications associated with kidney disease… It has been estimated that one in every 25 Americans may have some form of kidney disease; it would seem imperative that the magnitude of risk to such a large sub-segment of the population be determined through extensive and careful study. To date, however, no studies of this sort have been carried out, and none is planned” (Groth 1973; Doctoral Thesis; Stanford University).

Because the kidney accumulates more fluoride than all other soft tissues (with the exception of the pineal gland), there is concern that excess fluoride exposure may contribute to kidney disease – thus initiating a “vicious cycle” where the damaged kidneys increase the accumulation of fluoride, causing in turn further damage to the kidney, bone, and other organs.

The possibility that fluoride exposure can cause direct damage to kidney tissue is supported by a long line of animal and human studies.

In studies on fluoride-exposed animals, kidney damage has been reported at levels as low as 1 ppm if the animals consume the water for long periods of time.

In humans, elevated rates of kidney damage are frequently encountered among populations with skeletal fluorosis. In addition, several case reports suggest that some individuals with kidney disease can experience significant recovery in their clinical signs and symptoms following the provision of fluoride-free water. Source

Pineal Gland

Up until the 1990s, no research had ever been conducted to determine the impact of fluoride on the pineal gland – a small gland located between the two hemispheres of the brain that regulates the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the onset of puberty and helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals.

It is now known – thanks to the meticulous research of Dr. Jennifer Luke from the University of Surrey in England – that the pineal gland is the primary target of fluoride accumulation within the body.

The soft tissue of the adult pineal gland contains more fluoride than any other soft tissue in the body – a level of fluoride (~300 ppm) capable of inhibiting enzymes.

The pineal gland also contains hard tissue (hyroxyapatite crystals), and this hard tissue accumulates more fluoride (up to 21,000 ppm) than any other hard tissue in the body (e.g. teeth and bone).

After finding that the pineal gland is a major target for fluoride accumulation in humans, Dr. Luke conducted animal experiments to determine if the accumulated fluoride could impact the functioning of the gland – particularly the gland’s regulation of melatonin.

Luke found that animals treated with fluoride had lower levels of circulating melatonin, as reflected by reduced levels of melatonin metabolites in the animals’ urine. This reduced level of circulating melatonin was accompanied – as might be expected – by an earlier onset of puberty in the fluoride-treated female animals.

Luke summarized her human and animal findings as follows:

“In conclusion, the human pineal gland contains the highest concentration of fluoride in the body. Fluoride is associated with depressed pineal melatonin synthesis by prepubertal gerbils and an accelerated onset of sexual maturation in the female gerbil. The results strengthen the hypothesis that the pineal has a role in the timing of the onset of puberty. Whether or not fluoride interferes with pineal function in humans requires further investigation.” Source

Respiratory

Starting in the 1930s, scientists have observed that workers exposed to airborne fluorides suffer from an elevated rate of respiratory disorders. For over 50 years, however, US government and industry scientists made repeated assurances that the allowable level of fluoride dusts and gases in industrial workplaces would not cause any ill effect to respiratory function.

Government claims of safety have been shown to be fatally wrong. Over the past 20 years, a vast body of epidemiological and experimental research has proven that allowable levels of fluoride in the workplace is hazardous to lung function, increasing the risk of several respiratory disorders including asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. For many workers, the fluoride-induced damage to lung function persists long after they cease working.

While workers in industry are often exposed to multiple air contaminants, large-scale epidemiological studies have repeatedly found that fluoride dusts and gases (at levels as low as 0.05 mg/mg3) are the key irritants responsible for the high rate of respiratory illness. The risk to respiratory function from fluoride exposure is independent of the risk from smoking, but the combination of fluoride exposure and smoking presents a risk greater than either factor by itself.

In an attempt to further determine whether airborne fluoride can directly damage lung function, a series of well-controlled experiments have exposed healthy human volunteers to varying levels of airborne fluoride. These studies have repeatedly found that concentrations (as low as 0.05 mg/m3) of fluoride considered “safe” by US government scientists can impair lung function within just 1 to 2 hours of exposure.

Based on this new research, the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) recently estimated that the safe level of airborne fluoride exposure (0.02 mg/m3) should be 125 times lower than the currently allowable levels in US workplaces (2.5 mg/m3). Nevertheless, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) continues to maintain its outdated, and dangerous, standard.

In addition to fluoride’s ability, in and of itself, to damage respiratory function, it has also been clearly established that fluoride exacerbates the respiratory damage associated with beryllium exposure — and vice versa. Thus, workers exposed to both beryllium and fluoride dusts will suffer more serious effects, at lower concentrations, than workers exposed to either chemical by itself. Source

Reproductive

High doses of fluoride have repeatedly been found to interfere with the reproductive system of animals. Commonly observed effects in fluoride-exposed animals include: oxidative stress, damaged sperm, reduced sperm count, and reduced fertility.

According to the authors of a recent study in the journal Reproductive Toxicology:

“We conclude that fluoride treatment is associated with testicular disorders, which may be due to induction of oxidative stress in reproductive organs along with possible adverse effects of fluoride on pituitary testicular axis.The detailed mechanism of fluoride treatment on the male reproductive system has not been elucidated and will be the subject of future experiments ” (Ghosh et al 2002).

Research on possible reproductive effects in humans is limited. Some recent research, however, indicates that fluoride exposure (at lower doses than given to animals) can cause toxic effects to human Sertoli cells and gonadotrophs, reduction in circulating testosterone, and reductions in total fertility rate. The dose at which fluoride can begin to cause these effects is not yet known. Source

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Thyroid Gland

According to the US National Research Council, “several lines of information indicate an effect of fluoride exposure on thyroid function.”

Fluoride’s potential to impair thyroid function is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that — up until the 1970s — European doctors used fluoride as a thyroid-suppressing medication for patients with HYPER-thyroidism (over-active thyroid). Fluoride was utilized because it was found to be effective at reducing the activity of the thyroid gland – even at doses as low as 2 mg/day.

Today, many people living in fluoridated communities are ingesting doses of fluoride (1.6-6.6 mg/day) that fall within the range of doses (2 to 10 mg/day) once used by doctors to reduce thyroid activity in hyperthyroid patients.

While it may be that the thyroid in a patient with hyperthyroidism is particularly susceptible to the anti-thyroid actions of fluoride, there is concern that current fluoride exposures may be playing a role in the widespread incidence of HYPO-thyroidism (under-active thyroid) in the U.S.

Hypothyrodisim, most commonly diagnosed in women over 40, is a serious condition with a diverse range of symptoms including: fatigue, depression, weight gain, hair loss, muscle pains, increased levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL), and heart disease.. The drug (Synthroid) used to treat hypothyroidism is now one of the top five prescribed drugs in the U.S.

As recommended by the US National Research Council: “The effects of fluoride on various aspects of endocrine function should be examined further, particularly with respect to a possible role in the development of several diseases or mental states in the United States.”Source

Material Safety Data Sheets

The toxicity of fluoride compounds is already written on the wall by no less documents than the official Material Safety Data Sheets.

Sodium Fluoride

The fluoride compounds present in toothpaste are Sodium fluoride or sodium monofluorophosphate.

A peek at the MSDS of sodium fluoride yields:


[…]
MUTAGENIC EFFECTS: Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells. Mutagenic for bacteria and/or yeast.
May cause damage to the following organs: kidneys, lungs, the nervous system, heart, gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system, bones, teeth.
[…]
Skin: Causes skin irritation and possible burns, especially if skin is wet or moist.
Eyes: Causes eye irritation and burns. May cause chemical conjunctivitis and corneal damage.
Ingestion: Harmful if swallowed. Causes digestive (gastrointestinal) tract irritation and burns. May cause severe and permanent damage to the digestive. Ingestion of large amounts may cause salivation, thirst, nausea, vomiting, hypermotility, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. May affect behavior/central nervous system/nervous system (headache, nervousness, dizziness, seizures, convulsions, tremor, muscle weakness, somnolence), respiration (respiratory depression, dyspnea), cardiovascular system (weak pulse, hypotension, dysrhythmias, cardiac arrest), liver, urinary system (polyuria, polydypsia) brain, metabolism (loss of appetite, hypcalcemia, hyperkalemia, hypomagnesia, ), teeth, bones, and blood (changes in red and white blood cell count, interference in blood coagulation)
Inhalation: Causes irritation and chemical burns of the respiratory tract with coughing, breathing difficulty and possibly nasal septum perforation and coma. May affect bones.
Chronic Potential Heath Effects:
Chronic ingestion may cause fluorosis. Effects of fluorisis may include joint pain, weakness, limited joint mobility, brittle bones, ossifications on x-ray, thickening of long bone cortices, calcificaiton of ligaments, osteomalacia, osteosclerosis (skeletal (bone and teeth) abnormalties) and mottled tooth enamel. Other symptoms may include anemia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, kidney damage and weight loss/anorexia.
Chronic inhalation may cause bronchitis to develop with cough, phlegm, and/or shortness of breath, liver (hepatic enzymes increased, jaundice).
Source

Hydrofluosilicic Acid

This particularly potent fluoride compound is commonly used for water fluoridation.

Brace yourselves folks, its MSDS lists:


[…]
Potential Acute Health Effects:
Hydrofluosilicic acid is extremely corrosive to the skin, eyes or mucous membrane through direct contact, inhalation or ingestion. Handle with extreme caution.
Eyes and Skin:
May cause irritation or burns in all parts of the body. Eye contact may cause severe damage, including ulceration of the cornea and blindness if not adequately flushed.
Inhalation:
May cause irritation or burns in all parts of the body, including nose, throat and respiratory system.
Symptoms of overexposure may include ulceration of the nose and throat, coughing, salivation,
headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, shock and pulmonary edema (fluid buildup in the lungs
causing great difficulty in breathing). May lead to coma or death.
Ingestion:
May cause tissue destruction of the digestive tract, ulceration of mucous membranes, intense thirst, abdominal pains, vomiting, shock, convulsions and death.
Potential Chronic Health Effects: Long-term exposure may cause chronic irritation of the nose, throat and bronchial passages.
Chronic fluoride poisoning may result in bone changes (fluorosis) or calcium metabolism disorders.
Source

Another MSDS states:


[…]
Classification: This material is hazardous according to criteria of NOHSC.
C: Corrosive
Risk Phrase(s): R34: Causes burns.
R41: Risk of serious damage to eyes.
Safety Phrase(s): S1/2: Keep locked up and out of the reach of children.
S26: In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice.
S36/37/39: Wear suitable protective clothing, gloves and eye/face protection.
S45: In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately (show the label
whenever possible).
Poisons Schedule: S7 Dangerous Poison.
[…]
Source

For those who are still a bit misty concerning the nature of a S7 type of poisonous compound, it should become clear on consulting its definition:

Schedule 7 (S7) poisons are substances and preparations –

* with high to extremely high toxicity
* which can cause death or severe injury at low exposures
* which require special precautions in their manufacture, handling or use
* which may require special regulations restricting their availability, possession or use
* which are too hazardous for domestic use or use by untrained persons
Source

So to recap folks with a bit of bad luck you brush your teeth with a potent poison and you mix your lemonade with a truly deadly poison. With a bit of extra bad luck, if you have an infant you may expose him or her to a deadly poison too, if baby formulas are used rather than mother nature.

Better living through chemistry hey? But wait, the fun’s not over yet.

Use of Fluorine in Psychotropic Drugs


Unfortunately fluorine (the elemental version of fluoride) is also present in many dangerous psychotropic prescription drugs:

“Most people think that fluoride is what you have in your toothpaste or water, but they are unaware of the fact that Prozac is a fluoride product,” Green said. “Almost all psychotropic drugs are fluoride products.

“Baycol, the drug that was pulled off the market because of muscle degeneration, is a fluoride product,” he continued. “Cipro, the product they were going to use for the Anthrax vaccine, was a fluoride product. In Fen-Phen, the diet drug that got pulled of the market, the fluoride in it is what created the thickening of the heart valve. Rohypnol, the date-rape drug, is a fluoride product. If someone goes into surgery, and they use anesthesia gas, they would be using fluorothane or halothane or one of these other fluoride products.” Source

Prozac

Source

Chemical Name: N-methyl-y-(4-trifluoromethylphenoxy)-benzenepropamine hydrochloric acid Source

The most common adverse events reported with therapeutic administration include nausea, decreased appetite, anxiety, tremors, drowsiness, and sweating. The most common signs and symptoms associated with non-fatal overdosage were seizures, drowsiness, nausea, increased heart rate, and vomiting Source

Paxil

Source

(-)-trans-4R-(4′-fluorophenyl)-3S-[(3′,4′-methylenedioxyphenoxy) methyl] piperidine hydrochloride hemihydrate Source

Suicidality and Antidepressant Drugs

Antidepressants increased the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents and young adults in short-term studies of major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of PAXIL CR or any other antidepressant in a child, adolescent or young adult must balance this risk with the clinical need. Short-term studies did not show an increase in the risk of suicidality with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults beyond age 24; there was a reduction in risk with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults aged 65 and older. Depression and certain other psychiatric disorders are themselves associated with increases in the risk of suicide. Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. Families and caregivers should be advised of the need for close observation and communication with the prescriber. PAXIL CR is not approved for use in pediatric patients. Source


Paxil’s Material Data Safety Sheet.

Rohypnol

Source

6-(2-fluorophenyl)-2-methyl-9-nitro-2,5-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undeca-5,8,10,12-tetraen-3-one Source

Adverse effects

Adverse effects of flunitrazepam include dependence, both physical and psychological; reduced sleep quality resulting in somnolence; and overdose, resulting in excessive sedation, impairment of balance and speech, respiratory depression or coma and possibly death. Because of the latter, flunitrazepam is commonly used in suicide. When used in pregnancy, it might cause floppy infant syndrome. Source

More information go here and here.

Cipro

Source

1-cyclopropyl-6-fluoro-4-oxo-7-piperazin-1-yl-quinoline-3-carboxylic acid Source

Adverse effects

Manufacturer-funded studies report that approximately 9% of patients taking the medication experience side effects ranging from mild to moderate, with the vast majority of those relating to metabolic-nutritional problems and the central nervous system.[8] Compared with other fluoroquinolones the incidence and severity of side effects from ciprofloxacin is low;[9] the major adverse effect most often seen with its use is gastrointestinal irritation, as is common with many antibiotics. Because of its general safety, potency and broad spectrum of activity, ciprofloxacin was initially reserved as a drug of last resort for use against difficult-to-treat and antibiotic-resistant infections. As with any antibiotic, however, increasing time and use has led to an increase in ciprofloxacin-resistant infections, mainly in the hospital setting. Also implicated in the rise of resistant bacteria is the use of lower-cost, less potent fluoroquinolones, and the widespread addition of ciprofloxacin and other antibiotics to the feed of farm animals, which leads to greater and more rapid weight gain for unclear reasons. […] Source

Fen-Phen (Fenfluramine)

Source

N-ethyl-a-methyl-3-trifluoromethylphenethylamine hydrochloride
Source

An account of toxicologic studies of fenfluramine HCl (N-ethyl-a-methyl-3-trifluoromethylphenethylamine hydrochloride), an appetite suppressant, is presented. Mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, monkeys, dogs, and cats, and the iv, ip and po (capsule and diet) routes of administration were involved in acute, subchronic, chronic, reproduction, and teratologic studies. Effects noted in acute studies were tremors, clonic convulsions, rigidity of the limbs, opisthotonus, mydriasis, lacrimation, chromodacryorrhea, salivation, vocalization, cutaneous hyperemia, piloerection, and hyperresponsiveness to tactile stimuli. Animals in subchronic and chronic studies were less active and showed slight bradycardia (dogs) and a slight to moderate reduction in food consumption and weight gain. Results were essentially negative with regard to clinical studies, gross findings at autopsy, changes in organ to body weight ratios, and histopathology. Most deaths were apparently due to respiratory failure. Teratologic information was negative. Reproduction studies showed decreases in rate of conception and in survival weight at weaning among animals at higher dose levels of fenfluramine. Weight gain was reduced during gestation in treated females. Source

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