Fighting Fluoridation: Fringe No More

By Howard Rich — Long considered the exclusive realm of conspiracy theorists or 1950s-era John Birch Society members, the case against compulsory fluoridation of municipal water supplies in America is gaining traction. Why?

Because the public health risks associated with this government-mandated chemical dump are becoming more widely accepted as evidence attesting to its dangers continues to emerge.

And it’s not just libertarians who have become wise to this forced chemical intake, either. With every new study that’s released doubts as to the safety — and efficacy — of fluoridated water grow more prevalent within the scientific community.

Governments began introducing fluoride into the nation’s water supply in the 1940s with the stated goal of reducing tooth decay – despite clear and compelling evidence attesting to its dangers.

On September 14, 1943, the Journal of the American Medical Association released a report labeling fluorides as protoplasmic poisons capable of altering the permeability of cell membranes. The following year a report published in the Journal of the American Dental Association found fluoride in drinking water caused “developmental disturbances” in teeth, adding that “the potentialities for harm outweigh those for good.”

Despite this evidence, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first municipality to regulate water fluoridation in 1945 — and within four decades nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population was receiving fluoridated water (whether they asked for it or not). Today 73.9 percent of Americans drink fluoridated water — according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control. In fact there are more fluoridated water drinkers in the United States than there are in the rest of the world’s countries — combined.

According to the Fluoride Action Network, 23 human studies and 100 animal studies have linked fluorides to brain damage. There is also extensive research linking fluorides to bone cancer, reproductive gene mutations and a host of other health ailments.

(For an eye-opening recap of some of the biological effects of fluorides, click here).

Last October a new report from the Harvard School of Public Health revealed children living in areas with higher levels of water fluoridation have “significantly lower” IQ scores than children living in low fluoride areas.

“The results suggest that fluoride may be a developmental neurotoxicant that affects brain development at exposures much below those that can cause toxicity in adults,” researchers concluded.

The study also found “increased levels of aluminum in brain tissue” among children living in high-fluoride areas as possibly contributing to these diminished levels of cognition.

“There are so many scientific studies showing the direct, toxic effects of fluoride on your body, it’s truly remarkable that it’s NOT considered a scientific consensus by now,” Dr. Joseph Mercola wrote recently for The Huffington Post.

At this point though let’s suspend disbelief – let’s toss out decades of scientific studies and pretend as though water fluoridation were a completely risk-free proposition. Let’s also suspend disbelief and pretend government has the right to medicate its citizens without their consent — and then force them to subsidize this coerced medication.

Even if fluoridation were demonstrably risk-free and consistent with constitutional principles (neither of which it is), it would remain totally unnecessary from a public health standpoint.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) there is absolutely no evidence to support the theory that water fluoridation improves dental health. In fact the WHO research strongly suggests the opposite is true – as many countries which do not fluoridate their water supply (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, to name just few) have lower incidences of tooth decay than America. Not only that, according to the CDC 41 percent of American children aged 12-15 years experience dental fluorosis — which is the permanent erosion and staining of dental enamel brought about by excessive fluoride intake.

Yet despite this evidence the American Dental Association — in a direct contradiction of its own 1943 journal findings — claims “the benefits (of fluoridation) outweigh the risks.”

Clearly that’s not the case. Fluoridation is more than just an unnecessary expense and an unacceptable incursion on our individual liberty — it is an increasingly acknowledged health risk that has utterly failed to accomplish its intended objective. If governments across the country are serious about acting in the best interest of the “public health,” then they must take immediate steps to end the fluoridation of our nation’s water supply.

The author is chairman of Americans for Limited Government.

  • http://twitter.com/Frances_D Frances Drake

    Some years ago, when I found out that the Nazis fluoridated the drinking water of their concentration camps to make the prisoners more compliant, it terrified me for America’s future.

  • marylou

    How sad that parents are so clueless that they let their government medicate/poison their children for years. The government DOES NOT know best…they experiment on your children and you let them. You believe their propaganda and your children become their the guinea pigs!!

    I was a pariah in my community years ago when we marshaled enough people to resounding vote down fluoridation of the water supply in our community.

    We were accused of depriving the community of healthy fluoride, despite the fact that anyone who wanted to poison their children with fluoride had access to it at every pharmacy!

    Time we were thanked for saving their children’s brains…but that won’t happen!

  • marylou

    Fluoridating the water supply was a government control issue and a foot in the door for whatever other experiments/medications they wanted to inflict on your children. Now they’ve dumbed down their children’s brains…whose fault is it.?The people have to accept that they, again and again, allow government to control what they can eat, drink, inject into our kids etc etc.
    Wake up everyone before all your choices are gone!
    The Government does not know best, but what they do best is control…if you allow it!

  • BlueViolets

    Over 40 years ago I was worried about not having floridated water (I have a well) and what the affects would be on my children. Now I am so thankful that I don’t have floridated water. Their teeth are just fine which is more than I can say for mine and I was one of the first generations to have floridated water. Don’t know if my bad teeth are genetic (it’s a good possibility) but I’m sure after reading about the stuff that it probably didn’t help.

  • Kellie

    All of the studies mentioned in this article say they were testing high levels of fluoride. HIgh levels of fluoride can cause fluorosis. Where are the studies citing low levels of fluoride in the water or what the ADA would consider to be recommended levels? I grew up with fluoridated water and my IQ is 140. There is fluoride in tuna fish as well. Should we ban that? One also has to ask why the ADA would be pro fluoridation for any other reason than their belief in the benefits of fluoride in reducing tooth decay. Removing fluoride from the water would certainly increase the incidence of tooth decay and therefore cause an increase in business for dentists. So to recommend fluoridated water would be counterintuitive from a business standpoint unless your prime motivation is to reduce tooth decay which is in the best interests of public health. As a dental hygienist I have looked at many studies regarding this issue over the years and while I agree that high levels of fluoride can be harmful I believe that low levels of fluoride are certainly helpful.

  • http://twitter.com/dchrist81 david christoph

    neurologist exposes flouride
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ2ShpABkXU

    what happens at a flouride “treatment” facility?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5_KmB9_fao

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keith-Williams/100003362532743 Keith Williams

    If you can’t get fluoride -free water, take 150 mcg iodine daily for your thyroid, which require iodine to function properly. The other halogens, fluorine, bromine, and chlorine will invade if the iodine level is low. Make a circle on your gut with tincture of iodine and observe if it disappears in about 24 hrs. that is about right. earlier means more iodine needed. Also, we take Iodine Plus as it also contains potassium iodide, which blocks H113 radioactive iodine isotope coming from Japan via ocean currents

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keith-Williams/100003362532743 Keith Williams

    The Bilderbergs are behind it to stupify us and make us more compliant

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keith-Williams/100003362532743 Keith Williams

    beware of flu vaccine from a multishot vial. It is stabilized with ethyl mercury. An elderly person getting 3 consecutive years shots has a 90% greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s

  • http://www.facebook.com/fred.ashplant1 Fred Ashplant

    The liberals spend their time bleating about the dangers of global warming and are willing to destroy our economy on less than flimsy evidence. How about ending the well documented poisoning of our drinking water.

  • littlepeaks

    I view fluorination of our water very important. I was born before they fluorinated water. I had horrible teeth problems. When I was in school, my dentist and I were best “buds”. My son has very few cavities and my daughter never had any. When I was stationed in Germany, we did not have access to fluorinated water so they gave my kids fluoride tablets. Both of them grew up normal, and have highly technical jobs.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    High levels of oxygen in the air can make flammables self combust. Ban oxygen in the air.

    Poison is dose related.Look up hormesis.

    At what level does fluoride go from being useful to being a poison?

  • marcdepiolenc

    Every time I read that “the benefits outweigh the risks” – no matter what is being advocated – I part company with the writer. This is a value judgment, and I am the only judge of value when it comes to my life and my welfare. Anybody who implicitly claims the right to do this for me is treating me as a herd animal or a slave. I am neither. I will decide whether the benefits of fluoridation – or anything else – outweigh the risk to me and my children. Fortunately, in this particular instance I live in a country too “poor” to put anything except water in the water supply, so I don’t have to worry about neurotoxins in my drinking water. If I still lived in the States, I would be using the best filtration/absorption equipment available, and submitting samples for testing periodically.

  • marcdepiolenc

    Funny how people forget they put their feet in their mouths, but always remember making the right call.

  • marcdepiolenc

    It’s important to note that “fluoride” refers to more than one substance. That used in water supplies is sodium fluoride, AKA rat poison – a known neurotoxin. The fluoride used in the tablets, which I also took briefly as a child, is a different compound. I also used surface fluoride treatments because of my high level of tooth decay, but those were not systemic and the dentist made damn’ sure we didn’t swallow any.

    Keeping fluoride out of the water supply doesn’t deprive individuals of the option of taking fluoride if they want it – it just avoids poisoning the general population.

  • marcdepiolenc

    Again, nothing is stopping you from taking fluoride or recommending it to your patients. The issue here is forced fluoridation using an industrial waste product of known toxicity. I frankly don’t care about the ADA’s motive for forcing fluoride down everybody’s throat. I don’t want ANYBODY but me making decisions about what I imbibe.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    Good for you. Avoid cholera. If you can.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    Lets get that chlorine out of the water supply. It is a bad idea.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    Cannabis reduces the incidence of Alzheimer’s. Got to keep that stuff illegal.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    No need for that. Fear of them is more than adequate for the job.

  • LibertyLover500

    What do you know, the Birch Society was proven right again. I will send a copy of this article to my local officials and tell them that if they don’t stop trying to mass-medicate my family and I with poison, we will replace them with somebody with enough brains to stop the lunacy!

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