The Fluoride Fraud

By Abby Martin for Mediaroots.org:

When was the last time you stopped to think about the one thing you can’t live without? I don’t mean the Internet – I’m talking about water. Without clean drinking water, life could not go on. This is why it’s so important that we know what is in our water. For the past sixty-five years, city governments nationwide have been adding a controversial substance called fluoride to municipal water supplies.

You probably recognize the word fluoride from the back of your toothpaste tube or from your visits to the dentist. But the fluoride added to our water is not the same as that in our toothpaste. The chemical added to our water is a fluorine compound called hexafluorosilicic acid that is generated as a by-product from the phosphate fertilizer industry.

Phosphates are minerals that are used to make fertilizer, and phosphate mining industry is a giant moneymaker. Fluoride is created by the production of fertilizer as well as in the manufacturing of steel, aluminum, glass, and cement. Previously, the lack of government regulation allowed gaseous fluoride to move through factory smokestacks and straight into our atmosphere. Now, environmental regulations require giant filtration systems called “scrubbers” atop the stacks to keep these toxic chemicals from escaping into the air. Fluorosilicic acid is then extracted from these scrubbers and condensed to a water-based solution which is packaged unrefined and sold to city governments for the purpose of water fluoridation.

By selling the fluoride byproducts for this purpose, companies avoid  the huge cost of disposing of these chemicals in the environment safely, and according to regulation. Back in the 1930’s, a band of industrial corporations – including Monsanto, U.S. Steel, Union Carbide, and Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA),  the leading producer of aluminum – had been cheaply disposing of their fluoride byproducts into the environment for years. This changed when their toxic waste became the target of negative press in the local news. A 1933 toxicology report by the USDA had warned of fluoride’s toxicity, singling out the aluminum industry as the biggest culprit.

The new potential of legal liability due to the exposure of workers and communities to industrial fluoride scared these corporations. Knowing that disposing of industrial fluoride waste safely was expensive, ALCOA employed biochemist Gerald Cox in 1936, to argue for fluoride’s dental benefits through experimentation on rats. Cox, neither a doctor nor a dentist, concluded that fluoride strengthened and protected teeth against decay and began to tour the country promoting water fluoridation on behalf of his employers. Interestingly, Cox’s findings ran contrary to the position originally held by the American Dental Association (ADA) on water fluoridation…

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  • oman28

    Whenever I hear someone say that putting fluoride in our water supply is good I always ask them which fluoride they are referring to. The blank expression confirms that they are yet another citizen that has been conned by the use of the singular word fluoride. On its own this word is meaningless.

    The article states “the fluoride added to our water is not the same as that in our toothpaste” Correct, it's sodium fluoride in our toothpaste while the it's hexafluorosilicic fluoride.(hydrofluorosilicic outside the US) in our water. Both are toxic to humans.

    Every fluoride is a compound chemical created when fluorine molecules combine with other molecules – eg calcium + fluorine = calcium fluoride. The solitary use of the word fluoride does not allow for the full description of the chemical thus it is meaningless

    This small detail has enabled vested interests to keep the truth about the dangers of fluoridation from the population while they dump their industrial waste into the water supply. And you Americans actually buy this toxic waste from China!

  • A Bad Joke

    Personally, I like my water as pure as possible. Don't know about you folks, but I'd rather see this chemical out of it.

  • Arcine281

    why can't they just please leave my shit alone? its not much to ask

    • Guest

      Because they own it. They don't give a fuck about anyone and there's money to be made.

  • Nyscof

    People need to call, visit, lobby, email and petition their legislators and water companies to stop adding unnecessary, health robbing and money wasting fluoride chemicals into their drinking water, changing their body chemistry and contaminating our food supply.

    http://www.FluorideAction.Net

    Fluoridation 101
    http://www.orgsites.com/ny/nyscof

    • Your Mom

      It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works.

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Careful…if you go around dropping Dr Strangelove quotes in a timely and highly appropriate manner…before I get to use them…I may be forced to show visible approval. ;-)

  • Becky

    Great read, great website. Very important information, people need to know about this…

  • Silas David

    If smaller communities around the world have petitioned their water supply companies and the fluoride was removed from the water, that means we can do it in the larger cities as well if enough of us sign a petition and include full documentation of the fact that this is POISON!!!

    We all have a God given right to clean water, I’m shocked at how long this has been going on!

  • Silas David

    If smaller communities around the world have petitioned their water supply companies and the fluoride was removed from the water, that means we can do it in the larger cities as well if enough of us sign a petition and include full documentation of the fact that this is POISON!!!

    We all have a God given right to clean water, I'm shocked at how long this has been going on!

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