Fluoridation Notes

In this post I will be heavily quoting a book called The Case Against Fluoride by Paul Connet, PhD, James Beck, MD, PhD, and H.S. Micklem, DPhil. For those who would like to look for this book, the ISBN number is 9781603582872. It’s got a lot of good information.

For additional viewing, I have written down the sources the authors used in the quotes I have below and will be dropping those sources throughout this post in an orderly fashion so you can all see what the authors were referencing if you desire to do so.

Note: I have only put minimal effort into checking the afore-mentioned sources.

P.S. I claim fair use to the material used here both for commentary and for educational purposes.


 

pg. 118-119: “With the aluminum ion (Al3+) the fluoride ion can form the ion AlF4, an ion that has about the same size and shape as the phosphate ion (PO43-), an ion of huge biological significance.” The latter ion is used for: synthesizing RNA and DNA, the processes of storing and using energy in the body, and controlling some “biological switching devices”. It is because of this that “[i]t is not unreasonable to think that AlF4 might do damage to biological systems, and much more attention needs to be paid to this possibility.”

pg. 124: Dr. Lennart Krook, “[o]ne of the pioneers in researching the impacts of fluoride on farmyard animals”, before dying in April 2010 was investigating something thought to be a mysterious illness affecting the quarter horses on Cathy and Wayne Justus’s farm located in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.34 The extent of the affects of this so-called “mysterious illness” was so great that it resulted in the deaths of some of the animals. The symptoms in the surviving animals only cleared up after their water supply was changed. “Dr. Krook was able to show that the likely cause of the horses’ ailments was fluoride. This event led to the halting of fluoridation in Pagosa Springs. A very disturbing videotape of these horses can be viewed online.35 The Justus and Krook study was published in the journal Fluoride in 2006.”36

34: C. Justus and L. P. Krook, “Allergy in Horses from Artificially Fluoridated Water,” Fluoride 39, no. 2 (2006): 89-94, http://www.fluorideresearch.org/392/files/39289-94.pdf

35: David Kennedy, DDS, produced the DVD Poisoned Horses for the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, 2008. Excerpts are available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9RXfOuylWo

36: C. Justus and L. P. Krook, “Allergy in Horses from Artificially Fluoridated Water” (n. 34 above)

pg. 127: There is something Dr. George Waldbott called “chronic fluoride toxicity syndrome7“, the symptoms of which include “various skin rashes, gastrointestinal symptoms, urinary problems, bone and joint pain, neurological symptoms (headaches, depression, etc.), and excessive tiredness not relieved by sleep.” While it could be argued that a small minority of patients with the symptoms of this syndrome could simply be imagining their symptoms, this cannot apply to all of them since so many patients had no prior knowledge of the negative effects of fluoridated water before they began to receive or consume it.

7: B. Spittle, Fluoride Fatigue: Is Fluoride in Your Drinking Water – and from Other Sources – Making You Sick? (Dunedin, New Zealand: Paua Press, 2008), http://www.pauapress.com/fluoride/files/1418.pdf

pg.127-128: “Some commentators have wondered how one substance could cause so many problems. However, since fluoride interferes with many biochemical processes (see chapter 12), we should not be surprised to see a wide range of symptoms. We should also remember that there is some indication that fluoride interferes with thyroid function, and we know that those suffering from hypothyroidism also have many symptoms that overlap with the symptoms in Waldbott’s list (see chapter 16).” Rather than remaining contained in groups with a sensitivity to fluoride, these symptoms also appear in populations given high doses of fluoride or that have high naturally-occurring amounts of fluoride in their water.

pg. 130: “There have been many reports of skin problems (rashes, ulcers, pimples, etc., in the area of the mouth) associated with the use of fluoridated toothpaste.18-23 As early as 1957, Thomas Douglas, MD, of Seattle, Washington, described the lesions caused by fluoridated toothpaste in 133 patients he had treated.” Among other details, he described the lesions that were both the worst and earliest as being in the areas “which come into contact with the teeth.” And further saying, “[o]f the 133 patients who had the lesions, 94 had gums that bled easily and 99 complained of soreness.24” I prefer studies with a larger number of subjects, but I suppose I can at least keep this one in the back of my mind until similar, larger-scale studies come to light.

18: J. J. Shea, S. M. Gillespie, and G. L. Waldbott, “Allergy to Fluoride,” Annals of Allergy 25 (1967): 388-91

19: T. E. Douglas, “Fluoride Dentifrice and Stomatitis,” Northwest Medicine 56, no. 9 (1957): 1037-39

20: M. A. Saunders, “Fluoride Toothpaste: A Cause of Acne-Like Eruptions” (letter), Archives of Dermatology 111 (1975): 793

21: M. A. Saunders, “Fluoride Toothpaste as a Cause of Acne-Like Eruptions” (letter in reply to Ervin Epstein’s letter), Archives of Dermatology 112 (1976): 1033-34

22: J. R. Mellette, J. L. Aeling, and D. D. Nuss, “Fluoride Tooth Paste A Cause of Perioral Dermatitis” (letter), Archives of Dermatology 112 (1976): 730-31

23: J. R. Mellette, J. L. Aeling, and D. D. Nuss, “Perioral Dermatitis,” Journal of the Association of Military Dermatologists 9 (1983): 3-8

24: T. E. Douglas, “Fluoride Dentifrice and Stomatitis” (n. 19 above)

pg. 130: Sodium fluoride (as in the type added to water sources) has also been known to cause muscle, joint, and bone pain, stiffness in the back and legs, pain most commonly occurring in the spine and knee joints(26), gastrointestinal symptoms including severe nausea, vomiting, peptic ulcers or blood-loss anemia(25), headaches, weakness(29), and effects on brain tissue have been observed by Polish researchers Czechowicz, Osada, and Slesak(31), although that last detail was observed in “high-dose experiments with guinea pigs” rather than with human subjects ingesting more common dosages.* Because of these observations, Waldbott had suggested that, “[i]f such a direct action of fluoride upon nerve tissue should be confirmed by further studies, it would explain some of the diverse neurological complaints in arms and legs, such as numbness, muscle spasms and pains, and the frequent headaches… that I and others have encountered in the early stage of fluoride poisoning before bone changes occur.”32 I’d like to add that I am more concerned with the difference in species than I am with the difference in dosage since a small amount of fluoride or, in this case, sodium fluoride will have the same effect over a longer time as a larger dosage would have in a shorter time (it follows a formula devised by Fritz Haber known as Haber’s Rule, C×t=k, except the exposure in this case is to a non-gas chemical. This rule states that “a low exposure to gas over a long period will have the same result as a high exposure over a short period.” Quote from page 77 of Erik Larson’s In The Garden of Beasts. I guess it’s an okay book, but it’s more narrative than information so I wouldn’t bother re-reading it unless I had a lot of time to kill.)

25: B. L. Riggs, E. Seeman, S. F. Hodgson, et al., “Effect of the Fluoride/Calcium Regimen on Vertebral Fracture Occurrence in Postmenopausal Osteoporosis. Comparison with Conventional Therapy,” New England Journal of Medicine 306, no. 8 (1982): 446-50

26: A. Singh, S. S. Jolly, and B. C. Bansal, “Skeletal Fluorosis and Its Neurological Complications,” The Lancet 1 (1961): 197-200

29: Y. Wang, Y. Yin, L. A. Gilula, and A. J. Wilson, “Endemic Fluorosis of the Skeleton: Radiographic Features in 127 Patients,” American Journal of Roentgenology 162, no. 1 (1994): 93-98

31: K. Czechowicz, A. Osada, and B. Slesak, “Histochemical Studies on the Effect of Sodium Fluoride on Metabolism in Purkinje’s Cells,” Folia Histochemica et Cytochemica 12, no. 1 (1974): 37-44

32: G. L. Waldbott, A. W. Burgstahler, and H. L. McKinney, Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma (Lawrence, Kansas: Coronado Press, 1978)

pg. 228: Fluoridation has been called one of the “ten great public health achievements” of the last century3 by people who support it, but if those people “spent a little time reading the supporting document,4 they would be surprised to find how little substance there is behind that lofty declaration.”5

3: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Ten Great Public Health Achievements: United States, 1900-1999,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 48, no. 12 (April 2, 1999): 241-43, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00056796.htm

4: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Fluoridation of Drinking Water to Prevent Dental Caries,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review 48, no. 41 (October 22, 1999): 933-40, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4841a1.htm. Note: The authors of this report were Scott Tomar and Susan Griffin, as cited in Tomar’s curriculum vitae, paper number 27 on page 27 (a link was originally given here in the citations, but the link is now dead)

5: P. Connett and M. Connett, “The Emperor Has No Clothes: A Critique of the CDC’s Promotion of Fluoridation,” Waste Not, no. 468, September 2000 (revised October 3). Published by Work on Waste, USA, 82 Judson Street, Canton, NY 13617, (the link originally given here is also dead)

 

21: The journal Fluoride is published by the International Society for Fluoride Research (ISFR). Back issues available at http://www.fluorideresearch.org/backissues.pdf

 

pg.247: As to whether fluoride is a nutrient: “[I]n order to establish that a substance is an essential nutrient, a researcher has to remove to substance from the diet and demonstrate that disease results. This has not been shown to occur with a lack of fluoride, nor is fluoride known to contribute to any normal metabolic process.” In other words: it isn’t a nutrient.

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A Short Case for Drinkable Seawater

Making seawater drinkable would benefit us in that the world’s ever-increasing population demands more resources – including drinkable water – to stay alive (esp. in places like California where they have terrible droughts, yet are unable to make use of the ocean water on their western coast), and making more water available for this purpose would (on a large scale) postpone the “impending water wars” people hear about occasionally or (on a small scale) increase one’s ability to survive natural disasters or harsh weather in bad times or at least provide a backyard water source for people trying to cut down on bills. Furthermore, for the time being, drinking seawater could help cut down on the consumption of the rat poison sodium fluoride. I’m not so sure “Big Brother” would jump at the opportunity to poison the breeding grounds of sea creatures that can be caught, sold, and taxed to the government’s benefit (even if dumping waste product into the ocean is a cheap way of getting rid of it), so I’d assume this action would not be first on their list of things they’d want to do. Of course litter, oil and other forms of pollution can also be a problem. Because of this, one may automatically rule out certain areas for potential water sources. The easiest way is to compare the coast to a dump and the water thereby to a drainage ditch and, if there is any similarity between what is seen and what the visual field is being compared to, simply find another area (having or at least borrowing a boat would be useful if one has the opportunity to take advantage of it). Use your best judgement. If you don’t feel comfortable drinking this water, then don’t drink it. You may have a more convenient freshwater source available anyway (personally, since I live in a place with a lot of lakes, streams, and the beginning of the Mississippi River a-ways North of me, I have plenty of options of water sources to clean and use in place of seawater – which I have no access to). I do not recommend drinking the water tainted with sodium fluoride as a backup option. That would be a horrible idea.