Fluoride is a compound found in fluorine and added to public water supplies in order to fight dental cavities. It is added to public water supplies at a rate of one part per million (ppm). The Fluoridation of the water supply has been a matter of fierce controversy ever since it was mass introduced in the 1950’s and 1960’s. There is a worldwide consensus by mainstream medical authorities, national and international, that fluoride does provide an effective mechanism to fight dental cavities, and is safe at it’s current levels. In the U.S.A. 29 of the 30 largest cities have fluoridated water supplies (Portland defeated proposals for the 4th time to add fluoride to the water supply in 2012). Only 3% of Western Europe consume fluoridated water as of 2016.
Ethics and Legality of Fluoride
Libertarian contenders will argue that the government simply has no right to add materials to the public water supply. Fluoridation proponents contend that it is in the interests of public safety to add fluoride to the water, done for the common good. This results in more or less of a standoff between the rights of the individual versus the rights of the majority. However, the rights of the common good is grounded in the fact that Flouride actually does not cause harm and does in fact result in a decrease of dental cavities. Also there is also no way to regulate how much water a person drinks, so someone who drinks a lot of water may be disadvantaged as he/she may be getting toxic levels of fluoride. And it could be argued unfair that they should just simply buy bottled water, as this could get very expensive given that water is consumed on a daily basis. It would seem from an objective viewpoint that it would be easier on the whole for fluoride proponents to simply get fluoride from another source, such as toothpaste, than to insert fluoride into every single’s person’s supply of water.
Fluoride is good
Water Flouridation is ranked as beneficial by the Center for Disease Control, the American Medical Association and the American Dental Association. The rationale behind fluoride seems legitimate. In the 1940’s scientists discovered that people who lived near drinking water supplies with levels of fluoride close to or greater than 1 part per million had fewer dental cavities. This has since been backed up with more recent studies. It was found that fluoride can prevent and even reverse tooth decay, mainly by studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control. A Cochrane Meta Analysis Review reviewed over 214 studies and found that fluoridation of water did result in a reduction of tooth decay.
Fluoride and Cancer
The US National Cancer Institute Toxicological Program has found fluoride to be an “equivocal carcinogen”. However, the idea that fluoridated water can cause cancer is unfounded. While it was noted that bone tumors in male rats surfaced when given high levels of fluoride, other studies in humans and animals have shown no link between cancer and fluoridated water.
The conclusive finding is that there is no association between cancer and fluoride levels. A Center for Disease Control Public Health Service Report produced in 1991 reviewed more that 50 epidemiological (population) studies and found that there was no cancer risk whatsoever with regard to fluoride levels. One of the studies involved 2.2 million cancer death records in countries with fluoridated water and was unable to establish a link. The Subcommittee on Health Effects of Ingested Fluoride of the National Research Council did an extensive literature review on the relationship and came to the same conclusion as the Public Health Service. While interviews of patients with the cancer in question (osteosarcoma) do allege that fluoride was a factor this is completely unfounded. There is little argument that fluoridation water does not lead to cancer.
However it is important to bear in mind that while a specific disease was not reproduced in subsequent studies in humans, that does not make it safe. If fluoridation results in any form of severe disease in rats it is possible that it could have adverse effects on the human organism, which may not manifest in quite the same way. Thus cancer was found in rats, and not in humans. This does not mean fluoride is harmless.
Fluoride is bad
It has been argued that only the official statements from medical authorities, mainly the CDC, suggest that fluoride is safe and effective. In 1999 the EPA headquarters of the Union of Scientists stated that:
“[our..]opposition to drinking water fluoridation has grown, based on the scientific literature documenting the increasingly out-of-control exposures to fluoride, the lack of benefit to dental health from ingestion of fluoride and the hazards to human health from such ingestion. These hazards include acute toxic hazard, such as to people with impaired kidney function, as well as chronic toxic hazards of gene mutations, cancer, reproductive effects, neurotoxicity, bone pathology and dental fluorosis”
The page is available here. There is also evidence that the Environmental Protection Agency was itself ok with the resulting “funky teeth” of children who took fluoride, because funky teeth was deemed a “cosmetic” issue, and not an issue with serious averse health effects. An EPA employee came to the National Treasury Employee’s Union and a court case ensued. What this effectively means is that a Union of predominantly scientists within the EPA took a case against the EPA themselves, on the grounds that fluoride was not safe despite public statements made by the organization.
The harmful effects of fluoride are well documented. Two epidemiological studies in China have demonstrated that the IQ levels of children actually dropped between 5-10 IQ points. The studies are available FluorideResearch and FluorideAlert. These studies were done in the late 1990’s. This was also later confirmed in the West in 2012. A systematic review of all existing research, noted that 26 out of the 27 studies found a link between high fluoride levels and low IQ, the average being a difference of 7 IQ points. A systematic review reviews all literature on a topic. In the early 90’s Harvard toxicologist Phyllis Mullenix lost her job after conducting research which proved that fluoride in water could lead to lower IQ levels and producing symptoms in rats that closely resembled Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She was fired from Forsyth Dental Center Boston days before her research was accepted for publication.
Multiple studies have indicated that it results in increased fractures for the elderly, that it is highly neurotoxic to rats who have a higher resistance to Fluoride than humans do, that it is associated with decreased birth rates, that it contaminates commercial feed when given to bovines, has been shown to harm owl reproduction, has severe consequences for fetuses when consumed by pregnant women and leads to allergies and hypersensitivity. The amount of studies against fluoride is staggering. According to former EPA scientist Robert Carlton PHD “Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century.” Dr E.H. Bronner, Einstein’s nephew and a chemist, also wrote:
“Even in small quantities, sodium fluoride is a deadly poison to which no effective antidote has been found. Every exterminator knows that it is the most effective rat-killers… colorless,odourless,stainless, no antidote, no remedy, no hope. Instant and complete extermination….the body refuses to assimilate it…Fluoridation of water systems can be slow national suicide, or quick national liquidation.”
Fluoride, Nazi’s and Mind Control
A conspiracy theory is not complete without some sort of reference to Mind Control, Nazis and power. This theory traces it’s roots to the breakup of IG Farben after World War II. IG Farben was a German Chemical engineering company with links to the Rockefellers, American Banks and Ford. All assets of IG Farben in America were held by a holding company, American IG Farben. Listed on its board of directors was the President of Ford, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, the President of New York Standard Oil, and the Director of the bank of Manhattan. Kellogs, Dupont and Colgate all signed agreements with IG Farben to form a cartel (Allegedly).
After WWII The U.S.A sent sent a chemical research worker, Charles Perkins, to take charge of the chemical plants in Germany. The German chemists told Perkins of a scheme they used to control the population in a given area through the use of sodium fluoride, used in German and Russian prison camps to make the prisoners dumb and docile. Farben had created plans during the war to fluoridate occupied countries, as it was found to cause specific damage to a certain segment of the brain. The end result being that the individual was unable to defend his or her freedom (Fluoride is one of the most anti-psychotic substances known, contained in a quarter of all tranqualizers). And as the theory goes the American military organizations, heavily tied to corporations, took over the Nazi research and then decided to implement it on American soil.
The scientist who started what theorists call the “dental cavities prevention myth” was known to be employed by the American Aluminum Company (ALCOA), the largest producer of toxic fluoride waste. Fluoride is a natural byproduct of Aluminum. In 1947 Oscar R Ewing, a former ALCOA attorney, was given the role as head of the Federal Security Agency, which gave him the lead over the Public Health Service. Over the next three years, the mass fluoridation of American cities was underway and clean water was no longer available. Manipulating studies to show that fluoride was beneficial had the added effect of defending lawsuits aimed at ALCOA by its workers due to industrial fluoride poisoning, as well as selling the toxic waste itself right into the water supply. This is quite obviously ridiculous, and would involve a mass cover up, bribes and assassinations of workers, politicians and journalists over the last 60 or so years for the illegal dumping of unfiltered toxic fluoride into the public water supply.
However Perkins did go on to write:
“I say this with all the earnestness and sincerity of a scientist who has spent nearly 20 years’ research into the chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and pathology of fluorine – any person who drinks artificially fluorinated water for a period of one year or more will never again be the same person mentally or physically.”
as well as stating that there are a number of ways to protect children against cavities than fluoridation. The letter was dated 1954.
This case is clear cut. Fluoride is absolutely toxic and should not be consumed by anyone. There is a clear and established link between lower IQ and fluoridation levels. A systematic review is the absolute gold standard in science and statistics. It reviews all existing and current studies and draws a conclusion. The sample set is therefore huge, and procedural and methodological errors are by and large eliminated in the underlying studies. Reputable journals have published in the matter, including the Harvard Medical Journal, and it is extremely odd that it did not reach mainstream attention.
Stemming from this logic fluoride does result in a reduction of dental cavities, as evidenced by the Cochrane Meta Analysis of 214 scientific studies and other systematic reviews, such as the York review completed in England in 2000.
Other ill effects have been noted, in animals and humans. Even without all the dangerous health effects, the costly introduction of fluoride to drinking water to battle cavities when it results in funky teeth can only be described as insane. The biggest issue is how on earth fluoride got added to the water on the pretext of fighting cavities, of all things. Such disastrous consequences for such a tiny perceived benefit. And the legality with which the authorities introduced fluoride to the masses has to questioned.
The far swung theories of escaped Nazi’s, mind control and corporate influence can be moved to the side. Companies do not have the power to simply force governments to knowingly introduce a toxic substance to the water supply. Fluoride is not a mind control tool used by “them” to control “us” and make “us” more docile and subservient, as commonly believed by theorists. It is, however, a dangerous chemical which should be removed at once from the water supply.