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Where Does Fluoride Come From?
By New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
April 22, 2004
Many dentists and most of the public are unaware their fluoride-laced glass of water is actually spiked with an impure industrial waste product (fluosilicic acid), "scrubbed" from Florida phosphate fertilizer smokestacks.
The filtering was forced by successful lawsuits against fluoride-emitting industries for cattle and crop damage; but the residue also provided a cheap fluoride source critical for the war effort (WWII) as well as for water fluoridation .
According to investigative reporter, Christopher Bryson, in his new book "The Fluoride Deception", fluoride is an essential component of atomic bomb production and was declared a 'strategic and critical' material by the government after World War II, With fluospar, the usual fluoride source, in short supply, they turned to Florida's phosphate industry to recover the industry's captured fluoride. Florida held the world's largest geological deposits of natural phosphate which contain 3 - 4% fluoride.
"In a sweetheart deal these phosphate companies are spared the expense of disposing of this 'fluosilicic acid' in a toxic waste dump. Instead, the acid is sold to municipalities, shipped in rubber-lined tanker trucks to reservoirs across North America and injected into drinking water for the reduction of cavities in children. (So toxic are the contents of the fluoride trucks that, in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, authorities were alerted to keep a watchful eye on road shipments of the children's tooth-decay reducer.)" writes Bryson in his heavily referenced book. In return, U.S. strategic planners would have a nearly inexhaustible potential supply of domestic fluoride.
There was yet another potential cold-war reason for disposing of fluosilicic acid in public water supplies. The Florida phosphate beds were also an important source of uranium, harvested for the Atomic Energy Commission. Because uranium is only a trace mineral in the phosphate deposits, enormous quantities had to be processed to glean worthwhile amounts of uranium. So, large amounts of waste fluoride were also produced. Permitting that fluoride to be dumped into public water supplies - rather than being disposed of as toxic waste - reduced the cost of such uranium extraction and provided a supply of fluoride.
Skeptical at first Theo Colborn, coauthor of "Our Stolen Future," senior scientist with the World Wildlife Fund-US, and one of the world's leading authorities on environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals writes in the forward to "The Fluoride Deception,"
"Bryson writes with the skill of a top-selling novelist, but it was not his convincing storytelling that made me finish the book. It was the haunting message that possibly here again was another therapeutic agent, fluoride, that had not been thoroughly studied before it was foisted on the public as a panacea to protect or improve health."
"Whether or not Bryson's nuclear-bomb connection is ever confirmed without a doubt, this book demonstrates that there is still much that needs to be considered about the continued use of fluorine in future production and technology. The nuclear product that required the use of fluorine ultimately killed 65,000 people outright in one sortie over Japan. The actual number of others since then and in generations to come who will have had their health insidiously undermined by artificial exposure to fluorides and other fluorine chemicals with half-lives estimated in geologic time may well exceed that of the atom bomb victims millions and millions of times over," writes Colborn.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirms fluoridation is a fix for Florida's environmental pollution in a 1983 letter stating "This Agency regards such use as an ideal environmental solution to a long standing problem? By recovering by-product fluosilicic acid from fertilizer manufacturing, water and air pollution are minimized and water utilities have a low-cost source of fluoride available to them."
There is no dispute among those for and against water fluoridation that industrial waste fluorosilicates are dispensed via the water supply as a cavity-preventive.
Industry may have solved their toxic waste problems. But the evidence shows fluoridation does not reduce tooth decay. A tooth decay epidemic is rampant in the U.S. today, reports the Surgeon General and cavity crises are occurring in many, if not all, fluoridated cities and states.
Further, these fertilizer by-products have never been safety tested in animals or humans. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has just begun to study these water fluoridation chemicals.
Masters and Coplan, in their published studies, consistently find higher blood lead levels in children who live in silicofluoridated communities when compared to those living in sodium or non-fluoridated communities.
Newburgh, New York was the first experimental city to dose its citizens with fluoride, in 1945, to conduct safety studies. Planned to last ten years, the study was curtailed after five years, and declared a success. Children sick two weeks before examination were excluded - eliminating the very children who might be exhibiting fluoride's adverse effects and no adults were studied.
Oh, and they used sodium fluoride, not the fluoride chemicals used by over 91% of U.S. fluoridating communities today - silicofluorides.
Happy Earth Day!