by Mary Sparrowdancer
Sparrowdancer is the author of The Love Song of the
Universe, (2001, Hampton Roads), and is a science and
health writer with training in clinical laboratory
sciences, including bacteriology,
electroencephalography, hematology and microscopic
co-authors a health newsletter with Dr. Luise Light,
author of "What to Eat," (2006, McGraw-Hill). Luise is
former USDA Director of Dietary Guidance and Nutrition
Education, and was the creator of the real fruit and
vegetable Food Pyramid.
crucial to note that this [NRC] report is NOT about
community water fluoridation."
- The American Dental Association (caps theirs).
When is toxic sludge
good for us? When profit can be made by selling it.
The truth, of
course, never really changes, nor can the truth be altered by even
the most corrupt and outdated of advertising campaigns. No matter
how frequently a white-coated promoter presents himself as an
"expert" or an "official" and repeats the age-worn slogans and
distinctions given to this toxic sludge - i.e., that this product is
good for us, that it is "safe and effective," and that it is one of
the top ten public health wonders of the past century - toxic sludge
remains toxic sludge. It has not ever been "good for us."
According to the
government's own databases it has not ever been "safe and effective"
despite their continued "official" misleading claims. It is time to
leave the last century behind along with its deliberate lies and
deceptions. It is time to enter a new century and learn the truth
about the lies - primarily the truth about fluoride and what
fluoride has truly cost the citizens of the United States of
America: According to newly published reports, fluoridation may have
cost some of them their lives and others their health.
Tens of millions of Americans throughout the US are now spending an
unprecedented amount of money each year purchasing pharmaceutical
products. These unprecedented billions of US dollars (approximately
$252 billion for prescription drugs in 2005) are being spent because
US citizens are attempting to purchase relief from an unprecedented
array of mysterious, nationwide symptoms. If one follows the money
and looks at the top ranking pharmaceutical sales, it quickly
becomes apparent that Americans appear to be collectively seeking
relief from similar symptoms. Three of the most common symptoms now
occurring in the US are thyroid malfunction, elevated cholesterol
and GI problems. (1, 2, 3)
The billions of US dollars spent in the search for relief should be
speaking loudly to us. The money alone should be telling us that
something affecting most of the nation is affecting most of the
nation rather profoundly. We now find that it is certainly
reasonable to suspect that this "something" might well be the toxic
sludge that has been added to our drinking water for over 50 years.
treatment has been done under the promise that it would guarantee
the prevention of dental cavities, yet the guarantee has never
delivered its promised claim. States with the highest percentage of
water fluoridation - such as Kentucky, which is just under 100%
"optimally fluoridated" - also have the highest percentage of caries
and dental problems. The CDC reports 42% of "optimally fluoridated"
Kentuckians had lost all of their teeth. (4)
As if this were not enough, we now learn that the substance being
used to medically "treat" two-thirds of the nation via drinking
water has never been tested, approved or found to be safe for human
consumption by any government agency, including the FDA and the
Forget the "official" advertising slogans for fluoride; forget the
invented titles of grandeur and the emotion-charged suggestion that
we "must do this for the sake of the poor children." Forget the
false news alerts reassuring us that water fluoridation remains
"safe and effective" and forget the reminders that it has been
called one of the great wonders of the past century. Our focus
should now be upon the reports that surfaced just after the Ides of
March in 2006. After over 50 years of misleading glorification,
toxic sludge has been officially identified by a blue ribbon
researcher panel as toxic sludge. We now know we must keep this
sludge away from our children and out of our water - because our
lives and health depend upon it.
On March 22, 2006, the National Academies' National Research Council
(NRC) issued a 500-page report looking at peer-reviewed studies on
the side-effects of fluorides. The importance of this report is
profound not only in its findings and recommendations, but also
because the NRC advises government agencies such as the CDC, EPA and
others as to what research evidence is appropriate, timely and
relevant to their work.
Despite the misleading comments now surfacing that the NRC report
dealt only with "naturally occurring fluoride," and that the report
was "NOT" about water fluoridation, etc., the NRC report clearly
states that fluoride exposure from all sources was considered. As
stated on page 19 of the NRC report, sources for internal fluoride
exposure include "food, water, beverages, dental products" and in
addition to ingestion, internal exposure to fluoride also occurs
from inhalation and dermal [skin] absorption.
"Most fluorine added
to drinking water," the report states, "is in the form of
fluosilicic acid - or sodium fluosilicate - collectively
referred to as fluorosilicates."
On page 20, the report
"The major dietary
source of fluoride for most people in the United States is
fluoridated municipal (community) drinking water."
The NRC study then
examined numerous reports, showing an association between fluoride
ingestion and an appalling range of physical side effects, disorders
Shortly after the above NRC study was published, a long-awaited
Harvard study led by Dr. Elise Bassin also surfaced after several
years of being shelved rather than released to the public. Dr.
Bassin's dissertation was completed in May of 2001. In her study she
found that boys who ingested fluoridated water between the ages of 6
to 8, were significantly more likely to later develop a deadly form
of bone cancer, osteosarcoma, than boys who did not drink
fluoridated water. (6)
According to a letter from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to
the National Toxicology Program, Report on Carcinogens, dated June
9, 2005, Dr. Bassin's study first came to the attention of the EWG,
"as a result of a
failed attempt to obtain the full doctoral thesis by the staff
of the National Research Council committee on fluoride safety.
After being repeatedly denied a copy of the thesis, the NRC
committee instead sent a committee member to the Harvard
Countway Library of Medicine to read the entire document and
report back to the committee. Environmental Working Group
obtained a copy of the results section of the document from the
Fluoride Action Network, who sent two researchers to the
library, each of whom were allowed to copy 10 percent of the
The knowledge that we
have lost children, and children have lost limbs as a result of
mandated fluoride ingestion is nothing short of a national disgrace.
If there is anything more appalling than learning this, it is
perhaps in learning about the deliberate, ongoing suppression of
information linking fluoride ingestion to adverse health effects,
and the deliberate disinformation being dispensed to the
unsuspecting public by promoters.
As stated earlier, three of the most common, major problems
currently plaguing US citizens are thyroid malfunction, raised
cholesterol levels, and GI problems. As of the publication of the
NRC report, it becomes apparent that there are reports linking these
major problems to fluoride exposure.
On page 225, the NRC study states that when fluoride is ingested it
combines with hydrogen ions, forming hydrogen fluoride (HF).
"Upon entering the
interstitial fluid in the mucosa where the pH approaches
neutrality, HF dissociates to release fluoride and hydrogen ions
which can cause tissue damage."
The last four words will
perhaps be the most relevant and clearly stated words for most,
especially those suffering from chronic GI problems. According to a
March, 2005 News Release of the American Gastroenterological
Association, "Gastrointestinal disease is a growing U.S. health
problem, now affecting more than 65 million Americans." (8, 9)
It is in the NRC chapter pertaining to fluoride's "Effects on the
Endocrine System," that we learn about thyroid malfunction and its
corresponding effect on cholesterol levels. Many people do not yet
realize that when the thyroid is damaged, an extraordinarily wide
range of symptoms then occurs. In fact, one of the complaints that
fluoride promoters have had about fluoridation opponents, is that
the opponents have blamed fluoride for a "laundry list" of ailments.
It turns out that the laundry list was right on target - damage the
thyroid and the whole body and mind are affected.
The NRC states,
"Biondi et al. (2002) associate subclinical thyroid
dysfunction with changes in cardiac function and corresponding
increased risks of heart disease."
Other reports listed in the NRC
show thyroid malfunction is associated with,
increased cholesterol, depression, cognitive dysfunction and reduced
IQ levels in offspring."
On page 197, the NRC states,
lines of information indicate an effect of fluoride exposure on
The NRC went on to state
that because of the complexity of thyroid function and other factors
"it is difficult to
predict exactly what effects on thyroid function are likely at
what concentration of fluoride exposure and under what
associated with goiter prevalence in some areas studied were less
than "0.1 to 0.36 mg/L." According to the American Association of
Clinical Endocrinologists, approximately 27,000,000 Americans now
have thyroid disorders. (10)
In addition to all of this, we also have the numerous dental
problems clearly long-associated with fluoride. Because the dental
problems are so visible, they have been historically the only
problems acknowledged by the promoters as a link to fluoride
poisoning. Even in acknowledgement, however, these problems have
been downplayed. They are repeatedly referred to as mere "cosmetic
problems," and are therefore routinely dismissed as unimportant. It
would appear that in the official minds of the promoters, these
"cosmetic problems" go no further than the surface of the tooth - as
though the head is attached to a set of wheels rather than a living
body. As though it will be only the tooth enamel that will become
etched and stained and destroyed when the entire body is
systemically fluorosed on a daily basis at unknowable doses - and
that the rest of the body will somehow be miraculously spared.
As outlined in the NRC report, the type of fluoride primarily used
in water fluoridation was identified as "fluorosilicates." Among the
most insulting of facts pertaining to fluorosilicates is their
source. This toxic sludge that is being disposed of in our drinking
water is nothing more than an unwanted waste product from the
phosphate fertilizer industry. (11)
Voices of reason seem to be much in need at this time of many
questions. Dr Bob Carton is an environmental scientist who
worked for over 30 years in the federal government. From 1972-1992,
Dr. Carton worked at the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. writing regulations and
managing risk assessments on high priority toxic chemicals. In 1985,
as a union official, he became aware of the fraudulent nature of the
EPA standard for fluoride in drinking water, and fought to expose
it. In 1987, he led the union attempt to file an amicus brief in a
court case brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council against
the EPA, challenging the standards for fluoride in drinking water.
His seems to be a voice of reason.
"The NRC called for
testing of silicofluorides, the chemicals used to fluoridate
water in 92% of fluoridated water supplies," Dr Carton stated.
"This is a shocking admission that the real chemicals used to
fluoridate water have never been tested by the government." (12)
At this time, the voices
of reason have spoken, and the reports of March are now sitting upon
the table before us. Despite the contents of those reports, we hear
the familiar, perennial voices of the promoters - people known as
"officials" who are affiliated with collective bodies such as the
CDC and the American Dental Association, issuing confusing
statements about the NRC report, including as already seen,
"It is crucial
to note that this report is NOT about community water
report deals only with naturally occurring levels of
fluoride in water."
report in no way examines or calls into question the safety
of community water fluoridation."
It appears that "public
health officials" from coast to coast are coming forward now with
similar statements and misleading or false news, saying things such
"This report does
not apply to communities that adjust the fluoride in water
supplies at the lower levels effective for preventing tooth
And, "This report
does not examine the health risks or benefits associated with
fluoridated drinking water systems."
And, "This report
dealt only with naturally-occurring levels of fluoride in water,
and is not about community water fluoridation." (13)
For those who might try
to turn to the CDC for some decent, sage advice, we find that the
"official," statement on their website incomprehensibly compares
fluoride to "vitamins and minerals," and that despite any findings
to the contrary, fluoridation continues to be "safe and effective"
in their opinion. Still not satisfied that they have fully
vindicated the toxin that is now affecting all of us, they
"The findings of the
NRC report are consistent with CDC's assessment that water is
safe and healthy at the levels used for water fluoridation."
(See 13 list.)
When it becomes clear
that a great divide is appearing between the voices of reason and
the voices of the promoters, and when it appears that the voices of
the promoters care more about their product rather than the health
and safety of the general public, then it becomes imperative for
each American who values life, limb and health to stop relying upon
the confusing "official" statements, and do his or her own homework.
Visit the National Academies Press page, as listed below and you
will find an index of eleven chapters, summaries, appendices, etc.
Select the chapters that you feel might pertain to the health and
well-being of you, your family and loved ones - i.e., choose from
teeth, musculoskeletal, reproductive, developmental effects,
neurotoxicity, neurobehavioral effects, effects on the endocrine
system, effects on gastrointestinal, renal, hepatic and immune
system, genotoxicity, carcinogenic effects. Or perhaps you might
feel all of these chapters could, indeed, pertain to you. Take the
time to read the chapters for yourself so you will see with your own
eyes what the NRC report studied, reviewed and is stating.
This might be the most important reading you will ever do. It might
save the lives, as well as the health, of those you love.
READING: National Academies Press - "Fluoride in Drinking
Water," Full Report. Table of Contents. 3/2006. April 2006
1. US Drug Sales, 2005. $252 Billion. April, 2006.
2. RX List Top 300, 2004. Sales in Billions. April 2006.
3. RX List Top 300, 2004. Prescriptions Dispensed. April 2006
4. State of apparent dental emergency in "optimally fluoridated"
Kentucky. April 2006.
5. "The dose recommended for water fluoridation when adjusted
for weight is the same dose recommended for prescription
supplements. However, no clinical trials have been conducted and
submitted to the FDA to demonstrate the effectiveness of
ingesting fluoride." - NJ Assemblyman John Kelly. 8/14/2000.
6. Boston Herald: 4/6/2006 - "Young boys who drink fluoridated
tap water are at greater risk for a rare bone cancer, Harvard
researchers reported yesterday." April 2006.
7. Environmental Group - Bone Cancer. April 2006
8. American Gastroenterological Association. April 2006
9. National Academies Press - "Fluoride in Drinking Water," Full
Report. Table of Contents. 3/2006. April 2006
10. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists - "Thyroid
Awareness Month, 2003." April 2006
11. Fluoride Action Network. Overview. Phosphate Fertilizer
Industry. Paul Connett. 5/2003. April 2006.
Photos, wastewater ponds, sinkhole in gypsum stacks.
Letter from eleven EPA Unions to Gov. Schwarzenneger announcing
EPA Unions' call for Nationwide Moratorium on Fluoridation.
Fluoride originates from phosphate fertilizer production.
8/9/05. April 2006.
12. Dr. Robert Carton. Personal correspondence and
conversations. April, 2006.
See also Amicus Brief, of which Dr. Carton was manager for the
EPA professionals union. Among the arguments presented in the
Amicus are, "The EPA Failed to Properly Ascertain the Acceptable
Daily Dose of Fluoride." The statements in this brief are still
operable. April 2006.
13. American Dental Association, "Crucial" Alert - 4/9/2006
Oregon, Department of Human Services. 4/6/2006. April 2006.
Vermont, Health Department Statement. 3/23/2006. April 2006.
CDC - Fluoride is like vitamins and minerals - and it is safe
and effective, too (despite findings to the contrary).