Fluoride and its follies

The ultimate test of whether or not a substance is beneficial to society is to find out who stands to profit from its use. In the case of water fluoridation, a bigger picture must first be drawn in order to accomplish this.

Fluorine is one of the most chemically reactive elements known to man. As such, it is one of the most useful elements in Big Industry. Some of the industries which make use of fluorine and fluoride containing compounds include aluminum, steel and zinc mining and smelting, phosphate fertilizer, ceramics and glass, Teflon, pharmaceutical and weapons grade uranium industries. An impressive resume I’d say.

Fluoride ion in the body acts in a variety of ways. It is an enzyme disruptor, carcinogenic, neuro-toxic, goitrogenic (goiter producing), increases lipid permeability of drugs and mineralizes bone at an accelerated rate. Fluoride ion is used in the pharmaceutical industry and there are many prescription drugs that have enhanced function as a result of being fluorinated. Some common examples include Prozac (antidepressant), Ciprofloxacin (antibiotic) and Halothane (anesthetic). Halothane being particularly toxic (IUPAC name 2-bromo-2-chloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane) as it also has bromine and chlorine attached which make it a true kick in the thyroid as bromine and chlorine inhibit thyroid function also.
It is also recommended for use by the dental association as a “topical” treatment for dental caries (cavities).

In 2003, the Canadian Pediatric Society issued guidelines stating forcefully that the maximum amount of fluoride that a child should consume in drinking water was 0.3ppm (0.3mg/L). Currently fluoridation occurs at a dosage of 0.7ppm with a medically unknown substance that is Hydrofluorosilicic acid, as opposed to Sodium Fluoride or naturally occurring Calcium Fluoride, which are both at least studied.

In the spirit of dueling, it is customary to throw down the gauntlet before beginning. In keeping with tradition, I shall throw down mine to the dental professionals who support fluoridation. I ask you “Name one cellular biochemical reaction, which uses fluoride as either an essential cofactor, coenzyme or catalyst”. The simple fact of the matter is that there aren’t any.
What this means simply is that there is NO physiological need that requires us to imbibe fluorine or any of its salts (Sodium Fluoride, Calcium Fluoride or Hydrofluorosilicic acid) in any amount. I dare anyone within the field of dentistry to prove me wrong. Additionally, the mouth being a highly vascular place, is ideal for absorbing a whole host of substances and pharmaceuticals. A common example of which would be nitro glycerin for angina. Toothpaste has a concentration range of about 1400 to 5000ppm sodium fluoride. Fluoridation concentrations range from 0.7 to 1.5ppm. Fluoride, when it gets into the blood stream, will calcify the pineal gland and slow down thyroid activity (as it has an affinity for thyroid tissue) as well as cause other deleterious effects. Therefore I would like to know if there are any depressed people who can’t sleep out there. If so, talk to your dentist.

As a former Chemical Engineer turned Doctor of Chinese Medicine, I am keenly aware of the ethical dilemma we face when an issue as prolific and hotly debated as the fluoridation of public water supplies becomes subject for debate.

However, big companies should pay to pollute, instead of getting paid to dump a waste product that gets scrubbed from the smoke stacks of the fertilizer and aluminum industries into our water supply. It is now time to put fluoridation to bed along with the other past dinosaurs of chemical evangelism, namely, leaded gasoline, DDT, asbestos, thalidomide and U.F.F.I.

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