April 2005

The many dangers of fluoride

By Art Goodtimes

THE FLUORIDE DECEPTION … First, my deep thanks to Dr. David Homer of Telluride, who gifted me with this most amazing book by Christopher Bryson (Seven Stories Press, New York, 2004). It has completely changed my mind about what I thought was a proven, safe chemical. It looks like I was sold a bill of goods. And I wasn’t the only one … Checking Alternet’s Ten Worst Corporations of 2004, one begins to accept the fact that some corporations lie to their consumers, lie to their customers, lie to their workers. And that sometimes government regulators (thanks to the revolving doors between industry and federal agencies) conspire to allow well-connected industries, crucial to modern industrial society, to hide the scientific facts … That is the case Bryson makes in his well-documented treatise (112 pages of notes and citations – more than a third of the book). American industry lied to us. Government regulators lied to us. Scientists lied to us. And for the last 60 years we’ve been operating on the flimsiest of contested facts, adding a seriously toxic substance to our water supplies (voluntarily!) and have suffered the consequences … Fluoride accumulates in the body, concentrates in the arteries, attracting calcium, and contributes directly to their hardening … We get it in processed food, bottled water, and in the very air we breathe – with coal-fired power plants being one of the largest producers of organofluorines … But heart attacks are only one side effect … In 1992 it was Dr. Joseph Lyon of the University of Utah coauthored a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association “which found that water fluoridation was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture.” Ever since, he’s had trouble getting funding for his continued research. And yet, interestingly, the U.S. has one of the highest rates of hip fractures in the world, and is witnessing an epidemic of arthritis in 21 million Americans … Read how fluoride was a critical element, like uranium, in the production of the first atom bomb, and how its production exposed thousands of war-time industrial workers to poisoning and death … Read how fluoride is an essential ingredient of CFCs and PFCs … Read of the despicable work of Dr. Robert A. Kehoe of the Kettering Institute and Dr. Harold C. Hodge of the Forsyth Dental Center in failing to reveal studies showing widespread toxic damage from fluorides, so as to keep worker lawsuits from cutting into corporate profits for the big fluoridepolluting industries like Alcoa, Reynolds Aluminum, Dupont, Monsanto and literally hundreds of others … Read about the use of noninformed human experiments in studies regarding fluoride toxicity, particularly African-Americans … Read of the real cause of the Donora (Pa.) air-pollution tragedy in October of 1948 – where 20 folks were killed and hundreds injured by a smog of industrial pollutants from the nearby U.S. Steel plant … Read how the early Newburgh and Grand Rapids fluoride studies were manipulated to achieve industry’s desired results by less than honest researchers. Read how even those experiments used “pure sodium fluoride while 90% of the fluoridated public water supplies in the United State use not pharmaceuticalgrade fluoride but industrial-grade silicofluoride ‘scrubbed’ from the smokestacks of the Florida phosphate industry” … This is a damning tale … The 1956 “Final Newburgh Report” noted that young women in Newburgh reached puberty at an earlier age than did girls in neighboring non-fluoridated Kingston, suggesting the kind of endocrine disruption seen in other toxic chemicals. And five years after fluoridation in Grand Rapids heart disease doubled, while Newburgh had the highest heart disease rate in the nation … As Nobel Prize-winning pharmacologist Dr. Arvid Carlsson writes, “The addition of fluoride to water supplies violates modern pharmacological principles,” and he adds, “In addition, this measure is ethically questionable and unnecessarily expensive.” … Or maybe even better, dental researcher Dr. Hardy Limeback of the University of Toronto suggests that, given the dangers of fluorosis, fluoride toothpaste should be a prescription drug … Reading “The Fluoride Deception” is a complete education in why some segments of our population don’t trust the government, are skeptical even of government scientists, and have conspiracies theories for almost everything … As Thomas Pynchon demonstrated so capably in Z, a good dose of paranoia is probably not only justified, but a sign of health, in modern American society.

WEEKLY QUOTA … “If the earth's 4.5 billion-year history could be compressed into 30 days, life in the form of simple bacteria appeared on the tenth day whilst the first vertebrates crawled onto the land around the twenty-fifth. Homo sapiens (peoplekind) appeared at about 1 minute to midnight on the thirtieth. The industrial revolution would have happened within the last fraction of a second of that minute.” - www.gburnett.unisonplus.net/Perma/in dexp2.htm

DON’T WORRY, BE HOPI … A well-respected and popular professor at the University of California in Berkeley has been fired after publishing a scientific paper regarding the uncontrolled contamination of irreplaceable native Mexican corn varieties by genetically engineered corn … Dr. Ignacio Chapela, whose corn contamination article was published in the science journal Nature, was denied his tenure due to pressure from the biotech company Monsanto on the University (the UC Berkeley tenure review panel had actually voted almost unanimously to approve his tenure) … Sign a petition to demand a review of Dr. Chapela’s tenure denial… www.organicconsumers. org/uc.htm

Art Goodtimes is a San Miguel County commissioner.

Rico Hot Springs
You have to walk past hell
to soak in heaven. Discolored
tailings ponds leaching zinc
cadmium & lead into the River
of Sorrows. But once slipped
into the round tub of steaming
spring-fed aquamarine, the stars
like crystals embedded in night’s
obsidian, stripped & naked,
amigo, you’ve struck it rich!