Emergence of Fluoridegate – Part III

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It was reported a few months ago in this column that something called Fluoridegate is on the horizon. The issue was and is the consumption of fluoride in drinking water and other sources and the deleterious health effects that result from it. The column also stated that the handwriting is on the wall for the days of water fluoridation. The dawning of that day has begun.

The emergence of Fluoridegate has been signaled by two federal lawsuits, one filed in California on Aug. 9 and another filed in Maryland on Aug. 30. Though more than half a century in the making, the floodgates are opening and you should expect that many, many others will follow.

The first lawsuit was filed Aug. 9 against the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California in the U.S. District Court of Southern California on behalf of millions of its water system customers in Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura counties.

This suit essentially uses the admission by the federal Food and Drug Administration that fluoride added to water is an unapproved drug (for more on that reference and others pertaining to the many issues with fluoride see the previous Fluoridegate columns available at The Citizen).

The second suit was filed Aug. 30 in the U.S. District Court in Maryland against Nestle, manufacturer of eight-ounce Deer Park and Poland Spring bottled water with added fluoride, and Gerber, manufacturer of baby food and baby formula containing fluoride. The specifics of this suit deals with dental fluorosis (the permanent staining and disfigurements of teeth that is currently present in a significant percentage of American children).

Also of note was the resolution adopted in September by the League of Latin American Citizens opposing water fluoridation. A number of black leaders, such as Andrew Young, are also beginning to sound off on the issue of fluorosis.

And just a week ago, the County Commission in Pinellas County, Fla., voted to remove fluoride from the drinking water consumed by its 700,000 citizens.

It is worth mentioning that manufacturers, too, are reacting to the approaching fluoride tsunami that involves the young. Gerber now offers fluoride-free bottled water for making baby formula and several major toothpaste companies recently began marketing fluoride-free toothpaste for toddlers that is safe to swallow.

Litigation involving fluoride poisoning with the aging and the infirm, such as dialysis patients and those with thyroid conditions, will follow.

On the local level, I have a friend in Peachtree City who was concerned about the link to the fluoride in her municipal drinking water and her significant problems with her thyroid, for which she was on medication. She installed a reverse osmosis system in her home and stopped taking her thyroid meds. Now more than a year later, her thyroid tests just fine without medication. The only thing she did was to stop drinking our fluoridated water. You figure it out.

Also locally, I’ve been happily surprised to come across so many of you, old and young, who were already aware of this toxic waste by-product of the phosphate fertilizer that is shipped here and added to the drinking water in Fayette and Coweta counties.

Among the many that are already educated on this issue are Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty and Coweta County Commissioner Bob Blackburn. Both these men, as do many of you, have increasing questions about our mandated use of fluoride in drinking water by the Georgia General Assembly.

As for the lawsuits that will cascade, it is unfortunate that citizens have to rely on attorneys to stand up for their protection, something that in this case, and many others, the federal and state governments (including Georgia) are woefully unwilling to do.

Fluoride compounds are in more drinks, food and medications than you would likely imagine. Parents and grandparents, if you are interested check the partial list of these at Parents of Fluoride-poisoned Children (http://poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/).

It is the ongoing work of people like public health professional Daniel Stockin at the Lillie Center in Ellijay and endless others that will not end until water fluoridation has ended and the healing has begun.

At its root Fluoridegate involves the complicity of the federal government and its agencies in promoting the use of fluoride so that specific industries might benefit at the cost of their employees and consumers. Fluoride’s real and suspected links to various types of cancers and kidney, thyroid, brain and skeletal problems has long been noted. Those portions of the Fluoridegate tale will unfold along the way. Fluoridegate is not conspiracy, it’s just business.

A portion of this unfolding can be seen in another way. The term Fluoridegate was introduced in this column in early 2011. At that time a Google search turned up one hit – the one in that column. Today, the same search shows well over 7,000.

There is something else related to, but not limited to, the dangers of some of the endless fluoride compounds we eat, drink, breathe and bathe in. It is us and the way we think about the toxins in our lives.

When it comes to organic toxins like viruses and bacteria, we see citizens, the media and the government come out with guns blazing, demanding and receiving action.

But when it comes to toxins that are inorganic, everybody is silent and nobody cares, except the affected citizens for whom there is no place to turn for help, unless they hire a lawyer. We are told not to care about inorganics and we dutifully follow our orders, believing exactly what we are told to believe, and without question.

That’s because inorganic toxins, with a few exceptions like mercury and lead (for which the “science” that said these inorganic chemicals were fine was eventually defeated) and radiation, are used heavily in some manufacturing processes and are, not surprisingly, overlooked.

We have to look no further than nature for many organic toxins but to look at inorganic toxins we have to look at ourselves, our employers, our investment portfolios and especially our federal government, whose conscience long ago was “seared as with a hot iron.”

As for fluoride, its days as an additive in drinking water are numbered. Remember where you heard it.

[Ben Nelms is a reporter for The Citizen.]

The 5-0
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Joined: 08/08/2007
Whatever you say Gen. Ripper

General Jack D. Ripper: Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk... ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream.

Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: [very nervous] Lord, Jack.

General Jack D. Ripper: You know when fluoridation first began?

Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: I... no, no. I don't, Jack.

General Jack D. Ripper: Nineteen hundred and forty-six. 1946, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works.

(quoted from the movie Dr. Strangelove)

cdl305's picture
Joined: 01/31/2007
Real Science

Certainly details missing in Ben “the sky is falling” Nelms opinion piece. Let’s start with the portions of the Pinnellas County Florida story that were neglected. First of all, it was a 4 -3 vote to end fluorination, so certainly it was not viewed by all with the same degree of negativity. Another piece of the story is that it was in part driven by the conspiracy theory wing of the local Tea Party. To quote a tea party activist “ this is all part of an agenda that's being pushed forth by the so-called globalists in our government and the world government to keep the people stupid so they don't realize what's going on." A few others compared it to Soviet and Nazi practices. Sounds like we may be able to argue that it may be more associated with paranoia! Countering this type of argument is University of Florida dental college professor Scott Tomar, a public health dentist since 1984, stating that “I think it's an extremely unfortunate decision by Pinellas County, noting there is “no basis” for fears of severe illness.

The bottom line today is still that the American Dental Association (ADA), the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), the American Academy of Pediatric (AAP), and the World Health Organization (WHO) endorse community water fluoridation. The CDC recognized fluoridation of water as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Is there the potential for side effects and health issues with fluoride? Absolutely! Much the same as there are side effects (if you call death a side effect) of vaccines and prescription medication to control chronic health care issues such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s, or much as children have deadly allergies to peanut butter or people have reactions to bees. Before taking a whole-hearted plunge at eliminating fluoride,all vaccines (you do not want to know the chemicals used in these - they will melt plastic), peanut butter or eradicating bees, let’s make sure we report and understand the real science versus the conspiracy theorist and strict holistic segment of the population.

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Joined: 07/06/2007
cdl305 You are a star!

Your response to Mr. Nelm's piece is truly well researched and brings science to the forefront over conspiracy dogma and superstition . This whole thing about fluorination has been bounced around since the old John Birch Society days --and before.
There are a lot of activists (tea party and other nut-job groups) that would put all of our health in jeopardy just to "get the government out of our lives".
I applaud your response and hope it will help reasonable people to think for themselves.

The Truth Will ...
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Joined: 10/13/2008
Flouride and other poisions in my body

I love chemtrails, I love flu shots, I especially love flouride in my drinking water, antibiotics, toothpaste, etc to name a few. Thanks Ben the article was right on!!

All Smiles
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Joined: 02/02/2006
Fluoride makes teeth healthy

Too much of ANYTHING good can have a reverse affect. This includes fluoride. However, since the introduction of fluoride in 1945, following studies of children in a region where higher levels of fluoride occurred naturally in the water, there has been dramatic reduction in cavities, which in turn leads to infections and loss of teeth over time. Tooth decay, also know as dental caries, is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases worldwide. The goal of water fluoridation is to prevent a chronic disease. Oral disease is the fourth most expensive disease to treat. There is no clear evidence of adverse effects. The Centers for Disease Control listed water fluoridation as one of the teen great public health achievements of the 20th century. Again, too much of ANYTHING can become damaging.