Over the past few years, I’ve periodically written about fluoride and the potential health risks that may accompany its consumption in our drinking water.
Originally in 2014, I wrote a comprehensive breakdown of the history of fluoride use in the United States.
In this article, I highlighted how, before 1945, fluoride was regarded as a universal pollutant.
It’s a byproduct of the aluminum and fertilizer industries. And this "fluoride waste" destroyed all crops and animals in its path … and caused irreversible damage on the environment and anyone exposed to it.
You know Alcoa (AA), the mega-producer of aluminum founded by legendary entrepreneur Andrew Mellon. What you may not know is that, when the company realized it wasn’t just the largest aluminum producer in the country — but also the largest producer of fluoride waste materials — the narrative changed forever.
Mellon, being the renegade businessman he was, understood that instead of simply dumping this waste product …
He could replace the disposal expense with vast profits.
So, on Sept. 29, 1939, Alcoa sought out and "heavily funded" scientist Gerald J. Cox.
Cox began fluoridating rats in his lab and mysteriously concluding that "fluoride reduces cavities" … though he could not provide proof to back up his claim.
A very important note here …
At the time, Andrew Mellon held the position of the Secretary of the Treasury. And the Treasury holds direct jurisdiction over the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS).
Further, in 1944, Mellon appointed Oscar Ewing as head of the department.
Ewing was one of the top executives at Mellon’s Alcoa, where his salary was upward of $10 million in today’s dollars.
Mellon and Ewing set themselves up in a position to take over the policies of the Public Health Service.
Under Ewing’s watch, a national fluoridation campaign rapidly materialized — spearheaded by the USPHS.
Ewing didn’t take long to choose Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, as his PR man for the campaign.
Using classical Freudian principles, Bernays maintained that a well-oiled propaganda machine could make the public believe practically anything …
Even the exact opposite of what had been already proven by all existing scientific research.
Again, I urge you to read the full story here.
Still to this day, fluoride used for water fluoridation does not have FDA approval and is considered by the FDA as an "unapproved drug."
Documented health risks of fluoride consumption include:
Fluoride can damage the brain, according to the National Research Council (NRC). Studies by the EPA show fluoridated water to cause dementia-like effects and lowering of the IQ.
Fluoride damages sperm and increases the rate of infertility. (N.J. Chinoy and M.V. Narayana, 1994)
Fluoride negatively affects thyroid function. In the Ukraine, P.P. Bachinskii found a lowering of thyroid function, among otherwise healthy people. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels, and heart disease.
Fluoride causes symptoms of arthritis. Skeletal fluorosis (a fluoride-induced bone and joint disease) mimic the symptoms of arthritis.
Fluoride damages bone. An early fluoridation trial (Newburgh-Kingston 1945-’55) revealed a twofold increase in bone defects among children in the fluoridated community. Hundreds of studies are shown with direct correlations between fluoride use and osteoporosis.
It can age you faster. Austrian researchers proved in the 1970s that as little as 1 part fluoride per million parts water (ppm) concentration could disrupt DNA repair enzymes by 50%. When DNA can’t repair damaged cells, we get old faster!
The world’s oldest and most-prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, recently classified fluoride as a neurotoxin. This puts fluoride in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.
A neurotoxin is a substance that inhibits the functions of neurons.
Basically, neurons are cells that transport different types of information throughout the brain and allow it to function properly.
One of the main concerns within the report: the effects neurotoxins have when passed down from a mother to an unborn child.
Researchers noted that brain disorders now affect 10%-15% of all births. And now, prevalence rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are increasing every year.
Brain disorders — including ADHD, dyslexia and other cognitive impairments — now affect millions of children worldwide. It’s being called a "pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity."
Today, I wanted to share with you another new finding that links fluoride consumption to adverse health effects.
A study published in the Journal of Water and Health examined links between water fluoridation and Type 2 diabetes, one of the fastest-growing health epidemics in America. Incidence rates have nearly quadrupled in the past 32 years, and show no signs of stopping.
According to this study, fluoridation with sodium fluoride could be a contributing factor to diabetes rates in the United States. This chemical is a known preservative of blood glucose.
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The author of the paper is Kyle Fluegge. He serves as a health economist in the Division of Disease Control for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and as co-director of the Institute of Health and Environmental Research in Cleveland, Ohio.
In the study, Fluegge used mathematical models to analyze publicly available data on fluoride water levels and diabetes incidence and prevalence rates across 22 states.
Two sets of regression analyses suggested that supplemental water fluoridation was significantly associated with increases in diabetes between 2005 and 2010.
Type 2 diabetes is a life-altering disease. One that often leads to other health complications like …
Heart and blood vessel disease
Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.
There are just too many links between fluoride and adverse health effects for the government to ignore any longer.
Cities have launched campaigns for years to remove the chemical from their water supplies, to varying degrees of success.
Such initiatives are often controversial and emotionally charged because of the reputation fluoride still enjoys among mainstream dentistry practitioners and the money it puts in the pockets of mega-conglomerates and politicians.
We would love to know if you’re still using fluoride-containing toothpaste, and how your city treats the water supply. Leave us a comment with your feedback.
That’s all for today.
Happy and healthy investing,
P.S. Something else to ponder: The dental industry and our government have universally recommended daily flossing for optimal gum health. But recently, the government acknowledged that flossing had not been researched like it should have been.