THE CASE AGAINST FLUORIDATION
No one disputes that fluorides
are deadly poisons. However,
some of the recommendations
which accompany definitions of fluorides are of interest in the current controversy. Among these are the following:
The noted authority on fluorine poisoning, Leo Spira, M.D., says: "Poisoning the drinking water, or contaminating it with a highly potent toxin,
would be the correct description of
what is now being done."3
The 24th edition of the U. S. Dispensatory (p. 1456), a reference used
extensively by pharmacists and druggists, shows that "Fluorides are violent
poisons to all living tissue because of
their precipitation of calcium. They
cause fall of blood pressure, respiratory failure and general paralysis.
Continuous ingestion of non-fatal
ibises according to Sollmann (J. Pharmacol., 1921, 17, 197) cause general
cechexia and permanent inhibition of
This reference also states that fluorides cause "analogous changes in
teeth," and that through ingestion of
fluorides "bones become hard and
fragile." It further states, "The use of
fluoride-containing dentifrices and internal medicants is not justified."4
While those who urge fluoridation
emphasize that children from the ages
of birth to 12 years will receive the
greatest benefits in elimination of
dental caries through the ingestion of
fluoridated water, the U. S. Department of Agriculture Year Book, 1939
(pp. 212 and 213), under the title
"Food and Life," states: "Fluorine has
been shown to be the cause of disfiguring dental disease known as mottled
enamel or fluorosis. Fluorine interferes with normal calcification of teeth
during the process of their formation,
so that teeth, in addition to being usually discolored and ugly in appearance, are structurally weak, and deteriorate early in life. For this reason
it is especially important that fluorine
be avoided from birth to the age of
J 952 Fluoridation Hearings
The House Committee to Investigate the Use of Chemicals in Foods
and Cosmetics, headed by Representative James J. Delaney of New York,
heard the testimony of eighteen pro-
fessional witnesses on fluoridation in
March, 1952. The committee itself was
exceptionally well-qualified, as were
the witnesses, which included one or
more representatives of all organizations that have endorsed the program:
the United States Public Health Service, the American Dental Association.
the American Medical Association, the
Association of State and Territorial
Health officers, and the National Research Council.
It was the unanimous recommendation of this committee that "a sufficient number of unanswered questions
concerning the safety of the fluoridation program exists to warrant a conservative attitude.""
Dr. A. L. Miller, a member of the
committee, and formerly Public
Health Director of Nebraska, had only
the year before initiated the proposal
to fluoridate the water in the nation's
capital. Following thc Delaney hearings. Congressman Miller said: "I believe that the dental profession and
other public-minded individuals like
myself have been misled by the Public
Health Service, because all of the facts
have not been made available on this
Recently fluoridation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been halted by Water
Commissioner Pat Maguire. The Tulsa
Tribune, which favors fluoridation, reports the charge that the Rockefeller
money, through grants, controls what
medical schools teach about the value
of fluorides and that the same "empire" controls the chemical companies
that sell the additive.
USPHS Reverses Former Aims
One editor, himself a student of
chemistry, points out that sodium
fluoride compounds are one hundred
times as deadly as calcium fluoride
compounds found in natural fluoridated water supplies, and fifteen times
more deadly than arsenic.8
He emphasized that until the current drive for fluoridation the U. S.
Public Health Service and others were
concerned about the fluoridation in
natural water supplies and were attempting to discover methods of removing the fluorine compounds. s
Major George Racey Jordan, under
whose supervision airborne shipments
of fluorides were sent to Russia during
World War II. learned that this sub
stance was used in the drinking
of Siberian prisoners, to dull th1
thinking processes and force resign"
tion of prisoners to slavery.9
Speaking recently at a patriotic ci"1
ference in Washington, D. C, M-'i1
Jordan referred to the test cities l
Newburgh and Kingston, New
where the U. S. Public Health S
has recently completed ten-year cor*
parative tests. In these tests, the "[
of Newburgh was fluoridated, wbj
Kingston maintained a water syste"
free of artificial fluorides. Tbe I
called pilot test, Major Jordan claifl*
is invalidated by the fact thai
ston water contains almost five tin"
as much natural calcium as does Ne*
That plans to fluoridate Americ*
water systems could be any part or
Communist master plan, that manyl
our eminent dentists, physician
health organizations could be mi"!
to the extent of honestly recomni'-'1'
ing furtherance of a procedure v.'"1
constitutes a Communist plot, is "
thinkable to the average AmerWj
Here appears the area of thin*"'
which pro-fluoridationists would l'-1'
dily label . . .
Yet, is it scaremongering to
knowledge that we have within ""
borders people who advocate
overthrow of the United State
ernment by force and violence -*r*i
who would seek the support
cere, loyal Americans to further tn
sinister plot? Military strategy
forth the protection of water supP*rj
as one of the first principles of r
fense. With the information d0^
mented by Congress that some oi
most outstanding officials have "*
misled through agents of foreign P".
ers, that these agents are pre
many areas of government and m
life where they can most readily
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■■Knur/en, Mrs. Col da. I-ha nidation I
in the American People.
•Bulletin \o. 480, Citizen! Medical r\e*
Bureau, Setauket, L. I., N. Y.
■■Franzen, op. cit. ^
•Rorty, James, "The Truth About Fluorf*
The Freeman, June 89, 1953.
Witter, Congressman A. L., "Fluoride**^
Water,*' Congresrionai Record, Mar. ■*>
^Educational Newt Service, July, 1956. A
"Jordan, Major (...n ■■. Kacry, Spi.i h '',-,,(.■"
tieth Women's Patriotic Conference, Hotel
Washington, l>. <:., Feb. 17, 1956.
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