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Paul E. McGill Available online 23 February 2006. Summary The presence of excessive quantities of fluorine in drinking water is accompanied by a characteristic sequence of changes in teeth, bone and periarticular tissues. These changes lead to a variable degree of locomotor disability, ranging from simple mechanical back pain to severe, crippling, combined locomotor and neurological impairment. In endemic areas, a substantial proportion of the population may be affected, posing a severe public health problem. In some areas, the hazards to human health are not fully appreciated and are under-reported. The maximum impact is felt in those communities engaged in physically strenuous activities, either agricultural or industrial. The need of these often isolated communities in economically hard-pressed countries, for the provision of low-fluoride drinking water remains a hope rather than an expectation at the present time.
"At the end of the Second World War, the United States Government sent Charles Eliot Perkins, a research worker in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and pathology, to take charge of the vast Farben chemical plants in Germany. While there he was told of a scheme which had been worked out by them during the war and adopted by the German General Staff. This was to control the population in any given area through mass medication of drinking water. In this scheme sodium fluoride occupied a prominent place. Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride will in time reduce an individual's power to resist domination by slowly poisoning and narcotisizing a certain area of the brain and will thus make him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him. Both the Germans and the Russians added sodium fluoride to the drinking water of prisoners-of-war to make them stupid and docile." (Reference: Victorian Hansard of 12th August 1987).
1) 97% of western Europe has chosen fluoride-free water
2) Fluoride is the only chemical added to drinking water for the purpose of medication (to prevent tooth decay).
3) Contrary to previous belief, fluoride has minimal benefit when swallowed.
4) Fluoridated water is no longer recommended for babies.
5) There are better ways of delivering fluoride than adding it to water.
6) Ingestion of fluoride has little benefit, but many risks.
7) The industrial chemicals used to fluoridate water may present unique health risks not found with naturally-occurring fluoride complexes
8) Water fluoridation’s benefits to teeth have been exaggerated.
9) Fluoridation poses added burden and risk to low-income communities.
10) Due to other sources, many people are being over-exposed to fluoride
a) Risk to the brain. According to the National Research Council (NRC), fluoride can damage the brain. Animal studies conducted in the 1990s by EPA scientists found dementia-like effects at the same concentration (1 ppm) used to fluoridate water, while human studies have found adverse effects on IQ at levels as low as 0.9 ppm among children with nutrient deficiencies, and 1.8 ppm among children with adequate nutrient intake. (7-10)
b) Risk to the thyroid gland. According to the NRC, fluoride is an “endocrine disrupter.” Most notably, the NRC has warned that doses of fluoride (0.01-0.03 mg/kg/day) achievable by drinking fluoridated water, may reduce the function of the thyroid among individuals with low-iodine intake. Reduction of thyroid activity can lead to loss of mental acuity, depression and weight gain (11)