Apparently, back in October, voters in Juneau,
Despite spending $167,000, the pro-fluoride forces collected a feeble 38 percent. The clean water supporters, polling 62 percent, spent only $7,000 in media, relying on word of mouth and the Internet to spread the word.
The fluoride campaign began in the late 1930s and continues to this day. It was hatched at the highest levels of Alcoa, the aluminium mining and smelting corporation. Fluoride is a waste product produced during aluminium processing and requires special handling and disposal. Treating it as a hazardous material is expensive and eroded Aloca’s bottom line.
Today, Alcoa has been joined by US Steel, DuPont, Alcan, Reynolds Metals, Kaiser Aluminum, Allied Chemical, and the
The net result is that three generations of Americans have been used as industrial waste filters. The vast majority of fluoride is then dumped into the environment, usually rivers, via water treatment outfalls.
While fluoride proponents still have affiliates in national health organizations, many have withdrawn support. Among the health advocates opposing fluoride are: the
Numerous studies reviewed by the NRC report that fluoride is linked to subclinical or malfunctioning thyroid glands. This is "associated with increased cholesterol concentrations, increased incidence of depression, diminished response to standard psychiatric treatment, cognitive dysfunction, and in pregnant women, decreased IQ of their offspring."
The evidence continues to mount against fluoride. This month Scientific American magazine carries a major article that assembles much of the data in one place. “Scientific attitudes toward fluoridation may be starting to shift,” writes author Dan Fagin.
Fagin’s Scientific American article highlights total consumption because fluoride is also found in foods, beverages, medicines, and dental products. With fluoride coming from a variety of sources, experts fear we are overdosing ourselves. Fluoride ove-consumption is visible first in children as dental fluorosis—white-spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth. This is a sign of too much fluoride. Depending on location, estimates of childhood fluorosis in the