Adolf Hitler once said, “Tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will believe it.” That ideal has been embraced by thousands of individuals associated with big business, as well as governments, in the seven decades since Hitler's rise to power. As we are all well aware, lies and deceit perpetrated upon the masses by those in power, never lead to anything good for those on the receiving end.
The monumental lie: Fluoride is good for human beings!
The real truth is that fluoride is a killer which leads to a slow, painful process of dying. You might wonder what benefit might come out of poisoning an entire nation, for those accused of the deception. You might feel inclined to believe that there could possibly be no benefit, at least for a government to be involved in such a duplicitous plot. On the surface, you're right. It doesn't make sense....until you take into consideration that monetary greed or complete power over the masses have been the culprit of most heinous crimes throughout history. Governments are only as honorable as the men and women filling the roles within.
The fluoride story began 77 years ago. Interessen Gemeinschaft Farben (IG Farben), a German chemical manufacturing company, began borrowing from American banks in a concerted effort at building a huge cartel in 1924. Henry Ford and American Standard Oil Company merged their assets with IG Farben in 1928, and by the early 1930's, more than one hundred American corporations were involved with IG Farben through subsidiaries and other interests maintained in Germany.
American IG Farben was a holding company which controlled IG Farben assets in America. The board of directors listed such men as Edsel Ford (President of Ford Motor Company), Charles E. Mitchell (President of the Rockefellers' National City Bank of New York), Walter Teagle (President of Standard Oil, New York), and Paul Warberg (Chairman of the Federal Reserve) who was brother to Max Warberg. Max was the financier of the German War effort. Also on the board of directors was Herman Metz, a director of the Bank of Manhattan which was controlled by the Warbergs. Three other members on the board of directors for American IG Farben were convicted as German war criminals for their crimes against humanity.
In 1939, the world's largest producer of sodium fluoride was American Aluminum Company (ALCOA). During the same year, ALCOA and the Dow Chemical Company transferred their technology to Germany. Eventually, such companies as Colgate, Dupont, Procter & Gamble (Crest toothpaste) and Kellogg, as well as many other American companies, signed cartel agreements with IG Farben which led to the formation of a very powerful lobby group.
It was also in 1939 that the myth associated with fluoride and its ability to prevent dental caries was born. Up until then, fluoride was nothing more than toxic waste associated with the manufacture of explosives and fertilizers, in addition to being a waste component associated with the making of atomic bombs. Proper disposal of the toxic waste was expensive and becoming a problem for the American Aluminum Manufacturing, Fertilizer and Weapons industry. Not surprisingly, it was ALCOA scientist, Gerald J. Cox who, after doing some studies on fluoridated rats, concluded that fluoride was good for preventing cavities in human teeth.
Prior to Gerald J. Cox's determination, Trendley Dean, a Public Health Service scientist who was also the first director of the National Institute of Dental Research, had gone west to investigate a discovery that fluoride was causing tooth mottling. The person holding authority over the Public Health Service (PHS) was none other than Andrew Mellon who had founded and was the controlling shareholder of ALCOA. The mission Dean was sent on was to determine just how much fluoride could be absorbed by children's teeth before they disintegrated.
Dean examined the water of 345 Texas communities where naturally occurring fluoridation from soil might be an issue. His studies concluded that though the teeth were mottled and brown, the incidence of cavities seemed to be less than in those not exposed to fluoride. With very little to back up his theories, ALCOA founder Andrew Mellon jumped at the opportunity to solve the fluoride waste problem created by the aluminum industry and make a tidy profit at the same time, by selling the waste to the US Government as beneficial for water treatment.
During this time in 1939, the military program known as the Manhattan Project was embarked upon. The project was aimed at discovering and manufacturing fissionable materials for use in the Atomic Bomb. According to declassified Manhattan Project papers, fluoride was a key chemical in the production of atomic bombs. Millions of tons of fluoride were required for the manufacture of bomb-grade uranium and plutonium in bombs during the Cold War era.
As it is one of the most toxic chemicals known, it didn't take long for complaints of fluoride poisoning among those employed by defense contractors, to threaten the continuance of the project. The program's military leaders placed a demand on program scientists to provide evidence that fluoride was good for humans and the environment. This evidence could then be used in litigation prompted by accusations of poisoning.
Dr. Mullenix - Dangers of Fluoride Lecture
The story takes an even more evil turn when the end of WWII comes to a close. Charles Eliot Perkins, a research worker in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and pathology was sent by the US government to take charge of the Farben chemical plants populating Germany. German scientists employed in the plants relayed information of a scheme embarked upon by the Nazi government. An attempt to control the population through medication of public drinking water with sodium fluoride had been undertaken. The practice had been used in both German and Russian prisoner of war camps in an effort to make prisoners “stupid and docile.”
During the war, plans for implementation in occupied countries were expanded upon by Farben because it had been discovered that fluoridation caused a small amount of damage to a specific area of the brain. They claimed that such damage made it more difficult for affected persons to defend their freedom while making them more docile and accepting of authority. ALCOA and the US military had a common goal; convincing an unsuspecting public of benefits provided by fluoride.
Though proponents of fluoridated drinking water have always dismissed these stories of German mind control attempts as trash, there are some interesting facts which support the notion that fluoride is useful in doing just that. Semap, one of the strongest anti-psychotic compounds presently known is a fluoride compound, and used in more than 25% of manufactured tranquilizers. In fact, there is a long list of pharmaceuticals that are fluorinated, many of them designed to control emotions such as the drugs Paxil, Prozac, and Haldol.
Effectively killing two birds with one stone, the US government embarked on a mission that would solve the issue of fluoride waste disposal while furthering research on the possible side effects which would enable mind control of an entire population. Because of the sensitive nature of the information regarding fluoride use in atomic bomb production, the military stamped all their documents as classified, thereby hiding the truth of the dangers.
Enter Edward L. Bernays, the nephew of Dr. Sigmund Freud, who had conducted experiments on manipulation of public opinion by appealing to, and attempting to influence, the unconscious mind. Funded by industrialists, Bernays began a campaign to persuade public opinion to accept fluoride as beneficial. Bernays maintained, “You can get practically any idea accepted if doctors are in favor. The public is willing to accept it because a doctor is an authority to most people regardless of how much he knows or doesn't know.” Most doctors were not aware of fluoride's dangers because information was suppressed in favor of “national security.”
Dr. Harold C. Hodge was the toxicologist for the Manhattan Project during the Cold War He is credited with being the main cheerleader for fluoridation of public drinking water, but he covertly conducted one of the first water fluoridation experiments in Newburgh, New York, where he studied biological samples from the citizens at his US backed lab at the University of Rochester. There is no law against suppression of scientific data, so when his study was completed, the only information made public was that which indicated fluoride might be safe in small doses.
In a letter dated May 5, 1999 to BSE, a contractor for the US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM), Dr. Phyliss Mullenix responded to a request for information on drinking water fluoridation. After outlining her credentials, the numerous studies conducted as well as findings, Dr. Mullenix wrote, “In summary, my opinion is that there are no advantages to water fluoridation. The risks today far exceed the hoped for benefit. Dr. hodge during the Manhattan Project requested funds from Col. Stafford L. Warren to do animal experimentation to determine central nervous system effects of fluoride. He did so because he had clinical evidence that the fluoride component of uranium hexafluoride causes 'mental confusion, drowsiness, and lassitude among workmen. Yet he never got to do those studies, and because this information was classified, he never discussed his findings with me. Perhaps, however, this explains why he was so intensely interested in my fluoride studies up to the time of his death.”
She went on to write, “Therefore, in good conscience I can only discourage the notion of fluoridating the water supply of Fort Detrick. The evidence against the safety of this public health policy will keep mounting and never disappear again. My ignorance of fluoride in the beginning was a matter of chance. If you ignore this evidence today, it will be a matter of choice....”
Dr. Mullenix's letter to BSE can be read in full here: http://www.nofluoride.com/mullenix_bsa.cfm
Remember Eliot Perkins? In a letter to the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research dated October 2, 1954, he wrote, "We are told by fanatical ideologists who are advocating the fluoridation of the water supplies in this country that their purpose is to reduce the incidence of tooth decay in children, and it is the plausibility of this excuse, plus the gullibility of the public and the cupidity ( meaning covetousness - to desire or eagerly wish for ) of public officials that is responsible for the present spread of artificial water fluoridation in this country. However, and I want to make this very definite and very positive, the real reason behind water fluoridation is not to benefit children's teeth. If this were the real reason there are many ways in which it could be done that are much easier, cheaper and more effective. The real purpose behind water fluoridation is to reduce the masses to domination and control and loss of liberty... When the Nazis decided to go into Poland ... the German General Staff exchanged scientific and military ideas, plans and personnel and the scheme of mass medication was seized upon by the Russian Communists because it fitted ideally into their plan to communize the world... I say this with all the earnestness and sincerity of a scientist who has spent nearly twenty years research into the chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and pathology of fluorine. Any person who drinks artificially fluoridated water for a period of one year or more will never again be the same person, mentally or physically."
Another prominent figure in the early development of the fluoride story is Dr. George Estabrooks, an advisor to the US government on hypnotism and psychological behavior control, who later became chairman of the Department of Psychology at Colgate University. He was an authority on hypnosis during WWII, noted for hypnoprogramming US government agents during that time. Estabrooks maintained that creating an effective assassin depended on “splitting” the subject's personality (creating multiple personalities) with the aid of hypnosis. In an article for Science Digest in 1971, Dr. Estabrooks writes about his work with Military intelligence during and after WWII.
With the emergence of thousands of documents now declassified and available through The Freedom of Information Act, as well as the numerous new studies being conducted in recent years, how is it that so many Americans still remain ignorant to the real truth behind fluoridation. Perhaps it is as George Estabrooks has claimed,"Only a people who refuse to permit themselves to sink into intellectual lethargy and conformity, only a people who question and think . . . can be sure that hypnosis--disguised or direct--will not undermine their freedom and rob them of their very lives."
It would appear that wide spread water fluoridation in our country has accomplished the intended goals: to make us more docile and accepting of authority. In other words, we've been dumbed down. Fluoride is now our drug of choice.
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Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on June 26, 2012:
The comment about the FCC made me chuckle, but I have to disagree that the government is not part of something very nasty that is poisoning people for the sake of saving the aluminum industry tons of cash. The American people have been being sold out at ever increasing rates. I'm well aware that fluorine has it's good side. However, I hold to my assertion that putting it in the drinking water, as well as thousands of products allows no room for the control necessary to eliminate the possibility of overdosing. I won't reiterate the ill side effects and dangers of fluoride poisoning.
As for McKay and your British dentist, I'm aware of them. I didn't include them simply because their discoveries had nothing to do with the article other than the fact that it was those discoveries which sparked Dean's interest. I never said fluoride wasn't considered or examined before 1924, but those considerations and examinations were purely about dental and medical observations linked with curiosity about the possible implications.
I thank you for the information regarding the need for fluoride in dentistry as it may help my readers. As for myself, my other half has been a member of the dental profession for 32 years. Trust me in saying that he makes sure I know everything related to his line of work. ;)
Now, about that fluoride excretion...better do a bit more research on your part. Fluoride is accumulative in the bones and teeth, of course, but more importantly and disastrously in the pineal gland. So, no, the hazards are not minor. You might also want to brush up on your understanding of the endocrine system. The pineal gland is a very important gland, very necessary to living a healthy life. Today there isn't a single adult in this country who doesn't show necrosis of the pineal gland. Pretty interesting when one considers that the pineal gland is the primary target for fluoride.
Whether you wish to entertain the idea of a gov't intent on controlling the people or not, please take a moment to consider the era being lived when these actions of fluoridation were put into place. Whether or not anyone from the gov't then or now has actually succeeded in a bid for mind control isn't really the issue. What actually IS, is the fact that all evidence would seem to point to the probability that someone attempted it. That is just as bad. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again....
Keith S on June 26, 2012:
You're omitting a few things. First, the study of water fluoridation goes back further than 1924. Dr Frederick McKay, who is conspicuously absent from this post, first studied the causes of "Colorado brown stain" aka "Rocky Mountain Mottled Teeth" in 1901, asserting that the cause was higher-than-normal natural fluoride compounds. Then in 1924-25, a British dentist, Norman Ainsworth (also absent from your post) made a statistical link between similar staining in the people in the Essex region of the UK, and reduced tooth decay in that same population, a decade and a half before anyone from ALCOA got involved.
In fact, the first ALCOA-backed studies were done in Bauxite, AR (one of ALCOA's main mines) due to concerns that aluminum toxicity, not fluorine, was causing tooth staining among the population of the town. The person responsible for that study was H.V. Churchill, and after analysis of the water he found abnormal levels of fluorine in a deep-water well that was the town's main supply. Now, a fluorine-containing compound, sodium hexafluoroaluminate (cryolite), is used in the aluminum-refining process. However, the only natural supplies of cryolite are in Pikes Peak and the synthesis of this compound was not yet industrialized. Also, the chemical is a solvent for the aluminum during the process and is not consumed during it, and the mineral is poorly soluble in water. Lastly, they also tested shallow wells in the area, which you would think would be more susceptible to fluorine contamination, and those came back with normal trace presences. Ainsworth, the dentist from Essex, heard of the elevated fluorine levels in Arkansas and had the Essex water supplies tested. They came back with 4.5ppm of sodium fluoride, six times the normal trace presence of about .5ppm in surrounding areas. Thus the link between fluorine, mottled teeth, and reduced tooth decay was established, which was then further explored by H.T. Dean.
Make no mistake; fluorine in almost any form is pretty nasty stuff. Fluorine bonds strongly with carbon (one of the strongest atomic bonds in known chemistry) and so it can tear apart most organic compounds. It also has an affinity, as most halides do, for alkalis (columns 1 and 2 on the PT) including calcium in your bones.
However, fluorine is also an important trace element. Fluorine compounds such as fluorapatite are a pre-existing part of tooth enamel, which both strengthen it and contribute to remineralization of enamel which can reverse tooth decay (not cavities, but increased porosity caused by plaque acidity dissolving the natural hydroxylapatite lattice of your teeth). Fluorine itself also has beneficial properties for exactly the same reasons it's so toxic in large doses; fluorine inhibits several key bacterial cellular enzymes, and so the soluble fluoride that remains in your saliva after brushing, and which is present in your saliva through drinking fluoridated water, inhibits the growth of bacterial plaque.
Non-toxic levels of fluorine (less than 3ppm; municipal water supplies that aren't naturally fluoridated generally have 1ppm) form a trace amount of hydrofluoric acid in your stomach, and fluoride compounds absorbed through the intestines that don't make it to the salivary glands are typically filtered out by the liver and kidneys and excreted. To have any immediately ill effects from the fluorine in your water supply, you would have to drink several gallons of it in a matter of minutes; at that point the water itself would be the larger hazard as you succumbed to acute water intoxication.
There are benefits. The hazards are minor. The U.S. Government is not participating in a covert plan to tame its population through the fluoridation of water. It has many other methods to achieve that, primarily the FCC.
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on October 26, 2011:
Thanks Ghost! I don't know how I missed this comment for so long..my apologies! Yes, there were many hours spent in research because one thing led to another and then another, etc. It's some very seriously scary stuff. As for Texasbeta, he's a doll...just a little opinionated about those things he's been taught by a government and education system that is manipulated by a few wealthy elitist jerks pulling puppet strings in the background. I don't mind his comments at all because they lead me to research even more and twice now have led to other articles. I also think he has a good heart which makes it difficult for him to accept the idea of the evil that goes on behind veils and smoke screens. Thanks for the votes!
Ghost32 on October 21, 2011:
Great work on flouride, Terri. My wife and I have long known it was "bad stuff", but I'd not researched the background in depth the way you've done.
Voted Up and Across. (The "Funny" vote is for the cool repartee between thee and TexasB.:)
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on October 03, 2011:
Hey, that "Just for Men" stuff works pretty good! It makes you look like you're too young to grow whiskers..where's your beard? Thanks for the writing style compliment. And I like you too, even if you do need a spanking for your insolence. ;)
Texasbeta on October 02, 2011:
You are a mystery to me Terri, which makes you a real person and not a talking bobblehead, which translates into, 'I really like ya despite not always agreeing with you." I dig your writing style too. Thank you for the cutie and the young man nod. The "Just For Men" I put in my beard wishes we were a bit younger.
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on October 02, 2011:
Nope...not at all. Don't like Ron Paul...against women's right to choose among quite a few other odd ball stuff. And nope again...no Glenn Beck...don't care for him. It's funny you know about Glenn Beck, Coast to Coast, they're on the same station in my area. My EX boyfriend liked Beck, Hannity, etc..Therefore, he's my ex. Now, do you want to grasp at more straws or are you going to bother to read all the scientific people stuff on the other piece? Me thinks thee art stalling.
Oh, yes, I hate mandatory vaccines. It's my body, my children's bodies, my grandchildren's bodies and no one has a right to tell people what they have to put inside those bodies. There's simply too much evidence of the triad associated with "shaken baby syndrome" being also associated with vaccines. That's probably why so many old cases are now being overturned...but then what do I know about what's best for me? I probably should follow the herd and do what those who are sooooo much smarter and sooooo much more in tune with what I need, are telling me what to do. Like be a good little citizen and don't make trouble.
You do realize that you are using tactics usually associated with CONSPIRACY THEORISTS, by those of your kind, don't you? You know, the evasion of answering questions about real documented facts, the refusal to keep your mind open enough to new research, the failure to stick to the subject at hand? like changing the topic to Glenn Beck or Ron Paul. Or using ridicule against your opponent without any supportive documentation for your own views.
Now go forth and read! Educate yourself on the knowledge gained from scientific research by those with brains overflowing with the smarts that, apparently, only you would understand. (If you weren't such a cutie, I'd have to hunt you down and slap some sense into you, young man!)
silver lining 5 from Southwest on October 02, 2011:
Texas! I have a bushel of cantaloupes I just can't seem to get rid of, care to pick them up?
Texasbeta on October 02, 2011:
Let me guess...a Ron Pauler, who watches Glenn Beck, who is also coincidentally against all mandatory vaccines. Am I on the right track here?
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on October 02, 2011:
Go read it for yourself...or are you afraid of what you might discover? There is NO good reason for using fluoride in ANY product where humans are exposed to it either from ingestion or bathing in it. NONE. All of the research associated with telling the truth about the dangers has been stomped on, squashed and hidden away by industry and a government that has a far different agenda than keeping children's teeth healthy.
Since you seem to believe you are way ahead of the rest of us loony-toons, will you kindly explain the purpose of putting fluoride in pharmaceuticals? If it's truly about healthy teeth, there's no need to take the stuff for depression...unless of course you're depressed over your not so great smile.
All parties concerned agree that high amounts of fluoride are toxic and lethal to human beings. Yet, the very limits that were recommended 70 years ago (under false and faulty studies) are being exceeded by exorbitant amounts every day due to the use of fluorided in toothpaste, drugs, water, you name it. And neither our government regulatory agencies nor the industries are doing anything to put a stop to it. Why do you think that is? Money? Power? Control? Or are they all just stupid? Every official making up the teams that review the mountains of studies which provide clear evidence of serious danger...are they all too stupid to know what they are reading? Do you not follow any current events other than what's spouted off by your government? Do you know who Dr. William Marcus is? Probably not. It would mean you are aware of documented corruption that was cited in a court ruling. If you were aware, you wouldn't so vehemently be denying that people are capable of using their positions to control outcomes, and yes, even other people.
If you fail to read the companion piece, it's only because you are afraid to know the documented evidence that says you aren't smart enough to recognize when you've had the wool pulled over your eyes.
Texasbeta on October 02, 2011:
You actually use the word "credible" while defending a view of mind control agents being put in the water, all a Nazi conspiracy that spread throughout the world? Wow. Is your next hub about a secret space base on Mars? Coast to Coast is entertainment Terri, not news.
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on October 01, 2011:
The link above works...I'm not sure why there's only a part of it that posted.
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on October 01, 2011:
Texasbeta: Thank you. Once again your comments have driven me to writing another article. Just like the last, my response would have taken too long.
This new one is full of all the information I accumulated while doing the first. It has a great many links to information regarding TOP researchers in the field, as well as some of their videos. I've also addressed Helen Whelton and Denis O'Mullane that you cited in your comment. You really should make sure your sources are credible for the fields of study they are addressing. Neither Whelton nor O'Mullane has ever done any type of study beyond the use of fluoride in dentistry. O'Mullane has been an affiliate of Unilever (who sells fluoridated products of all types, a multinational corporation) Whelton is O'Mullane's right hand man, er..woman. They are the prime pro-fluoridation spokespeople keeping Ireland fluoridated against the people's wishes. Ireland is the only country in the European Union who had mandatory fluoridation, but they are 6th as far as good dental health. Hello???? According to the stories you choose to accept, they should be #1.
Feel free to comment on that hub.
Texasbeta on October 01, 2011:
First, we put sodium fluoride in the water, not fluoride. They are different things, like oxygen and cardbon dioxide. A simple search results in : Fluoride salts are used to enhance the strength of teeth by the formation of fluorapatite, a naturally occurring component of tooth enamel. Although sodium fluoride is also used to fluoridate water and, indeed, is the standard by which other water-fluoridation compounds are gauged, hexafluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6) and its salt sodium hexafluorosilicate (Na2SiF6) are more commonly used additives in the U.S. Toothpaste often contains sodium fluoride to prevent cavities. Alternatively, sodium fluoride is used as a cleaning agent, e.g. as a "laundry sour". A variety of specialty chemical applications exist in synthesis and extractive metallurgy. It reacts with electrophilic chlorides including acyl chlorides, sulfur chlorides, and phosphorus chloride. Like other fluorides, sodium fluoride finds use in desilylation in organic synthesis.
Now, I can find this whole hub on 30 websites in a few different words. So, your backup is a few of your friends, and internet conspiracy theories. The precept of your hub is that fluoride makes people more easily controlled and docile. There is no evidence of that and the issue is sodium fluoride not fluoride. The fact is, fluoridation of the water HAS reduced cavities in children and adults (Parnell C, Whelton H, O'Mullane D. Water fluoridation. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2009;10(3):141–8. PMID 19772843.)
Dr. Stranglove was a movie folks! There is no New World Order. The Illuminati isn't real, not today, but was a small little group that died hundreds of years ago. You are engaging in mental masturbation.
RobSchneider on September 28, 2011:
Texasbeta - why not back up some of your claims with facts instead of childish insults?
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on September 28, 2011:
Now, Tex-assbeta, You're being insulting. No, I'm not a housewife who reads conspiracy theories. My husband died a few years ago, and I've always worked for a living. A wise man makes a point to already know the answers to his questions BEFORE he asks them, if his intentions are to score a few points in favor of his argument. You are correct in your assumptions that I do not hold any of the positions listed. But then, I never implied that I possess a professional background in those areas. My guess is that you are hoping to belittle my lack of formal education in those professions as a method of convincing others that I can't possibly understand studies, reports, and documents pertaining to the subject matter. I'm curious...do you contact news reporters to do the same? After all, they are educated in journalism, not the myriad topics of which they provide cover. By such logic, nothing they report should be acknowledged as having any valid ground, therefore, why bother with the news as a source of information? I suppose we'll just have to view them as another genre of entertainment.
Going back to the "wise man" statement...you clearly haven't read my profile, or you would understand that the John Birch Society certainly wouldn't be my cup of tea. For one, I don't identify with any form of Christian fundamentals. In fact, I don't advocate formal religion of any kind. Second, there are too many tenets of the society which are in direct contrast to ideas I've expounded upon in my written word. And, while I'm not a professional in any of the areas you've questioned, I am surrounded by such people in my every day life. My brother-in-law is a scientist who works with human genes, performing studies and experiments with gene isolation and manipulation. My daughter is in the medical profession and studying to be a PA. I have access to any number of physicians who can answer questions I may have about various research articles I've come across in my searches. I also have several friends who are involved in the dental industry in various professional positions, as well as, believe it or not, a couple of radiologist friends. A very close friend is a man who has a Phd in Psychology and a Masters in Education. Need I go on? My circle of friends and acquaintances is wide and varied. At any given time, I have access to information in many, many fields of study. Now, might I ask you what your credentials might be? I'm assuming you have an agenda in ridiculing this article because of a personal interest?
As for thinking for myself...no one does my thinking for me. I don't give credence to conspiracy theories just because someone says so. I also don't buy into "official" stories just because my government says so. I question everything and anything where the story doesn't seem to match the evidence. I look for the answers that might shed some light which may either prove or disprove theories and official stories.
The tone of your comment leads me to believe that you think I should accept what I've been told about fluoride (the official story) because it puts a positive spin on the subject. My guess is that you are one of those who can't conceive of a government that would willfully bring harm to the people it governs. It's a nice idea, all warm and fuzzy, but unfortunately, it's a fantasy, though I don't believe that all governments are looking to bring harm.
The government is made up of people...human beings who, as such, are afflicted with the human condition as much as the next human being. Some people are good and honest and strive for justice. Some people are greedy and self-serving and deceitful. People employ all manner of behaviors to achieve personal agendas. Our government employs thousands of people, many of whom are likely to be of questionable character. Why would you or I assume that none of those in a position to do so, would use their position to further their personal gain? Do you believe that being an elected official suddenly strips those inclined to be of poor moral character, of their abilities to act upon their urges?
When I started my research on fluoride, I was actually looking to make a comparison of "good vs bad". I found very little documentation of how it's good for us. In fact, nothing I found had any kind of study to back it up. It was all some very basic information based loosely upon the limited work done by the early players, who incidentally, were working for those needing to solve a problem. However, I found a great many studies completed in the last 30 years or so, which tell a different story. I did a search to find the earliest studies pertaining to fluoride consumption and came across Tendley Dean. Whenever I come across names and organizations, I take the time to research who they are and what their backgrounds have to do with my topic. It's amazing how one name can lead you to many others. If I don't look and question what I see, hear, and read, opting to accept the ideas/stories at face value, wouldn't I be doing exactly as you accuse? That is, not thinking for myself?
You mention the fact that 60 years ago fluoride was a subject of debate. Might I remind you that the Freedom of Information Act has permitted us, in more recent years, to ferret out the truth behind so many "conspiracy theories"? I'd also like to remind you that true conspiracy theories are a result of known facts and evidence which is in opposition to the "official" stories provided.
I'll give you an example...Most people believe the original official story the lone man theory behind JFK's assassination. Those who oppose it are called ridiculous and conspiracy theorists. What's funny, is that many on both sides of the coin, do not know about a second investigation from 1976-1978 which concluded that their was indeed a conspiracy. Much of Oliver Stone's JFK was based on the evidence presented in the 2nd investigation. Many facts presented the second time around were withheld or ignored during round one.
Let me ask you this: Knowing that many of the figures involved during that time, the people who had a possible motive for perhaps endorsing the assassination...knowing they are still involved in our government..doesn't that make you wonder what else they may have gotten their fingers into? What about the ones who have only left public office in the last 10-20 years? Don't you wonder where they may have fit into so many of the scandals and incidents which have not been good for our country? For me, I want to know. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. I don't live in fear, but I'm smart enough to be aware of the possibilities.
Texasbeta on September 28, 2011:
How comical. John Birch Society anyone? This ridiculous idea was the talk of 60 years ago. So tell me Terri...you are a chemist right? A radiologist? No? An chemical engineer at least right? A doctor maybe? Or just a housewife who sits and reads internet conspiracy theories and can't think for themselves?
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on September 27, 2011:
Rob, I warn you, there are 15 in the series and it's not finished. In fact, I'm way overdue to get the next part out. I've been doing a lot of other types of writing :)
RobSchneider on September 27, 2011:
Terri, I'd love to read them! Where are they?
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on September 27, 2011:
To some extent, I believe you are absolutely correct. In fact, I was just thinking about the very same thing a couple of hours ago...not with the indigenous tribes, but the fact that so few people seem to experience anything more concrete than a "psychic twinge" these days. I don't know if you've read any of my Quest for the Afterlife series, but I have been on a personal journey spanning most of my life, but in a concentrated manner for the last dozen years or so. I have to tell you, fluoride hasn't wiped out my abilities, though I have wondered if some of the fluctuations in ability aren't possibly affected by unintentional intake of certain chemicals and compounds. It's an interesting theory!
RobSchneider on September 27, 2011:
@Terri, @Bioritize I may be going out on a limb here, but fluoride could help explain why indigenous tribes in remote areas are so much more intuitive than we are. The pineal gland is said to have a lot to do with visions and psychic phenomena: Descartes considered it to be the seat of the soul and some yogis claim it is the third eye. Be that as it may, except in rare cases, there seems to be a sliding scale: the more "civilised" we are, the more spiritually stupid we are. That's my opinion, anyway.
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on September 27, 2011:
@Bioritize: Yes, there have been several studies done regarding fluoride and the pineal gland. For years the medical profession believed the gland shrank and stopped functioning once a child reached puberty. They took for granted that it was just a natural occurrence. A recent study found that the pineal gland stores several thousand times more fluoride than bones or teeth, and that it was actually the fluoride causing necrosis of the pineal gland. One study I read made the claim that there isn't a single adult in the US whose pineal gland has not been affected to some degree with necrosis.
@Rob: I used baking soda for years because I didn't like the taste of toothpaste. Then I used a friend's and thought I discovered one I liked. I used it for 25 years never realizing that the damage and problems I began to have with my teeth was most likely caused by my toothpaste. I've spent a small fortune and I think I'm losing the battle. Too much time and exposure to fluoride has taken a toll.
@rachel-adamovsky: Thanks for the praise. This is a very disturbing situation that is only beginning to gain enough attention to garner some small changes in policy. It has come out, albeit tentatively, that fluoride "might not be as good for people as believed". But the information is still being relegated to the piles of studies and papers shoved under a rug in a dark corner, reserved for the conspiracy theorists. No one wants to believe that a government would perpetrate such an atrocious crime on its own people. They forget that governments are made up of people. And some people aren't so nice to their fellow man.
rachel-adamovsky from Indiana on September 27, 2011:
This is a great article...I have become increasingly interested in this subject. I have found some very disturbing facts. This article is very informative and concise. Great Job!
RobSchneider on September 26, 2011:
My Dad used to brush his teeth with baking soda. His teeth were white and strong till the day he died.
Bioritize on September 26, 2011:
Great article. I just recently became aware of what is going on here in the US. Most of the people I know are sleeping and will never believe that their government is intentionally lying to them. I attempted to talk with the people at our water works, which is a private company. It actually costs them money to buy the fluoride which they have no documentation, except for the support from a few "organizations", that fluoride is good for you.
Why would you give a medicine or vitamin to a population through their water? You cannot control the dose.
I have also heard that this chemical is stored in your pineal gland. Some say it calcifies this gland.
You can make your own toothpaste with baking soda a bit of water and any flavor additive you would like(Typically herbs and oils). I am currently experimenting with different stuff. Also, some of the Tom's toothpaste has fluoride.
Dexter Yarbrough from United States on September 26, 2011:
Hi Terri. Tom's of Maine is the name of the toothpaste product I use. They have one that is fluoride-free. It is available at many grocery and drug stores. Their website is http://www.tomsofmaine.com.
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on September 26, 2011:
Well, Dex, as always your comments are appreciated. I'd like to know where you find toothpaste without fluoride. I thought I was using some but discovered it in some smaller print. Now, I can't find a single brand without!
Rob: Yes, there is a lot of info here, but there's so much more. I had to try to summarize a lot just to cut down the size. I had originally been researching the research, if you know what I mean. I kept finding all these people who were connected to the darker side of the issue and decided that was the way to go. However, the scientific research is pretty frightening.
Thanks for your words of admiration, but I didn't even know there was a lie being perpetrated until a few months ago. I've noticed more than anything else...in conversations with others, they often snicker at the thought of mind control, failing to see that it is practiced every day through advertising. I always analyze the various accusations in this way: It's not whether or not someone has succeeded in their endeavors, it's the fact that they even TRIED. Once we acknowledge the attempt was made, we then have to accept that all manner of evils have equal validation. If we acknowledge that some have at least tried to commit the various acts associated with "conspiracy theories", then we have to consider the law of averages which would dictate that at least some of the attempts have been successful.
RobSchneider on September 25, 2011:
Wow! I've been reading bits and pieces about fluoride for years, but this is the first time I've seen so much all in one place. As for mind control:
When I left the United States in 1985 I was glad to go, but it took about 10 years before I began to realise the extent to which brainwashing occurs there and another 10 to realise the extent to which I had been brainwashed. Now it seems so obvious, I can't believe I let it happen. This is coming from someone who has always considered himself liberal and open minded. My Achilles heel was allowing myself to conform to the very tight limits of nonconformity that are acceptable in our society. Yes, I knew the media and the government were lying to me and yes, I never completely bought into the consumerist culture, but I made the error of believing that there were limits to how far those in power (corporate, financial or political) could and would go to control "the masses."
When they talked about "collateral damage" in war and when Henry Kissinger shrugged off the massive bombing campaign in Cambodia as a "sideshow", I was shocked and disgusted, but somehow didn't make the connection with the FACT that American "consumers" are just as expendable as anyone else in their eyes. If they can profit from our "consumption" and labours, we can go on living. If they cannot, we are expendable. It's as simple as that.
Thanks for your hub. I really admire anyone who lives in the belly of the beast who can see through the lies.
Dexter Yarbrough from United States on September 25, 2011:
Hi Terri! Thanks for another great article. I know many others appreciate your efforts to educate us on the things that are harming us.
I don't use fluoride toothpaste and try very hard not to drink fluoridated municipal water.
Voted up, up and away!
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on September 25, 2011:
@silver lining 5: You're very welcome. The mind control information is definitely disturbing. There are those who cannot get their heads wrapped around the idea, insisting that such a thing is not possible. Well, possible or not, the fact that elected officials even attempted it screams volumes about their capabilities toward unlawful acts. Given that presently, our officials still have not effectively addressed the issue, in fact, have continued to advocate fluoride's use, implies that there is an underlying truth to the original allegations of attempted control.
@Drenguin: I see you're relatively new to HP. Welcome aboard! There are quite a few articles to be found, especially on the internet. Search "dangers of fluoride" to find a wealth of information. Thanks for the read.
Drenguin from Somewhere on September 25, 2011:
Very interesting. This is the first document I have read saying that flouride is bad for us. I have seen lots of government "propaganda" promoting the use of flouride.
silver lining 5 from Southwest on September 25, 2011:
Thanks for the information especially the part about control of the masses. Wow, that blew me away! I will share this hub, I even bookmarked it for later use. Very good hub, excellent information. I use a water purifier and use non-flouride toothpaste, maybe that's why I'm so feisty and love to stir it up, kind of like you.
Terri Meredith (author) from Pennsylvania on September 24, 2011:
@silver lining: Thank you. If you read any of my other pieces on EDC's and government invovement in the detrimental practices associated with our food supply, you'll discover they all tend to be longer than the average article on the internet. With these types of pieces, there are usually so many factors and so many individuals involved that it's virtually impossible to highlight everything that is a part of the puzzle. I'll be stopping by to read your artcle asap.
@jawwadsaif: I assume you are saying you are a chemistry major or a chemist? Thank you for your encouragement, and for taking time to comment.
jawwadsaif on September 24, 2011:
Very informative article. Being a chemisty, i totally agree with your ideas. Cheers...
silver lining 5 from Southwest on September 24, 2011:
This is really long but very interesting, sure would like to see this spread all over the internet. Have you read my article: Wallstreet & Pharma=Death of This Country
It's not as long but it runs almost parallel to your article in the deceit that we are being subjected to by those in power. We are just beginning to scratch the surface. How sad.