In Portland, Oregon today, many citizens are worried about fluoride and its potential effects such that they have voted against its inclusion in their water supply four times in the last six decades. However, what Portlanders seem to be unaware of is the fact that fluoride seems fairly harmless in comparison to the range of chemicals ingested by humans on a daily basis.
In the average meal, for example, there can be chemicals such as nicotinic acid, pyridoxine, cyanocobalamin, ergocalciferol, tocopherol, phylloquinone, menaquinones, canthaxanthin, azodicarbonamide, and phosphoric acid.
Xanthine alkaloids, which can act as central nervous system and metabolic stimulants and also produce vasoconstriction, are regularly consumed by American citizens, even children.
Another chemical that often finds its way into our bodies is dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO), a substance which is proven to have effects such as:
• death due to accidental inhalation, even in small quantities.
• prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
• excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.
• gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
• it is often found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
One argument against fluoride is that it’s a by-product of fertiliser, but DHMO is worse. Some of its well known uses are:
• as an industrial solvent and coolant.
• in nuclear power plants.
• by the U.S. Navy in the propulsion systems of some older vessels.
• in biological and chemical weapons manufacture.
• as a spray-on fire suppressant and retardant.
• by the Church of Scientology on their members and their members’ families (although surprisingly, many members vehemently deny such use).
• historically, in Hitler’s death camps in Nazi Germany, and in prisons in Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Libya, Iraq, and Iran.
• by commodities giant Trafigura in their well-publicized and widely-known toxic-waste dumping activities in the Ivory Coast.
• in animal research laboratories.
• in pesticide production and distribution.
• in it’s purest form, it is also used in waterboarding of detainees.
Now correct me if I’m wrong, but against the long list above, doesn’t fluoride seem rather harmless? I know I’d rather have fewer cavities than ingest something Saddam used to kill Kurds with and Hitler employed to gas disabled people.