Instead, Phil writes a column debunking the claim that fluoride in a water is part of a globalist plot to dumb down the masses. Phil discusses the long-held conspiracy theory that fluoride being put in the water was being used for mind control.
However, before you read the column, please allow me to steer this discussion toward a different destination, though a very similar one. Last week, Pat Buchanan mentioned this: "As longshoreman-philosopher Eric Hoffer observed, every great movement begins as a cause, eventually becomes a business, then degenerates into a racket." That observation applies to conspiracy theories as well as debatable theories such as "anthropogenic global warming." I am sure it applies to the claim of fluoride being a part of a globalist plot, as well. Now, as far as the global warming racket goes, yes, that's definitley a case where we're talking globalist plot! "... except in the minds of those so firmly convinced of" (INSERT: Global Warming) "that no evidence, no logic and no reason will ever dissuade or discourage them." Just sayin'...
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, not a deadly industrial waste. It was not used by the Nazis or the Soviets. It does prevent tooth decay. It doesn't cause cancer. It doesn't soften your brain. It doesn't control your mind. It isn't a conspiracy ... except in the minds of those so firmly convinced of fluoride's evils that no evidence, no logic and no reason will ever dissuade or discourage them.By Phil Elmore
Posted: July 22, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern
Is fluoride a Nazi-era, brain-softening, mind-control industrial waste toxin poured indiscriminately into our water supplies by New World Order operatives bent on controlling the masses?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in most drinking-water supplies. The process of fluoridation adjusts the level of fluoride in that water either up or down. This means, obviously, that in some drinking water, fluoride is removed from the water to bring it to the level believed to best promote the prevention of cavities (about one part per million). In 1928, after decades of research, Dr. Frederick McCay identified naturally occurring fluoride as the mineral that was causing a condition called "Texas teeth," which results in stained teeth that are also remarkably resistant to decay. (Too much fluoride – which those affected did not even know was in their water – causes the staining effect.) In 1943, a Dr. H. Trendley Dean concluded that one part per million was the ideal concentration to prevent cavities without staining the teeth.
Subsequently, the drinking water of millions of Americans has been artificially treated with this low level of fluoridation, resulting in decreased incidence of "dental caries" in the population. According to Bob Sprague, Mary Bernhardt and Dr. Stephen Barrett, the benefits have not been universally embraced despite the numbers:In recent years, fluoridation has been reducing the incidence of cavities 20 percent to 40 percent in children and 15 percent to 35 percent in adults. The reduction is less than it used to be, probably due to improved dental hygiene and widespread use of fluoride toothpaste. Currently, more than 140 million Americans live in fluoridated communities. But 80 million others receive public water supplies that are not fluoridated – thanks largely to the efforts of poisonmongers."Poisonmongers" refers to the anti-fluoridation conspiracy theorists, whose alarmist websites and printed matter railing against the supposed dangers of fluoride in drinking water far outnumber the pages explaining, reasonably and logically, why fluoride in your tap water is not dangerous to you. According to the conspiracy theorists, fluoride was first added to water by the Nazis. It is, they say, one of the primary or active ingredients in Prozac, which means it is a mind-control drug used to make you more malleable in the face of external government control. For that matter, they claim, fluoride is an industrial waste product – a poison so deadly that it causes cancer, Alzheimer's, Attention Deficit Disorder, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease and, yes, even autism.
Except that it wasn't, it isn't, and it doesn't.
Five years ago, the leading dental researcher at Australia's Adelaide University decried the misinterpretation of Australian research into tooth decay. Conspiracy theorists such as Paul Connett (of the quack-group "Fluoride Action Network") were, you see, falsely claiming that the Australians' work had shown no benefit from water fluoridation.
"Dr Connett misrepresents the study as an analysis of the benefits of water fluoridation, which it was not," Spencer explained. "[Connett] also misinterprets the study's indirect evidence on the benefits of water fluoridation on decay. ... [O]ur work has repeatedly found support for the benefits of water fluoridation."
Jason Armfield, writing in June of 2005, cited multiple studies that establish the safety of water fluoridation programs. No link to cancer or any of the other diseases or conditions alleged to be the results of water fluoridation has ever been established. There is absolutely no credible evidence of this. It hasn't happened. It doesn't happen. It isn't true.
It also isn't true that the Nazis first used fluoride in their concentration camps. Let me repeat that: THE NAZIS DID NOT USE FLOURIDE. This claim is a favorite of the fluoride conspiracy theorists, but it simply never happened. One of the sources cited for this historical "fact" is Charles E. Perkins, who wrote a book called "The Truth about Water Fluoridation." Perkins, who thought fluoridation of drinking water was a communist plot, never mentions the Nazis in his book.
Conspiracy theorists claim Perkins wrote a letter to the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research in 1954. In the letter, he is supposed to have said that German chemists "worked out a very ingenious and far-reaching plan of mass-control ... through mass medication of drinking water supplies. … In this scheme of mass-control, sodium fluoride occupied a prominent place."
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