[back] Fluoridation

Former Fan of Flouridation Now Warns of its Perils
>> by Barry Forbes
>> The Tribune, Mesa, AZ
>> Sunday, December 5, 1999
>> "Reproduced With Permission"
>> "Why'd you do it, Doc?  Why'd you toss the fluoride folks overboard?"
>> I had just tracked down Dr. Hardy Limeback, B.Sc., Ph.D in Biochemistry,
>> D.D.S., head of the Department of Preventive Dentistry for the
>> University of Toronto, and president of the Canadian Association for
>> Dental Research.  (Whew.)
>> Dr. Limeback is Canada's leading fluoride authority and, until recently,
>> the country's primary promoter of the controversial additive.
>> In a surprising newsmaker interview this past April, Dr. Limeback
>> announced a dramatic change of heart.  "Children under three should
>> never use fluoridated toothpaste," he counseled.  "Or drink fluoridated
>> water.  And baby formula must never be made up using Toronto tap water.
>> Never."
>> Why, I wondered?  What could have caused such a powerful paradigm shift?
>> "It's been building up for a couple of years," Limeback told me during a
>> recent telephone interview.  "But certainly the crowning blow was the
>> realization that we have been dumping contaminated fluoride into water
>> reservoirs for half a century.  The vast majority of all fluoride
>> additives come from Tampa Bay, Florida smokestack scrubbers.  The
>> additives are a toxic byproduct of the super-phosphate fertilizer
>> industry."
>> "Tragically," he continued, "that means we're not just dumping toxic
>> fluoride into our drinking water.  We're also exposing innocent,
>> unsuspecting people to deadly elements of lead, arsenic and radium, all
>> of them carcinogenic.  Because of the cumulative properties of toxins,
>> the detrimental effects on human health are catastrophic."
>> A recent study at the University of Toronto confirmed Dr. Limeback's
>> worst fears.  "Residents of cities that fluoridate have double the
>> fluoride in their hip bones vis-a-vis the balance of the population.
>> Worse, we discovered that fluoride is actually altering the basic
>> architecture of human bones."
>> Skeletal fluorosis is a debilitating condition that occurs when fluoride
>> accumulates in bones, making them extremely weak and brittle.  The
>> earliest symptoms?
>> "Mottled and brittle teeth," Dr. Limeback told me.  "In Canada we are
>> now spending more money treating dental fluorosis than we do treating
>> cavities.  That includes my own practice."
>> One of the most obvious living experiments today, Dr. Limeback believes,
>> is a proof-positive comparison between any two Canadian cities.  "Here
>> in Toronto we've been fluoridating for 36 years.  Yet Vancouver - which
>> has never fluoridated - has a cavity rate lower than Toronto's."
>> And, he pointed out, cavity rates are low all across the industrialized
>> world - including Europe, which is 98% fluoride free.  Low because of
>> improved standards of living, less refined sugar, regular dental
>> checkups, flossing and frequent brushing.  Now less than 2 cavities per
>> child Canada-wide, he said.
>> "I don't get it, Doc.  Last month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
>> ran a puff piece all across America saying the stuff was better than
>> sliced bread.  What's the story?"
>> "Unfortunately," he replied, "the CDC is basing its position on data
>> that is 50 years old, and questionable at best.  Absolutely no one has
>> done research on fluorosilicates, which is the junk they're dumping into
>> the drinking water."
>> "On the other hand," he added, "the evidence against systemic fluoride
>> in-take continues to pour in."
>> "But Doc, the dentists."
>> ". have absolutely no training in toxicity," he stated firmly.   "Your
>> well-intentioned dentist is simply following 50 years of misinformation
>> from public health and the dental association.  Me, too.   Unfortunately,
>> we were wrong."
>> Last week, Dr. Hardy Limeback addressed his faculty and students at the
>> University of Toronto, Department of Dentistry.  In a poignant,
>> memorable meeting, he apologized to those gathered before him.
>> "Speaking as the head of preventive dentistry, I told them that I had
>> unintentionally mislead my colleagues and my students.  For the past 15
>> years, I had refused to study the toxicology information that is readily
>> available to anyone.  Poisoning our children was the furthest thing from
>> my mind."
>> "The truth," he confessed to me, "was a bitter pill to swallow.   But
>> swallow it I did."
>> South of the border, the paradigm shift has yet to dawn.  After half a
>> century of delusion, the CDC, American Dental Association and Public
>> Health stubbornly and skillfully continue to manipulate public opinion
>> in favor of fluoridation.
>> Meantime, study after study is delivering the death knell of the deadly
>> toxin.  Sure, fluoridation will be around for a long time yet, but
>> ultimately its supporters need to ready the life rafts.  The poisonous
>> waters of doubt and confusion are bound to get choppier.
>> "Are lawsuits inevitable?" I asked the good doctor.   "Remember tobacco,"
>> was his short, succinct reply.

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