Letter: Fluoride equals poison

I like a good story or fairy tale as much as anyone. However, when you repeatedly hear the same story, you have to come to the realization of whether the story is true or false.

The person telling the story also plays an important role. You may expect a different outcome to your story if you have Jack the Ripper or Grandma telling the story.

Dr. James Hagadorn wrote a recent column (“Colorado, an inspiration for fluoridation,” commentary, April 24, The Aspen Times) with the same old story that has been told since the 1940s. The story goes that fluoride was first “discovered” in Colorado and since then it has been a godsend for people and their teeth.

While this may be a nice story, it is not truly how fluoride came to be put into our water. There are two glaring mistruths that continue to be told and people seem to continue to swallow.

The origin of the fluoride that is put into our water originally came from the Manhattan Project. Sodium fluoride was used to cure uranium which was used to make the atom bomb. In seeking to develop the atomic bomb, many entities were involved in the research and development of the bomb. This included government, military, industry, banking and other groups.

When the bomb was developed there were huge amounts of sodium fluoride sitting around. Based on the incredibly damaging impacts on the communities where sodium fluoride was used, members of the Manhattan Project knew that they had to come up with a clever way to get rid of all of this fluoride.

Edward Bernays, also known as “The Father of Propaganda,” was recruited to find a solution to this dilemma. He had already established himself as a marketing wizard for creating the campaign that smoking was healthy for people to do.

His campaign was to create a campaign that fluoride was good to put in your body (hey, they fell for it before). Now instead of putting huge amounts of money into properly disposing of this hazardous money, the forces in control could make fortunes by selling it to towns and put it into the water systems. Realize that if you or I were to put sodium fluoride (fluorosilic acid) in the waterways today that we would be heavily fined.

The second deception that is continually played on the people is that all fluoride seems to be the same. The form of fluoride that Mother Earth provides is extremely different than the industrial fluoride formula that is scraped from fertilizer smokestacks. Yet, the pro-fluoriders readily interchange the word fluoride to confuse us into thinking that fluoride is a benign substance.

Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Harvard, Lancet (the oldest medical journal), and other organizations state that fluoride (all forms) is a neurotoxin. A neurotoxin is a poison to your nervous system. Your nervous system controls your body, including your immune system.

We are being poisoned at alarming rates these days. More people are recognizing that environmental toxins play a significant role in the epidemic of chronic diseases.

Yet, Aspen, Snowmass, and Glenwood Springs continue to put a known poison into our water systems. How can this be done with any conscience?

The bottom line is that we should all be able to choose what we put into our bodies. There are groups who are at risk (infants, elderly and those with thyroid and kidney conditions). There is no monitoring of who gets how much. There is not one group who will assume responsibility of the negative impacts this toxic substance has on our bodies.

It is time to stop telling the same stories and fairy tales and pull back the curtain. This is one of the biggest scams that have been pulled over on the American people.

Now is the time to stop this insanity, stop believing the lies, and stop poisoning our water.

Tom Lankering