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Letter: Dangerous water

The first fluoride "authority" was Dr. Robert Kehoe. Preaching from the industrial-funded Kettering Institute, his mantra was, "The question of the public safety of fluoridation is nonexistent from the viewpoint of medical science." Simultaneously Kehoe advocated for the safety of leaded gasoline. He successfully obscured lead's horrendous effects for decades, causing incalculable damage, especially to children.

Dr. Harold Hodge was the "world's leading expert" of fluoride toxicology into the '70s. Years later, the Pulitzer Prize was awarded for revealing the unsuspecting human subjects Harold injected with plutonium as the lead toxicologist of the Manhattan Project (atomic bomb).

By 1990, Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, head of research for the Forsyth Institute, had implemented a revolutionary computer program that measured fluoride's effect on rats. She demonstrated, for the first time, the potential for motor dysfunction, IQ deficits and/or learning disabilities in humans. Industry asked if its products could lower a child's IQ. Mullenix answered, "Basically, yes." By 1996 her research grants and funding had vanished, her academic career crushed.

Before the new millennium, the establishment had conceded the astonishing fact that this fierce debate was and is based on a false premise. The "systemic" paradigm (gut to tooth) that launched fluoridation was discarded. The establishment admitted swallowing fluoride is useless since its benefit is topical (rubbed or smeared on).

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization, British Medical Journal, etc., concurred that tooth decay during the 20th century was essentially the same with or without fluoridation! People were eating better, using fluoridated toothpaste and employing a dentist. Europe began removing fluoride, and in 2002 Belgium made selling fluoride supplements a crime. Humanity was waking up — time for propaganda to put us back to sleep once again.

In 1999 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed fluoridation "among the 10 greatest public-health milestones of the 20th century." Paradoxically, the CDC also stated that "the major benefit of fluoride is topical, not systemic." Thus the great "milestone" is, in reality, a great "millstone" borne by infants. Obvious propaganda because if one assertion is true, the other must be false.

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The establishment swears that the only downside to fluoridation is dental fluorosis; however, not to worry — fluorosis is simply "cosmetic," a "sparkle" that enhances the smile of about one-third of our population, which Wikipedia attributes to "excessive fluoride ingestion" in early years. Dental fluorosis is, in fact, the first visible sign of fluoride poisoning; ask Harold — he knew.

After decades of pushing supplements to infants (a crime in Belgium), agencies now agree that limiting fluoride in early years reduces dental fluorosis. Nary a whisper of rats with issues or children with lower IQ even as fluoride is linked to multiple diseases in multiple studies ("Fluoridation may not prevent cavities, scientific review shows," June 29, and "Water fluoridation linked to higher ADHD rates," March 10, Newsweek).

Fetuses and infants are, by far, the most vulnerable. Surrounded by fluoride, mother's milk is essentially free of this developmental neurotoxin. Until we wake up and end this debacle, it is imperative that parents not mix baby formula with fluoridated water or allow their infant to drink it.

Will Kesler

Snowmass Village