Fluoride, as a household word, has been connected with claims of enhanced oral health and hygiene for so long that many people are now unaware that fluorine, the gaseous element that fluorides come from, is one of the most unstable, reactive and toxic elements in the known universe. Fluorine is so volatile that under normal circumstances it cannot exist in its elemental state for more than a few seconds, before it has reacted and bonded with some other substance.
|Henri Moissan (left) and an assistant are shown during an
experiment. Moissan’s isolation of fluorine gas gave
industrialists the power to produce vast profits, as well as
horrendous damage to human health and the environment.
In nature, it is usually found in rocks like fluorite. However, metallurgists had known for a long time that adding fluorite to metal ores was making it easier to extract iron during the smelting process. . Then in the 1600s, hydrofluoric acid was discovered. Ever since, it has been used for etching glass because of its extremely caustic properties. The industrial potential for fluorine seemed limitless. Still, its toxicity and volatility was an ever-present danger. Early attempts to isolate fluorine in the laboratory usually ended in injury or death.
Finally in 1886, Henri Moissan succeeded in isolating fluorine gas in the laboratory. This feat helped Massion to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1906. In the laudatory remarks for the occasion we read,
The whole world has admired the great experimental skill with which you have studied that savage beast among the elements .
It’s important to note the colorful language used here, because as we shall see, fluorine is indeed “savage” in its effects on human health and the environment. It’s interesting, that while Moissan escaped death while discovering how to isolate fluorine, he may have ultimately succumbed to its deadly effects in the long run. Only two months after receiving his Nobel prize, Moissan died of a ruptured appendix. In at least one study, gastrointestinal illness has been linked to acute overexposure to fluoride, which is not nearly as toxic as the pure fluorine gas he was probably exposed to in his experiments 
Once fluorine could be produced on an industrial scale, it’s toxic legacy would become forever linked with another twentieth century industrial element, aluminum. Industrialists had been working for years to make mass aluminum production economically feasible. The Hall-Heroult process, also discovered in 1886 made this possible. Once bauxite is reduced into aluminum oxide, it is then smelted into aluminum by using cryolite. Cryolite is a mineral compound containing sodium and fluorine, which extracts the aluminum from melted ore through electrolysis. The extremely toxic waste left behind is sodium fluoride . This smelting process continues to be one of the principal sources of the fluoride added to municipal water supplies . However, most fluoride for involuntary fluoridation comes from the fertilizer industry.
This is where the story gets more complex and frankly, sickening both morally and physically. Leftover highly toxic fluoride industrial waste from aluminum smelting had become a huge environmental and legal problem for ALCOA, the monopolist manufacturer of aluminum of the day. It’s was piling up in factories. It was leaking into the air. ALCOA was also brazenly dumping it into rivers where it was causing havoc and misery to both humans and animals. . Class action lawsuits were piling up for the aluminum, steel and fertilizer industries and the manufacturers needed a solution.
tries to put itself in an altruistic light with the it’s-for-the-children argument, the millions of
Americans with dental fluorosis, a disease brought on by fluoride intake, tells another story, Water fluoridation destroys teeth and provides steady income in the form of dentures, crowns, bridges and root canals.   . Now I’m not saying that dentists are evil, but the indoctrination process they go through leaves little room for dissent on the fluoride issue .
Still, the most effective tactic of the fluoridators has been to discredit and marginalize anyone who questions or tries to tell the truth about fluoride’s devastating effects. As Bernays himself wrote in his book Propaganda,
If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway… Because man is by nature gregarious he feels himself to be member of a herd, even when he is alone in his room with the curtains drawn. His mind retains the patterns which have been stamped on it by the group influences. .
|The fake dental check-up card, the child’s gleeful
excitement, the homesy Norman Rockwell
painting, the professional endorsements
and the clincher catch-phrase make fluoride seem
wholesome and harmless.
In the case of fluoride, we have clear undeniable evidence of how this process works. In 1951, at the Fourth Annual Conference of State Dental Directors, the transcript of the minutes from that conference contain many shocking admissions. At this conference, the speakers coached the attendees on what to say to concerned citizens and opposition forces on the matter of mass fluoridation. Dr F.A. Bull instructed the directors in these words,
The question of toxicity is on the same order. Lay off it altogether. Just pass it over. ‘We know there is absolutely no effect other than reducing tooth decay,’ you say, and go on. If it becomes an issue, then you will have to take it over, but don’t bring it up yourself. 
If you go to the transcript above, you’ll find even more of Dr. Bull’s unsettling suggestions. However, I could not leave out this one. When the subject of dental fluorosis comes up, Dr. Bull made this recommendation
Now we tell them this, that at one part per million dental fluorosis brings about the most beautiful teeth that anyone ever had. And we show them pictures of such teeth. We don’t try to say there’s no such thing…but you have to have an answer.
The crazy thing is not that Dr. Bull encourages the propagandists to invert the truth about fluoride poisoning, it’s the that the ADA originally recommended only 1 ppm of fluoride to provide 1 mg per day, from the tap water. That was in 1951. Today, with most people brushing with fluoride toothpaste, consuming processed food and drink with fluoridated water, most families cooking with tap water, hot baths and showers with fluoridated water, the amount of fluoride that the average American is exposed to on a daily basis is probably much higher than the original 1 mg per day target.  . With that in mind, the EPA maximum allowable amount for drinking water is 4 ppm. . That’s a level probably no one would have said was safe sixty years ago.
With the experts fielding questions, the fluoridators knew that they had the groups they needed on board. Th government agencies like the PHS and CDC helped to spread the propaganda that Bernays and his team cooked up.
Mass fluoridation solved problems for several groups. I’m afraid there’s no way around it, the medical and dental professions bring in a lot more money with fluoridation. Because of its damaging effects on the intellect, people are more compliant and less likely to question authority . And as mentioned before, there’s something we always have to keep in mind; the fluoride that finds its way into municipal water supplies and toothpaste is industrial waste, leftover from aluminum, fertilizer, nuclear and cement manufacturing  . Mass fluoridation gives some of these industries a way out of having to properly and legally dispose of the lethal buildup.
While, admittedly there is no final proof of collusion between all of these groups, there is a mountain of circumstantial evidence. What cannot be denied any longer is that fluoride is wrecking our fragile ecosystems and human health.
Yet, according to the fluoridators, we should all bathe our legitimate concerns and our brains in toxic fluorine. When we develop kidney stones, arthritis, cataracts, dementia, acne, heart disease, respiratory ailments or some other malady that has been linked to fluoride, we should should just smile and say “Look Mom–no cavities!”
For those who want to look into the history, science and politics of fluoride, I’ve included links to websites and books that I used in researching this article. In my next piece, I’ll share what I’ve found out about how we can rid our bodies of fluoride calcification, find sources of better nutrition and hydration and protect our health and longevity through reclaiming our own biochemistry.
“Edward Bernays.” Wikipedia. Web. 15 May 2015.
“Fluorine.” Wikipedia. Web. 15 May 2015.
Waldbott, G.L., A.W. Burgstahler, and H.L. McKinney. “Industry and Fluoride.” Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma. Lawrence: Coronado, 1978. 295-305. Print.