Fluoride is a bio-accumulative, endocrine disrupting,
neurotoxic carcinogen – not a nutrient
Fluoride, Asbestos, Uranium, Lead and Tobacco (FAULT) are multibillion dollar industries that have
caused immeasurable harm to humans who have recently discovered that decades of propaganda
claims that the products are “safe and effective” are demonstrably false. Each of these industries has
a history of denial of harm, suppression of evidence, attempts to avoid litigation and compensation
of victims. In a last ditch attempt to retain public drinking water as a conduit for disposal of Fluoride,
an industrial waste product, myth-mongers are attempting to promulgate the “Big Lie” that Fluoride
is a nutrient.
The huge literature resource on Fluoride includes descriptive terms including:
Low-dose Endocrine Disruptor
These terms are not used by promoters of Fluoride chemicals and papers that include them are
deliberately excluded from sham “studies” of the “safety and efficacy” of Fluoridation [see for
example, discussion in Deal 2015, Saul 2012].
As pointed out many years ago, the acute toxicity of Fluoride has been underestimated and is as
little as 0.1 mg/kg [Akiniwa 1997].
Some human populations have been exposed to volcanic emissions rich in Fluoride. As mentioned
recently [Pain 2015a], the largest recorded knock down of humans, animals and crops by Fluoride
was the eruption of Lakagígar in Iceland over an eight-month period between 1783 and 1784, where
a mixture of Hydrogen Fluoride and Sulfur Dioxide is estimated to have claimed up to 6 million lives
directly or indirectly (through starvation due to loss of livestock and crops) in the Northern
Hemisphere [Wikipedia 2015].
Research at the molecular level has shown that some other life forms have evolved the machinery,
absent in humans, to eliminate the Fluoride toxin from their cells, [Li 2013, Stockbridge 2015].
Fluoride is a bio-accumulative toxin that our bodies attempt to eject through the kidneys, hair, skin
and nails. Fluoride is a member of the so-called “bone-seeking” poisons due to its ability to displace
hydroxyl groups in the Hydroxyapatite that forms the mineral content of our bones.
Fluoride is readily absorbed directly through the oral tissues – no need to swallow!
In the stomach a large proportion of Fluoride is converted to the extremely hazardous, tissue
necrotizing, Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) molecule, a gas at body temperature. HF then readily migrates
through the airways, stomach and intestines to wreak havoc throughout the body [Sauerheber
Humans evolved with access to surface rainwater and were initially dependent on the obvious
sources of creeks, rivers, lakes and springs that contained little or no Fluoride. Only relatively
recently in human evolution have humans accessed groundwater through sunk wells, and this has
led to identification of major hazards such as Arsenic and Fluoride.
Indeed the groundwater Fluoride problem is now recognized by the World Health Organization
 which states that Fluoride causes an extensive toll of human suffering and lists:
Reduced IQ scores in children (see also Xiang 2003)
Dental and skeletal fluorosis
Calcification of tendons and ligaments
Chonic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Exacerbation of Asthma
Ischaemic Heart disease
Carcinoma of the Tracea
Skin Diseases (perhaps referring to Fluoroderma here)
Hearing and Visual disorders
Cognitive Decline in older people
It is of particular interest that WHO  now states that Fluoride is more toxic than Lead.
The Queensland Government  summarizes the toxicity of Fluoride as follows:
“Acute fluoride poisoning is manifested by vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, cyanosis, severe
weakness, dyspnoea, muscle spasms, paresis and paralyses, cardiovascular disorders including
ventricular fibrillation, convulsions, coma and death. Fluoride kills by blocking normal cellular
metabolism. Fluoride inhibits enzymes, particularly metallo-enzymes involved in essential processes,
causing vital functions such as the initiation and transmission of nerve impulses to cease. The strong
affinity of fluoride for calcium leads to hypocalcaemia”.
In 2007 a rushed and defective review of Fluoride [NHMRC 2007] dispersed its findings of evidence
of harm, which I have collated and presented below. Those marked with an asterisk were classified
by the NHMRC as supported by statistically significant data:
Cancer – Takahashi 2001*
Mental retardation (High F, Low I)*
Urinary stone disease*
Decreased Bone Density
Anaemia during pregnancy
Age at menarche
Sudden infant death
Despite being a specific requirement of the NHMRC tender, the review omitted its findings on the
known impact of Fluoride on the kidney and those who suffer kidney disease [NHMRC 2007 Part B].
One of the most significant findings against Fluoride is the discovery that hydroxyapatite enhances
the mitogenesis of mammary cells, amplifying the malignant process and resulting in accelerated
tumor growth [Wilson 2014]. Recently Fluoride, delivered by mandated fluoridation, has been linked
to Hypothyroidism [Peckham 2015], Diabetes and Obesity [Vandenberg 2012, Pain 2015b], Pre-term
Birth and Impaired Neurodevelopment [McArthur 2015] and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD) [Malin 2015].
Fluoride Toxicity Denial
The Fluoride industry suffered greatly after discovery that the ozone layer has been severely
damaged by release of chlorofluorocarbons and more recently that long-chain fluorocarboxylates,
used as foaming agents, represent another environmental disaster.
Fluoride, Asbestos, Uranium, Lead and Tobacco (FAULT) are all part of a sad tendency in human
history to succumb to promotion of consumerism through scientific ignorance.
Australian Governments have conspired to suppress relevant public health data and in particular for
vulnerable groups [Yazahmeidi 2007].
Fluoride toxicity denial resembles Global Overheating denial. Politicians have been duped by the
Fluoride industry and are reluctant to admit that they have caused suffering to hundreds of millions
of people through forced fluoridation of public drinking water supplies.
For the bureaucrats who have sanctioned or actively promoted water fluoridation to admit that they
have given the wrong advice to the politicians for decades is a question of conscience that leads to
fear of exposure, loss of position, reputation and belief in self.
Denial is a psychological crutch.
Some of these bureaucrats, including scientists and medicos, have developed a strategy that goes
beyond denial to the mongering of myths.
The Big Lie – Claiming Fluoride is a “Nutrient”
In 1954 the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council became concerned about the
high levels of Fluoride intake by people working in hot conditions, stating: “cane-cutters in
Bundaberg consume as much as 10 litres per day of which 4 litres is tea” “Assuming 0.5 ppm in the
water and 2.5 ppm in the tea, the maximum fluorine intake could be 16.5 mg/day”. Note that today,
1.5 ppm Fluoride is allowed in Australian fluoridation, so that such workers would actually consume
26.5 mg/day. This is about one-twelfth the lethal dose. This comes as a shock to many interested in
nutrition [Stanton 2015].
The fundamental nutritional studies of Fluoride, proving it has no positive role in human
development are more than half a century old [Maurer 1957].
In 1963 the USFDA stated that Sodium Fluoride used for therapeutic effect [e.g. water fluoridation]
would be a drug, not a mineral nutrient [Lovering 1963]. In 1979, the USFDA ordered that all
government documents remove all references to fluoride as an "essential nutrient" or even a
"probable essential nutrient." “The USFDA has never received or ever reviewed, much less approved,
even the fluoride drops or tablets (which are pure pharmaceutical grade fluoride) for safety or
effectiveness”. [Kennedy D, personal communication].
In 1966 The International Society for Research on Nutrition, Vital Substances and the Diseases of
Civilization (founded by Dr. Albert Schweitzer in 1954) issued a statement opposing fluoridation
which included "fluoride is an enzyme poison which can cause irreversible and unpredictable
diseases." [cited in Connett 2015].
The United States Public Health Service stated “The United Sates Public Health Service does not say
sodium fluoride is an essential nutrient” [USPHS 1966].
Numerous scientific journals have subsequently published studies demonstrating that Fluoride is not
a nutrient [Diesendorf 1990].
The US National Research Council  stated “Fluoride is no longer considered an essential factor
for human growth and development”.
The American Dental Association [2000 cited in Connett 2002] and the Center for Disease Control
[2001 cited in Connett 2002] have both declared that there is no significant reduction in tooth decay
from the mechanism of ingested fluoride, including any relevant contribution from glandular saliva
following ingestion of fluoridated water.
In 2002 Belgium banned Fluoride deliberately added to salt [Belgium 2002].
The American College of Nutrition [Marshall 2004] warns against feeding babies infant formula made
up with fluoridated water.
The United States Food and Drug Administration  will not allow Fluoride to be added to
vitamins or supplements that claim a nutritional benefit.
The International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology , dentists opposed to
fluoridation, state that Fluoride is of no benefit for teeth.
As pointed out by Needham , the fluoride content of the body “is not under physiological
control and that is the fundamental factor that differentiates between a substance that is a nutrient
and one that is simply a contaminant”.
In 2011 the European Commission stated “Fluoride is not essential for human growth and
development” [SCHER 2011].
In 2011 in Australia and New Zealand, the Big Lie was stated, by anonymous authors, thus: “Fluoride
is necessary for the mineralisation of teeth and bones with approximately 99% of fluoride in the
body found in calcified tissues” [FSANZ 2012]. This study also deliberately prepared foods in non-
fluoridated water, thus resulting in false low estimation of Australian total dietary Fluoride intake.
In 2013 the United Nations and the World Health Organization officially recognized Fluoride as a
Low-Dose Endocrine Disruptor linked to Diabetes and Obesity [Bergman 2013, Vandenberg 2012].
The European Food Safety Authority [EFSA 2013] could not be clearer and states unequivocally
“Fluoride is not an essential nutrient” and also “No signs of fluoride deficiency have been
identified in humans”.
In 2014 the Israeli Government banned water fluoridation to protect the health of its citizens.
In 2015, flying in the face all the historical and rigorous science outlined above, the unsupported
claim was made in Ireland “thereby it (Fluoride) could be considered an essential dietary nutrient. As
with all dietary nutrients it is possible to have either too little or too much in the diet” [Sutton 2015].
In 2015 the Obama administration recommended a massive decrease in the allowable concentration
in American drinking water from 4 mg/litre to 0.7 mg/litre.
It’s Time to face the absurd contradictions
The perpetrators of the Fluoridation fraud and the Big Lie must not be allowed to claim that Fluoride
has any value as a nutrient. The overwhelming evidence of harm demands that the Australian and
New Zealand Governments unite with the scientifically literate world and eliminate all pretence by
FSANZ and the NHMRC that Fluoride has a place in any nutritional review or has a “Nutrient
Claims of economic benefit from fluoridation have been shown to be false [Ko 2015].
The current Fluoride review [Australian Government 2015] is absurd - stating for Fluoride that “there
is no evidence that the Australian and New Zealand population has any level of deficiency”. And yet
they propose to increase the fictional “adequate intake”!!!
The World Health Organization has begun to undo the damage that it has done by listing the known
harms caused by Fluoride. It must now cease promoting an “adequate intake”. The Australian
Therapeutic Goods Administration must act immediately to classify Fluoride, dispensed in any form,
as a drug, bringing it into line with previous Australia legal findings that it is medication, not “water
treatment” and is therefore subject to regulation of dose at the individual level with consumer
warnings of side effects [Verkerk 2010].
It would be shear lunacy to allow FSANZ and the NHMRC to increase allowable Upper Levels (ULs) of
Fluoride intake. The recommendation should be a target of Fluoride intake as low as reasonably
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