Letter: Heed the dangers of flouride
Next time you have a mouthful of fluoride-laced toothpaste in your mouth, read the warning: “Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away.” But why?
Most of us believe what we’re told by consumer industries, and we even ignore the facts from high school chemistry — that fluoride is a compound containing fluorine, an element with chemical imbalance that causes it to tear electrons from nearby elements.
This results in amazing reactions: melts through steel; reacts violently with most organic material and is essential in the smelting of aluminum from clays. Thankfully, most fluorine is bound up with salts, (fluorides) making it less destructive to the entire periodic chart. But fluorides are essential in the manufacture of plutonium, and massive quantities became the byproduct of the birth of the atomic bomb. What to do with these highly toxic byproducts, and tremendous liability for the industry, with worker poisonings at Oak Ridge Laboratory looming? Look up Edward Bernays, public relations genius, who helped suffragettes express their independence by smoking cigarettes in marches; and Dr. Robt Kehoe, a Department of Defense toxicologist, who declared that fluoride could prevent tooth decay (so does mercury and embalming fluid). Kehoe also helped to ease fears about lead; that it was safe to add to gasoline. Uranium is also an antibiotic — get some on sale.
Our war on “bugs” is a failure; what we need is a balance of “bugs” — fungi may save humanity; probiotics are helping millions; make peace with nature, and live.
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