The following words are an encapsulation of a five-page article titled “Fluoride, Teeth and the Atomic Bomb” by Joel Griffiths and Chris Bryson.
Fifty years after the U.S. began adding fluoride in public water supplies to reduce tooth decay for children in a controversial public health measure, declassified government documents reveal a connection between fluoride and the dawning nuclear age.
The declassified papers obtained by Griffiths and Bryson indicate “fluoride was the key chemical in atomic-bomb production. One of the most toxic chemicals known, fluoride rapidly emerged as the leading chemical health hazard of the U.S. atomic-bomb program. …”
“Much of the original evidence that fluoride was safe for humans in low doses was generated by A-bomb scientists, who had been secretly ordered to provide ‘evidence useful in litigation’ against defense contractors for fluoride injury to citizens. …”
How is it that more than 90 percent of European nations do not add fluoride to their drinking water while over half of U.S. citizens are now drinking fluoridated water?
“Information was buried,” according to Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, former head of toxicology at Forsyth Dental Center in Boston. Furthermore, “animal studies Mullenix and co-workers conducted at Forsyth in the early 1990s indicated that fluoride was a powerful central nervous system toxin and might adversely affect human brain functioning, even in low doses.”
The Chicot aquifer is a precious geologic gift of pure water serving Louisiana. Lawmakers in 2008 voted to make every community of more than 5,000 add fluoride to drinking water.
Research shows fluoride is a known toxin that affects brain development, causes thyroid damage, brings on brittle bones later in life and generates elevated levels of cancer.
Please urge all lawmakers to make Louisiana the first state to ban fluoride so that others might follow.
Thank City-Parish Council members for voting (8-1) in April to reject the fluoridation legislation. Our children will thank us.