By William Carmichael
The Establishment can't hide the truth any longer - fluoride
is a carcinogen: i.e., a cancer-causing agent.
For more than 13 years various agencies of the U.S.
government, in collusion with the American Dental
association (ADA) and aluminum producers, have been
working to prevent the results of a study linking fluoride
and cancer from becoming public knowledge.
For decades, concerned scientists and lay people who
tried to warn the public about the dangers of fluoride
were derided as kooks and nuts, right wingers who saw
a communist conspiracy in simple public health measure-
fluoridation of the nation's drinking water.
The disinformation campaign intended to obscure the
real health hazards of fluoride is crumbling. But the
battle isn't over. "This is just the beginning," Dr. John
Yiamouyiannis told The SPOT-LIGHT. "If we go to sleep
now, the pro-fluoride forces will rebury the test results,
and we'll be back where we started."
Yiamouyiannis, a biochemist and president of the Safe
Water Foundation (SWF), was one of two researchers
who first determined the fluoride-cancer link.
In 1977, epidemiological studies by Dr. Dean Burk,
former head of the U.S. National Cancer Institute's cell
chemistry section, and Yiamouyiannis showed that
fluoridation is linked to about 10,000 cancer deaths yearly.
As a result of these efforts, Congress mandated that
studies be conducted to find out if fluoride is carcinogenic.
Those government-ordered studies were conducted. The
results were positive. "But they were hidden," said
Yiamouyiannis. "Over 120 million Americans are being
chronically poisoned by fluoridation," he told The SPOT-LIGHT.
"In addition," he said, "fluoridation is responsible for 40
million cases of arthritis, dental deformity in 8 million
children, allergic reactions in 2 million people and
overall 10,000 unnecessary cancer deaths every year."
The government tests were designed to determine
whether water fluoridation results in an increase in
human cancer risk. They were conducted by the National
Toxicology Program (NTP) under the auspices of the U.S.
Public Health Service (PHS). PHS is a leading promoter
of fluoridation," Yiamouyiannis points out.
The NTP tests confirmed what the Burk-Yiamouyiannis
tests 13 years earlier had shown-fluoride is carcinogenic.
Fluoride caused bone cancer and increased the rate of
oral cancer. "The NTP studies were not the first
animal studies to show that fluoride is carcinogenic,"
Yiamouyiannis told The SPOT-LIGHT.
Research from St Louis University, the Nippon [Japan]
Dental College and the University of Texas show that
fluoride has the ability to induce tumors, cancers and
stimulate rumor growth rate." Late last year, the SWF
obtained "carcinogenicity studies with sodium fluoride
performed by Proctor and Gamble" which had been
submitted to - but covered up by -the PHS for four
years. "Dose-dependent increases were observed in every
parameter tested," said Yiamouyiannis. These results
will be published shortly."
ADA LIKES IT
Meanwhile, the ADA has gone on record as supporting
water fluoridation as the "safest, most effective and
most economical public health measure."
Yiamouyiannis called this statement "absurd." Not only is
a carcinogen not "safe," said the Ph.D. biochemist, but
"studies show that adding fluoride to the public water
supply does not reduce tooth decay. Dr. Anthony Bolte,
dental director of Proctor and Gamble, concluded that
fluoride in water does not reduce tooth decay," said
Bolte's report contains the statement that the claim that
fluoridation prevent tooth decay "is inconsistent with
technology of the 1990's.
The government-ordered studies were supposed to be
completed in 1980. The first was completed in 1984 and
the second in 1987. Both sets of results were kept from
the American public. The SWF filed Freedom of
Information Act requests and obtained the results.
"All tests came out positive [i.e., establishing a
fluoride-cancer link]," said Yiamouyiannis, "We've got to
get moving on this," Yiamouyiannis told The SPOTLIGHT.
We've got to tell our elected officials that we know
fluoride causes cancer and that we don't want a
carcinogen introduced into our drinking water."
He said the government's "maximum containment level
goal" for fluoride in the drinking water should be 0.5
parts per million.
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