Like to read some interesting history? And what’s my take from this history?
- An industry had a toxic waste byproduct they wanted to dispose of.
- As happens so often today, someone from the industry in question magically changed jobs, and became head of the government agency that regulated his old industry.
- Under the new leadership, changes are made to regulations that are of no benefit or are actually a detriment to the common citizen, but immensely benefit the industry the new regulator came from.
- Most don’t realize what’s happening, and if they do, they say, ‘oh well, there’s nothing I can do’. I am asking for your vote for mayor, so there is something you can do.
How did the fluoridation of water begin?
In 1945, three North American cities—Grand Rapids, Michigan; Newburgh, NY; and Brantford, Ontario—began trials in which fluoride was added to the public drinking water. Before any of these trials were completed, the United States Public Health Services (USPHS) began to endorse mass fluoridation of public drinking water.
This was a strange phenomenon, given that the USPHS and the American Dental Association (ADA) had been adamantly against the addition of fluoride to drinking water for years. In October 1944, the Journal of the American Dental Association published this statement about fluoride in water:
- We do know that the use of drinking water containing as little as 1.2 to 3.0 parts per million of fluoride will cause such developmental disturbances as osteosclerosis, spondylosis, and osteropetrosis, as well a goiter; and we cannot afford to run the risk of producing such serious systemic disturbances…
By 1950, however, the ADA had changed its recommendation and approved the addition of fluoride without any further evidence regarding the safety of adding it to our water. Even when the three initial studies were concluded, there was no evidence that fluoridated water posed a benefit to dental health.
It is interesting to note that, in 1947, the Chief Counsel of the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) became the head of the United States Public Health Service. At the time, ALCOA was the biggest producer of hazardous fluoride waste. The head of ALCOA provided very strong incentives to the American Dental Association to support the fluoridation of water. Today, the ADA is paid well to endorse the fluoridation of water. Grants are awarded to researchers who can show that fluoride is beneficial.