(Commentary printed in The Maui News on March 6, 1988)
Dr Sir John Whitman Ray
Due to the misinformation and apparent widespread ignorance concerning the subject of water fluoridation as indicated in the media, I believe it is imperative to establish the facts regarding this emotionally charged issue and by so doing, set the record straight:
1. One of the world’s most prestigious journals “Nature” (Vol. 322, July 10, 1986) answers the fluoridation questions more than satisfactorily. An examination of fluoridation trials and studies in the United States and throughout the world show that, “Large temporal reductions in dental decay...cannot be attributed to fluoridation. It is now time for a scientific re-examination of the alleged enormous benefits of fluoridation.”
2. Dr RN Mukherjee and Dr FH Sobels from the University of Leiden in Holland found that fluoride increased the frequency of genetic damage in sperm cells which were produced by laboratory animals exposed to X-rays. It is evident, from their studies, that fluoride inhibited the repair of DNA damaged by X-rays. Their conclusion: “Sodium fluoride resulted in a consistent and highly significant increase of the mutation (i.e. genetic damage) frequency. This effect is thought to result from interference with a repair process.”
3. Dr SI Voroshilin and co-workers from the Russian Research Institute of Industrial Health & Occupational Diseases concluded, “It would seem to us that fluoride could cause some kind of disturbance in the enzymes that are related to the mechanism of DNA repair and synthesis.”
4. Dr A Iarez from the Department of Toxicology from Central University of Venezuela in Caracas reported that, “Fluoride added to the drinking water of female rats produced birth defects in their offspring.” Those involved in birthing our children know of the huge increase in birth defects and deformities in large cities where fluoridation is used.
5. Dr Robert Carton, quoted in the Spring 1987 issue of the Centre for Health Action's publication “Update” states, “The fluoride standard was based on political pressures without any regard to the facts.” We are well aware of the political pressures and controls related to the desires of vested interest.
6. In this day of numerous highly contagious and death dealing immune deficiency disorders, the use of fluoridation in the water supply in any amount would be highly irresponsible and suicidal. Please note: Dr Sheila Gibson from the University of Glasgow showed that fluoride, at levels comparable to those found in the blood of people living in fluoridated areas, decreased migration rate of human white blood cells. This directly affects adversely the immune system. Dr Gibson found that only a six hour exposure of white blood cells to as little as 0.1 parts per million fluoride inhibits the white blood cell migration rate by 21 percent. One part per million inhibits the white blood cell migration rate by 85 percent and 2 parts per million has a conclusive zero percent relative migration rate! This indicated that a continued use of fluoridation in the drinking water could result in the total destruction of the immune response.
7. Dr J Gabrovsek, a research dentist at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine stated in a published paper: “Because of the inhibitory effects of NaF (sodium fluoride) in phagocytosis and leukotaxis (the migration of white blood cells) which are basic defence mechanisms, I have doubts about the absolute safety of water fluoridation on a long term basis.”
8. Dr John Yiamouyiannis, author of Fluoride the Aging Factor and worldwide authority on fluoridation and its statistical relationship to cancer, has shown conclusively that fluoride damages body repair and rejuvenation capabilities and does in fact bring about the visible symptoms of aging such as wrinkled skin and arthritis. He states: “Since the first publication of this book in 1983, a number of important articles have been published by researchers from around the world and their findings are included in this second edition. While I am gratified to know that my conclusions in 1983 have been confirmed and extended rather than disproved by the results of this new research, I feel a greater sorrow in having to watch the unnecessary suffering brought about by fluoride.”
9. As a physician, international health educator and seminar speaker, I have found that an individual who drinks fluoridated water reduces the ability of the body to rejuvenate and regain youthful health. I have found through the use of live blood cell analysis that those who drink fluoridated water regularly have a relatively inactive migration rate of white blood cells thus rendering their immune system ineffective.
10. It is only reasonable to the candid and reflective mind that one cannot enhance the immune response and destroy it at the same time. My life work involves enhancing the body's immune response and the rejuvenating capacities of the body. In the interests of our children, our friends and ourselves, we need to educate each other and expose those who would enforce the addition of a known toxic substance (sodium fluoride) to our hopefully pure water system. Every effort should be made to stop the systematic destruction of our immune response by demanding without compromise the assurance of a continual pure water supply free from the addition of toxic and cancer causing chemicals. (Before you judge this statement, get the facts, read Fluoride the Aging Factor by Dr John Yiamouyiannis and then rest secure that you are walking on solid ground regarding the fluoridation battle.)
11. Order the book Fluoride the Aging Factor by Dr John Yiamouyiannis from Health Action Press, 6439 Taggert Road, Delaware, OH 43015. Distribute this to your friends.
12. Order “Update” from Centre for Health Action, PO Box 80270, Forest Park Station, Springfield, MA 01138.
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