Fluoride, No Health Panacea

Letter to the Editor About Fluoride
Published in the Red Oak Express on February 10, 2015.

There are many issues our country is riddled with, but today I would like to talk about something that directly affects us here in Southwest Iowa every single day. That is water fluoridation (the addition of fluoride to our water supply). I propose that the towns of Montgomery County stop the fluoridation of our municipal waters on these grounds: ingestion of fluoridated water does not help prevent tooth decay, fluoride is not an essential nutrient, fluoride increases the chance of dental fluorosis among youth, and high amounts of fluoride toxicity can lead to various health risks including neurodegeneration, increase of bone fractures, thyroid diseases, male infertility, endocrine disruption, and much more.

Since the inception of water fluoridation in the 1950’s, there have been protests against it, but recently this trend has been growing. Portland, Oregon, has stopped the practice and many other smaller communities across the United States have come to the same consensus. Worldwide, over a 150 communities, since 2010, have stopped water fluoridation. This even includes such nearby locations as Crete, Norfolk, and Wahoo, Nebraska; and Lake View, Iowa. The state of Israel has adopted the movement to end fluoridation of water, as have various cities throughout Australia, Canada, and England. Many communities throughout Ireland, including Dublin, are now pushing for government reform on the country-wide mandatory fluoridation. In fact, most developed nations do not fluoridate their waters; Japan doesn’t fluoridate their water, nor does 97% of western Europe. The United States fluoridates more water than the rest of the world combined.

The most startling report I have seen recently has been from Harvard. A study from 2012, by Harvard School of Public Health, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, has demonstrated a link between areas with high water fluoridation and significant lower IQ scores among children; the conclusion supports possible “adverse effects of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment.” 42 other studies throughout the world have also come to this conclusion.

There is just too much information for me to cover in this letter, but my goal is to get the word out there, and to get the people talking and thinking about this issue. Please, I highly suggest you research the issue yourself so you can come to your own conclusion. For more information, I would highly encourage you to check out fluoridealert.org, which has information and sources to help you understand all the issues regarding this form of mass medication.

Andrew Jackson and the Bank

Andrew Jackson“Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal God, [*brings his fist down to the table*] I will rout you out!

From the original minutes of the Philadelphia committee of citizens sent to meet with President Jackson (February 1834), according to Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States (1928) by Stan V. Henkels – online PDF

Baby Boomers Buggy

The Baby Boomer Generation

… when the Baby Boomers pass away, our way of life will rapidly change.

I’ve had this theory and concern for awhile now, and I don’t exactly remember how it all started; I suppose it arose whenever I dove into critiquing the direction our society and culture is heading towards. I have tried sharing this thought with others, but I don’t know how well I have conveyed it. It doesn’t seem like others are able to follow along – or care to listen. I will say the two books “Brave New World” and “1984” had really fueled this idea (why aren’t these required reading any more?), along with the understanding of how the field of psychology really became a weapon used against the public; which may seem like such a broad allegation – which I can’t say that all of psychology was used negatively – but there certainly was a lot of research done on how to control the minds of the masses. Two big examples I would first like to point you towards is the work of Edward Bernays and his push for public relations/consumerism and B. F. Skinner’s work in the field of Behaviorism (there are many other prominent scientists who paved the way towards this era of scientific advancement (Darwin, Freud, Pavlov, Watson, etc.)… there are also many more studies and experiments that really test how far humans are willing to undermine one another; e.g. The Little Albert Experiment; Milgram Experiment; The Standford Prison Experiment).

Chevron-Ecuador Oil Spill

Oil Spilt

I caused an oil spill, but nothing like what’s shown above.

The other day I was working on my 2005 Subaru Outback. I was hoping to change my oil; I’ve never changed my own oil before so this was going to be an adventure… and that it was. I’m more of a computer person than I am a car person, but I’m looking to learn. Unfortunately, I don’t have any car ramps (I’ll be asking Santa for some this Christmas) but there’s enough room for me to barely squeeze underneath. I spotted an oil filter and a drum that looked like it would contain black gold. I thought to myself, “… Great, that’s pretty accessible, I can do this – no problem!” Like I said, I’m not much of a car person so I don’t have all the correct tools laying around. I found myself a paint tray to collect the oil and I had to order a new tool set because I didn’t have the needed 17mm socket wrench (acquiring tools is a good thing; after equipping myself with a decent toolset I feel like I can now become a father; every father has to have a toolset, don’t they? The toolset magically unlocks the ability for me to reproduce; I love leveling up).