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Fluoride and Organophosphates

To Whom It May Concern

When are people going to look at the obvious unobvious? Though fluoride is a potent, and I agree - pollution control by-product, fluoride is a very minor problem by itself. Most of the adverse affects of fluoride are from chemical synthesis. Thus, most look at the obvious... fluoride causes a problem.

Fluorine is one of the most reactive elements known and will combine with just about any compound present. The ide suffix on the end of a chemical name indicates that it is a compound and not an element, i.e. calcium fluoride or sodium fluoride. It is the, and I don't mean this in a derogatory way, ignorance of the public in matters of science which is causing the controversy.

Indeed, the anti-fluoride talk about the contaminates in the present use of different fluoride compounds is valid. But, for these contaminates to be a problem, the body must break them down and it is the breakdown process which is troublesome.

Fluoride again becomes fluorine. Oh yes, just for a mili-second, but fluorine none the less. The fluorine then combines with the other breakdown products from all the contaminates in our system to re-form new compounds. Now there are new fluoride compounds in the body, which may or may not be toxic.

Once, say sodium fluoride, one of the fluoride compounds causing so much concern right now, begins to break down the re-leased fluorine can combine with other elements or compounds. One of those can be say calcium, or becoming calcium fluoride. Calcium fluoride is the good fluoride (that is if you look at the tests to show the safety of fluoride). And, I am not so sure that calcium fluoride, by itself, is harmful but may be beneficial. Trouble is there are other metabolites (breakdown products) in the body besides calcium.

Now to the unobvious, and there is much literature on this including Senate testimony. Fluorine, when mixed with an organophosphate, becomes something quite hideous. Roundup is an organophosphate substance that comes to mind, which is a commonly used product and finding it's way into the food web. Oh, Monsanto says it doesn't but it is especially in roundup tolerant crops like soy, corn and tomatoes. Roundup, by itself, is not too awfully toxic, but as it is metabolized an organophosphorus is released, which is even less toxic than the mother chemical Roundup. Fluorine combines with phosphorus quite readily.

Organophosphorous compounds are cumulative. This is so whether the chemical industry wants to admit it or not, the cumulative action of organophosphrous compounds is well established by the National Academy of Sciences. Therefore, a person's body begins to be hit by cumulative organophosphate action. Organophosphates are also bio-cumulative. That is to say, they cause damage in successive generations. No one knows if the bio-cumulative action is from the compounds actually being passed to the next generation or if the bio-cumulative consequences are from DNA damage to the affected parent. But, hardly does it matter if bio-cumulative effect is from a passed on substance or from DNA damage, it is still bio-cumulative toxic action.

Now, to understand the extreme, and the unobvious obvious, consequences of the dynamic described above. Fluoridated organophosphates are some of the most toxic substances known and can have a delayed effect. Sarin, the war gas in Desert Storm, is a fluoridated organophosphate. So are many of our pesticides used on crops. The same crops on which Roundup is used. But to extend the problem, organophosphates are found in raw crude oil.

Also, to extend the problem of fluoridated organophosphorous compounds further, the effects of toxicity of these compounds at extremely low doses is not physiological but psychiatric, or mind altering. According to the U.S. Army, EEGs which looked just like a person was affected by LSD or mescaline and amphetamines simultaneously were a result of repeated low/dose fluoridated organophorous compounds. These EEG abnormalities could be found years after the last exposure and none of the people studied had ever had any physical symptoms.

The US began putting organophosphrous compounds, and extremely toxic ones I might add, en mass during WWII. These compounds were used as machine gun oil, hydraulic fluid and as plasticizers. Of course, the wartime technology began to spin off into the civilian sector almost immediately. It is interesting that fluoride compounds first began to be used in the civilian sector at exactly the same time.

I have given you just one way that the obvious unobvious effect of fluoridation is occurring. If I might, let me conclude with a quick synopsis. Water, unless it is distilled in a very clean laboratory, always has carbon compounds in it. How it gets there is just a natural process and is not of any concern at all. But, to keep the water safe for the public it has, for a long time, been thought wise to add chlorine. Even information for emergencies, and natural disasters tell us to add a small amount of chlorine bleach to unsafe drinking water.

What do you suppose you get when chlorine, another extremely chemically active substance, to a carbon in water? Why, that's easy, a chlorinated hydrocarbon. At extremely low levels to be sure, but chlorinated hydrocarbons none the less. This is the class of chemical that such things as DDT and chlordane belong. But, to add fluorine to the mix and a chloroflourocarbon is made. That's what we took out of spray cans to save the ozone. More though, Agent Orange had, as part of it's formula, chloroflourocarbons in it.

True enough, there wouldn't be very much chloroflourocarbon compounds in a glass of water. The amount would be below measurability. However, how much chlorinated and fluoridated water is used each day divided by the amount of one glass of water? That number is astronomical. We took chloroflourocarbons out of spray cans to save the ozone? That is about as useful as urinating on a forest fire.

To conclude, and this will only boggle the mind, but so be it. What is the total effect of combining metabolized fluoride compounds, organophosphorous compounds, and chlorinated hydrocarbon compounds all at the same time. Each of these compounds elicits their own set of behavior altering affects. The combination of effect is, well how many stars are in the sky and that number doesn't begin to define the possibilities, unfathomable.

I hope this has been useful in understanding what the real problem is concerning fluoride.

Bruce Haney- Author of "Brain Fog"

Bruce Haney passed on Dec. 29th 2007 at his home of a heart attack.