An article by anti-fluoridation campaigner Walter Graham provoked a strong response with one reader pointing out that one of toothpaste’s constituent parts is used to make sarin gas. Here are two letters, which have been slightly abridged due to space constraints.
Stephen McMurray, Newtownabbey writes: I recently came across an article in your paper regarding fluoride. It is worth noting that despite the Government saying it is safe, only a few months ago, the Government was accusing the Syrian regime of using chemical weapons of mass destruction and the so-called proof was alleged documents which showed British companies had sold sodium fluoride to Syria. It’s a sad reflection of the media’s warmongering hypocrisy that when a foreign country that the Western powers want to invade use Sodium fluoride it is a chemical weapon and yet, when Western governments use it, it is called medication to improve oral health. Sodium fluoride, is indeed, used in making sarin gas. It is also used in toothpaste. In both cases it is toxic. Hydrofluorosilicic acid, is even more toxic and that is what the British, Irish and American Governments put into the water supply in certain areas to supposedly help with dental hygiene. It would be interesting to see if the Chief Dental Officer, Mr Poots or most of the media could explain why, when this is put into toothpaste or the water supply this is not considered to be a chemical weapon attack by Governments against their own people particularly since sodium fluoride is so toxic that there is enough in a tube of toothpaste to kill a small child which is why the FDA in America have a poison warning on the tube. I must commend your paper on printing the excellent article which reveals the real truth about fluoride instead of the government’s propaganda and alerting the public to the dangers of this poison. A campaign to have fluoride removed from toothpaste and banned forever from our water supplies is needed.
A, Wills, Ruislip, writes: The fluoride used in water fluoridation is fluorosilicic acid - toxic waste from factories. It is more poisonous than lead and only slightly less so than arsenic. The American Dental Association state that babies milk should NOT be made up using fluoridated water & that a no/low fluoride bottled water should be used. Think of the expense for parents! The York Review found that almost half of children in fluoridated areas suffer permanent unsightly staining of teeth called fluorosis. A petition recently called for tested pharmaceutical-grade fluoride to be added to water instead of factory waste fluoride, because fluorosilicic acid is contaminated with arsenic, lead and mercury etc. But this was rejected. In a study published in February 2013 in ‘Environmental Science & Policy’ journal, Professor William Hirzy of American University, Washington, said using pharmaceutical-grade sodium fluoride instead of factory waste would reduce the cancer-causing arsenic in fluoridated drinking water by 99% He says this would save billions in reduced bladder cancer treatment costs.