While reading up on Florine I found out some alarming things dealing with the disposal of the of one of Florine’s byproducts, Fluoride. When most people think of Florine or Fluoride they think of teeth and dentists.
However, it is primarily used for insecticides and poisons, etching glass like the markings on a light bulb, and the production of other materials like nuclear fuels, Aluminum, low friction plastics, and haloalkanes such as chlorofluorocarbons, which are used extensively in air conditioning and in refrigeration. (They have been banned for these applications because they contribute to ozone destruction.)
Some United States and Soviet space scientists in the early 1960s studied elemental fluorine as a possible rocket propellant, due to its exceptionally high specific impulse when used as an oxidizer. The experiments failed because fluorine proved difficult to handle, and its combustion product (typically hydrogen fluoride) was extremely toxic and corrosive.
Other uses in History of Florine was in the Manhattan Project which was the development of the atomic bomb, Hitler and Stalin were said to use it to keep prisoners docile and tame… then in the 1940’s they started Water fluoridation.
This is where it gets scarey, Water fluoridation is the dumping of Fluoride into our drinking water and was presented to the public as a way to fight tooth decay, when in actuality it was NEVER conclusively proven to help at all. Not to mention that it is used, with results, for a lot of destructive and harmful things(see above uses) and it was also used in pharmaceuticals like anti depressants and mood stabilizers. SO why would the public, after just being told that Fluoride was in all of the newest and best insecticides for their crops, believe that it is also safe to be in there drinking water, in their children’s water?
Why was it being put there at all?
In the 1930s, a lot of law suits were coming up for villages and farms that were down stream or down wind of a factory that used Florine to refine Aluminum and other products, claiming that their crops and animals were dieing and many of the people themselves suffered some sort of health issue including <b>tooth decay</b>. To avoid the lawsuits the companies quickly tried to find something that said it was safe to dump it, forging scientific reports to their favor. Allowing them to not have to pay for the proper disposal of the waste, and even get paid by the government TO dump it in the drinking supply because of its “helpful effects on teeth”.
Some Facts about Fluoride (F-)
~low concentrations of F− in drinking water protect against dental caries (originally investigated in the 1930s by H. T. Dean et al (some literature refs here, at the bottom)
~below 1 ppm F−, there are no adverse effects, short term or long term
~2-3 ppm F− can turn teeth brown
~at 50 ppm F− harmful toxicity occurs
~150 mg of NaF causes poisoning, but this can be easily reversed with appropriate treatment
Unknowns that make me wonder… water suppliers CAN NOT accurately control the exact levels of fluoride that individuals receive, nor can they monitor the response in people drinking it. Our intake of Florine is from not just water, but also the air, since the factories also burn off the waste that way, and it is in toothpaste and other dental products. How do we know how much we are getting?? How do we know that the long term affects of low does of fluoride over generations isn’t affecting us? Making us more docile? Affecting our development?