Thanks to our sparkling white smiles, it seems not many people question the efficacy of adding a toxic chemical compound to approximately 70% of American citizens’ drinking water. Of course, there are large numbers of loons and conspiracy nuts who have tried to sound the alarm about fluoride and its’ dangers but why would we listen to them? After all, if we ran headlong into every rabbit hole we stumble across, we’d hardly have any time left for football games and ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
As it turns out, a flurry of recent articles is shining a light on some declassified documents that were released back in 1997, suggesting that the early research that supported municipal water fluoridation were not fueled by an altruistic desire to promote public health (surprise!), but were in fact inspired by a much more predictable desire of the federal government to cover its collective ass in the face of litigation from private citizens and military defense contractors who were injured by the fluoride used in the U.S. nuclear weapons program back in the 1940s.
In fact, these documents indicate that a secret government program (Program F) was launched to surreptitiously collect blood samples from citizens of Newburgh, NY – one of the first fluoridated cities – in an effort to gather medical evidence that would help defend the government from lawsuits filed by the many people they had poisoned during the Manhattan project.
If this is news to you, don’t be surprised. The research that discovered these facts nearly 20 years ago was funded by the Christian Science Monitor, and was never actually published by them. Go figure.
The word is spreading, though, and many cities are now refusing to fluoridate their water due to public pushback. Much of the pushback may be due to false narratives and baseless anti-fluoride propaganda, but at least cities are making what seems to be the right choice – even if it may not be for all of the right reasons.
This video provides a good survey of the situation: