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UK Against Fluoridation

Monday, July 20, 2015

UK - Northern Echo - Fluoride fears

Fluoride fearsONCE again the nonsensical idea gets an airing that fluoride is poisonous and adding it to our drinking water will have all sorts of horrendous consequences.
Let me therefore reassure any readers concerned by M Watson’s (HAS, July 8) irresponsible statements that fluoride is perfectly safe and harmless and in fact quite beneficial.

The idea that it’s poisonous seems to stem from some people’s inability to distin- guish it from elemental fluorine, and – yes – that is undoubtedly poisonous.

To set the matter in context we might refer to concerns that have from time to time arisen about a related chemical (they both belong in group 17 of the periodic table) – chlorine. Chlorine is extremely poisonous but not as its negative ion – chloride. In this form we most commonly encounter it in table salt (sodium chloride).

As such it’s not just pleasant and harmless (alright go easy on it if you have high blood pressure), it’s actually essential to our survival.


True, fluoride may not necessarily be an essential component of our diet, but it is a perfectly harmless and quite helpful one.

Tony Kelly, Crook.

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danjonesffff says...

Evidently Tony Kelly enjoys making a fool of himself. It is a proven fact that fluoride, not just elemental fluorine, is highly toxic. Maybe he should have looked at some material safety data sheets before putting his foot in his mouth. Fluoride is also a cumulative poison, like lead, arsenic, and mercury. The comparison with table salt is laughable. Not only is chloride not a cumulative poison, unlike fluoride, it can easily be verified that sodium fluoride is many times more toxic than sodium chloride. Both sodium fluoride and sodium chloride are highly water-soluble, and the toxicity of sodium fluoride comes predominantly from the fluoride, not the sodium. In fact, the level of toxicity of fluoride is similar to that of chlorine.


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