Thousands of different medications are prescribed daily, each with one thing in common: informed consent. Before prescribing a drug, doctors are required to educated their patient on what it is that they’re consuming. However, one drug exists that almost all Americans ingest every hour without their knowledge or awareness. That drug? Fluoride.

Tons and tons of fluorosilicic acid, fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride is dumped into public drinking water every hour to keep it fluoridated. Many people are under the impression that water fluoridation is a common and safe way to fight tooth decay. In reality, roughly 30 countries fluoridate their water supply and only 8 countries fluoridate more than 50% of their water; the United States fluoridates 72%. Additionally, only 2-3% of Europe fluoridates its water and numerous countries such as China, Germany, Japan, and Finland have banned the action altogether. As of April 2016, over 50 studies have taken place which confirm a correlation between excess fluoride consumption and learning deficiencies among children. The United States Government knows the same information as all these countries who have banned fluoride, so why do they continue to toxicate its own people? To answer that question we must first understand where fluoride comes from.

The late 19th century boomed with industrial revolution, creating an abundant amount of toxic industrial pollutants and byproducts. Among the industrial giants, and arguably the most detrimental, was the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA). ALCOA’s aluminum plants killed or crippled all forms of life within range by releasing copious amounts of their byproduct, fluoride, into the air. The United States Department of Agriculture took note of the damage and pressed ALCOA to cease releasing harmful pollutants into the air. Once under scrutiny, ALCOA looked for alternatives to dispose of their toxic waste.

At the time, the United States Public Health Service was jurisdicted by the United States Treasury Secretary, Andrew W. Mellon. Mr. Mellon held a considerable amount of stocks in the metal and fossil fuel industry and provided sufficient funds for the startup of ALCOA. Additionally, Mellon founded the Mellon Institute for Industrial Research which was notorious for providing large corporations with questionable scientific data to defend themselves against criticism and lawsuits. A scientist from the Mellon Institute, Gerald J. Cox, first conceived the idea of disposing fluoride by dispersing it into public drinking water. Several barrels of hydrofluorosilicic acid were sent to Grand Rapids, MI to be poured into the water supply and tested for safety. The unblinded study was intended to compare tooth cavities in permanent teeth among children in fluoridated Grand Rapids with unfluoridated Muskegon. However, there were no permanent teeth in the children to begin with and soon enough Muskegon, the control city, began to fluoridate its water as well.

The study in Grand Rapids was a mere curtain put up by the Mellon Institute, which was able to skew results however they pleased. Prior to this study, fluoride was considered an unuseful toxic waste. The Mellon Institute provided the chemical industry an opportunity to avoid liability of their poisonous waste. Large industries were now able to dispose of their waste without paying for it to be dealt with as toxic waste, but rather selling it to cities for profit.

Soon enough, public water facilities across the country were sent thousands of tons of hydrofluorosilicic acid. At the time, Federal Security Administer Oscar R. Ewing was also ALCOA’s top Wall Street Attorney. In order to persuade the public that fluoride was healthy, Ewing hired Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays, to head the campaign for fluoridation. Edward Bernays was the father of Public Relations and conceived the art of manipulating the public via media. From his book Propaganda, Bernays writes, “If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it?” Bernays helped produce numerous ads for toothpaste companies advocating the benefits and safety of fluoride. Soon enough, the public was deceived into thinking fluoride had no effect other than strengthening teeth. Little did they know of the many other influences fluoride had on the body.

More toxic than lead, but slightly less toxic than arsenic, fluoride is lethal at high dosages. This is no secret as fluoride was a common household rodent and pest killer in the early 20th century. At the correct amounts, .8 to 1.2 parts per million, fluoride reduces tooth enamel solubility, making teeth more resistant to bacteria. However, when ingested, fluoride is attracted to areas of the body which produce calcium hydroxyapatite, mainly the pineal gland. The pineal gland, geometrically centered in the brain, is responsible for releasing Seratonin and Melatonin. Referred to as the third eye, the pineal gland contains codes and rods similarly to eyes. Religions and societies from throughout history have recognized the importance of the pineal gland and it is often depicted as a pine cone due its shape. Even the Pope’s staff holds a pinecone.

Many believe the pineal gland to be the connection between the spiritual and physical world, the seed of the soul, or the home of consciousness. When clouded by fluoride, the pineal gland suffers and consciousness is suppressed. With a calcified pineal gland, we lose the ability to be awake and present--instead we become submissive and bland. Interestingly enough, Nazi Germany experimented with water fluoridation as a way to control concentration camp inhabitants. Neurotoxic agents such as fluoride have the ability to lower one’s IQ level and affect their memory. Interestingly enough, the United States falls behind the rest of the world in child intelligence. However, the pineal gland isn’t the only part of the body affected.

When deprived of iodine, the thyroid latches on to similar substances. Fluoride, which has a similar electronic structure to iodine, severely damages the thyroid resulting in hypothyroidism. The side effects of hypothyroidism include obesity, lack of concentration, drowsiness, and irritability. Also, the thyroid regulates hormones and plays a role in sexual development. It is no surprise that women especially are developing at a much younger age.

Why do all these countries with adequate teeth lack fluoride in their water, yet we claim that we cannot go without it? Also, is there a connection between the learning disabilities that we’ve never had before? Fluoride is the only substance added to water to treat the human, rather than the water. Doctors would never blindly prescribe a “one size fits all” drug to anyone and everyone, so why would our government? Everyone reacts to fluoride differently and numerous accounts of dental fluorosis have been recorded. Just to prevent a few cavities, millions of people are being forced to take a drug they didn’t ask for.

The answer to why the government would do this is simple: to dispose of toxic waste. If health was truly a concern they would be add selenium (which most are deficient of) to prevent cancerous tumors, magnesium to reduce the risk of heart attack, zinc to boost the immune, and so many beneficial chemical compounds. However, none of these are a toxic waste. Water fluoridation scams the American people in buying toxic waste with their tax money only to dispose of it by consumption--unconstitutional if you ask me!

“Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”

-Edward Bernays, Propaganda