Fluoride Drinking ourselves to death?
by Barry Groves. Newleaf, 2001
Like fluorine, silicon is always found in nature compounded with other elements as a silicate. Silicon is not toxic in itself,
but it is known to cause irritations in soft tissue, which can lead to the formation of cancers in the same way as asbestos fibres do. The Merck Index, an encyclopaedia of chemicals, drugs and biological agents, lists the amount of silica in H2SiF6 as
19.49%. Most silicon compounds that occur in nature are considered harmless, because silicon compounds are poorly absorbed.
Nevertheless, silica derived from reacting fluorosilicic acid with lime is used to induce cancers in laboratory animals.
While the silica itself is harmless, microscopic crystalline silica particles act as ‘seeds’ around which precancerous matieral forms.
The most damaging forms of silica- silicon halides and hydrides – are extremely toxic by either inhalation or ingestion.
The most-used fluoridation agent both in Britain, Ireland and the US is hexafluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6), which, as chance would have it, is possibly the most easily metabolised silicon halides. Thus, almost everyone who drinks artificially fluoridated drinking water is exposed to this silicon halide. George Glasser [an investigative journalist in Florida] points out that each milligram of hexafluorosilicic acid that is put into drinking water releases millions of molecular fluorosilicate ions. Even if the fluorosilicate ion dissociates, as suggested by EPA and CDC management, millions of silicondioxide molecules remain as suspended solids. These submicroscopic silica molecules can be metabolised and circulated throughout soft tissues in the body. In contrast, EPA drinking water regulations only allow seven microscopic fibres of less than ten millionths of a meter long in one liter of drinking water. Despite thousands of papers published both in Europe and America on silicon as a possible cause of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, silicon does not appear on Material Safety Data Sheets or in any quality-control specification sheets (contaminant analyses). It does not matter whether the fluorosilicate radical dissociates or not: the mere presence of silica at a concentration of about 19% in the two chemicals allowed for water fluoridation is enough to classify them as carcinogens.