How Fluoride Kills Human Cells
Date: 5/12/04 5:34:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time
How Fluoride Kills Human Cells
Researchers uncovering mechanisms behind fluoride's toxicity
Fluoride, the "Golden Child" of dental professionals around the world,
seems to have a "dark side" that few outside a very specialized field of
the scientific community are aware of. As disturbing as it may be,
fluoride apparently has the ability to cause DNA damage and even "cell
death" in human cells.
In a new study, researchers from the National Institute for Environmental
Studies in Japan note that
"Even though fluoride toxicity is increasingly being considered to be
important, very little information is available on the mechanism of
action of fluoride."
You might think that most everything would be known about a chemical that
is being added to our water and prescribed for our children, but
regrettably this is not the case.
Researchers decided to investigate the mechanism by which fluoride's is
able to kill cells by observing how it affects human leukemia cells.
Cancerous cells are often used in research on toxicity because they are
more active than normal cells.
They found that the fluoride induced a form of cell death known as
"apoptosis" in a dose-dependent and time dependent manner.
Now, if fluoride killing cancerous cells were the "end of the story",
this would be a great breakthrough in cancer treatment and would likely
save many lives. Unfortunately, things are not quite so simple.
Lead researcher Dr. C.D. Anuradha, in comments to the Optimal Wellness
Center, explains that "fluoride in general is harmful to any type of
cell. We have seen that fluoride causes cell death in other non-cancerous
cells but however the mode of death has been found to be different."
Instead of causing apoptosis, in normal cells fluoride seems to kill
cells through a different mechanism, known as "necrosis".
Cell Death - Murder or Suicide?
Apoptosis, also known as "programmed cell death" in a process governed by
genes in which the cell dies from within upon activation by some
stimulating factor. It is a useful phenomenon, which occurs often as part
of the normal functioning of the human body, as it gets rid of unwanted
cells. The term apoptosis is derived from the Greek word that signifies
"the dropping of leaves from the trees." The falling leaves are no longer
needed, just as is the case with the unwanted cells, so they are gotten
rid of, and recycled back into the earth.
Necrosis, on the other hand, is an externally influenced death, which
occurs through some type of local injury (as loss of blood supply,
corrosion, burning, or the local lesion of a disease).
A useful analogy between apoptosis and necrosis might be to compare
suicide (apoptosis) to murder (necrosis).
Is it Dangerous at Much Lower Doses?
Now many readers may ask the intelligent question of - How does this
affect me? Are the much lower concentrations found in fluoridated water
and toothpaste a danger to my family and me?
The answer unfortunately is that nobody knows for sure. However, Dr.
Anuradha states that, although the concentrations are quite low "&still
we expect some amount of damage even at lower concentrations, since at
higher concentrations the results are quite clear that the difference is
enormous and significant."
She notes that the issue of therapeutic fluoridation is the subject of
much debate. Could this be the reason that Japan does not fluoridate ANY
of its water supplies? This can't be said with certainty, but after all,
doesn't it make sense to keep a potentially dangerous substance out of
the water and not FORCE the entire population to consume it?
In the United States currently about 60% of the population drinks
fluoridated water, although if the federal government has its way, that
percentage will rise dramatically. This is especially true with states
like California MANDATING the fluoridation of the public water supplies
over a certain size.
How it Caused Cell-Death
Dr. Anuradha and colleagues found that fluoride caused apoptosis in the
human leukemia cells by activating an enzyme called caspase-3, which has
been identified as a key mediator of apoptosis of cells in humans and
The authors note that "The results clearly suggest that fluoride causes
cell death in HL-60 (human leukemia) cells by causing the activation of
caspase-3 which in turn cleaves PARP leading to DNA damage and ultimately
What Type of Fluoride?
Except for readers with strong scientific backgrounds, most people don't
realize that there is really no such thing as plain "fluoride". When it
said that "fluoride" is added to the water, in reality it is a
fluoride-compound such as sodium fluoride (NaF), which is the form used
in these toxicity experiments.
While this may be the most well known and well-studied of all the
fluoride compounds, it is actually very rarely used for water
fluoridation. In over 90% of the fluoridated water in the US, the
chemicals used are one of the silicofluorides (either fluosilicic acid or
However, these chemicals have been shown to act much differently from the
much simpler sodium fluoride. In one study, it was shown that these
chemicals enhance the cellular uptake of lead
Being that there is evidence that silicofluorides may be even more toxic
than NaF, it is quite possible that the DNA damage and cell-killing
ability might be even greater in the type of fluoride used in the water
What Can I Do About it?
Whether you believe that water fluoridation is a vast conspiracy or
simply that it is a possibility that fluoride is a dangerous substance
that you would just rather avoid, the question remains the same - what to
do about it?
The best advice would be to go to our Fluoride Links Page and get
SEE LINKS BELOW............
For those of you interested in the water fluoridation issue, there is a
scheduled debate, which will take place at an upcoming conference
sponsored by The Association for Science in the Public Interest, June
1-3, 2001, in Richmond, Virginia.
Paul Connett, PhD, (Fluoride Action Network) and J. William Hirzy, PhD,
are scheduled to represent the anti-fluoride camp in the debate, although
it seems as though the conference sponsor is having trouble finding
anyone willing to debate them. Pretty amazing considering that the
American Dental Association is one of fluoridation's biggest champions.
You would think they could at least send someone to defend their
Prominent Researcher Apologizes for Pushing Fluoride
Canadian Dental Association Advises AGAINST Fluoride Supplements in Young
Links for Fluoride Information
Fluoridation Increases Lead Absorption In Children
Toothpaste and Other Fluoride Sources Can Damage Preschoolers' Teeth
Fluoride Links Page
Fluoride Links Page
The Optimal Wellness Center is a reference point for guiding healthcare
professionals and consumers through the information resources of the Internet.
The Fluoride Debate: A response to the American Dental Association's booklet,
Fluoride Action Network (Excellent Resource, Very Up-to-Date)
Fluoride: Protected Pollutant or Panacea? (Elkie Babiuk's site)
New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
Fluoride Controversy, the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
Citizens for Safe Drinking Water (Mountainview, California)
More Scientific Facts on Fluoride
Fluoride Research Journal
Preventive Dental Health Site
America Overdosed on Fluoride - Lynn Landes (Includes e-mail correspondence
inwhich an ADA spokesperson refutes news reports that non-fluoridated bottled
water causes cavities, and what you can do to ban fluoride and educate
Ellie Rudolph's site (Find out if your Pennsylvania town or city water is
The Toxic Effects of Fluoride (Be aware that they are selling a fluoride
Fluoridation Debate (Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 105, Number
11, November 1997)
Fluoridation: The Overdosing of America - Fact or Fiction? (Slides by Gerald
H. Smith, D.D.ideresch.htm
Fluoridation Fluoride Toxic Chemicals In Your Water
Does water fluoridation have negative side effects?
Min. Farrakhan Implicates Israel in Iraq War, Photos Prove It
By Alan Muhammad
The Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan?s May 3rd warning to the government
of the United States and to its citizens presaged by mere minutes a
torrent of controversy around America?s latest war crimes in Iraq. For
just as our beloved minister delivered his ?GUIDANCE IN A TIME OF
TROUBLE TO AMERICA AND THE WORLD,? the first of over a thousand
photographs documenting American torture of Iraqi citizens began
exploding onto the news. These photographs were so horrendous that
President George W. Bush--who presided for years over the legendary
Texas state murder machine--had to concede, ?I share a deep disgust
that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated.?
But as the politicians line up to proclaim their ?outrage? and even
?apologies? for the Satanic acts of the American military, several
troubling realities are being craftily avoided by the U.S. officials
and mainstream media. When dragged before Congress to account for
?extremely graphic photographic evidence? of abuse in ?pictures and
videos,? Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made a startling
admission that exposed the unknown inner operations of the U.S.
military. The wily and evasive Rumsfeld admitted under oath that the
interrogation of Iraqis had been farmed out to private ?civilian
contractors? and was not being performed by American Army personnel.
The next question, of course, should have been, ?Who were these
contractors and who hired them?? But, to the great surprise of even the
mildly interested, nobody--neither the politicians nor the press--even
asked! This was suspicious in itself, mostly because the naming of the
corporate culprits would have afforded Rumsfeld and the Bush
administration an easy and convenient scapegoat. But even Bush?s
embattled warmonger in the center of the crucible resisted this
irresistible alibi, and the military is apparently poised to accept
Who was Rumsfeld, Bush, the Army, and the media hiding and why wasn?t
Congress the least bit interested in probing this obvious opening? For
anyone who viewed the Hon. Min. Louis Farrakhan?s press conference, the
answer was at hand:
If America is to survive, she must not use the might of America to
fight the battles of Israel and allow herself to be used to destroy the
real or perceived enemies of Israel?.Forty-four years ago, the
Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to me, ?Brother Farrakhan, you cannot
fathom the depth of Satan.?
In more than one way, Israel was at the center of this sordid mystery.
But one must sort through the available evidence to make the
connections that the powerful officials in government and the press are
frightened to acknowledge.
Over the last several weeks, many references have been made in the
media to a damning report issued by Major Gen. Antonio M. Taguba on the
abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Taguba directly fingered two civilian
contractors named Steven Stephanowicz and John Israel, who, he wrote,
were ?either directly or indirectly responsible for the abuses.? These
two plainly Jewish names place the heretofore ?absent? Jews at the
center of the Iraq war.
But who were they working for and why were they apparently ordering
U.S. forces to participate in these spine-chilling war crimes? Two
American-based companies--CACI of Chantilly, Virginia, which was
awarded a $10,118,040 contract for 24 ?specialists? to work in Baghdad,
and Titan Corp., a high-tech military company based in San Diego--are
named in the Taguba report as being directly connected to these two
men. CACI has strong links to Israel. Its CEO, J.P. ?Jack? London, was
awarded the Albert Einstein Technology Award by the Jerusalem Fund of
Aish HaTorah, which was presented by Israeli Defense Minister Shaul
Mofaz last January. The director of Titan with the largest stake in the
company is Edward H. Bersoff, who received the Distinguished Leadership
Award by the Washington Chapter of the American Jewish Committee in
1999. Bersoff has been an honored speaker at the Jewish Federation of
Greater Washington, along with the likes of former Israeli prime
minister Binjamin Netanyahu.
From here, the satanic torture plot only thickens. Jewish investigative
journalist Seymour Hersh stated in New Yorker magazine of December 15,
Israeli commandos and intelligence units have been working closely with
their American counterparts?to help them prepare for operations in
Iraq. Israeli commandos are expected to serve as ad-hoc
advisers--again, in secret--when full-field operations begin.
It also appears that these two Israel-linked firms and their Jewish
employees may have been contracted to apply the same Israeli
interrogation/torture methods on the Iraqi prisoners as had been used
on the Palestinians for many years. There is a reason why apparently
sane Palestinians strap bombs to their bodies and detonate themselves
next to as many Euro-Israelis as they can find. Israel has routinely
and for decades used physical and psychological torture to extract
confessions from Arab and Palestinian prisoners. Organizations such as
Amnesty International, the International Red Cross, the Swiss Human
Rights League, the American National Lawyers Guild and the
International Association of Democratic Lawyers are among those human
rights groups that have reached this conclusion. Torture is clearly
prohibited under customary law as codified in numerous international
documents, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the
Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, and the Geneva Conventions. In
1951, even the Israeli Knesset declared that the laws now in force in
the occupied territories ?are incompatible with the principals of a
For years the torture of the kind now being witnessed at Abu Ghraib has
been dispensed at at least six detention facilities and administered by
all of Israel?s security services. The purpose of this policy is
primarily to persuade the Arabs to behave passively and accept the
conditions imposed on them by the white Israelis. The photographs were
likely an integral part of the process of shaming the Arabs into
permanent psychological ruin.
Israel?s torture centers are in Nablus, Ramallah, and Hebron on the
West Bank, at Gaza in the south and at a prison camp known as the
?Russian Compound? in Jerusalem. Other evidence suggests that another
center is located at a military supply base, probably at Sarafand near
Lod Airport on the Jerusalem?Tel Aviv road. All of Israel?s security
forces have been implicated, including M15 and Special Branch or Shin
Beth, which are under the authority of the Prime Minister, Military
Intelligence, the Border Police and Latam, the Special Missions force.
Numerous witnesses have testified that the tortures by Israel are
widespread and brutal--just as the Taguba report alleges. Supporting
these contentions are detailed medical evidence and testimony from
doctors that have treated the victims. Israel?s foremost civil rights
attorney, Felicia Langer, has said former prime minister the late
Itzhak Rabin had given the order to break bones.
Torture-induced signed confessions are most often used to convict
prisoners. The confessions, however, are commonly written in Hebrew by
the interrogator and not in the Arabs? native tongue. All ?confessions?
are signed long before the victim has any access to an attorney. The
Palestinian has no judicial or political recourse within Israeli
society. According to documents, Israel--the Synagogue of Satan--has
regularly and routinely administered the following tortures to its Arab
subjects, many of which we are seeing in photographs from Abu Ghraib:
?Beatings to the soles of feet
?Hanging by the wrists for extended periods of time
?Lying face down while one man stands on legs while another pulls the
?Wooden stick twisted through handcuffs cutting the supply of blood to
?Forced to wear black canvas hood or blindfolded for extended periods,
up to seven days; hood soaked in human excrement
?Attached electrodes to body with plaster to administer continuous
?Forced to sleep on urine-drenched floors
?Kicks directly to the face; constant facial beatings
?Forced to lick blood from boots of torturer
?Hair pulled out of the head by swinging victim; then forced to eat it
?Forced to drink salty water
?Forced bottles into rectum
?Head banged against wall
?Victim jammed into barrel of freezing water
?Beating, squeezing, pulling and twisting of genitals with metal tools
?Chemical gasses applied in enclosed cell
?Glass inserted into nostrils
?Forced to hold heavy objects such as chairs outstretched in arms for
hours at a time
?Attacked by dogs while blindfolded
?Confined in small cells with spiked floor
?Forced to crawl on sharp stones while being beaten
?Female family members are stripped and beaten in front of male
prisoner. Wooden sticks are forced into the vagina and rectum drawing
blood while the father, brother or husband is forced to watch.
?Ballpoint pen refill inserted into penis
?Cigarette applied to various parts of the body
Israel, of course, denies that any of this occurs, even in the face of
overwhelming evidence. The official term currently used by Israel is
?moderate physical persuasion.? They have ignored all requests for
inquiries into these allegations and America has never pressed for
answers. And now it appears that the U. S. government has hired
Israel?s satanic services. Any charges that are brought against the
Israeli security forces are done so in secret ?for security reasons?
and the results are rarely made public. Such complaints are routinely
dismissed without the presentation of pertinent evidence or witnesses.
It has been estimated that up to 90% of Arab detainees are beaten or
tortured. Israeli security forces trained and supplied the white South
African Apartheid police force, and it is now reported that they will
be employed in Boston for the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
This is what Bush and Congress are hiding. Despite General Taguba?s
report, completed in late February 2004 and implicating them directly,
CACI and Titan?two of the apparent fronts for Israeli involvement in
the Iraq war--have not been formally charged with any crime.
?Israel's Violation of Human Rights in Arab Territories Occupied in
June, 1967,? pamphlet by Abdee Jabara, Attorney at Law, Association of
Arab American University Graduates, Inc., Information Papers, No.19,
?Israeli Torture and U.S. Complicity,?
Christopher Bollyn Who is Behind the Abuse at Abu Ghraib? Rumor Mill
News May 6, 2004, http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=1784
Hirsh Goodman, ?Pretoria Connection: Israel's Uneasy Connection with
South Africa,? New Republic, vol. 196, April 20, 1987
Jane Hunter, ?Israel, South Africa and the Bomb,? Middle East Report,
vol. 143; Nov.-Dec. 1986, p.13
Israel Shahak, Israel's Global Role: Weapons for Repression (AAUG, Inc.
1982, Belmont, MA)
James Adams, The Unnatural Alliance (Quartet Books, 1985)
Jane Hunter, Israeli Foreign Policy: South Africa and Central America
(Southend Press, Boston, MA)
Dr. Edward H. Bersoff,
?CACI Chairman, President, and CEO Dr. J.P. (Jack) London Receives
Albert Einstein Technology Award