Rebuttal: Dr. Michael Foley, Web Child

Fluoridation In Australia – 14 June 2013
Dr. Michael Foley

Claim: “Fluorides are natural minerals commonly found in the environment, including almost all water supplies.”

Response: “Natural does not necessarily mean good. Arsenic, like fluoride, leaches naturally from rocks into groundwater, but no one suggests topping that up. Besides, there is nothing “natural” about the fluoridating chemicals, as they are obtained largely from the wet scrubbers of the phosphate fertilizer industry. The chemicals used in most fluoridation programs are either hexafluorosilicic acid or its sodium salt, and those silicon fluorides do not occur in nature” (Connett, Beck & Micklem 2010, pp. 246-247). Additionally, it is important to note that “Fluoride as a drug has contaminated most processed foods and beverages” (Limeback 2000); and that “The major sources of internal exposure of individuals to fluorides are the diet (food, water, beverages) and fluoride-containing dental products…

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