- by George Glasser
"In l999, EPA
convened a group of experts to carefully
consider the results of the Varner et al.
(1998) study," USEPA spokesman, Charles Fox
wrote in a September 5, 2000 letter to US
Congressman Ken Calvert, Chairman, House
Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment.
Fox continued, "As a result of that
conference, EPA has requested that the
National Toxicology Program consider the
possibility of conducting additional studies
of the neurotoxicity of aluminum that
include verification of the results observed
in the Varner et al. Study."
avoided mentioning the fact that the
reviewed study he cited was replicated in
two previous studies by Dr. Julie Varner.
All three studies found that
aluminum-fluoride interactions are
associated with brain and kidney damage in
laboratory animals. Aside from brain and
kidney damage, there was an 80% mortality
rate in the animals fed doses of sodium
fluoride and aluminum similar to those found
in artificially fluoridated drinking water.
(aluminum sulfate) is most frequently used
by water companies to improve the appearance
of drinking water, to make it clear. For
many years, aluminum has been known to be
neurotoxic to humans and animals.
Varner, et al, study published in
Neuroprotective Agents, 1997, was designed
to determine whether aluminum and fluoride
(aluminum fluoride) in drinking water play a
role in age-related neurological damage
similar to Alzheimer’s disease. It was the
first scientific study to deal with
researchers considered that fluoride and
aluminum could combine in the stomach and be
more readily transported to the brain. The
combination, they believed, could enhance
neurological damage and cause conditions
such as presenile dementia or Alzheimer’s
like dementia (ALD). During the first
experiment, the researchers had noted and
were perplexed by the alarmingly high death
rate in the group of animals receiving
aluminum and fluoride in their drinking
water (80% of the animals in the low-dose
group died before completion of the
noted that the amounts of aluminum and
fluoride fed to the animals was about the
same as the amounts people are exposed to in
artificially fluoridated public water
supplies. The reasons for the high number of
animal deaths is still unexplained as was
the fact that the greatest number of mental
impairments appeared in the low-dose group
It was also
observed that the animals who drank the
aluminum/fluoride-laced water developed
sparse hair and abnormal, copper-colored
underlying skin which is related to
premature aging. Researchers said that most
often this condition is the result of
several diseases including chronic kidney
failure. Further autopsy results showed
serious kidney abnormalities in animals that
drank water containing both sodium fluoride
and aluminum fluoride.
team said that, "Striking parallels were
seen between aluminum-induced alterations"
in cerebral blood vessels that are
associated with Alzheimer’s disease and
other forms of pre-senile dementia. They
concluded that the alterations of the blood
vessels may be a primary event triggering
the researchers went on to say: "Not only
did the rats in the lowest dose groups die
more often during the experiment, they
looked poorly well before their deaths. Even
the rats in the lowest dose group that
managed to survive the 45 weeks looked to be
in poor health."
the researchers reported that the results of
the "THIRD" animal study confirmed the
findings of the previous studies. This red
flag alarmed the USEPA panel of experts
because the same physical and neurological
damage can also be occurring in humans in
areas where both aluminum sulfate and
fluorides are added to the public drinking
Based on the
conclusions drawn from the third Varner
study, the USEPA experts requested further
research be commissioned by the National
Toxicology Program. In spite of the
disturbing Varner team revelations it will
take two to three years for the National
Toxicology to review the request.
Almost 60% of
the United States is fluoridated, and the
odds of an American developing some form of
dementia by the age of 65 is estimated at 1
in every 10 people, and at the age of 85,
the odds are 3 in every 10 people.
In the United
Kingdom, which is 10% fluoridated, 7% of the
population over 65 years will develop some
form of dementia.
concerns over arsenic, a Group 1 (a)
carcinogen, caused the government-contracted
water treatment chemical certification
laboratory, National Sanitation Foundation
International, to say that there will be
"increased product failures" due to high
arsenic levels in fluorosilicic acid. USEPA
has asked the US Government to dramatically
reduce arsenic levels in drinking water from
50 parts per billion to 5 parts per billion.
The EPA is keen to change the regulations
because arsenic in known to cause a wide
range of cancers in humans.
recently, the primary component of fluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate
- silicon - has also been discovered in the
brain plaque of Alzheimer’s and
Alzheimer’s-like dementia (ALD) victims.
Silica has also been found in the brain
tissue of people with primary brain tumors,
which is considered a terminal condition.
Although aware of these new developments, no
responsible government agency including the USEPA will request that any research be done
with the actual toxic waste "product" used
to fluoridate public drinking water.
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More to come on the effects of Aluminum on