Fluoride in salt concern
Tuesday, August 7 2012
THE EDITOR: I could be wrong, but as long as I could recall, local table salt used to be “iodinated” — ie, it contained only iodine as an added ingredient.
About two months or so ago, the texture of the table-salt felt different — the texture of a “powder” rather than loose crystals — and upon checking the label, I saw that it contained “potassium fluoride” as well as iodine. I was taken completely by surprise. I cannot say how long such a product has been on the local market.
The addition of fluoride to salt, just like the policy of fluoridating a country’s water supply, is an issue that should not be taken lightly, since what is being done in fact is surreptitiously forcing an entire population to ingest a pharmaceutical — at times obtained as an industrial by-product — regardless of age and with little knowledge or cognisance of the amount being ingested on an individual basis. As far as I am aware, this country rightly rejected the policy of fluoridation of its water supply way back in the 1960s or thereabouts. To therefore come today and quietly add fluoride to our table salt is to boldly reject the wishes of the people of this country.
Fluoride minimally reduces tooth decay by a mechanism that is entirely topical.
It does not have to be ingested since it has no systemic effect. Most toothpastes in this country are already fluoridated.
There is therefore no need to add fluoride to salt. Infants must not ingest fluoride as it has been shown to adversely affect intellectual development.
Significant ingestion as adults, has the same effect. How can the dose of fluoride be controlled for each citizen when its ingestion is dictated by each person’s love for salt? Studies have shown that fluoride is neurotoxic. When we use fluoridated salt to cook in our aluminum pots who knows how much metallic fluorides we ingest? Aluminum-fluoride complexes may play a pathological role in bone biology, in fluorosis, neurotoxicity, and oral diseases such as dental caries and periodontal disease.
We do not know how much potassium fluoride is added to salt. The long-term ingestion of aluminum-fluoride complexes has been shown to cause the accumulation of neurofibrillary tangles and plaque formation not unlike what is seen in Alzheimer’s disease.
If we cannot stop adding fluoride to salt then please clearly label such salt and make equally available to us, non-fluoride containing salt.