TOP FLUORIDE EXPERT
APOLOGIZES FOR PUSHING POISON
DR. HARDY LIMEBACK'S APOLOGY
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Prominent researcher apologizes for pushing fluoride
by Barry Forbes
The Tribune, Mesa, AZ
Sunday, December 5, 1999
Reproduced With Permission
"Why'd you do it, Doc? Why'd you toss the fluoride folks overboard?"
I had just tracked down Dr. Hardy Limeback, B.Sc., Ph.D., in Biochemistry, D.D.S., head of
the Department of Preventive Dentistry for the University of Toronto, and president of the
Canadian Association for Dental Research.
Dr. Limeback is Canada's leading fluoride authority and, until recently, the country's
primary promoter of the controversial additive.
In a surprising newsmaker interview this past April, Dr. Limeback announced a dramatic
change of heart. "Children under three should never use fluoridated toothpaste,"
he counseled. "Or drink fluoridated water. And baby formula must never be made up
using Toronto tap water. Never."
Why, I wondered? What could have caused such a powerful paradigm shift?
"It's been building up for a couple of years," Limeback told me during a recent
telephone interview. "But certainly the crowning blow was the realization that we
have been dumping contaminated fluoride into water reservoirs for half a century. The vast
majority of all fluoride additives come from Tampa Bay, Florida, smokestack scrubbers. The
additives are a toxic byproduct of the super-phosphate fertilizer industry."
"Tragically," he continued, "that means we're not just dumping toxic
fluoride into our drinking water. We're also exposing innocent, unsuspecting people to
deadly elements of lead, arsenic and radium, all of them carcinogenic. Because of the
cumulative properties of toxins, the detrimental effects on human health are
A recent study at the University of Toronto confirmed Dr. Limeback's worst fears.
"Residents of cities that fluoridate have double the fluoride in their hip bones
vis-a-vis the balance of the population. Worse, we discovered that fluoride is actually
altering the basic architecture of human bones."
Skeletal fluorosis is a debilitating condition that occurs when fluoride accumulates in
bones, making them extremely weak and brittle. The earliest symptoms?
"Mottled and brittle teeth," Dr. Limeback told me. "In Canada we are now
spending more money treating dental fluorosis than we do treating cavities. That includes
my own practice."
One of the most obvious living experiments today, Dr. Limeback believes, is a
proof-positive comparison between any two Canadian cities. "Here in Toronto we've
been fluoridating for 36 years. Yet Vancouver - which has never fluoridated - has a cavity
rate lower than Toronto's." And, he pointed out, cavity rates are low all across the
industrialized world including Europe, which is 98% fluoride free. Low because of improved
standards of living, less refined sugar, regular dental checkups, flossing and frequent
brushing. Now less than 2 cavities per child Canada-wide, he said. "I don't get it, Doc. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) ran a puff piece all across America saying the stuff was better than sliced bread.
What's the story?"
"Unfortunately," he replied, "the CDC is basing its position on data that
is 50 years old, and questionable at best. Absolutely no one has done research on
fluorosilicates, which is the junk they're dumping into the drinking water."
"On the other hand," he added, "the evidence against systemic fluoride
in-take continues to pour in."
"But Doc, the
"I have absolutely no training in toxicity," he stated firmly. "Your
well-intentioned dentist is simply following 50 years of misinformation from public health
and the dental association. Me, too. Unfortunately, we were wrong."
Last week, Dr. Hardy Limeback addressed his faculty and students at the University of
Toronto, Department of Dentistry. In a poignant, memorable meetng, he apologized to those
gathered before him.
"Speaking as the head of preventive dentistry, I told them that I had unintentionally
mislead my colleagues and my students. For the past 15 years, I had refused to study the
toxicology information that is readily available to anyone. Poisoning our children was the
furthest thing from my mind."
"The truth," he confessed to me, "was a bitter pill to swallow. But swallow
it I did."
South of the border, the paradigm shift has yet to dawn. After half a century of delusion,
the CDC, American Dental Association and Public Health stubbornly and skillfully continue
to manipulate public opinion in favor of fluoridation.
Meantime, study after study is delivering the death knell of the deadly toxin. Sure,
fuoridation will be around for a long time yet, but ultimately its supporters need to
ready the life rafts. The poisonous waters of doubt and confusion are bound to get
"Are lawsuits inevitable?" I asked the good doctor. "Remember
tobacco," was his short, succinct reply. Welcome, Dr. Hardy Limeback, to the far side
of the fluoride equation. It's lonely over here, but in our society loneliness and truth
frequently travel hand in hand. Thank you for the undeniable courage of your convictions.
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