- Extracted from his self-published booklet "The Dickinson
Statement: A Mind-Boggling Thesis" published in NEXUS magazine August-September
- Despite damning evidence on fluoride toxicity, bureaucracies
and multinationals continue to pollute our drinking water and mess with
our physical and mental health.
- This story has a beginning, it has a middle but it has
no ending. The 'ending' will undoubtedly be written in countless hospital
records, on tiny gravestones, in the bones of the crippled and on the hearts
of the bereaved. Even so, the true cause of the 'ending' will never be
advertised. One record that slipped past the establishment net is duplicated
herein but, believe it or not, the existence of this 'death certificate'
has been denied, in writing and to overseas scientific inquiry, by Australian
- What follows is but a fractional part of the 'middle'
of a story that began before the turn of the century and which was provoked
by a statement contained in an 'Address in Reply to the Government's Speech
to Parliament", as recorded in Victorian Hansard of 12 August 1987,
by Mr Harley Rivers Dickinson, Liberal Party Member of the Victorian Parliament
for South Barwon. Hence the title.
- The relevant Hansard abstract is reproduced herewith.
It is emphasised that the writer imputes Mr Dickinson with no other responsibility
for the contents of this thesis than being the parliamentary 'trigger'
which motivated it and the researched data which it contains.
- "At the end of the Second World War, the United
States Government sent Charles Eliot Perkins, a research worker in chemistry,
biochemistry, physiology and pathology, to take charge of the vast Farben
chemical plants in Germany.
- "While there he was told by the German chemists
of a scheme which had been worked out by them during the war and adopted
by the German General Staff.
- "This was to control the population in any given
area through mass medication of drinking water. In this scheme, sodium
fluoride occupied a prominent place.
- "Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride
will in time reduce an individual's power to resist domination by slowly
poisoning and narcotising a certain area of the brain and will thus make
him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him.
- "Both the Germans and the Russians added sodium
fluoride to the drinking water of prisoners of war to make them stupid
- In a book written by Dr. Hans Mollenburgh of Haarlem,
Holland, called Fluoride - The Freedom Fight, the author describes the
ultimately successful endeavours to free the Dutch people from water fluoridation.
(Those endeavours included the only properly conducted double-blind study
ever done anywhere in the world into the effects of tap water fluoridated
at one part of fluoride to 1,000,000 parts of water (1p.p.m.)
- One brief passage is headed "Perkins", and
a reproduction of that section gives sufficient confirmation, by a remote
and independent source, of the "Dickinson Statement" as printed
in Hansard, to reinforce the need for additional investigation into this
one 'behaviour control' aspect of the fluoride debate and relate it to
1987. (The entire "Perkins" paragraph is reproduced below.)
- Elsewhere in this book, Dr Mollenburgh also relate how
that first "Perkins" anecdote was confirmed in differing ways
and from the reliable independent sources.
- "When 1971 was drawing to a close, I received a
paper containing a strange story. This story was to haunt us repeatedly
throughout the long, drawn-out battle. It was a story resembling science
fiction - bizarre and unbelievable. There are those who warned me not to
even mention this story, and I can appreciate why. On the other hand, the
task of an historian is not to relate things as they should have happened,
but as they actually did happen.
- "..The Perkins saga was different from other fluoride
- "The story of industries hoodwinking the public
into buying a pollutant as a medicine id simply 'whodunit'. Grotesque though
it may sound, it is no more than 'the consumer fraud of this polluted century'
(as described in Fluoridation and Truth Decay by Gladys Caldwell). But
the story I now read was different: it gave one the cold shivers. It told
of a chemical engineer, Mr. Perkins, who related how immediately after
the Second World War he was one of the Americans put into the well-known
I.G. Farben Company in Germany. There he discovered that I.G. Farben had
developed plans during the war to fluoridate the occupied countries, because
it had been found that fluoridation caused slight damage to a specific
part of the brain. This damage had a very particular effect. It made it
more difficult for the person affected to defend his freedom. he became
more docile towards authority.
- "Scientists in the camps of both opponents and proponents
of fluoride have always dismissed this story as mere poppycock, but it
had a life of its own and reared its head time and again. It fed the suspicions
of many people that 'there was more to fluoridation than meets the eye'.
- "As far as I know, there is no one who has done
any serious research into whether the fluoridated person is really more
docile, easier to rule, more impressed by authority than the non-fluoridated
ones. There is, though, one peculiar thing: every Dutch doctor has a medical
reference book for 1984. one of the chapters is entitled "Tranquillisers".
Looking at the 'minor tranquillisers' I find twenty-four substances: their
chemical formulae do not show any connection with fluoride. However, there
is also a heading, "major tranquillisers". Of those there are
twenty-seven, and seven of them are a fluoride compound. One of theses
is Semap. It is one of the strongest anti-psychotic substances we know.
This means that twenty-five per cent of the major tranquillisers are connected
with fluoride. i do not draw any conclusions. the only thing one can say
at this point is, with Alice: "curiouser and curiouser!"
- Induced Apathy
- Actually there is little that is novel in the concept
of controlling the minds and manners of the multitude by chemical/dietary
means. That is was practised by Hitler's regime is made the more credible
when we know that as far back as 1938 the US Government, an ally to boot,
and the government of a democratic Christian country, was considering the
transformation of American citizens and others into 'zombies' by a number
of proposed techniques. The US Army searched for 'the perfect incapacitating
agent', according to General Fellenz, "to put in the enemy's water
supply". Included in the drugs tested were the hallucinogenic LSD
and the amnesiac BZ (10 times more potent than LSD), and a 'schizophrenic
agent called bulbocapine".
- The "Rockefeller Report" to the United States
President on CIA activities said: "The drug program was part of a
much larger CIA program to study possible means of controlling human behaviour".
- One drug which received special attention in the 'fifties
and early sixties, under the cryptonym of MK-ULTRA, was suxamethonium chloride
(listed under a number of product names including Anectine), a halogenated
anti-cholinergic agent with all the symptomatic side-effects up to and
including cardiac arrest ascribed to these agents in the medical literature.
- Please retain the term 'anti-cholinergic' in mind, for
owing to the health implications attendant on this particular anti-metabolic
activity, it figures repeatedly in this thesis.
- Note: An adviser to the US Government on hypnotism or
psychological behaviour control, Dr. George Estabrooks, later became Chairman,
Department of Psychology, Colgate University. Internationally, Colgate
was and remains the most ardent producer and advocate for the fluoridation
of a domestic product - fluoridated toothpaste.
- Now, should the reader's mind be already boggled to the
point of disbelief, there are two facts which, if known about and/or remembered,
may instil sufficient confidence in that which is even more 'boggling'
and is yet to come.
- Bromine (or Bromide) tea was administered to the enlisted
men during the First and Second World Wars.
- The halogen (bromine) ingredient was said to quell the
libido of the men and thus limit likely forays into the 'dens of iniquity'
and the acquisition of venereal disease.
- The second fact is that, today, all Australian military
establishments provide their own halogenated (fluoridated) water for the
troops resident therein, for the official reason that the element is good
for the developing teeth.
- Either we have a very immature military force, all under
that age of twelve years when the mythical effect of fluoride ceases to
exist, or else there is another more obscure, less altruistic reason for
this drug 'treatment' of the troops.
- Later on in this text we will recall certain happenings
relative to ex-trainees from these establishments and the paradoxical effects
of fluorides on behaviour of the human being.
- The Cartel
- The Parliamentary "Dickinson Statement" refers
to the "vast Farben chemical plants in Germany."
- It has been said by Anthony C. Sutton in his book, Wall
Street and the Rise of Hitler: "Without the capital supplies by Wall
Street, there would have been no I.G. Farben in the first place, and almost
certainly no Adolph Hitler and World War II."
- Interssen Gemeinschaft Farben (Interssen Gemeinschaft
der Deuschen Teerfarbenindustrie or, simply, I.G. Farben) was a German
chemical manufacturing concern that supplied the chlorine gas used by Germany
during the First World War, but the eventual creation of the huge I.G.
Farben cartel began in 1924 when American bankers began to arrange foreign
loans in what Professor Carroll Quigley terms "the Dawes Plan, largely
a J.P. Morgan production."
- In 1928 Henry Ford merged his German assets with I.G.Farben,
to be followed by the American Standard Oil Company (the Rockefellers)
who, in concert with I.G. Farben developed the coal-to-oil hydrogenation
- In a letter to Roosevelt from Berlin in the early thirties,
the US Ambassador in Germany, William Dodd, said:
- "At the present moment, more than a hundred American
corporations have subsidiaries here or co-operative understandings.
- "The Duponts have their allies in Germany that are
aiding in the armament business. Their chief ally is the I.G. Farben Company,
a part of the government which gives 200,000 marks a year to one propaganda
organisation operating on American opinion.
- "Standard Oil Company... sent US$2,000,000 here
in December 1993 and has made US$500,000 a year helping Germans make ersatz
(a substitute) gas (the hydrogenation process of converting coal to gasoline)
for war purposes: but Standard Oil cannot take any of its earnings out
of the country except in goods.
- "The International Harvester Company president told
me their business here rose 33% a year (arms manufacture I believe) but
they could take nothing out.
- "Even out airplanes people have secret arrangements
- "General Motors Company and Ford do enormous business
here through their subsidiaries and take no profits out."
- The I.G. Farben assets in America were controlled by
a holding company, American I.G .Farben, which listed on its Board of Directors:
Edsel Ford, President of the Ford Motor Company; Chas.E. Mitchell, President
of Rockefeller's National City Bank of New York; Walter Teagle, President
of Standard Oil of New York; Paul Warburg, Chairman of the Federal Reserve
and brother of Max Warburg, financier of Germany's war effort; and Herman
Metz, a director of the Bank of Manhattan, controlled by the Warburgs.
- It is a very interesting fact of history that three other
members of the Board of American I.G. Farben were tried and convicted as
German 'war criminals' for their 'crimes against humanity' during World
War II, while serving on the I.G. Farben Board of Governors. None of the
Americans who sat on the same board as those convicted was ever tried as
a 'war criminal'.
- Throughout the entire Second World War conflict, not
one bomb fell on the I.G. Farben headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, allegedly
as a consequence of Allied orders.
- In 1938, I.G. Farben borrowed 500 tons of tetra-ethyl
lead, the gasoline additive, from Standard Oil.
- During 1939, the year Germany invaded Austria and Poland,
the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey loaned I.G. Farben US$20,000,000
worth of high-grade gasoline.
- In 1939 the American Aluminium Company (Alcoa), then
probably the world's largest producer of sodium fluoride, transferred its
technology to Germany (the Alted Agreement). The Dow Chemical Company transmitted
its experience and technology in that same period.
- Germany's two largest tank manufacturers were Opal, a
subsidiary of General Motors (J.P. Morgan), and the German subsidiary of
the Ford Motor Company.
- Even with the purchase of oil from non-German sources,
the major supplier of oil was still the Farben cartel. The I.G. Farben-Standard
Oil co-operation for the production of synthetic oil gave the I.G. Farben
cartel a monopoly on German gasoline production. Just under one half of
the Germans' high-octane gasoline in 1945 was produced directly by I.G.
Farben, and most of the balance by its affiliated companies.
- So in 1941 when cylinders of Zyklon B, the deadly cyanide-based
extermination gas made by I.G. Farben, were lethally unvalved on inmates
of Auschwitz Bitterfeld, Walfen, Hoescht, Agfa, Ludwigshafen and Buchenwald,
there were more than substantial links between huge American technology
and German manufacturers.
- Two questions must be asked here: (a) Was I.G. Farben
associated with the formulation of Sarin and/or Soman, the German-developed
fluorinated nerve gases that made Zyklon B little more than an underarm
deodorant by comparison?; and (b) What of I.G. Farben today?
- The answer to (a) is an unequivocal yes! As for (b),
I.G. Farben signed cartel agreements with such companies as Imperial Chemical
Industries(ICI), Borden, Carnation, General Mills, M.W. Kellogg Co., Nestle
and Pet Milk, and I.G. Farben either owns outright, has had a substantial
interest in or has had other cartel agreements with Owl Drug, Parke-Davis
and Co., Bayer and Co., Whitehall Laboratories, Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee Foods,
Bristol Meyers and Squibb and Sons. the list goes on and on and on and
includes Proctor and Gamble who 'domesticated' the word "fluoride"
with official encouragement in 1958, being the originators of the infamous
"Crest" fluoridated toothpaste campaign.
- The only reference to "Farben" traceable in
a limited search of modern literature was in the 25th Edition of Martindale,
under" FBA Pharmaceutical Limited: Products of Farbenfabriken Bayer."
- All corporate traces of the huge I.G cartel have been
absorbed by the hundreds, if not thousands, of one-time cartel members,
but the 'malady lingers on'...
- In Australia, the Dental Health and Research Foundation
which has such names as Colgate, Kellogg and other ex-I.G. Farben associates
listed among its governors and contributors had been irreverently but accurately
dubbed "the fluoride mafia". Closely allied with this Sydney
University 'foundation' in its printed promotional claims for fluorides
and fluoridation, is Foundation 41. Unfortunately, the data of the 'thorough
investigations' said to have been carried out by the latter 'foundation'
into the halogen fluoride, its benefits and its hazards, have never been
made available despite numerous appeals. An ABC science show's examination
of the scientific integrity of Foundation 41 may explain the elusive (or
is the word illusory?) data.
- America is literally bursting at the seams with such
foundations, but amongst the earlier names were the Rockefeller Foundation,
The Carnegie Foundation and the Ford Foundation. it is necessary to mention
these specifically because they were the first foundations to make grants
in the population (control) field, and the Carnegie family merged with
the Mellon family Institute to create Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh
- The Mellon family were the founders of the original Mellon
Institute whence came the "amazing (but totally fallacious) sodium
fluoride/dental caries prevention discovery" - the discovery that
literally turned 'garbage into gold'. The Mellon family also founded the
American Aluminium Company (Alcoa), the largest producer of the waste toxin,
sodium fluoride, which up to this point of 'caries discovery' had a relatively
little known commercial or industrial value, was an environmental hazard
of great public concern, and was very costly in terms of safe disposal.
- So we retrace our steps to the "Dickinson Statement"
in Hansard and Chas Eliot Perkins.
- In a letter abstracted from Fluoridation and Lawlessness
(published by the Committee for Mental Health and National Security) to
the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 2nd
October 1954, a Charles Eliot Perkins, scientist and author of Washington
DC, and one must assume, that same Charles Eliot Perkins of the "Dickinson
Statement" to the Victorian Parliament, said this (and the words of
the last two lines of the second paragraph cannot be overemphasised):
- "We are told by the fanatical ideologists who are
advocating the fluoridation of the water supplies in this country that
their purpose is to reduce the incidence of tooth decay in children, and
it is the plausibility of this excuse, plus the gullibility of the public
and the cupidity of public officials that is responsible for the present
spread of artificial water fluoridation in this country.
- "However - and I want to make this very definite
and positive - the real reason behind water fluoridation is not to benefit
children's teeth. If this were the real reason, there are many ways in
which it could be done which are much easier, cheaper and far more effective.
The real purpose behind water fluoridation is to reduce the resistance
of the masses to domination and control and loss of liberty...
- "Wen the Nazis, under Hitler, decided to go into
Poland... the German General Staff and the Russian General Staff exchanged
scientific and military ideas, plans and personnel and the scheme of mass
control through water medication was seized upon by the Russian Communists
because it fitted ideally into their plan to Communize the world...
- "I say this in all earnestness and sincerity of
a scientist who has spent nearly 20 years research into the chemistry,
bio-chemistry, physiology and pathology of fluorine: any person who drinks
artificially fluorinated water for a period of one year or more will never
again be the same person, mentally or physically."
- Mr. Perkins does not involve America, American institutions
or individuals in his assertions, but when Major George Racey Jordan was
in charge of the massive 'lend-lease airlift' operations from Great Falls,
Montana, to Russia via Alaska, he queried the transshipment of considerable
amounts of sodium fluoride via Fairbanks, Alaska, to Russia. He was told
'frankly' that it was to put into the drinking water in the prisoner-of-war
camps to take away their will to resist.
- The published knowledge that sodium fluoride was known
for this mind- and behaviour-changing potential was available at the start
of this century, as witness such entries as "Fluoricum Acidum"
(Encyclopedia of Pure 'Materia Medica', vol. ix, p.333).
- America has long been interested in behaviour and mind
control by chemical means. Americans who were at once financiers, industrialists
and population-control advocates were intimately involved with Germany
where chemical extermination and chemical behaviour control by, inter alia,
sodium fluoride, were placed into practice. America transferred this knowledge
and material, inter alia, to Russia during its 'lend-lease' co-operation.
An American major producer of aluminium was the world's major source of
sodium fluoride. American 'education and research' funded by (a) the major
sodium fluoride producer, and (b) a 'foundation' involved in population
control, was the origin of 'the dental caries prevention myth' associated
with sodium fluoride.
- A predominantly American company was the first to exploit
this concept in dentifrice production, and American 'medical research'
figured largely in the 'fluorination' processes that converted the negative
embarrassment of mounting industrial waste to huge positive profit increase
- processes that other countries hastened to emulate: processes which include
the enormous outlet for fluorides in the fluoridation of water supplies.
- Although fertiliser production has not been a part of
this thesis, the following 'connections' with this point should be made.
The manufacturing processes for synthetic dyes, explosives and fertiliser
are almost chemically synonymous, and I.G. Farben was expert in all production
phases of these 'necessities'. Sodium silico-fluoride was a waste constituent
from the refining of phosphate rock, until a 'use' could be found or created
for the waste.
- A letter (reproduced below) for the United States Environmental
Protection Agency throws the spotlight on the unique 'waste disposal via
the public kidney' concept that was created.
- So What?
- The question raised by the Hansard "Dickinson Statement",
and perhaps aggravated by this dissertation and data, is this: Was the
Australian Government, in 1962-3 when it illegally (Australian Constitution,
Section 51 [xxiiiA]) introduced "fluoridation of water supplies"
to Australia, aware of its grotesque actions and of the grave results?
The 'shonky' method of introduction, plus legal and official correspondence
at that time, indicates in the affirmative.
- Was the Crisp Royal Commission, when it 'found' in favour
of fluoridation, and, incidentally, in favour of the major polluter and
producer of fluoride in Tasmania (Electrolytic Zinc Corp., Risdon, Hobart),
aware of the consequences of any such favourable findings? Conditions than
and since mingle with some incredible documented coincidences, and unbelievable
but documented official behaviour, including that of premiers and health
ministers, and the paucity of current State parliamentary investigations
into fluorine-based environmental problems, to convince the most sceptical
that it was.
- was the Victorian Premier (Sir Rupert Hamer, who was
later to publicly declare the dictatorial credo, "It was always tempting
to override the people and impose a new order"), aware of these background
facts when he instituted indemnified water fluoridation legislation and
a subsequent fraudulently conceived and executed cover-up 'inquiry'? (Ballarat
Courier, 6 October 1982) Irrespective of the obvious familial supplier
advantages, it seems certain that he was so aware. Widespread publicity
regarding subsequent alleged complex land company fraud transactions would
seemingly underwrite the existence of the necessary character attributes
to perform as implied.
- Are the lies, denials, fabrications and evasions evident
in Geelong with two fluoride pollution sources (aluminium smelting and
fertiliser production), and Portland with ditto sources, no more than 'job
protection' and 'rate protection' scares as is claimed, or is there a deeper,
wider federal or international instructional background behind the unmonitored
pollution, with the health detriment therefrom and the 'secrecy legislation'
invoked for the Victorian aluminium industry?
- [Was] Mrs Thatcher's astronomical expenditure of United
Kingdom's revenue on a fluoridation campaign in Northern Ireland a matronly
concern for the youngsters' teeth, or perhaps an attempt to sedate the
people and render them subservient to her autocratic dictates? Remember
this. Mrs Thatcher has a background of academic chemistry and would be
far from ignorant of the tranquillising effects of the halogens and their
- Similarly, her legal and political shenanigans (that
is the only word to describe her behaviour) in the England fluoridation
scene offer many avenues for questioning of her motives.
- Are the lies, fabrications, omissions, evasions and official
hysteria in the federal government and bureaucracy at the very mention
of fluorides, fluoride pollution or water fluoridation, also common to
the state governments and bureaucracies, and repeatedly backed up by the
most lunatic science (as witness, the ministerially approved and internationally
derided propaganda from the National Health and Medical research Council),
royal and vice-regal intransigence, a frightening exhibition of this grim
foreknowledge, all of which has abundant documentary support, or simply
no more than a dastardly coincidence?
- A Multinational Can of Worms
- The link between Colgate and 'mind control' was mentioned
earlier. That company's reputation with fluoride as a toothpaste ingredient
is a promotional legend, particularly in Kenya where a ban on the TV advertising
of fluoridated toothpaste produced some extraordinary pecuniary persuasion
from Colgate in attempts to preserve the status quo for the company's benefit.
- When official fluoridation corruption was exposed in
New Zealand, a 'scientific study' was hurriedly executed to try to justify
the original government/industry claims and repair the damage done to the
fluoride empire. The accreditation appended to that study is reproduced
here, with emphasis added:
- "We are grateful to the Director and staff of the
Division of Dental Health, Department of Health, for the administrative
and logistic support in the Auckland area. In particular we wish to mention
Supervising Dental Nurses R. Patchett and K. Hyde, and assistant V. Clarke
for their excellent arrangements and help in contacting, screening, and
arranging the transportation of children to the examination centres. Mr
Garth Stewart, bus driver, contributed much above and beyond his normal
duties. The tremendous help and cooperation from principals and staff of
all schools is most appreciated.
- "Financial support for this study was provided by
the Colgate Palmolive Company (NZ)."
- Earlier, the name Kellogg was tied into the I.G. Farben
corporate machinations. The words below are reproduced from the cover of
a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) publication advocating fluoridation/fluorides,
Appropriate Use of Fluorides for Human Health (underlining added): "Published
under the joint sponsorship of the International Dental Federation, the
W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the World Health Organisation."
- The intertwining, overlapping, interlocking co-incidence
between erstwhile I.G. Farben companies and the continuing degradation
of human health, our ecology and environment in exchange for the corporate
dollar is virtually endless. But simply, as one example, the Nestle Company,
once accused of selling nutritionally barren milk formula to third-world
babies, has recently been found guilty of marketing "Pure Apple Juice"
which was anything but "pure" and had never been anywhere near
- The Nestle Company has been nominated by the Ecologist
as one of several multinational companies involved in the destruction of
"the lungs of the Earth", the Brazilian rainforests.
- It Really Gets In!
- The following pages make slight transition from historically
recorded fact and logic to indisputable fact, biochemical fact and medical
- The pharmaceutical nomenclature and biochemical data
involve fluorine/fluorides, with or without other ingredients, in virtually
every phase of mind and behaviour control from mild sedation through 'controlled'
unconsciousness to death.
- 'Side-effects' of all drugs have in common the 'paradoxical'
characteristic of having an effect, on some individuals, exactly opposite
of that which was the intentional effect, converting, for example, a tranquilliser
into a potent stimulant, and thus the consumer from a 'pussy cat' into
a slavering maniac.
- Think back to the dosing of service personnel who are
trained to hunt, maim and kill their fellow man while under the influence
of this or other forms of chemical behaviour-control, and consider the
possible reaction of such 'trainees' when discharged into the mainstream
- Are any of the terrorist activities around the globe,
including otherwise inexplicable recent happenings in Australia, the grim
result of such biochemical paradox?
- Fluoridated Propellants and Refrigerants - Fluoridated
Hole in the Ozone Layer
- Halogenated hydrocarbons (sometimes called fluorocarbons
or, when the name of the weapon must be changed to protect the guilty,
just CFCs) are too numerous to list, being over 150 in number. In 'asthma'
sprays, the warning exists in all product literature (available only to
the doctor, not to the patient): "Excessive use of such inhalers or
abuse of any aerosol propellant may result in toxic effects on the heart,
and deaths have been reported." (Remember to term "anti-cholinergic".)
- Another stark warning from "restricted distribution"
literature: "Abuse. Of 110 deaths associated with the 'sniffing of
solvents' between 1962 and 1969, fifty-nine were related to the use of
fluorinated aerosol propellants."
- The most frequently used fluorides under this heading
(with their identifying numbers in parentheses) are:
- 1 - Trichlorofluoromethane (11)
- 2 - Dichlorodifluoromethane (12)
- 3 - Chorotrifluoromethane (13)
- 4 - tetrafluoromethane (14)
- 5 - dichlorofluoromethane (21)
- 6 - Chlorodifluoromethane (22)
- 7 - Tetrachlorodifluoromethane (112)
- 8 - Trichlorofluoroetane (113)
- 9 - Dichlorofluorotetraethane (114)
- 10 - Chloropentafluoroethane (115)
- 11 - Difluoroethane (152a).
- The side-effects of exposure to these fluorides, ranging
from the 'more common' to the 'rarely reported' are as follows: cardiac
toxicity (heart injury), respiratory depression (or breathing difficulties),
bradycardia (or slowed pulse rate), convulsions (or central nervous system
effects), psychomotor aberrations (or brain dysfunction), transient sedation
(or heart and lung effects), ataxia (or brain problems), irritation of
the upper respiratory tract, rise/fall in blood pressure, apnoea (or impaired
lung function damage), tachycardia (or increased pulse rate), broncho-constriction
(or asthma), palpitations (or irregular heart beat), narcosis (or brain
'drugging' again), and death.
- All of the above 'side-effects' are associated with either
the acute or the chronic symptoms of "anti-cholinergic" toxicity.
And there is that word 'anti-cholinergic' again.
- With a sufficient amount of these fluorocarbons (CFCs)
being used (in the aerosol form alone) to threaten the world's atmospheric
and climate conditions through deterioration of the ozone layer, it is
not remarkable that this volume represents an environmentally hazardous
anti-cholinergic (or anti-metabolic, ganglion-blocking) agent for all humanity.
- Discharges from certain industrial processes carry substantial
amounts of gaseous fluoride. In particular, hydrogen fluoride, when washed
from the atmosphere by rain, forms a solution of hydrofluoric acid (0.7
ppm in Mojave Desert rainfall and 0.3 ppm in Siberian snows), so these
anti-cholinergic discharges offer an additional threat by contributing
to the fluoridated hole in the ozone layer.
- One must assume it is owing to the enormous economic
impact of this decaying ozone on the casual industries that sources of
culprit industrial discharges have not featured in the current spate of
international scientific concern nor in the records of the world's atmospheric/climatic
- As an example of administratively approved industrial
output, the first stage of the Portland (Victoria, Australia) smelter was
issued with a pollution licence to discharge to the environment 70 tonnes
per year of fluoride in gaseous and particulate forms. It is possible that
this amount had been greatly exceeded because no monitoring of the discharges
has thus far been executed.
- Within a short 12 months after starting of smelting operations,
an unknown but allegedly high number of pot-room workers at the smelter
acquired 'pot-room asthma' - a convenient euphemism for anti-cholinergic