Horses accumulate fluoride in bone less
readily than humans do during long-term
consumption for unexplained reasons.
[Horses manufacture their own Vit. C, which explains this.]
But horses cannot recover from bone breaks
as humans can. *
The incidence of racehorse fatalities at two Southern California racetracks, before and after being provided fluorosilicic acid treated water supplies, correlated with fluoridated water consumption.
It’s a tragedy for those who own these animals,
for those who love horses, and it gives a bad name
to racing. That’s why people who love the
sport of kings are so concerned!”
Richard Sauerheber Guest editorial
Original text ⇒ HERE
Racehorse Exposure To Fluoridated Water – Sauerheber
We present Extracts below:
Generally toxicologic tests for ingested substances exhibit wide biologicvariability even within one animal strain.
Administration of LD50 on tap acute oral doses cause 50% of animals to die but the remaining 50% are either sickened and recover or are often seemingly unaffected. Variation in genetic factors, hormonal and other traits also apply to low level chronic exposure and explain why artificially fluoridated water could contribute to breakdowns in a small fraction of the population while most horses performed normally. The lifetime accumulation of fluoride and silicate would affect all horses to a varying degree but the effects would be difficult to assess since speed and stamina decline naturally with age. The toxic effects of low level chronic exposure to chemicals in racehorses can be minimized with superior care such as providing sufficient dietary calcium, offering feed with drinking water, and pasturing horses frequently. Quality reverse osmosis de-fluoridated water equipment could be employed on site by owners a tracing venues. However, halting chemical infusions into water supplies is the best practice. Controlled trials in horses do not exist for long-term safety of ingested diluted fluorosilicic acid under various conditions of quartering. Racehorse health and performance affect attendance at tracks. The 75-year-old Hollywood Park is now closing due to insufficient attendance influenced in part by increased fatalities. Also since MWD water is being avoided as of 2012 at Los Alamitos, it may be considered that this particular fluoridation experiment has now concluded. Water districts infuse public supplies with materials to treat human caries, not horses. Topical fluoride is not used on horse teeth. The soft cementum layer covering teeth is synthesized by cells under the gum-line forming a smooth shape during circular chewing.
Halting fluoride infusions would not eliminate racehorse fatalities but could prevent many. Even in the absence of observed symptoms, all horses given fluoridated water have elevated blood fluoride contaminant levels and accumulate fluoride. Controlled studies in man indicate fluoride at dilute levels in water causes detectable adverse effects in only a small percentage of a population at first. The longer the exposure, and the more calcium-deficient the diet, the greater the effectand incidence.
Although horses and man are biologically widely different, both are sensitive to industrial fluoride.
Horses accumulate fluoride in bone less readily than humans do during long-term consumption for unexplained reasons.
[Horses manufacture their own Vit. C, which explains this.]
But horses cannot recover from bone breaks as humans can. In the interest of health and welfare, it is prudent to follow Federal water laws designed to protect the natural chemistry of U.S. waterways. The FDA ruled that fluoride added into water is an uncontrolled use of an unapproved drug and that it is not a mineral nutrient. Whole body fluoridation is an improper procedure to treat caries. Ingested fluoride does not decrease caries after assimilation into the blood.
The FDA in 1966 banned the sale of fluoride intended to be ingested by pregnant women because of lack of positive effect on dental health in offspring
Therefore fluoridated water is unnecessary and affects horses without a purpose. Fluoride is an EPA regulated pollutant. As such, any facility requires a permit to discharge the material into public water supplies, as stipulated in the US CleanWater Act. An MWD attorney wrote the opinion that no permit is necessary since the industrial fluoride is not discharged into US water. However, fluoridated water is supplied not only to homes for private use but also to all public and agricultural water, which re-enters the local water table. Other districts label fluoride as a supplement, food, or drug without obtaining FDA approval. We must all honour the statutes in the CWA, the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, and the US Safe DrinkingWater Act.
Analysis of data was conducted on the author’s personal time and does not necessarily reflect any institutional view.
Heartfelt thanks to Cathy Justus for reading the manuscript and for her blessing and suggestions. Also to the Del Mar Racing Office for their consideration, and to the Del Mar Turf Club for hiring me as a student at a time when breakdowns were nearly non-existent. Thanks to Dr Bettina Heinz (University of Frankfurt, currently Chemistry Department, Palomar College) for reading the manuscript.
This work is dedicated to the late Professor Emeritus Albert Burgstahler,
Editor-in-Chief of Fluoride, who asked that an editorial on fluoride exposure in race horses be written. He is sorely missed. His rigorous work on the toxicity of fluoridated water remains superior, and his assistance with the present article for the past year is greatly appreciated.
Richard D Sauerheber, PhDUniversity of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92037, USASTAR Tutoring Center, Palomar Community College, San Marcos, CA 92069, USAE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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