This mare shows typical signs of skeletal fluorosis. Very thin and can't put on weight, locked up crooked joints, hair that doesn't totally shed out in the spring, difficulty in moving with lots of popping and snapping of joints, and problems breathing because ribs have fused together. This mare developed large hard bumps on knees by 5 and on her hocks and other bones by age 8. By that age she was infertile. Hoof deformity and constant hoof abscesses started and she was totally lame by age 12. She has trouble balancing since then and has had chronic colics all her life. This photo shows hyperostosis of the nasal and maxillary bones of the face creating a characteristic "Roman nose" appearance associated with fluoride poisoning. 

 

Don't Drink the Water

By Andrea Lyle and Cathy Justus

 

DON'T DRINK THE WATER! That is the warning being given by Cathy and Wayne Justus, and Terri Beecher of Pagosa Springs Colorado. "Not only should you not drink it, but you better not let your horses, dogs, or cats drink it either," says Cathy.

Why would anyone give a warning like that here in the United States? We have the purest water in the world, right? Wrong. Although water treatment plants all across this country go to great lengths to purify water, the truth is, while treatment plants do take some bad things out of the water, some would say the water is also being poisoned. For Cathy, Wayne and Terri this was a tough realization. For the Justus' it took the death of 5 horses, 4 dogs, numerous mares' miscarrying, birth defects in foals, chronic colics, and more health related problems with their still living animals than can be imagined, before they finally confirmed the problem. The culprit was fluoride - a toxic chemical that has been added to city water supplies for over 50 years.

"I have been involved with a holistic approach for many years," says Cathy, "and I suspected our problems might be stemming from the fluoride in our water. I tried numerous times to get our treatment plant to stop adding it, but to no avail. When I started giving the horses water from the river instead and saw an improvement, I was sure that fluoride was at least part of the problem. At the time, I didn't have any concrete proof. The last straw was putting down our favorite mare. We raised her from a foal, she was 21 years old and part of the family," stated Cathy.

Perfectlydun Bonanza, or Baby Doe, as the Justus' called her, had numerous health problems that no vet could diagnose. "They all said, 'I don't know.' "When we put the mare down, I insisted on an autopsy, which we had done on others we had lost, but with no conclusive results because we didn't do the right tests. The vet took all the mare's organs for testing. I informed the vet I wanted them tested for fluoride toxicity. That, of course, was unheard of, and the vet said, "I don't even know where to send them to get that done." In the meantime, I did some of my own research and found Dr. Lennart Krook, DVM, PhD, at Cornell University who was familiar with fluoride toxicity. I contacted him and told him my situation. He informed me I needed to send him a bone sample. This was not an easy task, as the mare had already been buried. I didn't know if I could do that. Dr. Krook said "You have to, this is serious!" So we did. A leg bone was sent to him at Cornell. A month later, his extensive report arrived. Cause of death: "chronic fluoride poisoning".


Case 1, 2yr 9mo filly (Impressive N Elegant) This photo shows that her front center teeth are her only 2 adult teeth. These two permanent teeth already show signs of dental fluorosis. They are already chipping and breaking from the fluoride over-hardening the enamel. Dirty yellow cementum on teeth. This filly showed chronic skin bumps starting about 2 months after purchase at age 7 months and until the fluoridated water was removed.

Not long after that, Cathy got a call from another Pagosa woman, Terri Beecher, who also recently lost a horse. She suspected the same problem. Another bone was sent to Dr. Krook for evaluation. This also came back with fluoride toxicity, however, this horse's bones had even higher levels of fluoride and he had been on fluoridated water less time than the Justus' horse. The Justus' mare had been periodically cleansed holistically for over two years, aimed specifically at the symptoms the fluoride was causing. Both horses were being given city treated water, the same water their owners drink(!) Identifying the problem was only half the battle. The solution was even harder. "Most people look at you like you are some kind of nut case when you start talking about fluoride being bad for your health," said Cathy. The usual response is a strange look on the face and a comment like, 'Well isn't fluoride good for you?' or 'We need fluoride for our teeth and bones; everybody knows that.' Until I had documented proof, the only ones that took me seriously were those who were already aware of the fluoride problem."

On January 25 th, 2005, Cathy and Wayne went before the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation Board, armed with volumes of information on fluoride and their test results. "The room was overflowing with people, which was very unusual for one of their board meetings," said Wayne. When one of the board members asked some of the people what they were doing there, the answer was, "We are here for the fluoride issue." Obviously, the word had gotten out and there were a lot of very interested people. They allowed Cathy to present her findings for about an hour. No decision was made then but another meeting was scheduled for February 8 th, 2005. "The water board members seemed to have a concern and were taking notice," stated Cathy. The second meeting had an equally good turn out from concerned members of the community. This time the board decided it was necessary for them to present their side of the issue. Again, nothing was settled. A public hearing was later scheduled for March 8, 2005, "which will give everyone, on both sides of the issue, an opportunity to voice their opinion," stated the board chairman.

The March 8 th meeting turned out to be a forum with experts in support of fluoride on one side and the concerned citizens on the other side. Each side was allowed time to present their views and then it was opened up to the audience for questions. "The majority of the audience present was in favor of stopping the fluoridation," stated Cathy. "It got very emotional at times. Many people who have done their own research and have no vested interest in keeping the water fluoridated have become outraged at the prospect that anyone can be forced to ingest something like this against their will!" The final decision rests with the water board and is expected to be made by the end of the month.


Case 2
, 5yr 6mo gelding (Skips Winning Bnanza) This photo shows no cementum on teeth. There is locally severe brown discoloration of enamel. The enamel is pitted and the enamel border of all teeth is dented. Gum has receded and doesn't cover the base of the teeth. This gelding was born with severely crooked legs and has had chronic hip and stifle problems and colics until the fluoridated water was removed. Improving daily, he is third generation on fluoridated water. 

The bottom line with this community, and any others like it, who are subjected to forced fluoridation, is that they have no choice in the matter. Whether one believes fluoride is good for you, or a poison, is not the only issue. The fact is, when you are dependent on city-treated water as your sole source of water, and you do not want the fluoride, you are stuck, as long as water treatment facilities continue to put fluoride in the water. The other interesting fact about fluoride in the water is that the type of fluoride being used is not the same compound as the pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride used by dentists. Most of the fluoride used to treat city water supplies is a toxic waste product from the aluminum processing and the phosphate fertilizer industry. None of these fluoride chemicals have been approved by the FDA for use in the water.

"If I were to insist someone take something for the good of their health," says Andrea Lyle, RN, "I could lose my license. Adding fluoride is likened to mass medicating and practicing medicine without a license." Cathy agrees, "These water facilities claim they do it for the good of our health, because it is supposedly good for our teeth and bones. They are not in the medical profession and should not be dispensing anything that is health related. They should stick to cleaning the water and forget the addition of things that are 'supposed to be good for our health'," stated Cathy. " In this day and age, when fluoride is so readily available in our food, our beverages, our toothpaste - check the warning label, our salt, our water softening agents, and from our dentists, the real question becomes, 'Are we getting too much fluoride?' The answer could easily be YES!" states Andrea.

The symptoms of fluoride toxicity are so varied, it can be extremely difficult to diagnose, whether in humans or animals. For example, fluoride toxicity in horses can cause metabolic disorders such as Cushings Disease, often diagnosed as Equine Metobolic Syndrome, thyroid problems, chronic colic, laminitis, skeletal deformities, birth defects, immune system disorders, fertility problems, mottling and hardening of the teeth, diabetes, heart and lung problems, and unexplained death. These are only a few of the symptoms that could be related to fluoride. "We are not saying that fluoride is the culprit for all the health problems we see in ourselves and our animals, however, we feel it has a part to play," says Andrea. "What most don't realize is that fluoride is accumulative and it can take years for symptoms to start showing up. This is why it can be so difficult to diagnose," says Cathy.


Case 4
, 18yr 7mo gelding (Skips Classic Edition) This photo shows no cementum on any teeth. Moderate brown discoloration of enamel and the enamel fades away irregularly at the top rather than at a well-defined horizontal border. Gums have receded showing the tops of the roots. This gelding is second generation on fluoridated water and developed a crooked leg at age 5. Chronic colics all his life until fluoridated water removed.

One of the problems with fluoride in our water is that there is no cost effective way to remove it. Reverse osmosis will only remove about half of the fluoride. Distilling is the only way to remove fluoride, but that is not practical and is cost prohibitive if you need to do large quantities.

If you would like more information on fluoride toxicity there are several websites on the internet that can be of help. All you have to do is search under fluoride toxicity. There are 15 peer reviewed scientific publications on fluoride and fluoride induced disorders, written by Dr. Lennart Krook. There is also a book called The Fluoride Deception, by Christopher Bryson, which should be read by anyone with any concern about fluoride's effects on humans and animals. Another is Fluoride, The Aging Factor written by Dr. John Yiamoyannis, known as the world's leading authority on fluoride. It is a great overview of the whole story of and about fluoride.

Maybe we could learn something from other nations of the world. There are now only 5 nations left who fluoridate their water. Many cities in the United States have taken it upon themselves to ban this toxic waste from being added to their water systems. Those people who are on wells are not necessarily safe either; many wells have fluoride contamination or can have naturally occurring fluoride, which can be just as harmful if it occurs in any more than trace amounts. It is time we, as responsible citizens and responsible pet owners, wake up and do something. A warning cry has been issued in Pagosa Springs and goes out to everyone who cares about their health and the health of their animals. Until you know what is in it …DON'T DRINK THE WATER!

 

About Andrea and Cathy:


Case 5
, 23yr 6mo mare (Bonanzas Q T Bar) No cementum at all on teeth. Very severe brown discoloration. Stained area is receded from the unstained, white enamel. This would indicate enamel hypoplasia. Very severe recession of the alveolar bone with exposure of the top of the roots. Large chips in teeth.

Andrea Lyle is a Registered Nurse by profession. She studied into numerous chemicals and their effects when she started her own organic body care company a number of years ago. The business was sold recently so she could pursue her passion for horses. She is co-founder of "Kids with Horses Naturally" in Pagosa Springs, CO. Andrea enjoys writing about issues that she feels are important, such as fluoride.

Cathy Justus has raised and shown Quarter Horses for a good portion of her life. Prior to moving to Pagosa Springs, CO, she and her husband Wayne raised horses in California. Because of her father, she grew up with a holistic influence. The problems she encountered with her horses after moving to CO prompted her to do extensive research into the cause and to treat them with holistic remedies. She is now well known for her knowledge of fluoride and its effects on both horses and humans.

 

For more information:

Some websites that deal with the fluoride issue:
www.fluoridealert.org
www.bruha.com/pfpc
www.nofluoride.com
www.fluoridation.com
www.penweb.org/fluoride
www.fluoride.org.uk
The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson
Fluoride, The Aging Factor by Dr. John Yiamoyannis

 

Cathy Justus
135 Dandelion Court
Pagosa Springs, CO  81147
(970)264-4462
justusoriginals@pagosa.net 

Dr. Lennart Krook, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
T8-020A Vet. Research Tower, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, 14853-6401
(607)253-3344
lpk@cornell.edu 
Contact the University for the 15 peer-reviewed scientific publications on fluoride and fluoride induced diseases.
www.bruha.com/pfpc
www.nofluoride.com
www.fluoridation.com
www.penweb.org/fluoride
www.fluoride.org.uk
The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson
Fluoride, The Aging Factor by Dr. John Yiamoyannis

Cathy Justus
135 Dandelion Court
Pagosa Springs, CO  81147
(970)264-4462
justusoriginals@pagosa.net 

Dr. Lennart Krook, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
T8-020A Vet. Research Tower, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, 14853-6401
(607)253-3344
lpk@cornell.edu 
Contact the University for the 15 peer-reviewed scientific publications on fluoride and fluoride induced diseases.

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