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March 9, 1957

WATER FLUORIDATION

JAMA. 1957;163(10):874. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970450076022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In a pamphlet from California entitled "Fluoridation Unmasked" the following statement about myself appears:"Professor R. A. Peters, Biochemist of Oxford, England, says: `Fluoroacetic acid prevents the body from breaking down the citric acid created when sugar is burned into simpler compounds. Retention of waste citric acid acts as a violent poison on heart and nervous system. Fluoroacetic acid is used by African natives to murder their enemies. What will happen to the person drinking fluoridated water when he uses vinegar?' (acetic acid)."I do not know upon what writing of mine this is supposed to be based, but I think it as well to point out that it gives entirely the wrong impression. Inorganic fluoride acts completely differently in the body from fluoroacetic acid, in which the carbon is linked firmly to the fluorine. Fluoroacetic acid is a rat poison that is much more toxic than

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