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The Bevill (Read: Baffle) Exclusion

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The University of Utah made world news this month when we learned that its medical staff experimented on premature babies by messing with their oxygen. But their "caregivers" might be able to rest easy; not one single baby has filed a formal complaint. One can only speculate whether the babies shorted oxygen would have asked or begged for more, if they could have. But maybe staffers tapped on the glass and shouted (because maybe the babies couldn't hear so well, being deprived of oxygen and all): "Just raise your hand if you need more air!"

Did the babies turn a hue of blue, or maybe gray, before their "caregivers" dialed the oxygen back to where they knew it should have been left in the first place? We're filing this one under, "Crimes that can get you kicked out of the human race." It reeks of Nuremberg, nightmare Nazi experiments on defenseless subjects.

Not to be outdone in human experimentation, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has, for more than sixty years, conducted an "extremely hazardous waste" experiment not only on infants, but also on the entire U.S. population. (You would need to search outside the country to find the control group for this project.) Dressed up in the Sunday-goin'-to-meetin' clothes of a paternal exercise in preventing dental caries, the CDC has long championed the cause of reclassifying fluoride so that it can help instead of hurt us. (You read that right.) The CDC, with an important assist from the EPA, has accomplished this miracle with the mere stroke of a pen,  transforming fluoride from a hazardous into a helpful substance. And the CDC even goes one better, topping off that astonishing feat of transformation by nomenclature with the chest-thumping declaration that water fluoridation is one of the 20th century's greatest health achievements.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. Here's how it works. Through a baffling smoke and mirrors exercise known as the "Bevill Exclusion," the EPA, as simply as only a government agency can, "reclassifies" fluoride from an "extremely hazardous substance," (the CDC's own language) into a (wait for it. . . ) "hazardous waste by-product" (Voila!). That simple twist of nomenclature renders fluoride ready to dump into our drinking water, where its new name not only transforms a hazardous waste material into a safe "by-product," but also bestows magical, dental-caries-fighting properties.

To recap, just follow the simple logic: An "extremely hazardous substance" is bad (duh! I think we can all agree on that!); but a merely "hazardous waste by-product" is good. With that smooth change, we've graciously lost that unlovely adverb "extremely," along with that dubious word "substance," which even philosophers can't agree on the meaning of. But look at all we have gained! "Hazardous waste by-product" is like something that doesn't even quite exist. You see the beauty? You see the art? You see the miracle? "By-product" becomes the noun in the "new and improved" construction, with "hazardous waste" relegated to mere compound adjective status. We're just, you know, throwing this extra stuff in there as an afterthought, not as a real thing, actually, you see, but as the "by-product" of some real thing. That's pretty innocuous, right? And, well, this "by-product" just happens to be good for you, you see, because we said so; so enjoy it!

Chicken or beef by-products include fecies from those animals, along with a lot of other nasty stuff that nobody is sure of, and the same thing applies to water fluoridation.
We're not sure what's in there, but recent events in Utah have proven there's a whole lot more than they -- your local government water officials, as well as the companies they hire to dump the "hazardous waste by-product" into your water -- or we, ever realized.

Don't imagine Utah is alone. Do you know how many tramp contaminants -- such as arsenic and lead, to name just two -- are being dumped into your drinking water as attendant with the fluoride in this ongoing human experiment? Do you think the water department people in your area believe fluoride and all the "fluoridation" chemicals they dump into the drinking water are safe? Ask them how far back they stand when the hauling companies dump their "hazardous waste by-product" loads into your drinking water. Ask them how carefully the "product" is handled. Ask them where the toxic waste being dumped into your water comes from. Ask them how much it costs to "fluoridate" your water. Ask them if they can give you a filter to take out the fluoride, if, say, you don't wish to drink the neurotoxin and all the tramp contaminants that go with it, and will just go ahead and brush your own teeth instead, with fluoride toothpaste if you like, thank you.

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I taught English for 20 years at colleges across the country -- in Arkansas, Texas, Wisconsin, and Nevada. I'm a freelance writer of fiction and poetry, and am a member of the ASPCA, the Humane Society, and PETA.
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