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Fluoride In Toxic Ash Threatens Iceland Animals

Fluoride In Toxic Ash Threatens Iceland Animals

Farmer Ingi Sveinbjoernsso puts the last of his horses into a barn in Yzta-baeli, Iceland, 18 April 2010

Comment: It’s good for you in your food and water though right? Foh…

Farmers in southern Iceland have been racing to protect their animals from being poisoned by volcanic dust.

The animals are at risk of fluoride poisoning if they inhale or ingest the ash, leading to internal bleeding, long-term bone damage and teeth loss.

Sheep, cattle and horses were rushed to shelter after they got lost in a fog of ash in areas near an erupting volcano.

Areas south of the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano have been caked in a layer of grey ash some 10cm (four inches) thick.

Ponds have turned into pools of cement-like mud and geese have had trouble flying because their wings are heavy with ash, media reports say.

‘Contaminated earth’

On Sunday, farmers banded together to drive around searching for hundreds of shaggy Icelandic horses, who panicked and got lost in a downpour of ash that turned day into night

“The risk is of fluoride poisoning if they breathe or eat too much,” Berglind Hilmarsdottir, a dairy farmer from Nupur, told the AP news agency through a protective white dust mask.

The fluoride in the ash creates acid in the animals’ stomachs, corroding the intestines and causing haemorrhages.

It also binds with calcium in the blood stream and after heavy exposure over a period of days makes bones frail, even causing teeth to crumble.

“The best we can do is put them in the barn, block all the windows, and bring them clean food and water as long as the earth is contaminated,” Ms Hilmarsdottir said.

Wearing a mask and goggles, Berglind Hilmarsdottir looks for cattle lost in ash clouds in Nupur, Iceland, 17 April 2010
Berglind Hilmarsdottir protects herself as she searches for her cattle

Sveinn Steinarsson, of Iceland’s Horse Breeding Association, warned that Iceland’s famously resilient ponies would be in danger if the ash contamination continued.

“In areas where there’s ash fall and horses are outside, the conditions are terrible,” Mr Steinarsson told the French news agency, AFP.

“They can’t survive in this if it carries on too long. The horses have to be fed with hay and have access to running water to avoid them consuming a lot of ash.”

Conditions on the ground immediately downstream of the volcano remained extremely difficult on Monday, said the BBC’s Lorna Gordon in Iceland, and visibility was down to just a few metres.

Teams from the country’s civil defence department have been visiting the farmers to offer support and advice using specially modified vehicles and armoured personnel carriers, our correspondent said.



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  1. Philip
    April 30th, 2010 11:21

    The National Academy of Sciences did a thorough review on fluoride in 2006. They documented numerous deleterious effects of fluoride on many organ systems including increased potential risk for bone fractures (the well characterized disease of skeletal fluorosis) possibly increased risk of osteosarcoma, reduced IQ, thyroid dysfunction, endocrine dysfunction and others all 300 pages is online if anyone cares to confirm it. Of course don’t forget fluoride induced dental fluorsosis (i.e. teeth mottling and a sign of toxic exposure to fluoride – the rate has increased dramatically subsequent to widespread water fluoridation with the CDC and others putting the prevalence somewhere around 30%) The NAS study ended with recommending that the EPA should more strictly regulate fluoride. Their findings mirror those in the peer-reviewed medical literature, while Harvard trained toxicologist Phyllis Mullenix also extensively documented behavioral changes in mice upon exposure to blood levels of fluoride not far greater than those experienced through water fluoridation and other sources of exposure. Former, well credentialed EPA scientists have been fired for bucking the political line on this issue. Meanwhile 90% of the fluoride placed into our water supply is not industrial grade sodium fluoride, it is silicofluorides, quite simply, scraped from the sides of Florida phosphate plant smokestacks. If it weren’t thrown into the water supply it would have to be disposed of as hazardous waste. You can read more on this starting here,


    • April 30th, 2010 11:30

      Thank you for that, at least I am not the only one aware of this.



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