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Hexafluorosilicic acid, a mouthful

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Bamboo leaves beside the CourthouseFor the past eight months I have been researching fluoride, officially known as hexafluorosilicic acid, which is quite a mouthful to say. In fact, when you say it to Google it doesn’t understand at all and comes up with many hilarious suggestions, some too rude to repeat! My husband was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 and I was doing some research about it when I came across an article about fluoride. I read something that changed my life forever, since then we only use well water for all our drinking and cooking. We had been drinking tap water from the mains for 5 years since we came back to Ireland from Spain. My husband had been a long distant walker, exceptionally fit, slim and healthy when we lived in Spain. Since moving to Ireland we both put on a lot of weight. In April this year my husband suffered a massive heart attack, he was soaking in the bath when it started. I am extremely happy to say that he is now sitting across from me looking incredibly well and slim and healthy.

From the research that I have done I feel confident in saying that exposure over a five year period, through ingestion and dermatological absorption and inhalation of fluoride, lead to my husbands heart attack aged 39, as well as him getting diabetes type 2. The Irish scientist Declan Wraugh produced this peer reviewed Public Health Investigation of Epidemiological data on Disease and Mortality in Ireland related to Water Fluoridation and Fluoride Exposure (download report pdf). Declan Wraugh has spent the past 2 years working on this totally out of his own pocket, while our government never funded one study about the health impacts of fluoride on the Irish public, when the onus was on them to do so. The Girl Against Fluoride has been doing an incredible job with her campaign bringing pubic awareness to this crucial issue.  She has an upcoming court case against the Irish government about their policy of mandatory fluoridation of the public water supply. Since February 2013, Adrienne Murphy’s investigative journalism in Hot Press has been uncovering many urgent issues regarding the fluoride. It is interesting to note that none of these people were invited to the recent fluoride debate on Prime Time.

Since February 2013, I have been making artwork about fluoride, from both personal and scientific perspectives. I started the work subconsciously, then became very conscious about what I was doing through research. I will be showing some of this work in an upcoming exhibition with GUAC called Feasting on the Wind, in The Courthouse Gallery,  Ennistymon, Co. Clare. Opening on Friday 25th October at 8pm. The exhibition continues until 21st November. The work that will be on display is a collection of “Letters” made with ink and a quill on Japanese paper, combining drawing and writing. A dress that belonged to our daughter and hair from our son embroidered to spell out the words Sarin Nerve Gas Fluoride, this refers to the recent discovery about Syria and the hair samples that tested positive for sarin nerve gas, being indistinguishable from fluoride. If most people in Ireland had their hair tested for sarin nerve gas it would test positive. I feel very protective as a parent and this piece is about this.

Written by Marianne Slevin

15 October, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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  1. Great article, Marianne, and well done for your tireless crusade. Hope the Exhibition is a great success. xx


    17 October, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    • Thank you very much Mo, lovely to hear that from you. I am going to be hanging the work on Monday, only a few days to go! Hope it goes well. xx

      Marianne Slevin

      17 October, 2013 at 5:36 pm

  2. Hi Marianne, my name is Andy Hamilton… I’m a journalist with the Clare People. I’d love to talk to you about your blog… you can email me at if you are interested… Cheers


    23 October, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    • Thanks Andy I would be delighted to talk with you about my blog. I just sent you an email. Cheers

      Marianne Slevin

      23 October, 2013 at 7:32 pm

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