Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fluoride Up For Vote Again In Crescent City

The Triplicate reports the fluoridation of Crescent City's water is on the ballot again. This is the second time in just a few years. Last time it lost.

The Triplicate's report sounds a bit pro- fluoride to me. My concern about individual choice is rarely brought into the picture . As I pointed out in my letter to the Santa Rosa Press- Democrat earlier this year, there should be alternatives.

I guess nowadays it's all or nothing: if you think something is good you have to force it on everybody. If it's bad, nobody gets to do it, or those that do get penalized somehow. That's a way of thinking both the Left and Right often share.

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At 9:02 AM, Blogger Nys Cof said...

Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing

More than 4,393 professionals (including 341 dentists and 531 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped citing scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluoridealert.org/researchers/professionals-statement/text/

In 2006, a National Research Council expert panel published a fluoride report which revealed that fluoride, even at low doses added to water supplies, can be especially harmful to the thyroid gland, kidney patients, babies, seniors and people who drink high amounts of water. They also revealed critical fluoride safety studies have never been done and studies linking fluoride to cancer and lower IQ are plausible.

Thirty-four human studies now link fluoride to lowered IQ, some at levels considered safe in the US. See: http://www.fluoridealert.org/articles/iq-facts/

After 67 years of water fluoridation, the Centers for Disease Control reports that up to 60% of 12-15 year-olds are affected with fluoride overdose symptoms – dental fluorosis, white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth. Yet, the CDC says More young kids face cavity crisis in US

Tooth decay crises are occurring in all fluoridated cities, states and countries because Americans can’t afford dental care. New dental professionals are being created. New dental schools opened and others are planned, according to the American Dental Association.

New Hampshire passed first ever state-wide fluoride warning law that 6-month-olds should not be routinely fed infant formula mixed with fluoridated water to avoid dental fluorosis.

Emergency rooms are flooded with people in dental pain, costing taxpayers millions of dollars, because 80% of dentists refuse Medicaid patients, 130 million Americans don’t have dental insurance. Many of those that do can’t afford dentistry’s high out-of-pocket costs. No American is or ever was fluoride-deficient. Too many are dentist-deficient.

The CDC reports that 326 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2010.

In Nebraska, 53 out of 66 towns voted not to fluoridate in 2008 and 2010, reports the PEW Foundation.

Tennessee, once 99% fluoridated, is now down in the low 90’s, according to the American Dental Association News.

In 2012, the following stopped fluoridation: Myerstown & Pottstown, Pennsylvania; Bolivar, Missouri; Bourbon and Argos, Indiana; Dillon Valley Water District, Colorado and Santa Fe & Albuquerque, NM; Palisade, CO; Bassett, Nebraska.

In Canada: Amherstburg and Tecumseh, Ontario; Wynyard and Rosetown, Saskatchewan; Okotoks, Alberta, Churchill, Manitoba.

The Dutch-owned islands of Curacao and Aruba recently stopped fluoridation.

Many cities are considering stopping fluoridation including New York City which recently held a rally on City Hall Steps spearheaded by NYC Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr.
Students in Ireland are spearheading a campaign to stop fluoridation in the only country that mandates fluoridation country-wide.

 
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