Editor:

Some people think that avoiding artificial fluoridation chemicals is as

simple as avoiding drinking tap water. But it is not as simple as it may seem, especially, if you are purchasing bottled water that contains the fluoride chemical.

Some bottled water actually comes from municipal tap water. So, if that community is fluoridating, that bottled water contains the fluoride chemical.

Most bottled water companies have started putting the filtration information on the label.

If the bottle states that it has been filtered by reverse osmosis or distilled, you can be sure it does not contain the chemical, and carbon filters will filter out most everything except fluoride.

But carbon filters will not filter out fluorosilicic acid, PFOA or PFOS and boiling it only concentrates it.

Some spring water contains the chemical. Just pay attention to the label and if not stated, you can call the bottling company.

But, because more people have to purchase water to drink and cook with, there is an increase of plastic bottle waste. Some people recycle while others just toss it in the trash.

Creating more for landfills, that is if the plastic actually makes it to the dump, and is not thrown on the side of road, all because we cannot use the water we already pay for that comes straight out of our faucet, most of which runs down the drain, gets flushed down the toilet or used watering plants and yard, which ends up in streams, ponds and lakes and no where near the poor children’s teeth.

Here’s a quote from Dr. J. William Hirzy, an Environmental Protection Agency scientist: “If it gets in the air, it’s a pollutant, if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant, if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant, but if it goes straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing.”

When it took science and scientists to make the artificial fluoridation chemical why are some so opposed to listening to scientists about the dangers of fluoride?

These are the very scientists whose job is to warn of harmful environmental pollutants.

The EPA union of scientists has been warning of the dangers of water fluoridation for years.

I’ll discuss in a future letter the different ways we are getting exposed other than water to what is known as fluoride through our environment, food, cookware, medicine, workplace and more.

Melissa Thrower

Joppa

missyhthrower@gmail.com

(6) comments

Logic

I have no worries, because I'm educated, can read scientific data and know when a hack, pseudoscience lobbyist group is crying wolf in the face overwhelming evidence and scientific consensus. I'd compare you to the climate change deniers but that would give you too much credit because anti-fluoride sentiment is nowhere near that level. I care about the people who don't have the education and do not know how to sift through your inadequate nonsense and your abilities to put together a flashy website or powerpoint.

nyscof

Fluoride is in virtually all foods and beverages. Researchers caution that parents should tally their children's daily fluoride intake (but no one bothers to tell the parents) So researchers measure the amount of fluoride in some common foods and the USDA published a fluoride in foods database here: https://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=6312 Tea and ocean fish have very high fluoride levels. Non-organic grape juices have very high fluoride levels when fluoride-containing pesticide residues remain on the grapes used to make the juice. Products that use chicken meat taken off the bone by a machine have higher levels of fluoride because bone dust gets into the finished product. Bones in animals as well as humans accumulate fluoride over the years. Younger children absorb more than adults because their bones are still forming. It's also little mentioned that too much fluoride damages bones which is why the EPA sets a maximum contaminant Level for fluoride in drinking water

Logic

Nyscof, you've already been outed as a Fluoride Action Network hack and your uninformed drivel and sway with the Arab Water Board has already cost our city hundreds of thousands of dollars. Give it a rest, go away and spread your misinformation and fear mongering elsewhere. We've made the decision as a town to trust our respected dentists, doctors and public health officials who practice evidence-based, population-based science and aren't drunk from the fumes of pseudoscience and anecdotes. Go prey on communities that don't have elected officials using the proper channels to look out for the public health of their constituents.

nyscof

I've been studying fluoride/fluoridation since the 1980's. FAN was formed in 2000. More than 4700 professionals oppose fluoridation including 100's of dentists and MD's See http://www.FluorideAction.Net/professionals-statement If what I am saying is untrue, then you should have no worries.

RRJ

nyscof - what exactly are you trying to demonstrate by stating that "more than 4700 professionals oppose fluoridation including 100's of dentists and MD's"??

According to the information on the link, between 8/2007 and 3/2015 a whopping 4,693 “professionals” signed the anti-F statement including 368 dentists and 570 MDs worldwide. All that proves is that an extremely small fraction of experts in the field --- less than 0.2% of the dentists and less than 0.1% of the MDs.

Contrast that with the fact that over 100 national and international science and health organizations (and their many thousands of members – experts in their fields) -- as well as six Surgeons General since 1982 -- recognize the public health benefit of fluoridation as a safe and effective method to reduce dental decay and resulting health problems. These organizations include The WHO, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association and the American Dental Association.
Search on "Fluoridation facts compendium" to read the list from the ADA.
ada(dot)org/en/public-programs/advocating-for-the-public/fluoride-and-fluoridation/fluoridation-facts/fluoridation-facts-compendium
ilikemyteeth(dot)org/fluoridation/why-fluoride/

What you are saying is patently untrue, and no one should have any worries about fluoridation.

RRJ

What exactly is your point? Too much of any substance is harmful.

You and other fluoridation opponents (FOs) selectively target fluoride ions as harmful when the overwhelming majority of experts have evaluated over 70 years of evidence and concluded that community water fluoridation is a safe and effective public health measure for reducing dental decay (and related health problems) in a community. FOs have been unable to provide legitimate evidence to change this scientific consensus in over 70 years of trying. That is why they have had to resort to fabricating and distorting evidence to support their fear-mongering propaganda.

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