Fayette commissioners have their doubts about fluoridating our water

It is written into state law and cannot be violated. But that is not stopping most on the Fayette County Commission from wanting to know more about the effects of fluoride added to the county’s water supplies.

The informal consensus of the commission is that fluoridation should be reviewed, while two on the commission believe the long-held practice should end due to adverse health effects on citizens.

Commissioner Allen McCarty said the amount of money spent to fluoridate the county’s water supply is small, totaling $4,550 during 2012. Yet the idea of saving a relatively small amount of money by wanting to de-fund the line item was secondary to the health benefits derived from not adding a known poison to the drinking water of Fayette’s communities, McCarty said.

“Fluoride is a very hazardous, dangerous and reactive chemical that accumulates in areas of the body like arsenic does,” McCarty said. “There are health problems due to it and it should be removed from our water. It’s an unnecessary expense that’s harmful to citizens’ health.”

Even if the Fayette County Commission wanted to stop fluoridation, the board would be unable to do so due to a 1983 amendment to state law that requires local water systems to fluoridate their water supplies. Unlike many other states where local officials and the public have a choice, the Ga. General Assembly allows no such choice for Georgia citizens.

Because it is mandated by law, Fayette County would be in violation of state law if it did not fluoridate its water supplies.

Commission Chairman Steve Brown last week said board members had discussed the fluoride issue informally, adding that all have some concerns about the chemical being added to the water supply. The commission needs to explore the issue, Brown said, noting that at some point a committee could be formed to study the issues.

Offering his comments, Commissioner Randy Ognio said, “We’ve talked about it and we’ve got to investigate it to see how we can get rid of it. It needs to be gone.”

Commissioner Charles Oddo said fluoridation causes him concern and that he would like to see the topic investigated.

For his part, Commissioner David Barlow said he is currently reviewing all the county’s issues with water, including chemicals such as fluoride that are added to drinking water supplies.

Though essentially unchallenged for decades and touted as a positive contributor to dental health by agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association, the position that fluoride is causing health issues in humans has been the subject of much more recent research findings. A number of those studies show that the industrial chemical added to water supplies is a developmental neurotoxin because it causes brain damage in young children.

The Harvard Review in 2012 published the results of a meta-analysis of 27 studies on the relationship between fluoride and human intelligence and concluded that 26 of the 27 studies found a relationship between elevated levels of fluoride and reduced IQ in children.

“Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain,” said Dr. Philippe Grandjean, environmental health scientist with the Harvard School of Public Health. “The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.”

Fluoride is listed as a “chemical with substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity” in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2007 database of “Developmental Neurotoxicants.” The list also includes chemical compounds such as nicotine, aspartame and lead.

And the National Research Council in 2006 concluded that, “It is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.”

Fayette County adds sodium fluorosilicate to its drinking water supplies.

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Fluoridation Ineffective & Harmful, studies show

Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing

More than 4,500 professionals (including 343 dentists and 538 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped because fluoridation is ineffective and harmful. 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-seven 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 68 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, cavity crises are occurring in all fluoridated cities and states http://www.FluorideNews.Blogspot.com

The CDC reports that 225 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2008. About 100 US and Canadian communities rejected fluoridation since 2008; many in 2012.

Recently, both Wichita, Kansas and Portland, Oregon rejected fluoridation 60% to 40%. Hamilton, NZ, councilors voted 7-1 to stop 50 years of fluoridation after councilors listened to several days of testimony from those for and against fluoridation (June 2013) Hamilton joins 30 other regional NZ that don’t fluoridate.

Windsor, Ontario, and Cairns, Australia stopped fluoridation this year. Windsor’s Mayor, who has a chemistry background, explains why he voted with the majority to stop 51 years of water fluoridation in this radio interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gJcjYl_2MQY

Most of Western Europe and major world cities do not fluoridate the water. Yet tooth decay rates are similar to those of the US.

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Doctor Commissioners

While you're discussing fluoride, how about resolving the other FC issues: divorce rate, teen pregnancy, unwed mothers, and young children left at home alone.

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Fluoride

This commission and the chairman are acting like the Obama administration and a bunch of Democrats even though they ran as Republicans. Steve Brown, the chairman thinks he knows what is best for everyone and the other commissioners just nod their head yes. Shameful

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Doctor Brown, Dr. Barlow, Dr. Ognio, Dr. McCarty and Dr. Oddo

Where did ya'll get your medical degrees?

How about you boys actually balance the budget instead of writing your own PR letters to the editor. Do you think we don't realize that water and stormwater are not fully addressed? Ain't that why your messing with the splost?

We know SB and his yes men didn't cause the problem, but people will respect the group more if they stopped the self promotions and concentrated on the real issues and leave the fluoride treatment to the pros.

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Fluorine is an element

Fluorine is an element. It is a gas, never occurring in its free state. In microscopic amounts complexed with other minerals, it is often listed as a trace mineral, a nutrient for human nutrition.

The fluoride added to 90% of drinking water is hydrofluoric acid which is a compound of fluorine that is a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing.

Such fluoride is manmade. In this form, fluoride has no nutrient value whatsoever. It is one of the most caustic of industrial chemicals. Fluoride is the active toxin in rat poisons and cockroach powder.

Hydrofluoric acid is used to refine high octane gasoline, to make fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons for freezers and air conditioners, and to manufacture computer screens, fluorescent light bulbs, semiconductors, plastics, herbicides, -- and toothpaste.

It also has the ability to burn flesh to the bone, destroy eyes, and sear lungs so that victims drown in their own body fluid."

Once in the body, fluoride is a destroyer of human enzymes. It does this by changing their shapes. In human biochemistry, thousands of enzymes are necessary for various essential cell reactions that take place every second we're alive. Without enzymes, we'd die instantaneously.

The History of Fluoride

Some fifty years after governments began adding fluoride to public water supplies to reduce cavities in children's teeth, declassified documents are shedding new light on the roots of that still-controversial public health measure, revealing a surprising connection between fluoride and the dawning of the nuclear age.

Today, a large percentage of public drinking water in the western world is fluoridated. Many municipalities still resist the practice, disbelieving the government's assurances of safety.

Since the days of World War II, when the U.S. prevailed by building the world's first atomic bomb, public health leaders have maintained that low doses of fluoride are safe for people, and good for children's teeth.

That safety verdict should now be re-examined in the light of hundreds of once-secret WWII documents obtained by Joel Griffiths and Chris Bryson – including declassified papers of the Manhattan Project, the U.S. military group that built the atomic bomb.

Fluoride was the key chemical in atomic bomb production, according to the documents. Massive quantities of fluoride – millions of tons – were essential for the manufacture of bomb-grade uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons throughout the Cold War. One of the most toxic chemicals known, fluoride rapidly emerged as the leading chemical health hazard of the U.S atomic bomb program--both for workers and for nearby communities, the documents reveal.

Other revelations include:

Much of the original proof that fluoride is safe for humans in low doses was generated by A-bomb program scientists, who had been secretly ordered to provide "evidence useful in litigation" against defense contractors for fluoride injury to citizens. The first lawsuits against the U.S. A-bomb program were not over radiation, but over fluoride damage, the documents show.

Human studies were required. Bomb program researchers played a leading role in the design and implementation of the most extensive U.S. study of the health effects of fluoridating public drinking water--conducted in Newburgh, New York from 1945 to 1956. Then, in a classified operation code-named "Program F," they secretly gathered and analyzed blood and tissue samples from Newburgh citizens, with the cooperation of State Health Department personnel.

The original secret version--obtained by these reporters--of a 1948 study published by Program F scientists in the Journal of the American Dental Association shows that evidence of adverse health effects from fluoride was censored by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) – considered the most powerful of Cold War agencies – for reasons of national security.

The bomb program's fluoride safety studies were conducted at the University of Rochester, site of one of the most notorious human radiation experiments of the Cold War, in which unsuspecting hospital patients were injected with toxic doses of radioactive plutonium. The fluoride studies were conducted with the same ethical mind-set, in which "national security" was paramount.

The U.S. government's conflict of interest--and its motive to prove fluoride "safe" – has not until now been made clear to the general public in the furious debate over water fluoridation since the 1950's, nor to civilian researchers and health professionals, or journalists.

The declassified documents resonate with growing body of scientific evidence, and a chorus of questions, about the health effects of fluoride in the environment.

Human exposure to fluoride has mushroomed since World War II, due not only to fluoridated water and toothpaste, but to environmental pollution by major industries from aluminum to pesticides: fluoride is a critical industrial chemical.

The impact can be seen, literally, in the smiles of our children. Large numbers of U.S. young people--up to 80 percent in some cities--now have dental fluorosis, the first visible sign of excessive fluoride exposure, according to the U.S. National Research Council. (The signs are whitish flecks or spots, particularly on the front teeth, or dark spots or stripes in more severe cases.)

Less-known to the public is that fluoride also accumulates in bones – "The teeth are windows to what's happening in the bones," explains Paul Connett, Professor of Chemistry at St. Lawrence University (N.Y.). In recent years, pediatric bone specialists have expressed alarm about an increase in stress fractures among U.S. young people. Connett and other scientists are concerned that fluoride – linked to bone damage by studies since the 1930's – may be a contributing factor. The declassified documents add urgency: much of the original proof that low-dose fluoride is safe for children's bones came from U.S. bomb program scientists, according to this investigation.

http://preventdisease.com/home/tips79.shtml

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Flouride in the water

is state law. Do not, repeat, do not take it out of our water and break the law.

You get the law changed (on your own dime, not ours) with Matty Ramsey's name on the bill, then we'll talk about committees and taking it out of the water.

The life expectancy of a US citizen is the highest it has ever been in history. How long do you want to live? 100? 110? And we have done it WITH flouride in the water.

Finally, let me say this. We have one little water committee right now and look at the mess we are trying to overcome with them advising. You want to add another committee? Puhleeezze.

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