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Fluoride In The Water: Is It Helping Or Hurting Us?

Fluoride In The Water: Is It Helping Or Hurting Us?

Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 10:07:48 in Healthy Living

“Please help support Illinois to remove the requirement to add fluoride to our water. There is a bill in the IL house pending that repeals this requirement. Please visit http://www.FluorideFreeIllinois.org for more info and to sign the petition.”
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Fluoride or the Fox in the Henhouse

Commented Nov 9, 2013 at 15:33:43 in Impact

“Unfortunately, it is not nonsense that drives all of us OPPOSED to fluoride and the water fluoridation debate. It is plain and simple...concern for our health and the health of our children. If it is nonsense, then why is 97% of Europe NOT fluoridating their water. If it is nonsense, then why have over 64 communities in North America rejected the practice. This includes communities like Calgary, Alberta (pop. 1.3 million people); Pinellas County, Florida (pop. 700,000); and Albequerque, New Mexico (pop. 500,000) that have voted to end their long standing fluoridation programs. More recently Portland, OR (600,000) and Witchita, KS (385,000) have prevented efforts to fluoridate their water. I am not sure if you are aware of this but the fluoride chemical added to our Illinois water is called "fluorisilisic acid" which is a class 8 HAZMAT chemical waste product of the fertilizer industry. It is contaminated with arsenic, lead and other chemicals as well. On the supplier's Material Safety Data Sheet it is clearly stated that "Chronic inhalation and ingestion may cause chronic fluoride poisoning characterized by weight loss, weakness, anemia, brittle bones, and stiff joints. Effects may be delayed. Chronic exposure may cause systemic toxicity". Feel free to visit my website http://www.FluorideFreeIllinois.org for more information on the subject. Peace”

Steve Slott on Nov 9, 2013 at 16:46:59

“FFILL...........cont.

HFA is immediately and completely hydrolyzed (dissociated) at the pH of drinking water (~7). Once added to water HFA dissociates into fluoride ions identical to those which exist "naturally" in water, and trace contaminants in barely detectable amounts which fall far short of EPA mandated maximum levels of safety (MCLs) for each. Once dissociated, HFA no longer exists in the water. It does not reach the tap. It is not ingested. It is therefore of no concern, whatsoever. Water fluoridated with HFA meets all EPA mandated, National Sanitary Foundation Standard 60 certification requirements. It would not be allowed if it did not.

------Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks SCHER
Critical review of any new evidence on the hazard profile, health effects, and human exposure to fluoride and the fluoridating agents of drinking water 16 May, 2011

------http://www.nsf.org/newsroom/nsf-fact-sheet-on-fluoridation-chemicals

ALL substances known to man are toxic at improper levels, including plain drinking water. Concentration levels are the difference between safety and toxicity. This is we carefully monitor the concentration and amounts of all substances we ingest.

As far as my accessing your own biased, antifluoridationist website, no thank you. I prefer to obtain accurate information from reliable, respected, and original sources. The filtered and edited "information" found on the countless little antifluoridationist websites such as yours, is totally meaningless.

Steven D. Slott, DDS”

Steve Slott on Nov 9, 2013 at 16:45:41

“FFILL......con't

In regard to hydrofluorisilic Acid (HFA), this substance is derived from naturally occurring phosphorite rock as a co-product of the process which yields the other co-product, phosphoric acid (PA). The PA co-product is utilized in the soft drinks we consume, and in fertilizers which become incorporated into foods that we eat. The HFA co-product is carefully diluted to an aqueous solution of 23% and utilized to raise the existing level of fluoride in water systems up to the optimal level of 0.7 ppm.

to be cont..........

Steven D. Slott, DDS”

Steve Slott on Nov 9, 2013 at 16:31:35

“FFILL..........cont.

Whakatane Region of New Zealand- citizens in 3 communities very recently voted in favor of fluoridation in a non-binding referendum.

Wayland, Mass.-After months of challenge from an antifluoridationist member of the Wayland Board of Health, the BOH, after hearing from fluoridation advocates, dental and medical experts, last month voted to continue fluoridation of the public water supply at the optimal level.

To be continued........

Steven D. Slott, DDS”

Steve Slott on Nov 9, 2013 at 16:29:13

“FFILL........cont.

Antifluoridationists in Portland were successful in overturning a decision by their city council to implement fluoridation. After obtaining enough signatures on a petition to put it to a public referendum, antifluoridationists flooded the area with an onslaught of misleading and misinformation, over a period of months, exactly along the lines as what you present in this comment. Fluoridation was defeated by a mere 23% of registered voters. This was not a victory for antifluoridationists, it was simply a poor voter turnout by fluoridation proponents.

Some of the most recent communities putting the health of its citizens ahead of personal ideologies:

Durham, NC - Last month, the Durham City Council voted unanimously to continue fluoridation in spite of an onslaught of antifluoridationist misinformation.

Brooksville, Fla - In spite of the herculean efforts of the local mayor to keep forcing her personal ideology on her constituency, including an hour an a half exclusive presentation arranged by the mayor for her council, by antifluoridationist Paul Connett, the Brooksville city council voted 4-1 to reinstate fluoridation they had discontinued 2 years prior at the behest of the mayor.. This past time, the mayor's and Paul Connett's misleading and misinformation were consistently challenged by the local healthcare community, with valid scientific evidence. The sole dissent this time around was the staunch antifluoridationist mayor.

To be continued........

Steven D. Slott, DDS”

Steve Slott on Nov 9, 2013 at 16:24:47

“FFILL

Yes, it is nonsense. The reason for the total lack of understanding of this issue by antifluoridationists such as you is because you refuse to properly research the issue and instead, simply copy and paste junk off of antifluoridationist websites such as "fluoridealert.org". If it were truly a "concern for our health and the health of our children" you would take the time, exert the effort and do the due diligence of obtaining accurate information from reliable, respected and original sources. That you don't is clear demonstration that your objection is nothing more than personal ideology, and has nothing to do with any health concerns.

First of all there are a myriad of reasons why other countries do or do not fluoridate, few if any, that are due to "health concerns". As this isn't relevant to what we do in the US, though, I'll just leave that stale argument alone for now.

In regard to your typical half-truths:

Pinellas County, Florida, restored fluoridation in 2011 after a brief cessation due to a couple of fluoridation opponents on the city council who were voted out of office during the very next election after their misguided vote.

To be cont.........

Steven D. Slott, DDS”