Council Work Session Focuses on Fluoridation of Public Water

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The City of Sheridan continues to ponder the idea of putting flouride in the City's public water system.
The City of Sheridan continues to ponder the idea of putting flouride in the City's public water system.

The Sheridan City Council held a work session Monday where they heard a presentation from Kip Duchon with the CDC on the benefits of fluoridation of public water systems. Duchon's presentation was done via video conference and one of the many concerns that he addressed was fluorosis, which is a condition caused by children receiving too much fluoride during early tooth development.

The critical period of exposure is between 1 and 4 years old; children over age 8 are not at risk. In its mild form, which is the most common, fluorosis appears as tiny white streaks or specks that are often unnoticeable. In its severest form, which is also called mottling of dental enamel, it is characterized by black and brown stains, as well as cracking and pitting of the teeth.

Councilman John Bigelow says that he learned a lot of interesting things during the work session.

Duchon also said during his presentation, that there are a lot of myths about fluoridation of public water systems, and that people need to look at the scientific data, instead getting their information from a random blog or post on the Internet. More information on fluoridation of public water systems can be found here.

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Fluoridation: Ineffective & Dangerous

If you want flouride in your water, put it in your own glass of water, leave the rest of us out of it.
If fluoride were "proven," there should be evidence of its glory in Kentucky, which has been 100% fluoridated for over 40 years. Kentucky, however, leads the nation in the number of dental cavities in children, and in the number of completely toothless adults, according to government records. The same ineffectiveness is evident in many states.

Most of Europe (16 countries) has rejected fluoridation and is 98% fluoride free. and the WHO reports that they have a better tooth decay rate than any fluoridated country.
There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that drinking fluoridated water has any effect on cavity reduction — NONE! --- but there is proof that it causes cancer and other health problems. The best source for scientific information on the health hazards and ineffectiveness of fluoridation can be found here: (www.fluoridealert.org).

If you want flouride in your water, put it in your own glass of water, leave the rest of us out of it.
If fluoride were "proven," there should be evidence of its glory in Kentucky, which has been 100% fluoridated for over 40 years. Kentucky, however, le

Gov't Study Reveals Fluoride's Risks

Fluoride jeopardizes health - even at low levels deliberately added to public water supplies, according to data presented in a 2006 National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council (NRC) report. Fluoride poses risks to the thyroid gland, diabetics, kidney patients, high water drinkers and others and can severely damage children's teeth. (1) At least three panel members advise avoiding fluoridated water.

Panel members took several years to read, understand and discuss hundreds of studies about fluoride's adverse health effects.
Many fluoridationists mistakenly believe this report has nothing to do with water fluoridation at 1 ppm. However, it does according to several panel members.

NRC panel member Kathy Thiessen, PhD a former scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and now at the Center for Risk Analysis, SENES Oak Ridge, Inc., who has studied
fluoride for the EPA, said the report showed 'the potential is there' that water fluoridation is unhealthy. As for the studies finding that
higher levels damage children's IQ, she said it's possible water fluoridation levels may have a similar, albeit reduced effect... the
research suggests 'most people should minimize their fluoride intake'- which includes avoiding fluoridated water."

"NAS panel member Robert Isaacson, PhD a distinguished professor of neurobehavioral science at the State University of New York in Binghamton, agreed, saying that the possible effects on endocrines and hormones from water-fluoridation are 'something that I wouldn't want to happen to me...,'" reports the Portland Tribune.

NAS panel member Hardy Limeback, DDS, PhD associate professor of dentistry and head of the preventive dentistry program at the
University of Toronto writes, "In my opinion, the evidence that fluoridation is more harmful than beneficial is now overwhelming and policy makers who avoid thoroughly reviewing recent data before introducing new fluoridation schemes do so at risk of future litigation."

NRC Committee Chairman John Doull, PhD (professor emeritus of pharmacology and toxicology, University of Kansas Medical Center) told Scientific American (1/08), "The thyroid changes do worry me."

"What the [NRC] committee found is that we've gone with the status quo regarding fluoride ... for too long... and now we need to take a fresh look," Doull says, " In the scientific community, people tend to think that its settled... But when we looked at the studies that have been done, we found that many of these questions are unsettled and we have much less information than we should, considering how long this [fluoridation] has been going on. I think that's why fluoridation is still being challenged so many years after it began, In the face of ignorance, controversy is rampant."

The World Health Organization says consuming 6 mg daily of fluoride could lead to crippling skeletal fluorosis. The concentration in water does not equal an individual's dose. Fluoride in tea alone has been shown to create early and severe bone problems. Boiling water concentrates fluoride. And fluoride gets absorbed into your body every time you brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride is in virtually all foods and beverages as listed by the USDA's fluoride in foods database, including beer, soda and wine.

There is no dispute that too much fluoride damages teeth and bones. No one can say with certainty how much any individual has consumed in one day. Fluoride accumulates in bones and, over time, weakens them. Fluoride is neither a nutrient nor essential for healthy teeth. Therefore it is a drug. Water supplies should never be used to dispense drugs based on thirst – not need, health, size, weight, sex, or presence or absence of teeth.

for more info http://www.FluorideAction.Net

Gov't Study Reveals Fluoride's Risks

Fluoride jeopardizes health - even at low levels deliberately added to public water supplies, according to data presented in a 2006 National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council (NRC) report. Fluoride poses risks to the thyroid gland, diabetics, kidney patients, high water drinkers and others and can severely damage children's teeth. (1) At least three panel members advise avoiding fluoridated water.

Panel members took several years to read, understand and discuss hundreds of studies about fluoride's adverse health effects.
Many fluoridationists mistakenly believe this report has nothing to do with water fluoridation at 1 ppm. However, it does according to several panel members.

NRC panel member Kathy Thiessen, PhD a former scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and now at the Center for Risk Analysis, SENES Oak Ridge, Inc., who has studied
fluoride for the EPA, said the report showed 'the potential is there' that water fluoridation is unhealthy. As for the studies finding that
higher levels damage children's IQ, she said it's possible water fluoridation levels may have a similar, albeit reduced effect... the
research suggests 'most people should minimize their fluoride intake'- which includes avoiding fluoridated water."

"NAS panel member Robert Isaacson, PhD a distinguished professor of neurobehavioral science at the State University of New York in Binghamton, agreed, saying that the possible effects on endocrines and hormones from water-fluoridation are 'something that I wouldn't want to happen to me...,'" reports the Portland Tribune.

NAS panel member Hardy Limeback, DDS, PhD associate professor of dentistry and head of the preventive dentistry program at the
University of Toronto writes, "In my opinion, the evidence that fluoridation is more harmful than beneficial is now overwhelming and policy makers who avoid thoroughly reviewing recent data before introducing new fluoridation schemes do so at risk of future litigation."

NRC Committee Chairman John Doull, PhD (professor emeritus of pharmacology and toxicology, University of Kansas Medical Center) told Scientific American (1/08), "The thyroid changes do worry me."

"What the [NRC] committee found is that we've gone with the status quo regarding fluoride ... for too long... and now we need to take a fresh look," Doull says, " In the scientific community, people tend to think that its settled... But when we looked at the studies that have been done, we found that many of these questions are unsettled and we have much less information than we should, considering how long this [fluoridation] has been going on. I think that's why fluoridation is still being challenged so many years after it began, In the face of ignorance, controversy is rampant."

The World Health Organization says consuming 6 mg daily of fluoride could lead to crippling skeletal fluorosis. The concentration in water does not equal an individual's dose. Fluoride in tea alone has been shown to create early and severe bone problems. Boiling water concentrates fluoride. And fluoride gets absorbed into your body every time you brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride is in virtually all foods and beverages as listed by the USDA's fluoride in foods database, including beer, soda and wine.

There is no dispute that too much fluoride damages teeth and bones. No one can say with certainty how much any individual has consumed in one day. Fluoride accumulates in bones and, over time, weakens them. Fluoride is neither a nutrient nor essential for healthy teeth. Therefore it is a drug. Water supplies should never be used to dispense drugs based on thirst – not need, health, size, weight, sex, or presence or absence of teeth.

for more info http://www.FluorideAction.Net

Fluoridation Ineffective & Harmful, studies show

Why would the council take medical advice from a water engineer.
Duchon is not a health professional. In fact, the Centers for Disease reports that fluoride's beneficial effects are topical and that the amount that emerges from saliva to bathe the teeth is too low to have any beneficial effects.

Toothpaste contains 1,000 parts per million fluoride. Fluoridated water contains approximately 1 ppm fluoride. If toothpaste can't stop tooth decay, having 1,000 times as much fluoride as tap water, do you really believe 1 ppm will do anything. We know ingested fluoride discolors teeth and damages bones.

The National Research Council reported in 2006 that fluoride even at the low levels added to waters supplies can damage the thyroid.

They also reported that fluoridation puts babies at risk of discolored teeth from too much fluoride if infant formula is mixed with it. The CDC says that up to 48% of children have fluorosed teeth - 4% of it severe. that's why both the CDC and ADA now advise not mixing infant formula with fluoridated water.

Dentists now make a tidy profit covering up those white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth which can cost upwards to $10,000 per person and isn't often covered by insurance.

More than 3100 professionals (including over 280 dentists) urge the US Congress to stop water fluoridation citing scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluorideaction.org/st...

Also, eleven Environmental Protection Agency employee unions representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals called for a moratorium on drinking water fluoridation programs across the country, and have asked EPA management to recognize fluoride as posing a serious risk of causing cancer in people.

Approximately, 80 US communities rejected fluoridation since 2008. The CDC reports that 225 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2008.

A recent review in The Lancet describes fluoride as "an emerging neurotoxic substance" that may damage the developing brain. The National Research Council (NRC) has identified fluoride as an "endocrine disrupter" that may impair thyroid function. A recent Harvard University study links fluoride to bone cancer.

This and other little-known adverse fluoride health effects led Paul Connett, PhD to co-author, "The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics that Keep it There," with James Beck, MD, PhD, professor emeritus of medical physics, University of Alberta and Spedding Micklem, DPhil, professor emeritus at Edinburgh University.

for more info http://www.FluorideAction.Net/he...