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Woman’s curiosity reopens fluoridation debate in Phoenix

When she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2004, Phoenix resident Jody Clute had no idea it would lead her, and her city, to revisit one of the biggest public health debates of the 20th century – water fluoridation.

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Aug 17, 2012, 5:04 am
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Fluoridation is not JUST adjusting the natural level of fluoride in your water. What is being added to the water supply comes from the phosphate feritilizer industry (hydrofluorosilic acid, etc) and those industries are HAPPY to sell it to communities since it it otherwise against envioronmental law to dispose of it in oceans, rivers, lakes! Junk science is DENTISTS and Lawmakers telling us to drink this stuff with no toxicological data showing us that it is safe for human ingestion. Even fluoride supplements are an unapproved drug, did your dentist tell you that? When I starting reducing my fluoride intake about 6 months ago (it’s nearly impossible to avoid), my thyroid levels immediately improved, and continue to improve. My son has a patch of vitiligo (unpigmented skin) and, much to my surprise, his skin started to re-pigment after we attempted to reduce our fluoride exposure. At the time I didn’t even know this skin condition could be associated with fluoride! Please get fluoride OUT of the water supply.

Aug 17, 2012, 5:47 am
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Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing

More than 4,177 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/professionals-statement.aspx

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.

After 67 years of water fluoridation, the Centers for Disease Control reports that 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. Communities that stopped fluoridation are here: http://www.FluorideAction.Net/communities.htm

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, 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.

Aug 17, 2012, 10:56 am
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i know i’m apparently asking for too much, but all i want in my water is hydrogen and oxygen

Aug 17, 2012, 12:41 pm
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I agree about the “adjusting” of water. I do not even provide city water for my dog. He drinks RO water exclusively and his teeth are much better than mine.
As I told the Tucson Water departmen when I had a problem with their water destroying my irrigation system ” you claim that the water is fit for human consumption, but needs to be filtered for the irrigation and other uses” Removing toxins is Okay, I suppose but adding poisons just does not compute with me.

Aug 17, 2012, 8:57 pm
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The British Thyroid Association endorsed this statement:

“The available medical and scientific evidence suggests an absence of an association between water fluoridation and thyroid disorders.”


As for 341 dentist signing FAN’s old petition, should we be impressed?  There are 175,000 working dentists in the USA and the vast majority support fluoridation as safe and cost-effective.

Aug 17, 2012, 10:06 pm
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This story is sadly familiar.  Someone either personally or with a close family relative comes to believe that the disease (kidney, thyroid, cancer, fractures, inflammatory conditions, etc etc) is related to community water fluoridation (CWF) and begins an often successful campaign to end the practice.

That none of the national, regional nor local endocrinologists (thyroid), nephrologists (kidney), orthopedists (fractures), or immunologists (inflammation) believe there to be any connection whatsoever doesn’t count for much.  Often as not there are specific statements by professional societies of specialists that the advocate is mistaken.  This is the case for this person with thyroid disease (see post re British Thyroid Society)

This insanity is harming community’s oral health, especially the children.

The most compelling fact is that CWF prevents 2/3rds of the operations for terrible cavities in little kids.

see:  Water Fluoridation & Costs of Medicaid Treatment for Dental Decay.  MMWR. CDC 09/03/1999

In the Louisiana study 50% of the dental bills for the kids studied were avoided.  A subsequent Colorado study found that the beneficial effect on these young kids mouths alone returns 150% in lower dental bills.

see:  Prev Chronic Dis. 2012 Mar;9:  A simulation model for designing effective interventions in early childhood caries.  Hirsch GB, et al

Done under anesthesia procedures include extractions root canals & stainless steel crowns & cost up to $15,000.  These happen more often in Phoenix without CWF.

Readers should read the long list of prestigious organizations representing thousands of medical, dental & public experts & many health advocacy organizations like the Pew Charitable Trust whose only goal is to better the common good.  It is quite obvious from both that list and the list of regional health advocates that physicians, dentists and public health workers are foursquare behind CWF.

Those who oppose CWF harm the community’s oral health, especially the kids. 

Organizations representing many thousands of public health, dental and medical specialists endorsing CWF in their own words is at:


Sadly, this single woman with only her personal interpretation of a limited amount of Internet “research” can potentially harm an entire community.  She argues not for better thyroid health but for increased pain suffering & life-long oral health disadvantages.

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