Stop Water Fluoridation in Dallas, Texas
Stop Water Fluoridation in Dallas, Texas
Why this petition matters
The fluoridation program has massively failed to achieve one of its key objectives, i.e., to lower dental decay rates while limiting the occurrence of dental fluorosis. According to the latest national survey by the Centers for Disease Control, 41% of American adolescents now have some form of fluorosis (a discoloring of tooth enamel caused by too much fluoride)— an increase of over 400% from the rates found 60 years ago. In the 1940s and 1950s Doctors prescribed Fluoride as a thyroid suppressant. Hypothyroidism now is at near epidemic levels in America. Fluoride – is an enzyme poison which accumulates in the body. Since the body can only eliminate 50% of its total fluoride intake, this build-up can cause harm to the thyroid by blocking the use of iodine. Dogs have been found to suffer a high incidence of hypothyroidism also. The relationship between fluoride contamination and thyroid disease in dogs deserves further attention, particularly since it was fluoride’s production of goiter in dogs that first prompted the idea that fluoride could be an anti-thyroid agent. (Maumene 1854). Here is a link to an article about why these two doctors changed their minds about flouoride http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/sonoma-county-news-article-3141.html.
Dallas Raw Water has .5ppm fluoride. Dallas does NOT need to spend $1,000,000.00 yearly to increase fluoride levels. The Dallas City Council voted to Fluoridate the Dallas raw water in 1965, when the medical profession believed fluoride needed to be ingested to prevent tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 1999, 2001) has now acknowledged that the mechanism of fluoride’s benefits are mainly topical, not systemic. There is no need whatsoever, therefore, to swallow fluoride to protect teeth. Since the purported benefit of fluoride is topical, and the risks are systemic, it makes more sense to deliver the fluoride directly to the tooth in the form of toothpaste. Since swallowing fluoride is unnecessary, and potentially dangerous, there is no justification for forcing people to ingest fluoride through their water supply.
Hong Kong's fluorosis rates went went from 1% in the 60's to 59% in 1980's so they lowered their recommended level of Fluoride to .5ppm for their 7 million people. “Water fluoridation goes against leading principles of pharmacotherapy.” .According to Dr. Arvid Carlsson, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Physiology and one of the scientists who helped keep fluoridation out of Sweden. Health Minister German and her director general, Arnon Afek, MD, MHA, a pathologist, suggested that in modern times, patient, parental, and in-school education is a better way to improve oral health than water fluoridation. Fluoridation was completely banned in Israel August 26, 2014.
Minorities are not being warned about their vulnerabilities to fluoride. The CDC is not warning black and Mexican-American children that they have higher rates of dental fluorosis than Caucasian children. This extra vulnerability may extend to other toxic effects of fluoride.
The chemicals used to fluoridate the Dallas water are not pharmaceutical grade. Instead, Hydro Fluorosilicic Acid is added to raise the Fluoride level, this comes from the wet scrubbing systems of the phosphate fertilizer industry. This is classified as a hazardous wastes and is contaminated with various impurities.
Fluoridation is unethical. Informed consent is standard practice for all medication, and one of the key reasons why most of Western Europe has ruled against fluoridation. Once fluoride is put in the water it is impossible to control the dose each individual receives because people drink different amounts of water. Being able to control the dose a patient receives is critical. Some people (e.g., manual laborers, athletes, diabetics, and people with kidney disease) drink substantially more water than others. No one can deny that high natural levels of fluoride damage health. Millions of people in India and China have had their health compromised by fluoride. The real question is whether there is an adequate margin of safety between the doses shown to cause harm in published studies and the total dose people receive consuming uncontrolled amounts of fluoridated water and non-water sources of fluoride. This margin of safety has to take into account the wide range of individual sensitivity expected in a large population (a safety factor of 10 is usually applied to the lowest level causing harm). Another safety factor is also needed to take into account the wide range of doses to which people are exposed. There is clearly no margin of safety for dental fluorosis (CDC, 2010) and based on the following studies nowhere near an adequate margin of safety for lowered IQ.
While fluoridation may not be the greatest environmental health threat, it is one of the easiest to end. It is as easy as turning off a spigot in the public water works. But to turn off that spigot takes political will and to get that we need you to help persuade nine to vote to Stop Fluoridation. Please sign this petition and send an email even if you are not in Dallas. http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/MCC_Mail_Form.htm The Precautionary Rule simply states; when in doubt , leave it out!