Stop Fluoridation of Middletown Drinking Water
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Hi my name is Abeer Carson. I’ve been a resident of Middletown since 2008. I am a wife, mother, and registered nurse. The topic of fluoridating our community water has been heavy on my heart. Over the years, as I’ve been exposed to information concerning the fallacy of systemic fluoridation, I’ve taken action to clean the water that my family consumes. I’ve gone so far as to install a reverse osmosis system under our kitchen sink, and I’ve bought a standalone filtration system with special fluoride filters as well. And while this has helped protect my family, I didn’t want to let my neighbors and community continue to be exposed to this ongoing self-imposed danger. Now that the Middletown Burgess & Commissioners have opened up the discussion concerning continuation of water fluoridation, I'm putting this petition together with the hopes of ending this practice. My reasons, many taken from www.fluoridealert.org follow:
Reason #1: Fluoridation Is an Outdated Form of Mass Medication.
Unlike all other water treatment processes, fluoridation does not treat the water itself, but the person consuming it. The Food & Drug Administration accepts that fluoride is a drug, not a nutrient, when used to prevent disease. By definition, therefore, fluoridating water is a form of medication. This is why most western European nations have rejected the practice — because, in their view, the public water supply is not an appropriate place to be adding drugs, particularly when fluoride is readily available for individual use in the form of toothpaste.
Reason #2: Fluoridation Is Unnecessary and Ineffective.
The most obvious reason to end fluoridation is that it is now known that fluoride’s main benefit comes from topical contact with the teeth, not from ingestion. Even the CDC’s Oral Health Division now acknowledges this. There is simply no need, therefore, to swallow fluoride, whether in the water, toothpaste, or any other form. Further, despite early claims that fluoridated water would reduce cavities by 65%, modern large-scale studies show no consistent or meaningful difference in the cavity rates of fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.
Reason #3:Fluoridation Is Not a Safe Practice.
The most important reason to end fluoridation is that it is simply not a safe practice, particularly for those who have health conditions that render them vulnerable to fluoride’s toxic effects. First, there is no dispute that fluoridation is causing millions of children to develop dental fluorosis, a discoloration of the teeth that is caused by excessive fluoride intake. Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control have even acknowledged that fluoridation is causing “cosmetically objectionable” fluorosis on children’s front teeth–an effect that can cause children embarrassment and anxiety at an age when physical appearance is the single most important predictor of self-esteem.
Second, it is known that fluoridated water caused severe bone disease in dialysis patients up until the late 1970s (prior to dialysis units filtering fluoride). While dialysis units now filter out the fluoride, research shows that current fluoride exposures are still resulting in dangerously high bone fluoride levels in dialysis patients and patients with other advanced forms of kidney disease. It is unethical to compromise the health of some members in a population to obtain a purported benefit for another — particularly in the absence of these vulnerable members’ knowing consent. And, finally, a growing body of evidence reasonably indicates that fluoridated water, in addition to other sources of daily fluoride exposure, can cause or contribute to a range of serious effects, including arthritis, damage to the developing brain, reduced thyroid function, and possibly osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in adolescent males.
Communities Are Starting to Get the Message
In recent years, communities throughout the United States and Canada have started to reassess the conventional wisdom of fluoridating their water. Many of these communities, including over 50 since 2010, are reaching the obvious conclusion: when stripped of its endorsements, well-meaning intentions, and PR-praise, fluoridation simply makes no sense. Europe reached this conclusion a long time ago. It is now time for us to do the same.
In conclusion, I just want to emphasize that the act of fluoridating water to reduce cavities is not based in science, but instead is a practice based in superstition. Indeed, fluoride is a known neurotoxin with literally no practical positive value to human health. The act of ingesting a topical agent such as fluoride to prevent cavities should seem as illogical as the act of drinking suntan lotion to prevent sunburn. Many scientists and concerned citizens have identified this logical fallacy, and systemic fluoridation has been halted in the vast majority of the western world with no resultant increase in cavity rates. They have halted the practice of water fluoridation, as they have done away with using asbestos in construction, as they have stopped adding lead to gasoline, and as they have stopped promoting smoking as having health benefits. Water fluoridation is another of these practices based in past ignorance that needs to be reconciled to the past. Thank you for your time.
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