City of Starkville, MS (Board of Alderman): Immediately remove fluoride from the municipal water system
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E Parker
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R Corey
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J Dumas
Board of Alderman
Roy Perkins
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H Vaughn

City of Starkville, MS (Board of Alderman): Immediately remove fluoride from the municipal water system

    1. Lindsay Wilson
    2. Petition by

      Lindsay Wilson

      Starkville, MS

Three Reasons to End Water Fluoridation

Reason #1: Fluoridation Is an Outdated Form of Mass Medication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 -- and now, it is our turn to end fluoridation in Starkville, MS!

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 the U.S. and other English-speaking nations to follow suit.

For more information, visit:

City of Starkville, MS (Board of Alderman), Board of Alderman
Sandra, Board of Alderman
E Parker, Board of Alderman
R Corey, Board of Alderman
J Dumas, Board of Alderman
Roy Perkins, Board of Alderman
H Vaughn, Board of Alderman
We, the signees of the following petition, would like for the City of Starkville, MS to immediately remove fluoride from the municipal water system.

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    1. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Darik Thorson GRAND JUNCTION, CO
      • 11 months ago
    • RP wilson STARKVILLE, MS
      • about 1 year ago

      Drinking water quality has declined. In addition to fluoride, there is a strong odor of chlorine.

    • Emily Overbey STARKVILLE, MS
      • about 1 year ago

      It's time people have control over what goes in their bodies. It's not the government's job to medicate.

    • Jonathan Edelmann STARKVILLE, MS
      • about 1 year ago

      It should be our CHOICE to take fluoride, not something forced upon us by the town.

    • Brandi Durr STARKVILLE, MS
      • over 1 year ago

      Fluoride reduces cognitive performance especially in children. Please stop including any amounts in Starkville's water supply.


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