Petition to Town of Chapel Hill NC, OWASA , Orange County Commissioners, Town of Carrboro
Fluoride Free Chapel Hill Carrboro
On February 2, 2017, there was a fluoride over-feed caused by negligence on the part of those who were managing the chemical compounds being added to our water at the OWASA treatment plant. This brought to light a problem that some have been advocating against since 2012, asking OWASA to look at the science regarding adding fluoride to our water in the first place. The incident could have been much worse, as they have stated that none of the contaminated water ended up in anyone's water supply. However, the fact is that hydrofluorosilicic acid (a known toxic chemical that is a by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry and is NOT pharmaceutical grade) is being added to our drinking water as a medication intended to prevent tooth decay. Orange County does not have a license to practice medicine, nor is it legal to impose medication on people without their consent. Additionally, there has never been a single, randomized controlled trial to demonstrate the effectiveness or SAFETY of water fluoridation. The only studies have been on fluoride applied TOPICALLY to the teeth, not used systemically. Many health concerns have been cited including, but not limited to: thyroid, neurological, lowering of IQ, fluorosis, arthritic symptoms. Please see more at: http://www.fluoridealert.org/50-reasons.htm We have repeatedly presented concerns and objections to OWASA, only to have been dismissed. In 2013, OWASA refused to hear the science and engage in a discussion with the author of "The Case Against Fluoride," Dr. Paul Connett, who travels around the world speaking on this topic. They instead held a meeting that was billed as a fair debate on the subject, with two "experts" who were to be on each side of the issue. They would not allow for any public comment or questions. It was a sham of a debate as the person who was supposedly against fluoridation didn't cite any scientific or medical reports or studies, but just shrugged his shoulders and agreed that it's a good idea to keep fluoridation alive in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. With that, they dismissed those concerned and said they would no longer hear anything on the subject. We were not welcome to future meetings. Once the fluoride overfeed occurred, they opened the floor to public comments and in addition to those of us who participated in the efforts in 2012-13, there were others from the town who also voiced their opposition to the practice, including two former employees/board members of OWASA. The following meeting on March 9 was staged with four people going to the podium in support of the practice of water fluoridation - ALL FROM THE UNC DENTAL SCHOOL. Those from the community who spoke were all in opposition. The board did not ask questions or otherwise respond to a single concern from the citizens of the town and said they would resume the practice of water fluoridation (they had ceased since the incident on Feb 2nd) and would not discuss the matter of fluoridation any further. This is not acceptable. The people of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have a right to know what is going into their water, be able to voice their opinions and be heard. They also ought to have public officials/servants who are willing to read the scientific evidence - not just listen to the propaganda in the form of endorsements that have been used for decades to support this outdated practice. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION, PASS ALONG TO YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS WHO ARE ON THE OWASA SYSTEM OR WHO EVEN DINE IN CHAPEL HILL/CARRBORO! UPDATE: August 15, 2017 OWASA has taken an unprecedented recess all summer. An audit of the recent history shows that over the past five years they have not cancelled all summer meetings that the public is welcome to petition and comment at. The next meeting was set for Aug 24, where we had organized a campaign to get as many voices there as possible, to petition the OWASA board of directors to not resume putting fluoride in our water. It appears they were aware of this and are continuing to silence public opposition to their decision to continue this practice, ignoring the voices of many in our community, as well as the science showing this is harmful. We are moving forward and will hold a peaceful protest/sit-in at the date, time and location of the meeting, though the OWASA board will not be present to hear our voices. We hope this serves to demonstrate that we have a real determination and plenty of momentum to keep this growing movement strong. We hope all who signed this petition over the past few months will join us at the front of the Chapel Hill Town Hall Building on MLK on August 24 at 7pm. Thank you for your support.
Petition to Andrew J. Hammond, Terry McAuliffe, Daniel B. Horne, Kenneth Cooper Alexander
Make Fluoridation a Choice
WATER FLUORIDATION IS THE PRACTICE OF ADDING INDUSTRIAL-GRADE FLUORIDE CHEMICALS TO WATER FOR THE PURPOSE OF PREVENTING TOOTH DECAY. ONE OF THE LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT THIS PRACTICE IS THAT THE UNITED STATES, WHICH FLUORIDATES OVER 70% OF ITS WATER SUPPLIES, HAS MORE PEOPLE DRINKING FLUORIDATED WATER THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED. MOST DEVELOPED NATIONS, INCLUDING ALL OF JAPAN AND 97% OF WESTERN EUROPE, DO NOT FLUORIDATE THEIR WATER. 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 mass 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. 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. 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 ffluoridation is causing “cosmetically objectionable” ffluorosis on children’s front teeth–an effect that can cause embarrassment and distress at a time of life 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 out 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. The bottom line is water fluoridation has served its purpose in our history at a point in time when dental disease and hygiene were not easily attainable by the vast majority of society. Times have changed and topical fluoride sources are far more easily accessible today than 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago. Fluoride supplements are available in our toothpaste, mouth wash, oral tablets and solutions. Only 1% of water from our faucets will ever come into contact with the enamel of a human tooth, the other 99% is not even being used for its intended purpose of preventing caries. Even that 1% that will come into contact with teeth, becomes even smaller when ingested, since we now know fluoride only prevents caries topically; therefore any fluoride swallowed will not in fact prevent tooth decay. Let's stop force feeding our population of Hampton Roads fluoride against their will and develope a plan to put medication back into the hands of the Health Department and out of our water!
Petition to Gary Robertson
End Water Fluoridation in Roanoke, VA
Water Fluoridation in Virginia is a voluntary practice, not a law. After years and years of ineffective and harmful fluoridation practices, it is time for change. Fluoride studies done by The NRC, the FDA, and the CDC, have concluded that it has no benefits on the health of peoples teeth, and in turn causes dozens of other issues. Healthwise, it is enzyme disrupting, causes skeletal fluorosis, impedes cognitive function, builds up in the kidneys, pineal gland, liver, and calcifies bones. Whether or not health is of a big concern of yours, the ethical issues surrounding water fluoridation is belittling to us all. For one, putting fluoride in our water is the only unmeasured, unwilling, practice of drugging in our community to date. The CDC coins fluoride as a drug when pertaining to medicating practices and also attests that it only has topical uses, as opposed to systemic. Not to mention, if fluoride is being used "medicinally", there is no way to measure the dose, babies and adults alike are exposed to the same amounts. So why do we continue to allow this unjust, illegitimate form of medication to be in our water supply? By signing this petition you will be letting the Western Virginia Water Authority you no longer condone this practice in our Community. For more information regarding Water Fluoridation and the facts and fallacies surrounding the practice, follow any of these links for further education. http://www.slweb.org/50reasons.html http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/water-fluoridation-and-cancer-risk