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fluoride

12 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

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! Thank you for your support.

Daria Barazandeh
152 supporters
Started 2 months ago

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!

Nichole Edmond
16 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, regina mccarthy, United Nations Environment Program, Donald Trump

Fluoride free water supply

Fluoride compounds are purposefully added to water, a process known as fluoridation, and have been since the late 1940s. It’s puzzling since fluoride has never been proven to significantly help in protecting teeth from cavities. Now, nearly 90% of the U.S. population has supplied water through public water systems, and about 67% of those people receive fluoridated water. Fluoride is almost impossible to avoid, even if you actively try to avoid it… its prevalence is astounding. It’s unlikely restaurants are using fluoride free water. Beverage manufacturers all rely on municipal water systems to produce soda, juice, and smoothies. And, this doesn’t even include the fluoride in dental products. When you add all these sources up, it’s easy to see the average person is under heavy attack. Fluoride Exposure Can Have Serious Health Consequences.Many people have been wrongly convinced that fluoride is necessary for dental health. In actuality, fluoride is extremely toxic and fluoride ingestion is one of the most common reasons for calls to Poison Control. The health consequences from fluoride exposure, water or otherwise, can be horrendous… Fluoride is a neurotoxin that could cause damage equivalent to that from a traumatic brain injury; children living in highly fluoridated areas have up to five times greater chance of developing a low IQ compared to those who do not.Fluoride calcifies the pineal gland.Fluoride can affect thyroid and it’s ability to absorb iodine.Fluoride consumption can cause skeletal fluorosis, a condition resulting in weak bones.Research has shown that fluoride exposure can cause early puberty in girls.Higher levels of fluoride correspond to lower fertility rates in both men and women.Areas with high fluoride levels in the water tend to have a higher rate of chronic kidney disease.Research suggests fluoride causes cardiovascular inflammation and atherosclerosis.The Fluoride Action Network reports that, as of May 2013, 43 studies have examined the effect of fluoride on human intelligence.Fluoride may play a role in ADHD and other mental issues, according to research from the Harvard School of Public Health. This petition exists in hope that we can achieve a truly natural and poison free water supply. Water is one of the necessities of life itself and deserves to be enjoyed without the addition of unnatural chemicals and toxic waste. Change starts somewhere, as a matter of fact, it starts with you. Be the change, and we can change the world together, for a better future.

Austen Jones
29 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Robert M. Califf, M.D., Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell

FDA: Tell Fluoride Supplement Manufacturers & Pharmacies to Stop Selling Unapproved Drugs

On January 13, 2016, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to a pharmaceutical company (Kirkman Industries, Inc.), ordering the company to "discontinue marketing all of the unapproved prescription drugs manufactured at [the] facility immediately.” The unapproved prescription drugs that FDA identified were fluoride "supplements." Fluoride supplements are sodium fluoride containing drops, tablets, and lozenges that are sold for the purpose of preventing tooth decay. FDA's Warning Letter makes clear that marketing fluoride supplements as cavity preventatives violates federal law because the FDA has never approved fluoride supplements as safe and effective for this purpose. The FDA’s Warning Letter is a commendable step in the right direction, but FDA should not limit its enforcement action against fluoride supplements to Kirkman, as there are other, larger companies that are currently making and selling the very same fluoride supplements, and these drugs are being sold throughout the country by the nation’s four largest pharmacies: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walmart.  Each and every one of the issues that FDA identified with Kirkman’s fluoride supplements applies with equal force to the fluoride supplements being manufactured and sold by these companies.  The unlawful actions of fluoride supplement manufacturers and sellers are unnecessarily placing millions of children in harm’s way.   An overwhelming body of evidence shows that fluoride works topically, not by ingestion, so there is no need for children to be swallowing *any* fluoride, whether in drops, tablets, or any other form.  The prestigious Cochrane Collaboration has concluded that fluoride supplements are ineffective and unnecessary. Fluoride supplements are not just ineffective, they're dangerous.  Fluoride is now classified as a developmental neurotoxin and endocrine disrupting substance.  Ingesting fluoride during early childhood poses serious potential risks to brain development and thyroid health, as well as other harm, including dental fluorosis, bone fragility, and osteosarcoma.  The problem today is not under-exposure to fluoride, but over-exposure. The most recent national survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows that up to 64% of adolescents now have dental fluorosis, with up to 29% of children having advanced forms of this condition.  Fluorosis is a visible mineralization defect of tooth enamel caused by excessive fluoride intake, which can be disfiguring when present on a child’s front teeth. Rather than continuing to increase children’s intake of fluoride, the urgent need now is to find ways to reduce it. Removing unapproved, ineffective, and dangerous fluoride supplements from the market is one important and obvious way to do so.  The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) & International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) have filed a petition with the FDA calling on the Agency to take action against all companies selling these drugs. Please sign this letter to tell FDA that you agree! All signatures collected will be uploaded to the FDA website before the comment deadline on the Petition.

Fluoride Action Network
11,540 supporters