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What’s in the water? Chemicals from China!

A look at Healdsburg’s fluoride additive, from ground to tap.

Healdsburg voters will again vote Nov. 8 on whether or not to continue to fluoridate the drinking water supply in town and on Fitch Mountain, the only areas in Sonoma County to do so. Fluoride is added to drinking water to improve dental health and prevent cavities. However, opponents question the claim that fluoride is safe, or beneficial.

The Healdsburg water department receives bags of granular sodium fluoride from its distributor, Brenntag Pacific. Brenntag is an international distributor based in Mülheim, Germany, and has locations in Santa Fe Springs and Richmond, California, which ships the sodium fluoride used in Healdsburg.

Along the route from China to Healdsburg, sodium fluoride is produced by companies like Hunan Heaven Materials Development and Mintchem, purchased by companies such as Solvay and shipped to locations by distributors like Brenntag.

According to Healdsburg Water/Wastewater Operations Superintendent Rob Scates, sodium fluoride is placed in 50-pound bags at the point of manufacture and then shipped. Brenntag receives shipments of 45,000 pounds at a time from China.

Read more at The Healdsburg Tribune

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Prove fluoride safety

Editor: Last week I read two letters to the editor from citizens in the dentistry field that were concerned about fluoridation being halted permanently in Healdsburg. The only reason the halt could be permanent is if fluoride ingestion cannot be proven safe. If it is safe, there should be no worries about Measure T passing, because fluoridation will resume once safety proof is provided. So what this says to me is that there may be no proof. Vote yes on Measure T to ensure our safety.

Brian Pardini
Healdsburg

The Healdsburg Tribune

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Sacramento-based special interest fighting “Truth & Transparency” in Healdsburg

Editor: They’re at it again. A Sacramento-based special interest group is the sole donor funding a campaign against “Truth & Transparency” in Healdsburg. The first contribution report for the 2016 election shows that the California Dental Association (CDA) donated a whopping $20,000 to oppose the grassroots yes on T campaign. Why is it so important for these lobbyists to keep our little burg in the dark when it comes to fluoridation safety? Perhaps a look at their mission statement will provide some insight: “The California Dental Association (CDA) is a community of dentists committed to enhancing the professional lives of our members.”

These Sacramento lobbyists are doing their best to block our ability to obtain important safety information regarding our drinking water. A yes vote on Measure T will simply require safety documentation for the fluoridation chemical. Let the special interests know – we would rather enhance the lives of our community members. Let’s verify fluoride safety. Vote yes on Measure T.

Brian Pardini
Healdsburg

Healdsburg Tribune

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Yes on T

Editor: I just learned the Sonoma County Democratic Party endorses Healdsburg’s “yes on measure T.” Measure T puts a moratorium on water fluoridation until the city provides safety related evidence from the manufacturer that water fluoridated with its product is safe for everyone to drink. Back in 2014 dental professionals assured us that the fluoride chemical mix added to our water was safe and effective. But I felt manipulated when I discovered those reassuring, oversized mailers we received were designed and paid for by a single Sacramento special interest group’s $58,000 donation.

Now, two years later, a Healdsburg city staff report reveals: “The manufacturer or vendor cannot supply either a toxicological report or a written verification of the chemical’s safety for ingestion by all water consumers, once the chemical is properly introduced into the water supply.” (Page 162, 8/1/2016 city council agenda packet.) Not so reassuring after all. Healdsburg voters, brace yourselves. Given the fluoridation establishment’s tenacity and deep pockets we’re in for another barrage of slick advertising, this time to convince us that something they’re calling “standard testing” replaces toxicological reports and verification of safety. I’m tired of professional doublespeak instead of evidence. I’m voting yes on T — yes for truth and transparency concerning what is added to our tap water.

Jane Oriel
Healdsburg

Healdsburg Tribune

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Court rules that City of Healdsburg violated elections code by forcing “misleading, inaccurate, and biased” ballot language for Measure T, the fluoride safety initiative.

A Sonoma County judge spurned an attempt by the City of Healdsburg to alter the voter-approved language of Measure T.

Citing that fulfilling the requirement of obtaining safety documentation for the fluoridation chemical used in Healdsburg’s water would be impossible, the City attempted to change the wording of the ballot measure. Yes on T supporters filed suit, demanding that the ballot language match the language of the petition Healdsburg voters signed, and the courts agreed.

The judge ruled “The evidence demonstrates clearly and convincingly that the [City of Healdsburg’s] proposed ballot question is misleading, inaccurate, and biased, based, as it is, not on the actual wording and stated effect of the measure but on Respondent’s interpretation of what the measure may, in effect, cause. Petitioners’ proposed question, by contrast, tracks the actual language and stated effect of the measure.”

The wording for the ballot measure is: “Shall the City of Healdsburg institute a moratorium on water fluoridation in the city until such time as the manufacturer of the fluoridating chemical provides information regarding the identification of any contaminants in the fluoridating chemical batch, and a toxicological report and verification of safety for the fluoridating chemical?”

Read More @ The Healdsburg Tribune

To donate or volunteer, contact:
Jeannie Rudd, Campaign Coordinator
Healdsburg for YES on Measure T
707-542-1723 or emails us here.
Truth & Transparency

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Healdsburg officials say proving fluoride safety is impossible.

Update: Court rules that City of Healdsburg violated elections code by forcing “misleading, inaccurate, and biased” ballot language for Measure T, the fluoride safety initiative.

By Ray Holley | Managing Editor | The Healdsburg Tribune

Healdsburg voters will be asked again this year whether to continue fluoridating city water, but the wording of the initiative is the subject of a legal battle this week.

Fluoride opponents lost a ballot effort to ban fluoridation two years ago and came back this year with a new tactic. A petition was circulated that, if placed on the ballot and passed, would require manufacturers of the fluoride additive to prove it is safe before it can be added to drinking water.

Healdsburg officials say proving such a thing is impossible and the Healdsburg City Attorney recommended changing the lengthy ballot language to a simple yes-or-no on the subject of fluoridation.

The language suggested by the petition was: “Shall the City of Healdsburg institute a moratorium on all municipal water fluoridation until the manufacturer supplying the fluoridating chemical provides the public with an accurate list of all contaminants and their amounts for each batch sold to the City, a detailed toxicological report on the fluoridating chemical, and a written verification of the chemical’s safety for ingestion by all water consumers, once introduced into the water supply?”

The city attorney suggested changing the language to: “Shall the City of Healdsburg stop fluoridating its water supply?”

Anti-fluoride activists protested and charged that the city is violating state election law by substantially changing the language that was on the petition signed by local voters. Healdsburg officials counter that the language is misleading and the city has a duty to give the voters a clear and unambiguous choice.

Read more @ The Healdsburg Tribune

To donate or volunteer, contact:
Jeannie Rudd, Campaign Coordinator
Healdsburg for YES on Measure T
707-542-1723 or emails us here.
Truth & Transparency

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The Sonoma County Gazette: Healdsburg Water Fluoridation Moratorium Initiative

Signatures are being gathered to put a Water Fluoridation Moratorium Initiative on the Healdsburg ballot for November 2016.

The Initiative calls for a moratorium on water fluoridation until the manufacturer of Healdsburg’s fluoridating chemical provides specified information about the chemical, including verification of its safety for ingestion by all consumers, regardless of an individual consumer’s age, size, diet, or health.

If the documents don’t exist, or if the manufacturer chooses not to provide them, the moratorium would continue, and District water would not be fluoridated.

Read the full article at the Sonoma County Gazette

To sign the petition or volunteer, contact:
Jeannie Rudd, Campaign Coordinator
Healdsburg Fluoridation Moratorium Initiative
707-542-1723 or emails us here.

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Safe Water Healdsburg with KSRO’s Steve Jaxon

There are no studies that show that fluoride is safe for ingestion. Listen to the interview below and learn more about the Healdsburg Fluoridation Moratorium Initiative.

LISTEN: KSRO’s Steve Jaxon Interviews Clean Water Sonoma-Marin Director about the Healdsburg Fluoride Moratorium Initiative

To sign the petition or volunteer, contact:
Jeannie Rudd, Campaign Coordinator
Healdsburg Fluoridation Moratorium Initiative
707-542-1723 or emails us here.

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New Documentary — Fluoride: Poison On Tap

Is fluoride bad for you? Should you be concerned about sodium fluoride being in your water or toothpaste? Learn everything you need to know about fluoride and why Sweden, Norway, Austria, Finland, China and more countries have banned it.

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FLUORIDE TO DRINKING WATER: NOTHING BUT QUESTIONS

Since the hiring of an outside person as Health Department officer for Sonoma County’s Health Services to bring fluoridation to Sonoma County’s drinking water, I have had nothing but questions.

But before I ask my questions, there are a few things I learned that I didn’t know before this fluoride campaign got started. I found out that:

  • The only city in Sonoma County that fluoridates their drinking water is Healdsburg
  • That neither infants nor fetuses are supposed to have fluoridated water
  • That no water dispensers, private or public, have or will label that the water is fluoridated
  • That there is no practical way to treat fluoride in wastewater so that the County will allow fluoridated water to get into our waterways and expose all the wildlife to this chemical

There are many other reasons to wonder about the wisdom of adding fluoride to drinking water but the above statements are undisputed, so let’s put them together in the form of questions.

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