Groups Urge EPA to Ban Fluoridation Based on Risk to Brain

New York – November 30, 2016 – A coalition of environmental, medical and health groups have served the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a Petition calling on the Agency to ban the addition of fluoridation chemicals to public water supplies due to the risks these chemicals pose to the brain, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

The Petition, which includes over 2,500 pages of supporting scientific documentation, explains that “the amount of fluoride now regularly consumed by millions of Americans in fluoridated areas exceeds the doses repeatedly linked to IQ loss and other neurotoxic effects.” Signers include FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and Moms Against Fluoridation.

“If EPA applies its own risk assessment guidelines to fluoridation, we believe it will agree that fluoridation poses an unacceptably high risk to the brain,” says attorney Michael Connett, FAN legal adviser.

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authorizes EPA to prohibit the “particular use” of a chemical that presents an unreasonable risk to the general public or susceptible subpopulations. TSCA gives EPA the authority to prohibit drinking water additives.

Subpopulations especially vulnerable to fluoride’s neurotoxic effects include infants, the elderly, kidney patients, and the nutrient deficient (e.g. iodine and calcium). Evidence also suggests that African-Americans may suffer disproportionate harm as well.

Read more at Fluoride Action Network

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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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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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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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Fluoridation: A question of consent

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“Medical treatment is for physicians to give with our consent. By voting NO on Measure P, Healdsburg citizens will give themselves clean water again. They can then decide whether they and their children should use fluoride.”

EDITOR: As a cofounder of the Sonoma County Water Coalition and as a member of the Sonoma County Health Services’ Fluoridation Advisory Committee, I was distressed to read the polarizing editorial on water fluoridation (“Defending Healdsburg’s dental health,” Oct 8).

There is no evidence that children’s teeth in fluoridated Healdsburg are any better than children’s teeth elsewhere in non-fluoridated Sonoma County. All the solid peer-reviewed science now indicates that dental health correlates more closely to family income and access to dental care than to drinking fluoridated water. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control say that fluoride works when applied topically to tooth surfaces, not internally.

By voting no on Measure P, Healdsburg citizens will give themselves clean water again. They can then decide whether they and their children should use fluoridated toothpaste or any of the many other sources of fluoride that were not available 62 years ago when Healdsburg began fluoridating its drinking water. They will have that choice.

Medical treatment is for physicians to give with our consent. It’s not the job of our elected representatives or for our public health officials to medicate anyone without his or her own individual informed consent.

STEPHEN FULLER-ROWELL

Santa Rosa

Letter to the Editor at The Press Democrat

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