Listen to the archived Steve Jaxon interview with Dawna Gallagher of Clean Water Sonoma-Marin and Paul Gullixson, Editor of the Press Democrat about Measure T. Dawna explains how YES on Measure T will require proof of safety for our fluoride. Mr. Gullixson explains the city’s position – “they’re really not interested in proving it’s safe.“
Listen here: YES on T on The Drive with Steve Jaxon – KSRO
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.
To sign the petition or volunteer, contact:
Jeannie Rudd, Campaign Coordinator
Healdsburg Fluoridation Moratorium Initiative
707-542-1723 or emails us here.
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.
“…the FDA has never approved fluoride supplements for the prevention of tooth decay. Because of fluoride’s toxicity, you can only buy a fluoride “supplement” if you have a doctor’s prescription.”
Dan Kenner, Ph.D. Naturopathic Medical Science, L,Ac.
I am a writer and researcher in health care (The Whole-Body Workbook for Cancer) with 35 years of clinical experience, and would like to make three simple points about the water fluoridation issue:
1. We already get enough fluoride in our food and drink: If you drink any kind of juice (or wine) on a regular basis, you’re probably getting hefty doses of fluoride. Grapes are heavily sprayed with cryolite, a fluoride-based pesticide, and white grape juice is used as the base or filler juice in many juice drinks.
Cereals, mechanically deboned meats, and black or green tea are a few other significant sources. If people feel that this is not enough fluoride of course they are free to buy any of the many fluoridated dental products.
2. Ingesting fluoride doesn’t prevent tooth decay: According to the Centers for Disease Control and research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, fluoride ingestion is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and is harmful to health. Further, the FDA has never approved fluoride supplements for the prevention of tooth decay. Because of fluoride’s toxicity, you can only buy a fluoride “supplement” if you have a doctor’s prescription.
3. Fluoride is hazardous to brain function: A recent Harvard University study found that children in high-fluoride areas were found to have significantly lower IQs than those who lived in no-fluoride or low-fluoride areas. Researchers speculate that young brains may not be able to fully develop if the fluoride toxicity damages the brain at a very early age. Harvard researcher Philippe Grandjean, MD, commented that “Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain.” This is only one of several health threats that fluoride presents.
A form of calcium, hydroxylapatite, is known to gradually harden and calcify arteries and lead to atherosclerosis. Fluoride forms fluorapatite by replacing hydroxyls in hydroxylapatite‚Äîsimply put, this process enhances the cardiotoxic effect and makes it harder for your body to remove it.
I can‚Äôt stress the importance of regularly consuming water enough. I personally drink at least eight to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water every day to support my healthy body. It is well known that drinking plenty of water is important for proper hydration, body temperature regulation, digestion, and nutrient metabolism. It is also crucial in maintaining the health of nearly every organ in the body.
It‚Äôs not just important that you drink water, but that you also consider the type of water you consume. I always get my water from a filtered tap, because municipal drinking water straight from the tap is known to contain a heavily toxic chemical‚Äîfluoride.
Fluoride is added to municipal water without your permission to help prevent tooth decay; however, the risks outweigh the rewards in this case. Water fluoridation has been linked to several health problems, including brain damage, permanent teeth discoloration, and dental enamel fluorosis‚Äîcaused by exposure to excessive amounts of fluoride
But fluoridated water is now also suspected to lead to stroke, heart attack, or heart failure, meaning you could unknowingly be drinking yourself to heart disease.
I read a study recently in the journal Toxicology that shed some light on heart complications and water fluoridation. The study observed the effect of fluoride exposure in a cell model (in vitro) and a rat model (in vivo). This study suggested that fluoride exposure could potentially lead to heart disease.
Read the full article at Doctor’s Health Press
The results of the experiment, which for the first time focused on the chemical‚Äôs effects on the black community, revealed that blacks were far more susceptible to dental fluorosis than whites…”twice as much fluorosis than others.” The condition, which is caused by fluoride consumption, produces a wide range of problems.
The federal government has known for five decades that blacks were even more susceptible than whites to serious damage from fluoride added to water supplies, but it urged local governments to fluoridate the population anyway, according to newly released documents. In addition to knowingly inflicting major dental problems known as ‚Äúfluorosis‚Äù on whites and especially blacks through the controversial forced mass-medication scheme, federal health officials never even bothered to inform blacks about the risks. Despite the mounting scientific evidence of harm and the ethical concerns surrounding the involuntary medical treatment, authorities across the United States continue fluoridating public water supplies.
The recently uncovered documents, obtained using Freedom of Information (FOIA) Act requests by the anti-fluoridation group Fluoride Action Network (FAN), reveal that the U.S. Public Health Service fully understood the consequences of its actions. The tale begins in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1945, when authorities there began a massive involuntary medical experiment by adding the controversial chemical to the water supply. The theory was that fluoride, now labeled a ‚Äúneurotoxin‚Äù by perhaps the world‚Äôs most prestigious medical journal and myriad experts, might reduce cavities.
The results of the experiment, which for the first time focused on the chemical‚Äôs effects on the black community, revealed that blacks were far more susceptible to dental fluorosis than whites. Indeed, an internal 1962 memorandum from Public Health Service official F.J. Maier, ‚Äúsanitary engineer director‚Äù with the ‚ÄúDivision of Dental Public Health and Resources,‚Äù stated that ‚Äúnegroes in Grand Rapids had twice as much fluorosis than others.‚Äù The condition, which is caused by fluoride consumption, produces a wide range of problems. In moderate to severe cases, it damages tooth enamel to such an extent that teeth can literally fall apart.
Read more at The New American
“…they can‚Äôt control the dose. In what other instance would a medical professional prescribe medicine to a person without also prescribing the dose? In Healdsburg, someone who drinks a lot of water gets a greater dose of fluoride than one who drinks little. A child‚Äôs consumption isn‚Äôt differentiated from an adult‚Äôs.”
Editor: Throughout the last many months of debate over the fluoridation of Healdsburg‚Äôs water, pro-fluoride medical professionals have made the argument that the amount of fluoride in our water is miniscule and is at a level determined to be safe. This always boggles my mind. Healdsburg‚Äôs water department does indeed control the concentration of fluoride in the water, but they can‚Äôt control the dose. In what other instance would a medical professional prescribe medicine to a person without also prescribing the dose? In Healdsburg, someone who drinks a lot of water gets a greater dose of fluoride than one who drinks little. A child‚Äôs consumption isn‚Äôt differentiated from an adult‚Äôs. The elderly, the healthy and those with compromised immune systems all get the same concentration, but different doses, depending on how much fluoridated water they drink.
We should all educate ourselves about the fluoride in our water. Unlike chlorine, which is added to make our water safe, fluoride is added to treat us, our bodies, and in an indiscriminate manner. I encourage anyone who cares about their health to Google the company that supplies our fluoride, and read the warnings. (Solvay Chemicals/sodium fluoride.) It bothers me a great deal that intelligent, educated people would think that just because something toxic can be mixed with water and ingested in small concentrations without noticeable ill-effects, that you can also swallow it and bathe in it 24/7, 365 days a year, for your lifetime, and still be unaffected. Toxic effects often go undetected, disguised as common chronic illnesses or just the effects of aging.
There are so many substances that were commonly used 60 years ago that we considered safe: lead, asbestos, nicotine, DDT … Some people say that they‚Äôve been drinking the fluoridated water here with no discernible harm to their health. But the chemical companies that produce the sodium fluoride we use cannot produce any peer-reviewed studies that show that it‚Äôs safe for human ingestion. I have to ask the question: how did this ever get into our water without that proof? Dosing an entire city is no way to conduct a safety test and the good people of Healdsburg should not be subjected to this experiment. Our water is a precious resource. We should do everything we can to make it as unadulterated and as pure as possible and still be safe. Please Vote No on Measure P.
Letter to the Editor at The Healdsburg Tribune
He was shocked to discover, when the statistics were sent to him, that they revealed no such benefit. In fact, in most Health Districts the percentage of children who were “caries-free” was higher in the non-fluoridated areas…
A dentist and historian, John Coquhoun lived in Auckland, New Zealand while pursuing a career as a researcher, dental practitioner and public health official. He graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand in 1948 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and received his diploma for education in Sydney. After 7 years service in the national School of Dental Service, as a teacher and administrator, he entered private practice. In 1971, he became Principal Dental Officer for the Auckland Health District. During this period he carried out research in both dentistry and Auckland social history.
Until 1980, Colquhoun was a keen advocate of water fluoridation. In that year, he was sent on a world study tour by the New Zealand Department of Health for the purpose of investigating recent research into fluoridation. Upon his return he was appointed to the post of Chairman of the Fluoridation Promotion Committee of the New Zealand Dental Health Foundation.
After returning from his study tour, Dr. Colquhoun reported the new discovery (for 1980) that dental decay was declining in “western” counties, with or without fluoridation, and that the differences between decay rates in fluoridated versus non-fluoridated locations were much less than had been claimed would occur.
Nonetheless, like many of his professional colleagues of the day, Colquhoun was very reluctant to admit that fluoridation was a failure. He advocated, and his superiors agreed to a new approach based on the belief that fluoridation still provided a marginal benefit. Colquhoun felt he was reinforced in that belief by his superiors’ claim that new statistics, collected for all New Zealand School Dental Service patients (98% of the childhood population) revealed such a benefit.
He was shocked to discover, when the statistics were sent to him, that they revealed no such benefit. In fact, in most Health Districts the percentage of children who were “caries-free” was higher in the non-fluoridated areas of New Zealand.
Colquhoun disagreed sharply with his superiors’ action in circulating a document, “overview of fluoridation statistics,” which omitted the Health District statistical information on fluoride and “disgracefully doctored” the remaining statistics, claiming that a marginal benefit existed.
When, in addition, he discovered that dental fluorosis prevalence (a sign of fluoride toxicity) was much higher than expected in fluoridated areas, Colquhoun publicly changed his stance on fluoridation in 1983.
Dr. Colquhoun continued his research, which contributed to the earning of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1987, and was appointed to the post-doctoral position of Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Auckland. In 1992 he became editor of the Journal of the International Society for Fluoride Research (Fluoride), a position which provided a good overview of fluoride research in different academic disciplines.
Dr. Colquhoun passed away peacefully in his home on March 23rd, 1999 at the age of 75, remaining intellectually active almost until his final moments.
Published in the Scientific World Journal… “92 studies and scientific papers, concludes that early research showing a reduction of children‚Äôs tooth decay from municipal water fluoridation may have been flawed and hadn‚Äôt adequately measured the potential harm from higher fluoride consumption.”
An extensive review of research from the UK‚Äôs University of Kent has concluded that fluoridation of municipal water supplies may be more harmful than helpful, because the reduction in dental cavities from fluoride is due primarily from its topical application instead of ingestion. Published in the Scientific World Journal earlier this year, the review, which covered 92 studies and scientific papers, concludes that early research showing a reduction of children‚Äôs tooth decay from municipal water fluoridation may have been flawed and hadn‚Äôt adequately measured the potential harm from higher fluoride consumption.The researchers note that total fluoride intake from most municipalities can significantly exceed the daily recommended intake of four milligrams per day, and that over-consumption is associated with cognitive impairment, thyroid issues, higher fracture risk, dental fluorosis (mottling of enamel) and enzyme disruption. The researchers also found clear evidence for increased risk of uterine and bladder cancers in areas where municipal water was fluoridated.
“There has never been a single randomized controlled trial to demonstrate fluoridation‚Äôs effectiveness or safety.”
Editor: Saturday‚Äôs (Sept. 30) Forum on the topic of Understanding Water Fluoridation was very informative. A doctor and two dentists attended and were able to answer questions. We learned that in the last 50 years tooth decay has declined in both fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas. There has never been a single randomized controlled trial to demonstrate fluoridation‚Äôs effectiveness or safety. Once fluoride is added to the public water system, it is impossible to control the dose since it depends on how much is consumed. The chemicals used to fluoridate water are not pharmaceutical grade, instead they are a toxic waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. Since 97 percent of Europe and the rest of the world have banned fluoridating their water since they do not believe there is conclusive evidence that it is safe, perhaps we can also decide that the best method for reducing cavities in children is by teaching proper oral hygiene and good nutrition. Assuming we are in doubt, let‚Äôs protect our health and ‚Äúright to choose‚Äù and vote it out!
Letter to the Editor at The Healdsburg Tribune