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
Our fluoride comes from China. Below is a list of other items imported from China that have been found to be toxic and recalled: cosmetics, toys, dog food, cat food, laminate flooring, drywall, gardening gloves, baby bibs, notebooks, jewelry, herbal supplements, candy, ginger, shrimp, fish, toothpaste. Does fluoride belong on this list? Let’s test it and find out, our health depends on it. Vote yes on T.
By Chris Love
My family and I have lived in Healdsburg for 36 years, and in the area for 42 total. Our daughter and her family also live here. I understand fluoride occurs naturally in most water supplies. I grew up with fluoridated water, along with my three sisters.
Our dad had great teeth, mom’s were not so great. Three of us have not so great teeth, one has great teeth. We all drank the same water for the first 18 years of our lives. I personally think that genetics has more to do with good teeth and bad teeth, not fluoride.
Our daughter, and two of her children have developed dental fluorosis, which is overexposure to fluoride during the first eight years of life. This gives a mottled appearance to the teeth. But, this fluorosis can also affect the skeletal bones. We don’t know yet if it has affected our daughter’s or grandchildren’s bones. Every body is different, and processes chemicals differently. No two are alike. So here are my points to think about, please.
A study was done, not that long ago, that showed that Healdsburg teeth were no better than the rest of the county. You know we are the only city to add fluoride to our community water. If fluoride is working so well, why are Healdsburg teeth not the best in the county?
Some folks have said that the minor amount of fluoride added is safe for everyone. Really? Well, obviously not safe for some of my family. I wonder how many other families may have a member or two with this condition. How many would it take for you to say, well, maybe it isn’t safe for everyone. If it was your family member, would you still feel that way?
Our family has had to purchase very expensive water filters for our homes to filter out the fluoride. What about the families that cannot afford a filter or to purchase bottled water? What are they supposed to do? Continue to essentially poison their family members because one cannot do without water?
There was a recent article in the Tribune about fluoride, what it is, where it comes from, how much and how it is put in our water. The one part of the article that bothered me was that it comes from China. We all have read about or even been involved in items that have been recalled, made in China, that were found to have dangerous chemicals in them; children’s jewelry, creams, toys and many other items over the years. China does not have the same safeguards or regulations regarding products they make and export. And we are trusting something from them every single one of us in Healdsburg ingests on a daily basis? Did you know that because of studies done in China they do not fluoridate their own water? But they are selling it to us to put it in ours?
Children can still get toothpaste with fluoride (most of them have it), and get fluoride treatments from their dentist. Not all experts agree that drinking fluoride is beneficial to teeth. Fluoride put on the teeth, yes, but not in the stomach. Since fluoride is so cheap, maybe the city could donate the cost of the fluoride we put in the water to a fund for all the dentists in town to give free fluoride treatments to those who cannot afford it.
Measure T is asking for a moratorium on adding fluoride to our water supply until such time as the city can certify that the sodium fluoride put in our water is safe for all human consumption. The city of Healdsburg says that is impossible.
How safe do you think it is? If your family was having health problems, or your neighbor’s family, would you still insist we keep adding fluoride to our water when a study showed it was not making a difference? How many people must be sick, or have bad reactions, for us to say stop, no more forcing our entire population to drink something that is making some of us sick.
I am not trying to scare anyone, but to ask you as reasonable people, to think about this. I’m sure there are more people in town, like my family, who have problems but are unable or afraid to come forward.
Chris Love is a Healdsburg resident
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
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.
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.
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.
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?”
To donate or volunteer, contact:
Jeannie Rudd, Campaign Coordinator
Healdsburg for YES on Measure T
707-542-1723 or emails us here.
Truth & Transparency
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.
To sign the petition or volunteer, contact:
Jeannie Rudd, Campaign Coordinator
Healdsburg Fluoridation Moratorium Initiative
707-542-1723 or emails us here.
In 2014 the people voted on Healdsburg municipal water fluoridation after being assured by a local dentist that water fluoridation is safe and effective.
Requests have been made to the Healdsburg City Council to secure the studies verifying the safety for ingestion by all consumers of Healdsburg’s fluoridation chemical. There has been no City Council response. The people’s response is this ballot measure.
Fluoride-Free-Healdsburg’s ballot measure calls for a moratorium on Healdsburg municipal water fluoridation, to remain in place until the specified information is provided.
Ballot Title: AN INITIATIVE TO INSTITUTE A MORATORIUM ON ALL MUNICIPAL WATER FLUORIDATION PENDING FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING FLUORIDATING CHEMICAL.
Notice of Intent to Circulate Petition
Notice is hereby given by the persons whose names appear below of their intent to circulate a petition within the City of Healdsburg for the following purpose:
Text of Measure: The City of Healdsburg shall institute a moratorium on all municipal water fluoridation until such time as the manufacturer supplying the fluoridating chemical provides to the public
s/ Michael Lipelt, DDS, ND, 8201 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA 94558;
s/ Barbara Jean Rudd, 531 Brown Street, Healdsburg, CA 94558;
s/ Barbara Wentzel, 424 Haydon Road, Healdsburg, CA 94558