Letter: Yorktown Residents Should Question Fluoride Use

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. — The Yorktown Daily Voice welcomes signed, original letters from its readers. They may be emailed to yorktown@dailyvoice.com.

This letter was written in response to an earlier submission by Yorktown resident and Mount Kisco-based dentist Carl Tegtmeier, who supports the fluoridation of Yorktown's water supply.

To the Editor:

States the opening first-sentence claim:

"[Fluoridation] ... something the town has been doing since 1965 without any controversy and without any problems to the public."

If that claim has merit, then ironically, quick anecdotal evidence seems gratuitously provided possibly supporting numerous "lowering of IQ studies" (36 referenced at FluorideAlert.org) associated with chronic fluoride intake.

(Excuse please my tongue-in-cheek.)

So, may I respectfully encourage your Yorktown readers and the editors to question absolutely everything – including the (unproven?) safety for artificially fluoridated water.

Such questioning could include especially some (dubious?) claims postured with seeming authority of safety and effectiveness in the dentist's letter.

And of course too to question what I've said.

On that closing note, I seriously question the ethic, safety and entire practice of adding so-called fluoride to our public drinking water supplies ... anywhere.

Sincerely,

Gene Burke
Founder, Santa Monicans for Safe Drinking Water Coalition

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nyscof:

Actually, science has never supported fluoridation. It's all been effective PR and appeal to authority. For example, the first human fluoridation experiment was conducted on the citizens of Grand Rapids Michigan. It was supposed to last 15 years but about 5 years into the experiment, it was discovered that the tooth decay in children of the control non-fluoridated city of Muskegon was going down at the same rate as that of the children in fluoridated Grand Rapids. So it was decided to cover up this inconvenient truth and fluoridate Muskegon's water also. So this study is scientifically invalid. Yet it is still used to prove fluoridation's effectiveness and organized dentistry celebrates its birthday every year to continue the ruse.

Newburgh, NY, was the first city to look for health effects caused by fluoridated water. In 1945, Newburgh was fluoridated. Kingston NY was the non-fluoridated control city. Due to political pressure, the experiment was declared a success 5 years into it before the permanent teeth of children born into the experiment had even erupted. Ten years later, State Univ of NY researchers found more anemia, bone defects and early puberty in fluoridated Newburgh children. Adults and pre-schoolers were never examined and those children sick two weeks before examination were excluded

Fifty years later, Newburgh children had more tooth decay and dental fluorosis than never fluoridated Kingston.

These two studies are the "safety" foundation upon which fluoridation has been built. There are no other studies looking for health effects of fluoridation on any population in the US. So when fluoridationists claim it's been studied to death, they are either lying or ignorant to the truth, trusting "authorities" and falling prey to appeal to authority and slick PR.

billy.budd.140:

Carol . .that is just delusional. You need to get a subscription to the American Association of Public Health Dentistry's Journal and JADA and keep up.

New research pieces which are my favorites include:

Kumar's demonstration that enamel fluorosis protects teeth from cavities

J Am Dent Assoc. 2009 Jul;140(7):855-62. The association between enamel fluorosis and dental caries in U.S. schoolchildren. Iida H, Kumar JV.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19571049

and

Neidell's paper showing that kids who drink fluoridated water become adults with more teeth.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100826212037.htm

oh yes . .and the demonstration that fluoridation returns 150% on investment in preventing bills for rampant caries in baby teeth. . .that's right if that were the only benefit, it would pay for fluoridation

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22380939
Prev Chronic Dis. 2012 Mar;9:E66. A simulation model for designing effective interventions in early childhood caries. Hirsch GB, Edelstein BL, Frosh M, Anselmo T.

Good stuff, yes!

Regards

Billy

nyscof:

Larry - Let's see your evidence, not endorsements, that prove ingesting fluoride chemicals via the water supply is harmless to everyone.

jwillie6:

If you like fluoride, it is legal and available, help yourself. Otherwise, don't add it to drinking water and force everyone to consume a poisonous drug.

Citizens already pay for their drinking water. They should not have to pay again for bottled water or the expensive filters to remove fluoride.

SIMPLE SOLUTION:
1. Take the toxic waste fluoride chemical out of the drinking water.
2. It is still legal and available, so those who wish to take it can then put fluoride tablets in their glass of water.
3. Leave the rest of us out of it, giving everyone the freedom of choice.
PROBLEM SOLVED FOR EVERYONE.

There is another method of distribution of fluoride which is even much cheaper

Purchase one tanker truck of this toxic waste Hexafluorosilicic acid fluoride for a few dollars and instead of putting it in drinking water, park the truck at city hall and give it out free to anyone who wants it. When 99 1/2% is no longer wasted down the drain in toilets, showers, dishwashers, etc., one truck would probably last 5 to 10 years or more. Then all of the savings would be available to help the community.

jwillie6:

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say.

Many of the U.S. states with the longest fluoridation, many over 50 years, have by far the worst teeth. How is that possible if fluoride protects teeth?

Consider the following:
Kentucky, which has been 100% fluoridated for over 40 years. Government records show that Kentucky leads the nation in the number of dental cavities in children, and in the number of completely toothless adults.

The same ineffectiveness is evident in many states and cities, such as West Virginia, Washington D.C., Boston, Detroit, etc.

Fluoridated Chicago 3rd graders tooth decay rates increased from 59% to 63% in recent years. (2004 – 2009) and their untreated tooth decay went from 32% to 36%.

West Virginia is 92% fluoridated for many years and comes near last place in the nation with 38% toothless.

But look at Hawaii:
with the lowest fluoridation rate (9%), Hawaii has the lowest rate of toothless residents in the US (10%).

This shows the absolute ineffectiveness of fluoridation.

billy.budd.140:

Jwillie's reference to Hawaii ignores the data. A Pew report found "children in Hawaii continue to exhibit among the highest rates of dental caries in the nation." (Feb. 2010)

Hawaii's 50/50 fluoridation rate hurts kids' oral health. State officials conducted exams of 9,100 public school students & found that 27% needed "urgent or acute dental treatments." (Maui News, 8/5/12)

Fluoridation clearly is not the only variable causing cavities. Kentucky would be even worse off if they were not fluoridated.

While fluoridation is not a silver bullet cure, it clearly blunts the poor oral health burden those with socioeconomic disadvantage, especially disadvantaged children bear.

nyscof:

Billy - I know you live in Portland Oregon. Erie County is in New York State. According to Dr. J Kumar of the NYS Dept of Health tooth decay rates are extremely high in mostly fluoridated Erie County which includes 100% fluoridated Buffalo - 74% of low income Erie County Third Graders have tooth decay (35% of it untreated) and 60% of all third graders have tooth decay (27% untreated) http://www.chfwcny.org/Tools/BroadCaster/Upload/Project39/Docs/Pediatric_Oral_Health_in_Buffalo_Report.pdf

Compare that to non-fluoridated Nassau County which has a 50% tooth decay rate of 3rd graders (56% of low income 3rd graders)

jwillie6:

After 50 years or more of fluoridation, many cities and states suffer major rates of tooth decay. It certainly is not a secret.

Europe is 97% fluoride free, and the WHO has found that their decay rates are better than the US and other fluoridated countries.

As you say "it is not a silver bullet cure," but worse than just being ineffective, it is dangerous to health. Over 1200 studies (80 pages) show the ineffectiveness and dangers to health including cancer, thyroid & pineal gland damage, broken hips from brittle bones, lowered IQ, kidney disease, arthritis and other serious health problems.

jwillie6:

The CDC reports that in the U.S., fluoride causes 41% of all children (which prorates to over 50% in fluoridated communities) to have damaged enamel, called dental fluorosis. In this group, 10% to 15% have such severe tooth damage that the dental repair costs from $10,000 to $30,000, and up to $100,000 over a lifetime. Studies report that minority and poor children are damaged the most by fluoride. That is why national Black and Hispanic leaders have spoken out against it.

The families have to pay this cost. Why won't the dental community or the government agencies which forces everyone to consume this poison volunteer to pay for this damage?

A much cheaper method to distribute fluoride, allowing freedom of choice, is to purchase one tanker truck of this toxic waste fluoride (Hexafluorosilicic acid, which is waste material flushed directly from industrial smokestacks) for a few dollars and instead of putting it in drinking water, park the truck at city hall and give out fluoride free to anyone who wants it. When 99 1/2% of this poison is no longer wasted down the drain in showers, toilets, dishwashers, etc., one truck would probably last 5 to 10 years or more.
Then use all of the $ millions in savings to help the community.

billy.budd.140:

Jwillie egregiously distorts the reality of the type of enamel fluorosis associated with community water fluoridation (CWF).

The dental fluorosis associated with CWF is a non-problem. Cavities are a big problem.

New research shows that most fluorosis comes from improper toothpaste use in early childhood. This is the reason that the toothpaste label was changed.

see: Am J Epidemiol. 1994 Sep 1;140(5):461-71. Risk factors for enamel fluorosis in a fluoridated population. Pendrys et al
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8067338

The type of fluorosis associated with CWF most often requires a professional examination to even see. We have 60 years of data showing that if the fluoride content of the water is below 2 ppm the severe type, which all agree is undesirable, is avoided.

Listen to the summary news conference of the National Research Committee (2006) to hear this explained.

http://www.nap.edu/webcast/webcast_detail.php?webcast_id=325

A paper from 2009 showed that enamel fluorosis, rather than being a bad thing, actually protects the effected tooth from cavities.

The Association Between Enamel Fluorosis and Dental Caries in U.S. Schoolchildren. Hiroko Iida, Jayanth V. Kumar. JADA July 1, 2009 140(7): 855-862
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19571049

This insanity and profoundly misleading scare mongering about the enamel fluorosis is exactly the kind of idea the Oregonian termed "crackpottery" in the editorial I cited below.

Uncommitted voters might compare the 100+ prestigious organizations supporting CWF.

Organizations Endorsing Fluoridation - In their own words

http://www.ilikemyteeth.org/fluoridation/respected-organizations/

The Oregon Everyone Deserves Health Teeth Coalition contains many civil right organizations who believe fluoridation to be an important civil rights and social justice issue. Jwillie's reference to the Black and Hispanic community ignores this majority opinion. It is a little like the FAN bragging they have 343 dentists opposing when there are 175,000 dentists in the US alone.

Yorktown citizens and leaders alike should simply look to the local, state and regional public health authorities for advice on community water fluoridation.

nyscof:

Dentist Tom Curran criticizes dentists who comment because they don't live in Yorktown, well neither does he. Let's see if Curran criticizes Billy Bud who lives in Portland Oregon. But we welcome everyone to the debate no matter where they live, even this Miami dentist who writes:

"The year 2012 saw an unprecedented shift in momentum for the anti-fluoride lobby. Last year, more health professionals, activists, and North American residents rallied together than in any year prior. For the first time, a nationwide front has begun to form against the practice of water fluoridation. While health experts cite research indicating that fluoridated water is harmful to major organ systems, other concerned citizens are simply “anti fluoride” because they do not wish to be exposed to a drug without their consent. From Missouri to Saskatchewan, large and small communities across North America are protesting the practice of water fluoridation.

'Many Americans are surprised to know that there is no clinical research to support the claim that fluoride prevents tooth decay. However, there are numerous studies that link fluoride ingestion with a number of very serious health issues. For example, there have been at least 18 human studies and more than 40 animal studies that demonstrate fluoride toxicity harms the brain. Fluoride is particularly harmful to the Pineal gland, a structure located in the center of the brain that is responsible for regulating vital processes like sleep and puberty, among others."

http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/north-americans-unite-voting-to-end-water-fluoridation/

billy.budd.140:

In Portland, OR where another fluoridation war rages, the hometown newspaper has taken a strong position supporting community water fluoridation (CWF).

see: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/08/fluoridate_portlands_water.html
Fluoridate Portland's Water
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Here are some important excerpts.

Drinking-water fluoridation, which doesn't happen in Portland, deserves to be about as controversial as water chlorination, which does. Like chlorination, fluoridation prevents illness through the use of a substance you wouldn't want to chug, and it occurs safely throughout the country. About 74 percent of Americans on community systems get fluoridated water. And even in Oregon, which has a comparatively low rate of fluoridation, more than 830,000 people drink treated water.

Oddly, it doesn't seem to matter that fluoridation is both safe and widespread, even in Oregon. . . The debate makes people nervous.

Elected officials are often less willing to express publicly what they say privately for fear of creating controversy. And a serious move to fluoridate drinking water here will receive fevered opposition, just as it has over the years in many places. City residents will be told that proponents want to lace their drinking water with toxic industrial waste. They'll be directed to Internet sites claiming, among other things, that fluoridation could hurt kids' brains, lower their IQs and compromise various other organs and glands.

To believe such crackpottery is implicitly to believe the following: That state and federal health agencies are, for some mysterious reason, hiding the truth and helping to poison more than 200 million citizens, aided by the American Dental Association and, we guess, credulous editorial boards like The Oregonian's. While we don't consider any of these groups infallible, or even close, it's far more likely that fluoridation receives so much mainstream support because it does exactly what it's supposed to. It reduces the incidence of cavities.

...fluoridation, which protects vulnerable children from parental indifference and ignorance. It also protects taxpayers, who foot the bill when those same children visit the emergency room in dental agony. People who don't think such things happen regularly should talk to some doctors and dentists.

nyscof:

Dr. Curran - we have no doubt that Dr. Tegtmeier is a good man who truly believes in fluoridation and probably cares deeply about his patients. But, while he may be doing wonderful work, he apparently doesn't have the time to review the recent fluoride literature and that he is being led astray by those with a political agenda.

In a letter to a different newspaper, where Dr. Curran challenged the Fluoride Action Network to use its donations to improve oral health by funding nutrition programs instead. FAN's Excecutive Director, Dr Paul Connett, sent in a letter in response that points out FAN "members do that already in the form of taxes, which pay for WIC, USDA’s nutrition programs, school meals, food stamps, etc. as well as in their personal donations.

'Unlike those who waste our tax dollars on political boondoggles such as fluoridation, our organization raises money from grass-roots activists who earmark their donations towards stopping fluoridation. If we were to divert any of these hard-fought dollars on the alternatives to fluoridation we would probably do so by studying the methods used by the vast majorities of countries in western Europe, which achieve the same or better tooth decay rates in 12-year-olds (WHO figures online) without using the crude, unethical and reckless approach of putting a known toxic substance into the drinking water, and forcing it on people who don’t want it.

'Ironically, our bottom line is dwarfed by the hundreds of millions of dollars expended to promote, instigate and maintain fluoridation programs throughout the United States from organized dentistry, misinformed foundations, federal, state and local governments. If only Tom Curran and his colleagues could recognize that fluoridation is an outdated practice there would be a lot more money available to actually improve oral health."

thomas.curran.3152:

Do any of the dentists who are quoted by nyscof practice in the Yorktown area like Carl Tegtmeier DMD? Do any of the nyscof dentists treat handicapped patients in the Yorktown area like Dr. Tegtmeier? Will nyscof or their quoted dentists make any contribution to oral health in the Yorktown area in the future? Or do they just take their negative campaign on to another community without any promotion of oral health in any community they leave behind? Hats off to dentists like Dr. Tegtmeier who don't just blog but actually care for the people of Yorktown.

drsusan.rubin:

All I ask is that Dr. Tegtmeier do some homework and take a look at the research on both sides of the issue and not just spout out the 9th District Dental Society's position.

drsusan.rubin:

the main points are: fluoridated water does not have a proven track record of effectiveness and Yorktown citizens under the age of 12 months and over the age of 7 do not benefit from municipal water fluoridation. why would you want to pay more taxes for the unproven benefits of a small segment of your community?

billy.budd.140:

Really .? ?

Well one of the most compelling of community water fluoridation's (CWF) benefits was seen in the huge Louisiana Medicaid study which found 2/3rds of the operations for terrible cavities in kids are avoided with CWF

see: Water Fluoridation & Costs of Medicaid Treatment for Dental Decay. MMWR. CDC 09/03/1999

In the Louisiana study 50% of the dental bills for the kids studied were avoided. If this were the only benefit 150% CWF returns in lower dental bills

see: Prev Chronic Dis. 2012 Mar;9: A simulation model for designing effective interventions in early childhood caries. Hirsch GB, et al

Under anesthesia procedures include extractions root canals & stainless steel crowns & cost up to $15,000 and happen more often in cities without CWF.

This remarkable effect has been confirmed in New York, Texas, Scotland, Australia and Oregon.

Few programs cities undertake have a return on investment of even 150%.

It is disingenuous for the good doctor to restrict her interest to 7-12 year olds. Likely she will cite some study which only reported the cavity rates. The data from the largest study ever done on children's adult teeth that the benefit from fluoridation gradually accumulates. While the average over all the kids showed only 0.6 surface saved, by the time the children reached age 17 it was up to 1.6 surfaces with the benefit curve rising steeply.

See: Int J Occup Environ Health. 2005 Jul-Sep;11(3):322-6. Scientific evidence continues to support fluoridation of public water supplies. Pollick HF.

Very recent data shows that kids who drink fluoridated water become adults with more teeth.

see: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100826212037.htm

Of course there are excellent data showing continued benefits into adulthood. The savings on dental bills for permanent teeth estimated by the CDC to be $38 for every $1 invested. A University of Washington study on middle class insured people showed 0.29 tooth surfaces saved for every year adults consume fluoridated water.

see: J Am Dent Assoc. 1992 Feb;123(2):49-54.
How fluoridation affects adult dental caries.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1541781

Yorktown must also recognized that CWF is an important Social Justice issue. In the November 13 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Health Care cavity rates are found to be extremely high among homeless children, higher even than among poor children who live in houses. While fluoridation is not a silver bullet cure, it clearly blunts the poor oral health burden those with socioeconomic disadvantage, especially these disadvantaged children.

Yorktown should do more worrying about and caring for its vulnerable members and way less worrying about these crazy paranoid ideas of imagined harm.

nyscof:

Prominent Dentists Warn that Drinking Fluoridated Water is Risky

Breaking away from dental school dogma, more dentists are speaking out against fluoridation because fluoride chemicals, added to Yorktown's water supply intending to reduce tooth decay, is actually a money-wasting health risk.

Seven NYC Council Members sponsored legislation to stop fluoridation in NYC to preserve money and health.

Hydrofluosilicic acid, a lead- and arsenic-laced chemical compound left-over from making phosphate fertilizer is the most used fluoridation material.

Dentist Caree Alexander, a former Navy practitioner, then a private practice dentist for 20 years, says fluoridation is "totally ineffective and actually damaging as well."

Dr. Alexander says, "When I graduated from University, we weren't given any information about where [fluoride] came from. We all assumed it was [pharmaceutical-grade] calcium fluoride."

Prominent NYC dentist and Huffington Post Contributor, Dr. Thomas Connelly, writes, "I do not see the good in fluoridating our drinking water ... To me, the 'bad' it can (potentially) do outweighs the good."

Dr. Andrew Harms, former President, Australian Dental Association, who once supported fluoridation, says, "I deeply regret this ... when I did read the science about 10 years ago, I started to get serious concerns."

Dr. Harms says, "To my amazement, when I tried to raise the issue with the [Australian] Dental Association, whom I thought were interested in the science and ... integrity, there was no interest. In fact there was a lot of pressure against me to say anything at all. There was a great concern about upsetting our principle sponsors, the toothpaste manufacturers, who heavily compromise our University," says Harms in a video documentary, Firewater.

Dentist Hardy Limeback, Ph.D., University of Toronto Professor and Head, Preventive Dentistry, apologized for promoting fluoridation because toxicology research shows the purported benefits no longer outweigh the risks.

Dentist Bill Osmunson, promoted fluoridation for 25 years until his patients persuaded him to read the science, "It [was] like a knee in the gut," he says. "Science has turned against fluoridation and we must stop adding fluoride to water."

Dentist David Kennedy, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), past president and Fluoride Information Officer, says, "Water fluoridation delivers a drug to infants at a level which would be gross malpractice if prescribed by a physician or dentist." IAOMT is a network of dental, medical and research professionals which supports the effort to inform consumers about health risks from water fluoridation.

Dentist Jennifer Luke, Ph.D., says, "My [published] work showed that fluoride accumulates in the human pineal gland and lowers melatonin production in animals. I find it extraordinary that no government promoting fluoridation has chosen to pursue these worrying findings."

Dentist and Doctor of Medical Science, Elise Bassin, published unrefuted scientific evidence showing that fluoride can increase the risk of osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer) in boys and young men.

More than 4,293 professionals (including 343 dentists and 538 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped citing scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluoridealert.org/researchers/professionals-statement/text/

billy.budd.140:

It is sort of beyond me why NYSCOF continues to brag that there are 300 some dentists who have signed the FAN petition following a world-wide call for signatures.

There are about 175,000 dentists in the US alone.

Clearly those who oppose fluoridation are a vanishingly small number of the profession.

The overwhelming nature of fluoridation's favor among the dental profession is underscored by the 100+ prestigious professional and scientific organizations formally recognizing fluoridation's importance.

Readers may choose to personally review these organizations endorsing fluoridation and read In their own words the statements of support.

http://www.ilikemyteeth.org/fluoridation/respected-organizations/

nyscof:

Billy - We are the trailblazers. More and more professionals and legislators are jumping on our bandwagon and off of yours because science and common sense is on our side. Dentists once promoted smoking also. And many still use mercury although most Americans do not want mercury in their mouths. I'd love to see a confidential poll of dentists, where their names are not associated with their ballots, to see how many truly think fluoridation is still a good idea.

jwillie6:

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say.

Many of the states with the longest fluoridation, many over 50 years, have by far the worst teeth. How is that possible if fluoride protects teeth?

Consider the following states:
Kentucky, which has been 100% fluoridated for over 40 years. Government records show that Kentucky leads the nation in the number of dental cavities in children, and in the number of completely toothless adults. The same ineffectiveness is evident in many states and cities, such as West Virginia, Washington D.C., Boston, Detroit, etc.

Fluoridated Chicago 3rd graders tooth decay rates increased from 59% to 63% in recent years. (2004 – 2009) and their untreated tooth decay went from 32% to 36%.

West Virginia is 92% fluoridated for many years and comes near last place in the nation with 38% toothless.

But look at Hawaii:
with the lowest fluoridation rate (9%), Hawaii has the lowest rate of toothless residents in the US (10%).

This shows the absolute ineffectiveness of fluoridation.
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drsusan.rubin:

Hey Bob, I am not a tin foil had conspiracy theorist, I'm a dentist who worked in a successful general practice in Westchester county for over a decade. Early on in my professional life, when patients would come into the office with "crazy info" about fluoridation, I'd smirk and shake my head. After all, I was taught in dental school that fluoridation was safe and effective. It wasn't until my 3rd child was born without thyroid function (congenital hypothyroidism) that I did my homework. My pediatric endocrinologist advised me to steer clear of fluoride because it impacts thyroid levels. When I started to open the books and do the research, I was shocked at the amount of information that was out there about the adverse effects of fluoride.

I understand why most dentists recommend it. In dental school, we all worked hard to do well on exams. They were the key to class rank, and good residencies. We were never encouraged to think critically or question the material we were given. Most dentists have not taken the time to look at reputable websites such as www.fluoridealert.org. I encourage my fellow health professionals to take the time and do so now. And remember, parachutes, books and minds function optimally when open!
Susan Rubin, DMD

Bob Loblaw:

Doc, I'm curious why you would point me to an obviously prejudice webiste such as flouridealter.org. Why wouldn't you reference the government and professional organizations such as the CDC, AMA, ADA, etc..? Is it a government conspiracy? Please tell me it is. I have an ample supply of aluminum foil and can make another hat.

drsusan.rubin:

Bob, if you follow the money in groups like the AMA and ADA, you'll find the answer. Who benefits from water fluoridation? The fertilizer and pesticide companies that supply Hydrofluosilicic acid.
http://cof-cof.ca/hydrofluorosilicic-acid-origins/

jwillie6:

Thank you Dr. Rubin for taking the time to read the medical research from the last 20 years and for being brave enough to tell the truth.

You are joined by many more dentists, doctors, and other professionals. See a petition at Dr. Paul
connett's site (www.fluoridealert.org) signed by 4400 professionals, including hundreds of dentists, hundreds of doctors, and other medical researchers calling on governments everywhere to stop fluoridation; also scientific evidence to show that it causes cancer, thyroid & pineal gland damage, broken hips from brittle bones, lowered IQ, kidney disease, arthritis and other serious health problems.

Complete scientific information on fluoridation can be found in Dr. Paul Connett's book, "The Case Against Fluoride," published last year. It contains over 1200 studies (80 pages) and sound scientific reasoning showing the ineffectiveness and dangers to health from fluoride.

Bob Loblaw:

Yes, thank you doctor Rubin. Please pass the Kool-aid. Mmmm...no fluoride.

drsusan.rubin:

Bob, it seems to me that it is YOU who are drinking the Kool-aid! By the way, Kool-aid is bad for your teeth and much much more!

Bob Loblaw:

OK, Yorktown Daily Voice why are you publishing this tin foil hat conspiracy theory from some new age lunatic out of Santa Monica, CA? I though you guys were supposed to be a local publication. This guy's grammar is terrible and who is he to tell us what to do with our water supply. AMA and ADA both endorse water fluoridation. It keeps our kids' teeth healthier. Oh, right, we do sacrifice a little bit of freedom because it's all part of a mind control plot by the UN, right? Come on Yorktown. Get with it. Let's continue to fluoridate our water like normal communities do. Don't let these weirdos from the west coast dictate our local policies.

"Excuse please my tongue-in-cheek." What the hell does that even mean? In this context, absolutely nothing. Mr. Burke needs to brush up on English and keep his nose out of our business.

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