Legislator Urges Ban on Fluoride
A respected doctor and state legislator in Tennessee has issued a stern warning to water districts throughout the state advising that fluoride should no longer be added to municipal water.
In his letter, Dr. Joe Hensley, a representative in the state House, assessed the risks associated with fluoride in water, stating:
“information is now coming out showing that the health risks associated with drinking fluoridated water significantly outweigh fluoride’s limited cavity fighting action.”
“water fluoridation is medication added to water. . . . Giving an unmeasured amount of fluoride through drinking water and not monitoring people’s response to it makes no sense at all and violates fundamental principles of toxicology, pharmacology and ethics.”
Hensley was citing a recent report from the National Research Council (NRC) that states that children already receive three to four times the dose of fluoride compared to adults. The fluoride comes from many different
sources, according to the NRC—virtually any food product that has been processed in water.
Hensley’s admonition comes as other cities across America are working to eliminate fluoride from their public water. So far, officials in Albany, N.Y., Martin County, Fla., and Juneau, Alaska have rejected adding this toxic substance to their water supplies.
The American Dental Association has followed suit and quietly issued its own recommendations regarding infants, noting that powdered substitutes for mothers’ milk, aptly named “formula,” should not be mixed with fluoridated city water.
According to the ADA, fluoride is increasingly causing a condition known as “dental fluorosis,” a defect in the enamel of teeth caused by an excessive intake of fluoride during a child’s development.
Fluoride is actually a highly toxic gaseous byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry. At one time, it leeched into soil and waters around fertilizer plants, killing plants and animals in neighboring areas.
However, new pollution laws passed some 50 years ago forced the industry to clean up its act—sort of.
Today, the hazardous material is liquefied, barreled up and sold for profit to local communities, where it is then dumped into water supplies. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 67% of Americans now consume this toxic substance in minute doses in public water, sharing in the slow poisoning that once plagued only the towns unlucky enough to be situated near fertilizer plants.
(Issues #10 & 11, March 5 & 12, 2007)