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Topanga's Water To Be Fluoridated

February 12, 2003; TOPANGA;  Topanga Online has confirmed with Los Angeles County Water District 29 that, as a result of a plan approved by the Metropolitan Water District on Tuesday, all of Topanga residents' water will be fluoridated within three years.

While Topanga receives its water from Los Angeles County Water District 29, this is not the agency that will be adding the fluoride.  According to Ken Schimke, Water Service Supervisor for Water District 29, "our district receives most of its water from the Metropolitan Water District, or MWD." MWD is the agency which will be adding the fluoride. When asked whether this means that all of Topanga's water will be fluoridated, Schimke replied, "Yes."

Water fluoridation is an extremely controversial issue, with supporters claiming benefits for reducing tooth decay.  An L.A. Times story today offered as the only health related criticisms, "In the 1960s, some critics suggested that fluoridation was part of a communist plot. More recently, the debate has centered on whether putting fluoride in water is tantamount to medicating people against their will."

In an effort to offer at least some indication of the serious issues sourrounding fluoridation, Topanga Online has excerpted the following from an article written for Blatant Propaganda, in Australia.

If the addition of sodium-fluoride to our water supplies is so safe and effective, why has it been banned or abandonded in European countries such as: Norway, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, France, Italy, and West Germany?(1)

98% of the world's population do not drink artificially fluoridated water.

Does Fluoridation Reduce Dental Decay?

A computer analysis of the data from the largest dental survey ever done -of nearly 40,000 school children - by the U.S. National Institutes of Dental Research revealed no correlation between tooth decay and fluoridation. In fact, many of the non-fluoridated cities had better tooth decay rates than fluoridated cities. The city with the lowest rate of tooth decay was not fluoridated. Of the three with the highest rate of decay, two were partially fluoridated.

Similarly, the Missouri State Bureau of Dental Health: "had conducted a survey of more than 6,500 lifelong resident second- and sixth-grade children in various parts of Missouri and found that, overall... `there were no significant differences between children drinking optimally fluoridated water and children drinking suboptimally fluoridated water.'" Prof. Albrtt W.Burgstahler, Uni.of Kansas) (2) Even "...the Journal of the American Dental Association (states) that "the currently reported decline in caries in the U.S. and other Western industrialised countries has been observed in both fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities, with percentage reductions in each community apparently about the same.'" Chemical & Engineering News, August 1, 1988.

Moreover, a University of Arizona study, reported in the 27 July 1992 Chemical & Engineering News, found that: "the more fluoride a child drank, the more cavities appeared in the teeth." Likewise, "...school districts reporting the highest caries-free rates, were totally unfluoridated. How does one explain this?" A.S. Gray, D.D.S., Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, no.10, 1987. (2)

Adverse Health Effects of Water Fluoridation

Figures released by the U.S. National Centre for Health Statistics reveal that the ten cities with the worst rate of infant mortality have all been artificially fluoridated at least 17 years or longer! After the first full year of fluoridation, Kansas city's (USA) infant mortality increased 13% (The Kansas City Star 21.11.82). After the fifth year of fluoridation in Kansas city, infant mortality increased 36% (Kansas City Star 26.2.87). Japan, with no fluoridation, has the lowest infant mortality rate in the industrialised world, and the longest life expectancy. (3)

"...Full-scale retrospective epidemiological (population) studies whose scientific value has been demonstrated before the courts have revealed that there is a marked correlation between increased cancer mortality rates and artificial fluoridation of public water supplies...

" Dr. J Benoit-Bundock, Senior Adviser to the Minister of the Environment, Quebec, Canada, 1979, in a government report recommending against fluoridation of Quebec's water supplies (4)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice John P. Flaherty, after holding a lengthy series of judicial hearings, issued an injunction against the use of fluoride: "The evidence is quite convincing that the addition of sodium fluoride to the public water supply...is extremely deleterious to the human body. A review of evidence will disclose that there was no evidence to the contrary... Prior to my hearing this case, I gave the matter of fluoridation little, if any thought... I seriously believe that few responsible people have objectively reviewed the evidence." (5)

"A family sized tube of fluoride toothpaste contains sufficient fluoride to kill a 3.6 kg baby."Dr.G.E Smith 1983 (7)

"Thus some of the serious charges that are being laid at its door- genetic damage, birth defects, cancer and allergy response - may arise from fluoride interference after all" New Scientist 22 January 1981 (6)

The Journal of the American Medical Association, February 10, 1951 had this to say about fluoride: "Chronic intoxications resulting from prolonged intake of smaller amounts of fluoride include dental fluorosis, ... Fluorine also tends to accumulate in the bones, leading to hypercalcifications and brittleness. Ligaments and tendons also become calcified. Serious symptoms may ensue, such as loss of mobility of joints, easy fracture and pressure on the spinal cord. Other effects include baldness in young men, anemia and decreased blood clotting power. And in women, painful menstruation, lowered birth rate, high incidence of fracture, thyroid alterations and liver damage." (8)

You cannot avoid fluoride by drinking bottled beverages. Where do you think the water in them comes from? The tap! Also, fluoridated water is used to produce and subsequently concentrates in the food we eat. Moreover, you absorb it through your skin when you shower! The only way to avoid fluoride is by removing it through political action. We need to make artificial fluoridation of water supplies an election issue.

REFERENCES:

(1) E.McCabe 1988 Oxygen Therapies p.163
(2) all above info. on reduction of dental-caries taken from Nexus magazine Vol.2 no. 11 1992-93 p.9
(3) all info. on infant mortality from Nexus op cit. p.9
(4) quoted in Dr. Geoffrey E.Smith's "Fluoride: the Frightening Facts"Simply Living Vol.2 no.1 p.35 1983
(5) In E. McCabe 1988 op cit. p. 162
(6) in Dr. G.E.Smith 1983 op cit. p. 31
(7) ibid. p. 33
(8) in Morris Bealle's Super Drug Story, ch. 8 "Rat poison in your Water" p.131, 1963, Columbia Publishing Co., Washington.



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