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Brewer’s ‘Daily Dose’ 13-Sep-2012

Fluoride — Two Petitions

By: Jack Mills (Letter to the Editor) PineIsland-Eagle.com, Florida  12-Sep-2012

Citizens For Safe Water (CFSW) members are circulating two petitions to present to the Greater Pine Island Water Assn. Inc.. One is to force a vote by voting members of the association, to let the members decide if they want fluoride added to the drinking water or to allow the board of directors to continue with their plan.

The second is to call for a change to the by-laws limiting the powers of the board to add some chemicals to the drinking water.

The locations that have petitions to sign are as follows; Capt’n Con’s Fish House in Bokeelia; The Grab Bag in Bokeelia; Jug Creek Marina in Bokeelia; Dr. Watson’s Liquor Store at the Winn-Dixie Plaza; Farm and Garden on Stringfellow Road just south of Winn-Dixie plaza; Salon L.A. in Saint James City across next to Bob and Annie’s Boat Yard and St. James General Store.

Remember, you must be a voting member (water bill in your name) and only one signer per household.

We also want to be sure to encourage everyone to attend the quarterly board meeting of the GPIWA on Sept. 25, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the GPIWA office building on Pine Island Road.

We are looking for a Matlacha business that will allow us to leave petitions to be signed at their location.

If you have questions call Jack Mills 283-1305 or Jamie Richard 283-4076 or email 8thavegroup@embarqmail.com or jbo3643@comcast.net.

http://www.pineisland-eagle.com/page/content.detail/id/522317/Fluoride—Two-Petitions.html?nav=5049

 

In Portland, Oregon fluoride debate is an ideological clash

By: The Associated Press, CTVNews.ca  12-Sep-2012

It’s a dental story told so often it borders on cliche.

When someone moves to Portland from another state — and that’s most people you meet in this city of transplants — their new dentist takes one look at their excellent teeth and concludes they must have been raised elsewhere, a place that puts fluoride in its drinking water.

The tale is also told from the perspective of native Portlanders.

“I have had several dentists comment on my and my children’s teeth, saying: ‘Oh, I can see you grew up in Portland,'” Mary Lou Hennrich said. And that’s no compliment, she added.

Portland is the largest city in the U.S. that has yet to approve fluoridation to combat tooth decay, a distinction that could change at Wednesday’s city council meeting. Mayor Sam Adams and two city commissioners have announced their support, ensuring a majority on the five-member panel.

Fluoridation has been an emotional topic in communities across the country for more than 50 years, and continues to be in cities ranging from conservative Wichita, Kan., to a place whose unofficial motto is “Keep Portland Weird.”

Portland is considered one of the nation’s most liberal, and the issue presents a clash between two progressive positions: the desire to improve the dental health of low-income children and the impulse to avoid putting anything unnecessary in the air, food or water.

“The fact that Portland stands out as the largest U.S. city without fluoridation is not the kind of weird we should be,” the mayor said. “This is causing pain to kids.”

Many in Portland and the state have long opposed public fluoridation, saying it’s unsafe and violates an individual’s right to consent to medication. While 73 per cent of the U.S. population drinks water treated with fluoride, the rate is less than 25 per cent in Oregon.

Portland voters twice rejected fluoride before approving it in 1978. They overturned their decision before it was ever added to the water.

The issue re-emerged last month, when a coalition of health and other organizations that had been lobbying the council for more than a year gained the public support of Commissioner Randy Leonard.

Opponents criticized the council for rushing into action without a public vote, and plan to collect signatures to force a referendum on it in May 2014. More than 225 people signed up to testify at a public hearing last week that ran 6 1/2 hours. Sixty-one percent opposed fluoridation.

“Barnyard animals are force medicated, not human beings,” said Mike Smith, a member of the Occupy Portland movement.

Portland’s drinking water already contains naturally occurring fluoride, though not at levels considered to be effective at fighting cavities.

A 2007 report from the state Department of Human Services said 35 percent of Oregon first-through-third graders had untreated dental decay, a higher percentage than in neighboring states with more fluoridation, such as Washington (19 percent) and Idaho (27 percent). Dentists describe a health care crisis, with their offices and clinics inundated with cavity-ravaged youngsters.

“A lot of these kids will have such severe problems that they need to be hospitalized in order to have their dental care done,” said Lisa Bozzetti, dental director at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic.

Fluoride opponents, however, say the dental benefits of the mineral are small (better diets would have greater impact) and don’t outweigh the negatives.

The Internet is rife with warnings about fluoridation, and residents with thyroid issues, kidney disease and multiple chemical sensitivity worry it will make their lives worse. Others say it reduces IQ and can cause autism, memory loss, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other problems.

Rick North, the former executive vice president of the American Cancer Society in Oregon, said he figured fluoride was OK until he started researching the issue several years ago and spotted many red flags. Supporters, he said, believe it is a “silver bullet” to fight cavities and won’t hurt anyone else.

“But you can’t put a drug into the water supply and expect that it’s not going to have side effects,” he said.

Commissioner Nick Fish, who co-sponsored the plan, said more than 200 million Americans drink water with added fluoride, and it doesn’t appear to have caused great harm. Most mainstream health organizations, such as the American Medical Association and American Dental Association, endorse it as safe.

“Over the last 50 years, as we have fluoridated more water, the overall IQ of Americans has gone up,” he said. “I don’t suggest a cause-and-effect, but I also think it shows the reverse isn’t true.”

The ordinance to be voted on Wednesday calls for the water to be fluoridated by March 2014 at a projected upfront cost of $5 million.

Mayor Adams, who is not seeking re-election, said he planned to take time before the vote to research how people with the health conditions described at the public hearing live in cities that fluoridate. But he has yet to hear anything persuasive enough to change his opinion that it is a safe and effective way to help children born into families that can’t afford dentists or don’t stress dental health.

“Science is about the preponderance of evidence,” he said. “There are very few proofs in this world.”

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/in-portland-oregon-fluoride-debate-is-an-ideological-clash-1.953048

 

Fluoride in water questioned – Cranbrook, B.C.

By: Sally MacDonald, Townsman Staff, The Townsman, Cranbrook, British Columbia 13-Sep-2012 — Cranbrook is taking a second look at the fluoride it adds to the water system after a group appealed to council Monday night.

Brian Kostiuk and Brad Brehm presented to city council on September 10 their concerns about fluoride in Cranbrook’s drinking water.

“What we are questioning here today is the effectiveness of adding fluoride to the municipal water supply and if it’s actually achieving its goal,” said Brehm.

“Fluoride is not what it’s put out to be,” said Kostiuk. “It is a dangerous chemical.”

The pair brought research papers from the group Canadians Opposed to Fluoridation and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, as well as letters from dentistry and chemistry professors.

“The research that I have looked into on the effectiveness of fluoride all points towards the fact that is effective when it is applied topically on the teeth. There is no definitive research to indicate that when it is ingested through drinking it in water that it has any effect,” Brehm told council.

Less than a dozen communities in B.C. add fluoride to their water supplies, he went on.

“It is mass medication and I feel it is against my right as a Canadian citizen to have fresh water,” said Brehm.

“I appreciate that none of the members of council were the original people who voted to put fluoride into the water supply, but I am asking you tonight to be the members of council who vote to take it out.”

Council was willing to consider their concerns, with Mayor Wayne Stetski saying: “This is exactly the kind of question that we need to be looking at as a council.”

He suggested that council approach a dentist to speak to council about the benefits of fluoride in water.

“Those of us who get regular dental care get fluoride regularly and we use fluoride toothpaste. But I was wondering about lower income families that might not have that opportunity, and whether or not fluoride is important to them,” said Stetski.

Councillor Sharon Cross pointed out that the city spends $30,000 a year on adding fluoride to its water at Phillips Reservoir.

“If it is a cost item for something that is not really required, but is rather an option, that is questionable,” she said.

Councillor Bob Whetham said he will look in more detail at the research the group brought to council.

“I think it is very important to bring this topic up. When fluoride was introduced in a number of municipalities years ago, times were different. This is today and it is certainly time to have another look,” said Whetham.

http://www.dailytownsman.com/article/20120913/CRANBROOK0101/309139997/-1/cranbrook01/fluoride-in-water-questioned