Fluoride is poisoning water

By Gladys Mitchell Mount Pleasant resident Citizens For Safe Drinking Water Guest Column

Our organization owes CMU students an apology for not being more diligent in making sure the citizens of Mount Pleasant knew the truth about the dangers of fluoride. We were successful in 2004, and we enjoyed at least one year without this toxic poison being added to our water.

In this "information age" it was unbelievable that people would not take the time to check the vast amount of information available. The Google definition of sodium fluoride states: "used in water fluoridation, as an insecticide and rodenticide." Seems like a "no-brainer" to me that this poison should not be dumped into our water supply. A former Environmental Protection Agency scientist calls it "criminal" and I don't believe that is too strong a word. Furthermore it has not been FDA approved as safe for ingestion. Just look at the warning on the back of your toothpaste.

The good news is that since the disastrous 2005 referendum that resulted in reintroducing fluoride into the city drinking water, the three-year National Research Council report which was ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was released.

The 12-member NRC committee unanimously concluded, after studying the relevant research published since 1993, that the maximum contaminant level of fluoride in drinking water is not safe and should be lowered. Further, the NRC Fluoride Report acknowledges new potential health concerns regarding fluoridation such as thyroid disorder, bone damage, kidney impairment, lowered IQ in children and dental fluorosis.

The Safe Drinking Water Act approved by Congress requires levels be set to guard against any "known or anticipated" adverse health effects, with an adequate margin of safety, and must protect every member of the population.

Eleven unions of the EPA, representing 7,000 scientists and other professionals are calling for discontinuance of fluoridation, on behalf of the health and welfare of the public.

Several City Council's in large cities such as Albany, N.Y., Juneau, Alaska, and Honolulu, have either rejected fluoridation or recently have stopped it.

The Albany Water Board stated in January: "We have found that fluoridation of the city's water supply is not in the best interests of its Albany water supply customers, and there are no plans to reconsider this position."

Let's hope that every city council would make this wise decision. As you leave for summer break it is our hope that you will take this information to your city officials if you live in a fluoridated city. Education is the key to victory.

As the English philosopher Edmund Burke said, "All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"