Some in Fircrest want fluoride out of the water supply; City Council to consider it

FIRCREST, Wash. — It’s in our toothpaste, and for a lot of us it’s in our water, too. But there is a movement in the city of Fircrest to get the fluoride out of the water supply.

Fircrest was one of the first communities in Washington to put fluoride in the water nearly 60 years ago, all in an effort to combat tooth decay.

Parent John Mishko says his child is the reason he and other parents are pushing the City Council to stop putting fluoride in the water supply.

“We don’t do that with any other medication,” said Mishko. “We shouldn’t use our water supply as a delivery of drugs or chemicals.”

Mishko believes fluoridating the water supply is outdated, unnecessary and potentially dangerous. He cites studies that it can lower a child’s IQ and cause autism, while damaging kidney and bones in adults. And, he adds, we already ingest too much of it.

“Just in your food sources, your cereal, your orange juice, your lettuce, your grapes, you’re getting three times the recommended amount, so it’s not necessary to have it in the diet.”

Dr. Anthony Chen, of Tacoma-Pierce County Health, disagrees that fluoride can cause health problems and says that in a public water system, it reduces tooth decay by 25 percent.

“Fluoride is a proven and safe method of preventing cavities and improving oral health,” said Chen.

He believes even more communities should do it. Right now, just 40% of the people in Pierce County have fluoridated water, and, in the latest survey among 3rd graders, half the kids had cavities.

The Fircrest City Council is taking up the issue Tuesday night. If council members decide to remove the fluoride, they’ll have to vote to change an existing city ordinance. The law has been on the books since 1957.

5 comments

  • jwillie6

    Maybe someone can explain why after 70 years of adding this toxic waste fluoride to drinking water in the U.S., cities and states are announcing epidemics in tooth decay..
    Chicago, fluoridated for 58 years, reports that 64% of third graders have tooth decay. Similar reports occur in most fluoridated states (over 60 years) and many cities like Cincinnati, Boston, Detroit and Washington D.C., etc.

    Kentucky was one of the first states in the entire nation to fluoridate their municipal-drinking-water supply, starting in 1951; and by 1971, the state was 100% fluoridated. Yet, in 2009, the state of Kentucky’s dental health was such that Governor Steve Besher had to declare a dental-health crisis.

  • Peter Thomas

    Where does the fluoride used for water fluoridation come from? During the manufacture of Superphosphate, which is a fertilizer, two very toxic waste gasses are generated. The first one is silicon tetrafluoride and the second one is hydrogen fluoride. In the past these gasses were vented to the atmosphere but were so toxic and corrosive that they caused severe damage to orchards, crops and farm animals. “Airborne fluorides have caused more worldwide damage to domestic animals than any other air pollutant.” – (US Department of Agriculture, 1972.) Regulations were then brought in to require the capture of the gasses in wet scrubbers. Hydrofluorosilicic acid is then formed in the scrub liquor. There are a range of co-contaminants in this waste product including arsenic (carcinogen), lead, mercury and radioactive materials. Some others identified include hexane, methyl alcohol, formaldehyde, methyl ethyl ketone, benzene, toluene, and styrene. Heavy metals such as lead and mercury are present in the phosphate rock. The phosphate rock is mildly radioactive due to the presence of some radionuclides. No emission factors are included for these HAPs (hazardous air pollutants), heavy metals, or radionuclides due to the lack of sufficient data. Nobody knows what other contaminants are in this waste product as it is not tested thoroughly. The acid is only filtered to remove solid silica particles. It is then transported to the water treatment plant and slowly bled into the public water supply. What we’re drinking is a toxic cocktail of untreated air pollution control scrubber liquor.

    For those of you who are unsure about fluoride and don’t have much time, do a search for the online video “Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation”. It’s 28 min long and really well worth watching. It features a Nobel Laureate in Medicine, scientists from the National Research Council review on fluoride as well as dentists and doctors.

  • Peter Thomas

    Plenty of studies show that fluoride can cause harm. People can experience toxicity symptoms from drinking fluoridated water or using fluoride tablets. Symptoms include neurological problems, headaches, skin irritation, gastrointestinal pain and symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation) urticaria, pruritus, stomatitis, chronic fatigue, joint pains, and polydipsia (Waldbott 1956, 1958, Feltman 1956, Feltman and Kosel 1961, Grimbergen 1974, Petraborg 1977, Spittle 2008, reviewed by NRC2006). Patients were often unaware that their drinking water contained fluoride. Symptoms improved with avoidance of fluoridated water and returned with consumption of fluoridated water or with experimental challenge with fluoride and confirmed by double blind testing. Doctors aren’t trained to suspect fluoride, so patients may be treated for side effects when all that is needed, is avoidance of fluoridated water.
    The Feltman and Kosel study was published in the Journal of Dental Medicine and received funding from the US Public Health Service, Department of Health Education and Welfare, Washington DC.

  • Nys Cof

    A study published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health measured toxins in fluoridation chemicals and found
    metal content varies with batch, and all hydrofluosilicic (HFS) samples contained arsenic (4·9 – 56 part per million) or arsenic in addition to lead (10 ppm). Two Sodium Fluoride samples contained barium (13·3 – 18 ppm) instead. All samples contained a surprising amount of aluminum

    Fluoride additives contain metal contaminants that must be diluted to meet drinking water regulations. However, each raw additive batch supplied to water facilities does not come labeled with concentrations per contaminant. This omission distorts exposure profiles and the risks associated with accidents and routine use.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24999851

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