To the editor:
As a concerned 25-year Pine Island resident and member of Citizens For Safe Water Inc., I read with great regret the Oct. 5 News-Press op-ed by Dr. Andy concerning water fluoridation. Dr. Andy apparently did his research with the help of Bill Thacher, manager of Greater Pine Island Water Association Inc. and their website, which parrots the views of the American Dental Association.
The ADA is not a government agency, but a professional organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the profits of the dental profession including dentists and their suppliers and not the well being of Americans. The ADA and the Center for Disease Control have done no scientific studies on their own, but only reviews by paid individuals or groups that they control. I am not calling into contention the skills of practicing dentists, only the information forced on them by the ADA.
Here are some real facts. Fluoride is not a nutrient, but in the form of hydrofluorosilic acid is a hazardous waste product that the Environmental Protection Agency has deemed illegal to dump into the air or waterways. It titled by the Federal Drug Administration as a non-approved drug. It is the basis for rat poison and Cryolite, a recently banned pesticide used extensively on California grapes and other fruits and vegetables. Ingested fluoride does not control the rate of tooth decay, diet does that, but it does cause flurosis in children's teeth and bones at any level and over time will affect every cell in their bodies. It affects African Americans, Native Americans, Asians and Hispanics twice as much as white children, which is not considered when fluoride levels are set. It increases the rate of diseases such as bone cancer, bone fractures (hip), heart disease, thyroid function, diabetes, mental disorders, lower IQ, arthritis, allergies and many other diseases in all age groups and races. The human body retains one-half of the intake from all sources (food, drink, pesticides) for life. This has been proven by science, not by ADA and bureaucratic manipulation.
Don't believe me, do your own research. Go to the web sites of knowledgeable doctors such as Dr. William Douglas, MD; Dr. Paul Connent, MD; Dr. Russel Blaylock, MD; Dr. David C. Kennedy, DDS; Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD; Dr. William Marcus, MD; Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, MD; Dr. Dean Burke, Ph.D., co-founder of the National Cancer Institute; Dr. Joel M. Kauffman, Ph.D.; and Dr. Robert J. Carton; Ph.d.. and their reviews of the 2006 National Research Council Report (NRC) on drinking water.
There are hundreds of pages of honest research at your disposal. Yes, use the Internet, how else would you research? Use these web sites Nofluoride.com., Fluoride Action Network, Fluoridealert.org. and Mercola.com. Organizations that no longer support fluoridation are The American Heart Association, American Cancer Association, National Kidney Association, American Academy of Allergies and Immunology, American Diabetes Society, Society of Toxicology, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Activation Network, American Chiropractic Association, American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Institute of Law municipal Officers and hundreds of retired scientists that can no longer be fired as whistle blowers.
The Portland opposition to fluoride has close to 30,000 signatures against fluoridation, which will force a vote on the issue and our little non-political group of 2,000 has forced a vote on Pine Island.
St. James City