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Fluoride and allergies

November 28, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

Repeated exposure to the toxic fluoride chemicals added to water supplies across the U.S. is responsible for causing many long-term health conditions, which include things like dental fluorosis, kidney disease, brain damage, endocrine disruption, thyroid disorders, bone disease, gastrointestinal damage, cancer and tooth decay. But in the short term, some individuals that are hypersensitive to fluoride will experience immediate and severe allergic reactions upon exposure, according to the respected Physicians Desk Review.

It is not something that most fluoride advocates are willing to admit, but there are literally millions of Americans with fluoride hypersensitivity that are having to endure toxic, and often painful side effects from fluoride exposure on a daily basis. Roughly 1 percent of the population, which translates into at least 3 million Americans, has this hypersensitivity, which translates into serious rashes and lesions on skin and in the mouth, as well as gastric problems, headaches, joint pain, weakness, vision problems and chronic fatigue. One percent of the population of GPIWA district equates to 200 people, plus visitors. One must also include pets horses and farm animals.

In hypersensitive individuals, fluorides occasionally cause skin eruptions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema or urticaria. Gastric distress, headache and weakness have also been reported. These hypersensitivity reactions usually disappear promptly after discontinuation of the Fluoride.

But for most Americans, discontinuation of fluoride is simply not an option. Fluoride is very difficult to remove from water, as few filters on the market are able to to do so. This means that every time a person living in a fluoridated community drinks tap water, washes dishes, takes a shower or even stands in a room with fluoridated water, he or she is being forcefully exposed to fluoride chemicals.

Despite all the baseless claims made by fluoride apologists about the chemical's alleged benefits, there truly is no legitimate scientific basis for adding the toxic chemical to water. If the short-term harm inflicted upon the one percent of hypersensitive individuals is not enough, consider the long-term harm inflicted upon everyone else because of exposure.

"I know of absolutely no, and I mean absolutely no means of prevention that would save so many lives as simply to stop fluoridation," said Dr. Dean Burk, Ph.D, who formerly worked at the US National Cancer Institute, in a 1982 judicial hearing. "There you might save 30,000 or 40,000 or 50,000 lives a year, cancer lives. That is an awful lot of lives a year."

Pet owners take note, pets are more susceptible than humans. They have the same health problems as humans only they show up sooner. Bone and hip problems along with cancer, thyroid, skin, etc.

Jack Mills

St. James City



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