L. Paul Gebhart: How's flouride working for you?
Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 3:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 3:27 p.m.
Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) says that our drinking water is safe to drink, even though they add fluoride to it.
Did you know that:
(1) fluoride causes or increases the risk of bone cancer, bone fractures, arthritis, dementia, muscle disorders, genetic damage, brain damage, birth defects, plus, lowers IQ, increases lead absorption, and disrupts the immune system;
(2) fluoride causes dental fluorosis (discoloring and pitting of teeth) and that one third of American children ages 12-15 suffer from dental fluorosis;
(3) in 2007 the American Dental Association warned that fluoridated water should not be used when mixing baby formula in order to prevent dental fluorosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree;
(4) since 1997 the Food and Drug Administration has required a statement on fluoridated toothpaste saying “Keep out of the reach of children under six. If more than a pea size amount is swallowed contact your poison control center immediately;”
(5) fluoride is a common ingredient in rat poison and insecticides; (6) the source of most fluoride used in water treatment facilities comes from the waste products from scrubbers in phosphate and aluminum smelting factories;
(7) most European countries ban the use of fluoride in drinking water because of its toxicity;
(8) fluoride is one of the basic ingredients in both Prozac (an antidepressant drug) and Sarin (a nerve gas);
(9) all credible large scale studies have shown that the use of fluoride does not reduce cavities.
Given all that, why is GRU continuing to put fluoride into our water supply? Isn’t it about time that we stop having our health jeopardized by those who are supposed to be our public servants?
L. Paul Gebhart,