The Loma Prietan - February 2014

SCVWD plans to add flouride to all its water

Fluoride everywhere in what you eat and drink. More than you need

By Arlene Goetze

 Fluoride in drinking water means fluoride is in most food and bottled beverages, organic gardens and trout streams. Photo: Arlene Goetze
Fluoride in drinking water means fluoride is in most food and bottled beverages, organic gardens and trout streams. Photo: Arlene Goetze

 
    For example, San Francisco, after 50 years of fluoridation, reported that 2/3 of grade school children still had cavities in the 1990s. It was ranked 5th of 28 cities in overdosing babies in an EWG study on CDC national health survey in 2001.
 
     How much flouride is in the water depends on the weather.  Hot and cold temperatures determine how much fluoride is put in a town’s water.  It is just a estimate that a glass contains .25 ppm.  In 2006, the USDA measured fluoride in 405  foods and beverages. One cup of black instant tea has 5.84 ppm and coffee .91 ppm.  Up to 4 ppm is safe for humans.  A day’s total can be three to 20 times the amount in a glass of water.  
 The NIH Iowa studies published in 2009 report that fluoride in water has little relationship to cavity prevention since it does not stay in the mouth long enough as does sodium fluoride in toothpaste.  It has caused fluorosis in 41% of U.S. teens today.   In 2004 the ADA,  wrote that fluoridated water should not be put in baby formula. Harvard University recently agreed with 27 world studies that fluoride can lower children’s IQs.

     Less than 2% of fluoridated water is for drinking so 98% fills the environment where it is not wanted. Only 5% of the world artificially fluoridates and the U.S. drinks over half that water.  The difference in cavities in fluoridated vs unfluoridated countries is negligible. 

      Dartmouth University studies found that hydrofluosilicic acid pulls lead out of old water pipes and embeds itself in children’s brains which sodium fluoride in toothpaste does not do.  Some fluoride today is imported from China where it is labeled poison.  

Author bio; Arlene Goetze, MA, writer/researcher on health, Advocate: No Toxins for Children, former Dir. of Communication for Diocese of San Jose, founder women’s non-profit educational organization.