I don’t want to freak you out, but there is fluoride in Clark County’s water. It’s in there because it’s a proven measure to reduce tooth decay in children. It’s working, and nothing strange is happening to those of us who ingest the tap water.
But the rest of the state, including the Reno-Sparks area, goes without, largely because of conspiracy theories that fluoride is some sort of government plot to poison people.
Unlike those who believe the military is hiding a crashed UFO at Area 51, or those who believe the government has implanted tiny listening devices under their skin, the fluoride conspiracists are actually harming the public. They testified Monday at the Nevada Legislature against a bill to add fluoride to the water in Washoe County. A doctor, of all people, testified that fluoride is an industrial waste product and causes all kinds of terrible diseases. If I were to hazard a guess, I’d say the bill is not likely to pass because of these kooks.
As a result, kids in the Reno-Sparks area will experience higher rates of tooth decay, and thus higher dental bills. Former Assemblywoman Chris Giunchigliani, who got the bill passed in 2001 to add fluoride to Las Vegas water, didn’t mince words in response to the conspiracy theorists speaking out at the Legislature. She told the Las Vegas Sun, “It says we’re very backward.”
Here are some comments from the site:
Over 2,300 professionals urge the US Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted, citing scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluorideaction.org/statement.august.2007.html.
Also, eleven Environmental Protection Agency employee unions representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals called for a moratorium on drinking water fluoridation programs across the country, and have asked EPA management to recognize fluoride as posing a serious risk of causing cancer in people.
Last election day, 53 US cities rejected fluoridation joining a growing list of communities saying "No," to fluoridation.
Adverse Health Effects of Fluoride:
"The National Kidney Foundation dropped its fluoridation support replacing it with this caution: “Individuals with CKD [Chronic Kidney Disease] should be notified of the potential risk of fluoride exposure.”
Scientific American editors wrote in January 2008, "Some recent studies suggest that over-consumption of fluoride can raise the risks of disorders affecting teeth, bones, the brain and the thyroid gland"
Nobel Prize winner in medicine, Dr. Arvid Carlsson, says, “Fluoridation is against all principles of modern pharmacology. It's really obsolete.”
An Online Action Petition to Congress in support of the Professionals' Statement is available on FAN's web site, http://congress.fluorideaction.net and over 19,000 individuals have signed so far."
Written by: Wednesday, Apr. 08, 2009 at 4:34 AM -on
"What an idiot this Schumacher guy is. I think he's been "dumbed down" by all the fluoride in his drinking water! If he wants to live in denial, that's fine with me."
Written by: Wednesday, Apr. 08, 2009 at 2:04 PM on
"Yeah the Nazi's thought fluoride in the water was a great idea too. You want fluoride, go and buy it. It's in toothpaste in case you didn't know and you aren't supposed to swallow it cause it is poison. 3 to 5 grams will kill an adult and a tube of crest will kill an infant or even child if swallowed but you want it in the water so everytime you have a drink you ingest it? Your ignorance is truly a reckless hazard to the entire community. I don't want poison in my water but if you want it go and buy it for yourself you ignoramous!"
Written by: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 at 12:14 AM -on
"This is not journalism , it's propaganda. As someone else already said ,if you want fluoride for dental reasons then use the toothpaste! Mr.Schumacher you really should do some research before you write more piffle.Drinking water should NEVER be fluoridated in a sane society. Vested interest perhaps, Geoff?"
Written by: Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010 at 3:30 AM on