July 31, 2015
Fluoride Debate Rages In Denver
Denver, Colorado is yet again on the tip of the world’s tongue after making national headlines, because of an overwhelming recent push by local activists calling for action to stop the addition of phosphate mining waste, in the forms of sodium fluoride and hydrofluorosilicic acid, to Denver's water.
The debate exploded on Wednesday, July 29th, with a public water fluoridation forum, hosted by Denver Water and We Are Change Colorado, featuring three experts on each side sharing research about fluoridation. The entire forum is viewable here.
'Water treatment professional' David Cornwell – President of EE&T Inc - started the forum by presenting a “high level” finding from a Water Research Foundation study and claimed “fluorosis is not a health concern.”
Fluorosis is a disease, listed among water related diseases on the World Health Organization (WHO) website, caused by excessive intake of fluorine compounds, marked by mottling of the teeth and if severe enough causes calcification of the ligaments.
The crowd of 100+ activists erupted in applause when Professor Paul Connett – Director of Fluoride Action Network – demanded, “We need education, not fluoridation!”
Dr. Connett – author of "The Case Against Fluoride" - started his presentation with an important clarification that wasn't responded to by Cornwell and throughout his presentation Connett backed up his claims with evidence. Watch Connett's full presentation here:
(Video credit: Jason Bosch - YouTube: ArgusFest.)
Fluoridation was repeatedly touted as one of the most important community practices and even "one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century" (CDC). Yet only Denver Water Board Vice President Penfield Tate asked any pressing questions.
Katya Mauritson, Colorado's dental director continued on record saying she gives her infant tap water in her formula - even though the CDC's website says: "if your baby does not eat or drink anything but infant formula that is mixed with fluoridated water, there may be an increased chance for mild dental fluorosis."
Connett was the only expert who contended sugar to be a cause of tooth decay.
After hearing Colorado Governor Hickenlooper released a statement early Wednesday morning recommending all Colorado communities to fluoridate water, people instantly looked to the inspiring Gandhi quote: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win."
“The Governor’s Office and Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recommend all Colorado communities fluoridate their public water supplies. More than 70 years of research has proven that community water fluoridation is a safe, effective and inexpensive method of improving the oral health of all Coloradans.”
New scientific evidence continues mounting against fluoridation practices, as a new damning study is released nearly every month now. Whether it is Harvard linking IQ reductions to fluoride, The Lancet reclassifying fluoride as a neurotoxin or the recent Cochrane Review, released in June, which shows that fluoride may not stop cavities; the facts and verifiable sources are on the side of those calling for a change in the half a century old policy.
Denver began fluoridating public water in 1953 and although about 66% of Americans drink fluoridated water, only 3% of Europe chooses to fluoridates their water.
Most of forum's experts supporting fluoridation claimed fluoride to be "safe and effective", yet they failed to use any direct sources to back their claims and failed to note the difference between naturally occurring fluoride and the chemical additives being added from phosphate and aluminum mining industries.
The Denver Post’s first sentence of their article describing Denver’s historic “Fluoride Information Session” gave a surprisingly accurate description considering two local stations (7News and Fox31) told organizers the public forum wasn’t newsworthy.
“Anti-fluoridation activists blitzed the Denver Water Board on Wednesday, pressing their case that adding fluoride to water cut cavities is harmful ‘mass medication.’” - The Denver Post – July 29, 2015
On Thursday morning, 9News had to edit their first headline, after initially using a misleading headline that read, “Colorado Communities Keep Fluoride In Water” yet no decision was set to be made on the day’s agenda. In reality, the Denver Water Board actually announced they would continue accepting public comment through August 12th and they also announced plans to vote on the issue on August 26th.
Click here to submit your comments about fluoridation through their web form, email Matt.Wittern@DenverWater.org and/or send mail to “Denver Board of Water Commissioners Attn: Matt Wittern, APR 1600 West 12th Ave Denver, CO 80204.”
"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in April lowered its recommended dosage of fluoride in drinking water. It was the first change in standards since 1962 when the federal government suggested up to 1.2 milligrams per liter in cooler climates and 0.7 milligrams in warmer areas where people consume more water. The new directive puts the dose at 0.7 milligrams everywhere." - The AP headline was changed from, "Fluoride Debate Hits Colorado's Largest Water Utility" to "Corrected: Colorado Fluoride Debate Story."
Last week, Snowmass joined 200 other cities worldwide who have stopped fluoridating their water in the last five years. This news made headlines all over, yet local outlets stayed silent.
Denver Westword was the only local media outlet to cover the forum before it happened. After this forum, 1000s learned their water is being dosed with trace amounts of waste, now the question is if people will take action in the next few weeks.
Denver could become the largest metro city in America to stop fluoridating water, joining Portland, OR, who has never allowed the fluoridation of their water.
It’s important to note the recommendations, by powerful three letter agencies, who have been known to be bought and paid for with the revolving door between between industry and government, are saying the same things they were in the 1950s and science has evolved exponentially since then.
Dr. Connett’s quote, “When policy is king, science is the slave” says it all.
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