6-14-10 To David Sirota, email@example.com:
Your article in the Seattle Times on June 14 was good. http://washingtonsafewater.com/fluoride-warning-for-infants/ I like the fact that you included the effect of a meat diet on the environment.
However, you need to inform yourself regarding tap water.
You said that “clean tap water is ubiquitously available in America.” However, around 60% of us get tap water that is fluoridated. Fluoride is highly diluted poison.
See my own legal brief at http://www.box.net/shared/iedafn1jr7
Fluorosilicic acid typically used to fluoridate water is the unfiltered scrubber liquor from the production of phosphate fertilizer. It contains lead and arsenic plus numerous other heavy metals.
The body retains half the fluoride we consume. Fluoride makes bones harder and more brittle. Fluoride is an enzyme interruptor.
Some 1 to 5% of the population is hyper allergic to fluoride. See: http://fluoride-class-action.com/wp-content/uploads/lohr-amicus-brief-fluoride-sensitized.pdf.pdf
Fluoridated water is especially harmful to infants. See: http://washingtonsafewater.com/fluoride-warning-for-infants/
For a good background intro to the subject see: http://fluoride-class-action.com/the-story.
This absurd practice arose as a method of disposing of toxic waste through dilution. It is illegal to dump fluoride into rivers or oceans, but fertilizer companies sell it to water districts where it is dumped in our water. See: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/363.html.
What you should say is that tap water that non-fluoridated or fluoridated water that is distilled or run through a reverse osmosis filter is safe and ubiquitous and can be transported in bottles without people buying water in bottles.
It is a problem that some bottled water is fluoridated and there is no requirement that fluoride content be disclosed.
Fluoride is a big issue, and as an environmentalist, you should familiarize yourself with the pros and cons.
James Robert Deal V-P, www.WashingtonSafeWater.com