WHAT YOU CAN DO. Write or email the Seattle City Council or the Everett City Council or the council of whatever city, county, or water district you are in. Demand that they put the fluoride issue on the agenda and put a moratorium on fluoridation. Demand that the wells be reopen, the old wells which gave us water before the water systems were unified and industrialized – clean, cold, mineral-rich unpolluted water, containing zero ppb lead and zero ppb arsenic.
BAIT AND SWITCH. Seattle, Everett, and most US cities that fluoridate, do so with silicofluoride (SiF); around 8% use sodium fluoride (NaF). SiF and NaF are much more toxic than naturally occurring calcium fluoride (CaF). CaF can be fairly pure, depending on its source. NaF is industrial grade but relatively pure; SiF is industrial grade toxic waste, highly contaminated with heavy metals.
SiF CONTAINS LEAD. The EPA maximum contaminant level (MCL) for lead is 15 ppb, and the maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) is zero. Lead permeates all cells in the body, reduces IQ, and causes kidney disease and high blood pressure.
LEAD IN SCHOOL DRINKING WATER. In 2004 Seattle papers reported lead at up to 1,600 ppb (1.6 ppm, an extremely high level) found in drinking water in old Seattle schools. SiF, more so than sodium fluoride, leaches lead out of brass pipes.
New brass pipes contain around 8% lead and older pipes contain as much as 30% lead. Most old schools, old homes, old apartment buildings, old hospitals, old office buildings, and old factories contain brass pipes with high lead content, which SiF will leach out. If water districts stopped fluoridating, lead levels in water in old buildings and in blood would drop dramatically.
Seattle commissioned some early reports on the subject. Not one report even mentioned the possibility of a connection between lead levels and fluoridation! It is politically risky to mention anything critical about fluoride. Seattle began replacing pipes in schools – at enormous expense. Terminating fluoridation would stop most lead leaching, very quickly, and at no cost. And Seattle would save some $200 million per year. Moreover, even if replacing pipes in schools will solve the problem there, it would not solve the problem in old homes, old apartment buildings, old hospitals, old office buildings, old factories.
BLINDSPOT. Chemical, pharmaceutical, and toothpaste companies donate heavily to dental and medical colleges, and the colleges pressure dentists and physicians to support fluoridation. Fluoridation continues because we have been programmed to trust government agencies and those with MD and DDS after their names. It has become an article of faith. The ADA tells dentists that they need not try to understand the science behind fluoridation. They need only accept the mystery and spread the gospel of fluoridation. Dentists who question it have been excommunicated. Politicians who oppose it have to contend with the bottomless war chest of the pro-fluoride dental lobby.
ARSENIC. SiF also contains arsenic, a confirmed Type 1, Class A human carcinogen. For arsenic the MCL is 10 ppb and the MCLG is zero. A zero MCLG for lead and arsenic means that there is no level of lead or arsenic which can safely be added to drinking water.
SiF AND NAF are carcinogens, mutagens, poisons. As little as seven grams of SiF or NaF, the weight of seven paper clips, can kill an adult. It would take a half pound of naturally occurring CaF to do the same. The one milligram of SiF per liter which our cities add to water is of course not immediately fatal, however, a healthy adult is only able to excrete half of all fluoride consumed, while the body retains the other half. Fluoride seeks out calcium and is retained in calcium rich areas of the body. Once in our bones, fluoride has a long half life and can be excreted only slowly – or if we continue to consume fluoride, not at all.
KIDNEYS at best only excrete half the fluoride we consume. The effect is cumulative. After a decade of drinking fluoridated water, our bones can be around 5,000 ppm fluoride, and it can make us stiff, lethargic, and depressed. In our 50s and 60s, bone and other tissues can be up to 12,000 ppm fluoride, depending on water hardness and diet, making bones brittle. Fractured pelvises are twice as common in fluoridated areas. One who drinks fluoridated water all his life will be less healthy as he ages and may have a shorter life span.
SYMPTOMS. Fluoride of all kinds affects bones, joints, and tendons and exacerbates arthritis. SiF particularly is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor and a general enzyme inhibitor. Fluoride denatures proteins. It slowly attacks the thyroid, pituitary, pineal, and other glands. Fluoride builds up in the kidneys and prevents them from functioning normally and hastens death by kidney failure. Those on dialysis who quit consuming fluoride may recover and some may be able to quit dialysis.
ALZHEIMER’S. SiF breaks down in such a way that the fluoride ion binds with aluminum. Aluminum fluoride passes the blood-brain barrier, delivering aluminum into the brain, which is believed to cause or worsen Alzheimer’s disease.
BLACKS, HISPANICS, AND THE POOR in general are more sensitive to lead, arsenic, and fluoride than the general population. Alveda King, Bernice King, and Andrew Young lead the Fluoride-Gate movement. They see fluoridation as a new civil rights issue because it hits minorities hardest.
BABIES are highly sensitive to lead, arsenic, and fluoride because their cells are still dividing and because they drink so much fluids relative to their body weight. Their kidneys are not mature and excrete only 20% of fluoride consumed. CDC, ADA, AMA, the surgeon general, and others have advised that formula not be mixed using fluoridated water. But the poor are unable to buy and haul fluoride-free water home or filter out the fluoride. Only an expensive reverse osmosis filter or distiller can remove the tiny fluoride ion. The poor are definitely being harmed, poor babies in particular. We are all being harmed, some more quickly than others.
ATHLETES, HARD LABORERS, DIABETICS, and those with kidney disease are highly vulnerable because they drink up to ten times as much water as typical people. Fluoride is a drug, but the dose cannot be controlled.
IN WESTERN WASHINGTON, we are especially susceptible to the slow but certain ravages of fluoride because our snow melt water is exceptionally soft and contains little calcium, which would bind with and tie up fluoride to some extent.
TOXIC WASTE. The silicofluoride used is the unfiltered and unprocessed scrubber liquor from the smoke stacks of phosphate fertilizer plants in Florida, Louisiana, Mexico, and China. It contains trace amounts of nearly every element on the periodic table. It is not pharmaceutical grade. SiF has never been approved by the FDA, EPA, or any other federal or state agency for consumption in tap water. Fluorides have been approved for topical use, as in toothpaste, but the fluoride is to be spat out. If it is swallowed, one is to call poison control.
THE NATIONAL SANITATION FOUNDATION – NSF – is a chemical company trade association, funded by EPA to certify fluoride as safe and to approve its use. Washington and some 42 other states require that only NSF 60 fluoride be used. NSF claims on its web site and in the NSF 60 book that it obtains health and toxicological studies, however, this is a lie. NSF operates as a sham FDA.
THE OFFICE OF DRINKING WATER, one small branch within the CDC, run by pro-fluoridation dentists, pushes fluoridation, but the CDC has no authority whatsoever to approve or disapprove fluoridation. The CDC, EPA, and the surgeon general all endorse fluoridation. The CDC claims it is one of the greatest health advances of the 20th Century. However, endorsements prove nothing. One must look at the science. Following release of the 2006 National Research Council Report on Fluoridation, it is clear that fluoridation is instead one of the greatest frauds of the 20th Century.
SCRUBBER LIQUOR. Cities buy SiF by the tanker truck load and pour it at a steady rate, day after day into our water. Fluoridation is expensive. SiF particularly corrodes equipment and shortens its useful life. Hazmat suits must be worn to handle SiF. When the liquid is spilled on concrete, it burns a hole through it, as it will do to steel and glass. In this era of declining tax revenues and budget cuts it is hard to justify adding dilute toxic waste to drinking water. For every ton of SiF added to water, one must add a half ton of sodium hydroxide or sodium carbonate – Draino® or soda ash.
NO INFORMED CONSENT. Fluoride is not a mere additive such as chlorine, which is there to kill microbes. Chlorine evaporates out of water overnight if left in an open pitcher. Fluoride is intended as medication and delivered without inquiry into preexisting conditions or conflicts with other drugs being taken, without informed consent, with no control over dose or duration of use, and without prescription.
TOOTH DECAY. Fluoride is added allegedly to reduce caries, however, documents posted on the CDC website claim only an 18-25% reduction in caries. Other credible studies show no reduction. Tooth decay has dropped just as much in non-fluoridated Europe as in fluoridated United States, so fluoridation cannot be the causal factor.
TOPICAL. Documents posted on the CDC website admit that the effect of fluoride on teeth is topical and not systemic, but strangely, CDC still endorses drinking fluoride. Other documents there admit that 41% of children 12 – 15 years old have at least mild fluorosis (white spots), while 8.6% suffer from moderate fluorosis (brown spots), and 3.6% suffer from severe fluorosis (brown spots and pitting). Fluorosis can be ugly. Fluorosis should not be forced on people just so tooth decay can allegedly be reduced and then only slightly. The way to cut tooth decay is to quit eating and drinking sugary drinking junk foods.
PERVASIVE. If we add fluoride to tap water, then fluoride is in everything made from tap water – cola, beer, coffee, soup, bread, cereal, restaurant food, and fruit juices reconstituted with tap water.
NOTICE OF POTENTIAL LIABILITY have been served on Seattle and Everett in connection with the lead, arsenic, and fluoride which they add to our water. Cities should consult with their insurance carriers to confirm they will be covered when the class action and mass toxic tort actions come. Cities can reduce their liability by instituting an immediate one-year moratorium on fluoridation, thus showing good faith after all these years of fluoridating unquestioningly and without understanding the science. Failure on the part of these cities to look at the science regarding fluoridation will constitute reckless indifference to the harms caused and expose them to liability.
SMALLER WATER DISTRICTS, those which must buy fluoridated water from Seattle and Everett should demand that they receive non-fluoridated water. Multiple pipes come down from the mountains. In the meantime they should demand that they be held harmless from liability.
CLEAN AND PURE WATER is a fundamental human right. Forcing us to take a drug violates our right to control our own bodies. It should not be our duty to remove the toxic waste. Water departments should stop adding it.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Go to www.WashingtonSafeWater.com. Join for free.
Send out Freedom-of-Information reqests. Attend city council meetings and make three minute speeches during public comment period. Keep speaking and keeping writing until politicians respond. Send a fluoride questionnaire to all elected officials. Make them take a position. Look here for email addresses for Everett and Seattle councils.
RECRUIT ATTORNEYS to work on this project on a pro bono basis and send Notice of Potential Liability. (Attorneys, I encourage you to do this meaningful work pro bono, at least at this stage. Eventually fluoride lawsuits will be bigger than asbestos suits, and these cases can be profitable.) Attorneys can quickly put Fluoride Class Action and Washington Action for Safe Water documents on their own letterhead.
More reading: Letters to HHS and EPA: 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation, It is the same PR fraudsters who sold us tetraethyl lead who sold us fluoride.
Print this flier in quantity. You will find the Word version here. Modify this them if you want. Put the name of your organization on them. Hand them out. Forward them by email to others.
James Robert Deal, Attorney, WSBA Number 8103,