Interesting Information: May 23, 2013
Portland, Oregon, Citizens Reject Fluoride
For the FOURTH time since 1956 Portland, Oregon, citizens have rejected adding fluoride to their water supply. This time, by a 60-40 percent margin. And, despite “public health experts” support of the proposal to add fluoride to the water.
Who are these “public experts”? Are they local doctors? Are they public health officials?
One thing these “experts” are NOT is people who have read the most recent government report assessing the use of fluoride in the water. That report raises all kinds of warning flags about putting fluoride in the public water systems. And they are NOT people who are aware that even the American Dental Association is telling people not to use fluoridated public water in baby formula because the dose is much to great for infants. There isn’t a geriatric association to warn senior citizens with health issues not to drink fluoridated public water as the dose is likely too great for them.
Let’s step back a moment and remember that “public health experts” who are MDs and those trained as public health officials are NOT scientists. MDs and dentists are PRACTITIONERS, not scientists. They are not trained to vet the array of scientific studies about fluoride (or lots of other thorny health issues, like, for instance, vaccines or what to eat). They know only what they have been taught or have been told. Give them wrong information, and they are, as much as you and I, caught in a bad information loop that is not based on any reputable science. And like most people who are working long hours, they do not have time to do extensive, deep research anyway.
Let’s also note that it is absolutely irresponsible for these “public health experts” people to publicly support something like putting fluoride into the water–a dangerous chemical whose dosage cannot be controlled–without first doing RECENT research, which would include AT LEAST looking at the most recent government report, which was done by a panel with the kinds of credentials that ensure that panel members know how to vet the evidence.
SCIENTISTS are, thus, telling us that fluoride in the water is dangerous and that it does not prevent cavities. The correlation between diet and cavities is stronger than the correlation between fluoride and cavity prevention. Remember, anyway, that correlation is NOT CAUSATION. Causation has to be proved, and with fluoride, it NEVER HAS BEEN PROVED. If you have cavities, you are likely eating too much sugar or have other malabsorption issues going on. (Remember that all those grains these same “public health experts” have us eating turn right into sugar in your body.) And, I’m beginning to realize that cavities can actually be healed with a good diet of nutrient-dense foods. How’s that for a surprise?
There is a good book about fluoride from three scientists who know how to vet the evidence.
Tim Boyd reviewed THE CASE AGAINST FLUORIDE: HOW HAZARDOUS WASTE ENDED UP IN OUR DRINKING WATER AND THE BAD SCIENCE AND POWERFUL POLITICS THAT KEEP IT THERE, by Paul Connett, PhD, James Beck, MD, PhD, and H.S. Micklem, DPhil, in the spring 2011 WAPF journal, “Wise Traditions.” Boyd noted the authors’ statement that the pea-sized dab of toothpaste contains as much fluoride as one glass of fluoridated water. Boyd asked if adults call the Poison Control Center after drinking the recommended eight glasses of
water per day since they would have exceeded EPA’s daily safety dose for fluoride.
Don’t have time to read the book? That’s ok, because I read it for you. I have three essays on this blog summarizing the main evidence and the authors’ arguments: Mainely Tipping Points Essays, Nos. 34, 35, 36.
Here’s the url for the NY Times article about the Portland vote: