Healthy Beginnings

Fluoride Alert: Water Fluoridation Being Considered for Washoe County

The $70 Million Mistake

I first testified against water fluoridation in Marin County, Calif., in 1980. The amount of damning research on fluoride intake has increased exponentially since then.1 Poor Las Vegas is already suffering from it. If the Legislature passes this bill, it will cost our water district $70 million to retrofit this mandate and will increase our monthly water bills by 9 percent, according to Truckee Meadows Water Authority officials. Most of this water goes down your toilet and on our lawns. If people want to poison themselves and their children, they may choose to use fluoridated toothpaste and over-the-counter fluoride drops.

The dentists as usual will line up to testify for it, touting data showing that poor children need it to prevent dental cavities. The exact opposite is true. Fluoridated water makes their teeth weaker. Lower socio-economic group children have higher cavity rates because of poor diet and increased exposure to sugar, especially high-fructose corn syrup with genetically modified maize (GMO corn, likely grown with herbicides, which cause cancer). The sugar-flavored juice can be put into baby bottles as a pacifier, and gives the baby cavities in the frontal teeth. Studies find that fluoride in drinking water doesn’t reduce cavities.2

Dental Fluorosis Disfigures 41 Percent of Adolescents

Dental fluorosis is caused by exposure to fluoride before the ages of 6-8.1 It causes unsightly brown and white mottling on teeth, much to the consternation of health-conscious families. This is severe fluorosis. Dentists can repair these teeth by putting expensive jackets on the teeth.

Xylitol toothpaste works as well as fluoridated toothpastes to prevent cavities.

It is Not Fluoride That They Put in the Water

It is hydrofluorosilicic acid, which is a byproduct of phosphate fertilizer production, aluminum production, steel production, coal burning and the manufacturing of radioactive materials. It is a protected pollutant. This substance is contaminated with arsenic, a known carcinogen and toxic metal that mobilizes lead from pipes to further contaminate the unknowing population. It is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and is opposed by scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency (and is totally unregulated). No European countries allow it in their water supplies. Even at 1 mg/L, it is above the toxic levels established by the American Academy of Pediatrics for children one year of age or younger. Much higher levels are found in children who use larger than a pea-sized dose of toothpaste and swallow it.

Economic Motives Behind Water Fluoridation

Historically, fluorine poisoning has been around for centuries and is usually associated with volcanic phenomena or fluorine-bearing waters. After the industrial revolution there came a wholesale pollution of air and countryside with fluorine fumes and fall-out, and fluorine poisoning became an important industrial hazard. There were many sources, including glass, brick, enamel and ceramic tile manufacturing, but the worst offenders were the iron and copper smelters. The first recognized effects were on vegetation. Freiburg smelters in Germany first paid damages to injured neighbors in 1855. In 1893, they paid out 80,000 marks for current injuries and 644,000 marks for permanent relief. Meanwhile, the cattle around Anaconda, Mont., developed what was known as “copper tooth” – remarkably similar to the human disease that became famous as “Texas teeth,” “Colorado brown-stain” or “mottled enamels” – and was later identified as fluorine poisoning. Throughout recent history the PHS has shown no interest in fluorine except in water. There is extensive evidence on the motives of the pro-fluoride pushers.4

Thyroid Deficiency and Weak Bones Caused by Fluoride

Please look up for reasons to avoid fluoridated water. It causes thyroid weakness and goiter, which may or may not show up on blood tests.3 It causes skeletal fluorosis, which creates osteoporosis and osteomalacia, alarming fractures of bones and a debilitating disease. It also damages other hormones, parathyroid hormone and pineal gland, and melatonin regulation.

Fluoridated Communities Have Higher Levels of Diabetes, IQ Decline and ADHD

Recent studies have shown that fluoridation is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes for adults.5 It reduces IQ in children by 7 percent6 (according to studies by the Harvard School of Public Health) and increases ADHD in fluoridated communities.7

“Why are we allowing this well documented health hazard – outlawed in Israel in 2013 – to be dumped into the water we and our children drink?” Please contact for the names of committee members who will vet this terrible legislation and hopefully soon will have dates of the hearings. Voice your opinions and show up for hearings. This is not a casual issue for the informed water consumer. It increases the health expenses for all and burdens our healthcare givers in Nevada.

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  3. / Effects on the Endocrine System/
  5. Fluegge K. Community water fluoridation predicts increase in age-adjusted incidence and prevalence of diabetes in 22 states from 2005 and 2010. Journal of Water and Health 2016.
  6. Choi AL. Sun GF, Zhang Y, Grandjean P. Developmental fluoride neurotoxicity: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Environ Health Prospect: 2012. 120 (10): 1362-1368.
  7. Malin AJ, Till C. Exposure to fluoridated water and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder prevalence among children and adolescents in the United States: an ecological association. Environ Health. 2015 Feb 27; 14:17.