To the Editor:
Although the fluoridation issue is highly controversial, there are a few facts that are undisputed. The American Dental Association (ADA) states that the primary benefit of fluoride is topical, not systemic. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that 32% of American children have dental fluorosis (white, yellow, or brown mottling of the teeth) and that babies should not receive formula mixed with fluoridated water. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the ADA have advised that infants under 6 months should not receive fluoride at all. On June 8, 2008, the National Kidney Foundation removed itself as a supporter of fluoridation for kidney patients from the ADA website. The only way to remove fluoride from the water is through reverse osmosis or distillation.
In an article by the senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) it explains how chlorine or chloramine mixed with fluorosilicic acid leaches very high levels of lead from older lead pipes or from the lead based solder used to join copper pipes, or brass and chrome plated faucets. The fluorosilicic acid that is added to the water in Mount Juliet is purchased from PCS (Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan) SALES(USA), INC., and comes from it's facility in Aurora, N.C. It is a waste byproduct of fertilizer production that is washed from the pollution control scrubbers designed to capture it from the toxic fumes.
In a 2005 CDC report, it concluded that, because of the increase in fluorosis, “tools are needed to monitor fluoride exposure from multiple sources.” We have no idea how much fluoride we ingest, and yet we think we need it in our water.
Dolores MackeyMt. Juliet
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