Let’s have a civil discussion

It is great to be having the discussion on fluoridation in water. At one time it seemed a good idea. However, years later and with more information, the viewpoint may have changed.

One source is Dr. J. William Hirzy, senior vice president of the EPA Headquarters Union, who spoke before Congress in 2000. His union represents the scientists and lawyers who orgranized to stand up to unethical pressure from Environmental Protection Agency managers. His YouTube report to Congress is most illuminating. He cites peer review research and some leading dentists who refer to studies that indicate fluoridation in water causes harm to children, animals and plants.

The second source is a six-page summary by Richard D. Sauerheber, Ph.D. in chemistry from UC San Diego, titled “On The Toxicity of Fluoridated Water.” He discloses the cities and countries that have stopped fluoridation due to problems with health, mismanaged doses and cost. The full report is on the Internet under NoFluoride.com. And, of course, there are many other excellent sources.

An issue for Davis might be the cost and oversight. The budget seems stretched thin already and there have been mistakes made in managing in the dosage in water for many other cities. A conservative approach might be to not have it at this time.

But let’s try to keep an open and civil approach to a very controversial issue in the days ahead.

Judy Capurro

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