Lots of reasons to oppose

By From page A14 | September 29, 2013

I’m wondering why people overlook the following reasons for not adding fluoride to our city’s water, in addition to it being a poison, and for the valid reasons included in couple of recent letters to The Enterprise. It will be in all of our water, not just drinking water:

* Outside: Lawns, home gardens, fruits, berries, being absorbed by all vegetation that we’ll eat, and stay in the soil to sink in and eventually get to our well/tank system, increasing fluoride concentration that we can’t avoid. And don’t forget the city’s farmers selling produce.

* Inside: All we cook with water, such as starchy food, soups, cooked fruits, stews and so on; all the food we process with water, as in sugar syrup in canned fruit.

* All other household uses: Washing, dishwashing, showers and baths, toilets. How long does it take sewer drainage to reach the ocean?

* Let’s not overlook the kids, supposedly the targets of fluoridation. How do we monitor how much they’ll gulp from their bath water, kiddie pools, sprinklers, learning to swim, tea parties, you name it. Water play is irresistible to kids. I had four, helped raise many more.

* Most parents know about proper dental care, but enforcing it isn’t the city’s problem. Even brace-wearers don’t brush after all meals, are allowed sodas, sweets, peanut butter. And how can we avoid this season’s holiday sweets? Bring ’em on — we’ll have fluoride!

I repeat: It’s a poison.

Barbara Risling


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