Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Please stand for pure water

From page A6 | October 01, 2013 |

I became aware that competent people disagree on fluoride when my physician suggested I stop giving pediatrician-prescribed fluoride to my then-young son.  As the question arose in Davis this year, I investigated medical literature and scholarly publications. Brian Martin’s nonpartisan assessment is compelling: Scientific evidence supports both sides, so science has no answer to this controversy. It is a values debate.

It is easy for an individual to add fluoride to his life, but hard to remove fluoride from one’s fluoridated water supply. Unlike chlorine, which evaporates or can be filtered out, fluoride requires reverse osmosis or distillation — tedious processes that strip desirable minerals.

Unlike excess vitamins which the body excretes, fluoride deposits build up over life.  Medical professionals describe fluoridation’s bad effects in journals indexed by the National Library of Medicine. Those effects stem from long-term accumulation.

Martin’s scholarly book, exploring the social dynamic of the fluoridation debate, notes: in publishing, research funding and professional accreditation, the power of the dental profession is against anti-fluoridationists. Public discourse often becomes attacks on the credibility of individuals, therefore many environmental health scientists avoid research in this area. The issue of fluoridation might not have arisen in this form — or even become an issue at all — had the historical configuration of corporate interests and the dental profession been different.

I feel as if pro-fluoridation advocates call us to support a war to better the world (reduce cavities among the economically disadvantaged), whether or not the potential beneficiaries wish such intervention (despite a study showing those disadvantaged don’t trust tap water for their children). We are urged on, even knowing there will be physical costs (mottled teeth, increased risk of cancer among young men, perhaps increased fractures among the elderly, difficulties for those intolerant of fluoride or with kidney problems). People who speak against the call are labeled uninformed or unfeeling.

Fluoridation’s expense would prevent our pursuing options that offer more positive outcomes, Leaders, please take this opportunity to stand for pure water and fiscal health.
Susan Casement



Letters to the Editor

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .


    That’s the ticket: Mondavi finds success with dynamic pricing

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Tickets, sponsorships available for 10th annual Village Feast

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Groundwater expert will speak in Woodland

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Forum will explore injured veterans’ issues

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Humphrey Fellows share tales from their countries

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Hear Julie and the Jukes in the park

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Fair entries due soon for veggie, flower exhibitors

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Exchange program seeks host families

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Square Tomatoes celebrates its anniversary

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7



    Our own policies do us harm

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Pat Oliphant cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A4

    It’s all the ecologists’ fault

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    Refrain from generalization

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    Accusations tear family down

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5



    Republic sets attendance record

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Cats let win slip away in Tacoma

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Houston continues to be a problem for A’s

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Thorpe named UCD head softball coach

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Lawrence Okoye preparing for the NFL

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Pirates plunder S.F.

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery











    Comics: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

    Comics: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7