Coastal Voices: Junk science behind fear of fluoride

By Submitted October 30, 2012 03:04 pm

They’re at it again.

This year’s Measure A is one more ill-conceived attempt by the same folks to ban fluoride in Crescent City. Two years ago, you rejected scare tactics and junk science that falsely attributes almost every known disease to fluoridated water. Reject those tactics again. Vote “No” on Measure A.

This season’s Measure A is a transparent attempt to be clever. Under the guise of requiring commercial companies to provide information, it seeks yet again to ban fluoride.

The proponents know that no commercial company is going to comply with the initiative’s requirement to submit “a written claim for safety for all water consumers of their fluoridation product.”

 

The reason this will never happen is obvious: The safety of any substance, even water itself, depends on dosage. It is possible to overdose on any substance.

The product we add to our water to guarantee its purity, chlorine, is very dangerous in high concentration. Properly diluted, it keeps us well. The company that sells chlorine to Crescent City would not provide the certifications that Measure A’s authors are demanding.

Over 100 health and scientific organizations, from the American Cancer Society to the American Academy of Pediatrics, endorse the benefits of drinking water fluoridation. The Centers for Disease Control proclaimed fluoridation as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.

Crescent City has had fluoridated water for over 40 years. Fluoridation has prevented untold misery and cost by effectively combating dental disease in our children. Ask your own dentist or doctor.

Del Norte County does not have even one full-time pediatric dentist. Without fluoridation we simply would not have the dental workforce or the money to deal with the explosion of tooth decay that would result.

Don’t do this to the children. Vote “No.”

John Tynes, Irene Tynes, Kathryn Murray and Martha Scott wrote this for the Crescent City Sample Ballot.