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The City of Eudora has been working hard for the last several months to improve the quality of water in the city.  While we have been unable to obtain the latest numbers from the city,  numbers provided to us in late 2011 and early 2012 indicated that the city’s quality of water was showing significant improvement.  This has also been echoed by many residents who have noticed better color, clarity and taste.

Now, the next step is to talk about adding fluoride to water system.  The addition of fluoride is one that has two distinct views.  To add nor not to add.

According to John Harrenstein, the reasoning behind adding fluoride to the water is for improved teeth.

“Studies by the American Dental Association have shown the adding fluoride, in proper amounts, reduces cavities and strengthens dental health.”

Harrenstein also provided a chart that shows other nearby cities and their levels of fluoride in the water.

Harrenstein did add that it must be a very controlled system because adding too much to the water supply could cause problems.  Current recommendations by the Untied States Government are that fluoride levels in municipal water be 0.7 mp/l.

Opponents of  the addition of fluoride to municipal water systems  have  quite different view about adding it.  The Fluoride Action Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to opposing to adding fluoride to the water, lists multiple reasons to not add it to the water treatment process.

Quoting from their website:

“Excessive ingestion of fluoride during the early childhood years can damage the tooth-forming cells, leading to a defect in the enamel known as dental fluorosis.  Teeth impacted by fluorosis have visible discoloration, ranging from white spots to brown and black stains.”

The controversial nature of water fluoridation has led the city to hold two public hearings on the issue.  The first one will be held Monday, July 23 during the City Council meeting with the second to occur on Monday August 13.

“Because of the sometimes controversial nature of adding fluoride, we really need to hear from the citizens on this issue,” Harrenstein said.  “We want to be sensitive to what the public wants and people need to let us know, one way or the other.”

The public hearings will allow the opportunity for those served by the City of Eudora’s water system the opportunity to speak for or against adding fluoride to the water.  City Council meetings begin at 7:00 PM at Eudora City Hall, 4. E. 7th Street.

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6 Responses to City wants input about putting Fluoride in the water

  • Save your money for something REAL important, like the fire station we don’t have a say in.

  • As a pediatrician and environmental health expert, it is my professional recommendation that the City of Eudora do not add fluoride to the water. In 1995, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued an official policy statement, recommending no fluoride consumption for babies under 6 months old, due to its toxicity. New mothers are not aware, warnings are not issued and other safeguard are not in place to protect babies who receive the highest fluoride dose amongst all of us (due to their small body weight). According to the EPA, you have to calculate the fluoride dose to determine if it is safe, or if it exceeds the reference dose of 0.08mg/kg/d, making it toxic. When fluoride is swallowed, it can cause adverse health effects like dental and skeletal fluorosis, low IQ, hypothyroidism, Alzheimers, neurodevelopmental problems and more. Keeping fluoride out of the water, which will have the greatest benefit for babies, children, seniors, pregnant women, those with kidney, bone or joint disease.

  • It is patently ridiculous to ask citizen’s opinion on adding a fluoride chemical to the water supply if they have little knowledge of the subject.

    Dr. Whyte states the fact rather well. She knows what she is talking about because she has done the research. All one has to do is read 3 books: The Case Against Fluoride, Fluoride: the aging Factor and The Fluoride Deception to clearly understand what fluoride folly this is really all about and how it is nearly impossible for fluoridation promoters to do anything but promote fluoridation.

    The prestige, perks power and high salaries they will lose if they don’t promote fluoridation is enough to make them tow the line, isn’t it?

  • Fluoridation was initially invented for two major reasons hidden behind national security and prevention of tooth decay:
    1. to hide the fact that workers in industries being poisoned and dying from exposure to this industrial toxic waste, thereby lowering the likelihood of lawsuits that were chipping away at corporate profits;
    2. to turn the expensive disposal cost of this industrial toxic waste into a profit.

    After that, means were taken to invent proof that putting a fluoride chemical in the water supply was going to prevent tooth decay. Read about “The Fluoride Trials” in Christoper Bryson’s book “The Fluoride Deception” and many places on the Internet.

    Those who pay for the research get the results they want. That’s exactly what happened with fluoridation.

    Dr. Robert J. Carton, PhD and Dr. J. William Hirzy, both U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) scientists, have explained at length that the safety standards for water fluoridation in America are based on fraudulent science.

    Dr. John Yiamouyiannis and Dr. Dean Burk studied cancer death rate increases after fluoridation in the 1950s. This caused great concern among many Americans and prompted Congressional hearings in 1977 followed by a 21- day court trial in Pennsylvania. There the presiding judge was compellingly convinced of the adverse effects of fluoridation and ordered its halt as a public health hazard. His decision, however, was overruled on jurisdictional grounds, and at an administrative level fluoridation policy remained unchanged. Nonetheless, his findings of fact have not never been overturned.

    “E.P.A. should act immediately to protect the public, not just on the cancer data, but on the evidence of bone fractures, arthritis, mutagenicity and other effects.” – Dr. William Marcus, Senior Toxicologist at E.P.A.

    “I am appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs. Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious effects on a long range basis. Any attempt to use water this way is deplorable.” – Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd, Past President of the American Medical Association.

  • if they never have then it shouldn’t be added..I didn’t have tooth decay til i moved to Lawrence and Topeka. Now i’m going to the dentist more than i would like.

  • Harrenstein does say water fluoridation must be a controlled system of treatment because adding too much to the water supply could cause problems. It is quite obvious the problems are already happening because Olathe,Manhattan, Salina, Ottawa and Paola are showing fluoride levels clearly higher than current recommendations by the Untied States Government. And this is only happening because they are fluoridated.

    The warnings on fluoride toxicity are clearly correct. In my town of Geelong Australia babies broke out in skin rashes and colic after water fluoridation started. Those signs of fluoride overdose were only reduced when I advised mothers to stop feeding formula made up with fluoridated water.

    The fact that the skin rashes only went when mum started bathing their babies in unfluoridated bottled water confirms no sort of chemical “therapy” should ever be added to drinking water.