I recently moved to the Asheville area. I was drawn here by the gorgeous mountain vistas, the delicious food and the friendly nature of the people. I have recently started looking for a home and was surprised to learn that my options are severely limited by the addition of fluoride into the public water supply. Coming from a background in health services, I am aware of the controversy of the compound, which is not a naturally occurring substance, but a byproduct of several, industries including aluminum manufacturing and fertilizer production.
The Centers for Disease Control reported that fluorides are only effective in preventing tooth decay when used topically. Ingesting it into the body provides no health benefits but is linked to dental fluorosis (discolored and mottled teeth) and bones (joint and bone disorder.) The medical community has also used fluoride in the past to suppress thyroid function. This means that drinking fluoride-treated public water can lead to hypothyroidism symptoms, which may include such problems as depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels and heart disease. Fluoride is scientifically proven to accumulate in the pineal gland, which is also called the “seat of the soul,” and over time can lead to calcification of this organ. The pineal gland is active when we are dreaming or being creative. Some studies link fluoride to arthritis, bone cancer and lower IQ.
With this list of maladies, it seems incredible that we would allow it into our water supply where it will ultimately end up back in the ground in our soil and groundwater, where it will accumulate. The good news is that fluoride is added to Asheville's potable water based on a positive vote of citizens in Asheville. It is up to the City Council and the citizens of Asheville to determine if they want to change.
More information is available on the subject at http://www.fluoridealert.org.
— Betty Scotto