In response to the July 8 letter “Community Water Fluoridation Has Important Benefits for Oral Health,” Asheville’s decision to fluoridate our water is not only a health risk but may open the city up to civil litigation in the future.
Fluoride, in the form and quantity that our city adds to its drinking water, is not a “natural mineral” as the letter describes. In fact, the fluoride that our city adds to our drinking water is obtained from the air-pollution-control devices of the phosphate fertilizer industry. It comes from the inside the smokestacks of fertilizer factories.
Our city chooses to add a chemical to our drinking water that is described as “slightly less toxic than arsenic, slightly more toxic than lead” by the Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products.
Our city chooses to add a chemical to our drinking water that scientists from Harvard University, in 2012, found to reduce IQ scores of children.
Our city chooses to add a chemical to our drinking water that was found, in 2006 in a report commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency, to cause: increased bone fractures, decreased thyroid function, impaired glucose tolerance (diabetes), earlier sexual maturity, decreased IQ and possibly osteosarcoma.
Our city chooses to add a chemical to our drinking water that even our own toothpaste tubes will tell us “do not swallow.”
Even if our city refuses to believe studies from Harvard or the Environmental Protection Agency or the 97 percent of countries in Western Europe that refuse to fluoridate their water, why would we “medicate” our water supply to prevent tooth decay? Doesn’t it violate the doctrine of informed consent to medicate people without their consent?
Lawsuits are starting pop up against municipalities over fluoride causing injury. What else would the city expect when it chooses to medicate our entire population without informed consent with a toxic chemical that is known to cause serious and permanent injuries by reputable and authoritative scientists?
— Lakota R. Denton
Minick Law Firm