Risky business

Re: Fluoridation of water

The fluoridation of the city’s water is a major issue.

As an athletic person who drinks in excess of one to two liters of water a day, the amount of fluoride in the city water can be harmful for people’s health and the businesses around Sheridan.

All diabetics, laborers and anybody with kidney disease would also drink higher levels of water causing them to have more fluoride on a daily basis. Fluoride is a natural occurring mineral in most water and even those levels can be higher than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

Even the smallest mistake in how much fluoride is in the water could seriously harm or even kill people in the city. Plus too much fluoride that comes in contact with children’s teeth has shown to cause higher cases of dental fluorosis. Scientists from the CDC have even acknowledged that fluoridation is causing “cosmetically objectionable” fluorosis on children’s front teeth — an effect that can cause children embarrassment and anxiety at an age when physical appearance is the single most important predictor of self-esteem.

The CDC has also done extensive research on the countries that do fluoridate their water sources; only to show that the fluoride has no real effect on tooth decay and cavity prevention from ingestion. The ingestion of fluoride only hits the teeth for a very short amount of time which would have no real effect.

And, finally, a growing body of evidence reasonably indicates that fluoridated water, in addition to other sources of daily fluoride exposure, can cause or contribute to a range of serious effects including arthritis, damage to the developing brain, reduced thyroid function and possibly osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in adolescent males.

All of Europe doesn’t fluoridate their water because they decided that it was a waste of money and it is simply too risky.

 

Chance Wright

Sheridan

 


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