Published On: Fri, Apr 25th, 2014

Dallas Considers Ending Five Decades of Water Fluoridation, Saves $1 Million a Year

nsnbc : Dallas City Council members decided to consider ending the fluoridation of the city’s water supply. The decision was made after months of regular visits by citizens to city council meetings, warning about the risk involved with water fluoridation. Dallas City Council member Sheffie Kadane discussed ending the the fluoridation with City Manager A.C. Gonzales.

Dallas_City Hall_USA_TexasOn Wednesday, ardent anti-fluoridation advocates were surprised, when months of regular visits to City Council meetings had another result than usual, reported NBC5 Dallas Fort Worth. After five decades, Dallas will consider stopping the practice that has been implemented to counter tooth decay, a practice that since has shown to be inefficient and to cause more harm than good.

Economic factors, rather than public health concerns may, or may not have played the primary role. Fluoridation opponents reportedly claimed that the city could save about $1 million a year that is spent on the industrial chemical.

Dallas City Council Member Sheffie Kadane said he discussed ending fluoridation with City Manager A.C. Gonzalez, reported NBC5, citing Kadane as saying:

“We don’t need it and we’d just save a million dollars that we can use for something else. … We’re looking into seeing what we can do immediately so we can get those funds up front now.”

Kadane was backed by Council members Scott Griggs and Jennifer Staubach Gates. Anti-fluoridation activist Regina Imburgia said:

“Yeah. … This is major big. I knew we would prevail. It only makes sense. We’re spending too much money on an ineffective program”.

She added, that she is more concerned about the possible health impact of drinking fluoridated water and that toothpaste with fluoride is a better way to fight tooth decay. Comments by city officials, for their part, dealt with potential savings rather than health issues.

Numerous studies have documented that fluoride reduces tooth decay if it is used topically, that is for example in fluoridated tooth paste. Studies have also shown that one does not achieve adequate results by metabolizing fluoride in the digestive system after ingesting it. To the contrary, latest research suggests that fluoride is linked to a number of neurological risk factors.

Sodium_fluorideIn an article, published in The Lancet, Philippe Grandjean MD from the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Philip Landrigan MD, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai, New York, state that industrial chemicals that injure the developing brain are among the known causes for the rise in prevalence. The study links the industrial chemical to the epidemic rise in neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, dyslexis and autism.

Grandjean and Landrigan had previously identified five industrial chemicals, lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene, as environmental neurotoxicants. Since 2006, however, epidemiological studies have documented six additional developmental neurotoxicants, wrote the two researchers. These six additional toxins are manganese, fluoride,dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and polybromated diphenyl ethers.

Grandjean and Landrigan postulate that there are even more neurotoxicants which remain undiscovered, and propose a global prevention strategy to control what they describe as the pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity. Anti-fluoridation advocates in Dallas might argue that there is now evidence that suggests, that the economic crisis that has affected the city’s economy since 2007 has had a beneficial impact on lawmakers common sense.

Ch/L – nsnbc 25.04.2014

Related – follow-up article:

Dallas County Dental Society “Bites Back” Against Fluoridation Stop

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  1. Linda says:

    The money saved could be used in a dental clinic for low income children! Even with fluoride in the water, these children are at greater risk for tooth decay.

    • Angie St says:

      Linda, just don’t feed children sugars, or sodas and brushing their teeth ahould be good enough. Feed them nutritious food not junk. They will be alright…

    • hitler used fluoride in concentration camps look it up and if fluoride is so good for you why Europe has rejected, banned, or stopped fluoridation due to environmental, health, legal, or ethical concerns Only about 5% of the world population is fluoridated and more than 50% of these people live in North America. The Danish Minister of Environment recommended against fluoridation in 1977 because “no adequate studies had been carried out on its long-term effects on human organ systems other than teeth and because not enough studies had been done on the effects of fluoride discharges on freshwater ecosystems. In 1978, the West German Association of Gas & Water Experts rejected fluoridation for legal reasons and because ‘the so-called optimal fluoride concentration of 1 mg per L is close to the dose at which long-term damage [to the human body is to be expected. in Austria fluoride NOT added in Belgium fluoride Not added in Denmark fluoride Not added in Norway fluoride Not added in Sweden fluoride Not added in Japan fluoride Not added

      • Stephanie says:

        Cody, please can you send links of proof of this fluoride in concentration camps? I keep reading this around the place but haven’t found any proof.
        Thanks,
        Stephanie

        • LEH says:

          It isn’t true. From the article: Andy Hollinger, who handles media relations at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, tried not to laugh as we explained our fact-check.

          “I can almost guarantee you that is indeed an urban myth,” he said. “… That sounds like Conspiracy Theory 101.”

          But he humored us, putting historian Patricia Heberer on the phone. Her expertise is the German medical community, including Holocaust-era experimentation.

          Most Nazi medical experiments, she said, had two themes: new drugs and treatments for common battlefield ailments, from war wounds to typhus, or the more infamous effort to underpin Nazi racial ideas, such as Josef Mengele’s twin studies. None of the experimentation that she knows of involved fluoride — for mind control or for healthy teeth.

          Meanwhile, in the concentration camp system, as in the ghettos, it would have been surprising if fluoride delivery was a focus — in the final few days before liberation, water lines scarcely delivered water. So, water treated just for the Jews?

          “I can’t see it,” she said.
          “””http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2011/oct/06/critics-water-fluoridation/truth-about-fluoride-doesnt-include-nazi-myth/”””

          • Dear LEH.
            On behalf of nsnbc international – thank you for your comment. It is exactly that kind of productive public discourse we want to promote.
            Being a German citizen I am glad that you helped putting this myth to rest and I very much appreciate the effort you invested in researching the issue. Thank you.
            I would only like to add one point. Not as the editor of this newspaper but as a person, and as a German citizen whose family lost about 70% of its members during the war. I hope that puts another myth to rest. The allied forces bombing raids systematically targeted Germany’s infrastructure. If there was a lack of sufficient fresh water, anywhere, that was the reason.
            Again, thanks for putting that myth to rest. I have been annoyed by it for years. Also because misinformation does not help promote the advocacy for public health and safety. Best regards and again, thank you.

    • alex says:

      Fluoride is in almost all toothpaste. Also, most people don’t drink tap water… so… people will be okay.

  2. Mike Sharpe says:

    Good to see Dallas shutting off the fluoride tap ! We are hoping to do that here in Saskatoon,SK. Canada some day !

  3. regina imburgia says:

    I was excited to see you pick up this news story!! Councilman Kadane is a wise man. He realizes Dallas’ raw water already contains fluoride! The money spent on adding more fluoride can be put to better use! April 24, 2014 the RAW water level of fluoride exceeded the max the City has set!

    • regina, do you know when this WONDERFUL change is to be implemented? also do you know off hand -for once google did not have the answer :) if this will affect fort worth’s water? a big THANK YOU!!

      • Michelle. you can read the follow-up here:

        Dallas County Dental Society “Bites Back” Against Fluoridation Stop.
        http://nsnbc.me/2014/04/28/dallas-county-dental-society-bites-back-fluoridation-stop/

        If you keep an eye on the newspaper you’ll know. Fingers crossed. The Fluoridation lobby is powerful but so is “independent” science and common sense.

      • regina Imburgia says:

        Hi!! Michelle FergusonI totally agree about being proud of Councilman Kadane’s leadership…but also Councilman Griggs too to offering support…and Councilwoman Gates for not downing the idea…just commenting on how the re-allocation of the money would proceed…As to how this effects Fort Worth…I believe as Dallas goes so goes (hopefully) other cities!I was told Dallas sells there water to other cities I do not know if that is raw or treated…Something worth looking into… “””http://www.activistsfortruth.com”””

        • Paul McKinney says:

          Checked with Cedar Hill and they get treated water from Dallas. Can wait for the fluoride to be turned off.

  4. Angela Scott says:

    Thanks, Dallas! You made history. The council is aware of the health concerns, blames money to avoid backlash. love it.

  5. eva says:

    Its a wonderful day to witness this, majority of the population think its good to have floradated water, but its not natural God didn’t make water with toxins

    • abigail says:

      Actually, Fluoride IS naturally in the water, it’s one of the most common minerals found in the earth’s crust. If there is a god, he did indeed make the water with toxins. Although, most of the time fluoride does not pollute the water in its natural form because most bodies of water don’t contain enough fluoride to be harmful. It is when large quantities of sodium fluoride is ADDED to the water that it becomes harmful.

      • James says:

        Sodium fluoride isn’t what is added to the water. Instead, it is called hydrafluorosilicic acid. The naturally occurring fluoride most often found in water is different but can also cause dental fluorosis.

      • Gary Miller says:

        Calcium fluoride is found naturally, sodium fluoride is what is put in our water, calcium fluoride, good, sodium fluoride, bad.

      • Lyle says:

        Yes, the flouride being added to the water is actually a toxic, industrial biproduct of factories producing fertilizers.

  6. angelica says:

    Yes, let’s stop poisoning ourselves by not adding this toxic chemical and avoidibg sodas, the true reasob for tooth decay and brushing our teeth. Why not?

  7. General Jack D. Ripper says:

    We have to protect our precious bodily fluids!

  8. sylvano007 says:

    Well this is great news ! I hope other states will follow . Everyone should know by now that fluoride is one of the most hazardous chemicals on the planet & shud never be ingested . For God sakes it’s the main ingredient in rat poison & Prozac . I hope New York will follow next .

  9. Good job, Dallas officials. We here in San Diego and Los Angeles will hopefully follow suit. Ingesting industrial fluoride has never affected dental caries. The resulting whole body fluoridation has affected bone, and the health, of bulk of the U.S. population. Fluoride ion is an EPA contaminant but there is no MCL for the industrial compound that lacks calcium. The FDA has been petitioned to halt the infusions for the country and any feedback to the FDA, CDER, Rockville, MD 20857 would be appreciated. The FDA ruled fluoride is not a mineral nutrient and in water is an uncontrolled use of an unapproved drug. Clinical manuals of course do not list fluoride as a normal blood component. People without kidneys have high morbidity on dialysis using industrial fluoridated water.

    • Krista says:

      I saw a youtube documentary on the San Diego situation! How DID they circumvent the law and manage to get away with adding the fluoride?! :( Our City Council in Austin refuses to remove the fluoride, one member, Morrison, says on the grounds of she doesn’t feel it’s ethical to go against what the people supposedly voted in place back in the 1970s. :(

  10. Bill Zimmermann says:

    I’m the webmaster for San Diegans for Safe Drinking Water. Hey! Congratulations! San Diego got hit with fluoridation four years ago – and we have a law against it voted in in 1954 by the people, ignored in 2010 by our “city leaders.”

    I could not be more proud of you Dallas. Great going. Can we borrow some of your speakers to stand before our city council? :-)

    “””http://www.sdsdw.org”””

  11. Audrey Adams says:

    This is a day to celebrate! Advocates against water fluoridation in Dallas have done a huge service to generations of future children by removing this unnecessary risk to babies’ very vulnerable developing brains.

    Thankfully, the Dallas city council is more thoughtful and caring than the majority of council members in my own city who refuse to listen to the people and rely on the lies and ignorance of the local public health officers, who presented not one single scientific study to back up their claims of safety.

    Sadly, the pro-fluoridation “big money” will come at the Dallas city council with a vengeance, as they always do. I only hope that the Dallas council members realize they have taken the higher ground by protecting the health of it’s citizens, especially babies, and that that is worth fighting “tooth and nail” for.

    Thank you, Dallas–both anti-fluoridation advocates and city council–for showing the rest of the country that you have both the brains and the guts to do the right thing!

  12. Kevin says:

    Welcome Dallas to the world thinking. You don’t have to follow, you as people have proven your vote counts so speak up more. A million dollars can go a long for Department of children services, after school meals, a mobile clinic for the under priviledged. Speak up now for what you want, remember you put the council there you are the puppet masters not them to you.

  13. nsnbc says:

    NOTE: The initial report from NBC5 Dallas Fort Worth may have been misleading. Please note “Three council members” have expressed their support for ending fluoridation. Note also the statement “Dallas Council member Kadane ´discussed” ending fluoridation with city manager Gonzalez”.. nsnbc will be contacting council member Kadane, other officials, and Ms. Imburgia to clarify ambiguities in the initial report by NBC5. Moreover, local media have, to the best of our knowledge “altered” headlines and coverage. We will investigate further.

    FOLLOW-UP ARTICLE: Dallas County Dental Society “Bites Back” Against Fluoridation Stop
    http://nsnbc.me/2014/04/28/dallas-county-dental-society-bites-back-fluoridation-stop/

    • regina imburgia says:

      Thank you for bringing attention to Dallas!! I speak before the council this Wednesday May 7th. I urge all that are excited about Dallas officially voting to halt the addition of fluoride to the water, to email a short comment supporting Councilman Kadane’s leadership. a short comment like “I agree with Councilman Kadane, Halt the addition of fluoride to the Dallas water” here is the link..”””http://www.dallascityhall.com/government/council/contact_mcc.html””” .You can make a difference!!

  14. Leif Liberty says:

    Great news! Cleaner water, and money savings! Two wins for Dallas!

    There is nothing preventing one from getting fluoride and using it themselves (if one believes that the perceived benefit outweighs the harm).
    Want fluoride for dental care, then apply it directly to your teeth, but don’t bathe all the tissues of your body in it.

  15. Marilyn says:

    This is great news. Fluoride in the water is an old outdated practice. It is a toxic chemical which should never be in the drinking water

  16. jwillie6 says:

    The people of Dallas should be proud of the Council’s decision to eliminate this industrial toxic waste fluoride.

    The world has learned the truth that fluoridation is ineffective for teeth and dangerous to health, so only 5% of the world and only 3% of Europe fluoridate their drinking water, more in the U.S. than the rest of the world combined. The tooth decay rate in Europe is as good or better than any fluoridated country including the U.S.

    LAST JULY Israel joined most of the world in banning water fluoridation saying,   “it presents health dangers and its benefits are no longer widely accepted.”

  17. Greed & ignorance often pair up…if we allow it. STOP IT!

    • Debbie says:

      Mr. Cuttrell must be referring to the “greed” that prompts the industry to sponsor “research” peer reviewed by “industry funded” peer reviewers, and a cohort of other problems with systemic corruption in the US regulatory bodies, and the willful and selective “ignorance” with regard to independent research, worldwide, that prompted the majority of countries where such systemic corruption is less endemic to shun or ban fluoridation. Well said, Mr. Cuttrell “STOP IT!!” ;)

  18. Steve Heath says:

    Thanks so much Regina. What you have done is important. Gives me hope that the sheeple are awakening.

  19. Valli Hale says:

    Good News! Fluoride is hazardous to the thyroid gland and causes many autoimmune issues. I am excited Dallas leadership has stepped up to stop this poison from affecting our families health. Now…Another good reason for all to move to Dallas!
    Valli

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