Fluoride-Class-Action


Let’s focus on getting fluoride out of Everett water
June 12, 2011, 2:08 am
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The water is almost certainly good.

It may contain a slight amount of calcium fluoride, but that does not hurt us as much.
What we need to do is get the fluoride out of Everett water, which drink here in Lynnwood.
See http://fluoride-class-action.com/everett.

James Robert Deal

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NOTICE TO ALDERWOOD OF LEGAL LIABILITY FOR WATER FLUORIDATION
April 18, 2009, 1:49 am
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JAMES ROBERT DEAL ATTORNEY

PO Box 2276, Lynnwood, Washington  98036

Telephone (425) 771-1110, fax (425) 776-8081

James@JamesRobertDeal.Com

 

NOTICE OF LEGAL LIABILITY FOR WATER FLUORIDATION

NOTICE TO PRESERVE AND NOT DESTROY EVIDENCE

 

April 18, 2009

 

Donna J. Cross, President

Alderwood Water District

3626 156th St SW
Lynnwood  WA  98037

 

Tom Thetford

Everett Utilities

3200 Cedar Street

Everett WA 98201-4516

 

Dear Ms. Cross and Mr. Thetford,

 

I begin by expressing my appreciation to the Alderwood Water District for maintaining the untreated well on 164th Street, which is where I obtain my drinking and cooking water. I will not drink treated water.

 

When we lived in Mountlake Terrace, we used a distiller to make our water. Now we enjoy your well water. If there is any committee I could serve on which would support the continuation of that well and its improvement, I would like to volunteer.

 

I would encourage the District to open up other wells and make untreated water available more widely.

 

My family and I live within walking distance of the Alderwood Water District office, and I often jog or bike by it.

 

Now down to business:

 

I am writing this letter to give you written notice that Alderwood Water District and Everett Utilities and its commissioners are “potentially responsible parties” and may be the subject of legal actions by those harmed by ingesting fluoridation materials. Below, I will refer to the Alderwood Water District simply as “Alderwood” and to Everett Utilities as “Everett,” and to both of them together as “Potential Defendants.”

 

On or about July 31, 2008, I delivered both to Alderwood and to Everett Utilities a Request for Documents Under the Public Records Act. See that document at http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/request-for-public-records-re-fluoridation-everett-7-15-8.htm.

 

You may read the response of Alderwood at http://www.box.net/shared/ljf3se04fr.

 

You may read the response of Everett Water District at http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/everett-answers-to-request-for-public-records-re-fluoridation-everett-7-15-8.htm. 

 

The fact that Alderwood gets most or all of its water from Everett Utilities does not lessen Alderwood’s responsibility to provide water that is safe for all to drink. Alderwood has a legal duty to demand that Everett Utilities make available to Alderwood a supply of non-fluoridated water.

 

I am the organizer of Fluoride Class Action. You may read about Fluoride Class Action at https://fluorideclassaction.wordpress.com and http://www.dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/fluoride-class-action.htm.

 

Despite the ominous title and serious tone of this letter, I assure you that I write to Alderwood and Everett as a friend. I want to help both water districts avoid lawsuits and legal problems. I am reporting to you that class action attorneys are “sharpening their knives,” planning just how to configure the lawsuits against the water districts.

 

Unfortunately, gentle persuasion has not had much effect on water districts which fluoridate. For that reason I am working with other attorneys to assist them in putting their cases together. I would be willing to act as part of a legal team which would sue Alderwood and Everett. I am playing the roll of “good cop, bad cop” at the same time.

 

Bear in mind that Alderwood and Everett can lessen and eliminate potential for liability by ceasing water fluoridation.

 

Conversely, by continuing to fluoridate our drinking water, particularly after your receipt of the information in this letter, Alderwood and Everett expose themselves to increasing liability. I will say more on this point below.

 

Digital Version of this Letter

 

For those who are reading a printed version of this letter and who would like to follow the Internet links in the letter, they can read a digital version of the letter by clicking on the following link: http://www.fluoride-class-action.com.    

 

Notice

 

There is substantial evidence that adding fluoridation materials to drinking water in the levels which the Potential Defendants are adding them has caused and will cause physical injury to the general population and especially serious physical injury to certain vulnerable populations.

 

Notice

 

The Potential Defendants are at serious risk of being held legally liable for money damages for having added and continuing to add fluoridation materials to drinking water.

 

Notice

 

The fact that this notice has been delivered to the Potential Defendants can and will be introduced in a court of law when and if a class action lawsuit is initiated. Failure to inquire diligently into the issues raised in this letter would constitute negligence, recklessness, and battery.  

 

Notice

 

You should preserve and not destroy evidence relating to this potential claim. To do otherwise could subject you to liability.

 

Notice

 

Liability of the Potential Defendants will be lessened if they will cease and desist immediately the fluoridation of drinking water.

 

Notice

 

The Potential Defendants will be acting irresponsibly and imprudently not to obtain the opinion of legal and scientific experts capable of confirming or denying the validity of the assertions made in this letter, including independent toxicologists not operating in fear for their careers and/or working for government bureaucracies. The Potential Defendants should not rely solely on opinions coming directly or indirectly from industries which produce and sell fluoridation materials.

 

Notice

 

The answers of both Alderwood and Everett Water District to my July 31, 2008 Request for Documents Under the Public Records Act were completely inadequate. The answers, or the lack of answers to many questions, make it abundantly clear that no one at either utility has kept up with the science on the subject of fluoridation. No one at either district seems to be aware of the all important National Research Council 2006 Report, which is discussed below. This demonstrates serious negligence on the part of these two water providers.

 

How Could We Have Been So Wrong For So Long?

 

You have heard all your lives that fluoridation prevents tooth decay, so it sounds discordant to read anything negative about fluoride. Old studies from the 1950s and 1960s, which at first appeared to support fluoridation, have been shown to be flawed, poorly designed, incomplete, and even to disprove this very assertion. There are new and much more comprehensive scientific studies available on this subject.

 

You will probably be questioning why so many respected people have lauded water fluoridation. The CDC trumpets water fluoridation as one of the greatest events in health history.

 

Economics is the answer. During and after World War II, uranium, aluminum, and fertilizer industries had left over fluoride, which they had to dispose of. They figured out that they could sell it instead. Just like the tobacco industry, they hired doctors, dentists, lawyers, and public relations experts to create a positive aura for fluoride and lobby cities and states to allow and require it.

 

Likewise, those same industries were being sued by their workers and by ordinary citizens in areas near industrial sites, and in the name of national defense fraudulent science was developed so these priority industries could continue to operate. Fluoride became a “protected pollutant,” like asbestos, tetraethyl lead, and DDT.  

 

The fluoride salesmen repeated their propaganda often and with conviction. Many dentists believed the propaganda and themselves became fluoride salesmen. The public has been lied to, knowingly and unknowingly. The indoctrination continues, with the Centers for Disease Control leading the charge. Note: scholarly dentists are dead set against fluoridation.

 

As a species humans retain some of our herd instinct. We tend to feel safe if we are part of the majority. We feel timid when we are in the minority. Independent thinking is suppressed. See the section below on page 9 entitled “Why Do We Think of Fluoride as a Good Thing?” for more thoughts on this question.

 

Some Basics about Fluoride

 

Fluoride is slightly less toxic than arsenic, slightly more toxic than lead. Robert E. Gosselin et al, Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products 5th ed., 1984, LD50 data. The MCL for lead is 15 ppb. The MCL for arsenic is 10 ppb.  http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/accidents/f-lead.html. Drinking water is typically fluoridated at a 1 ppm (parts per million) level, which is 1,000 ppb (parts per billion).

 

Fluoride is the negatively charged ion of the element fluorine. It is not an “essential nutrient. … There is no known essential biochemical role for fluoride in any animal, including humans.” See the University of Kansas Letter from 15 MDs, PhDs, and DDSs, written to the National Academy of Sciences, dated October 15, 1997, in response to a report released by the NAS, http://sonic.net/kryptox/nutri/alberts.htm. Those experts said:

 

At the heart of the matter is whether fluorine, as fluoride (F), should be ranked with Ca, Mg, P, and vitamin D as an essential nutrient. In fact, there is no known essential biochemical role for fluoride in any animal, including humans. The formation of sound, decay-resistant and caries-free teeth as well as strong, sturdy bones, whether in animal or human populations, does not require fluoride, or at least not in more than minuscule, trace amounts. As acknowledged by sources cited in the report, even when a mother’s fluoride intake is elevated, her milk is extremely low in fluoride, but owing to prenatal accumulation, her baby excretes more fluoride than it ingests from her milk. This fact clearly indicates that any natural physiological need for fluoride, if indeed any exists, must be exceedingly small and certainly far below that being recommended in the report.

 

According to the National Research Council in its 2006 Report, p. 33-36:

 

Measured fluoride in samples of human breast milk is very low. Dabeka et al. (1986) found detectable concentrations in only 92 of 210 samples (44%) obtained in Canada, with fluoride ranging from <0.004 to 0.097 mg/L. The mean concentration in milk from mothers in fluoridated communities (1 mg/L in the water) was 0.0098 mg/L; in nonfluoridated communities, the mean was 0.0044 mg/L). http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11571&page=33.

 

Thus, the concentration of fluoride in mother’s milk, even from mothers who drink water fluoridated at a 1 ppm level, is from 1/250th to 1/100th of the concentration in the water the mother drinks. Mother Nature is trying to tell us that fluoride is not necessary.

 

Adding fluoride to drinking water makes bone more brittle and porous, and modifies its chemical structure, molecule by molecule throughout the body. The effects are most serious in those with diets poor in calcium and magnesium. See the University of Kansas Letter cited above. http://sonic.net/kryptox/nutri/alberts.htm.

 

Fluoride Taken Internally Does Not Reduce Carries: Topical vs. Systemic

 

The ironic aspect of this issue is that water fluoridation does not even reduce tooth decay. Numerous recent studies show there is no difference in decay rates between people who drink fluoridated water and those who drink unfluoridated water. http://www.freewebs.com/fluoridation/chart.htm. See the University of Kansas Letter cited above. http://sonic.net/kryptox/nutri/alberts.htm.

 

When it comes to fluoride “topical” and “systemic” are two important words. Fluoride protects teeth against decay only when it is added topically, as in the case of toothpaste or mouthwash. Drinking fluoride to prevent decay is as senseless as eating suntan lotion to prevent sunburn. Dr. William Douglass quotes from scholarly journals on this point:

 

Current evidence strongly suggests that fluorides work primarily by topical means through direct action on the teeth and dental plaque. Thus ingestion of fluoride is not essential for caries prevention. JJ Warren, SM Levy, Current and future role of fluoride in nutrition, Dental Clinics of North America, 2003, 47:225-43.

 

[L]aboratory and epidemiologic research suggests that fluoride prevents dental caries predominately after eruption of the tooth into the mouth, and its actions primarily are topical for both adults and children. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Fluoridation of Drinking Water to Prevent Dental Caries. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 1999, 48: 933-940.  http://form.douglassreport.com/reports/fluoride_report.pdf.

 

See http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/teeth/caries/topical-systemic.html#refs for more references to scholarly journals regarding this subject.

 

Thus, putting fluoride in drinking water is at best a waste of money. As you will read below, at its worst it is much worse.

 

National Research Council Report of 2006

 

The National Research Council (NRC) functions under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences. The EPA commissioned the NRC to do a peer reviewed report examining its fluoridation standards. The NRC released its very cautious and carefully worded report in 2006. See “Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards,” http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11571. At this web site the report may be read a page at a time or purchased. This report is referred to in this letter simply as the National Research Council or NRC 2006 Report.

 

The NRC found that there is substantial evidence of a causal connection between fluoridation materials and the following maladies: increased bone fractures, Stage 1 skeletal fluorosis (arthritic joint stiffness and pain), decreased thyroid function, impaired glucose tolerance (Type II diabetes), earlier sexual maturity, lowered IQ, and possibly osteosarcoma. Although the EPA commissioned the report, the EPA has done nothing to implement the report’s findings. In fact, it has been strangely and completely silent regarding the report.

 

In 1986 the EPA set 4 ppm as the maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) for fluoride. The MCLG is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. An MCLG is set to allow for a margin of safety. At the same time the EPA set the maximum contaminant level (MCL) also at 4 ppm. MCL is the legal maximum or action level. In the case of fluoride EPA set the MCL and the MCLG at the same 4 ppm level. It then created a secondary maximum contaminant level goal (SMCLG) of 2 ppm for purposes only of preventing dental fluorosis. The EPA treated fluorosis as a cosmetic problem only.

 

The MCL takes into account practical limitations, such cost and feasibility of reducing concentrations below a certain level. MCLG is the goal to be obtained if it is feasible or financially possible. The MCL for lead is 15 ppb, but the MCLG is zero; the MCL for arsenic is 10 ppb (recently lowered from 50 ppb), but the MCLG is zero. The MCLG is zero in both cases because they are so toxic, because in the case of arsenic there is naturally occurring arsenic in many water systems, and because we are exposed to sources of lead and arsenic other than drinking water. Thus, we should eliminate as much lead and arsenic as possible from drinking water. The same reasoning should hold for fluoride because it is so toxic and because children and those with kidney and thyroid disease are already getting too much fluoride from drinking water and other sources. Therefore, we should be adding zero fluoride to water.

 

Although fluoride is slightly less toxic than arsenic and  slightly more toxic than lead, the MCL for fluoride is 4,000 ppb, much more than the 15 ppb MCL for lead and the 10 ppb MCL for arsenic. The only possible explanation for this discrepancy is that fluoride is a protected pollutant.

 

See the various MCLs and MCLGs for various minerals and chemicals in water by going to the following web site: http://agsource.crinet.com/page291/nationaldrinkingwaterregulations.

 

See Robert J Carton’s “Review Of The 2006 United States National Research Council Report: Fluoride In Drinking Water” for a comprehensive summary of the findings of the NCR report and a clear explanation as to how MCLs and MCLGs work. http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/epa/nrc/carton-2006.pdf

 

The NCR in its 2006 report avoided making declarations regarding what specific MCL or MCLG should be set for fluoride, and it also focused more on the MCLG than the MCL. It did not want to be seen as trying to set a legal limit but wanted to focus on a scientific limit. It asserted that it was examining naturally occurring levels of fluoride, not fluoride added to drinking water, but in the heart of the report it does discuss fluoride added to drinking water. It also made it clear that it had not looked at whether there was any difference in the effect of pure sodium fluoride or stannous fluoride and the silicofluorides and other trace levels of minerals and compounds which are part of fluoridation materials. The NCR tried to avoid politics and tried to avoid being critical of the EPA. The NCR was hired by the EPA to do the 2006 report, and it did not want to bite the hand that was feeding it.

 

Nevertheless, the NRC in its report of 2006 did make it clear that certain populations were clearly getting too much fluoride when all sources were considered. The NRC declared that the 4 ppm MCL and MCLG for fluoride should be lowered but did not specify what level it would consider safe. The practical impact of this finding is that there is now no recognized safe level of fluoride in drinking water.

 

Everett and Alderwood water is fluoridated to a level of 1 ppm, so even if the 4 ppm maximum is lowered, would there not still be room for safety? No, because a level that is 25% of the maximum allowable level is not considered an adequate margin of safety; generally 10% is the margin of safety applied for most potential toxins. No again, because fluoride is in everything made with fluoridated water. Fluoride is in bread, rice, pasta, cereal, candy, reconstituted orange juice, cola, beer, and dried eggs. There is even fluoride in meat (because farm animals are fed phosphate fertilizer which contains a heavy dose of fluoride). It is in virtually all our food. Sometimes it is even in our bottled water. People are consuming the equivalent of more than 1 ppm of fluoride.

 

Again, even if the 4 ppm maximum is lowered, would there not still be room for safety? No, again the 4 ppm maximum leaves insufficient room for safety because children, athletes, and those who work outside in the summer consume more water than those more sedentary, sometimes much more. No again, because the 4 ppm maximum leaves insufficient room for safety for infants who consume much more water in proportion to their body mass than adults. No again, because children are more sensitive to fluoride than are adults. No again, because those with bad kidneys are less able to excrete fluoride than those who are healthy. No again, because fluoridated pesticides and fumigants such as synthetic cryolite and sulfonyl fluoride (ProFume from Dow Chemicals) are applied to grapes, nuts, and other fruits and other vegetables. (See: http://www.ewg.org/node/17899.)

 

In the battle to save the ozone layer it was found that methyl bromide, a commonly applied fumigant, was a potent greenhouse gas. Sulfonyl fluoride was hastily approved as a replacement. Thus, fluoride is found in dried eggs at levels up to 1 part per thousand. That’s a thousand parts per million or a million parts per billion! Fluoride is also in Prozac and other antidepressants and antibiotics. Wheat can be up to 125 ppm fluoride. (See http://www.ewg.org/node/17899.) The fluoride industry is very creative in coming up with ways to off-load its toxic waste at a profit.

 

One milligram is one part per million of a liter of water. A liter is approximately equal to a quart. Most white collar people drink around two liters or two quarts or water or other liquids each day. Most lose around 1.5 quarts per day through urination, and the average person loses another .5 quarts through sweating, breathing, and defecation. So the average person who does not engage in the extensive exercise, work, or play that would cause a lot of sweating is probably taking in around two liters of water and other liquids per day and getting around 2 mg of fluoride per day just in his drinking water and other liquids.

 

In cooked foods fluoride is more concentrated than 1 ppm because water is evaporated out, so we may be eating another 2 mg per day of fluoride in our food. So professionals and white collar workers might consume around 2 mg of fluoride per day in fluids drunk and another 2 mg per day in foods eaten, for a total of 4 mg per day.

 

A blue collar worker, a roofer, a construction worker, a person who paves roads, an athlete, or a child who runs and plays may drink 4, 6, 8, or 10 liters of water or other liquids per day, and assuming 2 mg of fluoride in his food, such a person will be consuming 6, 8, 10, or 12 mg or more of fluoride. The EPA MCL maximum contaminant level is 4 ppm, and for a person who drinks only 2 liters of water per day, the 4 ppm MCL would allow consumption of 8 mg of fluoride per day. This 8 mg level is the low end of typical fluoride consumption. Those who sweat a lot ingest a lot more.

 

The EPA MCLG, contaminant level goal for purposes of holding moderate dental fluorosis down to 12% of the juvenile population is 2 ppm, or 4 mg per day, assuming a consumption of only 2 liters of water per day. Because children are more active in play and sports, many more will greatly exceed the MCLG limit and will be subject to moderate and even severe dental fluorosis. I will say more about dental fluorosis below.

 

These calculations should include the extra fluoride in food cooked with fluoridated water, fluoride consumed in restaurant food, fluoride pesticides on food, and fluoride in meat. If fluoride is added to drinking water at any level of concentration, there is no margin of safety for children and those who sweat a lot. If fluoride is eliminated from drinking water, then there will be less fluoride in cooked foods, restaurant foods, and prepared foods, provided they are prepared with non-fluoridated water.

 

The calculations turn out worse for those with kidney disease and diabetes. These people drink more water and so take in more fluoride. Further, those with kidney disease have a reduced ability to excrete fluoride, and so they are more sensitive to any amount of fluoride. A healthy person retains around half of all the fluoride he ever consumes. One with kidney disease retains much more. Again, for these populations there is no margin of safety if any fluoride is added to drinking water.

 

Kathleen Thiessen, Ph.D., one of the authors of the NRC report of 2006, wrote a report entitled “Adverse Health Effects from Fluoride in Drinking Water,” an analysis of how much fluoride the people of Los Angeles were consuming in their drinking water. See this report at: http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/kathleen-thiessen-adverse-health-effects-from-fluoride-in-drinking-water.pdf. Her report makes it clear that people consume a wide range of tap water and that some consume more than the 4 mg per liter equivalent of fluoride in their tap water and food made with tap water, and this is before adding in fluoride consumed through beverages, commercial and packaged foods, restaurant food, drugs, pesticides, and fumigants. She found the overdose of fluoride to be apparent in teens and adults and overwhelming for infants.

 

The NCR report of 2006 along with Thiessen’s report make it clear that one size does not fit all when it comes to fluoride consumption. Different populations can tolerate different levels of fluoride.

 

The NRC report of 2006 concluded that the 4 ppm MCL did not allow a sufficient margin of safety for certain populations and should be reduced. The EPA has not sent a new, lower MCL. The old 4 ppm MCL and MCLG level is now rejected, with no replacement. As I said previously, there is now no recognized safe level of fluoride intake for the general population and particularly for special populations.

 

I will repeat this for emphasis:

 

There is now

no recognized safe level of fluoride intake

for the general population

and particularly for special populations.

 

This means that the Potential Defendants will have no cover to hide behind when the class action lawsuits come.

 

If Alderwood were passing a law to institute water fluoridation today, that law would contain a “Whereas” clause, an explanation for the reason why the law is being passed. Would the Whereas clause say “and whereas the NRC has recommended that the current MCL of 4 ppm be lowered, and whereas we have no idea what lower level the EPA will set, we nevertheless have decided to require fluoridation anyway.” Alderwood is painting a legal bull’s eye on itself.


Lead and Arsenic

 

NSF International admits in its NSF Fact Sheet of Fluoridation Chemicals that lead and arsenic are found at varying levels in fluoridation materials. It is referring to fluoridation materials of the type and source used by Alderwood. NSF admits that as much as .6 ppb of lead and .6 ppb of arsenic are found in some samples. Concentrations vary from shipment to shipment. See:  http://www.nsf.org/business/water_distribution/pdf/NSF_Fact_Sheet.pdf;

http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/nsf-fact-sheet-2008.pdf.

 

NSF reported in 2000 that arsenic was found in some samples at up to 1.6 ppb. Levels of toxic contaminants can vary from shipment to shipment. http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/nsf-fact-sheet-fluoride-2000.pdf

 

As I pointed out above, the MCL for lead is 15 ppb, but the MCLG is zero; the MCL for arsenic is 10 ppb, but the MCLG is zero. The goal is zero. The Clinton administration wanted to lower the MCL for arsenic to 5 ppb but compromised on 10 ppb. The Bush administration fought to maintain the 50 ppb standard, one set back in 1942 before it was known that arsenic causes cancer, perhaps because coal burning releases arsenic, and Bush took large campaign contributions from coal companies.

 

The bottom line is this: It makes no sense knowingly to add lead and arsenic to water in any amounts whatsoever when there are other ways lead and arsenic can be entering our bodies, and it is perverse logic to do so now that it is clear that the fluoride containing the lead and arsenic does not prevent decay when consumed orally.

 

What Kind of Fluoride?

 

Early fluoridation was done with sodium fluoride, NaF. In toothpaste the form used is stannous (tin) fluoride, SnF2. In 1950 the U.S. Public Health Service endorsed sodium silicofluoride Na2SiF6 and hexafluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6 as cheaper alternatives to sodium fluoride. The form of fluoridation materials used in 92% of water systems are these silicofluorides; in 8% it is sodium fluoride. Silicofluorides travel a different route in the body: sodium fluoride is excreted primarily through feces, whereas the silicofluorides are excreted primarily through urine, meaning that the silicofluorides circulate in the blood to a greater extent. Another difference is that sodium fluoride is generally a pure, medical grade chemical, containing no other elements or compounds; on the other hand the silicofluorides are contaminated with a wide assortment of elements and compounds, including and heavy metals and radionuclides.

 

Further, sodium fluoride dissociates completely, that is it breaks down completely into sodium and fluoride ions, the effects of which are more predictable and consistent. The silicofluorides, on the other hand, do not completely dissociate but may remain bound as molecular silicofluorides or transform into other fluorine compounds with other elements such as aluminum.

 

The silicofluorides are much more powerful acetyl cholinesterase inhibitors than is sodium fluoride.

 

It is almost always sodium fluoride that is used in conducting studies, but few studies have been done on the toxicology of the silicofluorides.  http://www.fluoridealert.org/APHA-silicofluorides.htm. 

 

Naturally occurring fluoride is generally calcium fluoride (CaF2), commonly known as fluorite or fluorspar. Because calcium fluoride is insoluble in water and the bond between calcium and fluoride is very strong, its toxicity level is relatively low.

 

Why Do We Think of Fluoride as a Good Thing?

 

You may wonder why so many dentists and other professionals for so many years have supported fluoridation. They did so for the same reason almost everyone else has. They did not stay current with the scientific literature on the subject. 

 

Also, they believed the propaganda put out by the uranium, phosphate fertilizer, and aluminum industries. These industries were important to “national security,” especially during World War II and the Cold War. These industries all had fluoride waste left over after they manufactured their products. The uranium industry used a lot of fluoride because it dissolves uranium into uranium hexafluoride. See “Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb,” by Joel Griffiths and Chris Bryson, September, 1997, http://www.fluoridation.com/atomicbomb.htm. Fluoride is sometimes referred to as a “protected pollutant.” Actually it is the industries which produce the fluoride as an inevitable byproduct which are protected. See: http://www.healthcarealternatives.net/fluoride.html.

 

In order to produce phosphorus that can be quickly absorbed by plants, raw phosphate ore must be processed to produce commercial phosphate fertilizer. Phosphate ore contains many heavy metals and is around 4% fluoride. Sulfuric acid is added to the ore. Fluoride gasses are produced. In the past they were vented up the smokestack, and entire counties were poisoned by the fluoride fumes. Today the fumes must pass through a scrubber liquor, which captures most of the fluoride along with the heavy metals. What is left is put in tankers with no filtration or any further processing and shipped to thousands of water districts around the world, including Everett Utilities, which passes it on to Alderwood. Common fluoride is the unprocessed slurry liquor left over after phosphate fertilizer, aluminum, steel, or uranium is produced. It is filth. Although it is diluted 240,000 times, it is still filth.

 

The phosphate fertilizer industry is itself a pollution nightmare. In addition to producing millions of gallons of fluoride, it also yields millions of tons of useless left over “gypsum.” Gypsum is mostly silicon. This pretty white small gravel gypsum would be perfect for building roadbed foundations, but unfortunately it is radioactive. So it is dredged from fluoride cooling ponds and stacked in gigantic piles a hundred feet high that surround the ponds and extend over areas the size of cities. There it will remain for all eternity.

 

Unfortunately, a sink hole opened up under a gypsum pile in Florida, and thousands of tons of gypsum fell into the Florida aquifer, permanently polluting the river of water that runs under the state. See photos of the gypsum stacks and sinkholes at  http://www.fluoridealert.org/phosphate/photographs2.htm.  For more scandalous information about the phosphate fertilizer industry, click here:   http://www.fluoridealert.org/phosphate/overview.htm. For a satellite’s eye view of the wreckage go to http://maps.google.com and do a search for “Purvis Still White Springs Florida.” Click on “satellite” view.

 

The fertilizer, aluminum, and uranium industries can no longer vent fluoride up the smokestack. They are prohibited from dumping their fluoride waste in lake, river, or ocean. So they stack it up in hundred foot high dikes which enclose “cooling ponds” where the toxic waste is left with no plan for where it will eventually be moved. Disposal costs are extremely high. So the makers of this toxic waste invented a need for it. They were excellent salesmen.

 

Everett Utilities pays around $367 per ton or $1.47 per gallon for this fraudulent chemical, which cost is passed along to Alderwood. See: http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/lucier-chemical-industries-fluoride-contract.pdf. Fluoride producers turned a waste product into a profit center.

 

Listen to what Christopher Bryson, author of “The Fluoride Deception,” has to say about the scientific hired liars who gave us tobacco science, DDT science, lead science, mercury science, asbestos science, and fluoride science, all of them fraudulent sciences. He refers to fluoride science as “a racket.” Click on: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/363.html.

 

Opposition to fluoridation has also been muted because fluoridation opponents, due to pressure from the pro-fluoridation lobby, have been denied research funding, driven from academic positions, and lampooned as kooks. Back in the 1950s the John Birch Society opposed fluoridation as a communist conspiracy. The Birchers were derided as paranoid conspiracy theorists, and scientific opponents were classed with the Birchers and thus marginalized. The Birchers were wrong: Fluoride is not a communist conspiracy; it is a uranium, fertilizer, and aluminum industry conspiracy.

 

Babies and Children as Plaintiffs

 

Among the first groups to sue the Potential Defendants will be babies and children, represented by their guardians. Even the ultra-conservative American Dental Association, which otherwise sheepishly supports fluoridation, has warned mothers not to give young children any fluoride at all for at least the first 18 months. See: “Infants Should Not have Fluoridated Tap Water,” American Dental Association Press Release, November 13, 2006, http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/positions/statements/fluoride_infants.asp.

 

Fluoride levels in mother’s milk are extremely low—even if she drinks fluoridated water. If infants need fluoride (or anyone really), then why do the mammary glands filter out almost all fluoride? Was Mother Nature trying to tell us that infants do not need fluoride?

[I]nfant formulas reconstituted with higher fluoride water can provide 100 to 200 times more fluoride than breast milk, or cows milk. SM Levy, N Guha-Chowdhury, “Total fluoride intake and implications for dietary fluoride supplementation.” Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 1999,  59: 211-23.

[I]n an area where the fluoride concentration is one part per million the daily fluoride dose in the newborn infant will be about 800-1000 ug/day [micrograms per day, which is .8 to 1 milligrams per day] when a milk substitute is used, whereas the fluoride dose for breast-fed children in the same area will not exceed 10 ug/day. J Ekstrand, et al, “No evidence of transfer of fluoride from plasma to breast milk.” British Medical Journal, 1981, 283: p. 761-762.

For an extensive bibliography of the scientific literature on this subject go to: http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/infant/#breastfed.

 

It is when teeth are erupting and bones are forming that children are most vulnerable to mild, moderate, and severe fluorosis. Generally, fluorosis is more severe in children who consume insufficient calcium and magnesium and those who are generally malnourished.

 

This means a responsible mother should either buy bottled water or buy a distiller for $500 and spend money on electricity to distill tap water. This also means that a mother cannot feed her children any of the food she cooks, that is, if she uses tap water to cook it. Nor can she feed her young children many of the foods she buys in the grocery store, because they too are made with fluoridated water.

 

The fluoridation of drinking water forces poor mothers to dose their young children with fluoride. They have no affordable or practical alternative. Babies drink what they are given. Babies cannot defend themselves. Babies do not understand public service announcements. I have talked with many mothers who do not even know of this ADA warning, much less how to eliminate fluoride from her children’s diets.

 

Has Everett or Alderwood ever inserted notices in water bills that parents should not give their children tap water to drink? Fluoridating the water and not giving notice to parents of young children is negligence, recklessness, and even battery.

 

Would it not make sense to leave the fluoride out of the water and instead—if one really believe children and adults should drink fluoride—put it in clearly marked jugs of fluoridated milk or fluoridated orange juice?

 

Dental Fluorosis Plaintiffs

 

Teenagers and adults with mottled teeth will file suit. Dental fluorosis is first a cosmetic issue. At the 1 ppm level at which the state of Washington authorizes fluoride to be added, at least 2 mg of fluoride will be consumed by a child who does not exercise, and at that low level, 12.5 percent or more of children will grow up with fluorosis of their teeth, light and dark spots serious enough to make them want to keep their mouths closed when they smile. To correct dental fluorosis they must spend $1,200 per tooth getting veneers applied. Around 20 teeth are visible, so that would cost $24,000. Veneers wear out, and around five replacements will be needed over the course of their lives. That adds up to $120,000. The frequency and severity of fluorosis is greater in poor children and those with a poor diet.

 

The prevalence of fluorosis at a water fluoride level of 1.0 ppm was estimated to be 48% and for fluorosis of aesthetic concern it was predicted to be 12.5%. M. McDonagh, et al., “A Systematic Review of Public Water Fluoridation,” National Health Service Center for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, 2000.

http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/pdf/summary.pdf

 

However, dental fluorosis is more than a cosmetic issue: Fluoride accumulates in teeth and bones and over the years causes bones to become harder, more porous, and more brittle. Teeth crack and break. Fluoride causes some teeth to become pitted, and decay is actually increased. What is happening to teeth is happening to bones throughout the body.

 

Any use of fluorides, whether systemic or topical, results in ingestion and absorption of fluoride into the blood circulation. The mineralization of teeth under formation may be affected so that dental fluorosis may occur. Dental fluorosis reflects an increasing porosity of the surface and subsurface enamel, causing the enamel to appear opaque. The clinical features represent a continuum of changes ranging from fine white opaque lines running across the tooth on all parts of the enamel to entirely chalky white teeth. In the latter cases, the enamel may be so porous (or hypomineralized) that the outer enamel breaks apart posteruptively and the exposed porous subsurface enamel becomes discolored. O. Fejerskov et al., “The Nature and Mechanisms of Dental Fluorosis in Man,” Journal of Dental Research, 1990, 69 (Special Issue) p. 692-700.

 

Go to http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/teeth/fluorosis/moderate-severe.html to see photos of moderate to severe dental fluorosis.

 

Arthritic and Skeletal Fluorosis Plaintiffs

 

Another group of class action plaintiffs will be those with bone disease and arthritis.

 

“Skeletal fluorosis” is a condition associated with prolonged accumulation of fluoride resulting in fragile bones having low tensile strength. It affects the joints as well as the bones. It is not easily recognizable till advanced stage. In its early stages, its symptoms may resemble those of arthritis. In its most severe stages it becomes a crippling disability that has a major public health and socio-economic impact, affecting millions of people in various regions of Africa, China and India. S. Ayoob, AK Gupta, “Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Review on the Status and Stress Effects.” Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 2006, 36:433–487. http://www.waterloowatch.com/Index_files%5CFluoride%20and%20Skeletal%20Fluorosis.pdf

 

Fluorosis of the bones is gradual and cumulative. Around 50% of fluoride taken by adults and 70% taken in by children is retained in bones. A person who ingests 10 mg of fluoride per day will ingest 3.65 grams per year and 255 grams over the course of 70 years, retaining half of that or around 128 grams or 4.5 ounces or a quarter of a pound.

 

Bone Cancer Plaintiffs

 

Another group of class action plaintiffs will be young boys with bone cancer. There is a probable causal connection between fluoridated drinking water and bone cancer in young boys. See the University of Kansas Letter cited above. See the NRC 2006 report, pages 304-339.

 

For a good summary of the probable causal connection between fluoride and bone cancer, see: http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/cancer/osteosarcoma.html:

 

As acknowledged by the U.S. National Toxicology Program there is a “biological plausibility” of a link between fluoride exposure and osteosarcoma. The biological plausibility centers around three facts: 1) Bone is the principal site of fluoride accumulation, particularly during the growth spurts of childhood; 2) Fluoride is a mutagen when present at sufficient concentrations, and 3) Fluoride can artificially stimulate the proliferation of bone cells (osteoblasts).

 

In addition to its biological plausibility, there is now a substantive body of evidence indicating that fluoride can in fact induce osteosarcomas in both animals and humans.

 

Most notably, a recent national case control study conducted by scientists at Harvard University found a significant relationship between fluoride exposure and osteosarcoma among boys, particularly if exposed to fluoridated water between the ages of 6 and 8 (the mid-childhood growth spurt). (The Harvard study is: EB Bassin, D Wypij, RB Davis, MA Mittleman, “Age-specific Fluoride Exposure in Drinking Water and Osteosarcoma (United States),” Cancer Causes and Control, 2006, 17: 421-418; http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/cancer/osteosarcoma.html

 

See the June 6, 2005, letter of Environmental Working Group to the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health, http://www.ewg.org/node/21001, which said:

 

The overall weight of the evidence strongly supports the conclusion that exposure to fluoride in tap water during the mid-childhood growth spurt between ages 5 and 10 increases the incidence of osteosarcoma in boys ages 10 through 19. Biologically, the link between fluoride in tap water and bone cancer in boys is highly plausible. Fifty percent of ingested fluoride is deposited in bones, and fluoride is a mitogen that stimulates bone growth in the growing ends of the bones where the osteosarcoma occurs. Fluoride is also a confirmed mutagenic agent in humans, which suggests that fluoride can cause genetic damage in bone cells where it is actively deposited, in this case precisely where the osteosarcoma arises.

 

For a review of studies on the link between fluoride and osteosarcoma, see:

http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/cancer/osteosarcoma.html

 

Kidney Disease Plaintiffs

 

Another group of class action plaintiffs will be those with kidney disease. These people have less ability to excrete fluoride, and they also need to drink more water than healthy people, and so fluoride builds up more rapidly in their bones and organs, and they are more vulnerable to the ravages of excess fluoride.

 

The National Kidney Foundation issued a new position paper on April 15, 2008. In that position paper the NKF grudgingly announced that it was formally canceling its previous position paper in which it had endorsed water fluoridation. It announced that individuals with chronic kidney disease should be notified of the potential risk from exposure to fluorides. It pointed out some of the gaping holes in research concerning kidney impacts from fluorides. http://www.kidney.org/atoz/pdf/Fluoride_Intake_in_CKD.pdf.

 

The NKF’s statement was surprising given the fact that it’s major funding source is the Centers for Disease Control, the federal government’s biggest cheerleader for water fluoridation.

 

Fluoridated water is acknowledged to be potentially harmful to patients on dialysis machines. The NKF’s position paper lists cases where dialysis patients died or were fluoride-poisoned when filtration systems on the machines allowed fluoride into the bodies of the patients. This is because, as noted previously, those with kidney disease have limited ability to excrete fluoride.NRC’s 2006 report stated that kidney patients are a “susceptible subpopulationthat is vulnerable to the effects of fluoride.

 

The NRC’s 2006 report stated that kidney patients are a “susceptible subpopulationthat is vulnerable to the effects of fluoride.

 

Again, by fluoridating drinking water, the Potential Defendants are begging to be named in a class action lawsuit.

 

Thyroid Disease Plaintiffs

 

Another group that will sue is those with thyroid problems either caused by or exacerbated by fluoridation.

 

Fluoride was administered for many decades to treat hyperthyroidism, excessive thyroid hormone. Since 1927 fluoride was used to treat Basedow’s disease, a form of hyperthyroidism caused by excessive iodine consumption. Fluoride is antagonistic to iodine and reduces its effect. Read about the history of iodine, fluoride, and the thyroid at: http://poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/html/thyroid_history.html.

 

It was sodium fluoride that was long used to treat hyperthyroidism, and the amounts used, 2-10 mg per day, are similar to the amount of fluoride one consumes by drinking tap water and eating food made with tap water.

 

Just as fluoride inhibits iodine effect in those with hyperthyroidism, it also can inhibit iodine effect in normal people and lead to a hypothyroid condition. Synthroid, prescribed to counter hypothyroid condition, is one of the most frequently prescribed of drugs. It is commonly taken with Prozac, aka Fluoxetine, a fluoride-based drug.

 

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include: “fatigue, depression, weight gain, hair loss, muscle pains, increased levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL), and heart disease.” For links to the scientific literature on fluoride and thyroid disease, see: http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/thyroid.  

 

Goiter involves swelling of the thyroid gland, and is known to be caused by iodine deficiency. Even when iodine is adequate, goiter results when too much fluoride is consumed.

 

In humans, effects on thyroid function were associated with fluoride exposures of 0.05-0.13 mg/kg/day when iodine intake was adequate and 0.01-0.03 mg/kg/day when iodine intake was inadequate. NRC 2006 Report, page 218.

 

For a man of 70 kilogram, that is 154 pounds, that range would be 3.5 to 9.1 mg per day for one with adequate iodine consumption and .7 to 2.1 mg per day, for one with inadequate iodine consumption, either of which is within the range of fluoride commonly consumed.

 

Fluoride exposure in humans is associated with elevated TSH [thyroid stimulating hormone] concentrations, increased goiter prevalence, and altered T4 and T3 concentrations; similar effects on T4 and T3 are reported in experimental animals. NRC 2006 Report, page 218.

 

In summary, evidence of several types indicates that fluoride affects normal endocrine function or response; the effects of the fluoride-induced changes vary in degree and kind in different individuals. Fluoride is therefore an endocrine disruptor in the broad sense of altering normal endocrine function or response, although probably not in the sense of mimicking a normal hormone. The mechanisms of action remain to be worked out and appear to include both direct and indirect mechanisms, for example, direct stimulation or inhibition of hormone secretion by interference with second messenger function, indirect stimulation or inhibition of hormone secretion by effects on things such as calcium balance, and inhibition of peripheral enzymes that are necessary for activation of the normal hormone. NRC 2006 Report, page 223.


Pineal Gland Disease Plaintiffs

 

Another group of class action plaintiffs will be those with diseases related to the pineal gland. That gland performs various functions but is best known for production of melatonin, which induces sleep. Melatonin production drops in adolescence as puberty sets in. It has been shown conclusively in gerbils that fluoride consumption reduces melatonin production and induces early onset of puberty. Jennifer Anne Luke, “The Effect of Fluoride on the Physiology of the Pineal Gland,” 1997, dissertation University of Surrey, http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/pineal/luke-1997.html.

 

The NRC made these remarks regarding Luke’s dissertation:

 

The single animal study of pineal function indicates that fluoride exposure results in altered melatonin production and altered timing of sexual maturity. Whether fluoride affects pineal function in humans remains to be demonstrated. The two studies of menarcheal age in humans show the possibility of earlier menarche in some individuals exposed to fluoride, but no definitive statement can be made. Recent information on the role of the pineal organ in humans suggests that any agent that affects pineal function could affect human health in a variety of ways, including effects on sexual maturation, calcium metabolism, parathyroid function, postmenopausal osteoporosis, cancer, and psychiatric disease. NRC 2006 Report, pages 221-222.

 

Fluoride affects the pineal gland in animals. It is possible that it affects the pineal gland in humans. If it does so, the harms caused could be serious. Prudence is called for. To fluoridate drinking water is the opposite of prudence. It would be negligence and recklessness and would expose the Potential Defendants to liability.


Diabetes Plaintiffs

 

Another group of class action plaintiffs will be those with diabetes.

 

The conclusion from the available studies is that sufficient fluoride exposure appears to bring about increases in blood glucose or impaired glucose tolerance in some individuals and to increase the severity of some types of diabetes. In general, impaired glucose metabolism appears to be associated with serum or plasma fluoride concentrations of about 0.1 mg/L or greater in both animals and humans. In addition, diabetic individuals will often have higher than normal water intake, and consequently, will have higher than normal fluoride intake for a given concentration of fluoride in drinking water. An estimated 16-20 million people in the U.S. have diabetes mellitus; therefore, any role of fluoride exposure in the development of impaired glucose metabolism or diabetes is potentially significant. NRC 2006 Report, page  217.

 

Gradual and Cumulative

 

As pointed out above, fluorosis of the bones is gradual and cumulative. Around 50% of fluoride taken by adults and 70% taken in by children is retained in bones. A person who ingests 10 mg of fluoride per day will ingest 3.65 grams per year and 255 grams over the course of 70 years, retaining half of that or around 128 grams or 4.5 ounces or a quarter of a pound.

 

There appears to be a causal connection between hip fractures among the elderly and fluoride consumption. Some old folks fall down and break their hips. Others break their hips and fall down. See the University of Kansas Letter cited above.

 

The body mistakes fluoride, lead, and uranium for calcium and absorbs them into bone.

 

All these effects are cumulative and set in gradually. Our health is eroded; for some life may be shortened.

 

Industrial Grade Fluoridation

 

Most people do not grasp the scale of the fluoride added to our water. It is shipped in huge tanker cars that carry 45,000 pounds of an acid that requires very careful handling.

 

Most people do not know that the fluoride added is not medical grade sodium fluoride. It is a mixture of scores of elements and chemicals. Most of the fluoride that goes into our water is the waste byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry.

 

Federal agencies, in response to questions from a Congressional subcommittee in 1999-2000, admitted that the industrial grade waste products used to fluoridate over 90% of America’s drinking water supplies (fluorosilicate compounds) have never been subjected to toxicological testing nor received FDA approval for human ingestion. (Fox, 1999; Hazan, 2000; Plaisier, 2000; Thurnau, 2000.) http://www.fluoridealert.org/statement.august.2007.html.

 

I will repeat that statement for emphasis:

 

the industrial grade waste products

used to fluoridate over 90%

of America’s drinking water supplies

(fluorosilicate compounds)

have never been subjected to toxicological testing

nor received FDA approval for human ingestion.

 

Lead Levels in Fluoridated Water in Schools

 

There is possibly the most minute amount of lead in ground water from wells and snowmelt runoff, and there is a small amount of lead in fluoridation materials. Thus you would expect to see a small amount of lead in our drinking water equal to the sum of these two sources. However, by some process an enormous amount of lead appeared in school water fountains in old Seattle schools. Seattle newspaper reporters expressed puzzlement as to how this could be. Where was the lead coming from? The solution is simple enough: The amount of lead allowed in plumbing was radically reduced in 1986. The amount of lead allowed in plumbing solder was reduced to zero. Fluoride easily dissolves the lead in pipes and solder installed before 1986. The EPA’s maximum level for lead is 15 ppb, but lead is showing up in old Seattle schools at levels of up to 1,600 ppb. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/health/180495_leadwater02.html.

 

Lead is highly toxic. The Potential Defendants should be very wary about their school children ingesting lead as a result of its water fluoridation policies. Lead is so toxic that the amount of lead that is added to drinking water should be zero. Likewise, the amount of silicofluoride acids that are added to drinking water and which dissolve the lead hiding in school plumbing should be zero. To add any amount of lead or lead dissolving materials to drinking water is negligence and recklessness on the part of the Potential Defendants.

 

Assays, Heavy Metals, and Radionuclides

 

Assays of fluoridation materials are almost always done after and not before fluoridation materials have been diluted in water. This is a serious error. An assay done on raw scrubber liquor fluoridation materials right out of the tanker truck can do a much more accurate job of identifying and quantifying the many elements and chemicals in fluoridation materials.

 

This is because various reasonably priced tests are sensitive only down to certain concentration levels, so a test done on raw fluoridation materials will reveal trace minerals and chemicals with much greater accuracy than one done on fluoridation materials after they are diluted in drinking water. Fluoride goes from 24% of the brew down to 1 ppm, a dilution factor of 240,000. Not to do assays on the raw fluoridation materials is negligence; it is closing one’s eyes to the many toxic elements and materials which become undetectable after dilution—except with extremely expensive tests.

 

Neither Everett nor Alderwood does assays on the raw fluoridation materials it buys. Nor does either demand that the supplier produce an assay.

 

Assays done generally do not test for elements or compounds with a concentration lower than a certain detection level, often 1 ppb. If there is less than 1 ppb of an element or compound present, it is as if it were not there at all. If water is diluted enough, all contaminants disappear.

 

I have posted several Seattle water assays on my web site for your review:

http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/seattle-water-assay-2004.pdf

http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/seattle-water-assay-2007.pdf

http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/seattle-water-assay-3-2007.pdf.

 

For example, these assays say “0.13 u” in reference to cadmium on a scale of micrograms per liter or ppb. The “u” is meant to stand for the Greek letter “mu,” which looks like the “u” in English. The “0.13 u” notation means cadmium is not present at the .13 microgram level, although it might be present at the .12 microgram level. Note the many elements which are marked “u.” The fact that they are tested for indicates they are a concern.

 

Although the elements marked “u” are not present at levels above the detection levels which have been set, it is clear from scientific studies that fluoridation materials contain trace amounts of the following elements: aluminum, arsenic, antimony, asbestos, cadmium, lead, mercury, barium, beryllium, and thallium.

 

Moreover, fluoridation materials also contain trace amounts of radium, radon, polonium, and uranium, elements which are “hot.” I mean “hot” in the sense that they are radioactive.

 

Mines in Florida and Louisiana that produce phosphate fertilizer have also produced uranium, and they will produce uranium again when uranium prices rise. Meanwhile trace amounts of uranium and other radionuclides are being added as fertilizers and pesticides to our grains, fruits, and vegetables, and as fluoridation materials to our water. While the levels of radionuclides is low, they are there in our drinking water, continuously emitting alpha and beta rays. Uranium and radium decay into radioactive lead, radioactive bismuth, and radioactive polonium. 

 

I quote from an article by George C. Glasser, entitled “Fluoride and the Phosphate Connection,” Earth Island Journal Online,  http://DealMortgage.net\fluoride-class-action\george-glasser-fluoride-and-the-phosphate-connection.htm; http://www.earthislandprojects.org/eijournal/fluoride/fluoride_phosphates.html. 

 

While the uranium and radium in fluorosilicic acid are known carcinogens, two decay products of uranium are even more carcinogenic: radon-222 and polonium-210. …

 

EPA Office of Drinking Water official Joseph A. Cotruvo and Public Health Service fluoridation engineer Thomas Reeves have acknowledged the presence of radionuclides in fluorosilicic acid.

 

Radon-222 is not an immediate threat because it stops emitting alpha radiation and decays into lead-214 in 3.86 days. Lead-214 appears to be harmless but it eventually decays into bismuth-214 and then into polonium-214. Unless someone knew to look for specific isotopes, no one would know that a transmutation into the polonium isotope had occurred.

 

Polonium-210, a decay product of bismuth-210, has a half-life of 138 days and gives off intense alpha radiation as it decays into regular lead and becomes stable. Any polonium-210 that might be present in the phosphate concentrate could pose a significant health threat. A very small amount of polonium-210 can be very dangerous, giving off 5,000 times more alpha radiation than the same amount of radium. As little as 0.03 microcuries (6.8 trillionths of a gram) of polonium-210 can be carcinogenic to humans.

 

The lead isotope behaves like calcium in the body. It may be stored in the bones for years before turning into polonium-210 and triggering a carcinogenic release of alpha radiation.

 

Drinking water fluoridated with fluorosilicic acid contains radon at every sequence of its decay to polonium. The fresher the pollution concentrate, the more polonium it will contain.

 

As long as the amount of contaminants added to the drinking water (including radionuclides in fluorosilicic acid) do not exceed the limits set forth in the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA has no regulatory problem with the use of any contaminated products for drinking water treatment.

 

Fluoridation industry representatives will pass a Geiger counter over the fluoridated water and show few or no clicks and thus announce that there is no problem with radionuclides. However, radiation increases and decreases as isotopes decay into other isotopes. Polonium is 250,000 times more poisonous than cyanide, and one microgram can be fatal to an 80 kg man. (“Polonium,” www.En.Wikipedia.com.) 

 

Back during the days of the tobacco wars, tobacco opponents had a hard time proving which single component of tobacco smoke was causing cancer. Nevertheless, cancer and other diseases were being caused, so it was determined that it was not necessary to prove which specific chemical or which specific combination of chemicals caused which harm. Fluoride defenders argue that the trace levels of any heavy metal are so low that they are not a concern. However, no research has addressed the possible synergistic effect of so many known toxic materials acting together. Not to look into the synergistic effect is negligence on the part of Alderwood.

 

The presence of trace amounts of heavy metals is a serious issue which should be given due consideration. Not to do so would be negligence on the part of the Potential Defendants.

 

As an aside, it may now be known which ingredient in tobacco smoke is the most carcinogenic. Glasser explains that phosphate fertilizer contains not only fluoride but all the toxic metals which appear in water fluoridation materials, including polonium-210. Polonium-210 in microscopic amounts becomes part of the colloidal dispersion of smoke and settles in the nooks and crannies of the lung’s alveoli, where after some time they decay into lead and in the process release a burst of highly carcinogenic alpha rays.

 

Fluoride Regulation: NSF International and Standard 60

 

In 1988 the EPA abdicated its duties by terminating its regulation of water additives, including fluoride. It outsourced and privatized this responsibility to NSF International, which established “voluntary product standards.” http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/epa-says-no-agency-regulates-fluoride.pdf.

 

NSF International is responsible to maintain and update Standard 60, which covers drinking water additives, including fluoridation materials. NSF International is a private, non-profit organization composed of water districts, public health groups, and the industries which produce water treatment chemicals and equipment.

 

According to Tudor Davies, Director of the Office of Science and Technology of the US EPA, “In the United States, there are no Federal safety standards which are applicable to drinking water additives, including those intended for use in fluoridating water.” This means there is no governmental organization which directly regulates fluoride. There is only NSF International, which is a trade organization with about as much credibility as the Tobacco Institute.

 

The 2008 Standard 60 fact sheet dealing with fluoridation materials can be viewed at

http://www.nsf.org/business/water_distribution/pdf/NSF_Fact_Sheet.pdf.

 

Standard 60, Section 3.2.1 requires that when a fertilizer manufacturer such as Cargill begins selling its fluoridation materials and requests Standard 60 approval, that the manufacturer must submit toxicological studies regarding the fluoridation materials. In its fact sheet, NSF mentions toxicological studies and says they are obtained.

 

However, Stan Hazen, NSF International’s Director for the Center for Public Health Education, admitted in deposition on March 10, 2004, that it has does not in fact receive toxicological studies on fluoridation materials. It nevertheless allows Cargill and other sellers of fluoridation materials to stamp their product as NSF approved. See http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/stan-hazan-nsf-international-deposition-no-toxic-studies-delivered-by-fluoride-suppliers.pdf.

 

In testimony before Congress in 2004, Stan Hazan, then NSF General Manager, Drinking Water Additives Certification Program, admitted that “… NSF failed to follow its own Standard 60 procedures….” http://www.waterloowatch.com/Index_files%5CSDWA%20Responsibilities%20&%20Liabilities.pdf.

 

Blake Stark is the person at NSF International now in charge of fielding questions regarding Standard 60. I talk with Blake from time to time. His contact information is: 734-769-5480, Stark@NSF.org. See www.nsf.org. I sent Blake Stark an e-mail on July 11, 2008, asking him the following: “Your Fact Sheet on water fluoridation mentions toxicological studies. Where would I find these?” His response was: “As indicated in the fluoride fact sheet, NSF Standard 60 references the US EPA MCL for fluoride. You may be able to obtain toxicology studies from the US EPA or through their website.” Thank you, -Blake Stark, NSF.” The obvious implication is that NSF does not obtain any toxicological studies.

 

The latest Standard 60 fluoride update is dated February, 2008. It does not take into account or even mention the National Research Council 2006 report. It is therefore outdated and cannot be relied on. http://www.nsf.org/business/water_distribution/pdf/NSF_Fact_Sheet.pdf.

 

NSF International disclaims all liability, saying: “NSF International is not a government agency, and may have no duty of care to consumers…. NSF, in performing its functions in accordance with its objectives, does not assume or undertake to discharge any responsibility of the manufacturer or any other party.” http://www.waterloowatch.com/Index_files%5CSDWA%20Responsibilities%20&%20Liabilities.pdf.

 

Regarding Washington law, the irony is complete when you learn that Washington regulations, WAC 246-290-220(3), require that “any treatment chemicals with the exception of commercially retailed hypochlorite compounds such as Clorex, Purex, etc., added to water intended for potable use must comply with ANSI/NSF Standard 60.”

 

The state of Washington requires Everett and Alderwood to follow Standard 60, which requires toxicological studies, but NSF waives the requirement that toxicological studies be done by Cargill or by the NSF. Alderwood is relying on a faulty and fraudulent standard.

 

The NSF International approval seal on the tanker loads of fluoridation materials the Potential Defendants add to drinking water is lacking in credibility and cannot be relied on.

 

NSF approval is not a defense. The National Science Council in its 2006 report has undermined the EPA 4 ppm standard, and so it too is not a defense. That leaves the Potential Defendants with no liability shield. And now we know that fluoride prevents tooth decay only when applied topically, not ingested. In a risk-benefit analysis, the benefit is zero, and so the risk divided by benefit yields a risk/benefit ratio that is infinitely bad.

 

Everett Alderwood therefore must terminate water fluoridation immediately. There is enough scientific evidence that fluoridation is harmful to the health of all and especially harmful to certain populations that the fluoride should be turned off as a precautionary measure, even before legal and scientific experts are hired to review my allegations, and only turned back on if somehow my allegations are proved wrong. To do otherwise is negligence, recklessness, and failure to show due regard for the welfare of those who drink Alderwood water.

 

Summary

 

The fluoridation of our water is an assault on our bones, teeth, nerves, thyroid, pineal gland, and much more. Hundreds of recent scientific studies make it undeniable that fluoridating drinking water at current levels is harmful to health.

 

The scientific information is now freely available on the Internet. Water districts, cities, counties, and the state of Washington all have employees who should be reading and studying these issues.

 

You are on notice that fluoridation is causing harm. You can be sued as a municipal corporation. Individual water commissioners may be named as defendants when lawsuits are filed.

 

Up to this point your level of liability has been negligence. Everett and Alderwood have failed to keep up with the new scientific literature on fluoride. However, from this point on, your level of liability could rise from negligence to recklessness and to indifference to public health. Therefore, I am putting you on notice that it is your duty to halt fluoridation immediately, study this issue, and consult with experts.

 

I suggest that you form a legal-scientific taskforce to confirm or deny the truth of the allegations I am making here and advise you as to your exposure to liability.

 

I strongly suggest that you also send this letter to your insurance carrier, specifically asking your carrier whether Everett Alderwood will be covered in case of suit, what the limits of coverage would be, and what part of the defense costs and damages awarded against Everett and Alderwood would be paid by your carrier.

 

This is a threat to file a class action lawsuit. I am being as polite as I can in making the threat, but it is still a threat. I would much prefer it if Everett and Alderwood would voluntarily halt fluoridation.

 

I would assume that your insurance policy requires you to report all threats of lawsuits. For you not to notify your insurance company that there is a potential claim against you might undermine your claim against the insurance company for defense and indemnity.

 

The fact that a majority of dentists or public health professionals or politicians believe that drinking water fluoridation is a safe does not prove it is safe and is no defense in a court of law. The majority is often wrong: The majority in the past has believed absurd things, for example, that slavery was the natural order of things, that women were inferior and should not own property or vote, and that the earth was flat. Doctors made television ads endorsing cigarettes. The Mellon Institute and the Kettering Foundation defended the safety of asbestos and tetra-ethyl lead. Until the 1960s the vast majority of geologists thought the theory of plate tectonics and continental drift was laughable.

 

Water fluoridation will pass into history as just another discredited idea. The question for you to ponder is whether Everett and Alderwood will be sued in the process.

 

Everett’s Response to Request for Documents

 

In July of 2008, I submitted Requests for Documents under the Public Records Act, RCW 42.56.080, sending the same letter both to Alderwood and to Everett. You may review Everett’s Requests and Answers online at

http://dealmortgage.net/fluoride-class-action/everett-answers-to-request-for-public-records-re-fluoridation-everett-7-15-8.htm.

 

One important Request was No. 10:

 

          Provide documents which show the presence of all elements and compounds in raw fluoridation materials, that is assays made of raw fluoridation materials as they come out of the tanker, before they are added to drinking water and are diluted.

 

          Note: I am not asking just for results of tests done on the water after fluoridation materials are added, but also tests or assays done on the fluoridation materials themselves before they are added to the water. An assay done on raw fluoridation materials right out of the tanker truck can do a much more accurate job of identifying and quantifying the many elements and chemicals in fluoridation materials. Various reasonably priced tests are sensitive only down to certain concentration levels, so a test done on raw fluoridation materials will reveal trace minerals and chemicals with much greater accuracy than one done on fluoridation materials after they are diluted in drinking water.

 

Everett’s answer was:

 

Cascade Columbia or LCI are the primary sources for this information. Analysis of a June 2007 delivery was made to trouble shoot a crystallization problem that was occurring in the HFS metering pump. This has been included on the CD-ROM.

 

The document referred to can be viewed at: http://www.box.net/shared/rksd8t00tl. The significance of the document is not clear. It shows the presence of no fluoride whatsoever. It shows 53,800 PPM or 5.3% silicon and 20.5 PPM arsenic, so it is not clear whether it is even an assay of fluoridation materials.

 

The Answer does make it clear that Everett does not generally do its own testing of the raw fluoridation materials before they are diluted 240,000 times. Other elements and chemicals are also diluted 240,000 times. They are diluted to the point where their concentration is below common detection levels. They are made to disappear. But they do not disappear. They are still there, although at a level that allows Everett to pretend they are not there. 

 

Alderwood’s answer to the same questions was simply “n/a.”

 

For Everett and Alderwood each not to do its own testing of the raw scrubber liquor on a regular basis is outright negligence.

 

The problem is compounded by the fact that NSF International, which writes and allegedly monitors and enforces ANSI/NSF Standard 60 and which water districts around the country rely on so heavily, does not itself assay raw fluoridation materials. I sent an e-mail to Blake Stark, the person at NSF International now in charge of fielding questions regarding Standard 60. His contact information is mentioned above.

 

I asked Mr. Stark “for an assay done of typical fluoridation chemicals BEFORE DILUTION.” His response was: 

 

All analysis that has been conducted by NSF on fluoridation chemicals has been done using the specific preparation methods referenced in NSF/ANSI Standard 60, which involve dilutions.

 

I asked him again if he had access to an assay. He said:

 

All testing that NSF has conducted on fluoridation chemicals has been on dilute product.  NSF/ANSI Standard 60 includes a standard preparation method for fluoride chemicals that involves a dilution.  Our analysis on the fluoride chemical products is conducted after this preparation method.

 

“All testing” is on the diluted fluoridation materials, meaning none is ever done on the raw scrubber liquor. Not even NSF does assays on the raw scrubber liquor. NSF probably does not want to know.

 

I believe that Everett and Alderwood should know just how much aluminum, arsenic, antimony, asbestos, cadmium, lead, mercury, barium, beryllium, radium, radon, polonium, uranium, thallium, and a host of compounds are contained in the raw scrubber liquor.  These elements and compounds are present in the diluted water we drink down into the parts per billion or less. The amounts are small. But why do we assume that a small amount of otherwise highly toxic materials is acceptable?

 

What possible motivation could there be for adding even a small amount of any toxic materials to our water if not to offload millions of pounds of toxic slurry liquor, a hazardous waste that otherwise would be costly to deal with?

 

What is the motivation for putting fluoride not just in the water we drink but also in the water we use to bathe, to wash our clothes, to water our lawns, to wash our cars, and for a host of other residential and commercial purposes? Fluoridation does not make cars cleaner. Our clothes and dishes do not need protection from tooth decay. Why would we apply fluoride as medication in a manner where 99% goes down the drain and is not ingested by the target population? The only possible explanation is that we do it to dispose of massive amounts of toxic waste through dilution.

 

It would be illegal for phosphate fertilizer plants in Florida to pipe the slurry liquor directly into the ocean, but they do the same indirectly by dumping it first into local sewers, which flow into streams and rivers and thus eventually into the same ocean.

 

Commercial grade silicofluoride acids are cheap. Pure medical grade sodium fluoride is very expensive, far too expensive to add to the entire water supply. So we use silicofluoride acids and dilute them apparently so we can use the cheap commercial grade source of fluoride.

 

The cost of silicofluoride fluoridation materials has gone up recently. It is costly to transport. In various forms fluorine is listed as a hazardous toxic waste on the Superfund Priorities List. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/cercla. It causes severe contamination when spilled. Accidents may be rare, but accidents do happen. Equipment must be carefully maintained because the consequences of a breakdown are a local but real catastrophe.

 

After all this, if Everett and Alderwood still believe that fluoride is good for us when ingested, why would they not find a different way of delivering it? Why wouldn’t it issue fluoride pills for free to everyone in the district? It would save a huge amount of money. Why would it not ask sellers of milk and orange juice to add medical grade sodium fluoride to their products, all carefully labeled as “fluoridated.” Those who want to ingest fluoride could do so.

 

We should not ignore the possibility that although the concentrations of these trace metals and compounds are very low, that these toxic materials acting together could have properties that they do not have individually. Together they might potentiate the actions of each other. Not running an assay of fluoridation materials before dilution in order to know exactly what is in the fluoridation materials is negligence on the part of Everett and Alderwood.

 

Moreover, now that Everett and Alderwood know that this is a concern, failure to test would constitute recklessness, which might mean that Everett and Alderwood commissioners might be personally liable.

 

I charge you with the responsibility to send a copy of this letter to your insurance carrier and ask if you have coverage for this. You should also send this letter to your attorney. You should also send it to the Governor and ask that the state of Washington indemnify Everett and Alderwood against suit.

 

My Method

 

Utilizing a request under the Public Records Act, RCW 42.56.080, Washington’s version of the federal Freedom of Information request, I am prodding Everett and Alderwood to become educated about this important issue. Once you understand the science, the law, and the ethics of this issue, I am hoping you will make the right decision. I will be delivering copies of this letter to the mayor, the city attorney, the Governor and the media.

 

The fluoride backers have big money on their side, but we have the science on our side. The end of water fluoridation is inevitable.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

James Robert Deal

Counselor at Law



Request for Documents to Everett Utilities 7-31-8
July 26, 2008, 3:10 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Law Office of

JAMES ROBERT DEAL, P.S.

PO Box 2370, Lynnwood, Washington  98036

Telephone (425) 771-1110, fax (425) 776-8081

James@JamesRobertDeal.Com

 

REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTS UNDER THE PUBLIC RECORDS ACT

 

July 31, 2008

 

Everett Utilities

3200 Cedar Street

Everett WA 98201-4516

Attention: Tom Thetford

 

Alderwood Water District

3626 156th St SW
Lynnwood  WA  98037

Attention: Donna J. Cross, President

 

Sent by Certified Mail

 

Dear Water Commissions,

 

This letter constitutes a Request for Documents under the Public Records Act.

 

The Public Records Act, RCW 42.56.080, Washington’s version of the federal Freedom of Information Act, requires that all agencies make public records available for copying and provide copies of public documents at a reasonable charge. These statutes are worth rereading when you answer a request such as this. For your convenience, I am quoting from the Public Records Act:

Public records shall be available for inspection and copying, and agencies shall, upon request for identifiable public records, make them promptly available to any person including, if applicable, on a partial or installment basis as records that are part of a larger set of requested records are assembled or made ready for inspection or disclosure. Agencies shall not deny a request for identifiable public records solely on the basis that the request is overbroad. Agencies shall not distinguish among persons requesting records, and such persons shall not be required to provide information as to the purpose for the request except to establish whether inspection and copying would violate RCW 42.56.070(9) or other statute which exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific information or records to certain persons. Agency facilities shall be made available to any person for the copying of public records except when and to the extent that this would unreasonably disrupt the operations of the agency. Agencies shall honor requests received by mail for identifiable public records unless exempted by provisions of this chapter.

Notes:

[2005 c 483 § 1; 2005 c 274 § 285; 1987 c 403 § 4; 1975 1st ex.s. c 294 § 15; 1973 c 1 § 27 (Initiative Measure No. 276, approved November 7, 1972). Formerly RCW 42.17.270.]

     Reviser’s note: This section was amended by 2005 c 274 § 285 and by 2005 c 483 § 1, each without reference to the other. Both amendments are incorporated in the publication of this section under RCW 1.12.025(2). For rule of construction, see RCW 1.12.025(1).

     Intent — Severability — 1987 c 403: See notes following RCW 42.56.050.

 

Intent — 1987 c 403: “The legislature intends to restore the law relating to the release of public records largely to that which existed prior to the Washington Supreme Court decision in “In Re Rosier,” 105 Wn.2d 606 (1986). The intent of this legislation is to make clear that: (1) Absent statutory provisions to the contrary, agencies possessing records should in responding to requests for disclosure not make any distinctions in releasing or not releasing records based upon the identity of the person or agency which requested the records, and (2) agencies having public records should rely only upon statutory exemptions or prohibitions for refusal to provide public records. Further, to avoid unnecessary confusion, “privacy” as used in RCW 42.17.255 is intended to have the same meaning as the definition given that word by the Supreme Court in “Hearst v. Hoppe,” 90 Wn.2d 123, 135 (1978).” [1987 c 403 § 1.]

 

These statutes say that delivery of documents should be comprehensive and not limited an any way except as provided by specific statutory exceptions. The underlying philosophy behind this law is that I and people like me voted for the people who hired you. You therefore work for me and people like me. “We the people” have the right to take a look at what you are doing.

 

I live in the Alderwood Water District, but Alderwood buys water from Everett Utilities, and so I am sending this to both of you. I have no objection if the two Commissions cooperate in answering this Request. In some cases Alderwood will have no records to deliver, because Everett fluoridates the water, and you should simply say so.

 

When I refer to the “agency” I am referring to Everett Utilities and Alderwood Water District. When I refer to “documents,” I am referring to documents, reports, letters, memos, e-mails, or other writings or photographs or diagrams in the possession of your staff, your experts, or the experts you hire to test Water District drinking water and fluoridation materials; documents and reports you receive or are accessible to you from municipalities, agencies, other jurisdictions, laboratories, and suppliers of fluoridation materials. The term documents includes any web sites or documents on web sites which you rely on regarding fluoridation, pipe maintenance, and water treatment in general.

 

Please provide the following documents:

 

1.       Provide documents identifying the commercial source or sources from which your agency purchases or has purchased fluoridation materials in the last five years, including the names of companies providing said materials, their addresses, their telephone numbers, their e-mail addresses, and the names of contact persons who represent said companies.

 

2.       Provide documents identifying the specific content of fluoridation materials which your agency adds to our drinking water, indicating which specific minerals, compounds, and trace elements are contained in the fluoridation materials.

 

3.       Provide documents identifying the cost of and annual budget for fluoridation materials and equipment purchased over the last five years and the initial cost of equipment to fluoridate the system.

 

4.       Provide documents identifying, quantifying, and/or discussing any increase or decrease in the cost of repair and maintenance of equipment resulting from fluoridation over the past five years and in the future.

 

5.       Provide documents identifying the means by which fluoridation materials have been delivered to the agency over the past five years, including bills of lading, bills of shipping, billing documents, and all correspondence, memos, and other documents relating to the transportation and delivery of fluoridation materials, including documents relating to spill prevention and cleanup.

 

6.       Provide documents identifying the locations where the agency inserts fluoridation materials into water.

 

7.       Give me and my associates a tour the facilities where fluoridation takes place so that we can take observe the fluoridation process and take photographs. The law says that “public records shall be available for inspection,” and the fluoridation facilities themselves are “public records” in the broadest sense of the term.

 

8.       Provide documents identifying the protocol for adding fluoridation materials to drinking water, including but not limited to mixing and dispensing fluoridation materials into drinking water and keeping the fluoridation materials uniformly mixed over time and distance. Provide documents discussing any instances where fluoride content has not been consistent throughout the water system.

 

9.       Provide documents which show the presence of all elements and chemicals in fluoridation materials, that is assays made of drinking water immediately after fluoridation materials have been added to drinking water.

 

10.     Provide documents which show the presence of all elements and compounds in raw fluoridation materials, that is assays made of raw fluoridation materials as they come out of the tanker, before they are added to drinking water and are diluted.

 

          Note: I am not asking just for results of tests done on the water after fluoridation materials are added, but also tests or assays done on the fluoridation materials themselves before they are added to the water. An assay done on raw fluoridation materials right out of the tanker truck can do a much more accurate job of identifying and quantifying the many elements and chemicals in fluoridation materials. Various reasonably priced tests are sensitive only down to certain concentration levels, so a test done on raw fluoridation materials will reveal trace minerals and chemicals with much greater accuracy than one done on fluoridation materials after they are diluted in drinking water.

 

11.     Provide documents which would indicate whether there are any trace amounts of aluminum, arsenic, antimony, asbestos, cadmium, lead, mercury, radium, radon, polonium, barium, beryllium, thallium, or uranium included in said fluoridation materials and the quantities and concentrations of them.

 

12.     Provide documents listing the specific contaminants, elements, and compounds for which your agency or your sub-contractors currently test and have tested for over the last five years, along with your protocols for testing.

 

13.     Provide documents indentifying the levels of various contaminants, elements, and compounds for which you test and have tested over the last five years (the levels below which elements or compounds, even if present are not reported as being present, and which are typically marked “u” on assays) along with the maximum level which you consider and have considered acceptable.

 

14.     Provide documents prepared over the last five years showing the results of tests done by your agency for the contaminants, elements, and compounds referred to in the previous two paragraphs.

 

15.     Provide documents identifying: the materials added to control acidity or pH levels of drinking water, the quantity of such materials added, the pH level sought by adding such materials, the pH level obtained throughout the water system as a result of adding such materials, the means by which the pH level is monitored, where the pH level is monitored, and how frequently the pH level is monitored.

 

16.     Regarding materials added to lessen acidity of drinking water, produce documents identifying the specific materials added and discussing efforts taken or planned to keep these materials disbursed evenly throughout the drinking water system.

 

17.     Provide documents identifying any mechanisms known to the agency by which materials added to lessen acidity of drinking water can be or are precipitated out or rendered less effective at reducing the acidity of the fluoridated water.

 

18.     Fluoride dissolves lead. The use of lead and lead solder in plumbing was not outlawed until 1986. In light of this fact, provide documents identifying or discussing lead levels in the water system, including lead levels in the water in buildings built before 1986, including school buildings built before 1986.

 

19.     Provide documents identify homes and buildings in the area served by the Water District known to have lead plumbing or plumbing containing lead solder.

 

20.     Provide documents comparing lead levels in raw untreated water, lead levels in fluoridation materials, and lead levels the water in buildings built before 1986.

 

21.     Provide documents giving any explanation you may have for why lead levels in water in the pipes in buildings built before 1986 is or would be higher than in raw water and fluoridation materials. See: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/291566_lead08ww.html.

 

22.     There are scientific and scholarly reports which conclude that fluoride is harmful to fish or repels fish. Provide documents which address this issue.

 

23.     Provide the written order or prescription in your possession or available to your agency from a medical or other professional which authorizes the Water District to add fluoridation materials to Water District water, and/or which specifies the amount to be added, and/or which specifies the specific fluoridation chemical to be added.

 

24.     Provide the written order or prescription in your possession or available to your agency from a medical or other professional which grants written assurance to the Water District that the addition of fluoridation materials to the water is safe for the general population and for special populations such as babies and those with thyroid and kidney disease.

 

25.     Provide documents identifying agencies, laboratories, or other organizations from which you obtain on an ongoing basis or have obtained in the past or which you now can obtain information pertaining to the requests and questions posed in this document.

 

26.     Provide a copy of NSF/ANSI Standards 60 and 61.

 

27.     Provide copies of insurance invoices showing how much the Water District paid for insurance for the last two years and provide copies of policies covering the Water District, showing policy limits, endorsements, and exclusions.

 

28.     Provide any documents relating to how the decision was made to fluoridate our water, including who campaigned in favor of and against fluoridation.

 

29.     Provide any written communications between Alderwood Water District regarding water fluoridation going back to when the decision was made to fluoridate our water.

 

I am willing to pay fees for this request up to a maximum of $40.00. If you estimate that the fees will exceed this limit, please inform me first. I request a waiver of all fees for this request. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest.

 

In order to reduce copy costs and save paper and time, I request that the documents sought be provided as much as possible on a CD-ROM, instead of on paper.

 

You may call me at 425-771-1110, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., if necessary, to discuss any aspect of my request.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

James Robert Deal

Counselor at Law

 

 

 



Letter to Governor Gregoir 3-24-8

 

JAMES ROBERT DEAL, P.S.

5105 200th Street SW, Suite 100
Lynnwood, Washington  98036-6397

Telephone (425) 771-1110, fax (425) 776-8081

JamesRobertDeal@JamesDeal.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 24, 2008

 

Governor Christine Gregoire

Office of the Governor

PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002

Sent by 1st Class Mail and by Fax to: 360-753-4110

 

Dear Governor Gregoire,

 

I wrote you a letter on February 24 regarding my observation that the fact that the state of Washington approves and regulates the addition of fluoride to our water poses a serious risk that the state and the local water districts can be sued by those damaged.

 

I have done further research, and so I am sending you a revised version of the letter, including both my previous comments and additional comments at the end.

 

What I said previously was as follows:

 

I always seem to write letters to you which are critical. I want to make it clear that I generally approve of the political work you are doing.

 

However, there is an area where I believe you are falling down: You are failing to protect the health of the people of Washington. I have written you previously regarding the adverse health effects of fluoridation. You have turned my letters over to your assistants, and they have responded with answers that are incorrect and incomplete.

 

I have sent you pounds of information regarding these adverse health effects. The science on fluoridation has been building slowly but steadily. The science is now in. This is serious. It is now clear that fluoridation materials are harmful to health.

 

These health affects are cosmetic: At the one part per million level which the state of Washington authorizes fluoride to be added, ten percent of kids will get fluorosis of their teeth, dark and light spots which make them want to keep their mouths closed when they smile. Or they can spend $1,200 per tooth getting veneers applied. Around 20 teeth are visible, so that would cost $24,000.  Veneers wear out, and around five replacements will be needed over the course of these kids’ lives. Let’s see, that’s $120,000. The effect is most severe for the poor: As nutrition levels drop, vulnerability to the bad effects of fluoridation materials increases.

 

The health affects are more than cosmetic: Fluoride accumulates in teeth and bones and over the years causes bones to become harder and heavier but more brittle. Teeth crack and break. Fluoride causes some teeth to become pitted, and decay is greatly increased.

 

Our mothers sometimes fall and break their brittle hips. Sometimes they break their brittle hips and fall. My mother’s neck bones cracked and, she was implanted with a steel spine that fused four vertebrae. She lived to 90, and I am glad to say she lived the last five years of her life with my wife and me. Although she experienced a lot of pain, she had a great sense of humor and brought a lot of happiness to our lives. I was sitting by her bed when she died. She would have lived longer had the steel apparatus not become infected. One thing leads to another. Well, back to the subject.

 

There is substantial evidence of a causal connection between fluoridation materials and the following maladies: increased bone fractures, Stage 1 skeletal fluorosis (arthritic joint stiffness and pain), decreased thyroid function, impaired glucose tolerance (Type II diabetes), earlier sexual maturity, lowered IQ, and possibly osteosarcoma.

 

For your convenience, I will now give you some of the statutes and regulations dealing with fluoridation:

 

RCW 57.08.012

A water district by a majority vote of its board of commissioners may fluoridate the water supply system of the water district. The commissioners may cause the proposition of fluoridation of the water supply to be submitted to the electors of the water district at any general election or special election to be called for the purpose of voting on the proposition. The proposition must be approved by a majority of the electors voting on the proposition to become effective.

 

WAC 246-290-460 Fluoridation of drinking water.

 

(1)      Purveyors shall obtain written department approval of fluoridation treatment facilities before placing them in service.

(2)      Where fluoridation is practiced, purveyors shall maintain fluoride concentrations in the range 0.8 through 1.3 mg/L throughout the distribution system.

(3)      Where fluoridation is practiced, purveyors shall take the following actions to ensure that concentrations remain at optimal levels and that fluoridation facilities and monitoring equipment are operating properly:

 

RCW 43.20.050

Powers and duties of state board of health — State public health report — Delegation of authority — Enforcement of rules.

 

(2) In order to protect public health, the state board of health shall:

(a)      Adopt rules necessary to assure safe and reliable public drinking water and to protect the public health. Such rules shall establish requirements regarding: …

(ii)      Drinking water quality standards, monitoring requirements, and laboratory certification requirements;

 

WAC 246-290-460

Fluoridation of drinking water

 
 

 

(1)      Purveyors shall obtain written department approval of fluoridation treatment facilities before placing them in service.

(2)      Where fluoridation is practiced, purveyors shall maintain fluoride concentrations in the range 0.8 through 1.3 mg/L throughout the distribution system.

(3)      Where fluoridation is practiced, purveyors shall take the following actions to ensure that concentrations remain at optimal levels and that fluoridation facilities and monitoring equipment are operating properly:

(a)      Daily monitoring.

(i)       Take daily monitoring samples for each point of fluoride addition and analyze the fluoride concentration. Samples must be taken downstream from each fluoride injection point at the first sample tap where adequate mixing has occurred.

(ii)      Record the results of daily analyses in a monthly report format acceptable to the department. A report must be made for each point of fluoride addition.

(iii)     Submit monthly monitoring reports to the department within the first ten days of the month following the month in which the samples were collected.

(b)      Monthly split sampling.

(i)       Take a monthly split sample at the same location where routine daily monitoring samples are taken. A monthly split sample must be taken for each point of fluoride addition.

(ii)      Analyze a portion of the sample and record the results on the lab sample submittal form and on the monthly report form.

(iii)     Forward the remainder of the sample, along with the completed sample form to the state public health laboratory, or other state-certified laboratory, for fluoride analysis.

(iv)     If a split sample is found by the certified lab to be:

(A)     Not within the range of 0.8 to 1.3 mg/l, the purveyor’s fluoridation process shall be considered out of compliance.

(B)     Differing by more than 0.30 mg/l from the purveyor’s analytical result, the purveyor’s fluoride testing shall be considered out of control.

(4)      Purveyors shall conduct analyses prescribed in subsection (3) of this section in accordance with procedures listed in the most recent edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.

(5)      The purveyor may be required by the department to increase the frequency, and/or change the location of sampling prescribed in subsection (3) of this section to ensure the adequacy and consistency of fluoridation.

 

The state of Washington specifically authorizes water district boards to vote fluoridation in or to call an election and let the public vote fluoridation in. The state generally approves of the addition of fluoridation materials to drinking water. The state requires the water districts to select from a short list of available fluoridation materials. The state thus approves of the contents of the fluoridation materials. The state regulates the concentration.

 

There are other sources of fluoridation materials: the bread, the beer, the pesticides, and the Prozac. But the law does not say Washington can escape liability because there are other sources. If Washington’s negligence is one of several proximate causes, then Washington is liable.

 

There are other negligent acts which Washington has committed and which would be easy to prove: Fluoride is the most active of all acids. Fluoride dissolves lead. There is a lot of lead solder in a lot of old pipes in Washington. Lead solder in pipes was not outlawed until 1986. No amount of lead consumption is considered safe. Not only does the acid leach the lead out of the solder, there is actually lead in the fluoridation materials added. It is listed along with arsenic on Cargill’s bill of shipping.

 

The state of Washington—with its many laboratories doing water testing, with its scientists keeping up with the literature, and with pro bono attorneys like me alerting you to the harmful nature of fluoridation materials—knows, or should know in the exercise of a reasonable level of prudence, that adding fluoridation materials to drinking water is harmful.

 

The harmful nature of fluoridation materials is clear. Liability wise, I think the case against Washington is air tight. The state and all the local water districts could be sued “big time.”

 

I strongly suggest that you and Rob McKenna set up an Attorney General’s special research task force and look closely at the law and the science on this question. That is the minimum you must do at this point to terminate any further liability on the part of Washington.

 

Having done your research, you should halt fluoridation by Governor’s emergency decree, pending legislative review. You can announce the findings made by your task force and say that you stopped the practice as soon as you became aware of the validity of the health concerns.

 

And you could bring the resources of the state of Washington to bear against the fertilizer companies that sold us this swill and claimed it was a good product. Sue them the same way you sued the tobacco companies.

 

I am not a scientist. But I believe I understand the science involved. Nor am I a litigator. But I believe I correctly see the exposure that the state of Washington has regarding this matter.

 

Emphasis added: I am not threatening to sue the state of Washington. I am not a litigator. I am not going to publish this letter on any web site or send it out to the newspapers or to my e-mail list. I don’t want to give people the idea of hiring a class action law firm and suing the state Washington. (The Governor did not respond to this letter and therefore I feel I am released from any obligation I might have not to publish this letter.)

 

I just want to see Washington stop doing the wrong thing and start doing the right thing.

 

I want Washington to lead the way in CHANGE on this issue.

 

My dentist friend Dr. Bob Osmunson and I would like to visit you to discuss these matters. See Dr. Bob’s YouTube video at http://www.fluoridealert.org.

 

Can we call your secretary and make an appointment?

 

Sincerely,

 

 

James Robert Deal

Attorney at Law



Fluoride and Health, Letter to WA House of Reps 2-24-8
February 24, 2008, 7:04 am
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

 

JAMES ROBERT DEAL, P.S.
5105 200th Street SW, Suite 100
Lynnwood, Washington  98036-6397
425-771-1110,  fax 425-776-8081
www.JamesRobertDeal.com

February 24, 2008

 

Rep. Tom Campbell
Chair, Select Committee on Environmental Health
House of Representatives
334 John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA 98504

 

Dear Rep. Campbell,

 

Regarding fluoride there is now broad agreement on the following points:

 

Fluoride, the negatively charged ion of fluorine, is not an “essential nutrient. … There is no known essential biochemical role for fluoride in any animal, including humans.”  University of Kansas Letter from 15 MDs, PhDs, and DDSs, to the National Academy of Sciences, October 15, 1997, http://sonic.net/kryptox/nutri/alberts.htm.

Fluoride does not protect teeth against decay unless it is added topically. Adding it to drinking water makes bone more heavy and brittle. The fluorosis of the bones is gradual and cumulative. Around 50% of fluoride taken in is retained in bones. Hip fractures among the elderly are increased by fluoride consumption. Some old folks fall down and break their hips. Others break their hips and fall down. University of Kansas Letter; Professionals’ Statement Calling for an End to Water Fluoridation, August 9, 2007,

http://www.fluoridealert.org/statement.august.2007.html.

 

There is mounting evidence that fluoride in the percentages currently consumed can cause bone cancer, osteosarcoma, particularly in young male humans and young male mice. (University of Kansas Letter.)

 

Seattle water is fluoridated to a level of 1 ppm, but we are consuming a lot more fluoride than just what is in the tap water, and that is because much of the food and drink we eat is made with fluoridated water. Fluoride is in our bread, pastries, pasta, candies, colas, reconstituted juices, beer, and any food prepared using fluoridated water. Further fruits and vegetables are fertilized with fluoridated fertilizers and treated with fluoride pesticides, and the EPA allows fluoride residues of 7 ppm in grapes, fruits, and potatoes, and up to 15 ppm in kiwi fruit. Fluoride and Fluorinated Pesticides, The Campaign Against Sulfuryl Fluoride, http://www.fluoridealert.org/f-pesticides.htm. See the copy attached.

 

I call your attention to:

Infants Should Not have Fluoridated Tap Water
American Dental Association Press Release, November 13, 2006, http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_3351.cfm

 

In this press release, the American Dental Association warns that fluoridated water has a profound adverse effect on young children and particularly infants. Mothers are absolutely forbidden to use fluoridated tap water to make formula.

 

Formula made with fluoridated water contains 250 times more fluoride than the average 0.004 ppm concentration found in human breast milk in non-fluoridated areas.

 

To prevent tooth damage, the American Dental Association (ADA) warned its members that fluoridated water should not be mixed into concentrated formula or foods intended for babies one year and younger…. The Environmental Protection Agency is required to consider the most vulnerable populations when setting allowable water fluoride levels. To protect babies, allowable water fluoride levels must be near zero.

 

The problem with such advice is that it is hard for poor people to follow. Distilled water bought at the grocery store is somewhat expensive. A water distiller can cost $300.

 

The “fluoride” added to Seattle water is not medical grade sodium fluoride. These “fluoridation materials,” as I call them, are the unprocessed scrubber liquor that filters out the gasses produced when sulfuric acid is added to raw phosphate rock to produce phosphate fertilizer. The rock contains 2% to 4% fluorine compounds, which are captured in the scrubber liquor and sent unprocessed to Seattle in rail tanker cars, each carrying around 50,000 pounds of the liquor. Fluoride and the Phosphate Connection by George C. Glasser in the Earth Island Journal Online, http://www.earthisland.org/eijournal/fluoride/fluoride_phosphates.html.

 

I call your attention to the attached:

Certificate of Analysis
Fluorosilic Acid
Car No: SHPX204519
March 12, 2005

 

This shipping label was obtained from documents delivered to me by the City of Seattle.  It shows that the active ingredient in the trailer tank car is fluorosilicic acid, which makes up 24% of the brew. It includes other unnamed acids, designated on the Certificate of Analysis as “.54% free acid.”

See also the Landsburg Fluoride Shipment receipt showing a tanker shipment of 45,920 pounds. A copy is attached.

The respected National Research Council had done a peer reviewed study about these issues entitled

Fluoride in Drinking Water:
A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards
http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11571

 

Read this document online at the above address or purchase a print copy at the same e-mail address.

 

See also:

Review of the 2006 United States National Research Council Report:
Fluoride  in Drinking Water,
Robert J. Carton,
Fluoride 39(3) 163-172, July-September 2006,
http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/epa/nrc/carton-2006.pdf.

 

The NRC scientists who issued the report stated their conclusions on points where the science was certain or virtually certain. They did not speculate. They did not state conclusions regarding points where there is any significant doubt. It is a cautious and conservative report.

 

Nevertheless, the NRC scientists concluded that the current allowable EPA drinking water maximum level of fluoride which can safely be consumed, the Maximum Contaminant Level should be reduced from the current 4 ppm level to some lower level. When the fluoridated food and drink we consume is added in, and especially for those who exercise a lot or who work hard or who drink a lot of water, including those who drink a lot because of medical conditions, they are probably exceeding this equivalent level.

 

The NRC scientists found that levels of fluoride currently allowed in drinking water cause unsightly dental fluorosis in 10% of children or more, increased bone fractures, and Stage 1 skeletal fluorosis (arthritic joint stiffness and pain).

 

The NRC scientists cited evidence which they said caused them to be concerned about the connection between fluoridation materials and the following health problems: “decreased thyroid function, impaired glucose tolerance (Type II diabetes), and earlier sexual maturity.” Some of these maladies result from fluoridation levels as low as .7 ppm. They called for more research on these issues.

 

The NRC scientists expressed concern about a possible connection between fluoridation materials and “four different human lueukemic cell lines.” The NRC scientists again recommended more research.

 

I call your attention to a document entitled

 

Seattle Public Utilities, Surface Water Analysis,
February 10th – 11th, 2004.

 

For your convenience I am enclosing a copy.

 

This document compares Cedar River water before and after treatment at Lake Young. See columns 3 and 4. It also compares Tolt River water before and after treatment at an unnamed treatment facility. See columns 7 and 8.

 

This chart shows that certain heavy metals are not present at various levels, generally the “maximum containment level.” This chart contains a wealth of information and raises a multitude of questions. It appears that there are more heavy metals in our water after the fluoridation materials are added.

 

The assay registers contaminants down to one part per million (1 ppm), which is one milligram per liter (1mg/L). In other cases it registers below one part per billion, (1ppb), which is one microgram. The assay even goes as low as .2 ppb for some elements.

 

Relying on other evidence, the “Certificate of Analysis, Fluorosilic Acid, Car No: SHPX204519, March 12, 2005,” referred to above, it is clear that we are adding arsenic and lead. The arsenic level before dilution is 52 ppm. The lead level before dilution is < 1 ppm. Divide those by a dilution factor of 240,000, and the resulting parts per billion are very low.

 

However, asenic is so nasty that the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal or MCLG is set at zero, meaning that we should not be adding any arsenic to our drinking water.

 

The Maximum Contaminant Level, or MCL, was 50 ppb since 1942. The Clinton administration lowered it to 10 ppb, but upon taking office, the Bush administration reversed this policy, rolling it back to the 50 ppb MCL. Experts say that a better MCL would be 3 ppb or less.

 

Regarding lead, bear in mind that fluoride dissolves lead. Bear in mind that old buildings, including schools, contain pipes soldered with lead. The use of lead solder in pipes was banned in 1986. Fluorine acids are the most aggressive of all acids. Fluoridation materials added to Seattle water add to levels of lead in school drinking fountains, because they contains lead and also—my speculation—because they can dissolve the solder in the pipes. Reporters express complete bewilderment as to how lead could get into the water. See: Elevated Lead Levels Found in 35 Seattle Schools, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 8, 2006, http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/%20local/291566_lead08ww.html. See attached.

 

The hypothesis to be tested is whether the fluorosilicates sitting in the pipes over the summer dissolve the old lead solder, releasing lead.

 

For a point-by-point rebuttal of the Centers For Disease Control’s support of fluoridation, see:

The Emperor Has No Clothes:
A Critique of the CDC’s Promotion of Fluoridation
by Paul Connett, Ph.D.
Revised October 3, 2000
http://fluoridealert.org/cdc.htm

See also

The Phosphate Fertilizer Industry:

An Environmental Overview

Michael Connett

May 2003

http://www.fluoridealert.org/phosphate/overview.htm

 

See also:

 

Alzheimer’s in America:

The Aluminum-Phosphate Fertilizer Connection

Lynn Landes

http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0819-06.htm

 

See also:

 

Why Fluoride Is An Environmental Issue
Bar Smith
Earth Island Journal
http://www.earthisland.org/eijournal/
fluoride/fluroide_editorial.html
.

 

I call your attention to:

 

10 Facts AboutFluoride
December 2006
http://www.fluoridealert.org/fluoride-facts.htm

 

I call your attention to:

 

Professionals’ Statement Calling for an End to Water Fluoridation
August 9, 2007
http://www.fluoridealert.org/
statement.august.2007.html
:

 

Some 1,400 dentists, medical doctors, research doctors, toxicologists, and other scientific professionals have signed this statement. A copy is enclosed for your convenience along with the comments of many of the signers, found at: http://www.fluorideaction.org/
statement.quotes.aug.2007.pdf
.

 

A short summary of the points made in the Professionals’ Statement is as follows:

Fluoridation results in the following maladies: an increased risk of bone fractures, decreased thyroid function, lowered IQ, arthritic-like conditions, dental fluorosis and, possibly osteosarcoma.

 

Fluoridation and other exposures to fluorides causes 32% of American children to have dental fluorosis.

 

Studies since the 1980s show that when fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities are compared, there is no difference in levels of tooth decay.

 

The American Dental Association recommends that tap water not be used to reconstitute infant formula during the first 12 months of life because it results in ingestion of too much fluoride. Formula made with fluoridated water contains 250 times more fluoride than the average 0.004 ppm concentration found in human breast milk in non-fluoridated areas.

 

Fluoride reduces tooth decay only if it is applied topically, not when it is ingested. Thus, adding fluoride to drinking water does not reduce tooth decay.

 

There is a causal connection between water fluoridation and osteosarcoma, particularly in young boys.

 

Fluoride used in drinking water is an industrial grade waste product which has never been subjected to toxicological testing nor received FDA approval for human ingestion

 

The Seattle Public Utilities assay was apparently not sensitive enough to detect heavy metals present in amounts below .2 parts per billion. However, it is clear from reading from the general literature regarding fluoridation materials produced by the phosphate fertilizer industry, which produces the fluoridation materials used by the city of Seattle, that the fluoridation materials contain other elements, including those which are “hot.” I mean “hot” in the sense that they are radioactive. Yes, radioactive.

 

The rock out of which phosphate fertilizer is made contains substantial amounts of fluoride, arsenic, and lead. It also contains uranium and radium, which decay into radioactive lead, radioactive bismuth, and radioactive polonium. Mines in Florida and Louisiana that produce phosphate fertilizer have also produced uranium, and they will produce uranium again when uranium prices rise. Meanwhile trace amounts of uranium and the elements it decays into are being added as fertilizers and pesticides to our grains, fruits, and vegetables, and added to our water. While the levels of radionuclides is low, they are there in our drinking water, continuously emitting alpha and beta rays.

 

I call your attention again to an article mentioned previously:

 

Fluoride and the Phosphate Connection
by George C. Glasser
Earth Island Journal Online, http://www.earthisland.org/eijournal/fluoride/
fluoride_phosphates.html.

 

I quote from George Glasser’s article:

 

While the uranium and radium in fluorosilicic acid are known carcinogens, two decay products of uranium are even more carcinogenic: radon-222 and polonium-210.

 

… EPA Office of Drinking Water official Joseph A. Cotruvo and Public Health Service fluoridation engineer Thomas Reeves have acknowledged the presence of radionuclides in fluorosilicic acid.

 

Radon-222 is not an immediate threat because it stops emitting alpha radiation and decays into lead-214 in 3.86 days. Lead-214 appears to be harmless but it eventually decays into bismuth-214 and then into polonium-214. Unless someone knew to look for specific isotopes, no one would know that a transmutation into the polonium isotope had occurred.

 

Polonium-210, a decay product of bismuth-210, has a half-life of 138 days and gives off intense alpha radiation as it decays into regular lead and becomes stable. Any polonium-210 that might be present in the phosphate concentrate could pose a significant health threat. A very small amount of polonium-210 can be very dangerous, giving off 5,000 times more alpha radiation than the same amount of radium. As little as 0.03 microcuries (6.8 trillionths of a gram) of polonium-210 can be carcinogenic to humans. (http://www.earthisland.org/
eijournal/fluoride/fluoride_phosphates.html
.)

 

The lead isotope behaves like calcium in the body. It may be stored in the bones for years before turning into polonium-210 and triggering a carcinogenic release of alpha radiation.

 

Drinking water fluoridated with fluorosilicic acid contains radon at every sequence of its decay to polonium. The fresher the pollution concentrate, the more polonium it will contain.

 

As long as the amount of contaminants added to the drinking water (including radionuclides in fluorosilicic acid) do not exceed the limits set forth in the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA has no regulatory problem with the use of any contaminated products for drinking water treatment.

 

If you have read this far, I suspect that you are wondering three things: First, why we are still adding fluoridation materials to our water? Second, how could the “experts” have been so wrong for so many years about fluoride?

 

The explanation is simple: The production of phosphate fertilizer, uranium, and aluminum all produce fluorosilicate wastes. Big industrialists would rather sell the waste at a profit than dispose of it at a loss. So the big industrialists hired dentists and other experts to sell their toxic product at a big profit to state legislatures and city councils.

 

I am an attorney. I have a special interest in public health and environmental law. We attorneys have a duty to do pro bono publico work. My work for the public good is to shed light on these issues and ask these questions and explain to you how so many “experts” could have gotten it so wrong and how so many of us could let ourselves be suckered for so long.

 

We humans are suckers. We are innately gullible. We are conformists. We have huge brains, but they are mostly blank computing space badly programmed. We construct rationalizations that justify the status quo and allow us to be manipulated by dental “experts” and big industrialists.

 

A majority has believed the experts up to now. But being in the majority does not prove you are right. The majority has been wrong on many issues: The majority advocated slavery, anti-Semitism, the subjugation of women, exposing unwanted children and selling them into slavery, killing witches, and the idea that the earth was flat. The majority changed on those issues, and it will soon change on the fluoridation issue.

 

I have written to Governor Gregoire regarding this matter. Her staff has responded in a way which does fully or correctly address the questions I have raised. The general theme of the response, authored by Denise Clifford, Director of the Office of Drinking Water, is that the fluoridation materials added to our water only contain small amounts of pollutants, and therefore I should not be concerned. 

 

I drive to a well on 164th Street SW, just west of I-5, and fill big jugs with artesian well water, which we use for cooking and drinking. But this only partially protects me. There are fluoridation materials in many of the foods we eat and drink. Phosphate fertilizer is actually fed to cattle. Insecticides made of fluoride are sprayed on my fruits and vegetables. When I take a shower, the fluoride and other toxins are absorbed through my skin. For profit, rich industrialists are poisoning us, themselves, and even their children.

 

I do not have a research staff to call on. You do. I am asking that you set up a task force and call on the scientists working for or under contract to the state of Washington to do its own thorough assay of fluoridation materials and make an accurate list of all the dozens, maybe hundreds of compounds it contains along with the concentrations. I suggest your staff then study the literature regarding whether it is wise to be adding any amount of them to our drinking water.

 

Recall the difficulty which anti-tobacco forces had because cigarette smoke contains so many different compounds. It is entirely possible that the many elements and compounds in fluoride could potentiate each other.

 

Further, I disagree with the generalization typically made that the contamination is down in the parts per million and parts per billion and therefore cannot be of any significance. Our water should be as pure as possible. Fluoride only hardens teeth if applied to the surface, not when it is drunk. We do not have any obligation to the fertilizer industry to take its toxic waste off its hands.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

James Robert Deal

Attorney at Law

 

Enclosures:

 

University of Kansas Letter from 15 MDs, PhDs, and DDSs, to the National Academy of Sciences, October 15, 1997, http://sonic.net/kryptox/nutri/alberts.htm

 

Professionals’ Statement Calling for an End to Water Fluoridation, August 9, 2007, http://www.fluoridealert.org/statement.august.2007.html

 

Quotations from many of the signers of Professionals’ Statement, found at:  http://www.fluorideaction.org/statement.quotes.aug.2007.pdf

 

Fluoride and Fluorinated Pesticides, The Campaign Against Sulfuryl Fluoride, http://www.fluoridealert.org/f-pesticides.htm

 

Infants Should Not have Fluoridated Tap Water

American Dental Association Press Release, November 13, 2006, http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_3351.cfm

 

Fluoride and the Phosphate Connection by George C. Glasser in the Earth Island Journal Online, http://www.earthisland.org/eijournal/fluoride/fluoride_phosphates.html

 

Certificate of Analysis, Fluorosilic Acid, Car No: SHPX204519, March 12, 2005

 

Landsburg Fluoride Shipment receipt showing a tanker shipment of 45,920 pounds

 

 

Fluoride in Drinking Water, A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards, National Academy of Sciences, http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11571

 

National Academies Press order form, and online copy of United States National Research Council Report: Fluoride in Drinking Water

 

Review of the 2006 United States National Research Council Report: Fluoride in Drinking Water, from Fluoride, July – September 2006

Seattle Public Utilities, Surface Water Analysis, February 10th – 11th, 2004.

 

Elevated Lead Levels Found in 35 Seattle Schools, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 8, 2006, http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/291566_lead08ww.html

 

Thallium, Wikipedia

 

Consumer Factsheet on Thallium, EPA

 

The Emperor Has No Clothes: A Critique of the CDC’s Promotion of Fluoridation, by Paul Connett, Ph.D., Revised October 3, 2000, http://fluoridealert.org/cdc.htm

 

The Phosphate Fertilizer Industry: An Environmental Overview, Michael Connett, May 2003, http://www.fluoridealert.org/phosphate/overview.htm

 

Alzheimer’s in America: The Aluminum-Phosphate Fertilizer Connection

Lynn Landes, http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0819-06.htm

 

Why Fluoride Is An Environmental Issue, Bar Smith, Earth Island Journal

http://www.earthisland.org/eijournal/fluoride/fluroide_editorial.html.

 

10 Facts AboutFluoride, December 2006, http://www.fluoridealert.org/fluoride-facts.htm

 

Professionals’ Statement Calling for an End to Water Fluoridation, August 9, 2007, http://www.fluoridealert.org/statement.august.2007.html

 

Copies were sent by e-mail to:

campbell.tom@leg.wa.gov;  

hudgins.zack@leg.wa.gov;

newhouse.dan@leg.wa.gov;

sump.bob@leg.wa.gov;

hunt.sam@leg.wa.gov;

chase.maralyn@leg.wa.gov;

morrell.dawn@leg.wa.gov

wood.alex@leg.wa.gov

 

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A Comprehensive Approach to Transportation, Transit, and Land Use, by James Robert Deal
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Bellevue Dentist Bill Osmunson Speaks out on Fluoride

Seattle Dentist Paul Rubin speaks out on fluoridation

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