Debate Brewing Over Water Fluoridation

EUGENE, Ore. — A big debate is brewing in Portland over whether fluoride should be added to drinking water.

Portland is one of the largest cities in the country that doesn’t use the mineral to fight tooth decay.

Mayor Kitty Piercy says it’s been on the radar in the past, probably some eight years ago, but it’s not on the radar right now.

About 70 organizations and groups from Portland are lobbying their commissioners on the issue, and a heated debate is expected in September.

The Lane County Health and Human Services Department says the issue is definitely on its radar and would love to see fluoride added in to water here in our area. It says there are major health benefits to having it in the water.

“We are looking at the specific needs here in Lane County, but are they setting a precedent there? Yes. And will we pay attention to what’s going on there? Yes,” said Jason Davis of Lane County Health and Human Services.

On the city side, this issue though would have to go through council.

Opponents argue there are studies that link fluoride to possible brain problems. Lane County Health and Human Services says to its knowledge those studies are not conclusive.


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  1. nyscof says:

    Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing

    More than 4,176 professionals (including 341 dentists and 531 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped citing scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluoridealert.org/professionals-statement.aspx

    In 2006, a National Research Council expert panel published a fluoride report which revealed that fluoride, even at low doses added to water supplies, can be especially harmful to the thyroid gland, kidney patients, babies, seniors and people who drink high amounts of water. They also revealed critical fluoride safety studies have never been done.

    After 67 years of water fluoridation, the Centers for Disease Control reports that 60% of 12-15 year-olds are affected with fluoride overdose symptoms – dental fluorosis, white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth. Yet, the CDC says More young kids face cavity crisis in US

    Tooth decay crises are occurring in all fluoridated cities, states and countries because Americans can’t afford dental care. New dental professionals are being created. New dental schools opened and others are planned, according to the American Dental Association.

    New Hampshire passed first ever state-wide fluoride warning law that 6-month-olds should not be routinely fed infant formula mixed with fluoridated water to avoid dental fluorosis.

    Emergency rooms are flooded with people in dental pain, costing taxpayers millions of dollars, because 80% of dentists refuse Medicaid patients, 130 million Americans don’t have dental insurance. Many of those that do can’t afford dentistry’s high out-of-pocket costs. No American is or ever was fluoride-deficient. Too many are dentist-deficient.

    The CDC reports that 326 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2010. Communities that stopped fluoridation are here: http://www.FluorideAction.Net/communities.htm

  2. Bryan says:

    Jason Davis of Lane County Health and Human Services needs to take a look at all the Harvard studies that prove it lowers IQs and also has strong ties to bone cancer. At least we will all have less cavities. I would bet Jason doesnt even know were fluoride comes from. Its a waste product from industrial manufacturing. Including nuclear power plant waste!!! Dont let them poison us so the companys dont have to pay for the disposal fees. Look up the facts for yourself people. Dont let them fool you into this. Wake up Oregon!!!!!!

  3. jwillie6 says:

    Only 5% of the world uses fluoridation because many large studies show fluoridation is totally ineffective in improving tooth decay and is dangerous to health (See fluoridealert.org). The World Health Organization studied 16 countries and showed fluoride is of no value for teeth. Europe has rejected it and is 98% fluoride free. India, Japan, China and most countries now reject it. Interestingly, despite the fact that the vast majority of western Europe does not fluoridate its water, Europe’s tooth decay rates are as low – if not lower – than the tooth decay rates in the heavily fluoridated United States.

    Most of the US (67%) has been fluoridated for fifty years or more. If fluoridation actually worked as advertised, the dental profession should be on the verge of extinction except for itinerant practitioners. By now. tooth decay should be virtually eradicated like small pox or polio. How do you explain that denistry is a growing profession with new schools planed?

  4. ArchiBish says:

    When fluoride is added to water supplies at the recommended levels of 0.7 parts per million it is NOT harmful. The CDC ranks fluoridated water as one of the top 10 health advances of the 20th century. The ACSH ranks fluoridated water as one of the top 10 unfounded health scares of 2011. I’m sorry but I have to go with science (and first hand experience… look ma… no cavities!) on this one.

    Top 10 Unfounded Health Scares of 2011:
    a href=”http://www.acsh.org/news/newsID.1969/news_detail.asp”>http://www.acsh.org/news/newsID.1969/news_detail.asp
    (see #6)

    ADA Support of Fluoridation:
    (please see page 6 on “pseudo-scientific literature”)

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