RANGELY I In April, Rangely voters will vote on fluoridation of our drinking water to continue or to stop it.
Our message is simple from proved sources, fluoride prevents tooth decay when applied topically; fluoride is toxic to our physical health when ingested. It’s about awareness to facts/truth/proved studies, “drinking” Fluoride does not reduce tooth decay, and it is toxic and causes physical disease. Our information is from Fluoride Alert, Wikipedia and other sources as provided (https://fluoridealert.org/issues/sources/). Educate yourselves on truth and vote no for fluoride in our drinking water.
• What is the body composition of fluorine? Our body is composed of minute amounts of fluorine, a gas, <1% (chart), 0.0026 (mass), 0.0012 (atomic %), is toxic in high amounts; and doesn’t have an essential biological role.
• Where does fluoride come from? Fluoride is a naturally occurring element in soil, water and foods; it can be produced synthetically. “Fluoride is not a nutrient.” Fluoride or Fluosilicic Acid (hydrogen fluoride and phosphoric acid) is the toxic chemical, a byproduct of fertilizer plants. Originally the fertilizer plants discharged this acid into the air and waterways, causing air pollution and killing the fish. After litigation, wet scrubber plants were installed capturing the chemical toxins; this toxin or byproduct is now sold to fluoridate our drinking water (https://fluoridealert.org/issues/water/fluoridation-chemicals/)
• Who controls Fluoride in drinking water? The EPA sets the safe levels in drinking water, (.07 – 1.9%). Levels can be difficult to control as waters can have natural fluoride already. *Dr. William Hirzy, Senior VP of EPA’s headquarters stated, “If this stuff gets into the air, it’s a pollutant, if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant… There’s got to be a better way to manage this stuff.” (See video of Dr. H and other videos on fluoride at http://fluoridealert.org/fan-tv/hirzy/)
Bottom line: It’s not safe to fluoridate drinking water — vote no!
We encourage you to do your own research — ask questions in your favorite browser: Is fluoride toxic? How do I avoid fluoride in beverages and food? How do I reduce fluoride exposure? Several sources speak to fluoride being toxic as a poison to our bodies: PoisonPace.com/Fluoride, Fluoride Action Network, Mercola – Take Charge of Your Health, Fluoride Toxicity from Wikipedia, Global Healing Center. The book “The Fluoride Deception” by Christopher Bryson is interesting reading… Educate yourselves for health!
By Elaine Urie and Lisa Hatch
Special to the Herald Times