Clallam County Citizens for Safe Drinking Water
I am quite convinced that water fluoridation, in a not-too-distant future, will be consigned to medical history.
Dr. Arvid Carlsson
Winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine
Our Current Situation in a Nutshell
UPDATE ON PORT ANGELES/FORKS WATER FLUORIDATION
In June, 2011 Protect the Peninsula's Future and Clallam County Citizens for Safe Drinking Water (PPF/Citizens) brought to the Superior Court of Judge Verser their lawsuit alleging that addition of fluoride compounds to public drinking water in Port Angeles and Forks constituted the dispensation of unapproved drugs.
The definition of a drug for both State and Federal statutes is "any substance used with intent to treat or prevent disease." Tooth decay is considered a disease. In Forks the substance is sodium fluoride and in Port Angeles it is fluorosilicic acid. Both are industrial waste products; neither is pharmaceutical grade.
Judge Verser dismissed our lawsuit because of language in a 1954 decision of the Washington State Supreme Court mentioning that fluoridation was not medication.
PPF and Citizens appealed Judge Verser's action, and asked for direct review by the state Supreme Court. Many months later the Supreme Court refused direct review. The case is now scheduled for a hearing on Monday morning, January 7 at 10:AM before the Court of Appeals, Division 2 in Tacoma.
PPF/Citizens is now joined by two allies who are petitioning the Appeals Court to be heard as Friends of the Court. The political action committee, Our Water Our Choice! which sponsored the initiative, the Medical Independence Act, offers a local perspective to the court. Washington Action for Safe Water, represented by dentist Dr. Bill Osmunson offers a state wide perspective.
Across the nation the attitude towards water fluoridation is changing. An increasing number of cities are abandoning the practice. A nationwide epidemic of dental fluorosis, the hallmark of over dosage with fluoride, has been documented as affecting 41% of adolescents aged 12 to 15. There is great concern for increases in bone fractures in later life as fluoride bio accumulates to high levels in the skeleton and makes bones brittle.
These and many other concerns led to recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services that levels of fluoride in water be lowered. We assume it was politically impossible for them to stop the practice entirely, given its emotional and financial promotion over the past 60 years.
While the medication of the entire populous continues, we continue education of the public and City Council re: fluoridation problems. We are finding encouragement from two recent developments:
- EPA / Dept of Health declarations - maximum levels of fluoridation should be reduced from 1.2 ppm to 0.7
- Research findings that 41% of 12-15 year olds had fluorosis
We are also working to avoid a $433K contract payment due the American Dental Foundation (per Art V, Sec. 5.9 of the contract) if Port Angeles ceases fluoridation.
Another lawsuit is being considered. More forthcoming.
How We Got Where We Are Today
What tests have been done and are they credible? Does everyone fluoridate their water? What is the difference between fluorine and fluoride and why so many different terms? Who tests our water to ensure a safe level of fluoride?
- More historical perspectives: History page
In March, 2006, the National Research Council broke important ground by dedicating an entire chapter of its report to the growing body of evidence indicating that fluoride can damage the brain. According to the NRC, “it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain and the body by direct and indirect means.”~~NRC Report