April 22, 2011

We Are Change Colorado (WACC) has launched a campaign to put a stop to water fluoridation throughout the entire state. They are beginning with Denver Water – serving one million customers, nearly one third of the state’s population.

Citing research by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Research Council (NRC), evidence for dental fluorosis’ increased effect on African-American children was brought before the Board of Commissioners on March 9, 2011.

In light of the evidence, WACC hopes to gain steps forward in the fight against the addition of fluoride to public drinking water. Over twenty concerned citizens were present at the March meeting, and made their objections known to the Board.

Denver Water adds sodium silicofluoride, a complex molecule containing fluorine, silicon, and sodium to its water. Unlike pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride, this product’s safety and effectiveness has not been demonstrated as admitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Furthermore, an increase in cases of dental fluorosis has led to an announcement of a decrease in the recommended fluoride levels in public drinking water according to the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the EPA. Last January, in a surprising announcement, the recommended fluoridation level was lowered from 1.2 ppm to 0.7 ppm. The HHS press release can be found here.

A more in-depth presentation was given to the Denver Water Board of Commissioners at the public meeting on April 13, 2011. Thirty-five concerned citizens from WACC were in attendance. The information presented detailed the documented side effects of fluoride exposure, including thyroid disease, kidney failure, I.Q. reduction, and bone cancer. Also presented was the lack of scientific data on the safety and efficacy of silicofluoride compounds, which differ from sodium fluoride both in structure and function. The presentation also covered the pending litigation involving water fluoridation, and the medical ethics violations associated with it. Video of the April presentation:

Colorado law defines practicing medicine as “holding out one’s self…as being able to treat…or prevent any human disease” and “administering any form of treatment.” Since fluoride compounds are not added to the water to treat the pathogens within it (such as chlorine), but to treat the individuals consuming it for the purposes of preventing dental caries (a “human disease”), this would put municipalities such as Denver Water in a position of practicing medicine without a license. Furthermore, according to WACC, the lack of informed consent, the inability to control the dose, and the dangers presented by fluoride exposure to certain populations – such as those with thyroid disease or dental fluorosis – merit the immediate termination of water fluoridation. Dozens of cities in America have stopped this outdated practice, and the trend seems to be growing.

Public meetings at Denver Water are held the second Wednesday of every month at 9:00AM at 1600 West 12th Avenue, Denver, CO. The next public meeting is scheduled for May 11, 2011.

The Denver Water Board of Commissioners were appointed by the mayor of Denver, formerly John Hickenlooper, who now serves as the Governor of Colorado. The board members can be reached by email at [email protected]

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