Despite Concerns It's "Terrorism" and a "Nazi Plot," Florida County Adds Fluoride Back Into Drinking Water

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Swept up in Tea Party hysteria, Pinellas County --Florida's sixth largest county and home to St. Petersburg -- decided to stop the widespread practice of fluoridating its water supply in a surprising 4-3 county commission vote last year. Though, citizens soon got sick of sipping that right wing tea instead of fluoridated water, and the county commission has now voted to start the practice again.

That didn't stop dozens of people from showing up to claim the move was "terrorism at its highest" and a "Nazi plot."

County Commissioner Norm Roche, swept into office with Tea Party support, lead the charge to remove fluoride form the county's drinking supply, despite the CDC dubbing the practice, which is meant to ward off tooth decay, "one of the greatest public health achievements of the century."

"This is all part of an agenda that's being pushed forth by the so-called globalists in our government and the world government to keep the people stupid so they don't realize what's going on," Tea Party activist Tony Caso said at the time.

Roche's fellow Republicans on the council joined him, and the county became the largest in Florida not to fluoridate its water.

Turns out people aren't so stupid, and did realize what was actually going on.

Fluoride became a central point in the latest round of county commission elections, and two of the anti-fluoride Republican commissioners were swept out of office.

With another deciding to change his vote, the commission voted to add fluoride to its drinking water once again. Roche was the only holdout.

Though, crazies remain outraged.

"This is terrorism at the highest," Yvette Capetillo, a resident of neighboring Hillsborough County who felt so strongly about the issue she showed up for the vote, told The Tampa Bay Times. We're sure the families of victims of actual terrorism appreciate that sentiment.

Other compared it to a Nazi police, while, according to TBO.com, another yelled out "shame, shame, shame!" when the measure was passed.

"You seem to think you're fit to make medical treatment decisions for me," Pamela Hummel told the commission according to TBO. "That's a matter for me and my doctor, me and my dentist, and you are intruding on that decision."

The fluoridation process will begin again in March of 2013. Crazy people are of course always welcome to collect and purify their own un-fluoridated water through whatever means they wish.

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ucicelestine
ucicelestine

This writer is so biased, geez. Learn to write the news, not your interpretation... Sure lets continue to dump what is considered toxic waste into our drinking water.


reheman
reheman

Who is in charge of the fluoridation medicine?The National Sanitation Foundation.The NSF requires numerous toxological studies proving it's "safe andeffective" (this should be the FDA's job and systemic fluoride products are not approved ).The NSF does not have a single study and defers to the suppliers.The suppliers should have them.They do not.Carroll- Boone Water District and Crescent City have written to over40 suppliers of the drug for the tox studies and have not received a single reply.Looks like it is against the law.Who is responsible to check that the drug is in compliance with thelaw? The City and/or water departments attorney along with their Municipal League Risk Management Pool .A water operator can not substitute endorsements for due diligence.The water operators are the only ones that can select and ultimately be responsible for the benefits or harm from consumption of the product.

nyscof
nyscof

The fluoridationists fed Pinellas County Commissionersfalse information that legislators failed to fact-check. The deep pockets of thefluoridationists and their political ability to oust any commissioner who didn'tdo their bidding spoke louder than the truth. Their leader, Dr. Johnny Johnson,read false information out loud to the commissioners about the recent Harvardstudy which showed fluoride is linked to lowered IQ. He said it was at levelshigher than allowed in US water supplies. That is not true. The Harvardresearch reveals studies which show lowered IQ in children who live in areasthat have water fluoride levels the US EPA allows in water supplies, and even atlevels the US considers "optimal." Johnson should know better. We havecorrected him many times.

Dr. Johnson also said the 2006 National Research Council(NRC) report which concluded EPA's allowable water fluoride levels are too highto be protective of health should be ignored because it only regarded naturallyfluoridated water. That's not true. What the NRC report really found thatfluoridation safety is not settled, or crystal clear or absolutely safe as isclaimed so often by people who don't tell the truth.

The NRC actually didn't say fluoridation is safe, thatwasn't their job. But they did say that studies have not been done to actuallyprove ingesting fluoride is safe. For example the NRC concludes that more studyis needed before fluoride can be excluded from contributing to renaldysfunction, neurological disorders, endocrine problems,thyroid disease, braineffects, nutritional deficiencies, calcium metabolism, glucose intolerance, bonedamage, bladder cancer and diabeteshttp://www.fluoridealert.org/researchers/nrc/recommendations/

Fluoridation is an American issue that highlights howpowerful special interest groups have taken over our lives Billions of dollarsare wasted across the country on adding unnecessary, health-robbing fluoridechemicals into our bodies via the water and food supply when respected, validevidence shows it does us no good.

We wonder what other money-wasting boondoggles are outtheir flushing our hard-earned money down the toilet so politicians can makebrownie-points with the money people. About one hundred Pinellas Countyresidents showed up to protest the addition of fluoride into their bodies; butthey were ignored. At the same time, a Tampa Bay Times journalist covering thestory was tweeting insults about them on Twitter, showing no evidence of beingobjective on the issue.

mothervoltaire
mothervoltaire

@nyscof  Here is the perfect example of the relentless misinformation spread by the antifluoridationists:  The researchers of the Harvard IQ study contacted the *Wichita Eagle* that their study has nothing to do with fluoridation.  See for yourself:

"Harvard Scientists:  Data on fluoride, I.Q. Not Applicable to U.S." http://www.kansas.com/2012/09/11/2485561/harvard-scientists-data-on-fluoride.html

nyscof is "anti-fluoridation central HQ" and is aware of the Harvard researchers' statement. Yet these fear-mongers persist in the same old lies about fluoride.

Ditto regarding the NRC report, which was also not about fluoridation.   

Thanks go to the media and Dr. Johnson for helping citizens have optimal dental health. 

ucicelestine
ucicelestine

@mothervoltaire @nyscof  I personally don't give a rat's ass what  empirical evidence you provide until you're blue in the face. The chemicals dumped into our drinking water are classified as toxic. So in the meantime you continue to drink the tap water, and leave the other intelligent folk to their bottled water vices.

nyscof
nyscof

Fluoridationists,  maybe even you, fed the Wichita Eagle reporter mis-information which was printed but that still didn't make it true.  The Harvard researchers did not talk to any reporter but issued a statement that didn't include the words "their study has nothing to do with fluoridation." When you use newspapers as a scientific source, we know you are grasping at straws.

This is what the Harvard researchers actually said : “Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain,” Grandjean says. “The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.” http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi.html

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