Water fluoridation is definitely one social issue that I think does not get the attention it deserves. Fortunately, Evesham Township (where I live), does not fluoridate its water supply. However, those who live close to Mt. Laurel do drink fluoridated water, since Evesham Township draws on Mt. Laurel’s water supply in some areas. Evesham Township also purchases drinking water from the New Jersey American Water Company, which also fluoridates its water.
Here is the exact answer I received when I wrote to them:
If that answer isn’t good enough for you, I recommend writing them too.
What’s the big deal with fluoridated water? The support for adding fluoride into the water supply was that in some areas, calcium fluoride naturally occurred in streams and rivers. The difference is that this naturally occurring chemical, even though still toxic, usually appeared in lower levels than those found in artificially fluoridated water supplies. Furthermore, when water is purposely fluoridated, industrial sodium fluoride is used instead of calcium fluoride. This is made by combining other toxins and terming it “fluoride”.
The United States is one of the few advanced countries that fluoridates its water supply. Very rarely will I ever suggest that the U.S. use Western Europe for policy guidance. In this situation, I would have to say that we should.
The decision to add fluoride is one made locally, and therefore it is possible to reverse this practice, if people become conscious of the harmful effects of fluoride. In the past, the justification for adding fluoride was to protect your teeth. I encourage you to read this short web page to know more. The Fluoride Action Network is an excellent advocacy group against the continued fluoridation of water. The link to their site is here.
Another reason to eliminate fluoride in our water supply can be summarized nicely in minute 7:20 to 8:05 in video found in the first link in the paragraph directly above. If water is fluoridated in Nebraska, it not only inhibits the local population, but it also exists in the processed food and beverages that we eat here in New Jersey. Almost all toothpaste also includes fluoride (except “Tom’s From Maine” which I recommend). Therefore today not only do we ingest fluoride, but we consume it from a variety of sources. It is more important than ever to make a conscious effort to reduce your intake of synthetic sodium fluoride.
Unfortunately, the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill, excludes the ability to conduct aggregate exposure assessments on non-pesticideal sources of fluoride. This is written in a confused way in the excerpt below.
Agricultural Act of 2014 – Sec. 10015 Regulation of sulfuryl fluoride.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall exclude non-pesticideal sources of fluoride from any aggregate exposure assessment required under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 346a) when assessing tolerances associated with residues from the pesticide. (PAGE 806 at http://www.agri-pulse.com/uploaded/Farm-Bill-conference-summary-2014.pdf)
This is why it is so important that organizations such as the Fluoride Action Network work to eliminate the practice of fluoridating water. Since most food is no longer grown locally, this practice affects us all. As of now, it is not a matter of if you ingest unsafe levels of fluoride, but rather how much you end up consuming.