Portland’s Fight for Fluoride-Free Water

The pristine, gorgeous Bull Run water.

Last September, the Portland city council voted 5-0 approving fluoridation of Portland’s Bull Run water supply after a 7-hour hearing from resident’s on both sides of the aisle.

As you can imagine, the decision upset many Portlandians and the clean water (anti-fluoride) community rose to the occasion. I am so impressed with the hard work and dedication of so many Portland residents. The Clean Water Portland organization accumulated over 43,000 signatures and marched them down to city hall. This secured the decision to be put on the ballot for the residents to decide.

The time is almost here for the vote in May. Now it is up to the grassroots to campaign for a beneficial outcome. If you are opposed to the fluoridation of Portland’s water supply I urge you to attend the Campaign kick-off meeting for the Clean Water Portland campaign

TONIGHT!

Wednesday, January 23rd at

1125 SE Madison #112 Portland, OR 97214.

An Argument Against Fluoride:

Not that I think you should be basing your ideas on anything that Mel Gibson says but there is a great part in one of my favorite movies, Conspiracy Theory, when Mel Gibson’s eccentric taxi-driving character says,

“You know what they put in the water don’t you? Fluoride!  Yeah, fluoride, on the pretext that it strengthens your teeth. That’s ridiculous. You know what this stuff does to you? It actually weakens your will, takes away the capacity for free and creative thought, and makes you a slave to the state.”

Could Mel be right?

One of many recent studies done in China on the connection between IQ and fluoride consumption concluded that,

“The mean IQ of the children living in the area with a high-fluoride level in
drinking water was significantly lower than that of the children living in the
area with a low-fluoride level in drinking water.”

“The children were life-long residents of two villages of similar population size which differed in the fluoride
content of the drinking water. Using a random cluster sampling method,
60 children were chosen from the high-fluoride area with 3.15 ± 0.61 mg/L
(ppm) of fluoride in the drinking water and 58 children were chosen from the
low-fluoride area with 0.37± 0.04 mg/L of fluoride in the drinking water. Children
affected by congenital or acquired neurological disorders were excluded.”

There have been 42 studies done on this same topic, mostly in china (If I remember correctly 28 out of 42).

Out of the 42 studies, 36 drew the conclusion that Fluoride does in fact effect intelligence. (source) <—- click to view other studies.

As if negative effects on the brain aren’t bad enough, fluoride has been shown to cause

Arthritis

Bone Fractures

Cancer

Cardiovascular disease

Diabetes

Endocrine Disruption

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Hypersensitivity

Kidney Disease

Male Infertility

Pineal Gland disorders

Skeletal Fluorosis

-Thyroid Disease

Dental Fluorosis

Acute Toxicity (at high doses)

Fluoride toothpaste is now required to carry this warning label:

“WARNING: If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”

It carries this warning for a good reason:

Did you know that a typical family-sized 7-ounce tube of toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a 20-pound child?

I didn’t either until a few days ago. That means if a child drinks enough tap water (in places where the tap is fluoridated) they could die from fluoride poisoning. Great.

Let it be said that I have no qualms if pro-fluoride folks want to brush with fluoride or add it to their water. But PLEASE do not force everyone in Portland and surrounding areas, to ingest fluoride against their will. Fluoride is the hardest thing to filter out of water. So please, Portlandians, think about freedom as you vote in may. Would you want someone forcing you to ingest an substance you were not comfortable with?

This post is a part of GNOWFGLINS Simple Lives Thursday

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2 thoughts on “Portland’s Fight for Fluoride-Free Water

  1. The danger of flouride is real. A few years ago I had a fluoride overdose (while I had braces) and now am allergic to wheat.

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