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After 50 years, Fairbanks, Alaska put an end to fluoridation in 2011. Prompted by citizens, a city-chartered task force of scientists and medical experts was engaged to answer the question: Is fluoridation safe and effective? The task force was composed of four PhDs in chemistry and biology plus a pediatrician and a dentist. They spent a year reviewing the most recent studies about the effects of fluoride. The panel concluded that water fluoridation is neither safe or effective and recommended that it be stopped.

The city’s report is available here:

The task force process was an educational asset to the community. Among the things learned:

When fluoridated water is boiled, it becomes concentrated. Soup, coffee and tea drinkers beware.

Exposure to fluoridated water occurs through drinking, in baths and showers, vegetable spritzers in grocery stores, foods grown with fluoridated water, restaurants and public swimming pools.

When passed through municipal water treatment plants, fluoride (fluorosilicic acid or a variant) is transferred to the environment, be it lake, river or ocean.

African-Americans are more vulnerable to the harms connected to fluoride exposure because they have higher rates of CKD (chronic kidney disease). Their kidneys are not able to clear fluoride as effectively as other ethnicities. The Martin Luther King family has publicly called on the Georgia Legislature to stop mandatory fluoridation in that state. Further, the largest Latino organization in the US, the League of United Latin American Citizens, says fluoridation is a civil rights violation. LULAC says fluoridation is forced medication and has passed a resolution opposing it.

Two of Alaska’s three largest cities have axed fluoridation, Juneau and Fairbanks. Palmer, a small town north of Anchorage, also pulled the plug on the medication. There’s an effort underway in Anchorage to the same outcome. At some point soon, a federal or state biologist will make public a connection between fluoride exposure and Cook Inlet’s beluga whales’ failure to thrive. And no wonder, the endangered mammal’s habitat is awash with the potent neurotoxin.

The shorthand on water fluoridation: it turns soft tissues to bone. Study the science. The conclusion is inescapable.