Not Effective-Not Safe-Not Legal 6-13-12

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PO Box 2276, Lynnwood, Washington  98036-2276
Telephone 425-771-1110, Fax 425-776-8081

 June 13, 2012


Ron Gipson, Everett City Council President
Paul Roberts, Council Member
Jeff Moore, Council Member
Arlan Hatloe, Council Member
Brenda Stonecipher, Council Member
Shannon Affholter
Ray Stephanson, Mayor
Jim Iles, City Attorney
Ramsey Rammerman, Assistant City Attorney
Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Director
Shannon Affholter, Councilman, Everett
Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Councilwoman, Edmonds
Dave Gossett, County Councilman
Linda Grafer, Councilwoman, Mukilteo
John Koster, County Councilman
Mark Lamb, Mayor, Bothell, Chair
Dave Somers, County Councilman, Chair
Dianne White, Mayor, Stanwood
Donna Wright, Councilwoman, Marysville
Stephanie Wright, County Councilwoman

Dear Civil Servants:

To access the links go to Look for the press release dated June 13, 2012.

Fluoridation is not effective, not safe, and not legal.


FLUORIDATION NOT THE CAUSE OF DECLINE IN TOOTH DECAY. Dr. Goldblum and the Snohomish Health District cite evidence that tooth decay has declined, and then assert that fluoridation caused the decline. But they fail to prove any cause and effect connection. To the contrary, there is strong evidence that fluoridation does not reduce tooth decay. Tooth decay started declining before fluoridation was instituted and has continued declining both in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas. The clearest proof that fluoridation is not the cause of the decline in tooth decay is the fact that decay rates have dropped just as much in non-fluoridated continental Europe as they have in the United States. When Cuba and East Germany stopped fluoridating, tooth decay declined.

ONLY 10% TO 30% DECLINE IN DECAY CLAIMED FOR FLUORIDATION. The CDC website lists many studies showing 10% to 30% reductions in decay. But these studies never claim that fluoridation eliminates all decay. Fluoridation is not a “magic bullet”. The real keys to ending decay are cutting out sugar, eating lots of mineral rich green foods, getting sunlight or vitamin D supplementation, brushing and flossing, and primary dental care. The new Affordable Care Act should cover primary dental care but does not.

FLUORIDE WORKS ONLY TOPICALLY IF AT ALL. Even the CDC admits that fluoridation works only topically and not systemically. So why drink it?

STUDIES WHICH ALLEGEDLY SUPPORT FLUORIDATION. Many of the 128 Studies cited by the World Health Organization as supporting fluoridation are not scientific studies, are not peer reviewed, do not support fluoridation, are on different subjects, and even do not exist.


BLACKS AND HISPANICS IMPACTED MORE. For various reasons the poor have the most tooth decay and are most affected by dental fluorosis, particularly Blacks and Hispanics. Alveda King and Andrew Young lead the effort to end Fluoride-Gate. LULAC – League of Latin American Citizens – regards fluoridation as a civil rights violation.

LETTER TO SIMPLOT. Everett buys a $16,000 tanker load of fluorosilicic acid every three weeks on average. Everett buys its fluorosilicic acid from Simplot out of Wyoming. Fluoride Class Action has challenged Simplot for selling a product it knows is unsafe and representing it – through its sporting of the NSF 60 mark of approval – to be safe. Fluoride Class Action has encouraged Everett to demand documentation from Simplot on the safety of the fluorosilicic acid delivered.

LETTER TO NSF. Simplot and other fluoride suppliers obtain NSF 60 certification, which certifies that fluoridation materials are safe and have been the subject of numerous toxicological studies. However, we know for sure that NSF is not requiring or conducting any such toxicological tests. Fluoride Class Action has put NSF on notice of potential liability, and the City Attorney should follow up and urge NSF to respond to charges made.

HYDROGEN FLUORIDE is the most immediately toxic ingredient within fluorosilicic acid. When any kind of fluoride gets to the stomach, which is very acidic, more hydrogen fluoride is formed, and hydrogen fluoride makes up half of the fluoride in the stomach. It easily penetrates the stomach wall, and the rest is chemistry.

THE HYPERSENSITIVE. Audrey Adams, board member for Washington Safe Water writes of her difficult times dealing with her fluoride hypersensitive son. Dr. Spittle has written extensively about the hypersensitive. Well designed double blind studies show a consistent 1.0% of the general population is fluoride hypersensitive. The hypersensitive should not be ignored.

FLUOROSIS. The CDC and the ADA admit that we are giving dental fluorosis to 40.7 percent of children age 12-15. Of the 40.7% affected, 8.6% of those suffer from mild fluorosis (white spots and some yellow and brown spots with up to 50% of enamel impacted), and 3.6% suffer from moderate and severe fluorosis (white spots and brown spots and sometimes pitting and chalky teeth and 50-100% of enamel impacted). Thus, more than a quarter of fluorosis cases are ugly and difficult and costly to cover up. See:

INFANTS. The Mayo Clinic says: “Regularly mixing a baby’s formula with fluoridated tap water can provide enough fluoride to cause fluorosis — mild white streaks on the teeth or more severe pitting or staining of tooth enamel. Fluorosis can affect both baby teeth and permanent teeth.” Some poor mothers cannot obtain low-fluoride water at any reasonable cost.

FLUORIDE AND REDUCED IQ IN CHILDREN. Dr. Bill Osmunson has summarized the literature on how fluoride reduces IQ when administered to fetuses and infants.

EMPHASIS ON FLUORIDATION DETRACTS FROM BETTER WAYS TO REDUCE TOOTH DECAY. Fluoridationists claim at best a 10%  to 30% reduction in tooth decay. There are better ways.

ANALYSIS BY DR. BILL OSMUNSON. Dr. Osmunson, cosmetic dentist and public health graduate, is an authority on fluoridation. Read his analysis of the position of the Snohomish Health District.

DR. OSMUNSON ONCE SUPPORTED FLUORIDATION. However, after studying the scholarly literature, he found his way out of the fluoride maze.

KIDNEYS, EXCRETION, AND THE CUMULATIVE BUILDUP OF FLUORIDE. The human body has difficulty excreting fluoride, lead, arsenic, and the other contaminants contained in industrial grade fluorosilicic acid. Health adult kidneys can excrete around 50%; the rest goes into bones, pineal, and other calcium rich areas of the body. The kidneys of infants are even less efficient at excreting fluoride, and so harm to them is even greater. Because fluoride, lead, and arsenic accumulate, there is no safe consumption of these toxins.

ADVICE ON PROTECTING YOURSELF AND THOSE YOU LOVE. Especially for pregnant mothers and infants it is important to reduce fluoride exposure as much as possible. For the rest of us it is important too. This is how you do it.

LEAD IN SEATTLE SCHOOLS. In 2004 lead was found in first draw drinking water from drinking fountains in Seattle schools at 1,600 ppb, a phenomenally high level. There is no reason to doubt that lead levels can be this high can be found in first draw water in older Everett schools, homes, apartments, businesses, and commercial buildings. Lead has been found in tap water in Everett homes at 63 ppb, far too high a level.

FLUORIDE EFFECT ON BONE. According to Michael Powell, D.O., Sacramanto Rheumatologist/Internist, even a very low concentration of fluoride kills osteoblasts in bone.

PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE. The precautionary principle states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action.

THE MANY FLUORIDES. Calcium fluoride, sodium fluoride, fluorosilicic acid (used by Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma), sodium fluorosilicate (the solid form of fluorosilicic acid), hydrogen fluoride, and aluminum fluoride are all different compounds and behave differently. When fluoridationists write about “fluoride”, they are engaging in sloppy science.


NO JURISDICTION. Neither the EPA nor the CDC has any jurisdiction to encourage, finance, or require adding fluoride to water. The Safe Drinking Water forbids them from requiring fluoridation: “No national primary drinking water regulation may require the addition of any substance for preventive health care purposes unrelated to contamination of drinking water”.

NO AUTHORIZATION FROM EPA OR CDC. Neither EPA nor CDC may require fluoridation, so they only encourage it and work to convince states, cities, and water districts to require it, passing the buck down the line to local governing bodies such as the Everett City Council, in an effort to avoid violating the Safe Drinking Water Act.

DIFFERENT FLUORIDES. Fluoridationists refer to “fluoride” and “fluoridation” without clarifying the different types of fluoride when it is relevant to do so. WAC 246-290-460 authorizes “fluoridation” with “fluoride”. It is incorrect in most cases to talk generally about “fluoride” because they behave differently and we react differently to them. For example, naturally fluoridated water (e.g., the well in Lynnwood) contains calcium fluoride at .13 ppm. Fluoridationists say they are merely “adjusting” the level of naturally occurring fluoride, but they are instead adding an artifical fluoride which acts very unnaturally on our bodies. This is scientific sloppiness.

SNOHOMISH HEALTH DISTRICT NEVER FOUND FLUORIDATION SAFE. The Snohomish Health District never made the finding that fluoridation was safe. It only made a finding that it reduced tooth decay. Therefore Dr. Mark Goldbaum may be exceeding his mandate in advising the City Council that fluoridation is safe.

EVERETT CITY ATTORNEY GIVING INCORRECT ADVICE. I have written a letter to City Attorney James Isles in which I criticize the advice which his office gave the City Council. Fluoridation with the materials you are using is flatly illegal. He should advise you not to use them and to institute a moratorium until this issue is fully resolved.


FLUORIDATIONISTS HAVE A STEEP HILL TO CLIMB. The pro-fluoridationist position is inherently more difficult to prove. Fluoridationists have to prove that fluoridation is effective, but they only claim fluoridation reduces decay by 10 to 30 percent. They have lost the debate already. Fluoridationists also have to prove that fluoridation is not harmful to any population group, including fetuses, infants, diabetics, and those with kidney, thyroid, and heart disease. They have already admitted that 41% of children have fluorosis and that around 12% of children have ugly fluorosis. Again, they have lost the debate already.

TACTICS. Fluoridationists employ numerous tactics which are not fact based. Fluoridationists list the many agencies and associations which endorse fluoridation, although endorsements are not proof. Fluoridationists ridicule those who question fluoridation, accusing them of siding with the John Birch Society and being paranoid about communism. They make constant references to fluoride-phobic Jack D. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove

MEDIA MANIPULATION. Fluoridationists continue to pressure PubMed not to index the journal Fluoride, saying it is not credible. However, the authors of the 2006 NRC report on fluoridation thought it was credible; they referred to it around 50 times.

DO NOT BE NAÏVE. PROFITEERS WILL LIE FOR MONEY. It was the same Robert Kehoe and the same Kettering Laboratories which promoted both tetraethyl lead and fluoridation. Captains of chemical industries will lie about a profitable product to make money even if it means poisoning their own children.



James Robert Deal, Attorney
WSBA #8103



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