Nita Cohodas to Parkland Dentists:

Dear Dr. Johnny Johnson and Dr. Steven D. Slot:

As such highly respected and well educated dentists I am sure that you are very well aware that certain of your patients are allergic and/or sensitive to certain drugs and/or materials that are used in dentistry. Please answer each and every question–

1. When a new patient comes to your office for treatment do you have them fill out a questioner first so you can identify which drugs and/or materials a patient is allergic and/or sensitive to? Yes or No 

2. Would you just go ahead and treat them without having this vital information in advance? Yes or No

3. If you answered “Yes” what would the legal and moral implications of your doing this be?  Please Explain

4. If you answered “No” why you would not do it?  Please Explain

5. If a patient discloses to you that they are allergic and/or sensitive to a certain drug and/or material what do you do?  Would you go ahead and use it anyway since most of your other patients tolerate the drug and/or material? Yes or No

6. If you answered “Yes” why would you think it would be legally and ethically all right for you to do so? Please Explain

7. If you answered “No” is it because you could inflict harm and even possibly kill the allergic/sensitive patient? Yes or No

8. If you never met me would you come to my house and without knowing my medical history and which drugs and/or materials I am allergic and/or sensitive to force me to ingest or apply to my skin a drug and/or material? Yes or No

9. If you would do such a thing why would you think it was safe or ethical to do so?  Please Explain

10. If you would not do such a thing why wouldn’t you? Please Explain

11. Would you urge anyone else to come to my house and do that to me?  Yes or No

12. If not why not?  Please Explain

13. As dental professionals are you aware that allergic/sensitive reactions to various drugs and/or materials can vary from individual to individual and that different people can exhibit different reactions. For example one person could get nauseated or another could become dizzy or another may suffer a fatal episode of Anaphylaxis? Yes or No

14. Considering that approximately 1% of the population is allergic/sensitive to fluoride do you think that segment of the population ought to be forced to ingest artificially fluoridated water and to apply it to their skin which results in dermal absorption–for example every time they wash their hands or take a shower?  Yes or No

15. I am one of those people who are deathly allergic/sensitive to fluoride.  In my case exposure to artificially fluoridated water results in serious and potentially fatal reactions. I do not have to drink it to suffer these symptoms–simple dermal exposure results in my suffering the same reactions because it is absorbed directly through the skin and is disseminated systemically. Do you think I should be forced to have fluoridated water?  Yes or No

16. If you answered “Yes” why do you think so? Please Explain

17. If you answered “No” why do you think so? Please Explain

18. Knowing that a certain segment of the population is allergic/sensitive to fluoride do you believe that it is ethically and legally permissible for you to publicly proclaim that artificial fluoridation is safe without providing a qualifying statement that it is harmful to a certain segment of the population?  Yes or No

Of course artificial fluoridation has numerous other detrimental systemic health effects–for instance on the thyroid, kidneys, brain, bones etc. However I want to confine my questions and your answers to just this one specific aspect–that of allergy/sensitivity to fluoride. 

I do not want my time wasted with proclamations of the prevalence of fluoride such as the amounts of calcium fluoride found in nature.  Nickel is also a common naturally occurring and widely prevalent element yet is well known to be a strong allergic sensitizer. For example almost all of us know someone who cannot were jewelry which contains nickel. Hopefully neither of you would be so incompetent to as to place a nickel based crown, for example, into the mouth of a patient with nickel sensitivity and then when the patient reacted badly proclaim that it did not matter that you had acted in such a reckless manner because nickel is such a prevalent element that the patient could not avoid it completely.

Thus please confine your answers to the specific above questions which I have numbered for your convenience. I am looking forward to reading the responses both of you will provide.