Dr. Richard Sauerheber
(B.A. Biology, Ph.D. Chemistry, University of CA, San Diego)
Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
October 19, 2012
Dear Upstream Public Health,
As a medical reserach scientist of over 35 years i have fought against the ingestion of industrial toxic calcium chelators for a long time. I recently learned that UPH lobbied Portland city officials to infuse diluted industrial fluorosilicic acid into all public drinking water supplies. Unfortunately we now know that the ingested fluoride from water that dental officials desire only reaches 0.02 ppm in saliva to bathe teeth topically. This is 75,000 times less concentrated than in toothpaste (National Research Council, Report on Fluoride in Drinking Water, 2006). The CDC yes continues to promote this practice that was started in 1945, but has been unable to find an answer to this discrepancy. In fact, CDC publications proved that ingested fluoride does not affect teeth caries from the bloodstream (Morbidity and Mortaility Weekly Report, Aug., 2001) and sadly has led to the current endemic of abnormal tooth fluorosis with its ugly enamel hypoplasia in 41% of U.S. teens aged 12-15 as of 2004.
The FDA correctly ruled from 1963-1993 that fluoride is not a mineral nutreint, and that addition into water is an uncontrolled use of an unapproved drug. Yes the FDA has never approved any fluoride compound to be taken internally by ingestion in the U.S. (Luride tablets are allowed, but only be prescription and are labeled unapproved drugs and are not to be used in cities that fluoridate drinkng water). Ingested fluoride incorporates into bone and accumulates during lifelong drinking, eventually weakening bone. Fluoride from the blood crosses the blood-brain barrier and degrades cellular organelles slowly over time. Yuxin at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles (Nuclear Medicine Communications, Jan., 2012) found with PET scans that the fluoride ion from injected sodium fluoride incorporates into atherosclerotic plaque in coronary arteries of patients with cardiovascular disease, our nation’s leading lethal disease entity.
The Safe Drinking Water Act prohibits any National requirement to inject into public water supplies any substance other than needed to sanitize water (even useful foods and minerals are prohibited). The people of Portland have voted before against this alteration of their natural pristine clean drinking water. Please halt your lobbying influence over city officials in Portland and leave the people alone. Teeth caries are prevented by adqeuate brushing, dietary calcium and vitamin D, and caries are not caused by lack of fluoride, where fluoride is not a mineral nutrient. Fluoride does not belong in the human bloodstream and is not listed in any Clinical Chemistry or Nursing Practice text that lists all normal blood constituents with necessary level ranges.
Please fulfill your mission to help children in Portland with better teeth health by advocating hygeine practices, and stop forcing industiral fluoride into the water and bloodstream of citizens where it has never, as a toxic calcium chelator, belonged. Waters in the Pacific Northwest are very low in calcium, which is the recognized antidote to fluoride poisoning by minimizing assimilation of the ion. Infusing industrial fluoride without calcium into public water supplies under these conditions is a travesty that leads to higher blood fluoride levels than that in hard water cities. Consult the literature more carefully in the future, please and you could begin by reading the references cited and discussed in the recent textbook by Connett, The Case Against Fluoride, 2012. You have quite a lot to learn.
Richard Sauerheber, Ph.D.