Opinion: Resolution to Stop Annoying Over Fluoridation

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—Submitted by Arlene Goetze

Since fluoridation will be coming to Los Gatos along with the other dozen cities in Santa Clara County, I share my experiences of how I have annoyed the Santa Clara Valley Water Board meetings and a children’s health conference last year. 

Although my intentions are to educate, I must admit I am responsible and need a resolution to cease being a nuisance.

Three times I was ruled out of order at one ad-hoc fluoride meeting of the county water board. I simply asked the question of the speaker at that meeting who was from the San Diego water board:

”Does the fluoride you put in San Diego water have the proper Standard 60 certification that it is healthy for humans?”

The gavel banged me out of order.   

I know it was unfair because none of the 44 U.S. suppliers of fluoride can prove it safe. 

The FDA has never tested this fertilizer toxin for human health. Some U.S. water districts now orders hydrofluosilicic acid from China, labeled poison just like our toothpaste.

I asked if they knew that only 2 percent of the water they would fluoridate was for drinking and 98 percent would ruin organic gardens and flush toilets. 

And did they know that just 12 percent of the population is small children who could possibly benefit but 88 percent can store the toxic waste of fertilizer in most parts of their bodies with aches and pains galore.

Bang, bang, bang.

At my third question, two board members pretty emphatically yelled at me ... I guess they knew I can’t hear well ... that fluoride will medicate everyone with our county water no matter what. 

They don’t believe the recent NIH Iowa studies that say fluoride in water does not prevent cavities but does stain and pit kids’ teeth.

Dentists, who need narrow vision to cap and fill our kids’ teeth, don’t tell us since they have higher incomes in fluoridated cities.

The United States Department of Agriculture says we have lots of fluoride in 505 foods.  

My annoyance extended to the annual May conference of the Family Health group in San Jose. 

When given the mike, I asked the 80 leaders present “How do you tell  parents not to use fluoridated water in baby formula because it gives them fluorosis?”  

"Sit down,” someone yelled.   
Next I asked, “Did you agree with Harvard University support of world studies that say children’s IQs are lowered because today’s fluoride pulls lead out of old water pipes for kids’ brains?

Wham. The mike was grabbed from my hand.

I felt like I won an Oscar for being such a nuisance.

Perhaps your readers will give me a penance for such annoying behavior, although I plan to continue calling attention when honesty and justice are ignored by people with the power to do good.

Such rude treatment should not be the penalty for asking honest questions that regard our health.

It is not a badge of honor for me since it doesn’t equal being hung in effigy 58 years ago by my college ROTC. Sadly the Lt. Col. lost his job over a cartoon I published in the school paper.

Right now I’m working on a new cartoon.

Editor's note: Sunnyvale resident Arlene Goetze holds a master's of arts degree and is a health issues writer. She's the former director of communication for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose. She's also the founder/editor of Catholic Women’s Network. She's freelanced for The Washington Post, Army Times and the San Jose Mercury News in '70s and ‘80s.

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Tony B January 27, 2014 at 03:55 AM
Love it!


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