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Ian Osborne's remarks on water fluoridation before the Plainfield, IN Town Council. January 23rd, 2012.
Ian Osborne's remarks on water fluoridation before the Plainfield, IN Town Council. January 23rd, 2012.

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Members of the Plainfield Town Council,Thank you for taking the time to consider this important public policy.Fluoride is medicine. This may seem either like a revelation or just a simple fact,all depending on your knowledge of how sodium fluoride works and its use inmunicipal water supplies. Medicine is defined as “any drug or remedy for use intreating, preventing, or alleviating the symptoms of disease.” Sodium fluoride isnot an essential nutrient, nor should it be considered as such. This compound is notto be confused with calcium fluoride, a naturally occurring and relatively benigncompound occurring in limestone rock beds such as in Plainfield’s six ground wells.Because sodium fluoride is a medicine in its chemical structure and effect, there areseveral important topics to consider including ethics as well as effects on health andsocioeconomics standards.Ethical ConsiderationsThe first consideration is whether the mass medication of the population withsodium fluoride follows ethical standards for providing medical care; this is knownas “informed consent”. In informed consent, the patient (the public in this instance)would be informed of the benefits and known side effects of the treatment. If thepatient makes an informed decision that the benefits outweigh the perceived risksinvolved, then the patient consents to treatment. Since Plainfield’s Department of Public Works never informs the recipients of the risks of this treatment, it isimpossible for the patient (the public) to consent to treatment. By not providingliterature showing the risks and benefits of treatment, the public utility, like manyothers in the United States, is therefore unethical in its course of treatment asdefined by the American Medical Association.iBefore discussing the health effects of sodium fluoride, it’s important tounderstand the target group. Sodium fluoride is added to the water supply toprevent cavities in children whose caregivers do not take an active role in theirdental care, or who do not have the means for regular dental checkups. By assumingthat the 5% of Plainfield residents who fall under the poverty line are in a nuclearfamily structure, we will assume they have children who receive no dental carewhatsoever. This leaves the program serving roughly 2% of Plainfield’s population,or a little over 500 residents.Health EffectsThese 500 residents of the population will also be the ones to suffer the most by thepolicies of water fluoridation, as they will most likely not have the means to affordbottled water or to purchase expensive fluoride filters which range in excess of over$1,000 with a yearly maintenance cost of $250.In children ages 9-13, the recommended daily dosage of sodium fluoride set forth bythe American Dental Association is roughly 2mgs per day, but due to thepreparation of food using municipal water supplies and in the water troughs of cattle, it has been found that a typical school lunch already exceeds the 2mgs of fluoride intake as recommended by the ADA.iiA study published in the peer-review Journal of Public Health Dentistry in the fall of 
2008 examined the long-term efficacy of fluoride use as a topical agent versus itsinternal use. The study’s author, Carole Clinch, found that “the benefits of fluorideare mostly topical, while fluorosis is clearly more dependent on fluoride intake.”Based on her findings, the study’s author paraphrased her fellow researchers bystating “they don’t recommend that any government agency affirm fluorideconcentration in water anymore… it’s simply a bad idea.”iiiThe 1944 New York State Department of Public Health’s Newburgh-Kingston studyfound a positive correlation between fluoride consumption and an early onset of pubertyiv in girls at only ¼ of the 4 milligram intake that is now commonplace influoridated communities due to its presence in foods and dermal absorptionthrough bathing.Also, within this young population, sodium fluoride is able to penetrate the still-formingblood-brain barrier, carrying with it fluoride-attracted metals such as leadand aluminum, causing widespread neurological problems. It should be of nosurprise that with the introduction of this neurotoxin, the United States has thehighest incidences of neurological and mental disorders in the world. In a rat studytitled “Neurotoxicity of Fluoride”, published in 1996, chief author Phyllis Mullenixfound that sodium fluoride creates “a generic behavioral pattern disruption…indicative of a potential for motor dysfunction, IQ deficits and/or learningdisabilities in humans."v Rats are typically used in these types of studies as theirblood-brain barrier is comparable to that of humans.Since fluoride cannot be metered person-to-person, it is impossible to preventaccidental overdoses.Sodium fluoride itself may not cause immediate death or medical problems, butsince its effects are biocumulative, meaning constantly accumulating in the body, itsharm may not be seen for a number of years.With water fluoridation, a large segment of Plainfield’s population, those 65 years of age and older, may be at higher risk of hip fractures due to skeletal fluorosis even at1ppm, according to findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association.viThis is due to sodium fluoride’s bond to calcium, which can inhibit the reuptake of calcium in the bones.The Pineal GlandShockingly, up until the 1990’s the effect of sodium fluoride on the pineal gland inhumans wasn’t known. What is now known is that the pineal gland is the largestsoft tissue deposit area of sodium fluoride within humans. Sodium fluoride calcifiesthe pineal gland, limiting its function in the elimination of cancer-causing freeradicals in the body and the essential production of melatonin. Lower melatoninlevels, though possibly not a causal relationship, have long been associated withbreast and prostate cancer. It is possible that lowered melatonin levels are only anindicator of a loss in the gland’s ability to destroy free radicals. This relationshipappears to be supported by the University of Maryland Medical Center.vii Icelandactually holds the top spot for breast cancer, possibly due to the high concentrationsof fluoride in volcanic ash, which runs through the food and water supplies. viiiHundreds of studies have also found a causal relationship between chronic fluorideintake and a reduction in IQ, the intelligence quotient.ix

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