For a while now I have had my suspicions about what was in the drinking water. Why folks were not more upset with the way the country was really going. The endless amount of scandals and dirty politicians mainly GOP politicians, the lies to leading to the Occupation of Iraqnam, the slow erosion of civil liberties, and disregard for the rule of law! None of these things seemed to register with people. The obvious media pandering to the right wing and all the wingnuts it parades as experts. No one seemed to get angry as the media turned a war hero into a monster and turned a lying loser AWOL chicken-hawk into some kind of John Wayne! I felt like I was in some kind of dreamscape because people really didn't seem to care. I went through all the scenarios I could come up with and fear which is the top reason and still number 1 with a bullet today, and of course the apathy twins 1 : lack of feeling or emotion : impassiveness 2 : lack of interest or concern : indifference, however that couldn't be all of it, there had to be something else causing this apathy...I thought it might be something in the food and there is but that is another "Conspiracy Corner" topic for another day. Then I thought it has to be the water. I first looked into fluoride because I knew in PG county they added fluoride to the water. I never had a cavity when I lived at home as a youth, but I also brushed twice a day. However, I didn't realize what the fluoride may have been doing to my overall health until about 15 years ago, when I first moved to Baltimore.
I would say I had been living in Baltimore about 5 years when there was this massive project routing the water pipes city wide began. I watched as for days on end as they pumped clean water and cleaning chemicals through the pipes and nothing but sludge ran out for literally weeks. I talked to the guys working and they showed me 5 & 6 inch pipes filled with so much dirt and grime that only 1 or 2 inches was actually open in the pipe for the water to run through. I officially stopped drinking tap water at that point. The wife and I went out and brought a Brita filter and there was a world of difference. The water went from slightly sweet and crunchy to tasteless and refreshing like it is supposed to be. I am getting a little ahead of myself, first let's talk about what fluoride actually does to your health. Here are just two of ten concerns about fluoride and fluoridation...From Fluoride Action Network:
6) Ingestion of fluoride has little benefit, but many risks. Whereas fluoride's benefits come from topical contact with teeth, its risks to health (which involve many more tissues than the teeth) result from being swallowed.
Adverse effects from fluoride ingestion have been associated with doses atttainable by people living in fluoridated areas. For example:
a) Risk to the brain. According to the National Research Council (NRC), fluoride can damage the brain. Animal studies conducted in the 1990s by EPA scientists found dementia-like effects at the same concentration (1 ppm) used to fluoridate water, while human studies have found adverse effects on IQ at levels as low as 0.9 ppm among children with nutrient deficiencies, and 1.8 ppm among children with adequate nutrient intake. (7-10)
b) Risk to the thyroid gland. According to the NRC, fluoride is an “endocrine disrupter.” Most notably, the NRC has warned that doses of fluoride (0.01-0.03 mg/kg/day) achievable by drinking fluoridated water, may reduce the function of the thyroid among individuals with low-iodine intake. Reduction of thyroid activity can lead to loss of mental acuity, depression and weight gain (11)
c) Risk to bones. According to the NRC, fluoride can diminish bone strength and increase the risk for bone fracture. While the NRC was unable to determine what level of fluoride is safe for bones, it noted that the best available information suggests that fracture risk may be increased at levels as low 1.5 ppm, which is only slightly higher than the concentration (0.7-1.2 ppm) added to water for fluoridation. (12)
d) Risk for bone cancer. Animal and human studies – including a recent study from a team of Harvard scientists – have found a connection between fluoride and a serious form of bone cancer (osteosarcoma) in males under the age of 20. The connection between fluoride and osteosarcoma has been described by the National Toxicology Program as "biologically plausible." Up to half of adolescents who develop osteosarcoma die within a few years of diagnosis. (13-16)
e) Risk to kidney patients. People with kidney disease have a heightened susceptibility to fluoride toxicity. The heightened risk stems from an impaired ability to excrete fluoride from the body. As a result, toxic levels of fluoride can accumulate in the bones, intensify the toxicity of aluminum build-up, and cause or exacerbate a painful bone disease known as renal osteodystrophy. (17-19)
9) Fluoridation poses added burden and risk to low-income communities. Rather than being particularly beneficial to low-income communities, fluoridation is particularly burdensome and harmful. For example:
a) Low-income families are least able to avoid fluoridated water. Due to the high costs of buying bottled water or expensive water filters, low-income households will be least able to avoid fluoride once it's added to the water. As a result, low-income families will be least capable of following ADA’s recommendation that infants should not receive fluoridated water. This may explain why African American children have been found to suffer the highest rates of disfiguring dental fluorosis in the US. (47)
b) Low-income families at greater risk of fluoride toxicity. In addition, it is now well established that individuals with inadequate nutrient intake have a significantly increased susceptibility to fluoride’s toxic effects. (48-51) Since nutrient deficiencies are most common in low-income communities, and since diseases known to increase susceptibility to fluoride are most prevalent in low-income areas (e.g. end-stage renal failure), it is likely that low-income communities will be at greatest risk from suffering adverse effects associated with fluoride exposure. According to Dr. Kathleen Thiessen, a member of the National Research Council's review of fluoride toxicity: “I would expect low-income communities to be more vulnerable to at least some of the effects of drinking fluoridated water." (51) (FULL LIST)!
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Drugs Are in the Water. Does It Matter?
Residues of birth control pills, antidepressants, painkillers, shampoos and a host of other compounds are finding their way into the nation’s waterways, and they have public health and environmental officials in a regulatory quandary.Enlarge This Image
On the one hand, there is no evidence the traces of the chemicals found so far are harmful to human beings. On the other hand, it would seem cavalier to ignore them.
The pharmaceutical and personal care products, or P.P.C.P.’s, are being flushed into the nation’s rivers from sewage treatment plants or leaching into groundwater from septic systems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, researchers have found these substances, called “emerging contaminants,” almost everywhere they have looked for them.
Most experts say their discovery reflects better sensing technology as much as anything else. Still, as Hal Zenick of the agency’s office of research and development put it in an e-mail message, “there is uncertainty as to the risk to humans.” MORE!
Does it matter!? Hell Yes! One question that I have is how long has this been going on?! Before anyone can say it's harmless we really need an answer to that question. We know certain drugs contain a certain level of toxicity especially if ingested for long periods of time. We could be ingesting those AZT chemicals that are definitely more harmful than effective. it stands to reason that if the drugs in the water are all part of a vicious water filtration system cycle then it has got to have been going on for as long as water treatment has. We are now just obtaining the technology to detect drugs in our drinking water?!? Or has it been conveniently ignored because it is producing the desired effects on the populace.
I can remember when bottled water first hit the scene! Evian from the swiss alps and all those natural springs that popped up everywhere to find out it was Baltimore tap water in those exported plastic bottles. The tap water scandal went as far as the Today Show with the conclusion being that most bottled water comes from the same municipal water supply that you get delivered to your house. So even bottled water is not "safer" to drink. Gonna make me take another look at my brita filter. I gotta see if it filters out the drugs. Maybe a triple distilling process should do the trick. Boiled water is the worst, it normally tastes like the pot it was boiled in. Guess I will stick to beer and liquor with the occasional juice for color. Pineapple soda from here on out!
More Concern Than Conspiracy!
The New Defenders of Freedom From Fluoridation!