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Argos stops adding fluoride to town water

June 8, 2012

ARGOS — Argos joined the ranks of other local communities Bourbon, North Liberty, and Walkerton Wednesday night when town council members voted to stop adding fluoride to the town’s water supply.
“The council had been given information, both pro and con (on adding fluoride to public water) about a week before (the meeting),” said Nick Wood, Argos water superintendent Thursday. “Last night I officially took that to the board, to discontinue fluoridation of our town water here.”
Wood stressed that the town water would still contain fluoride — about .5 milligrams per liter is naturally in the water. As of Thursday morning, however, there will be no more added fluoride.
“Our natural fluoride is almost at the level suggested by the American Dental Association,” said Wood, continuing, “The Indiana State Board of Health standard is 1.0 to 1.1 (milligrams per liter) but I think that will be lower in the near future.”
Wood also pointed out that there is no state statute requiring municipalities to add fluoride to their public water supply. That decision is left up to local government.
“This is something I’ve been researching on my own, I thought it was a good idea for years,” said Wood. “I think a lot of towns are finally stepping up and doing the right thing, which is suspending fluoridation. What prompted me to do it now is that Bourbon did it, and Walkerton and North Liberty.”
Although the change will save the town between $2500-3500 per year, Wood said that financial reasons were not even taken into account by either the council or himself.
“It was a health issue,” said Wood. “I was happy to have the support of the council on that.”
Wood has not heard much feedback on the subject from town residents, but said that anyone with questions or concerns should call the town office.
Bourbon stopped adding fluoride to their public water supply in March, the third local community to do so.


A sensible Argos Council stops adding fluoride to drinking water

June 12, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 14110

Argos town council deserve a hearty thanks for their sound decision to halt the adition of this synthetic scheduled poison hydrofluoroslicic acid into Argos water.
Staff handling this chemical in the factories making the fluoride get MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet ) warnings describing side effects they might suffer if coming into contact with this hazardous chemical. How come we don't see other authorities across the country sending a little notice for residents to attach to their tap with the same warnings? The side effects such as itchy skin and muscle tiredness are just the same both at work and at home.

History shows many dentists and doctors in positions of influence strangely expressing faith in the safety of this chemical. While medical authorities know this chemical is dangerous to people in the workplace, they adopted the peculiar idea it must not be able to harm them once drinking it from their tap at home.


June 9, 2012 by Anonymous, 2 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 14105

Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing

More than 4,038 professionals (including 331 dentists and 518 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped citing scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and has serious health risks. See statement:

The Centers for Disease Control reports that 60% of 12-15 year-olds are affected with fluoride overdose symptoms – dental fluorosis, white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth. Yet, tooth decay crises are occurring in all fluoridated cities, states and countries. See:

Emergency rooms are flooded with people in dental pain, costing taxpayers millions of dollars, because 80% of dentists refuse Medicaid patients, 130 million Americans don’t have dental insurance. Many of those that do can’t afford dentistry’s high out-of-pocket costs. No American is or ever was fluoride-deficient. Too many are dentist-deficient.

The CDC reports that 326 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2010. Communities that stopped fluoridation are here: http://www.FluorideAction.Net/communities.htm

In Nebraska, 53 out of 66 towns voted not to fluoridate in 2008 and 2010, reports the PEW Foundation.

Tennessee, once 99% fluoridated, is now down in the low 90’s, according to the American Dental Association News.

In 2012, the following cities stopped fluoridation: Myerstown, Pennsylvania; Bolivar, Missouri; Bourbon, Indiana; Dillon Valley Water District, Colorado and Albuquerque, NM; Palisade, CO; Bassett, Nebraska.

In Canada: Amherstburg and Tecumseh, Ontario; Wynyard, Saskatchewan; Okotoks, Alberta, Churchill, Manitoba.

In New Zealand: New Plymouth and Taumarunui.

The Dutch-owned islands of Curacao and Aruba recently stopped fluoridation.

Many cities are considering stopping fluoridation including Milwaukee and New York City which recently held a rally on City Hall Steps spearheaded by NYC Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr.

Students in Ireland are spearheading a campaign to stop fluoridation in the only country that mandates fluoridation country-wide.

Adverse health effects of fluoride are here: http://www.FluorideAction.Net/health

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