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Gilbert plant not fluoridating water; 2 town official put on leave
GILBERT, Ariz. -- Gilbert residents who voted more than a decade ago to have fluoride added to their water were dismayed to learn recently that they have not been getting it for more than a year. Two city officials have been placed on leave in connection with the situation.
According to Dana Berchman, the town's chief digital officer, Gilbert officials were recently informed that the fluoridation process has not been happening at the North Water Treatment Plant for at least the past 13 months.
Gilbert voters approved fluoridation in November 2000.
This is interesting. All of the testing? At what concentrations?
This is interesting because all the testing regarding Flouride that was done within controlled settings produced liver and bone cancer in rats.
Animal and human studies have examined other possible risks from fluoride intake. They have not found clear links between fluoride and bone cancer, or with other suggested risks such as neurological or reproductive effects.
Which is "the larger part"? Maybe that could be because there is more than enough natural fluoride present.
The larger part of Europe has not been adding Flouride to their water because of the known health risks.
The scenarios suggest that the tolerable limit is not exceeded in areas with artificially fluoridated drinking water, which has a good deal less fluoride than is found in the regions with the highest naturally occurring levels.
Physical state and appearance: Solid. (Crystals solid. crystalline powder.)
And let's not forget this part:
Special Remarks on Chronic Effects on Humans:
May affect genetic material (mutagenic). May cause adverse reproductive effects and birth defects (teratogenic) based on animal test data.
Special Remarks on other Toxic Effects on Humans:
Acute Potential Health Effects: Skin: May cause skin irritation. Eyes: May cause eye irritation. Inhalation: Causes respiratory tract irritation. Ingestion: May cause gastrointestinal irritaiton with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, salivation, thirst, abdominal pain, fever, labored breathing (respiratory depression, apnea, dyspnea). Exposure to fluorides may also cause disturbed color vision, hypocalcemia, hyperkalemia, and hypomagnesemia, and may result in systemic toxic effects on the heart/cardiovascular system (hypotension, tachycardia, arrhythmia, weak pulse, cardiovascular collapse), liver (hepatic enzymes increased), and kidneys (abnormal renal function, renal damage). It may also affect behavior/Central Nervous System (CNS depression - headache, dizziness, weakness, somnolence, ataxia, loss of conciousness). Other neurological symptoms of acute fluoride ingestion may include muscle weakness, difficulty speaking, fitfulness(hyperreflexia), tetany, numbness or tingling of the extremities. Chronic Potential Health Effects: Skin: Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause dermititis. Inhalation: Prolonged or repeated inhalation may cause bronchitis, asmtha, silicosis, increase in respiratory infections, pulmonary lesions. Ingestion: Prolonged or repeated ingestion cause diseases of the blood, teeth, bones and other organs (osteosclerosis, fluorosis). (Fluorisis is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, weakness joint stiffness, loss of appetite, anemia).
Severe over-exposure can produce lung damage, choking, unconsciousness or death.
Fluoride may damage the brain. According to the National Research Council (2006), "it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain." In a review of the literature commissioned by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fluoride has been listed among about 100 chemicals for which there is "substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity." Animal experiments show that fluoride accumulates in the brain and alters mental behavior in a manner consistent with a neurotoxic agent (Mullenix 1995). In total, there have now been over 100 animal experiments showing that fluoride can damage the brain and impact learning and behavior. According to fluoridation proponents, these animal studies can be ignored because high doses were used. However, it is important to note that it takes 5-20 times more fluoride to reach the same plasma levels in rats as reached in humans (Sawan 2010). In fact, one animal experiment found effects at remarkably low doses (Varner 1998). In this study, rats fed for one year with 1 ppm fluoride in their water (the same level used in fluoridation programs), using either sodium fluoride or aluminum fluoride, had morphological changes to their kidneys and brains, an increased uptake of aluminum in the brain, and the formation of beta-amyloid deposits which are associated with Alzheimer's disease. Other animal studies have found effects on the brain at water fluoride levels as low as 5 ppm (Liu 2010).(For a complete listing of these studies.
I provided the MSDS sheet for calcium fluoride above. It doesn't seem to be any more safe than sodium fluoride. So the treatment for fluoride poisoning is more fluoride? Source?
Natural fluoride is called Calcium Fluoride and it is used to counter fluoride poisoning when it occurs.
Then why pick on sodium fluoride?
The fluoride that is added to water supplies contains hexafluorosilicic acid and sodium siliocofluoride - it is highly toxic and classified as hazardous waste.
Really? Untreated hazardous waste is added to drinking water. That's disturbing. Can you provide a source for that claim?
it is highly toxic and classified as hazardous waste
Ditto (sourcing). But we know the solid forms of fluorides are not pleasant to get be in contact with.
When it has been packaged for transport, it must by law be labelled as a poison and people handling the transport of the poison must wear complete industrial protective gear.
The sodium fluoride obtained from industrial waste and added to water supplies is also already contaminated with lead, aluminum and cadmium.
Too much of anything is poisonous. To help prevent tooth decay.
The key word here is POISON. The key question is - Why is it being placed in our water?????
Yes. In "certain quantities" prolonged exposure to arsenic is harmful. That is why there are water quality standards which address it (0.010 ppm in the US). That is why in areas with high natural levels the water is treated.
I imagine consuming arsenic in certain amounts would not show any immediate damage to your body but would probably be very harmful in many ways in the long term.
What "certain quantities"? The hazards posed by high levels of fluoride are quite different than those posed by arsenic as are the levels at which they become toxic. Yes. In "certain quantities" prolonged exposure to fluoride is harmful. That is why there are water quality standards which address it (4 ppm in the US). That is why in areas with high natural levels the water is treated.
Fluoride is every bit as hazardous as arsenic in certain quantities and most likely causes many hard core medical conditions for those who consume it on a regular basis.