In August, we asked our readers about the issues you wanted to hear the candidates running for the WaterOne Board of Directors address.
Based on your feedback, we developed a three-item questionnaire touching on the most important issues facing our community.
Each day this week, we will publish the candidates’ responses to one of three questions. Today, we are publishing candidates’ responses to the following question:
What is the biggest issue facing the water district today, and what should the board be doing to address it?
Below are the answers the Post received from the candidates on the issue:
Member 3 Seat
As a consumer, a voter and now as a candidate, my prime consideration is that of informed consent. To make an informed choice we MUST know both the benefits AND risks. This is true nowhere more than in medical decisions, especially about drugs.
Fluoride is recognized by the FDA as an unapproved drug. It does not treat the water, it treats the person who drinks the water. Adding any drug to the public water supply goes against every principle of informed consent. If traces of pharmaceuticals are found in tap water, people are understandably upset. Yet we think somehow that it’s ok to add fluoride.
The dental benefits of fluoride are from topical application ONLY. It should not be ingested. Look at your fluoride toothpaste. It will say “harmful if swallowed.”
Among the known risks of fluoride is neurotoxicity to the developing brain on the same scale as lead. Dozens of high quality, peer reviewed studies have shown the neurotoxicity of fluoride especially to the developing brain of a fetus and to the brain of infants to 6 months of age. Pregnant and new moms must be given this information to make an informed choice about using fluoridated water.
Also, damage to joint and connective tissues and damage to both the thyroid and pineal glands are known risks of ingesting fluoride.
As with any drug the effect of fluoride is dose dependent. When adding a drug to the water supply there is no way to control the dose. Fluoride accumulates in the body over time and concentrates especially in the thyroid and pineal glands which impairs the function of each. How many people do you personally know who are on thyroid medication or who use melatonin?
Accumulation of fluoride causes dental fluorosis, a condition of discoloration and spots on the teeth. Dental fluorosis is a good indication of skeletal fluorosis, which damages the bone and joint tissues.
Fluoride is metabolized primarily by the kidneys so those with reduced kidney function are at even greater risk of damage from fluoride.
Topical fluoride products are inexpensive and readily available for anyone who chooses to use them.
No one should EVER be forced to ingest a drug against their consent. Water fluoridation MUST be stopped immediately.
For more information visit fluoridealert.org.
Kay Heley (incumbent)
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