Fluoride is all around us; why add more?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Reading David Ottoson's My Turn (Sept. 11) makes me think of several points that his otherwise well-written article left out, and I thought I should finish the job of informing the public about this wrongful practice of adding fluoride to everyone's drinking water.

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First, if you take the opposite approach and try to eliminate all fluoride from your daily routine, you won't find it easy. Just try to find a toothpaste without fluoride. More surprising is the invasion of fluoride into our food chain. Do a little research and you can find the fluoride content in food. It's everywhere. Iced tea, for example, is very high. Anything made of grapes - juice, raisins, wine - contains fluoride because the most commonly used pesticide on grapes is made from the compound. Other items can be canned or bottled using fluoridated water.

What this is all about is whether Juneau should add even more fluoride to what already we are exposed to, not whether fluoride reduces tooth decay. We already are ingesting plenty without our knowledge in most cases. The real danger is getting too much fluoride, not the other way around.

Secondly, fluoride is a prescription-only drug. I tried to purchase fluoride tablets at three local pharmacies and was turned away for lack of a prescription. I asked why, and was given a patient information sheet which said not to take any fluoride if you are or may become pregnant, are under 6 months old, have stomach problems, or joint problems. No doctor examined me before I was given the very same drug in my drinking water by the city, which was thinking somehow it was "helping" me.

I vote for clean, unmedicated water. How about you?

Larry Buzzell

Juneau



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