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Re: “The Sanest Arguments Against Fluoride...

Why isn't fluoridated salt used instead of water?

1) It would not be in our water. Good for fish and water supply.

2) In Europe (sans Ireland) they use salt because they believe that fluoride in water is an outdated process, overkill, and expensive.

3) Fluoridating salt is cheaper than 6-8 million to put it into our water supply.

I hope the Mercury reads and responds to the option of Fluoridating Salt. Cause this makes sense for both sides of the issue.

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Posted by Tom Servo1 on 05/07/2013 at 12:03 AM

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The 2010 Water Quality Report, also showing zero arsenic, is here - http://tinyurl.com/c4jcmce

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Posted by Yinzer V on 05/06/2013 at 11:36 PM

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Philomath water does not have 46.5 mg/L of arsenic in it. That would be 46.5 ppm, when the EPA limit for arsenic in drinking water is 10 ppb.

Did you actually test the Philomath *water* for arsenic from the taps? You tested the undiluted supplements, which would be highly diluted when put into the water supply.

Here is the City of Philomath 2011 Water Quality Report - showing ZERO arsenic. http://tinyurl.com/cjyvwr5

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Posted by Yinzer V on 05/06/2013 at 11:18 PM

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Homer - then why are so many on the anti-side so conspiracy minded? For instance, the water-guzzling Spindles has said things about vaccinations that would find themselves at home with the things that are being said here. For instance:

"[V]ax-heads really show their true colors on threads like these. They are aggressively willing to stand by big government and the nakedly corrupt pharmaceutical industry with such a fervor and blind faith. Progressive indeed."
-Spindles

Sause: http://www.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2011/10/07/hey-stupid-fucking-anti-vaccine-baby-killers-stop-killing-our-babies#comment-10291250

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Posted by Pridge Wessea on 05/06/2013 at 11:03 PM

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Portland Mercury, I am disgusted and ashamed that you call yourselves Portland's best alternative weekly.
This article is insane. It is a load of misinformed opinions, based on nothing but propaganda. Do your research before you print such obvious falsities. .
Want to actually be informed? Go to fluoridealert.org to find well researched evidence of why fluoridating drinking water doesn't actually work to lower cavity rates.
This is an industrial byproduct waste that we are talking about, not a pharmaceutical grade "safe" addition to water. It is a fact that fluorosilicic acid is regulated by the EPA as a toxic waste. Anyone go to middle school? Remember the Precautionary Principle, err on the side of intelligence and don't dump something in our water that may really be bad for us. It doesn't matter that there are studies that show that in safe doses it may be ok for us. There is a mountain of evidence that points towards doubt as to the effectiveness of fluoride in our water, and there is a mountain of evidence that points towards serious health risks of ingesting it. The CDC even says that the best and most effective use is topical.
I thought we lived in a democratic city, where people can choose what medication they take. If you vote yes, you are agreeing to install a compulsory medication program. Just because so many other cities in the countries do it does not make it right. Portland can be an example of a more sane way to live.
Kids need less chemicals in their bodies, not more. We need less chemicals in our watersheds, not more.
Thus begins my boycott of the Mercury. Goodbye and thank you for nothing.

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Posted by Yoko Silk on 05/06/2013 at 9:42 PM

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Well written, well researched. CWP: the truth hurts, doesn't it?

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Posted by Tooth Truth on 05/06/2013 at 9:41 PM

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This is for you Yinzer V!
If you want to see the Philomath water analysis showing 46.5 mg. of arsenic per liter of water (the same concentration that will be added to Portland's water) I got a copy, scanned it, and posted it to my personal blog. You are more than welcome to check it out. http://inarasart.blogspot.com/2013/05/anti…

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Posted by Christina Rachelle Carnoy on 05/06/2013 at 9:22 PM

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Oh sorry rainfade. It's just that you're playing that same old broken record. Honestly though, a little variation in patterns/grasping at straws/crazy might make you distinguishable

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Posted by tcraighenry on 05/06/2013 at 5:23 PM

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So go on and name these corporate interests. Also do you know what a PAC does and is for? The clue is in the acronym.

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Posted by tcraighenry on 05/06/2013 at 5:20 PM

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So link to that instead of your (?) Crappy YouTube video.

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Posted by tcraighenry on 05/06/2013 at 5:18 PM

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Clean Water Portland gets 11+ times as many more individual donations *from Portland* as Healthy Kids Healthy Portland.

Individual donations from Portland:
CWP: 32.1%
HKHP: 2.7%

Clean Water Portland has ten times more grassroots in support base than Healthy Kids Healthy Portland.

Donations less than $100:
CWP: 17.0%
HKHP: 1.6%


Source:
OR Secretary of State (4/24/13)
http://www.oregonvotes.org/pages/cand/inde…
Analysis by Seth Wooley. Independently verifiable.

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Posted by MBr on 05/06/2013 at 4:37 PM

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And considering HKHP is using an auto-reporting service that files all of their transactions at literally the last minute before their deadline, for the least amount of transparency of course, we don't actually know just how much HKHP has in their coffers at present. We do know that over 95% of their campaign contributions are from corporate special interests and PAC's however.

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Posted by Spindles on 05/06/2013 at 4:36 PM

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Actually, tcraighenry, I haven't. And, I only see one other comment about the links between fluoride exposure and children's lowered intelligence in this thread.

But, you're entitled to your wild-eyed conspiracy theory.

I'm curious though. What do you have against intelligent children?

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Posted by rainfade on 05/06/2013 at 4:27 PM

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@ tcraighenry, It's data compiled directly of the Oregon Secretary of State's website, you imbecile.

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Posted by Spindles on 05/06/2013 at 4:27 PM

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Communities that have rejected fluoridation since 1990: List: http://www.fluoridealert.org/content/commu… From the very start, water fluoridation has always been an unpopular program. In its 60+ year history, the majority of U.S. communities that have had an opportunity to vote on the measure have rejected it. Fluoridation was thus established in the U.S. not through public referenda, but executive actions by government bodies. For a brief history on public opposition to fluoridation in the U.S., click here: http://www.fluoridealert.org/content/fluor…

Most developed nations, including the vast majority of western Europe, do not fluoridate their drinking water. Cities that do not fluoridate their water include: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Copenhagen, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Helsinki, London, Montreal, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Tokyo, Vancouver, Venice, Vienna, and Zurich.

Since health authorities in North America have refused to let go of the fluoridation paradigm, local communities are doing the work for them. Since 2010, over 70 communities have rejected the practice, including over 30 communities like Calgary, Alberta (pop. 1.3 million people) and Albuquerque, New Mexico (pop. 500,000) that have voted to end their longstanding fluoridation programs.

Communities that have rejected fluoridation since 2010:
List: http://www.fluoridealert.org/content/commu…

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Posted by MBr on 05/06/2013 at 4:26 PM

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rainfade.... we know. Because you've posted your opinions a gazillion times in this thread under various names.

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Posted by tcraighenry on 05/06/2013 at 4:20 PM

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For a software engineer he sure is shit at spreadsheets.

Seth Woolley: Software Engineer, Election Activist <--- great source.

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Posted by tcraighenry on 05/06/2013 at 4:20 PM

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Weird. I think the sanest argument against fluoridation of water is probably the one from this study among others on the National Institute of Health site that cites the links between fluoride exposure and lowered intelligence in children.

This study indicates that exposure to fluoride is associated with reduced intelligence in children. We have found a significant inverse relationship between intelligence and the water fluoride level, and intelligence and the urinary fluoride level....
It is very well established that fluoride can penetrate the blood brain barrier.[6–9,11,28] Also, it can pass through the placenta to the fetus,[6–9,11,29] and with subsequent continuous exposure to fluoride during childhood, it may have adverse effects on the developing brain, thereby causing decreased intelligence in children.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…

Or the argument that it's unethical to medicate people against their will.

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Posted by rainfade on 05/06/2013 at 4:17 PM

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And that was over $143,000 paid by Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland in bribes ... I mean "special grants" to minority groups for their support.

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Posted by Spindles on 05/06/2013 at 4:15 PM

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Yeah tcraigherny, who's being paid off now? http://swoolley.org/files/cleanwater-vs-fl…

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Posted by Spindles on 05/06/2013 at 4:13 PM

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