"Some, like Portland dentist Jay Harris Levy, will speak eloquently—uninterrupted for many minutes—on a slew of studies and the mass toll they feel fluoride's having on society. But there's hardly a schism. These folks are in the vast, vast minority."
Why should being in the minority negate the legitimacy of his the argument? As Orwell said, "In a time of Universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act".
Fuck you, Mercury, for using such cheap tricks to spread propoganda at the expense of Portlanders. I though this beautiful city and your paper were safe havens for those who think outside the box- for those who don't just accept what they are told, because everyone else seems to be doing it. The rest of the US seems to flouridate their water, so that makes it right?
Fuck you. I would certainly pay much more in taxes for giving people in need free and qulality dental care if that's what this is really about.
And what's wrong with conspircay theories? Why is that so stigmatized? Is it really so stupid to look thoroughly and openly at all possibilities before deciding what seems credible? What makes you so trusting of what the Government says anyway?
Sounds like you were paid off.
ugh the comments. hipsters just need something to complain about. life is just TOO PLEASANT!!!! go to africa and drink their all-natural water you hippie bastards.
Well, just filled out my ballot and voted YES, though I am concerned that it may not pass with all the stupidity I'm reading here.
Hippies and Conspiracy Theorists Unite!
To include the dumb chick who thinks her masters in teaching and bachelor in english should impress me more than the reccomendation of the American Medical Assoc., the American Dental Assoc, or the vast majority of pediatricians throughout the country.
Poorest piece of muckraking journalism I've ever fuckin' heard. Fuck you Mercury for printing an opinion under the guise of journalism.
People can die from drinking too much water. WATER IS POISON. Vote to keep water out of the hands of children!
Also, we don't need libraries because kids have books for free at school. Besides, how much do libraries cost? We have other priorities? And who's profiting from this library thing? Corporate publishers.
It's just a conspiracy of the military-industrial complex! Vote NO on sanity!
what the F mercury...? REALLY?
Pathetic "Journalism". For you to print a piece that is so one-sided is just masterbatory .... nothing but an opinion piece. In MY opinion my kids shouldn't have to ingest Fluoride every time they take a sip of water.... that ALONE is a valid enough reason to keep it out.
While so many places have fluoridated water so many others, ALL over the world (Germany, The Netherlands, Canada. etc, etc) have/ are taking it out. The argument FOR is nothing but misleading. Why don't you take high fructose corn syrup out of school lunches; how bout access to dental care; how bout education! fuck you for printing such an opinionated one-sided piece on such a loaded issue... pathetic.
The new title of this piece: "THE MERCURY'S BIGGEST FAILURE".
CHARLES ELIOT PERKINS
The 'Perkins' story:
Harley Rivers Dickinson (An Australian Liberal MP) who raised the issue of fluoridation and its sinister implications in an "Address in Reply to the Governor's speech in Parliament." The 'Address' forms part of a document compiled by Ian E Stephens and is appropriately entitled the 'Dickinson Statement' ("the Statement"). The main thrust of the Address was as follows;-
"At the end of the Second World War, the United States Government sent Charles Eliot Perkins, a research worker in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and pathology, to take charge of the vast Farben chemical plants in Germany. While there he was told of a scheme which had been worked out by them during the war and adopted by the German General Staff. This was to control the population in any given area through mass medication of drinking water. In this scheme sodium fluoride occupied a prominent place. Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride will in time reduce an individual's power to resist domination by slowly poisoning and narcotisizing a certain area of the brain and will thus make him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him. Both the Germans and the Russians added sodium fluoride to the drinking water of prisoners-of-war to make them stupid and docile." (Reference: Victorian Hansard of 12th August 1987). Also see Dr Phyllis Mullenix.
Ha! Yinzer V is wrong, and perhaps a troll. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfgewAieQW4 Don't "medicate" our water supply. Vote NO on 26-151.
VolvoGuy is wrong. Prozac's chemical formula is C17H18F3NO, which means that it contains 17 atoms of carbon, 18 atoms of hydrogen, 3 atoms of fluorine, and one atom each of nitrogen and oxygen.
All natural fluorine is F-19, so the three atoms of fluorine have a mass of 57. The fluoxetine molecule has a molecular mass of 309.33 g·mol−1. Do the math; it's much less than 94% fluorine.
Prozac, whose scientific name is fluoxetine, is 94% fluoride. "Any person who drinks artificially fluoridated water for a period of one year or more will never again be the same person, mentally or physically". -Charles Eliot Perkins, prominent U.S. industrial chemist. NO on 26-151!
96% of Europe does not add fluoride to its water, and Germany has banned fluoride all together. The Mercury is paid-for main-stream media cloaked in its "alternative" dressings.
The Fluoridated toothpaste that the Mercury's staff uses has a warning printed right on the label. The warning reads that if a person accidentally swallows some they should call poison control. My Fluoride-Free toothpaste has no such warning. After reading their cover story I'll be living Portland Mercury-Free as well. Vote NO on 26-151; It's the sane human thing to do.
@sethwoolley I like how in your opening paragraph you mention you didn't actually read the article. I didn't read your other paragraphs, let's hope you did a better job.
"In its proposed prohibition on sulfuryl fluoride, EPA acknowledged that the pesticide's residues on food are "responsible for a tiny fraction of aggregate fluoride exposure" but deemed that children's total contact with fluoride in the environment -- through drinking water as well as toothpaste -- posed an excess risk of tooth and bone damage."
I grew up in various places with fluoridated water and have good teeth! My sister did too and has bad teeth!
There's my anecdotal evidence for the day.
I grew up with fluoridated water and have enough cavities to prove that the water didn't prevent them. The cavities were not the result of clean drinking water. They were the result of poor dental hygiene and a diet of sugary foods and drinks. The problem that kids are having isn't caused by non-fluoridated water. Clean water does NOT cause tooth decay. The problem is cultural and socio-economical. I suspect that poor kids don't drink a lot of water when they can get two-liter bottles of cola for a buck. If adding fluoride to the water didn't prevent my cavities, it won't prevent theirs; changing our consumption and hygiene behaviors will.
Honestly, I'm kind of on the fence here but have been slowly leaning more and more towards the anti-fluoridation people. The reason is because despite that this debate has been going on for quite some time none of the questions raised by anti-fluoride people have been addressed in a reasonable matter. At first I expected these "conspiracy" theories to be put swiftly to bed by someone simply releasing some actual scientific studies with irrefutable proof that fluoride in the water is safe and effective. But none have come to light. The pro-fluoride groups, this Mercury article, and just about every comment on here that is for the measure resort to the same tactics: making jokes and/or saying trust the (insert some group we should trust without evidence ). Why not just present some evidence?
People in Beaverton have fluoridated water.
Have you been down to the "entertainment zone" blocks lately?
Yea, please vote NO.
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