Community Commentary

The fluoride fallacy

Fluoride is coming soon to a tap near you! 

Olivenhain and parts of Encinitas will be fluoridated July 1. It’s state law. It’s good for you! What if we don’t want it? What if they’re wrong? It’s my understanding that San Diego voted this down twice, to no avail. What is the truth about fluoride? Sounds a lot like the battle we’re fighting over local development.

Is fluoride a vitamin or essential mineral? Absolutely not. It is already present in the ground water, as are many other unwelcome substances, like arsenic and lead. Do we want to ingest more stuff like that? Absolutely not. Fluoride interferes with the absorption of calcium. The San Dieguito Water District website states that fluoride is “discharge from fertilizer and aluminum mining.” Gee, sounds like toxic waste to me. Does it improve your quality of life? Absolutely not.

Pete Wilson signed AB 733 into law in 1995 allowing this to be implemented into all areas of the state “as funding becomes available.” Sounds like a good thing, but it is a violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. This is about politicians doing what they do — caving to the lobbyists with lots of power and fists full of money. Who’s calling the shots? Where does the funding come from? Apparently there isn’t enough to pay for it, which means the cost of water goes up. Is coastal North County going to be next? Why doesn’t Rancho Santa Fe get a dose? Check out the world’s largest chemical distribution company, Brenntag. Is this another conspiracy theory? Absolutely not.

Oh, who cares? We never drink tap water anyway. If you don’t have a filter on your home or faucet, and if you don’t buy plasticized water by the gazillion little bottles adding up to mega-gallons per year (more than three times the price of gasoline, by the way), you must be poor, stupid, and definitely uncool. How many times must we get screwed paying for water, while water wars are on the horizon? Fact: fluoride isn’t readily removed regardless of expensive filtration systems. No one is immune. It is also absorbed through the skin in bathing.

Let’s just allow the municipal water supply to deteriorate into a sewer. That’s what so-called developing countries do. Let them drink Coke, or die from polluted water. In an advanced democracy like ours, aren’t we responsible to protect the environment and defend the rights of all citizens? Is the solution to pollution dilution?

It’s not just about teeth. What if a mother, rich or poor, decides she doesn’t want her children exposed to this toxic substance? How does mom control the dosage to her young child’s vulnerable developing body? I defy any dentist, doctor, or public health official to tell me that this stuff is safe when the entire body is being dosed. Could fluoride be contributing to increases in cancer, bone disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, etc.? Topically applied to teeth, short-term maybe, but only pharmaceutical grade, not industrial toxic runoff, and not systemic, and definitely not long term. No way!

I absolutely care — as a health-conscious person, as a conservationist, as an organic gardener, as a realtor who values the properties I sell and the one I own, as someone who takes my civic duty seriously, as an American and defender of our beautiful coastal quality of life, and if nothing else, as a rate payer. My city council and elected representatives are obligated to explain this. Must we tear this town apart with more lawsuits because “Sacra-Demento” refuses to listen to the will of the people and our new city council is just more of the same old, same old? Is fluoridation right for us? Absolutely not.

Dr. David Kennedy, one of the world’s top experts on this subject, will speak at 2 p.m. at the Vista Library June 23. Free to the public. Get yourself informed.

Celia Kiewit is an Encinitas resident.



jwillie6 June 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Only 5% of the world adds fluoride to drinking water. They know that it is ineffective for teeth and dangerous to health.
What everyone deserves is FREEDOM OF CHOICE and not being forced by the government to consume a drug. It is illegal for a doctor or a dentist to force one to take any drug. It should be illegal for the government as well.

So fluoride is still legal and available. Put as much as you wish in your own glass of water, and leave the rest of us out of it.

TYactive June 12, 2013 at 11:28 am

Anti-fluoride activists have no evidence proving that fluoride is harmful at the level used for fluoridating water. They will make all kinds of claims, but the science doesn’t back them up. If you want to know what the evidence shows about fluoridation, visit this site:

Kurt Ferre DDS, Portland June 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Once you mentioned Dr. David Kennedy, you completely, utterly lost all credibility, Celia. Here’s a little information about Dr. Kennedy’s IAOMT:

International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology – RationalWiki…/International_Academy_of_Oral_Medicine…

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) is a quack organization now based in Canada that promotes dental woo. They were responsible for the “smoking tooth” video that frequently gets passed around in alternative circles. Their main issue is mercury amalgam fillings, which they claim can cause all sorts of neurological illnesses such as Parkinson’s and autism. They sell filling removal kits for “dentists” along with various other nature woo, mostly vitamin supplements. The organization also opposes water fluoridation, claims to put out peer-reviewed “research,” and supports “health freedom.”

David Kennedy, DDS June 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

Sadly Kurt Ferre has obviously had training in PR but not in toxicology. The first step in PR to try and divert attention is to attack the source so he attacks me. But wait. I am not alone and he cannot even begin to answer any of the questions raised by the National Academy of Sciences 2006 review of fluoride that Dr. Thiessen laid out so well in our Poisoned Babies Youtube video filmed at the Metropolitan water district.

The first step in toxicology is to determine dose. What dose of sodium-fluoride or sodium silicofluoride do you recommend an infant swallow?

The IAOMT’s mission statement: Our Mission

The fundamental mission of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology is to promote the health of the public at large.

Essentially, the Academy shall continually examine and compile scientific research relating to the biocompatibility of oral/dental materials. This agenda should ensure a more informed use of these materials in clinical practice.

What is you mission? Dispose of so much hazardous waste in the public water supply that all children who drink, swim or bathe in it will be harmed to some degree?

Celia Kiewit June 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

It’s just information, Sir. A chance to listen and learn.

David Banks, DDS June 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Most people who promote fluoridation do not understand the profound difference between naturally occurring calcium fluoride and the industrial fluorides use in water systems. Sodium Fluoride or Silico fluorides are contaminated products that assimilate at a far higher degree and contribute to skeletal and tooth fluorosis. Lower IQ, hypothyroidism, arthritis, and cancer have all been associated with consumption of industrial fluoride compounds. To say otherwise ignores a mountain of research (

But beyond the possible health risks, should people not have a choice in what they consume? Why is it OK to put an industrial waste product in our water that is extremely hard to filter out without our permission? This is being done without regard to individual susceptibility or dose. A child 6 years or younger drinking fluoridated water at the proposed .7ppm would receive a higher dose than would be allowed by prescription. What about kidney or thyroid patients who need to be extremely careful about fluoride intake?

I cordially invite Dr. Ferre to the next meeting of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology so that he can witness first hand the quality of this organization’s membership and research. And by the way, I have met Dr.Kennedy and have found him to be both exceptionally intelligent and dedicated to his profession.

Dr. Richard Sauerheber June 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

The NRC 2006 review on fluoride in drinking water reported vast published studies on significant adverse health effects in those consuming 1 ppm fluoride water lifelong, especially on brain, thyroid, and bone. Most dentists are not trained in clinical chemistry. When discussing teeth effects of fluoride, understand that ingested fluoride from 1 ppm treated water is only 0.02 ppm in saliva bathing teeth topically. This is 75,000 times less concentrated than in toothpaste, unable to affect caries. The CDC recognizes that blood fluoride also does not work on caries. Ingested fluoride causes increased incidence of ugly abnormal enamel fluorosis hypoplasia in all treated cities without exception. The Safe Drinking Water Act was designed to halt widespread infusions of toxic industrial fluoride compounds into U.S. water supplies but has been corrupted by dental officials hailing fluoride as a wonder drug for caries that needed an exception. Ridiculous. Citizens reserve full rights to have access to purchase plain drinking water–with no added supplements, minerals, nutrients, drugs, foods, or any chemicals other than to sanitize the water from pathogens. And yet the insanity now even spreads to our community here. I regularly eat at restaurants here, as one of the few areas in North County with plain water. I’m no longer interested.

Bill Zimmermann June 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I am the webmaster and a contributor to the San Diegans For Safe Drinking Water website. I also built the website for Dr. David Kennedy’s groundbreaking film FLUORIDEGATE I have personally built two blogs about fluoridation, one for new mothers and one to contact council members. I and am also a cancer survivor by means of natural therapies organic Gardner and educator with three health channels on YouTube.

Since 2009 I have been studying fluoride and have determined it to be a national disgrace. It is probably the greatest lie and one of the oldest lies systematically told to the people of our country since 1945. It is perpetuated with military vigilance against the American public via the Center for Disease Control and other powerful organizations.

I am not a scientist but I have been schooled by the best. Dr. Richard Sauerheber, Dr. David Kennedy and Dr. Paul Connett and Dr. Hardy Limeback among many others. I always filtered my household water with the best system I could find. After I recovered from cancer I began testing whole house systems that remove fluoride for the gardens and the hot tub. They don’t work. Even the best ten thousand dollar system I could find failed before it had filtered 35000 gallons and my reverse osmosis system gets out only 92% of the fluoride. Fluoride does not evaporate and 50% of it stays in your body. Your biggest dose of fluoride won’t come from the tap but from your shower. Trans dermal penetration is as efficient as a nicotine patch. Every time you take a hot tub, hot bath, or a hot shower your pores open up and you get a full dose of fluoride. If you are an athelete you drink more water than most. You can not CONTOL THE DOSE! But that is not the worst of it. Infants bathed in fluoridated water may be the highest risk group. There are thousands of unexplained infant deaths as the United States hits rock bottom at number 31 in global infant mortality.

San Diego water picks up enough chemical runoff from countless sprayed and fertilized farms on the Colorado river. By adding silico fluorides to our water we are just adding more hazardous waste to already compromised water.

So why should anyone really care about this? Because fluoride is a lie. It has been sold to us like cigarettes, sugar, meat and the coffee break. Sigmund Freuds nephew Edward Bernays who virtually invented the coffee break which is policy in most business contacts had a hand in cigarette advertising psychology and the psychology of selling fluoride to the American public as well. It’s all a lie, It has always been a lie and if the most spiritual, health oriented town in Southern California can’t throw it out who will? It’s all about money, waste disposal and very old institutionalize business that is over fifty years old. The politicians know all this. And they do not care. Even if they do they have to maintain the status quo or lose their seat and answer to formidable powers that be. Business as usual must not be disrupted.

It is astounding the lengths people will go for a buck. But this is an enormous powerful profitsble industry with powerful advocates with deep pockets. Like Enron and BP they will get what they want even to the point of sociopath behavior simply to get the deal. They intimidate, threaten and behave like mobsters at their worst and any politician who goes against them is all but guaranteed a limited stay at their post if they defy the status quo.

I suggest every citizen speak directly with their representative at the OMWD. I was at the meeting last week, they are aware if the problem now it is time for the citizens of Encinitas to drive home the point …we do not want fluoride and the toxins that come with it in our water. Tell them NO.

Rozanne Bazinet June 16, 2013 at 11:22 am

Recovering from a serious illness, I know what it takes to try to get well. Those who are in favor of fluoridation should come forward and have a discussion in a town hall meeting to express their research that demonstrates fluoride is safe at low dose. Both sides could discuss it and let the individual consumer make their own choice. OMWD did not bring this topic to a public forum so they should do that now.

Fluoride is not safe due to each person ability to process it and other poisons like lead,arsenic and mercury SO putting it in the drinking water where everyone is subjected to the same water put folks with illnesses, children, and animals (esp Horses) at risk who cannot process this poison. Remember it is technically rat poison.

Here is a website from India where they are more sane about dealing with fluoride in food and water. There are many peer reviewed studies to show its toxicity.

Another peer reviewed reviewed journal is Fluoride.

Fluoride accumulates in the body and you cannot get it out. So people should be told all this when eating foods, taking medicines, and drinking the water.

So lets have a scientific discussion with the public where both sides can present their research. Just attacking someone on line is not the polite way to discuss.
Let the people of the OMWD then decide for themselves and let the authorities know their position on the topic. Just pushing something through like water fluoridation does not give people who have medical conditions a chance to see the facts. The ethical thing to do is let the public know all the facts and decide.

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