"50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation"

Topical v. Ingested Fluoride

City Hall Rally Against Fluoridation

Voters Against Fluoride

 

Bipartisan endorsements from Bellingham leadership and citizens against water fluoridation
Bellingham residents have always made clean and safe drinking water a high priority

Bellingham City Council Repeatedly Rejects Fluoridation Proposal

On September 15, 1997, the Bellingham City Council voted 6 to 1 against fluoridation proposal enacting resolution :

Res. No. 42-97 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM RECOGNIZING THE IMPROPRIETY OF THE USE OF ITS PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM TO DISPENSE FLUORIDE TREATMENT TO THE GENERAL POPULATION.

To date, the resolution remains valid.

The City Council members opposing placing fluorosilic acid "fluoride" in the drinking water were:

First Ward Council Member Bob Ryan
Second Ward Council Member Gene Knutson
Third Ward Council Member Arne Hanna
Fifth Ward Council Member Pat Rowe
Sixth Ward Council Member Bruce Ayers
Council Member At Large Louise Bjornson

(note: only Bob Hall voted against the Resolution)

In 1997, the Whatcom County Democrats and Whatcom County Republicans both opposed water fluoridation. This year the Whatcon County Democrats oppose fluoridation again while the Whatcom County Republicans have not taken a stance.

Current City Council members or candidates or members against water fluoridation:

(Could the opposition to water fluoridation be more broad based?)

Frank Ward (City Council at Large -candidate)
Louise Bjornson (City Council at Large - candidate)
Sharon Crozier (City Council at Large - candidate)
Gene Knutson (City Council First Ward)
Bob Ryan (City Council Second Ward)
Robin Williams (City Council Candidate)
Anna Williams (City Council Candidate)

(note: there are additionally numerous candidates and council members who oppose mandatory fluoridation who have not spoken publically on the issue as well as the council just recently rejected fluoridation in 2005.) 

 In voting against the proposal to fluoridate the Bellingham's water supply:
Councilmember (Arne) Hanna expressed his lack of support for fluoridation, particularly, because it was an "issue of taking away individual rights."

Bellingham City Council official minutes May 18, 1992.  (Arne Hanna served on the Bellingham City Council from 1984 to 1998)

In the last few months, over 500 people have signed a pledge in opposition to fluoride being placed into the water supply.  In 1992 and 1997, over 1100 signatures were gathered against  fluoridation and submitted to the Bellingham City Council.

Supportive articles against fluoridation and for clean and safe water

Western Front (Western Washington University)

But fluoride is not safe for anyone and is not necessary for healthy teeth. Diets lower in sugar, better education about dental care such as brushing and flossing, and supervision from parents will also lead to children having fewer cavities.

The city should not put fluoride -- a poison -- into Bellingham residents' drinking water.

Western Front - KIRA FREED 5/27/2005

Todd Citron, Board President and Commissioner of Lake Whatcom Water District #2:

"Using the public water supply as a conduit of public health policy is government over-reaching, and too clearly contradicts the overriding goal of distributing clean, pure water.

Even if there were no debate about the hazards of fluoride, there is still the element of choice that should not get drowned out."

Bellingham Herald (10/30/2005)

Lakewhatcom.org (Marian Beddill) writes:

"Why should so much effort in so many good programs
be made to keep our drinking water clear and pure,
then the city would put another toxic chemical into it?"

"I myself grew up in a city with fluoridation in the water.
Would you like to see a picture of my false teeth?"

Nw Citizen (John Servais) writes:

"The fluoride proponents don't have a clue. They don't get it.

When I open my water tap, I want clean water to come out, not medicine."

"Water. We want pure clean water. It is as simple as that. It really is"

NW Citizen (Bellingham) June 16, 2005

Polls on fluoridation proposal

July 28, 2005 : Bellingham Herald bellinghamherald.com poll conducted reports

60 percent against fluoridation
34 percent support fluoridation

Meanwhile, on the same day, bellingham.net poll reported

57 percent against fluoridation
40 percent for fluoridation

Additional media

Bellingham Weekly formally opposed Bellingham Fluoride Proposition on 10/28/2005.

Very stong articles have been written overwhelmingly against fluoridation in the Whatcom Independant, Bellingham Weekly, The Organic Press and Whatcom Watch. Find them at your local newstand. See also Local Statements Against Fluoridation.

 The below Bellingham residents state:
"We the undersigned oppose fluoride being added to the City of Bellingham's drinking water. Please do not force us to drink Fluoride which we believe to be unhealthy. Forcing us to drink, shower, bathe or cook with fluoridated water violates our freedom of choice."

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Peer-reviewed studies link fluoride accumulation in the body to bone cancer in boys and hip fractures in the elderly, among other health problems: reason enough not to add it to our drinking water.

Let's at least postpone fluoridation until the National Academy of Sciences reports its recommendations following its review of current studies next spring.

Mary B. Stanton (Bellingham Herald)
September 29, 2005

 

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Don't make me fluoridate!

I work for the City of Bellingham as a water treatment operator. . . 

I would be one of the people putting fluoride in your drinking water.

Fluorosilicic acid is particularly toxic and highly reactive acid. 

I am not trained or licensed as doctor or a pharmacist.  I should not be preparing and distributing doses of drugs that would require a prescription if you were to give them to your children in the form of a tablet.  I am not convinced that water fluoridation is as safe and effective as it is advertised to be.

Bellingham Weekly (10/28/2005)

Keith Fredrikson, Bellingham Water Treatment Plant Operator 
(Bellingham Weekly 10/28/2005)

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"[F]orcing medication on an entire populous is morally and medically unethical."

Dr. Terry Poth
Bellingham Herald(6/23/05).

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Increasing the fluoride intake of the population without regard to established risk factors such as age, weight, kidney function, total water consumption and fluoride intake from other sources is hardly a health benefit. It is medical negligence.

Dr. Debra Hopkins (Dentist)(see article in Whatcom Watch)

Debra Hopkins, a Tacoma dentist, is a member of the Pierce County Dental Society, the Washington State Dental Society, the American Dental Association and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.

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I have learned that the most likely chemical to be placed into Bellingham’s water supply is Fluorosilicic acid

Because this product is an industrial waste product from various chemical industries, the product has significant amounts of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury, all of which have significant health risks.

Bellingham resident Rainy Fackler-Adams
September 13, 2005

 

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"We the undersigned oppose fluoride being added to the City of Bellingham's drinking water."

"Please do not force us to drink Fluoride which we believe to be unhealthy.  Forcing us to drink, shower, bathe or cook with fluoridated water violates our freedom of choice."

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"The drive is sponsored by a group called Bellingham Families for Fluoride, which has filed documents with the city to begin collecting signatures to put the question on November’s ballot. Oddly, most of the money and interest backing these “Bellingham Families” originates out of Seattle." 

Bellingham Weekly
June 2, 2005

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