Fluoride war rages on in Pinellas

The war against fluoride in Pinellas County is not over! Politicians and the usual corporate from the American Dental Association will once again attempt to force not just Pinellas county to add back the fluoride but to force the state of Florida to make fluoridation mandatory.

Rouson wants Florida lawmakers to make Pinellas add fluoride to water.

By David DeCamp, Times Staff Writer David DeCampTampa Bay Times Posted: Jan 30, 2012 05:13 PM

A St. Petersburg lawmaker wants the Legislature to force Pinellas County to add fluoride to its drinking water again.

State Rep. Darryl Rouson filed a one-sentence amendment to a bill Monday to make Pinellas restart the practice it abandoned Dec. 31.

“It’s a significant health issue,” said Rouson. “It would not only affect low income and poor people in my county, but counties across the state. I think there should be some uniformity in heath care, health treatment.” Most dentists and major health groups, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consider adding fluoride a safe and efficient way to prevent tooth decay, particularly for needy children. Opponents call the practice risky — noting recent federal curbs on maximum levels for infants — and an abuse of personal freedom. County commissioners agreed in a 4-3 vote last year, grabbing national attention. The decision to stop the seven-year-old practice affected 700,000 residents. Pinellas Park recently decided to add fluoride to the drinking water it purchases from the county. St. Petersburg fluoridates its water, as does Tampa and Hillsborough County. Rouson’s amendment must win a vote by the Florida House to be added to the bill (HB 373). Rep. Rich Glorioso, R-Plant City, the bill’s sponsor, did not respond to messages seeking comment. Ultimately, the Republican-controlled Legislature would have to agree to delve into a local fight on behalf of Rouson, a Democrat. The House also requires amendments to be germane to bills, in this case one about stormwater discharges. Generally, county delegations decide local matters before they reach Tallahassee, too. “It’s late for that,” said Rep. Jim Frishe, R-St. Petersburg, who suggested the issue is best left to Pinellas. “Darryl’s very innovative like that. He can come up with all kinds of ways to raise issues. They aren’t all in the proper form.” Nothing in state law requires utilities to add fluoride. Rouson said his measure would be a first step toward a state policy. A single-vote margin on the commission, Rouson noted, “reversed a process that was delivering what many people thought was appropriate for the needs and health care of the county.” The amendment serves to keeps politically charged issue alive. Former legislators Charlie Justice and Janet Long, both Democrats, have cited the commission’s vote among reasons that they are considering running for the board in this year’s election. They would challenge Republicans Nancy Bostock and Neil Brickfield, who voted to stop adding fluoride.

“I’m not surprised to see somebody at the state level pick this up and run with this,” Brickfield said. “Let’s remember there’s a long way between filing an amendment and getting it through both houses.” A poll for the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9 in December showed strong support for fluoride and disapproval of the commission’s action. “It seems like an attempt to address a real health issue. I don’t think it’s a partisan issue,” said Commissioner Ken Welch, the board’s lone Democrat, who voted to continue fluoridation.

Winston’s Comment:

As expected they are trying to add back the fluoride in Pinellas County after voting it out, it was supposed to be fully stopped by December 31st 2011. But when you follow the money you will quickly realize without fluoride in the water instantly there will be 10-15% less fluorosis on peoples teeth which will immediately reflect in the next 10 to 15 years of loss of income for dental cosmetic surgery. Then there is the making the bones harder and crisper, which again would reflect in loss of income for hip fracture repair and replacement. And ultimately the extreme high cost of disposal of the waste fluoride from the heavy metal plating industry’s acid mixed with Florida phosphate mining industries waste fluoride, chromium, and stronctium 90. This waste “chemical soup” called hydrofluorosilicic acid is illegal to dump on land, in rivers, and in the ocean so this is of great concern as to what to do with it if you don’t add it to the city drinking water. So if you wonder why politicians and medicos push the issue of fluoridation just follow the money trail.

In response to the strong support from politicians and the American Dental Association’s relentless propaganda on the promotion of fluoridation we have brought out bigger, better fluoride removal systems to combat the forced medication of this highly toxic substance called hydrofluorosilicic acid in our drinking water. Fluoridation has been proven over and over that it only hardens the teeth if it is topically added. To place it in drinking water destroys the human body’s immune system, hardens the bones, (in other words makes your bones more brittle and prone to fractures) and of course it is a powerful mental strait jacket. Just type in the word “fluoxetine” into Google and note all the generic brands of Prozac popping up. This is not my opinion this is fact. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want my drinking water containing similar substance as to Prozac. I don’t need anymore mind fog, forgetfulness, and the accusation of being an absent-minded professor.

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