The Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association
agree that babies fed formula made with tap water are at risk of
ingesting too much fluoride. Yet most Bay Area water districts fail to
warn parents of the risk.
On Saturday, March 22, concerned citizens will march to urge water
suppliers and health officials to issue public warnings about the risks
of feeding babies formula mixed with fluoridated tap water. The march
begins at 11 a.m. at Union Square and concludes with a 1 p.m. rally at
Justin Herman Plaza.
Kristie Lavelle of Clean
Water California, organizers of the march, explained that
fluoridated water contains 200 to 250 times more fluoride than breast
milk. Babies who ingest too much fluoride are at risk for developing
dental fluorosis, a disease of the tooth enamel that results in
discoloration and chipping and is now found in more than 40 percent of
U.S. children ages 12 to 15. And that's just the beginning of the
widespread misunderstandings about fluoride in tap water.
"What's added to our water is not naturally occurring calcium fluoride,
but fluosilicic acid, a hazardous waste that is a byproduct of producing
chemical fertilizers," said Lavelle. "This chemical has never been
studied for its long-term health effects."
Michael Connett of the Fluoride
Action Network, who will speak at the rally, said that in recent
years research has turned on its head the outdated notion that adding
fluoride chemicals is a safe way to promote dental health. This month,
in a peer-reviewed study in the prestigious British medical journal The
Lancet Neurology, authors Dr. Philippe Grandjean and Dr. Philip
Landrigan revealed that fluoride
can lower children IQ's.
"We should listen to the evidence and act to protect our children's
brains, not the water fluoridation industry," said Connett.
Other speakers at the rally include public health expert and dentist Dr.
Bill Osmunson; Arlene
Goetze, who led a successful campaign to convince Sunnyvale to issue
fluoride warnings for infants; Jacques Durand of the Sierra
Club's Loma Prieta chapter; LULAC Executive Director, Henry
Rodriguez, who authored the 2011 LULAC resolution
against fluoridation; and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeff
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