Sweetwater Authority to Provide Fluoridated Water

A controversial program to fluoridate the City of San Diego’s water was postponed last month, but South Bay residents who receive water from Sweetwater Authority, a separate water district, will begin drinking fluoridated water in mid-January until June of 2011. According to the Sweetwater Authority website, the change is due to construction upgrades of the Sweetwater Reservoir treatment plant.

Fluoridation is an unfunded mandate by the State of California in cities with a population above 10,000. In 2007, the First 5 Commission of San Diego County, an organization dedicated to the health of children 0-5 years of age, voted to fund water fluoridation for districts in San Diego, starting with the city itself. In December 2010, the Union-Tribune reported that First 5 had committed $3.2 million to build a fluoridation system and another $700,000 to operate it for two years; however, funding after two years is uncertain.

The issue of fluoridation continues to be divisive in the county. Proponents, such as the American Dental Association, argue that it is a strong preventative measure for ensuring healthy teeth. A First 5 internet site states, “only 55% of 2-5 year olds in San Diego County have ever had a dental visit and 28% do not have dental insurance.”

Dr. David C Kennedy, past president of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and an opponent of fluoridating water, said in a recent interview that he finds it ironic that First 5 would fund fluoridation.

In 2007, Kennedy made a presentation to San Diego City Council (which can be found on YouTube under the title “Poisoned Babies”). At the council meeting, Kennedy argued that infants should not be allowed to ingest formula that is mixed with fluoridated tap water, as an overdose could cause fluorosis, with consequences ranging from mottled enamel to skeletal formation problems. At the same council meeting, Dr. Howard Pollick, a proponent for fluoridation, agreed that infants should not be given formula with fluoride-treated tap water.

Kennedy is concerned that parents of infants in the Sweetwater Authority District have not been sufficiently advised about this potential danger. Kennedy says a meeting is planned for noon on January 8 at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest, for those who are interested in preventing fluoridation of San Diego’s water.

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In light of the recent concession by the federal government regarding reduction of flouride levels, all flouridation needs to be stopped.

After decades of this poison being federally mandated, dentists are at the forefront, and their patient records have reached critical mass-flouride is hurting, not helping.

White spots on teeth, white spots on fingernails, increased fractures, all a sign of flourosis. Not to mention the anecdotal evidence provided by Gulf War Veterans who have manifested the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a bi-product of being given flouridated drugs like Cipro to ward off bio-logic weapon attack.

Our government is killing us.


The EPA's January 7 press release which indicates problems with ambient fluoride and calls for the lowest levels of fluoride in the water...

probably more to come...

The board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District (in Northern California) held a meeting last Tuesday on water fluoridation. This summer they are scheduled to vote on whether or not to fluoridate the water supply. The board and their staff were given 20 copies of a 70 minute cd of doctors explaining the history, origin, and health hazards of this toxic waste. Doctors included John Lee, John Yiamouyannis, and Phyllis Mullenix. The audio is posted at the website www.MaeBrussell.com. Just go to the bottom of the homepage.

If people were to burn a cd of that audio and spread it around (especially to churches, schools, health food stores and health clubs) you mind find it very effective in waking up the public in your area. Good luck.

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