Woodland council votes 6-1 to stop using fluoride in water

2013-08-19T23:35:00Z 2014-10-29T22:16:03Z Woodland council votes 6-1 to stop using fluoride in waterBy Barbara LaBoe / The Daily News Longview Daily News
August 19, 2013 11:35 pm  • 

WOODLAND — Fluoride is on its way out of Woodland’s water.

Citing personal freedom and patient rights, the City Council voted 6 to 1 to remove the additive. Woodland now becomes the only Cowlitz County city not to fluoridate. Councilman Al Swindell was the lone vote to continue fluoridation.

None of the roughly 20 people at Monday’s meeting spoke in favor of fluoride. Council members, though, said they’d spent “significant” time studying both sides of the debate. Citizens first raised concerns several months ago and numerous studies have been forwarded to the council.

Even if fluoridation prevents tooth decay — and opponents say it doesn’t — Councilman Ben Fredricks said the city shouldn’t fluoridate citizens’ water without their consent.

Adding fluoride “allows decision makers without medical qualifications to do to the whole community what a doctor is not allowed to do to his or her patients,” he said.

Councilwoman Marilee McCall said she was concerned about the cumulative effect of fluoridation and thanked residents for coming forward with their concern.

The vote left fluoride opponents “super excited” and “ecstatic” they said after the vote. Opponents say fluoride isn’t needed and can cause numerous health problems. Some at Monday’s meeting called it poison.

Ashley Schrang has three children and one on the way and wants to limit their fluoride exposure. After the vote she said she was pleased the council listened to residents’ concerns.

School nurse Debby Shoup — speaking for herself only — questioned medicating residents without consent and said fluoride proponents can easily use toothpaste or additives.

Terry Day said adding it to the water was dangerous and un-American.

“I’m against my government medicating me without my consent. In America that shouldn’t happen,” he said.

Despite concerns like those raised in Woodland, the American Dental Association continues to endorse fluoridation of community water supplies as safe and effective for preventing tooth decay. The association says fears of fluoride are misguided and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proclaimed community water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

City crews will stop adding fluoride to the water today, but it will take a few days before the previously treated water works its way out of the city’s reservoir and water system, said Public Works Director Bart Stepp. Not fluoridating the water will save the city between $3,000 to $5,000.

In Cowlitz and Clark counties the cities of Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso, Longview, Vancouver, Battle Ground and Camas fluoridate their water. Clark Public Utilities, Washougal and Ridgefield do not.

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(21) Comments

  1. DianeDraytonBuckland
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    DianeDraytonBuckland - August 20, 2013 1:55 am
    Australia & USA both in dental crisis after widespread fluoridation for UP TO 60 & 67 years respectively.
    The only answer EVER was to provide access to affordable dental health care services for all the population, not the disposal of hazardous waste pollutants and co-contaminants known as water fluoridation; into our drinking water supplies and hence also the contamination of our food chain and using the populations' kidneys as hazardous waste disposal/filtration units.
  2. jwillie6
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    jwillie6 - August 20, 2013 7:35 am
    The solution to the fluoridation issue is very simple.

    SIMPLE SOLUTION:
    1. Take the toxic waste fluoride chemical out of the drinking water.
    2. It is still legal and available, so those who wish to take it can then put fluoride in their own glass of water.
    3. Leave the rest of us out of it, giving everyone the freedom of choice.
    PROBLEM SOLVED FOR EVERYONE.
  3. ngrooms
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    ngrooms - August 20, 2013 9:19 am
    I just want to thank everyone who took the time to attend the meeting last night. I also want to give a special thank you to our Mayor, Grover Laseke who truly listened and acted on our concerns from the first time he was contacted about this issue; to Bart Stepp who also took into consideration our concerns; to Scott Perry & the other council members who communicated with me and acted favorably to their constituents in listening to our concerns and having the courage to vote down fluoride!
  4. Hydrated
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    Hydrated - August 20, 2013 10:11 am
    So, how many people will suffer because of this decision? The over 5000 people of Woodland thats who. I get that people are listening to the bubbling fears rolling out of the Portland media market, but this is a wrong decision. Bottled water costs as much as gasoline and you have a hard time finding it with the right amount of fluoride to protect teeth. Its much safer to have fluoride in the water than to be without it - or be relient on supplments and rinses. Many have lost their choice here.
  5. jwilliamson Staff
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    jwilliamson - August 20, 2013 11:31 am
    very good decision! it is a carcinogen
  6. johnmurphy
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    johnmurphy - August 20, 2013 11:36 am
    Dr. Arvid Caarlson, 2000 Nobel prize in medicine winner says, "In Sweden, water fluoridation, to my knowledge, is no longer advocated by anybody...the emphasis nowadays is to keep the environment as clean as possible with regard to pharmacologically active and, thus, potentially toxic substances."
    "I am opposed to fluoridation because of the overwhelming evidence that fluoridation is not only potentially harmful but has already caused considerable, well-documented harm." Albert Schatz, Ph.D.
  7. johnmurphy
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    johnmurphy - August 20, 2013 11:41 am

    Dr. James Patrick, a former antibiotics research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, describes the predicament: "..very low margin of safety involved in fluoridating water. A concentration of about 1 ppm is recommended..severe fluorosis has been documented from water supplies containing only 2 or 3 ppm..a therapeutic index of 2 or 3 is totally unacceptable

    add to that that it is in everything. from the USDA http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/12354500/Data/Fluoride/F02.pdf
  8. Anderson
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    Anderson - August 20, 2013 12:36 pm
    Be afraid Woodland, be very afraid. Opposition to fluoridation has been around for over 70 years, some called it a communist conspiracy in the 50's and 60's. With your huge meth population perhaps you have gotten used to people with rotten teeth, may even consider it a good look. The false teeth industry loves your decision.
  9. jwillie6
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    jwillie6 - August 20, 2013 1:14 pm
    A resolution was passed by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States, opposing the practice of water fluoridation.

    They joined Black leades opposing fluoridation include former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter and niece Dr. Bernice A. King and Dr. Alveda King, Coalition of African American Pastors President Rev. William Owens, and civil rights leader and minister Dr. Gerald Durley.

    Henry Rodriguez, LULAC’s Texas civil rights chairman. said “This is about forcing us to be medicated through our drinking water without our consent or full disclosure of the risks. Fluoridation is a civil rights violation.”
    See the petition at this site:
    http://lulac.org/advocacy/resolutions/2011/resolut...
  10. Ashleymarie7
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    Ashleymarie7 - August 20, 2013 2:16 pm
    Nothing to be afraid of here... Cuz Woodland rocks! Thank you city council for respecting and believing in each persons liberties. :)
  11. BryceP
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    BryceP - August 20, 2013 10:01 pm
    @Hydrated Can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, never have I seen a underprivileged person drinking tap water, normally cola or energy drinks.
  12. Andre
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    Andre - August 21, 2013 12:36 am
    For those that are worried about not getting their fluoride fix, just eat a bit of your toothpaste. Also 94% of the world population does not artificially fluoridates their water supply.
  13. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - August 21, 2013 10:27 am

    In Support of Community Water Fluoridation:

    American Dental Association
    In the interest of public health, the American Dental Association unreservedly endorses the fluoridation of community water supplies as safe, effective, and necessary in preventing tooth decay. This support has been the Association’s policy since 1950.

    U.S. Surgeon General Statement
    Water fluoridation is the most cost- effective, practical, and safe means of reducing the occurrence of tooth decay in a community. Water fluoridation continues to be the cornerstone of community oral prevention programs. Every Surgeon General of the U.S., for the past 50 years, has supported community water fluoridation.

    National Centers for Disease Control
    Community Water fluoridation is one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics
    The AAP endorses and accepts as its policy the Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries in the United States
    Widespread use of fluoride has been a major factor in the decline in the prevalence and severity of dental decay in the United States and other economically developed countries. When used appropriately, fluoride is both safe and effective in preventing and controlling dental caries. Because frequent exposure to small amounts of fluoride each day will best reduce the risk for dental caries in all age groups, the work group recommends that all persons drink water with an optimal fluoride concentration and brush their teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. For persons at high risk for dental caries, additional fluoride measures might be needed.

    The American Medical Association
    The AMA urges state health departments to consider the value of requiring statewide fluoridation (preferably a comprehensive program of fluoridation of all public water supplies, where these are fluoride deficient), and to initiate such action as deemed appropriate.


    • Don’t be tricked by the half-truths and misleading statements about fluoride. Community water fluoridation is supported by every national and international health care or scientific organization with a position on the topic
  14. screen name
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    screen name - August 21, 2013 11:10 am
    So silly to stop doing it, look at England, they as a majority dont do this and look at their teeth... YUCK!
  15. KurtFerre
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    KurtFerre - August 21, 2013 11:55 pm
    This is a sad state of affairs: As in Portland, science fiction won out over evidence based science. Sadly, no one from the public health, medical, dental, or school nurses showed up to the city council meeting to testify in favor of fluoridation.

    I doubt that the City Council has a particle ounce of science background and they let the fear-mongers influence their decision.

    In contrast, last month, the anti's mounted a challenge in long-fluoridated The Dalles, OR. Several local dentists, physicians, public health leaders, even a police officer testified in favor. This had a huge influence on the council vs. the knucklehead who suggested that anyone who supports fluoridation should be arrested for terrorism. At the end of the meeting, the vote was 6-0 in favor of continuing fluoridation.

    If there is local ground swell in the citizenry of Woodland, beyond the 20 anti zealots who showed up, this decision can be reversed. Shame on the school nurse who testified against fluoridation. She truly must have her head in the sand.

    Hubert H. Humphey once stated about the role of government:

    "It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."

    The Woodland City Council failed their citizens miserably.
  16. dr4health
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    dr4health - August 22, 2013 11:13 pm
    The Woodland City Council respected its informed community members and the democratic process as well as the individual rights of its citizens. Anything less is UN-patriotic and un-american!! :) Mass medicating people with unknown dose to an individual without knowing their medical history really is malpractice. Informed Consent for any type of medical treatment is the law as well. If you are not close minded, care about our citizens health check out: fluoride alert.com and just read.
  17. Jauronamo
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    Jauronamo - August 25, 2013 2:39 am
    Most of those groups were once notable organizations that one would follow the advice of, but since the FDA now gets all of its funding from Pharmaceutical company's, its no longer a viable source for truth. since we live in a society that is ran by the corporatacracy. Where profits are the goal, this is why when go to your MD he takes your symptoms and writes a script, pills, band aid the symptoms see you back in a week for another co pay and more pills politicians don't get cancer, why is that?
  18. Jauronamo
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    Jauronamo - August 25, 2013 3:23 am
    I grew up in Oregon and have lived most of my life there. Fluoride free I am 44 years old never had a cavity. I don't floss and I brush my teeth once maybe twice a day. so that is not a viable argument. Ive been to Japan and most of them have bad teeth also. My question is do they use tooth brushes. and if you think its so important why dont you go get your self a barrel of fluoride and drink away. that choice is mine to make and should not be mandated by any public official
  19. Jauronamo
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    Jauronamo - August 25, 2013 3:37 am
    don't you get it ,who are those people and why do we care? weather they are the queen of England or the pope himself if they want to put it in there bodies let them. but not mine or the city of woodland. this is a mute point . the people have spoken. you sound like a drone of the nwo in your constant promotion of carcinogens and degradation of life. in response to that quote tell me how well we treat our retired with the less SS benefits and this obamacare that fines in the form of taxation
  20. Jauronamo
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    Jauronamo - August 25, 2013 3:47 am
    yeah I think you need to have your head examined, you must live pretty high on the hog, so you think. Obama care is about taking more from people and the people receiving less. Are you aware that if you are overweight, smoke, don't exercise are over the age of forty you my friend will be fined in the form of tax because you will require more visits to the doctor then someone whose 20 years old, even if you have your own medical insurance. vaccinating your kids is also risky. so what moral test????
  21. johnmurphy
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    johnmurphy - August 26, 2013 12:43 pm
    Bureaucracies pushing an agenda to dispose of toxic waste by filtering it through people should not be paid much heed. Fluoride is dangerous at a level only 2 or 3 times more than what is added to the water. In addition to that consider that fluoride since it's in the tap and fertilizer is also in fruits, vegetables, grains, juice, soda, wine, beer, seafood, pasta, etc.
    from the USDA http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/12354500/Data/Fluoride/F02.pdf
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