Fluoridation of city water Palo Alto Issues, posted by Ada, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 18, 2011 at 8:59 am
I used to be indifferent to city water fluoridation, but I am not anymore, after a number of people who moved to Palo Alto from areas with non-fluoridated water supplies started developing thyroid problems (low thyroid). Perhaps, it is a coincidence, perhaps it is not, but research does consider fluoride as a thyroid inhibitor.
I now strongly oppose fluoridation. It should be individual choice to add or not to add fluoride to the water. One can always buy fluoride drops and add them to the drinking water, if one believes it its benefits. It is much more difficult to remove fluoride than to add it.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on May 18, 2011 at 10:40 am
I am interested in this. I was listening to Joannie Greggains' show on KGO radio some months ago and there was an anti-fluoridation spokesperson who appeared fairly reasonable; then a dentist who appeared knowledgeable phoned in, practically in a rage to support fluoridation, and they really went at it. I ended up continuing to be undecided about this but welcome input from reasonable people.
Posted by The Water is Fine, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 19, 2011 at 12:45 am
Wait a minute! I have been drinking Palo Alto water for nearly 55 years. My parents lived and worked full time until they both passed away in their late 80's. Two of my neighbors are fine (one is in her 90's, and the other passed away at 96). Both lived alone with no symptoms of Alzheimer's.
My parents moved here in the 40's and have been drinking unfiltered Palo Alto water since the day they passed on. Both of my neighbors drank it everyday for more than 55 years with no water filters. All of us probably even have a bit of lead in our water since our homes are over 80 years old - all of our neighbors are smart, and both my parents worked at Stanford until they passed away. Another one was the wife of a physician, and the other ran a popular business downtown for many years, so I conclude that our water is fine.
The article seems a bit hysterical, but I understand it is natural for parents of infants to be concerned.
I remember being part of some experiment at Jordan where all of us were required to brush our teeth with fluoridated toothpaste and spit, and then report symptoms.
If anyone remembers this, please chime in (maybe Andy Freeman's page).
I don't believe that any of us died or suffer any effects of this test.
Anyone from Jordan remember this?
Not sure what this was all about - if it was run by the state, county, PAUSD, SFPUC, or some toothpaste company. I was a kid and just followed what the teachers told us to do.
Posted by Lena, a resident of the Southgate neighborhood, on May 19, 2011 at 7:48 am
People have the right to believe fluoridation is fine or dangerous, but they should have a choice. Fluoridation of city water deprives them of choice and that is the problem. This is Palo Alto, people can and do make educated choices here.
Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on May 19, 2011 at 11:06 am
FLOURIDE OUT !
If this is a drug or medication, putting it in the water where the does is unknown and cannot be controlled is very wrong.
Not only that but paying for something 99% of which is unused and goes down the drains with toilet flushes , showers and lawn watering is stupid.
I think ... not positive ... that the fluoride source we get is the otherwise toxic waste from a major industrial process where the compound that is put in water is not even in a good form for the human body to absorb the mineral fluoride.
This should be stopped, or the reasons and dosage and costs would be published in the Palo Alto Online and elsewhere so we at least know what we are getting and what we are paying for it.
Posted by Frugal, a resident of the Leland Manor/Garland Drive neighborhood, on May 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm
Considering current cost cutting environment, has anyone looked at the cost of the fluoridation of water? One source mentions a study done 10 years ago that estimated the cost of fluoridation at about 50 cents per person (for communities of more than 20,000 people), so in Palo Alto alone with its 64,000 residents potential savings are 32,000 a year.