Letter to the Editor

Awaiting Selectboard response on fluoride in water supply

On Oct. 20 I hand-delivered the following letter to each member of the Hinesburg Selectboard at their monthly meeting. To date, I have not received a reply, nor did any of the members present voice any opinion concerning my letter, the substance of which follows.

The chemical fluoride was introduced into the Hinesburg drinking water supply in 2000. The sole purpose of fluoride is to act on the surface of teeth and thereby reduce tooth decay, which is defined as a disease by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, only about 50 percent of fluoridated water is excreted by the kidneys, with the remainder going to the rest of the body and accumulating mainly in the bone and pineal gland, but also goes to the brain, kidneys, and other essential human organs.

The addition of fluoride to the public drinking water is supposed to act as a drug to stop the disease of dental decay. Since the Selectboard became a party to this drug therapy, it has chosen to practice medicine without a license.

If this fluoridation of Hinesburg water is to continue, I highly recommend that a prescription for it be obtained from Dr. Harry Chen, the present administrator of the Vermont Department of Health. It is imperative that the letter requesting the prescription delineate the fact that fluoride buildup in the bodies of Hinesburg residents must be completely safe to each of the following:  pregnant women, nursing mothers, babies receiving water diluted formula, the elderly, children especially boys from 6-8 years of age, patients suffering from arthritis or diabetes, and those receiving dialysis.

Further, the letter should request copies of the documents certifying that a scientific study and professional peer review has been conducted in each of the important categories listed above and state that fluoridated water is certified as being harmless.

‘Endorsements’ from the U.S. Public Health Service, American Dental Association, American Public Health Administration and the American Medical Association lacking the substance outlined above are highly suspect.

Concerned readers, I need your help. Your contact with members of the Selectboard and other apprehensive citizens could be significant in achieving a water supply for our town that is not contaminated with fluoride.

Karl Novak, Hinesburg