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The majority of those responding to this week’s Argus-Courier online poll opposed the county adding fluoride to its drinking water supply. About 75 percent disapproved of the proposed move. Here were some of the comments.
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“Absolutely not! As a person with a thyroid condition I’m not supposed to have fluoride. And my daughter is allergic to it. How completely ignorant and unfair to add something to the water that many people can’t have. It’s much easier to get fluoride if you want it, than it is to have to find some other source of water.”
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“Beside the expense and health concerns, have you ever tasted fluoridated water? Ugh!”
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“Haven’t we polluted ourselves enough?”
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“I prefer simple and safe water. Distribute fluoride another way that allows people a choice to put it in their body or gardens.”
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“No no no no, can’t say no enough! It’s another poison additive we don’t need that is forced upon us!”
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“Ridiculous and pathetic. Fluoridation is a choice. I choose no. Besides, it is a ridiculous cost while our roads continue to crumble.”
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“Speaking as a person that is allergic to fluoride: 1. There are far less intrusive ways of delivering fluoride than adding it to water. 2. No difference exists in tooth decay between fluoridated & unfluoridated countries. 3. Due to other sources, many people are being over-exposed to fluoride. 4. Whereas fluoride’s benefits come from topical contact with teeth, its risks to health (which involve many more tissues than the teeth) result from being swallowed.”
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“The fluoridation of water is known to prevent tooth decay and is considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century”.”
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“The studies are somewhat clear. They seem to indicate that there is a link between communities that have added fluoride to the water and the rate of heart disease. It other words, an increase of fluoride is linked to an increase of heart disease. And the studies also indicate fluoride does not really improve the health of teeth. Let’s not add useless and highly toxic poisons to our water supply. Let’s not waste $100,000 of our precious funds just to study a proposal that would result in dangerous risks to the health of everyone in Petaluma. Let’s keep our water pure, natural, safe and healthy. Say NO to fluoride in our water.”
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“Too expensive, not proven to help. Government should not get involved. People should just take care of their teeth and go to the dentist.”
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