Friday, April 16, 2010

Louisiana Senator Dan Claitor's SB 638 Advances Legislation to Provide Notice to Citizens re: Fluoridation Dangers

Fluoridation warning advances

Advocate Capitol News Bureau
Published: Apr 14, 2010 - Page: 9A

A state Senate committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would require water companies to inform their customers of plans to fluoridate their water supplies and to forbid the purchase of the chemical additive from China.

State Sen. Dan Claitor said his Senate Bill 638 is about notification, not stopping fluoridation. The Baton Rouge Republican said each consumer should be able to make an informed choice about whether to drink the fluoridated water or just to use it for washing.

Adding the chemical fluoride to public water supplies reduces dental decay in the community, according to advocates of the practice, which includes the American Dental Association. (It also causes Cancer)

Opponents question whether the benefits of fluoride outweigh its toxic effects, which they say include risks to the brain, thyroid gland, bones and to infants.

The Senate Environmental Quality Committee recommended SB 638 to the full Senate without objection. Baton Rouge lobbyist Randy Hayden (Scum Bag gets paid to poison) represents Healthy Smiles Louisiana, which is a coalition of dentists, physicians and business leaders.

He said  tying fluoridation to the health risks of Chinese drywall is designed to hinder future efforts to fluoridate water supplies in Louisiana.

“This will make it more difficult,” said Hayden, adding that Baton Rouge is one of the largest cities in the country that does not add fluoride to its public water supply.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine (Jindal Political Pundit/Plant/MBA? running LA Health Dept.) agreed. “It might create some real bureaucracies for the department that I don’t think is necessary or intended,” said Levine in a phone interview after the hearing.

If the legislation becomes law, Levine’s DHH would have to track the source of the fluoride from its source to ensure the chemical did not come from the People’s Republic of China, he said. Because the federal government doesn’t track the origins of fluoride, the state would have to create its own system, Levine said. The result likely would mean the state could not approve fluoridation projects, he said. (what a shame)

Levine said fluoride is heavy and expensive to transport, making the chemical processed in China too expensive for American water companies. (Guess that's why all over the US cities are using China Fluoride Chemical now?) Those public water systems in Louisiana that add fluoride use a chemical that was processed in the United States, he said.

1 comment:

nyscof said...

Water companies should have the "Certificate of Analysis" which shows where the fluoride chemicals come from.

This one came from Frostburg, Maryland, and it shows the water fluoride chemicals contains 0.032% lead:

However, all fluoride chemicals - even those produced in the US - are allowed to contain trace amounts of lead, arsenic, mercury and other toxins by NSF International, the private company that regulates additives to our public water supplies.

NSF International opened a branch in Shanghai China where Frostburg's fluoride chemicals originated from February 2008 NSF reported that 2% of the 245 fluoridation chemicals sampled from 2000 to 2006 had detectable levels of Lead, 43% contained arsenic. (There are approximately 155,000 US public water supplies.)

Other allowable trace contaminants in fluoridation chemicals are antimony, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, selenium, and thallium.