Soapbox: In case of fluoride, question the system |

Soapbox: In case of fluoride, question the system

The Aspen City Council held a work session on the topic of fluoridating the water. This was initiated by the health and water departments. These departments felt that enough new information warranted a re-evaluation of the methods currently being used. In spite of the possibility that the council and public would challenge thinking out of the box or would not want to challenge their belief systems, these courageous and insightful people were concerned for the health and well-being of the people and the environment. Some of the issues of concern stem from the fact that even though sodium fluoride (which is one of the most deadly toxins and is used as rat poison) is heavily restricted by the EPA from being put into our environment, it is being put into our drinking water. The employees of the water department must wear full-protection garb when handling this dangerous material. Does it seem absurd that this clothing must be worn when handling something that is being put into our drinking water? The water department also stated that 99 percent of fluoride goes directly into our streams and isnt used by the target population. Does this seem like an effective system? The health department reported that there is mounting evidence that questions the whole issue of safety and effectiveness of fluoridating the water. Much of this evidence comes from many fields that claim that many of the studies have been flawed. Some concerns include the association with increased incidences of cancer, osteoporosis, dementia and learning disabilities. Anyone interested in more information? Despite the ominous challenge of changing belief systems that have been programmed into the public, these people felt that this information was important to present. The book The Fluoride Deception, by Christopher Bryson, explains and documents how and why the fluoridation of water has become the biggest scam on the American people. Those who have challenged fluoridation over the years have been ridiculed, called names and portrayed as lunatics questioning the system. Some pro-fluoridationists have even had the arrogance and audacity to ludicrously lump them in with racists and anti-Semites. Dr. Bill Wesson, a well-established dentist, presented that there is substantial evidence, research and information to question fluoride. Dr. David Swersky, another well-established dentist and pro-fluoride fan, stated that a calcium fluoride substance is important for the teeth. This is exactly why fluoride should not be added to the water! Calcium fluoride naturally exists in the water. People can understand the connection between calcium, bones and teeth. The same connections cannot be made between sodium, bones and teeth. Sodium fluoride is an unnatural poison that is being put into our drinking water and streams. Much of the public goes through life without questioning the system. They are happy with the status quo and feel that the government is looking out for their interests and that it knows best. Some of them have been led to believe in the past that blood-letting is good, cigarettes were good, and that it is even good to put mercury in their teeth and bodies. Heck, even hand-washing was ridiculed when it was originally presented! There has always been a small group that would question and challenge authority. How dare we think outside the cube! Remember, only 5 percent of the people participated in the American Revolution. To give up our freedom, health and ability to question plays right into the hands of those who want to control. Whether they have belief systems or hidden agendas of gain, greed or ego, they want the people just to follow without questioning. The issue of fluoride really is not up to the government. It is up to the people to determine and choose what we put into our bodies. The arrogance of those wanting to impose their values on others is being questioned. It is time to take a stand for what you believe. Or accept the consequences of giving up your own individual responsibility and freedom of choice to those who will not hold you accountable.

Tom Lankering is a bio-energetic chiropractor in Basalt. Editors note: Soapbox runs weekly on the Sunday opinion page. This spot is a forum for valley residents to comment on local topics. If youd like to contribute, contact Naomi Havlen at The Aspen Times at 9253414, ext. 17624, or e-mail her at

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User