Letter: Report didn’t support fluoride decision
I was interested in The Aspen Times’ coverage of the Snowmass Village Water and Sanitation Board’s decision to remove fluoride from the municipal water supply (“Snowmass water board nixes fluoride,” July 20). It was reported that the board cited a report it had commissioned from SGM concerning damaging health issues of fluoride as part of its rationale for removing fluoride from its water.
This surprised me, as I know SGM to be a top company in the field of water, but had never in my 50 years of studying this issue seen any real research that incriminated fluoride, either naturally occurring or when added in the appropriate amounts to water supplies, for any negative medical conditions.
I acquired a copy of the SGM report and carefully read it front to back. Nowhere in that excellent document does it say that fluoride has been shown to have any systemic effects on humans other than reducing tooth decay.
Either the board members of the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District didn’t read the report they paid for or they chose to disregard its conclusions and recommendations for their own prejudices and superstitions.
Snowmass Village, Aspen and Glenwood Springs children have had a huge advantage over kids in the rest of the Roaring Fork Valley for many years now in their dental health, and they have had no higher incidence of medical problems. Keep the small amounts of fluoride in Snowmass water for their sake.
Former Snowmass Village town councilman and former Snowmass Village dentist
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