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Letter: Fluoride threat to residents and pets

I am disappointed Snowmass is revisiting the discussion of fluoridating the water. I first looked into the effects of fluoridation when I realized it was being done. My concern initially was not for myself, but for my dog.

I’ve had dogs all my life and only have had an issue with my dog and cysts since living where the water is fluoridated. My dog now, a rescued lab mix, has had two cysts surgically removed and has internal and external cysts all over his body, face, legs, feet and tail. He did not have any cysts, to my knowledge, when I adopted him at age 3. Since I found no research in the correlation between the cysts, cancer and canine consumption of fluoride, I can only draw my own conclusion into the connection.

My initial research was only involving dogs and fluoridated water. I found there is no known safe level, but one could assess it would be much lower than that for humans. I also found pet food, particularly those that use mechanically de-boned meat, can contain high levels of fluoride. It has been suggested to avoid these dog foods. To quote the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork website:

“With potentially high levels of fluoride (sometimes called fluorine) consumed by dogs, is it possible as in people that symptoms of arthritis, spinal abnormalities, etc. in dogs could actually be skeletal fluorosis (over-accumulation of fluoride in the bone)?”

This led me to further research effects on humans. The benefit of fluoride in preventing caries is from direct application to teeth and not ingestion, according to http://www.fluoridealert.org. However, prevention of caries seems to be the prevalent argument for fluoridation of drinking water.

Most European and developed countries do not fluoridate water, according to the British Fluoridation Society, and World Health Organization statistics show dental decay rates have decreased at the same rate regardless of water fluoridation.

But the fluoride we are adding to water is not the same as in toothpaste or dental treatments. It is industrial waste by-product, according to http://www.fluoridealert.org. Furthermore, we cannot control the dose because individuals and pets drink different amounts of water.

Some of the effects of ingesting fluoride, according to http://www.fluoridealert.org, include: bone cancer, weakening of bones and degenerative conditions such as arthritis, kidney disease, disruption of the thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, pineal and pituitary glands, distortion of brain cells, early dementia, decreased IQ in children, increase in free radical production in the brain, and the list goes on.

Prior to my research, two neighbors mentioned the foul taste of our drinking water. One had recently moved back after being away for years and the other lives here seasonally over many years. They both stated how good our water used to taste. I’m not sure when Snowmass began fluoridating, but it leads me to think this could be the cause.

If one wanted fluoridated water, they sell it down at Wal-Mart. Conversely, to remove the fluoride from the water you must goes through expensive processes such as reverse osmosis. The only other option, as I have resigned to, is purchasing purified water. With all this evidence of the harmful toxicity of the practice, I’m surprised educated communities continue to fluoridate their water. It brings to mind: when in doubt, toss it out!

Based on these facts, I strongly implore Snowmass Water Board to not fluoridate our water.

Cheryl Koehne

Snowmass Village