Municipal Government of Edmonton, Mayor and Council Representatives

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In 1992, speaking on the Canadian television program Marketplace, former United States Environmental Protection Agency scientist Robert Carton claimed that "fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century."

The rates of dental decay in areas with unfluoridated water are statistically equivalent to those with fluoridated water, proving that water fluoridation is unnecessary for the prevention of tooth decay.

Fluoride's ability to damage the brain represents one of the most active areas of research on fluoride toxicity today.

Fluoride can be one of the most volatile and active harmful chemicals in the body. Fluoride can attack mercilessly, against any age group, but its effects are especially harmful to developing children and the elderly.

Fluoride is known to cause dental fluorosis, a defect of the tooth enamel caused by fluoride’s interference with developing teeth. Its visible signs are mottled or yellowed teeth. Nearly 30% of children drinking fluoridated water suffer from dental fluorosis on two or more teeth (Hileman, 1988).

Fluoride confuses the immune system and causes it to attack the body's own tissues, and increases the tumor growth rate in cancer prone individuals.

Fluoride is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Fluoride enters the brain and enables aluminum to cross the blood-brain barrier, resulting in increased risk for these diseases.

Fluoride has also been associated with low IQ and mental retardation in children (Hileman, 1988).
The research on fluoride and the brain has been fueled by 18 human studies from China, India, Iran, and Mexico finding elevated levels of fluoride exposure to be associated with IQ deficits in children.

Fluoride can cause a crippling bone disease called skeletal fluorosis. In more mild forms, symptoms of this disease include chronic joint pain, similar to the symptoms of arthritis.

Fluoride disrupts the activity of normally functioning hormones. Fluoride can reduce levels of melatonin, the sleep hormone, in the body, causing chronic insomnia (Hileman, 1988).

Most European countries have now rejected the process of water fluoridation. Their children’s teeth have not suffered from this rejection. The cost/benefit ratio of fluoridated water no longer warrants the presence of fluoride in drinking water.

A 2001 study found that "fluoride, particularly in toothpastes, is a very important preventive agent against dental caries," but added that "additional fluoride to that currently available in toothpaste does not appear to be benefiting the teeth of the majority of people."

Research shows fluoridation is unnecessary since we're already receiving 300% or more of the American Dental Association's recommended dosage. We are wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars a year fluoridating our water when it is completely unnecessary, unethical and dangerous.

We, the undersigned, request an immediate moratorium: we call on the Municipal Government of the City of Edmonton to ban water fluoridation immediately.

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The Immediate Moratorium: NO Artificial Fluoridation in Edmonton petition to Municipal Government of Edmonton, Mayor and Council Representatives was written by Clarissa and is in the category Health at GoPetition.