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March 16th, 2014 No comments

STOP ADDING TOXIC WASTE TO SEATTLE WATER

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 DRINKING WATER ADDITIVE LEACHES LEAD. The type of fluoride utilized in Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma, fluorosilicic acid, contains lead and leaches lead from pipes and fittings. Lead permeates all cells in the body, reducesIQ, and causes kidney disease and high blood pressure.

FLUORIDE SWITCH. Fluoridation started in 1945 with sodium fluoride (from the aluminum and uranium industry), but the supply was soon insufficient. Fluorosilicic acid, (from the phosphate fertilizer industry) was substituted in the 1950s, being cheaper and more abundant. Studies by Coplan, Masters, Maas, and Sawan show that there is much more lead in tap water fluoridated with fluorosilicic acid than with sodium fluoride. Why?

SILICIC ACID. When diluted, fluorosilicic acid breaks down primarily into fluoride ion, hydrogen fluoride, and silicic acid. Silicic acid has an extremely low dissociation constant, meaning that the amount of soda ash (sodium carbonate) alkalinizer added to neutralize the fluoride ion is insufficient to neutralize the silicic acid. Silicic acid is long lasting and very good at dissolving lead.

LEAD IN SCHOOL FOUNTAINS. In 2004 Seattle papers reported lead at 1,600 ppb  in old Seattle schools, far above the 15 ppm EPA action level and the 0 ppm goal. New brass pipes and faucets contain around 8% lead and older pipes contain as much as 30% lead. Most old schools, homes, apartments, hospitals, office buildings, and factories have pipes containing lead, which SiF will leach. When water districts stop fluoridating, lead levels in water and in blooddrop, as happened in Tacoma in 1992. Seattle commissionedreports on the lead in schools, but had a blind spot to the possibility that SiF was a factor. Seattle began replacing pipes in schools at great cost, when terminating fluoridation should be the first step and the cheapest. Even if replacing lead pipes in schools will solve the lead problem in schools, it will not solve the lead problem in other structures.

MANY FLUORIDES. Some 92% of fluoridation is done with fluorosilicic acid or its salt, sodium silicofluoride, together referred to as silicofluoride (SiF). Around 8% is done with sodium fluoride (NaF). SiF and NaF are much more poisonous and soluble than naturally occurring calcium fluoride (CaF), which is relatively insoluble and not even classed as a poison. Fluoridationists say fluoride is naturally occurring and that they are merely “adjusting” naturally occurring fluoride levels. Instead they are adding highly soluble fluorides which do not contain calcium, which would buffer fluoride. NaF and SiF are industrial grade. SiF contains and breaks down intohydrogen fluoride—which is highly poisonous and penetrates stomach, placental, and brain barriers–plus silicic acid, which dissolves lead.

TOOTH DECAY. Fluoride is added allegedly to reduce caries. However, tooth decay has dropped just as much in non-fluoridated continental Europe as in fluoridated United States, so fluoridation cannot be the causal factor. Tooth decay correlates with poverty, bad diet, and lack of dental care, and not with the percentage of the population fluoridated.

BLACKS, HISPANICS, AND THE POOR in general are more sensitive to lead, arsenic, and fluoride than the general population due to poor nutrition and vitamin D deficiency. The poor cannot afford to buy bottled water or water distillers, the most reliable way to remove the tiny fluoride ion. Alveda King, Bernice King, and Andrew Young lead the Fluoride-Gatemovement. They see fluoridation as a civil rights issue because fluorosis and other harms are twice as bad among blacks and Hispanics.

FLUOROSIS. The CDC admits that 41% of children 12–15 years old have some degree of dental fluorosis. (If teeth are affected, so too are bones.) 8.6% suffer from mild fluorosis (white spots and some brown spots with up to 50% of enamel impacted), and 3.6% suffer from moderate and severe fluorosis (white spots and brown spots and sometimes pitting and chalky teeth and up to 100% of enamel impacted). Even mild dental fluorosis can be ugly. Fluorosis should not be forced on people just so tooth decay can allegedly be reduced and then only slightly, if at all.

SYSTEMIC VS. TOPICAL – TOOTHPASTE. Studies on the CDC website admit that the effect of fluoride on teeth is primarily topical and not systemic, but strangely, CDC still endorses drinking fluoride. Fluoride is ineffective systemically and topically. Tooth decay is caused by streptococcus mutans, which is easily killed by topical antibiotics. Using a Waterpic with Lugol iodine weekly kills them dead. Cut tooth decay by quitting sugar, sweetening with xylitol, supplementing vitamin D, eating more vegetables, and brushing and flossing. Fluoridated toothpaste is an unhealthy and ineffectual way to prevent decay. It should be available by prescription only. Never use it. Fluoridation is a magic bullet that misfires.

PERVASIVE. If we add fluoride to tap water, then fluoride is in everything made from tap water – food, cola, beer, coffee, bread, cereal, restaurant food, and fruit juices reconstituted with tap water.

GREED. The PR manipulators sell us fluoride the same way they sold us tetraethyl lead, DDT, cigarettes, and GMOs. Chemical, pharmaceutical, fertilizer, and toothpaste companies donate to legislators and to dental and medical colleges, which indoctrinate dentists and physicians to endorse fluoridation. We trust agencies and those with MD and DDS degrees. The ADA tells dentists that they need not try to understand the science behind fluoridation. They need only accept the mystery and spread the gospel of fluoridation. Dentists and researchers who question fluoridation have been fired and have had their careers ruined. Once started, a profitable scam is hard to stop.

CDC, EPA. The Oral Health Division, one small branch within the CDC, run by fluoridationist dentists, endorses fluoridation. Likewise, the non-scientist administrators at EPA endorse fluoridation. Endorsements prove nothing. The most significant non-endorsement is that of the EPA scientists’ union, which opposes fluoridation. Agencies have been taken over by the industries they regulate and are made up of pro-industry and pro-consumer parties, which explains their mixed signals and inaction. Neither CDC nor EPA has authority to approve, promote, or finance fluoridation. The Safe Drinking Water Act says “No … regulation may require the addition of any substance for preventive health care purposes unrelated to contamination of drinking water”. EPA and CDC dodge this law by only recommending fluoridation and letting water districts require it.

ARSENIC. SiF also contains up to 1.1 ppb arsenic, a confirmed Type 1, Class A human carcinogen. For arsenic the MCL, maximum contaminant level, is 10 ppb and the MCLG goal is zero. A zero MCLG for lead and arsenic means there is no level of lead or arsenic which is safe to add to drinking water. 

SiF AND NaF are mutagens, poisons, and probable carcinogens. As little as seven grams of SiF or NaF, the weight of seven paper clips, can kill an adult. It would take a half pound of naturally occurring CaF to do the same. The fluoride we drink is of course not immediately fatal. However, healthy adult kidneys only excrete half of the fluoride we consume, while bones and glands retain the other half. Once in bones, fluoride cannot be removed.

KIDNEYS AND BONES.Fluoride builds up in kidneys, reducing ability to excrete. Water used for dialysis must be fluoride free. After drinking fluoridated water for years, bone will contain 3,000 to 12,000 ppm fluoride, depending on water hardness and diet, levels at which bones weaken and become brittle. Fractured pelvises are twice as common in fluoridated areas. All fluorides affect bones, joints, and tendons and exacerbate arthritis.

ALZHEIMER’S. Water treatment plants add aluminum to precipitate dirt. Fluoride ion binds with aluminum, forming aluminum fluoride, a neutral molecule, which slips through the blood-brain barrier, delivering aluminum into the brain, which may be a factor in Alzheimer’s disease.

OTHER SYMPTOMS. Fluoride interrupts and inhibits enzymatic action. It denatures proteins. SiF is an anticholinesterase inhibitor. It damages brain tissue and reduces IQ while the fetus is still in the womb. It attacks the thyroid, pituitary, pineal, and other glands. Fluoride incorporates into atherosclerotic plaque in coronary arteries and aorta and worsens cardiovascular disease. Around 1% of the population is so hypersensitized to fluoridated water that they have to relocate.

FETUSES, BABIES, IQ REDUCTION.Fetuses are highly sensitive to fluoride and its co-contaminants because their cells are rapidly dividing. Fluoride and its co-contaminants pass the placental barrier and lower IQ. The FDA banned prenatal supplementscontaining fluoride. Babies too are highly sensitive. Their cells too are still dividing, and they drink four times as much fluids per their body weight as do adults. Babies’ kidneys are not mature and excrete only 20% of fluoride consumed. CDC, ADA, AMA, and the surgeon general have advised that if formula is prepared using fluoridated water dental fluorosis will result, an indication that other harms are being done.

ATHLETES, HARD LABORERS, DIABETICS, and those with kidney disease are vulnerable because they drink up to ten times as much water as typical people. Fluoride is a drug, but the dose cannot be controlled nor the duration of consumption. It should be taken by prescription only.

IN WESTERN WASHINGTON, we are especially susceptible to the slow but certain ravages of fluoride because our snow melt water is exceptionally soft and contains little calcium, which would bind with and tie up fluoride to some extent.

IRELAND.Studies comparing the fluoridated Irish Republic and non-fluoridated Northern Ireland show higher disease levels with fluoridation.

TOXIC WASTE FILTH. The fluorosilicic acid used is the unfiltered and unprocessed scrubber liquor from the smoke stacks of phosphate fertilizer plants in Florida, Mexico, and China. It contains or breaks down into fluoride ion, hydrogen fluoride, silicic acid. It contains lead and arsenic. Batches can contain mercury, cadmium, chromium, copper, thallium, selenium, and barium. There are billions of atoms of each contaminant per quart of water. Thallium is radioactive. Fluorosilicic acid contains trace amounts of many elements. It is not pharmaceutical grade. SiF and NaF have never been approved by the FDA, EPA, CDC, or any other federal or state agency for consumption in tap water. The FDA has approved pharmaceutical grade fluorides for topical use, as in toothpaste, but the fluoride is to be spat out. If more than the smallest amount is swallowed, one is to call poison control.

NATIONAL SANITATION FOUNDATION—SHAM.  NSF is a chemical company trade association, the only entity which certifies fluorosilicic acid to be safe. Washington and 46 other states allow fluoridation only with fluoride which complies with NSF 60. WAC 246-290-220(3), says: “any treatment chemicals … added to water intended for potable use must comply with ANSI/NSF Standard 60. The NSF web site and the NSF Standard for Drinking Water Additives, say: “Standard 60 … requires a toxicology review to determine that the product is safe at its maximum use level and … to determine if any contaminant concentrations have the potential to cause adverse human health effects. …” Some 20 toxicological studies are required, but NSF has admitted that toxicological studies are not being done. (See Hazen deposition, pages 22, 67). Thus fluoridation materials do not “comply” with NSF 60 and fluoridation with them is illegal.

DANGEROUS, EXPENSIVE. Cities buy SiF by the tanker truck load. Everett pours 250 gallons per day into drinking water, spending $300,000 per year. Fluorosilicic acid corrodes equipment and shortens its useful life. Hazmat suits must be worn to handle it. When the liquid is spilled on concrete, steel, or glass, it burns through. When fluoride is added to water, extra sodium hydroxide or sodium carbonate – Draino® or soda ash – must be added to reduce acidity.

NO INFORMED CONSENT. SiF and NaF are added to treat disease and so meet the FDA and Washington definitions of an unapproved drug. Fluoridation is medical treatment without informed consent. Forcing us all to take such a toxic waste drug violates our right to control our own bodies. It should not be our duty to remove the toxic waste. Water departments should stop adding it. Those who want to consume fluoride can swallow a little toothpaste or get a Luride prescription.

CAPTIVE WATER DISTRICTS buy fluoridated water from Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett, but they never voted on fluoridation. They should demand that their water just be water.

FISH. The fluoride content of sewer effluent is high enough to repel salmon and cause salmon runs to crash, as has happened in the Snohomish, Columbiaand Sacramento Rivers.

WHAT YOU CAN DO. Go to www.WASW.org. Sign up for email notices of action events. Email, call, write, visit elected officials. James@JamesDeal.com

Ask the Hard Questions About Clean Water

November 8th, 2011 No comments

11-7-11

Candidates:

Under the Public Records I am asking Everett to produce documents and to answer hard questions about what it adds to drinking water.

Read the Request for Documents online here.

Download the Word version of the Request for Documents here.

For background – if you are new to this issue see this press release directed to candidates.

Read about NSF, the sham-agency which approves the strange additive but also admits that it contains lead and arsenic.

How would you answer Washington Action for Safe Water’s questionnaire to candidates?

Every tanker load is different. Only a tiny representative sample of tanker loads is tested.  Everett tests down to an arbitrary concentration and no further. Everett does not know for sure what is in the strange additive. Since 2008 I have been challenging Everett to perform an independent and detailed assay of the raw material, but Everett does not seem to want to know what is in the chemical stew, and so is showing disregard for the health of the people.

Tanker trucks arrive every 20 days or so at the Lake Chaplain treatment plant above Sultan. The liquid within is the unprocessed and unfiltered slurry liquor from the smokestacks of super-phosphate fertilizer production facilities in Florida, Mexico, China, and other countries. Raw phosphate rock contains around 4% F plus many other elements and chemicals. Sulphuric acid is added to phosphate rock, and there is a hot fire. The smoky end products is captured in EPA wet scrubbers. After cooling it goes into tankers for direct shipment to Everett and Seattle.

The main elements in the strange substance – lead, arsenic, and F – are all on the Superfund Priorities list of toxic substances.

Uranium was mined from the same rock, back when the price was higher, and may be minded there again if the price rises. The uranium concentration is not as high as in other mines, but uranium is there, and so, according to George Glasser, there is a very tiny amount of radionuclides in your water.

Those who support adding the strange substance contend that we should not worry because the amount of the strange substance is so small.  The problem with this defense is that the strange substance is cumulative. The body has difficulty excreting it. It builds up.

With such known poisons and carcinogens, there is no small amount that safely may be added.

If we stopped adding the strange substance to tap water, it would be no hardship to find another source. Those who want to eat and drink the strange additive can simply swallow some of their toothpaste. It would be a lot more pure than what is in the drinking water.

We ask Everett to quit forcing us to consume chemicals which we do not want to consume. Give us pure water.

The strange additive is expensive.

The proponents of adding the strange additive to drinking water admit that the effect is topical and occurs after childhood, not during formation of teeth. Some dentists favor topical application but oppose internal consumption.

The proponents admit that consuming too much of the additive is causing 41% of adolescents to have dental fluorosis. Paradoxically CDC and ADA still favor drinking and eating the additive.

The proponents of adding the strange additive to water provide no mechanism for those who are especially sensitive – arthritics, diabetics, all who drink much water such as laborers and athletes, those with kidney disease, children, babies, infants, and pregnant mothers and their fetuses – to obtain an alternate source of it. The old wells have been shut down in most districts.

As in Enemy of the People, the proponents of the strange additive oppose giving written disclosure to those who are sensitive to the additive, as it would imply there is something wrong with the water. It would hurt tourism. It would harm the giant chemical corporations by reducing sales of the strange additive. The price would drop only somewhat. There are other uses such as etching metal and glass and dissolving concrete.

There is a myth that if we stopped the strange practice that children’s teeth will immediately be smitten with more cavities. There are many other better ways of preventing tooth decay, and we know them. But we will not get serious about implementing them until we quit the strange practice.

And why are we so fixated on teeth? Why are we willing to poison all the other organs in the body and even cause fluorosis to some of the teeth in order perhaps to reduce cavities a small percentage if any?

How do the proponents of the strange practice come to believe the strange substance finds its way directly and only to tooth enamel, sparing all other parts of the body from any harm whatsoever?

To the contrary, the strange substance spreads throughout the body. It concentrates more in high-calcium regions and in the bones, kidneys, thyroid, and pineal. The body is poor at excreting the strange substance. We did not evolve to need needing to be able to do so because we consumed little if any of it.

The last time I talked with Alveda King she told me: “As soon as they started adding that stuff to the water, young, healthy wives started having stillbirths – spontaneous abortions.” Alveda says this is a civil rights issue. Blacks, Hispanics, and the poor in general are more likely to be the ones with the worst cases of fluorosis – brown spots on the teeth, with pitted and even chalky teeth.

The proponents of the strange additive agree that children under two years old should little or none of the additive. Yet they do nothing to deliver pure water containing none of the additive to poor mothers, those who need it the most.

So I am asking Everett the hard questions, the questions Everett should be asking. The questions that the other water districts in Snohomish County should be asking. We outside of Everett never got to vote on adding the strange substance to our water. Surrounding water districts should insist on receiving “just water”. Lay a new pipe if necessary.

If it is hard for you to entertain the notion that adding the strange substance to our water is not good for us and that big companies have manipulated us into poisoning ourselves, you can open your mind by refreshing your memory about the people who sold the world tetraethyl Lead in the 1920s. It is the same PR firm which sells us the strange substance today. Remember when we were assured that asbestos was nothing to worry about? Government agencies knew they were unhealthy but went along with the big chemical corporations.

How would you answer Washington Action for Safe Water’s questionnaire to candidates?

Sincerely,

 

James Robert Deal , Attorney
James@JamesRobertDeal.com
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