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Osmunson’s Reply to Goldbaum 11-13-12

November 13th, 2012 No comments

BILL OSMUNSON, DDS, MPH
Cosmetic Dentist, Bellevue and Portland
President, Washington Action for Safe Water
bill@teachingsmiles.com

November 13, 2012

To the Snohomish Health District Board:

 

I am presenting this response to speech made by Dr. Mark Goldbaum on October 9, 2012, and to the Powerpoint slides which he presented as supporting evidence.

 

Click here to read the complete letter from Dr. Osmunson.

 

 

Dr. Osmunson Reply to Dr. Goldbaum

Bill Osmunson DDS, MPH, President
Washington Action for Safe Water
1418 – 112th Ave NE 200
Bellevue, WA 98004
425.466.0100
bill@teachingsmiles.com

 

June 3, 2012

City of Everett, Washington

cwiersma@ci.everett.wa.us; rramerman@ci.everett.wa.us; dwilliams@ci.everett.wa.us;
jmoore@ci.everett.wa.us; AHatloe@ci.everett.wa.us; saffholter@ci.everett.wa.us;
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Dear Ron Gipson, City Council President,

Washington Action for Safe Water is a not for profit organization to improve water quality in
the state of Washington. Although there are many pollutants in water, the addition of
fluoride to public water is the most egregious. The contaminant, substance, unapproved
drug is intentionally added and can simply be stopped by obeying laws and science.

It makes no sense to throw a toxic chemical, contaminant, unapproved drug at everyone in
an attempt to cover up bad health habits such as poor diet and lack of personal hygiene. If
Snohomish Health District were to focus on diet and personal hygiene, rates of other
diseases such as periodontal disease, obesity and diabetes as well as caries/decay would
be improved.

Snohomish Health District recommends ingestion of fluoride but fails to provide evidence
of an “optimal” enamel and dentin body concentration of fluoride which prevents dental
caries. Ask Snohomish Health District what is the optimal enamel and dentin fluoride
concentration (within the tooth) and provide one reference they have actually read.
Snohomish Health District fails to provide an “optimal” blood serum or urine fluoride
concentration which will achieve the “optimal” tooth fluoride concentration. Ask Snohomish
Health District what is the “optimal” blood fluoride concentration and have them provide
one reference which they have actually read.

Snohomish Health District fails to provide a single measured test, case, data or study on
what fluoride blood or urine concentrations are for customers of Everett City fluoridated
water. Ask Snohomish Health District what concentration of fluoride we have in our blood
and urine and ask for the data. Do we actually need more?

Snohomish Health District fails to provide data at what concentration of fluoride in the
water achieves the unknown “optimal” serum and urine fluoride concentrations which will
then result in the unknown optimal tooth fluoride concentrations.

Snohomish Health District claims to have 3,000 references on the benefits and safety of
fluoridation. Ask Snohomish Health District to provide a list of those articles they have
actually read or do they simply “trust” others to read the science.

Ask Snohomish Health District if their DEA license will cover the City of Everett’s use of
fluoride. Who has legal liability for harm? What legal support will Snohomish Health
District provide to the City of Everett should fluoridation, like lead, be found to cause or
contribute to harm?

Click here to read the rest of Dr. Osmonson’s response to Dr. Goldblum.

Efficacy or Safety?

January 16th, 2011 No comments

Letter to Craig McLaughlin, Board of Health

from Dr. Bill Osmunson

Jan 13-2010

Greetings Craig,

Question:  On what Legislative authority (law) does the Board include the concept of efficacy when determining the safety of fluoridation?  In other words, what law, if any, gives the Board the authority to determine fluoridation’s efficacy?   In an effort not to keep your staff busy with public disclosure request or another petition for rule change, perhaps you could answer the following question easier and faster.  WASW has not made petitions based on the efficacy or economic impact of fluoridation because the Board is charged only with ensuring the safety of water.  The Legislature does not appear to have instructed the Board to weigh the balance between safety and efficacy of drug therapy, but just safety.

RCW 43.20.50 (2) “In order to protect public health, the state board of health shall: (a) Adopt rules for group A public water systems . . . necessary to assure safe and reliable public drinking water and to protect the public health.

Based on the Board’s statements (especially to deny our 5th petition, intent of use) it appears the Board does weigh the efficacy of fluoridation in with the decision to determine concentration.     Perhaps we should provide evidence on the lack of fluoridation’s efficacy?   Regards,   Bill

Dr. Osmunson in McMinville

November 9th, 2010 No comments

Residents bare fangs at Mac dental debate

Government | Mon, 11/08/2010 – 11:03 am | Read 274 | Commented 2 | Emailed 0

By Nicole Montesano

A forum meant to showcase both sides in the debate over the safety of water fluoridation turned lopsided Thursday night, when the dentist representing the pro-fluoride side initially declined to participate, saying the role he was supposed to play had been misrepresented to him.

Dentist Gary Brooks of Willamina said he had not been asked to give a presentation, let alone a keynote presentation in a pro-con format. He said he thought he’d merely been invited to attend.

The forum grew contentious even before it began, and turned more so as it progressed.

The dentist, anti-fluoride activist Bill Osmunson of Lake Oswego, came prepared with a detailed slide presentation.

However, he ran into problems of his own when his computer was unable to interact with the system in the Carnegie Room of the McMinnville Public Library.

Meanwhile, audience member Denise Murphy raised an objection, saying the presentation shouldn’t go forward if it wasn’t going to be balanced. She said both sides should be fairly represented, as the meeting was taking place in a city-owned and tax-payer-funded building.

That led to shouting between Murphy and forum organizer Jo McIntyre, an anti-fluoride activist, who accused Murphy of representing a dental hygienist organization.

Murphy, a friend of Library Director Jill Poyer, later contacted the News-Register to deny the allegation.

In fact, she said, she works at the county courthouse and attended the meeting solely on her own behalf.

“I am not a shill for anyone even remotely connected to dentists or the fluoride industry,” Murphy said.

Poyer also contacted the News-Register, complaining that McIntyre had misled her.

“I was assured by Jo McIntyre that both sides would be represented in a fair and equal manner, and moderated accordingly. That clearly did not happen,” Poyer wrote.

“It was clearly a misuse of our meeting room guidelines and I am personally responsible for the error in judgment. … I was actually there for most of the meeting and was able to observe the imbalance first-hand.”

Brooks eventually agreed to improvise a presentation, to satisfy the audience.

During the evening, moderator Larry Bohnsack of KLYC Radio tried to diffuse the tension — and occasional shouting — with jokes about bourbon-flavored toothpaste and confusing formaldehyde with fluoride.

When a woman who identified herself as a dentist angrily told Osumson that he was counteracting the efforts of dentists who have “worked like dogs” to improve the public’s dental hygiene, Bohnsack noted his golden retriever doesn’t work at all hard.
“Well, I have toy poodles, and they are very energetic,” the woman responded.

Osmunson told the audience that dental cavities have been declining steadily and substantially worldwide since 1930, well before water fluoridation began. He said it has not been limited to countries where water is fluoridated.

Fluoridating water is actually illegal under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, passed in 1974, because the act prohibits adding anything to public water systems other than agents intended for disinfection. Osmunson said federal agencies “are deferring regulatory action” on the issue of water fluoridation, which is widespread throughout the United States.

He said the artificial fluoride added to drinking water, a by-product of phosphate fertilizer, is known to be toxic. He told the audience that a tube of fluoridated toothpaste contains instructions to use a pea-sized amount, which contains a quarter milligram of fluoride, to avoid swallowing it, and to contact the Poison Control Center if it is swallowed.

“That’s the same amount of fluoride as there is in one glass of McMinnville water,” he said.

Brooks told the audience he grew up in McMinnville and practiced dentistry in the community for several years before moving to Willamina. He said McMinnville and Sheridan fluoridate their water, while Willamina does not.

“It is obviously anecdotal evidence, which means there’s no scientific basis to it, but I am here to tell you that the kids in McMinnville and Sheridan have much better teeth than the kids in Willamina,” he said.

Brooks said he believes “the preponderance of evidence” shows that fluoride in effective in reducing tooth decay.

“The difference between a poison and a drug is in the dose,” he said.

He went on to note that McMinnville’s population has roughly doubled since 1982, when it had 19 full-time dentists, but it now gets by with 18.

“This tells me that the people in McMinnville are not needing the care,” Brooks said. “I believe that is due to fluoride.”

He said, “Seventy-six percent of people in the nation are drinking fluoridated water. I don’t think that would be the case if it were dangerous.”

Both dentists agreed that fluoride is absorbed by the teeth up to age 8, after which it becomes a topical treatment only.

People living in areas with naturally fluoridated water have much lower rates of tooth decay, even though in areas where the dose is high, they often suffer discoloration from a condition called dental fluorisis, Brooks said.

Osmunson argued that people today receive higher doses of fluoride than originally intended, because it is added to toothpaste and mouthwash, as well as drinking water.

In addition, he said, there is a significant difference between natural fluoride, which is calcium-based, and artificial fluoride, which is not. The calcium prevents the fluoride from being readily absorbed by the body, he said.

Brooks told the audience, “Fluoride is fluoride. Once it’s ionized — that means dissolved — that’s the stuff that gets in your teeth.”

The McMinnville City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. on whether to put a measure on the ballot allowing residents to vote whether they want to continue fluoridating the city’s water. The meeting will be held in the Civic Hall, 200 N.E. Second St.

Bill Osmunson Sends Freedom of Info Request to EPA 6-14-10

June 14th, 2010 No comments

Bill Osmunson DDS, MPH

President, Washington Action for Safe Water

1418 – 112th Ave NE

Bellevue Washington 98004

425.466.0100

bill@teachingsmiles.com

June 14, 2010

National Freedom of Information Officer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (2822T)
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 566-1667      FAX (202) 566-2147
E-mail: hq.foia@epa.gov

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request

Dear Sir or Madam:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act for the following information to be provided to me:

#1.       A digital copy of the EPA’s equivalent of the FDA’s New Drug Approval process for the fluoridation drug when used at 0.8 ppm to 1.2 ppm in public water, to include EPA’s required documentation for chemistry, nonclinical pharmacology and toxicology, human pharmacokinetics and bioavailability, clinical microbiology, clinicals, safety, statistics, case report tabulations, patient information on any patient claims, patient certification, establishment descriptions, and required drug legend.

#2.       A digital copy of records, reports, papers, meeting minutes, correspondence or clarifications of the MOU 225079-2001 http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/PartnershipsCollaborations/MemorandaofUnderstandingMOUs/DomesticMOUs/ucm116216.htm between the EPA and FDA.  And any records further clarifying the intent of the MOU 225079-2001 or another MOU as to whether the EPA is permitted to approve the sale and use of substances defined as drugs by the FD&C Act, when the substance is added to public water. 

#3.       Records the EPA has of Congressional Authority which exempts drugs when added to public water from the New Drug Application regulatory process and FD&C Act and provides the EPA with authority to approve drugs when they are added to public water. 

            In order to help to determine my status for purposes of determining the applicability of any fees, you should know that I am the President of Washington Action for Safe Water a 501 (c) 3 Corporation, and I request a waiver of all fees for this request. 

Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not in our commercial interest.  The information will be used in creating new regulations for water safety in Washington State. 

If fees cannot be waved, please provide a list of documents and the costs associated with each.

I request that the information I seek be provided in electronic format, and I would like to receive it on a personal computer disk or a CD-ROM or email to bill@teachingsmiles.com or US postal service to the address below.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Bill Osmunson DDS, MPH

President, Washington Action for Safe Water

1418 – 112th Ave NE

Bellevue Washington 98004

425.466.0100

bill@teachingsmiles.com

cc Ned Therien, WBOH  ned.therien@doh.wa.gov