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Editor’s Note:  I want to share this blurb with you from Time Magazine’s online publication, because it confirms two key points I have maintained since I created 100274-56268-ralph-wiggum_largedurhamagainstfluoride.com, however not been adequately refuted by the bureaucracy responsible for fluoridating our water here in Durham North Carolina.

Namely;

  1. That fluoride (especially in the form Hydrofluorosilicic acid) is an “industrial chemical” and,
  2. That drinking fluoride has the material affect of lowering your intelligence quotient

As you read this casual confirmation in a mainstream publication, just remember that our city website tacitly admits to adding one of the below named IQ stultifying industrial chemicals to your water.   Here is a video of the actual tank which pours this corrosive compound into our drinking water:

Source: Time Health & Family

A new report finds the number of chemicals contributing to brain disorders in children has doubled since 2006

By Alice Parker 2/14/2014

In recent years, the prevalence of developmental disorders such as autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia have soared. While greater awareness and more sophisticated diagnoses are partly responsible for the rise, researchers say the changing environment in which youngsters grow up may also be playing a role.

In 2006, scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai identified five industrial chemicals responsible for causing harm to the brain — lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (found in electric transformers, motors and capacitors), arsenic (found in soil and water as well as in wood preservatives and pesticides) and toluene (used in processing gasoline as well as in paint thinner, fingernail polish and leather tanning). Exposure to these neurotoxins was associated with changes in neuron development in the fetus as well as among infants, and with lower school performance, delinquent behavior, neurological abnormalities and reduced IQ in school-age children.

(MORE: A Link Between Pesticides and Attention Disorders?)

Now the same researchers have reviewed the literature and found six additional industrial chemicals that can hamper normal brain development. These are manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Manganese, they say, is found in drinking water and can contribute to lower math scores and heightened hyperactivity, while exposure to high levels of fluoride from drinking water can contribute to a seven-point drop in IQ on average. The remaining chemicals, which are found in solvents and pesticides, have been linked to deficits in social development and increased aggressive behaviors.

The research team acknowledges that there isn’t a causal connection between exposure to any single chemical and behavioral or neurological problems — it’s too challenging to isolate the effects of each chemical to come to such conclusions. But they say the growing body of research that is finding links between higher levels of these chemicals in expectant mothers’ blood and urine and brain disorders in their children should raise alarms about how damaging these chemicals can be. The developing brain in particular, they say, is vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals, and in many cases, the changes they trigger are permanent.

“The consequence of such brain damage is impaired [central nervous system] function that lasts a lifetime and might result in reduced intelligence, as expressed in terms of lost IQ points, or disruption in behavior,” they write in their report, which was published in the journal Lancet Neurology.

They point to two barriers to protecting children from such exposures — not enough testing of industrial chemicals and their potential effect on brain development before they are put into widespread use, and the enormous amount of proof that regulatory agencies require in order to put restrictions or limitations on chemicals. Most control of such substances, they note, occurs after negative effects are found among adults; in children, the damage may be more subtle, in the form of lower IQ scores or hyperactivity, that might not be considered pathological or dangerous. “Our very great concern is that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviors, truncating future achievements and damaging societies, perhaps most seriously in developing countries,” they write. “A new framework of action is needed.”

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Durham County board of health Chair Sue McLaurin reaffirmed Thursday what all cities ought to emulate – that they are committed to reviewing the new science and evidence which proves the inefficacy of community water fluoridation.

“We have formed a subcommittee to review the issue of fluoridation.  That subcommittee met November 19th and we will be meeting again December 17, so just to let you know we are moving along as a group.”

Whether this will result in any effectual action remains to be seen however.  As we have found from the obtuse behavior of the Raleigh City Council and deceptive actions relayed from others –  accountability for this issue has had a tendency to jump from agency to agency, never seeming to rest on one central authority who can “turn off the spigots.”

The bureaucracy that protects the chemical/fertilizer companies who lobby for and supply Fluoride is a frustrating aspect for any activist, but perhaps there is cause for celebration here.  Afterall,  the incredible work by ABC news Affiliate WTVD rocked the country (and world) and I suspect brought much due pressure onto the governing bodies of Durham County.   I had a gut sense today that they were listening more intently when I made this December 13th appearance, which is why I decided to give them some warm words of encouragement as they went into the December 17th meeting.  I understand it takes strength to admit you’ve been lied to, so I gave them the following 3 quotes:

From William Owens, President of the 5,000-member-strong Coalition of African American Pastors:

“African Americans have more kidney disease and more diabetes, but nobody elected to tell us that kidney patients and diabetics are more susceptible to harm from ingested fluorides… We need to investigate this Fluoridegate mess. This is a civil rights and environmental justice issue.”

From Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.:

“Water fluoridation needs to end. It is good that organizations are lending their support to help push this outdated and harmful practice of fluoridation toward collapse.”

From Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr.:

“This is a civil rights issue. No one should be subjected to drinking fluoride in their water, especially sensitive groups like kidney patients and diabetics, babies in their milk formula, or poor families that cannot afford to purchase unfluoridated water. Black and Latino families are being disproportionately harmed.”

Early on in this fight I discovered the Durham County Board of Health is the governing body who  makes health-related recommendations to the City Council, which is why I appear in front of them as opposed to the Mayor, councilmen et, al.

The City Council will not change anything “public health related” without the stamp of approval from the board of health.  THEN, and only then – will they legislate accordingly (or so they say).

The frustrating part about the bureaucracy is the waiting, the process, and the protocol.  At each meeting I only have 3 minutes to say my piece, and I only get that one chance once a month.

It takes a month to form a subcommittee.

It takes another month to schedule and have a meeting.

The next meeting might actually be spent talking about the issue, but no decision will be made till the next meeting…

and so on and so forth.

I now know how some people have spent their entire lifetime fighting one single issue – because the system is designed to make it that overwhelming.  They’d rather you go back to sleep.

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The Layers of Bureaucracy Could Keep You Occupied for a Lifetime

No doubt it is a thick onion to peel but that will have to be an unfortunate statement on the current state of affairs.  The truth of the matter is that no agency, board of health, department, or title within the government has the ultimate authority to determine what goes into our water. WE DO – not only because  Water is a divine gift from the Universe, but we pay for it!  We literally are the customers – so why does one have to generate an almost literal act of congress just to not get medicated via drinking water against your will?