For more than 30 years, I've been begging the City of Fond du Lac to stop dumping the deadly poison hydrofluosilicic acid to our drinking water.
We dig deep wells to get the cleanest drinking water, and then our elected officials fill it with an industrial waste product.
I still hope the City Council will finally look at the evidence. If they do, they will see why the scientific community around the world condemns fluoridation as very harmful to our health. Less than 4 percent of Europe is fluoridated, and Japan has never added fluoride.
We now know that fluoride causes an increase of 700 percent in bone cancer in young males (New Jersey Department of Health study). It suppresses the immune system, and makes bones brittle. Did you wonder why there are now so many hip and bone fractures? If fluoride has any value at all, it is from surface application, which we get from toothpaste, mouthwashes and dentists. We don't need to swallow it.
Fluoride is a main ingredient in rat poison. It is so dangerous that fluoride toothpaste requires a warning label — children under the age of 6 should be supervised to prevent swallowing, and if more than a normal amount is ingested, the poison control center should be contacted.
Our group presented a petition with more than 2,200 signatures requesting that the city have an advisory referendum to see if the people of Fond du Lac wanted hydrofluosilicic acid added to their drinking water. It seems this petition is still being ignored, just sitting in the City Clerk's Office. So much for representative government.
Dr. Paul Connett, one of the leading authorities in the world on fluoridation, came all the way from New York to warn our City Council about the dangers of fluoridation, at his own expense. The City Council would give him only 30 minutes of its time, and then ignored all the evidence he presented.
The largest study ever conducted on tooth decay in the United States tracked more than 39,000 children in 84 cities. It shows there is no significant difference in decay rates among the children drinking fluoridated water versus those who drank non-fluoridated water. The study was conducted by the National Institute of Dental Research and cost taxpayers more than $3 million.
But still, we pay the price for a foolish mistake made more than 60 years ago, which our council refuses to reconsider. When we first started dumping poison in our water, doctors were still recommending smoking as good for you.
Fluoride can cause dental fluorosis and mottled teeth in your children and also causes neurological damage. Check it out at www.fluoridealert.org. You will be shocked and alarmed. I also have a two-hour DVD that will convince even the most vehement skeptic about the dangers of fluoridation.
Incidentally, the Fond du Lac Water Quality Report calls fluoride a contaminant, and the source is "discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories." Hydrofluosilicic acid is an industrial waste product that has never been approved by the FDA for human consumption. We are spending millions to remove one contaminant from our water while adding a deadly poison. Does that make any sense?
Unfortunately, once government takes a position on a subject, it is almost impossible to get it to change. Still, more than 100 cities in the United States have discontinued fluoridation as a failed concept. I hope that Fond du Lac won't be the last one that does.
Richard Matthew of Fond du Lac is a longtime opponent of fluoridating the city's water supply.