Thursday, July 9, 2015

Flouride and Memphis Water

Like toothpaste, mouth rinses and beverages, water is a source of fluoride. Fluoride is a chemical that helps the body grow healthy teeth and bones. However, there is an argument about whether fluoride should be added in drinking water.

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division’s position is neutral on the topic. Fluoride is one of the chemicals added to our drinking water to ensure our high standards of drinking water purity and provide health benefits for citizens like preventing tooth decay.

Given the purity of our water source, natural artesian wells, could we simply stop using fluoride?

It’s not that simple. Dating back to 1969, the City of Memphis has mandated, by ordinance, for MLGW to “take all necessary proper steps to fluoridate the water supply of the city.” The City follows the recommended procedures outlined by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC).

That’s what we do.

We follow the City’s mandate and the recommendations from TDEC and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on proper levels of fluoride in our drinking water. Taking fluoride out of the drinking water is not something we control.
You can read our annual Water Quality Reports  and see how we meet and exceed federal standards.

Memphis water is the best and we have the smiles to prove it.

1 comment:

Steve Misosky said...

Best Known Peer-Reviewed Medical Journal Officially Classifies Fluoride As A Neurotoxin

“Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and other cognitive impairments, affect millions of children worldwide, and some diagnoses seem to be increasing in frequency. Industrial chemicals that injure the developing brain are among the known causes for this rise in prevalence. In 2006, we did a systematic review and identified five industrial chemicals as developmental neurotoxicants: lead, methyl mercury (common in vaccines), polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic and toluene. Since 2006, epidemiological studies have documented six additional developmental neurotoxicants – manganese, FLUORIDE, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated dihenyl ethers. We postulate that even more neurotoxicants remain undiscovered. To control the pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity, we propose a global prevention strategy. Untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity. To coordinate these efforts and to accelerate translation of science into prevention, we propose the urgent formation of a new international clearinghouse”

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New Research Links Water Fluoridation to ADHD
Feb 2015
New Research Links Water Fluoridation to ADHD, Thyroid Disease Strong research published in the British Medical Journal this week shows a significant relationship between fluoridated water and ADHD

Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England?
J Epidemiol Community Health 2015

We found that higher levels of fluoride in drinking water provide a useful contribution for predicting prevalence of hypothyroidism. We found that practices located in the West Midlands (a wholly fluoridated area) are nearly twice as likely to report high hypothyroidism prevalence in comparison to Greater Manchester (non-fluoridated area).

In many areas of the world, hypothyroidism is a major health concern and in addition to other factors—such as iodine deficiency—fluoride exposure should be considered as a contributing factor. The findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure.

From an article in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 67, No. 2, Pp. 230-238: Researchers in the Dept. of Psychology at Florida International University, North Miami, found a statistically significant delay (almost 1/2 second longer to respond) in visual response to a peripheral light stimulus in subjects given just 1/2 milligram of sodium fluoride.

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