Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Citizens' Address on Fluoridation

Good evening. My name is Doc Medina. I am here tonight to share some key information about fluoridation as it pertains to the City of Yuma, and to make a simple rational request.

First I will cover three main types of fluoride we are all exposed to.

Calcium Fluoride. This is what some call NATURALLY OCCURRING fluoride. Calcium fluoride is not soluble enough to be hazardous to humans upon ingestion. Therefore, I do not find this type of fluoride in our water alarming.

Sodium Fluoride. This is the FDA approved fluoride for medication purposes. It is found in toothpaste, mouth wash, prozac, etc. This type of fluoride can be quite toxic upon ingestion, as evidenced by the warnings to "contact poison control center" if more than the recommended dose is ingested.

Fluorosillicic Acid. This is highly toxic industrial waste. It is what the local government of Yuma adds to the public water supply. Unlike other additives or treatments, used to make our water safe, Fluorosillicic Acid is detrimental the health of th citizens of Yuma. According to the Fluorosillicic Acid Material Safety Data Sheet, used by the city, this hazardous waste cannot be dumped in a regular landfill due to its toxicity.

Now I will share some information specific to the City of Yuma's fluoridation program.

The City of Yuma spends about $20,000 - $30,000 per year to poison our water. I'm sure the city could use $20,000 elsewhere.

The initiative passed to fluoridate Yuma city water did NOT create or amend any ordinance. All the city has is a "Resolution".

There is no legal opinion on the initiative to fluoridate and the city clerk was not able to provide a copy of the initiative. There's no way to verify the initiative was even legal. This tells me that the city does NOT have to poison our water and any member of this City Council can bring this issue to vote for repeal.

The Declaration of Independence tells us that governments are instituted amongst men to secure the rights of the people.
Amongst those rights are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

By adding industrial toxic waste to public water this government is NOT securing Life for the citizens of Yuma.

Adding fluoride to the public water supply infringes on the Liberty of the poorest in our community. Those who cannot afford to buy expensive fluoride filters and therefore do not have a choice to be free from fluoride.

As for the pursuit of Happiness; Whether you believe it to be material, property, or emotional...How happy will the people be, in a few years,when this community sees a rise of dental fluorosis, skeletal fluorosis, and even osteosarcoma?

The Ninth Amendment reads-
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The people retain the right to not be poisoned by their government.

My request is simple. I demand that this City Council repeal the resolution to fluoridate the public water supply. Fulfill your most basic duty as government. Secure the rights of the citizens, and stop poisoning the people of Yuma.