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Small Towns in Colorado Question Fluoride in Drinking Water

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Local citizen activism, re-taking control and accountability equals better, more accountable governments.

Colorado continues to set an example for communities around the country to take control of their resources at a local level and fight back for their right to clean, pure, unaltered water.   On the Western Slope of Colorado (counties to the west of the Continental Divide), there are a few small towns that have made headlines this year for questioning the addition of fluoride to drinking water.

Rifle, a Western Slope working community, with large amounts of oil and gas exploration, started this trend by debating to remove fluoride from their municipal water source.  Earlier this year, Rifle decided to allow citizens to make the decision in a vote when the construction of a new water treatment plant is complete.

Snowmass, the high-end resort community has taken charge as well.  In July, Snowmass decided to stop adding fluoride to its drinking water.

Citizen activism is what has spurred the on-going debate and actionable solutions – showing what a difference a few visits to a city council or county commissioner meeting can make.

Getting Fluoride Out of Our Water

The government says that fluoride is harmless, but others disagree, and That’s Natural is one of them.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says that fluoride promotes “dental health”, unless you get too much, and then, it can increase the “likelihood of bone fractures” and may result “in effects on bone leading to pain and tenderness”.  But that is “only” if you get too much. How would anyone know how much anyone else is getting?

Of course, sometimes the government ‘gets it wrong’ – like in the case of Triclosan, that was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), but has been shown to be an anti-bacterial chemical that can harm or change the endocrine system (hormones) in animals.  It was “approved”, but that never meant it was “safe” or “good” for people.  You see, sometimes, the government can get it wrong.

Government, as you know, is just a collection of human beings – not necessarily endowed with more intelligence than you or I, or anyone else.  Mistakes can be made.

There is mounting evidence that fluoride in your water can be detrimental to your body.  The most resounding and dangerous effect being damage to the brain.  The EPA has a study showing “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity”.  This is the same agency saying it is good for us and safe to consume over a period of a lifetime?  That doesn’t make a lot of sense.

People deserve a choice.  Just like the GMO (genetically modified organisms) debate.  Most will agree that it should not be in our food supply at all – but all people should agree that we should be able to make this choice for ourselves.  It is criminal to be consuming something that is bad for us that is being deliberately put into our water by a government agency.  Rebellion from such a system means standing up at the citizen-level of government to get it out of our water – are you up for it?  See the Fluoride Action Network for more Resources: www.fluoridealert.org

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