Fluoridation and Watsonville
Fluoridation of city waters has been brought forth to the national forefront, again, but this time by Andrew Young who Wikipedia describes as follows:
Andrew Jackson Young (born March 12, 1932) is an American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia. He has served as Mayor of Atlanta, a Congressman from the 5th district, and United States Ambassador to the United Nations. He served as President of the National Council of Churches USA, was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and was a supporter and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since leaving political office in 1989, Young has founded or served in a large number of organizations founded on public policy, political lobbying and international relations, with a special focus on Africa.
According to the Journal of Living Food:
Andrew Young and Dr. Gerald Durley are asking top Georgia Legislators to repeal Georgia’s mandatory water fluoridation law. Both voiced concern that “fluoridated water disproportionately harms poor citizens and black families”. Both also expressed concerns about “issues of fairness, safety, and disclosure related to fluoride chemicals in drinking water”.
In a letter to legislators Ambassador Young wrote, “I am most deeply concerned for poor families who have babies: if they cannot afford un-fluoridated water for their babies’ milk formula, do their babies not count? Of course they do. This is an issue of fairness, civil rights, and compassion. We must find better ways to prevent cavities, such as helping those most at risk for cavities obtain access to the services of a dentist.”
He also stated, “My father was a dentist. I formerly was a strong believer in the benefits of water fluoridation for preventing cavities. But many things that we began to do 50 or more years ago we now no longer do, because we have learned further information that changes our practices and policies. So it is with fluoridation.”
Dr. Durley’s letter addressed disproportionate fluoride harm to black citizens’ teeth, and noted that with disproportionate amounts of kidney disease and diabetes in the black community, blacks are more impacted by fluorides.
As some of you may know, Councilmember Manuel Bersamin has taken exception to Watsonville resident Nick Bulaich’s repeated requests for the city council to reconsider fluoridating our waters. Bersamin continues to in essence, state that the city is bound by law to fluoridate our waters, and that poor Latino children in Watsonville cannot afford a dentist. We know Bersamin is not a lawyer, a dentist, a business owner and for sure not in the caliber of Andrew Young. But, then either am I.
On Wednesday April 27th I wrote Mayor Daniel Dodge requesting that we put the matter of fluoridation on a future agenda. Mayor Dodge wrote back:
From: Daniel Dodge [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6:20 PM
To: 'emilio martinez'
Cc: Beatriz Flores
Subject: RE: Flouride
The City Council has held numerous Public Hearings on the Fluoride Issue over the last decade. The previous City Council voted on this matter and the contract has been signed. Therefore there is no need to bring back the matter before the City Council at this time.
Watsonville has a high concentration of juvenile diabetes and obesity. This alone should be a consideration to reconsider fluoridating our waters, but maybe the issue is not dental care, but money. There is another story behind the matter of fluoridation in Watsonville, soon to be featured in this publication, because Something Smells Fishy and it isn’t the Watsonville Fishing Report!