Health Department honors Maryville for fluoridating water

Micky Roberts, Blount County health director, presents a certificate honoring Maryville for the city’s commitment to provide water fluoridation to Jeff Rose, director of water quality control for the city of Maryville.

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Micky Roberts, Blount County health director, presents a certificate honoring Maryville for the city’s commitment to provide water fluoridation to Jeff Rose, director of water quality control for the city of Maryville.

The Blount County Health Department recognized the City of Maryville on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for its efforts to fluoridate their water supply.

The Tennessee Department of Health recently announced that the City of Maryville Department of Water Quality Control, TN 438 has been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta Georgia. Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century.

“Water fluoridation set to the optimum level for oral health is a safe and effective method to prevent tooth decay and improve the oral health of our community residents of all ages,” said Micky Roberts, Blount County health director.

Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the public water supply to a level that is optimal for preventing tooth decay. The CDC award recognizes communities that have maintained a consistent level of optimally fluoridated water for the calendar year.

The Tennessee Department of Health supports community water fluoridation as part of its overall Oral Health Services initiatives. For more information, visit the Web at http://health.state.tn.us/oralhealth/index.html.

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nyscof writes:

Over 2,660 professionals urge the US Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted, citing scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement:http://www.fluorideaction.org/stateme....

Also, eleven Environmental Protection Agency employee unions representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals called for a moratorium on drinking water fluoridation programs across the country, and have asked EPA management to recognize fluoride as posing a serious risk of causing cancer in people.

Approximately, 80 US communities rejected fluoridation in 2008 & 2009

A Tennessee State legislator, Joey Hensley, who is also an MD is urging all Tennessee Water Districts to stop fluoridation. At least 30 Tennessee water districts have already complied with his request.

The CDC is using these awards as a PR tool to protect fluoride's image (in fear of lawsuits?) when they should spend the effort and money protecting susceptible people to fluoride's toxic effects, especially kidney patients and babies.

Malfunctioning kidneys may not filter fluoride properly from the body allowing a toxic and bone damaging amount of fluoride to build up in the body.

The American Dental Association reaffirmed its warning in a November 10, 2009 news release that concentrated infant formula should not be mixed with fluoridated water. the CDC concurs.

One needs to ask why would the CDC spend money to glorify fluoridation instead of to protect the people they are paid to care for.

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