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Fluoride Comments

Des Moines Water Works staff invites public comments on water fluoridation

From today until Saturday, November 30, Des Moines Water Works invites public comments on its current water fluoridation practices.  Since January 2011, Des Moines Water Works has added fluoride to drinking water supplied to its customers at a level of 0.7 mg/L.  Prior to 2011, the addition of fluoride was at a level of 1.0 mg/L. While several scientific associations, including the American Dental Association, the U.S. Public Health Service, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the American Medical Association, are supportive of fluoridation to improve dental health, others have questioned the scientific and policy basis for fluoridation, citing research that points to adverse health consequences from fluoride exposure.  Des Moines Water Works continuously reviews its water treatment and distribution practices to ensure both regulatory compliance and economic delivery of safe, affordable, and abundant drinking water to approximately 500,000 customers in Central Iowa.

Those interested in commenting on fluoridation may submit written comments and/or information to: fluoride@dmww.com.  All information provided will be available to the public at:                                         www.dmww.com/water-quality/fluoride-comments/. While Des Moines Water Works staff will reasonably attempt to answer questions asked in a Question and Answer format available to the public, please exercise patience in giving staff an opportunity to provide complete and accurate answers. 

Des Moines Water Works staff will review all data submitted and report its findings to the Board of Water Works Trustees’ Planning Committee on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 3:30 p.m., at Des Moines Water Works’ General Offices, located at 2201 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, and to the full Board of Trustees on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 3:30 p.m., at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, located at 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines.

Please note: due to length, questions/comments and DMWW responses may be converted to a PDF document. 

DMWW Documents

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Documents Submitted by Citizens to the Board of Water Works Trustees at the October 1, 2013, Planning Committee Meeting

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Gabe Lanz (submitted 10/1/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride.

     Gabe Lanz e-mail document       

DMWW Response (submitted 10/4/2013)

The following is Des Moines Water Works' response to the above comment/question.

          Des Moines Water Works' response to Gabe Lanz's 10/1/2013 e-mail

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Michelle Brookhart (submitted 10/7/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

     Michelle Brookhart e-mail document

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Donna Smith (submitted 10/8/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride.

     Donna Smith e-mail document

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Chris Jones, Ph.D. (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride.

     Chris Jones e-mail document

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Teresa Garcia-Bovenmyer (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please join places like the EU and Portland Oregon by not adding Fluoride to our water supply!! There is no reason to add it and it would be helpful to the whole community if we stopped an outdated practice that does not help the community in anyway.

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Brandon Brown (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Get it out of our water!!!  So many people are against this. There is a lot evidence that it's bad for us. There are even documentaries on this stuff.

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Ray Smajd (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Fluoride is a poison when ingested. To do any good it needs to be applied directly on teeth. I have been filtering it out for years. Fluoride should NOT be added to our water.

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CDAlphson (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I appreciate the fluoride in our water. I have heard many pros and cons but I have had family members live in other parts of the country that hasn't had fluoride treated water and they have all had teeth problems. I have always lived in central Iowa and I have two fillings and that's it. Please leave the fluoride in our water. Thank you

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Adrian Davis (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please remove Fluoride from our water.  I rather have our water system beefed up to filter out more farm chemicals and other small harmful bacteria. Thanks for all that you do to improve our water!!!!

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Jason Crook (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I hate the fact we have it in our water I read studies from Drs, scientist, and dentist, that all said long term studies show that it is bad for your health and can cause bone cancer. Some of these dentist said yes it's a good thing to have it in water then changed there mind after research was done. And if you swallow tooth past your supost to call poison controll because of the fluoride. The risk are far worse then the benefits. If you get rid of it in our water I promise to drink more tap then bottled water. Thanks

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Tracy Rodgers (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

As a dental hygienist who spent 18 years of my life using water that was not optimally fluoridated, I implore you to retain the fluoridation in the Des Moines Water Works system.  Even as a hygienist with – let’s face it – excellent oral hygiene and the knowledge to use topical fluoride, I am constantly having to pay for expensive restorative dental care – the result of all those years without enough fluoride.  I have a good-paying job and dental insurance, but still struggle with those bills.  I can’t begin to imagine what a family or elderly adult would have to choose to go without if they were also facing the same costs.  Tooth decay is ENTIRELY preventable.  The best and easiest way to impact the majority of our population with that prevention is through community water fluoridation.
 
There is absolutely no science or evidence to back claims that fluoridation contributes to poor health – yet there is science to back the positive impact that it can have on oral health and its relatively low cost and greater financial benefit.  Because I know that there are enough people who will provide you with the science, I am not going to include the long list of links or attach the documents to this email.  Instead, I just ask that you respect my opinion – a resident of Windsor Heights and worker in the city of Des Moines – to please continue to fluoridate our public water system.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Rob Blackburn (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Fluoride is highly toxic.  When you drink fluoridated water, you are drinking unprocessed industrial waste product from the pollution scrubbers of the phosphate fertilizer industry.  It lowers your IQ, has adverse effects on your brain, there is a reason many many cities across the country have taken steps to de-fluoridate their water. Only 5 cities in Iowa but look at Nebraska

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D Packard (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Dear sirs,
 I am in favor of continuing to put fluoride in the water.  No need to reply to this. Just voicing my opinion.

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Chuck Utter (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

It is time to stop fluoride idle to its deleterious effects.

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Richard Buffington (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

As a resident of Des Moines I would encourage DMWW to stop the practice of adding fluoride to our water. I have had to purchase a reverse osmosis unit to remove this and other chemicals.

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Vic Miller (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please keep the fluoride.  Tired of being restricted on several issues because of risks so minuscule they should be considered theoretical.

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Jodi Rife (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I don't agree with the comment that was made about parents using tap water for formula for infants. I was a long time resident of DES moines and did not use tap water for any of my 4  children. I believe most people have gone to bottled water for a very long time.

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Theresa Flctiff (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please stop it is not needed in the tap water any longer. We get enough of it in our toothpaste & mouthwash and a multitude of other products,  that just adds to the daily dose we get from the water.
There is even baby bottled water that has it as an ingredient if a mother chooses to add that to her childs diet.

Save the money and use it to keep pesticides out of our waters instead.

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David Meyer (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

 Purity Of Essence. Are you *seriously* questioning this?

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Ian Barton (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Fluoride is critical for dental health. Before we moved to the Des Moines area, my oldest son drank water without it, and he had a lot of cavities. My younger son has only had dmww water, and his teeth have been great. No cavities!  Don't listen to the naysayers, keep fluoride in our water. If someone doesn't want it, they can buy bottled water.

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Don Anderson (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

     Don Anderson e-mail document     

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G. Gullord (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I think we should stop adding fluoride to the DSM water. There have been many studies in the last 50 years that prove fluoride is not good for the human body. We get enough in our toothpaste if we decide we want to use it.

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Jerra Fust (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

 There is much data available in support of not adding more fluoride. I trust you would have that information so I vote no extra fluoride added. Thank you for your consideration.

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Leslie Skinner (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please check all the information given on this website: http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/health/
Check these videos and experts: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/20/fluoride-denialism.aspx
Please remember that the only ones who have anything to gain from selling the city fluoride are the chemical companies. The most insidious chemical exposure is constant low dose because it leaves open doubt as to what is really causing the problems. It is easier to treat someone who has a dangerous high exposure but it is difficult to determine the exact problem when we are given little doses of many dangerous elements in a chemical soup with many possible interactions among the chemicals. Just eliminate the fluoride and if a dentist thinks someone isn't getting enough, let them do fluoride treatments in their offices. What do you have to lose, really?

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Ray Thompson (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Conspiracy nuts will abound. You are going to be piled on by the many many different illnesses blamed on fluoridation. It has been going on for 60 years. Your continued monitoring of how many ppm. Also, check out www.fluoridescience.org before you get too excited by these claims.

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Isa O'Hara (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

    Isa O'Hara e-mail document

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Sean Lenihan (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

     Sean Lenihan e-mail document

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Christie Flickinger (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I grew up having well water and had a lot of decay in my baby teeth  (my parents did not know that they should help brush teeth until at least age 8 because children do not have the manual dexterity to do a good job by themselves). We have raised our children on tap water and they have great teeth. They are all adults now and none of them have any cavities. The critics should look over valid research studies that have been conducted on this subject. Individuals always have the choice to purchase bottled water if they do not want to consume fluoridated tap water. I vote YES for fluoride! 

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Bill Vinson (submitted 10/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

     Bill Vinson e-mail document

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Maria Vinson (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

WE HERE IN IOWA, DO NOT WANT ANY FLUORIDE IN OUR WATER...WE ARE AWARE OF HOW TOXIC AND POISON IT IS!!!!!!!!!  NOWAY DO WE WANT IT HERE...THX

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Worth W. Hartzell (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Hello, I was born and raised in Des Moines and I'd like to request that you remove the fluoride from our tap water.  It has been shown that fluoride is toxic to the human body.  I believe it is doing much more harm than good in our bodies.  Please, for the good of our city, stop putting fluoride in our water immediately.  Thank you for your careful consideration.

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Sarah Green (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please stop putting fluoride in the water supply.  It's a toxic chemical that I don't want in my body or the bodies of my children.  I have refused to take fluoride since 1991, from the dentists and from the pediatricians who recommend it.  My teeth haven't rotted and my children have never had a cavity.  Fluoride is unnecessary and a toxic chemical.  Again, I ask you to stop putting it into the DM City drinking water.

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Shelley Kitsis (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I am a medical professional and have known for years the toxic/lethal effects of fluoride. It is a very heavy metal ( chemical periodical chart) and therefore has a very long half life and remains in the body for months, if not years. Universities that has tested the long term effects of the element have proof of it's literal "poisonous" results of it's long time ingestion, especially in developing children. Everyone in my family has had high end water filters installed in their faucets and refrigerator.  I've heard many medial professionals on both radio and television confirm what I have said here. I would never even give my dog regular Des Moines tap water!  Please, for the people that can't afford filters or fluoride free bottled water, REMOVE this very toxic element from the water here in Des Moines!

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Matt Kronlage (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

     Matt Kronlage e-mail document 

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Erin Hall (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I personally feel that if I wish to prevent "tooth decay" I can purchase a fluoridated mouth wash and tooth paste, I feel that it is absolutely reckless to add such a harmful substance as fluoride to our drinking water with no way for the customer to filter it out. Our family of 4 buys bottled water exclusively for drinking and cooking and it is not cheap! I refuse to drink the tap water while it is fluoridated. Please stop adding fluoride to the water, says the votes of our family of 4. We'd like to not have the negative side affects of fluoride poisoning, including calcification of the pineal gland in our brain. Thank you for reading my response.

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Robert Sanda (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I personally am a supporter of removing fluoride from Des Moines' water! I buy water to drink that does not have fluoride and it isn't cheap! Save us both some money!!

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Nicholas DeVriese (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Take this poison out of the water!

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Brian Weigel (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I would prefer that we do NOT add fluoride to water. The risks of adding it outweigh the potential benefits and the waterworks can discontinue this unnecessary service and pocket the savings.

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Bethany Glosser (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

     Bethany Glosser e-mail document

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Greg Bailey (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please, please, please…..Remove the fluoride from the water.  There are so many different ways that we can get fluoride for our teeth.  We don’t need to be exposed to it when we shower, wash our hands, wash our face, take a bath and even wash our cars. 

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Meghan Bartusek (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Good morning-Please reduce or eliminate the amount of fluoride you are adding to our tap water. 

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Brooke Brown (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Fluoride is the active ingrediant in rat poison. You're just poisoning everyone "7 parts per millon" slowly.

DMWW Response (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following is Des Moines Water Works' response to the above comment/question:

For clarification, fluoride levels are 0.7 parts per million (ppm), not 7 ppm. The KCCI October 9 news story incorrectly reported the fluoride levels. The online news story has been corrected.

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David Richards (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please stop all adding of fluoride to my families water.  If I want fluoride for my teeth, I will buy the toothpaste.  Here is a list of things linked to fluoride.  I believe the Pineal Gland calcification is the scariest of all. Thank you.

*Cancer
*Genetic DNA Damage
*Thyroid Disruption - affecting the complete endocrine system and leading to obesity
*Neurological - diminished IQ and inability to focus, lethargy and weariness.
*Alzheimer's Disease
*Melatonin Disruption, lowers immunity to cancer, accelerates aging, sleep disorders.
*Pineal Gland, calcification, which clogs this gland located in the middle of the brain.

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Beverly Trout (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

     Beverly Trout e-mail document

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Brian Shoemaker (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I think it is very important that  fluoride is not added to our drinking water because it is actually a corrective acid that comes from the air pollution devices in phosphate fertilizer plants. It is harmful to the environment and is dumped into our drinking water because it is the cheapest way for the companies to dispose of this harmful chemical.

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Julie Yatchak (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

It is causing damage to our teeth called Flurosis, It is a toxic bi-product, and different ethnicities react differently to fluoride. The American people were never given a chance to say yes or no, the government decided it would be good for everyone. Well, I am sorry that isn't the case - stop treating our water.  The link below gives scientific proof to why you should stop force feeding people a toxic drug that they can't opt out of.
http://youtu.be/P7BqFtyCRJc

Irritated Citizen

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Emily Eastman (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please keep the fluoride in our water. 

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Alex Stambaugh (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I work in Des Moines and live in Norwalk so I drink water from the DMWW. I am against water fluoridation due to health risks confirmed in numerous studies. Water should be as pure as possible for customers. If people want fluoride for dental purposes, we already have tooth paste, which is a topical application. Fluoride was not meant to be ingested. Also if fluoridation ceases, the DMWW will save at least $100,000 a year. Since DMWW has been adding fluoride for 50 years, think of the future cost savings. Those cost savings will be useful due to increased costs from removing nitrates.

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emcarp (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

please take fluoride out of our tap water!!! then I may consider again Consider using it for cooking and drinking for my family, there is no logical reason to have it and there, it is a poison... as if people are not exposed to too many chemicals already! Listen to your health smart people Dww!

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Crystal Grove (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

To whom it may concern:

I am against fluoride in our water in Des Moines, IA.  Thank you for offering comments on this subject. 
I also would like to suggest other toxic chemicals that are in our water to be removed as well.

Once again thanks,

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Amy McDowell (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Submitted documents:


This is the last one I have time to submit today. 


There are so many articles included on this site that I'm just sharing a link. You will find 19 articles published in Fluoride, the peer-reviewed Journal of the International Society for Fluoride Research. Please take a look.

http://www.fluoridation.com/isfr.htm

Again, thank you kindly for your time and your work on this issue.

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Jade Norby (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Hello, I am here to share my opinion on adding flouride to our water supply. I am a 27 year old who has lived in Iowa most of her life. When I was 7 and growing my first teeth I had dental fluorosis, which to this day has caused physical and cosmetic issues with my teeth. I also have concerns about calcification of the pineal gland, which is an important part of our endocrine system. I think the .4ppm naturally occurring fluoride is more than enough, and to top that off with all the nitrates and other chemicals that are in our water that are not natural, I feel like getting as close as possible to a "natural" drinking water would be best for the people of Iowa.

Thanks for opening up a forum on this. I would be more than thrilled if Iowa stopped adding fluoride to their water. Dentists give fluoride pills to small children now, so if parents feel like they need to supplement on top of the .4ppm, that option is readily available to them.

Thanks again for your time and attention.

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Tim Henderson (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

 I am opposed to fluoridation of water
Tim Henderson
thenderson@gmail.com

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James Patterson (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I am opposed to water fluoridation.
James Patterson
Jimijohn245@yahoo.com

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Josh VandeWiele (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I would ask that you stop fluoridating public water.  I’m not going to waste my time citing studies, books, etc.  I just ask that you leave it up to the citizens on whether we want to ingest fluoride.  Mass, forced “treatment” just isn't good.
In addition, I don't like that I have to buy an expensive filter to remove what you're adding. It's ridiculous. 

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Kelley Kipsi (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

NO water fluoridation!!!!!!
Kelley Kipsi
Kkpisi2u@hotmail.com

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Margaret Biggs (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I am against water fluoridation.
Margaret Biggs
Maniquieen33@facebook.com

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Laura Wilson (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

     Laura Wilson e-mail document

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Dean Logsdon (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Fluoride ingested lowers you iodine levels which causes a higher rate of breast cancer and ingesting fouoride does nothing for your teeth.  It is banned in some countries. 

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Larry Carl (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

The American Dental Association has an excellent website offering some of the scientific basis for optimizing fluoride in community water systems - http://www.ada.org/2467.aspx

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Lisa Croat (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Personally, I do not believe having the fluoride in our water is a bad thing at low levels, but it may be causing a distraction. I believe the more pressing problem is the question of bottled water safety, so anything we can do to get people to drink more tap water would be a good thing. If there is a concern about the addition of fluoride, and the population is already receiving enough fluoride through dental care, perhaps we could alleviate the concern by removing it. We could direct the extra money toward nitrate removal, and possibly education of the benefits of drinking tap water instead of bottled water.

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Fraya Parker (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please, please, please stop adding fluoride to our city water.  No one has been able to cite reliable, scientifically verifiable results that fluoride in water helps improve dental health in any way.  However, the health hazards of fluoride have been well documented.

It is crazy that we still add it to our water.  I pay my monthly water bill and still have to purchase bottled water that has been filtered to remove fluoride so I can drink it and cook with it.

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Ashley Boatright (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please quit adding fluoride to mine and my children's drinking water! The benefits do not outweigh toxicity of fluoride and for this reason it has been banned in many parts of the world! Make Iowa proud, and set an example for the rest of our country by discontinuing the addition of fluoride! Please! I would love to have an ice-cold glass of WATER minus all the other junk. Please, and Thank You for addressing the public's opinion on the matter! Save DMPWW some money ! Make the public happy ! And forget about the 'business' of adding toxic chemicals to our water!! Kudos, again, for listening to the people :) Sure means a lot!

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mackderm (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

We all like reduced costs, but I would leave the process the way it is. We have better quality water than a lot of cities.

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Dina Hollister (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I am very much against taking the fluoride out of our tap water with dental insurance being so expensive.  We can't even begin to know how many people will be adversely effected by discontinuing this.

People should already know that tap water is not appropriate for infants, and not just because of the fluoride.  They shouldn't ingest all the nitrates either. 

People are getting to a point where they are suspicious of any and all chemicals that keep us all healthy.  If they want to go back to 1900, they should dig a well but I, for one, appreciate that my children get a small, safe amount of fluoride every day in their drinking water.  Haven't there already been studies done that children who drink only bottled water get more cavities? 

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Tom Petrie (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

    Tom Petrie e-mail document

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Brent Flaherty (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Des Moines Water Works,

I would like to see you guys stop adding Fluoride to our water.  I appreciate you guys taking the time and opening this up to the public’s opinion.  Please remove the fluoride from our water.

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Donna Westfall (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

     Donna Westfall e-mail document 

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Joan Sayer (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

This item – Fluoride – should not be added to drinking water.
Do it topically if you wish, but do not subject all people to
Something that they never asked for.

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Tony Nelson (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

To Whom it May Concern,

I am oppose to adding additional fluoride to our drinking water supply for many reasons.  Most notably because this is an added substance that cannot be controlled by dosage due to the subjective water intake of individuals.  I have researched water fluoridation extensively and reports that indicate the health benefits of doing so are flawed at best.  I agree that fluoride which is applied to the teeth directly may have some cavity protection but sufficient amounts needed for these benefits are achieved through using fluoride toothpaste/mouthwash.  The option to use or not use fluoride should be left to the individuals CHOICE of whether to do so or not.  When this substance is added to all drinking water supplies then the public is not granted that choice.

I hope that you take these concerns into your consideration and end this process of adding fluoride to the public's drinking water like so many other cities across the country.

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Matt Morgan (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please STOP the fluoridation of our water. There is an overwhelming amount of records indicating the health risks of fluoride exposure. I have seen a news segment reporting a chemical spill at a water treatment facility. The chemical was so corrosive, it ate away the concrete where the spill occurred. A crew was sent in IN HAZMAT GEAR to clean it up. That chemical was, IN FACT, fluoride.
For the sake of the population in IOWA, take it out.

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Paul S. Beeber, Esq. (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

     Paul S. Beeber e-mail document
 

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Brian Martin (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

The anti-science fear-mongers continue to cry "wolf" at every chance, on topics ranging from vaccination to fluoridation.
The benefits of fluoride are unquestionable.  Despite years of study, there is no evidence that fluoridation of drinking water causes any of the problems that critics continually cite.  In fact, a bigger concern is the lack of fluoride in bottled water leading to higher incidence of dental caries in some children. Go to: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/minerals/fluoride/. This site gives a great overall view of fluoride and its benefits. 

Any number of nuts have put up websites and claimed to be "experts" on the fluoride controversy, yet their angst can probably be best characterized as paranoia. If you really don't want fluoride, drink bottled water (but make sure that it comes from a spring that is naturally low in fluoride; some water is naturally quite high).

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Amy Hunziker (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I, thank you for welcoming public comments before making a decision that affects alot of people.  My first complaint is that in the article it mentions, "others have questioned the scientific and policy basis for fluoridation, citing research that points to adverse health consequences from fluoride exposure". Instead of posting "he said, she said". Maybe you need to do your research before you post something that favors one side of the issue over the other side? Just one statement alone with no evidence posted has enough power to persuade someone who is just looking for answers. It also immediately portrays negativity. Please think about things like that before you post for public comment.
 
1) Fluoride= found naturally in the water. Not a poison. If it was a poison the anti-fluoridaters
2) Scientific data clearly shows that fluoride reduces tooth decay.
3) Where is the evidence that fluoride may harm infants vs. benefit the infants that someone heard on the radio? Before you come across with a statement as such, please find evidence that supports BOTH sides.
4) Fluoride is a nutrient for our bodies and teeth.  Our teeth are connected to the rest of our body and when you don't prioritize your teeth, your body and organs are also in jeaopardy. We need to make oral health a priority.
5) A community that stops fluoridating or never starts this process will find that local residents end up spending more money on decay-related dental problems. Evidence shows that for most cities, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves $38 in unnecessary treatment costs.
 
I am PRO-Fluoride in the water system. 

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Amanda Foust, DDS (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I would like to agree with Chris Jones PhD. His statement is very well written. There has been no solid scientific evidence that fluoride at the ppm offered in public water is dangerous. It has been proven to significantly reduce decay rate. With the refined carbohydrates, pop,  Gatorade  and energy type drinks, decay is at an all time high.  There are very few people that fall into  a low caries risk group. While the dentist office can provide additional fluoride treatments, those that do not have the money or any type of dental insurance do not usually choose to receive these treatments. With access to care and lack of insurance being such a great issue right now, many people need all the help they can get. Removing the fluoride from the water system will guarantee a rise in dental decay and there is unlikely to  be any change in insurance benefits to help defer the cost of more involved treatments.  Fluoride is naturally occurring , it's not a made up chemical. We, here in central Iowa,  just do not have enough naturally occurring in our water system which is why the supplementation is needed.  It would be a great disservice, especially to the underpriveledged to remove it from our water.  Prevention is one of the best services we can provide in dentistry. 

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Stacy Hancock (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

     Stacy Hancock e-mail document

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Michael Simonson (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I am opposed to fluoridation.  Allow this choice to be made by parents and adults.  Thank you.

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Jessica Strum (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Thank you for giving the public and opportunity to voice their opinion on this issues.  As someone who has purchased an expensive filtration system to remove many of the chemicals in our tap water I would like to ask that the fluoride be removed.  It is not necessary. 

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Jeri Kemple (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

This is a study conducted in Iowa and it states, Given the overlap among caries/fluorosis groups in mean fluoride intake and extreme variability in individual fluoride intakes, firmly recommending an "optimal" fluoride intake is problematic.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19054310

And then there is this article with citation. 

I hope you will be taking the time to read the articles and make the humane decision to stop adding hydrofluoric acid to Des Moines public water supply.

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Dr. Jessica Lawson, DDS (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Public water fluoridation has historically been shown to decrease early childhood decay significantly, and to subsequently decrease associated healthcare costs.  Dentists and Public Health officials fully support this practice.  If river water levels demonstrate consistent levels of fluoride with repetitive testing, it could be appropriate to revisit the levels added to public drinking water.  However, until that time, it is still a safe and effective preventive measure.  For those families who utilize baby formula, dentist's recommendations would be to mix it with distilled or non-fluoridated water to avoid fluorosis from a cosmetic standpoint only.  For additional research and information on the practice of pubic water fluoridation, I would suggest contacting Dr. Steven Levy at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

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Kilty Gonzalez (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I support no longer adding fluoride to the water. It is a controversial issue that effects the health of the people, so until it is unquestionably proven to be more helpful than harmful, or not at all harmful to one's health, let's remove it from the water and allow people to make the choice individually to drink store-bought fluoridated water or find another way to get fluoride.

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Beth Jones (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please see the following evidence based information on the benefits of fluoridation.

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Maren Lenhart (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Thank you for welcoming comments on this important public health measure. Please consider the following summaries and links to scientific reports that reinforce the safety of water fluoridation.

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Tony Nelson (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Sodium fluoride is not the same as Calcium fluoride.

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Ed Schooley, D.D.S. (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please find enclosed pertinent scientific studies regarding fluoride and child development debunking some of the hype you hear.

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Bill McCord (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Des Moines Water Works,

As a Des Moines resident, I am writing to say no thanks to the process of adding fluoride to the city's water.

I concur with the research citing long term adverse health effects.  As a result of the current practice of adding fluoride to the city water,  we do not drink or use for cooking any city water in our home.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on this issue. 

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Suzanne Heckenlaible (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please find attached a research brief from the Center for Fluoride Research Analysis. The document also provides other credible sources of information on fluoridation.   I appreciate your review of scientific, evidenced based documents on fluoride.

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Cyndie Norton (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am a parent and grandparent, and I've heard the reports about what the fluoride can do to the development of infants and children. I would like to see the Des Moines Waterworks completely stop adding fluoride.  If that's not an option, I certainly would support lowering the amount of fluoride being added.  Thank you. 

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Chad Ripple (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


      Chad Ripple e-mail document 

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Nichole Hagen (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Nichole Hagen e-mail document 

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kalani2750021 (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Harvard fluoride study:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/

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Shawne Kleckner (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Shawne Kleckner e-mail document 

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Sarah Nicolou (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I'm in favor of keeping it in the water. I think the good it does far out ways the bad it might potentially do.

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John Boesen (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


      John Boesen e-mail document 

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grizzlycjw (submitted 10/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Stop the use of Flouride in the water 

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Lindsie Anderson (submitted 10/11/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


If it's so important to have flouride in our drinking water why does Western Europe not have a single drop of flouride in it's drinking water, and to say it's to prevent tooth decay is completely untrue. Tooth decay has declined over the last 60 years even in countries without flouride in their water. The risk out way the benefits I would rather have tooth decay than tissues and organs failing because of flouride, many doctors have said the safety of flouride is very unsettling. Our babies are at great risk to mix formula with flouride water, it's recommended babies consume 10 micrograms of flouride per day, but they are consuming 700-1,200 micrograms of flouride, over 100 times more than the recommended amount. So lets take flouride out of our drinking water!

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Peter Van Caulart (submitted 10/11/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Peter Van Caulart e-mail document  


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James R. Bell, MD (submitted 10/11/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     James R. Bell, MD e-mail document 

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Kaley Gade (submitted 10/11/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Kaley Gade e-mail document 


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Cindi Neubauer (submitted 10/11/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I grew up on an Iowa farm – I had a lot of cavities. My children grew up with city / fluoridated water.  My son has had one cavity and my daughter has not had any at all and they are in their mid-twenties.  This makes me a believer!! 

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Aaron Lea (submitted 10/11/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Aaron Lea e-mail document

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Ruth Kabitzke (submitted 10/11/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I would like to register my 'NO' vote for water fluoridation.  I have included 2 links to articles about the toxicity of Sodium Fluoride on both the body and the brain when ingested.  I would find it very refreshing to be able to drink tap water again, but will continue to buy filtered water until the fluoride is removed.  Thank you.
 
http://www.infowars.com/government-and-top-university-studies-fluoride-lowers-iq-and-causes-other-health-problems/
 
http://www.infowars.com/how-fluoride-was-sold-to-americaand-how-we-bought-it/

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Edward Lewis (submitted 10/11/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


It is time for us to admit that we were wrong. We have been forcing this 'medication' on the population even though ingesting it is harmful. My daughter has fluorosis caused by this ingestion since she was a child. The product we add to our water is actually a toxic byproduct of industry. I am totally against adding fluoride to our water.

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Bill Osmunson DDS, MPH (submitted 10/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Bill Osmunson e-mail document

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Jennifer Payne (submitted 10/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please remove fluoride from our water. Fluoride is stated in many sources to cause developmental delays. We already have it in toothpaste. Why the need to add it to water also?

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Björn Rúnarsson (submitted 10/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


This may not be my place to comment on, but I feel I have to say something. You obviously can't taste the Fluoride in the water because that's how it's been most or all of your life, but coming from a country where no substances are added to the water I can definitely taste it. I was a little taken aback even as it's pretty disgusting if you're not used to it, you can even taste it in the soda in some restaurants. Regardless, do you really need it? Brush twice a day and go to your dentist for a check up once or twice a year, maybe? No? That's enough in other places is all I'm saying. And hey, if you don't care enough to take care of your teeth, why should your government force you to?

If you haven't already, check out this series of studies on the effect Fluoride has on the brain.
http://www.fluoridealert.org/studies/brain01/

And hey, if you ultimately don't care, that's okay. 

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Marcia Stone (submitted 10/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am strongly apposed to having fluoride added to our drinking water. There are so many studies and documents already sent in for you to read that I won't send them again.  Fluoride is toxic in so many ways and it affects the thyroid in many ways, all of which are not healthy.
Thanks for giving us an opportunity to speak on the issue. We use a filtering system as well to get as much of the chemicals out of our water.

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rehabequip (submitted 10/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     rehabequip e-mail document

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Donna Mayne (submitted 10/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

    

     Donna Mayne e-mail document 

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Jim Maxey, DDS  (submitted 10/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Jim Maxey letter

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Kaylynn Strain (submitted 10/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I have been doing a bit of personal study of the fluoridation of our water and I have come to the conclusion that it is too much.  With the same stuff in toothpaste too much is not good.  All you have to do is look at a toothpaste tube and see the POISON warning especially when children are more apt to swallow toothpaste then adults.  I have since switched to a toothpaste that does not contain fluoride in order to reduce the amount I take in.  I do not have a filtration system in my home and I do not want to spend money on water jugs which could have misleading labels on it as to its source and what remains in it at bottling  I would be much happier if this toxin was no longer put into city water.

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Mary Todd (submitted 10/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Mary Todd e-mail document

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Doug Westbrook (submitted 10/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

  

    Doug Westbrook e-mail document

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Kristin Senty (submitted 10/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am not a fan of flouride and have purchased my own filter at home to remove it. If it were taken out of the DM system I would be very pleased. Thanks! 

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Mallory Walsh (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

  

     Mallory Walsh e-mail document

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Marti Corbin  (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Marti Corbin e-mail document

____________________________________________________________________ Erin Terrones, CFPC (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I do not want fluoride in my water supply. Please reconsider. Thanks  

____________________________________________________________________ Matt Helgeson (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Thank you for accepting comments about water flouridation.  For 18 years of my life I grew up on well water without flouridation.  My teeth and the teeth of all my family members are as healthy as anyone else.  There is both science for and against water flouridation.  I am against the additon of flouride to Des Moines for the following reasons
1.  Research that points to negative health affects outweigh the potential benefits 
2.  We don't get to choose if we want it or not - it is forcefully added to everyones water (like it or not) by Des Moines Water Works
3.  My teeth don't need additional chemicals (flouride) to keep them healthy!  

____________________________________________________________________ Rebecca Chiodo (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


When in doubt, leave it out.  

____________________________________________________________________ Heather Oosterhuis (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I recently attended a conference and heard Sabina DaVita talk about the pineal gland and how toxins affect it.  One of the top three toxins to the pineal glad is fluoride!  It seems to accumulate more in the pineal gland than any other place.
Here are some studies she shared during her talk:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/  

____________________________________________________________________  Shannon Hoffman (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please stop fluoridating our water! It is a waste of everyone's money and has a detrimental effect on public health. Thanks for your consideration!

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Shari Schlatter (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


Please take the fluoride out of our water!  The more I research this topic, the more I think it is only ok for rinsing and spitting!  I have a daughter in her child-bearing years and I want her water and my grand children's water free of this poison.   

____________________________________________________________________        Jacob Knutson (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


The use of fluoride to help our teeth is like blood letting in the dark ages!!! Please help your fellow americans and listen to the people  VOTE NO TO FLUORIDE!


help us please

____________________________________________________________________          Hallie Plumb (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please remove the fluoride from our water for the sake of myself, my children, my loved ones and everyone else in the world please stop poisoning our water with this unnecessary treatment agent. Sincerely concerned parent and citizen

____________________________________________________________________           Jason Elliott (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Sir or Madam
Please stop with the hydrofluorosilicic acid.
Sincerely,
My Teeth

____________________________________________________________________            Megan Schincke (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please remove fluoride from our water.  I have done my research and feel it is negligent for the city of Des Moines to continue to add fluoride to our water supply.

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Julie Stiles (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Board of Directors,

It is my request that you stop using fluoride in the Des Moines drinking water due to health concerns.  Thank you! 

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Jessica Boyd Wilson  (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Thank you for actually reaching out your customers and asking for feedback regarding this topic.  I feel very strongly this chemical should be removed from our drinking water. 
 
More people should be made aware of the dangers this poses.  It's sad that the 70% of the US still puts this in our drinking water, but 97% of Europe has realized the dangers.  I feel this is an outdated practice with no associated health benefits. 
 
Please show the rest of the US again that Iowa can be a leader and discontinue this unnessary "medication".  The money that is saved put it towards awareness of high nitrates in our drinking water and what can be done on all levels to help reduce that.

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Dave Lewis  (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please stop!

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Pam Marlowe (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Remove all fluoride

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Heather Illg (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


It seems to me that if there is a possibility of people being harmed by fluoride in the water, it should be taken out.  Especially since there are other ways to get it.  People shouldn’t have to spend extra money for bottled water (which may still have fluoride and other chemicals) or a filtering system to avoid it. 

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tk0199 (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hello Des Moines Waterworks,
I strongly urge you to eradicate all fluoride from our water supply in Central Iowa.  There is very strong evidence that suggests fluoride exposure in children can substantially affect cognitive awareness.  I have attached a link that includes a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health. 
 
Thank You
 
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/

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Avery Robbins (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am extremely against water fluoridation. For those who argue that it promotes dental health, it should be an individual's own choice whether or not to consume this chemical. There are plenty of toothpaste and mouthwash options to choose from if this is your decision.

I would implore everyone to read the studies on the effects of fluoride, such as this one from Harvard: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/
A condition called dental fluorosis can occur when too much fluoride is taken in: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/safety/dental_fluorosis.htm
TIME magazine has even admitted it is neurotoxic. This is not a substance that should be swallowed every day, especially by children.  http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1976909_1976895_1976898,00.html

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Adam Brommel (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am not well read enough to cite specific studies condoning or condemning the practice of water fluoridation.  I can however, provide my opinion that a municipal water provider should only provide pure, filtered water to its customers.  If a customer wish to supplement his or her water with daily fluoride, then that should be up to him or her.
The State of Iowa forbids its citizens to buy or sell water filtration devices such as:
Propur Water Filtration
https://propurusa.com/

Berkey Water Filtration
http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com/
This leaves us to choose between fluoridated water, or expensive filtered water delivery services.
I've been a customer of Des Moines Water Works, not by choice, but mostly by circumstance.  If you should decide to continue fluoridating water, I may finally have to stop drinking from the tap for good, and use Crystal Clear instead.
Thank you for your time and consideration. 

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Steven D. Slott, DDS (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Steven Slott e-mail document

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Melissa Crawford (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hello,

Thank you for the opportunity for residents to respond to fluoride being added to the water supply. I would love it if the water no longer contained fluoride. I believe that fluoride is a poison. I do what I can to filter it out of our drinking water, however, fluoride filters are expensive. It would be wonderful if I didn't have to worry about filtering it out anymore.

I live in Ankeny, and assume that this applies to our water as well since we get our water from Des Moines Water Works.

Thanks again for the opportunity to voice our opinions on this matter.

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Franklin N. Stein, DDS  (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I see you are getting a blizzard of anti-fluoride propaganda from the usual suspects.  I am quite sure the professionals at the Des Moines Water Works understand  that the vast preponderance of peer-reviewed studies have indicated the dental health and economic benefits of community water fluoridation, and more importantly, have consistently demonstrated the safety of fluoridated water. 
 
Those who oppose fluoridation rely on junk science or on misrepresentation of legitimate studies and reviews.  Please don't let the fear-mongering of a vocal minority sway the decision to retain community water fluoridation in Des Moines.

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Carol Baty (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hello,

 I believe the research makes it clear that fluoride in the water is not a good thing.

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John Kabitzke (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am a Warren County resident and would appreciate it if Fluoride is not inserted into our water for health reasons.  Thank you.

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Zachary Kouri (submitted 10/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


The amount of misinformation I have been reading here is astounding.  While written material may have labels like "fact", "studies" or "evidence" it amazes me how the information following such statements in no way resemble such claims.
    Fluorine is a naturally occurring element often referred to by it's anion fluoride.  Even if taken out of municipal water people will be getting it from other sources such as foods and packaged beverages.  It is impossible to have a fluoride free life.
    Why put fluoride in municipal water?  Water is a great vehicle for fluoride to get close enough to enamel in a liquid matrix to switch places with hydroxy groups of hydroxyapetite to create fluoroapetite.  When this is done our teeth are more resistant to the acids caused by certain bacterial groups in our mouths which causes the decay process.  Luckily the concentration of fluoride needed in the water supply is exceedingly low to have this benefit.
    Yes fluoride can be toxic at high enough doses. "Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison.   The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy."  - Paracelsus.  Water is also toxic at high enough doses.  A person would die from water toxicity from drinking city water long before one would even get close to the 5 to 10 grams necessary to be toxic.  A person would have to drink hundreds of gallons of water in one sitting to even begin to achieve fluoride toxicity! 
    One study that is being misquoted over and over in what I am reading is that using fluoridated water in baby formula is toxic to infants.  The only adverse effect from this practice is possible mild fluorosis, or a small white spot in a tooth or two.  I have mild to moderate fluorosis and am not worried about the slight spottiness of my teeth.  I have only had one cavity in my life.  I am thankful for that!
    The overwhelming majority of people want to continue water fluoridation. It is an inexpensive, easy, effective and safe way to reduce the risk of tooth decay.  Removing fluoride would essentially increase decay rates 20% to 40%, especially in populations which can least afford it.

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Kurt Ferre, DDS  (submitted 10/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Mark Twain once remarked, "A lie can travel halfway around the World while the Truth is still putting on its shoes".  That is the best analogy that I know that describes the anti-fluoronistas that I see posting on your website.  Name a disease, the anti's can find some obscure study that suggests it is caused by fluoridation.  Their allegations come at us like bullets coming out of a machine gun. If it's on the internet it must be true.

There are over 100 national/international reputable scientific research, public health, medical, and dental organizations that recognize the public health benefit of fluoridation.  I have consistently challenged the anti-fluoronistas to name one organization in the above mentioned category that has called for the end to fluoridation.  They can't come up with one organization, because one doesn't exist.

Fluoridation does exactly what it's suppose to do:  it prevents cavities.

If you have any doubt about the public health benefit of fluoridation, look no further than Iowa City.  Please contact Dr. Steve Levy.

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Sarah Bailey (submitted 10/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please do not add fluoride to the water. There is too much research out there that show the negatives of large amounts of fluoride in the water system and especially how it effects children. Let individuals decide how much fluoride they need with toothpastes and mouth rinses instead of adding it to the water supply and forcing it on everyone. I've been ordering Crystal Clear water for years now because of the fluoride in the water supply and it would not only be a money-saver, but bring peace of mind to know that it was no longer being added, and that drinking fountains and public water will be safe for my children in the future.

Please, please, please do not fluoridate the water supply.

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Daniel Hanson (submitted 10/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am a very strong supporter of ending fluoridation world wide. Dental treatments are not my concern. My concerns are from the ingestion and internal buildup of the chemical. There are many cited health risks from ingesting fluoride so I won't get into all of them. The link below has areas of the site where you can look at just some of those risks. My main concern after the public health, is the liberty of the individual. At this point in time the public is being diagnosed and dosed with fluoride regardless of choice, belief, opinions or desire to do so. Somewhere behind a desk at some point in time, a small few, who believed they knew what was best, made a decision for all of us. Now those who wish to avoid it must buy expensive filter systems or go somewhere to purchase clean water. We can not drink it, cook with it or bathe in it if we wish to avoid it. Full house filter units are very expensive. Fluoridation is being dictated upon the public and has taken our individual right to choose away from us. Another side note is that one dose is not safe for all. While one individual may be able to safely excrete a certain amount, that same amount may be enough to strongly harm another's health. One person may drink more water than the average person and some of us are larger or smaller than others. Prescriptions are based on individual needs. Fluoride has been prescribed to all of the community at the same level. This is a very dangerous practice. I will end this here as I am sure you are being flooded with emails. Despite your beliefs of fluorides safety, I urge you to consider the mass dosage prescription to all on the same level, which is uncontrolled because you can not control how much people drink, and also consider that we are being fluoridated despite choice or belief against our will. That is not a free community in a free country. P.S. the dentist has you spit out the fluoride treatment when done, you spit out tooth paste and mouth wash when done, and we don't drink sunscreen to protect our skin from sunburn. Thank you for your time!      http://www.fluoridealert.org/faq/

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Jill Harris, Rph (submitted 10/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Jill Harris e-mail document

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Nina Hught (submitted 10/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please terminate water fluoridation. I have very real concerns for the safety and effectiveness of fluoridation. Safety. One per cent of the general population is hypersensitive to fluoride. For these patients fluoridated water causes nausea, abdominal pain, bloating of the stomach, diarrhea, muscular weakness, migraine headaches, skin rashes, and dryness of mouth. Other problems. Fluoride displaces iodine in the body which is an essential nutrient unlike fluoride. People with chronic fluoride toxicity show similar symptoms as people with iodine deficiency. Symptoms are: arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, colic in bottle-fed babies, worsening of diabetes, diabetes insipidus (kidney ailment), fibromyalgia, food intolerances that seem to come and go, gastrointestinal problems, gum disease, rash, hives, blisters on skin, thyroid diseases (underactive and/or overactive) and osteoporosis. Effectiveness. Fluoridation is not effective in reducing tooth decay. Recent studies have shown that dental decay is coming down in both fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas. The populations harmed by dental decay are not the non fluoridated communities but the low income, poorly educated people that do not have a healthy, nutritious diet. Too much fluoride. Also there are many more sources of fluoride today than when water fluoridation was conceived/implemented in the 1940’s: I hope you discontinue fluoridation.

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Lauren Pare (submitted 10/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


As a mother of two small children, I am asking, please take the fluoride out of our water supply.
We drink filtered water, which can be expensive. I will not allow my kids to drink from the tap. We don't use fluoridated toothpaste.
Think about the well being of our generations to come. Surely high fructose corn syrup & a lack of proper brushing technique can be blamed for a majority of tooth decay. Let's change our habits, and work towards a less processed lifestyle overall. One that doesn't include chemicals that poison our bodies on a daily basis.

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Windy (submitted 10/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Windy e-mail document

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Johnny Johnson (submitted 10/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Johnny Johnson e-mail document 

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marcusdave (submitted 10/16/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I hope you make the best decision on this, but it seems to me that adding this toxin to our water can only jeopardize the public health more than it helps. We get fluoride from toothpaste, which is not ingested. Adding this to our water supply can only increase the chance of illnesses such as cancer, nervous problems, etc.  

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Julya Becker (submitted 10/16/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Watch this documentary. Enough said. This is bad medicine and bad ethics. Dental specialist are not specialist of the brain, endocrine system, etc which fluoride also affects! Some dentists even provide fluoride-free services! Taking this drug needs to be a choice. Fluoride is NOT NEEDED for any tissue in the body; and it most certainly does not need to be ingested.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh-oeu2L8yM

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Aaron Lea (submitted 10/16/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


The following link is to a .pdf file ON THE EPA (who regulate water fluoridation) official website, citing fluoride as a Chemical with Substantial Evidence of Developmental Neurotoxicity. Why would you make my family drink and shower in such a thing?
http://www.epa.gov/ncct/toxcast/files/summit/48P%20Mundy%20TDAS.pdf

And the EPA Employees know it, too! Here is a link to the EPA Employee Union leader discussing fluoridation...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2m_LVHD0c8

The evidence abounds from every source, and I will send more as i find it, but this is evidence from the people who ask you to use it. That should be enough reason to end artificial water fluoridation in Des Moines! Thank you.

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Pew Charitable Trusts - Children's Dental Campaign (submitted 10/16/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Pew Chilren's Dental Campaign letter to Des Moines Water Works

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Steven D. Slott, DDS (submitted 10/16/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Factual Refutation  to Fluoridation Opponents' "10 Facts About Fluoridation"

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Somer Besch (submitted 10/16/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear DM Water Works,
I want to applaud you on being open to hearing your customer’s opinions on the topic of the fluoride being added to our water supply. The fact that we can discuss issues like this makes make me proud to live in Iowa. I have personally wondered if fluoridation was a safe practice. My own research leads me to believe it’s not. 

I am referencing you to the Harvard research showing how fluoride lowers children’s I.Q.’s   http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/ . Fluoride has already been banned from the water in the majority of Europe.  Consumers are starting to become aware that fluoride is a bi-product of metal manufacturing. It has to be better to stop using this additive altogether, than risk further harming people.

Our local 2011 Water Quality Results state it is an “additive for strong teeth”.  Where is the science behind it being safe for human consumption? Everything I read seems to point to the contrary. As a parent, and a concerned citizen, I urge to please STOP putting fluoride in the water.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. 

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Chad Ripple (submitted 10/16/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/caries/who-data/  these are the facts
http://www.fluoridealert.org/uploads/fda-2005a.pdf the FDA hasn't approved fluoridation of our water systems to be used to treat man or animal...so please     STOP!!!!!!!!  asap!!!!    

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Meghan Brown (submitted 10/17/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Meghan Brown e-mail document

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Steven D. Slott, DDS (submitted 10/17/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


 Any "neurotoxicity" of fluoride is at high concentrations.  Water is fluoridated at 0.7 parts per million, an extremely LOW concentration.  There is no valid, scientifically acceptable evidence of neurotoxicity, or any other adverse effect, of fluoride at this level.  Also on the EPA list of "neurotoxins" are caffeine, aspartame (sweetener), and salicylate (aspirin). 

William Hirzy, the "EPA official" cited in comments, is an avowed, long time antifluoridationist.  He is currently the paid lobbyist for the staunch antifluoridationist group, "Fluoride Action Network" (FAN), out of New York.  Recently, Hirzy petitioned the EPA to cease using hydrofluorosilic acid to fluoridate water due to cost ineffectiveness related to medical issues he claimed were due to HFA.  He based this petition on a study which he and fellow antifluoridationist, Robert Carton, had just completed.  The EPA soundly rejected Hirzy's petition, due to an elemental error in Hirzy/Carton's calculations in their study, which resulted in a 70-fold overestimation of the cost of HFA.   When this correction was made, the data of Hirzy and Carton actually demonstrated exactly the opposite of what they had claimed in their conclusions of the study.   When Hirzy was made aware of this error, he stated he was "embarrassed".

The EPA response to Hirzy's petition may be found: http://www.environmentguru.com/pages/elements/transporter.aspx?id=1297832  {LINK DOES NOT WORK}

This is precisely the "junk science" and dubious sources on which antifluoridationists base their claims, and precisely why NONE of their claims should be accepted as "fact" without careful verification from reliable sources totally independent of any antifluoridationists or antifluoridationist organizations.   

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Chandra Brill (submitted 10/17/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I have a child with tooth decay caused by fluoridosis. He is two! With the current rate of fluoridation in our country, there is no way for me to keep track of how much fluoride he is ingesting... it is in our food AND water.
Based on recommended daily doses, I am surely poisoning my child daily simply by feeding him and giving him water to drink. What do you think his bones look like? Did you know that high doses of fluoride increase the porosity of our bones? This is child abuse that I have no control over... by continuing to fluoridate our tap water, you are abusing my child and creating long term health issues that are difficult to reverse.
Some of us can't afford more than tap water, and we shouldn't have to.
Even if we could afford to buy bottled water, we still have pets and livestock to water. We eat the eggs and meat produced by our birds. They drink fluoridated water.
Did you know that ducklings and chicks given fluoridated water have a much higher mortality rate than those that are not? The fluoride decreases their immunity to naturally occurring bacteria and viruses, and in some cases they die of fluoride poisoning directly. Baby animals become ILL because the water is fluoridated... and baby HUMANS become ill because the water is fluoridated! Our water should be safe for our babies and children to drink. Your own website states that it is not!
If people want to use fluoride, that's fine, but it shouldn't be forced. It shouldn't be in our water.
Please end this insanity! Your customers deserve better!

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Sandra Blessing (submitted 10/18/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I wish to object to fluoride being in our water.  I don’t think it’s needed any longer since we have it in our toothpaste, mouthwashes, etc.           Thanks so much for allowing us to object to a product that we don’t actually want or need in our drinking water.

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Jane Brubaker (submitted 10/18/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

  

    Jane Brubaker e-mail document 

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Jenny Mueller (submitted 10/18/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I would like to respectfully request that the added Fluoride be removed from the public water supply in Des Moines.

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Joe Gleason (submitted 10/18/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I would like to ask for a vote to remove fluoride from our water.
I feel this has a negative affect to our health.
 
I would like to share an article and a publication to this discussion.
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/fluoride_b_2479833.html
 
https://www.litalee.com/documents/Fluoride%20-%20A%20Modern%20Toxic%20Waste.pdf 

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Cathy Justus (submitted 10/19/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Des Moines Water Works Staff,
 
Please read my attached letter.  It contains lots of information that those in favor of fluoridation will not reveal.  It contains links to scientific, peer reviewed science on the subject of fluoridation.  It also reveals what chronic fluoride consumption does to mammal's bodies.  Are you ready to  be liable for this outcome? 

    

     Cathy Justus Letter

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Julie and Tom McMahon (submitted 10/19/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I grew up in rural Iowa where fluoride levels were minimal. My husband spent much of his childhood in areas of the country where the fluoride levels were minimal. We “pay” for the lack of fluoridation in both the status of our oral health and the costs of addressing oral health issues.   Having spent my entire nursing career in public health, I know the value of community water fluoridation and the benefits it brings to both the youngest and oldest of our population!  Indeed, it is on of our ten greatest public health accomplishments!  I have studied the “briefs” arguing against community water fluoridation and there is no evidence that it has a negative impact on a person’s health.  As a resident of Windsor Heights, I am asking that you listen to oral health and public health experts and continue to fluoridate our public water system!

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David Kennedy DDS (submitted 10/19/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Opposed and 3 points:
1. It is not merely fluoride you add but a manmade compound hydrofluosilicic acid with multiple and significant contaminants direct from the pollution scrubber systems of the phosphate fertilizer mining industry.
2. The dose of fluoride to an infant on fluoridated tap-water-formula greatly exceeds the dose of fluoride known to harm a baby's thyroid function (National Research Council Review of Fluoride Table 8-2, 2006).
3. Fluoride added to the public water supply has dramatically increased dental fluorosis. The most recent national data from the CDC shows that 41% of American adolescents now have dental fluorosis .

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Leslie Kline, R.D., L.D. (submitted 10/20/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hi,

I am a dietitian and agree with the dentists and public health department.  Please, keep fluoride in the water!!!  Yes, fluoride can be harmful when taken in high doses, as with anything else.  Keep it at a reasonable, recommended level like you currently claim to have it, to prevent tooth decay.  Anybody can prove anything with a study, listen to the well-done studies and dentists/dental hygienists who work in towns where fluoride was removed or inadequate.  It has a benefit taken topically but also needs to be ingested systemically to maximize its effectiveness.  It would be difficult for any person to ingest an adequate dose (without ingesting too much) if it were not in our water and most people would not take it.  Then they would likely start having dental problems, have tooth infections that may actually even cause inflammation and problems through their whole body, and lose teeth.  If a person does not want fluoride in his or her water, he or she can get filters for their homes and be more careful to take care of their teeth.  For the general population, with its poor dietary and dental health habits, we should keep fluoride in the water to prevent tooth decay.  I, personally, also like the convenience and benefit for my own family!

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Harrison Pratt, DO (submitted 10/20/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


There are references here to epidemiological studies which show an association between fluoride intake and disease. It is important to remember that correlation does not necessarily prove causation in these cases and that other unmeasured variables may be the true cause of the disease, not fluoride.  In addition, some of these studies focus on communities outside the USA where fluoride naturally occurs in the local water supply at levels known to be toxic and is present in concentrations many times greater (5 to 100 times) than the low levels recommended for US community drinking water.

Of course, excessive fluoride intake causes disease (just as excessive intake of distilled water can be lethal).  It is important to remember that community fluoridation is done in the setting of controlled addition of fluoride to the water as needed to achieve a low concentration that substantially reduces dental caries.  CDC recommendations also specify state-wide monitoring of fluoridation levels.

The opinions of scientists at the CDC who have studied this subject and published in peer-reviewed journals should be weighed carefully.  See http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/

The EPA also has extensively reviewed this subject and is explicit about recommended levels of fluoride in community water supplies:
http://water.epa.gov/action/advisories/drinking/fluoride_index.cfm 

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Cathy Venzke, RDH (submitted 10/20/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


      Cathy Venzke e-mail document  

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Jan Manson, RDH, BS (submitted 10/21/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To whom it may concern:

I am attaching scientific information regarding the benefits of community fluoridation for the citizens of Des Moines.  Scare tactics always get people on a band wagon and that’s exactly what is going on in the community at the present time! 

Anyone around before 1950 knows how critical the addition of fluoridation is to the overall health of our citizens.  Systemic health begins in the mouth and dental disease is the number one disease in the country.  Why would any sane person eliminate a safe product that assists in preventing disease?

I ask you to do your scientific research and you will see the benefits to a simple act of keeping fluoride in the water for our citizens.

http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/


Submitted Documents:

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Mark Andersen (submitted 10/21/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Mark Andersen e-mail document

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Beverly Stone (submitted 10/21/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Beverly Stone e-mail document

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Lee Peer (submitted 10/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Lee Peer e-mail document

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Sheree Clark (submitted 10/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please add my name to the list of those against adding any chemicals or "enhancements" to our drinking water, including fluoride.

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Erick Peterson (submitted 10/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please remove fluoride from our drinking water.

Thanks

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Shawn Bray (submitted 10/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


There is enough crap out there now that we ingest every day that I try to stay away from.  I drink a lot of tap water and now I find out that it’s potentially harmful to my health?  That is not acceptable and whoever makes the decision to put this poison in EVERYONES drinking water because it’s “good for your teeth” is a moron.  It may be good for your teeth, but I have other methods to take care of my teeth that are not going to harm me.  This is unreal.  Might as well be doing meth every day.  


I don’t know what needs to be done to discontinue this, but I’m all for you all turning that shit off.  I love my water and I love it because it’s supposed to be good for me, not kill me.  Not sure how the people that make these decisions can live with themselves knowing the harm they are doing to thousands of people.  Unreal.

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RONALDSALL (submitted 10/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


We definitely should have the benefit of floride...

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S. Everly (submitted 10/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I think there have been enough evidence to show that fluoride is unnecessary and maybe even be harmful.  So agree it should be stopped  not only in Des Moines but any suburbs that add it.

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James W. Reeves, Ph.D. (submitted 10/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     James W. Reeves e-mail document

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Denise Jones (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I strongly appose fluoridation of our Des Moines water supply.

I'd like to see this archaic, misguided practice discontinued.

Topical application of fluoride directly to tooth enamel, can help a tooth resist decay, BUT...

Ingestion of fluoride has no dental benefits & numerous health risks.

Fluoride should not be consumed, in hopes that it will work systemically to strengthen teeth.

That's as ludicrous as thinking you can wax your car by pouring a little wax in your gas tank.

Consuming Fluoride is has numerous ill-effects to bone, thyroid, digestive track, etc.

Please stop this misguided practice of putting fluoride in our water supply.

Leave fluoridation of teeth to dentists...where it belongs & can be done effectively.

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Sam Azar (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please do not add fluoride to the water.  See the Harvard study showing lowered IQ.  Also, it is immoral and unethical to medicate people with out consent.  It's illegal right?  It's like the date rape drug.  Don't do it.  


If you do, I will work to help you lose your job.  Only scum would add toxins to the water supply.  

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Rachel (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


There is plenty of fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash, both of which are supposed to have a TOPICAL application and not be ingested.  Human beings DO NOT need fluoride in the drinking water. It is archaic and outdated.

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Carol S. Kopf, BS, MA (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

  

     Carol S. Kopf e-mail document

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Rondney Snavely, DDS (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I support optimal fluoridation of the Des Moines water supply. 


I suggest that Des Moines Water Works work with the Polk County Health Department and any other health entities it desires to wade through the scientific information about this public health issue. 


I have followed the studies offered by anti-fluoridation advocates. None of the studies I have reviewed have been published by reputable scientific journals, and therefore in my opinion these are "junk science"  or anecdotal reports.


If you stop fluoridation of the Des Moines water supply, I can anticipate more dental restorations being placed in my office due to all the new dental caries. Although this will be good for my bank account, I don't consider it good for the Des Moines public.


Once again, I support optimal fluoridation of the Des Moines water supply.

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John Murphy (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     John Murphy e-mail document

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Andrea Schembs (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


DMWW,

Please do not add fluoride to our water, both of my Iowa native grandparents had Alzheimers and it is agonizing and heart wrenching to see the emotional trauma they went through with this disease.  I am wondering about my own parents...then who is next?  me.  We inhale and ingest enough toxins with all of the crop run off chemicals, pleas do not add one more chemical to our water which is proven to cause Alzheimers, among other serious problems.  

 

Please seriously do your own personal research and read about the side effects.  Don't accept - "this is the way we've done it for years."  Be active learners and caretakers of our earth, because our earth takes care of us and gives us life every day through food and water.

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Bill Deagle, MD, AAEM, ACAM, A4M (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Fluoride is a genotoxin, DNA adductor, and destroyer of CNS function and fertility. Don't fluoridate your water...it is absolutely dangerous per our AAEM American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Call or email me to obtain more complete proof if required.

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Dr. Adam Fuller (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please do not stop fluoridation of Des Moines's water. I am a local dentist and see the benefits of water fluoridation every day. The anti-fluoride movement does not base their cause on good science. They use emotion and scare tactics to gain support. They are very similar to anti-vaccine and anti-amalgam groups. THEY DO NOT USE GOOD SCIENCE! A few years ago DWW sent out a newsletter that stated the CDC said Des Moines residents saved approximately $1.2 million in dental costs. This was due to fluoride in the water. Please let me know if there is going to be any public meetings on this issue. I would like to speak for fluoridation if necessary. Again.....KEEP FLUORIDE IN OUR H2O!!!! 

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Gayla Moore, RDH (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Gayla Moore e-mail document

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Mark Andersen (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Mark Andersen e-mail document

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Wreta Leonhardt (submitted 10/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please remove fluoride from our water supply - it is poisonous to ingest.

Fluoride toothpaste has warnings not to ingest and to seek medical help if you do yet it is put in the water we drink, cook with and shower in, it's not a responsible thing to do to your customers.

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Mark Andersen (submitted 10/24/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please look into Dr. Hardy Limeback

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardy_Limeback

 

http://www.feingold.org/Research/fluoride-forbes.html


http://books.google.com/books?id=KTGzxKdJ7hYC&pg=PA48&dq=Limeback+Hardy&ei=WAimSKyoGIa2tgOvzqGeBQ&sig=ACfU3U3HNdpWYAcerQQPZFDzkSkbH1np0Q#v=onepage&q=Limeback%20Hardy&f=false

 

http://www.madhunt.com/hardy-limebeck-column-20130930.html

 

Some articles about a nearby city that has rejected this process

http://www.kansas.com/2012/11/07/2559291/wichita-voters-reject-fluoridated.html

 

http://www.kansas.com/2012/11/07/2560106/day-after-victory-wichita-fluoridation.html

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Dorothy Johnson (submitted 10/24/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Has it been proven that the fluoride is harmful to people? This has been going on for years, the addition of fluoride. What about deep well water that has natural amounts of fluoride? If there is a worry for babies, their  formula could be made with bottled water. I grew up without the benefit of fluoride and have all the fillings and crowns in my mouth to prove it. The amount of fluoride has already been lowered from 1 part per million as it used to be. I am certainly in favor of keeping the fluoride.

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Kathy Anderson (submitted 10/24/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Kathy Anderson e-mail document

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Mark Andersen (submitted 10/24/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Mark Andersen e-mail document

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Patty Rhode (submitted 10/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am a Water Works customer and I vote to remove the flouride. I am also a parent of two with autism. I am a big believer in contaminants, pollutants and many unnecessary chemicals are cause for many serious illnesses including autism. Thank you for reviewing this issue and taking our input into account. Greatly appreciated !

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Carol Van Aernam (submitted 10/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please continue to add  safe levels of fluoride to the Des Moines water supply.

You can go to the web page of the Iowa Public Health Association http://www.iowapha.org/fluoride to find pages of facts and figures to support the addition of fluoride to the water supply.


Community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay and promote oral health for over 5 years.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized community water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements  of the 20th century.


Community water fluoridation provides protection and improves the oral health of the entire community. Optimally fluoridated water:

  • Protects teeth, prevents and reduces severity of decay,
  • Benefits people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and income groups, and
  • Saves money for families and tax payers.

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Jan Wysong (submitted 10/28/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


    Jan Wysong e-mail document

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Mark Andersen (submitted 10/29/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


    Whom would be in charge of changing this process? Can they please give their opinion? I see many more people who are interested in stopping this treatment than those that are interested in continuing it. As with most topics, those speaking up both FOR AND AGAINST the continuation of this process are outnumbered by the silent majority. Should the silent majority be treated with any form of additive to their water without their consent? Going through and giving every pro-fluoridation comment a fair listen, I see no mention of absorption through skin, or of the differences between applying topically or drinking, no mention of what type of fluoride is being used. Which side is exactly erring on the side of “junk, outdated, or flat out disproven science that was possibly made up to begin with”? 

           I see much more fear mongering from those on the pro fluoridation side, personally. But what for? Who is unable to afford tooth-paste, a tooth brush, and some fluoridated mouth rinse? I am by no means rich, but if a struggling or homeless person asked me for these items, I would do everything that I could to provide them. If there were specific public water fountains that were fluoridated for those that could not afford fluoride supplements or dentist visits, I would be just fine with that. Although, I would still be concerned with the health of those that chose to use these sources, at least, it would be their choice to make!

 

DMWW Response (submitted 10/29/2013)

The following is Des Moines Water Works' response to the above comment/question:

Mr. Andersen, 

The comment period through November 30 is intended to provide the public an opportunity to cite references and other information either for or against fluoridation of municipal water.  Once all comments have been received, the issue will be discussed at the Board of Water Works Trustees Planning meeting on December 3 at 3:30 p.m. at 2201 George Flagg Pkwy.  It will also be included in materials for the 3:30 p.m. December 17 Board meeting to be held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens.  Both of these meetings are public meetings and provide a period for Public Comment.

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Angela Gipple (submitted 10/29/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Here are some links to articles about the harmful effects of fluoride: http://fluoride.mercola.com/

http://truththeory.com/2013/08/31/fluoridating-water-supplies-keeps-us-dumb-docile-and-sick-lets-end-it/

http://truththeory.com/2013/02/04/eight-reasons-why-water-fluoridation-has-failed-modern-civilization/

http://www.naturalnews.com/041265_Fluoridegate_fluorosis_civil_rights.html

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Dallas County Board of Health (submitted 10/29/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


On behalf of Dallas County Board of Health they wish to have Fluoride be added to the water that serves some of the communities in Dallas County.  Attached is the resolution for all of Dallas County and position statement for the support of public residents to receive fluoride in the water they drink from public sources. 

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Nancy LePeau, RDH, MS, MA (submitted 10/30/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Nancy LePeau e-mail document

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Angela Gipple (submitted 11/5/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Another article about fluoride: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/08/04/do-you-still-believe-fluoride-is-good-for-our-teeth

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Ed Brafford (submitted 11/5/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please take out the fluoride in our drinking water. We don't need the extra poisons. 

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Aaron Lea (submitted 11/5/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


It was said that the audio recording of the initial meeting (Oct. 1st) would be posted. I have been unable to find any link to the audio or video of the meeting. Could you please post links? Thank you.


DMWW Response (submitted 11/5/2013)

The following is Des Moines Water Works' response to the above comment/question:

The audio was posted on our website after the meeting.  Go to “Board of Trustees” (right side of web page), “Committee Meetings”, “Planning Committee – October 1” – “Audio”.  Only Board meetings are videotaped.

Direct link: http://www.dmww.com/about-us/board-of-trustees/committee-meetings/

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Steven Levy, DDS, MPH (submitted 11/5/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


    Steven Levy letter

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Carlie Hamilton (submitted 11/6/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am against adding fluoride to our drinking water.    Many people have already cited studies that show the negative effects this drug has on our bodies.  It is time to seriously look at the science and end this costly addition to our water. 

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Brandi Millison (submitted 11/7/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Although I do believe fluoride is good for your teeth, why cant it stay only in toothpaste and mouthwash? Why do we need it in our water? If you like using products with fluoride, great, but it shouldnt be forced upon people who dont. It is a poison. It is unsafe to ingest, especially for kids. Bottom Line, read the label they use for when its shipped over here.

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Mark Andersen (submitted 11/7/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


My biggest concern is that there is no way for me as a parent to monitor how much fluoride my child is getting. In addition to that, what about bathing in this water? What about washing our clothes or watering our plants with it? It is bizarre to me that not one proponent of the continuation of adding fluoride from Mosaic to our water supply has anything to say about these topics.  On top of that, to only examine dental studies based on an unrealistic reference dose only tells one small part of the story. The water supply is only one source. Can anyone tell me that my metabolism, cells, and pineal gland are not being effected by fluoride?


-study from the University of Iowa-

http://www.dental-tribune.com/articles/news/americas/9145_solid_foods_can_provide_high_levels_of_fluoride.html

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Iowa Public Health Association (submitted 11/7/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 

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Jacob Krehbiel, DDS (submitted 11/7/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


     Jacob Krehbiel e-mail document

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Mark Andersen (submitted 11/7/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/second-thoughts-about-fluoride-reports-scientific-american-56762582.html

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Thomas Zisko, DDS (submitted 11/7/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


     Thomas Zisko e-mail document

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Jeffrey Dahm, DDS (submitted 11/7/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


     Jeffrey Dahm e-mail document

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Donna Westfall (submitted 11/8/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


     Donna Westfall e-mail document

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John William Hirzy (submitted 11/8/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


     John William Hirzy e-mail document

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Maren Leigh Anderson Lenhart (submitted 11/8/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


     Maren Leigh Anderson Lenhart e-mail document

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Dr. Chris Siebrasse (submitted 11/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


    Dr. Chris Siebrasse e-mail document

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Mindy Richtsmeier, DDS (submitted 11/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 

     

     Mindy Richtsmeier e-mail document

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Peter Damiano (submitted 11/10/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Peter Damiano e-mail document

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American Dental Hygienists’ Association (submitted 11/11/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     American Dental Hygienists’ Association letter to Board of Water Works Trustees

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John J. Warren, DDS, MS (submitted 11/11/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


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Mark Andersen (submitted 11/11/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


http://www.infowars.com/fluoridation-victories-continue-as-washington-town-banishes-toxic-chemical-from-water-supply/


I understand that there are studies that show "fluoride" is positive for ones teeth when used TOPICALLY. Please show me where these studies specify that sodium fluoride is beneficial when ingested. Please give some defense against all of the studies and scientific data that shows that we are actually being harmed by fluoride in many ways. Pineal gland calcification, thyroid gland function, accelerated aging process, increased lead absorption ect....ect......Can anyone really rationalize that this is a fair trade off?

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Daniel J. Caplan, DDS, PhD (submitted 11/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Public debate about important issues is a good thing, and the topic of community water fluoridation (CWF) certainly is an important issue.  I urge the Des Moines Water Works to take into account the quality of all input obtained thus far, including the source and credibility of statements made and the results of any peer-reviewed science specifically undertaken to evaluate the impact of CWF on dental and/or systemic health.  The societal benefits of CWF at optimal levels are clear; the cost of CWF is extremely low on a per person basis relative to that societal benefit; and claims of the purported hazards of CWF at optimal levels are not supported by high quality, peer-reviewed science.  I urge the Des Moines Water Works to continue the use of CWF at optimal levels for the benefit of the community’s dental health.    

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Brian Watson (submitted 11/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Brian Watson e-mail document

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Sarah Tyk (submitted 11/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I live in Williamsburg, IA, but am writing to encourage Des Moines Water Works to remove fluoride from their water supply and set an example for the rest of the State.  Thank you for addressing this very serious concern.

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Bo Dodge (submitted 11/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Bo Dodge e-mail document

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J Ho (submitted 11/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I just recently moved to Iowa and noticed that the state has made a push to be one of the healthiest in the country. I believe...and research agrees that fluoride has negative side effects on the body. A Harvard research paper showed the degrading of childrens IQs when exposed to fluoride. Fluoride is also bad for your thyroid and tends to make the.pineal gland hard and sluggish. As a citizen of Iowa I whole heartedly support the removing of flourid from public water. Please let me know if you need more information on the harmful effects of fluoride.

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Jesse Warner (submitted 11/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please remove this poison from our waters, it is unnecessary and harmful.

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Ethan Husak (submitted 11/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To whom it may concern,


Fluoride added to the city water will do nothing to support dental health. The American Dental Association, the U.S. Public Health Service, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the American Medical Association all say the fluoride supports dental health, but none say that adding fluoride to water will help. Fluoride only supports dental health when it is directly applied to teeth through toothpaste, not ingested as often as one drinks water. This is why when we all brush our teeth, we spit out the toothpaste, instead of swallowing it, because the toothpaste contains chemicals that are harmful to us if swallowed. Studies show that chronic exposure to fair amounts of fluoride can result in bone deformation and can even be lethal, as demonstrated in India.


I am NOT in support of fluoride in water. It is not logical or safe. Please do not add fluoride to our water.


Thanks,

Ethan

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Max Lund (submitted 11/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I believe fluoride should be banned in the water supply of not only Des Moines, but every city or town inside the state of Iowa. Fluoride, when ingested, is detrimental to physical health and mental well being.


 An example is this Harvard study on IQ in children


 http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/

Studies have also linked fluoride consumption to decreased bone strength, and increased chance for fractures


http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jor.1100100413/abstract;jsessionid=165F9A06287E5082CADCC32241A51ABC.f02t04?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false

The main argument to keep water fluoridation is it's positive effects on tooth decay and overall wellness of teeth. This, in my opinion, makes the argument somewhat superficial and only mainly benefiting a person's physical appearance. Tooth pastes and other dental products contain fluoride for the protection of our teeth, but is it justifiable for our tap water to be deposited with a substance that should not be ingested without the public's consent? I think not. 

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Dustin M. Pachtinger (submitted 11/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Dustin M. Pachtinger e-mail document

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Nathan Budding (submitted 11/12/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


TAKE THE POISON OUT OF THE WATER!!! These people that think that Hydrofluosilicic Acid also know as "Fluoride" is good for you then let them drink a glass of pure fluoride and see what happens. Why should my children and I be force medicated toxic waste? I shouldn't have to buy bottled water when I already pay for the water that comes out of my tap. If these fluoride lovers want it in there water let them go buy it and put it in thier own water. Good for your body and good for your teeth? WHAT A JOKE!!!

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Keith Bailey (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


The dangerous poison, Fluoride, has been banned across Europe and parts of Australia. Medical research to the benefits of the chemical as applied to teeth is nebulous at best.  However, the deleterious effects on the human body are conclusive. 


What's next, condoms in our water supply? Never mind, they already are.

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Tony Seliquini (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Good morning.


Whether you accept that it’s poisonous or not, or that the protection it offers tooth enamel is worth it, surely you can agree that it shouldn’t be in the tap water by default, and that should people want fluoride rinses, they can purchase them on their own.


Last year I wrote a letter to Water Works explaining that while I had thought fluoridating was safe and effective, it still should not be put into drinking water. There are too many people who do not want it.


Since then, I have become convinced that sodium fluoride is dangerous, and I've been paying to purchase distilled water as a safe alternative to tap water (because of fluoridation).


Thanks.


Until municipal water doesn't have added fluoride, my family will continue to spend precious money on safe alternatives.

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Arwa Owais, BDS, MS (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Des Moines Water Works Staff,

I am in great support of water fluoridation. I think we all should go in line with what is the best available solid evidence. May I invite all colleagues opponents to fluoride to go back to the Cochrane reviews on fluoride effects on prevention of dental decay, and then decide. I think if we let science judge, that will be the best for our children and patients and the community as a whole.

An example of a nice task force can be found in the following link.

http://www.thecommunityguide.org/oral/supportingmaterials/RRfluoridation.html


I wish we give some time to look through this review and related topics and then make a decision that is in the best interest of the community.

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Howard Flatt (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Fluoride is a poison when ingested. To do any good it needs to be applied directly on teeth. I have been filtering it out for years. Fluoride should NOT be added to our water.


Howard

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Nicholis Steichen (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I feel fluoride should NOT be allowed in our water.

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Ryan Glick (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am against adding fluoride to the water.  When fluoride is added to our water, it is done without giving consumers a choice, and the potential adverse health effects associated with the ingestion of fluoride have not been sufficiently studied.  Don't make a decision based on the bureaucratic opinion that it is good for the many when this eliminates the choice of the individual.

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Mark Remsburg (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Mark Remsburg e-mail document


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Linda Wistrom Stillings (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I grew up in Des Moines. I now live in Forsyth, Missouri. Our city cousel recesntly voted to take fluoride out of our water supply. I am thrilled, since I was buying expensive filters to take the flouride out of our home water.The manager who oversees our town's water department said fluoride was "eroding the pipes and making the workers sick". Why would anyone want to drink something that is so toxic?

Be healthy Iowans and do the right thing. Fluoride needs to go!

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Sherry Spain (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


In regards to fluoridation of water,,,if you do not watch anything PLEASE watch this,I have family that live in Des Moines. I wish that the town I lived in would follow your example and give us a choice in our water, I could state facts but lets remember that Flouride was used in Hitler's concentration camps. It is a poison! Listen to the people and do what is right...I think every state should remove it from our water. Enough is enough. http://youtu.be/msM9va4eDVo

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Ken Troxel (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Ken Troxel e-mail document

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Tony Seliquini (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Before municipal water is fluoridated, what is the average level of fluoride present per liter for Des Moines?

Thank you.


DMWW Response (submitted 10/4/2013)

The following is Des Moines Water Works' response to the above comment/question:

Mr. Seliquini,

The Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers have an average of 0.3 mg/L of Fluoride.

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Greg Hefner (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am against fluoride in drinking water. I'm no scientist but just reading the directions on a toothpaste container says it all. Contact your poison control center if ingested. Why would we want a chemical that could make us ill in drinking water? I'm not sure if it is true but I have heard that nazi's used fluoride in WWII to pacify the Jewish community. Food for thought.   

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Joy Hockensmith (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please stop putting fluoride in our water

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Brenda Wheeler (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To Whom It May Concern:

 

First, let me commend you for putting this question out to the public for comment.

 

I implore you to stop adding fluoride to our drinking water.  I have over the last several years read numerous articles outlining the dangers of this poisonous chemical.  I sincerely believe that it has had a detrimental effect on my own health as my thyroid gland is not function properly, plus I am beginning to suspect that the ailment my doctor diagnosed as Arthritis is in all actuality, Skeletal Fluorosis, (Skeletal Fluorosis is a relatively new ailment and manifests itself in the earlier stages with Arthritis-like symptoms therefore making it more difficult to diagnose).  Thyroid gland dysfunction and bones deterioration are suspected in long-term fluoride ingestion.

 

Please do not force this chemical on the masses.  Those who want fluoride to harden teeth can get a treatment from their Dentist or just brush their teeth with one of the myriad of toothpastes containing fluoride.

 

Brenda C. Wheeler

Ankeny, IA, 50023  

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Nicole Ervin (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Des Moines Waterworks,

As a life-long Iowan, and a current and future resident of Des Moines, I implore you to discontinue the addition of fluoride into our drinking water. I do not dispute the positive affects on oral health, but the tap water I drink doesn't stay on my teeth long enough to benefit. It does, however, stay in my body long enough to cause adverse health issues. I grew up drinking well water, and only had issues with cavities after moving to Des Moines. From my research, most oral issues stem from hereditary causes, anyway. The money used to needlessly add a poisonous substance into our water could much more richly benefit our community by helping agricultural waste be disposed of and filtered out of our water supply, or furthering research on how to best provide clean water, so we can rid our communities of bottled water and encourage a healthy citizenry. 

I sincerely appreciate your consideration in this matter, and am overjoyed with your community outreach.

Thank you for your time.

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Jessica Richardson (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please read!!  Interesting facts and studies.

http://fluoridealert.org/issues/water/

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Deborah Mikelson (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


We need to stop adding fluoride to our water supply. 

 

Did you know that ALL infant formula has fluoride, and adding fluoride water to the formula creates fluoride toxicity, namely dental fluorosis. CDC is recommending NO fluoride water added to the infant formula. Why are we having toxins added to our water? There is no warnings to the mothers that are giving infant formula, unless you count CDC website. 

 

Here is a study of all the food that also adds fluoride to our bodies. http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/12354500/Data/Fluoride/F02.pdf


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nvignaroli@aol.com (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Waterworks .Get the {explicit} fluoride out of my water.It's your duty to help the Des moines City and very important to the health of iowa.

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Esther Alexander (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Fluoride is a poison. Take it out of the water! There is so much evidence that it is bad for you. Here are eight reason why it is bad:

1) Water fluoridation has failed to reduce dental expenditures. 

2) Water fluoridation has actually increased rates of tooth decay.

3) Water fluoridation has created an epidemic of dental fluorosis.

4) Water fluoridation is responsible for damaging bones, triggering arthritis.

5) Children who drink fluoridated water develop lower IQs.

6) Fluoride calcifies the thyroid and pineal glands, two important hormone producers in the body. 

7) Fluoridated water is toxic to formula-fed babies. 

8) The fluoride added to most water supplies is an industrial waste product that causes cancer.


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/038949_water_fluoridation_failure_toxic_chemicals.html#ixzz2kZgs0kdu

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Dawn Frye (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please remove fluoride from our water. It is unnecessary and exposes us to more chemicals. Cheap alternatives to fluoride are available to the public if we so choose to use it.

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Karen Craig (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


      Karen Craig e-mail document

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Chris (submitted 11/13/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hi, I appreciate you taking your customers wishes under consideration with this issue and giving THEM the choice of what they put in their body. I would NOT like fluoride in my water. You should bring this issue to more of the public somehow and educate them. Thank you.

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John Jo (submitted 11/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hi,

 i hope you know by now that water fluoridation is poisoning. You can check the bags, that the fluoride you are buying and putting it in our water, came with..it will say poison and not for human consume. Not even in the small dosage. It;s poison pure and simple.


No more fluoride in Des Moines water!

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Robert Schlumberger (submitted 11/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Robert Schlumberger e-mail document

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Jerry Spidell (submitted 11/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


The containers the fluoride is shipped in lists poison warning signs. Stop the poisoning of our children.

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Angela Stevens (submitted 11/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


    Angela Stevens e-mail document

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Matthew Brady (submitted 11/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


It's come to my attention that our city is considering removing fluoride from our water. I support these ideas and would very much like to see fluoride removed from our water, thank you. 

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Robert Wheeler (submitted 11/14/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please remove fluoride from our water supplies. The side effects outweigh the benefits. Fibromyalgia symptoms, Cracked teeth, memory problems and thyroid problems are just a few of the maladies attributed to intake of fluoride.

Thank You,

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R Streepy (submitted 11/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Keep fluoride out of our water. If it is responsible for half the things I've read, it is dangerous to our health.

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John J. Warren, DDS, MS (submitted 11/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     John J. Warren letter

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Barry Pulley (submitted 11/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

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Iowa Dental Hygienists’ Association (submitted 11/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Board Members:

The Iowa Dental Hygienists’ Association would like to go on record as supporting the current levels of fluoridation in our water supply. We have policy that supports the education of the public concerning the importance and use of fluoride.  We also endorse the safe, effective use of fluoride in the prevention and reduction of dental decay.

The over consumption of soft drinks is a public health concern for many reasons.  As hygienists, we witness every day their effect on the oral cavity. Community water fluoridation has been shown to be a cost-effective way to prevent tooth decay.  We ask that you consider the following facts before making any decisions.

Sincerely,

Miriam Burk, RDH

President

Iowa Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Jason Flora (submitted 11/15/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Thank you for considering this serious issue. I do not believe we should be forcefully medicated with fluoride or any other chemical. There is no way to accurately control the dose when it is added to the water supply especially since it bio-accumulates in food and the human body.

I am attaching an article by Dr. Raymond Francis an M.I.T.-trained scientist. A short excerpt says, "Fluoride is one of the most toxic chemicals in our environment. It is more toxic than lead and only slightly less toxic than arsenic, according to the Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products handbook. Fluoride accumulates in the body over time, and has been shown to damage teeth, bones, kidneys, muscles, nerves, the brain and immune function." He also sites a number of studies on the subject within the pdf.

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Marty Roush (submitted 11/16/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Des Moines Drinking water has impressive taste and quality of delivery.  It is far superior to bottled water in all but one way….hydrofluosilicic acid.   The delivery method doesn’t rest on the teeth to affect decay but the impact of the chemical does affect the brain.  Please check out this Harvard study:  Harvard Study  If there is even a chance this chemical injures child brain development then it needs to be removed.  If the role of The Des Moines Waterworks is to reduce tooth decay then it would be more beneficial to take the money spent on purchasing and delivering Fluoride and dedicate it to Methamphetamine abuse.  Please consider the removal of Fluoride so that Des Moines Water Works can become “Water You Can Trust for Life”.

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NYSCOF (submitted 11/16/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I noticed that Dr. J. Warren made a comment endorsing fluoridation.  Sometimes researchers who derive millions of dollars to do fluoride research that benefits, not only themselves, but their universities and its students have tunnel vision.  Dr. Warren has never researched fluoride's adverse effects to the body and the following presentation he made about his research indicates that fluoride may not even have beneficial effects in certain circumstances.

 http://www.nationaloralhealthconference.com/docs/presentations/2007/0501/John%20Warren%20-%20Longitudinal%20Fluoride%20Exposures,%20Dental%20Caries%20and%20Dental%20Fluorsis.pdf

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Adam Wernli (submitted 11/18/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Adam Wernli e-mail document

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Angela Vignaroli (submitted 11/18/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Angela Vignaroli e-mail document

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Ron Rouse (submitted 11/18/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


My water comes from DMWW, through the rural water program, so I have standing in this matter.

Interestingly enough The FDA has admitted that they were in error for 50 years when they reduced the recommended Fluoride from 1 PPM to .7 PPM, so it seems by basic logic that if a reduction of 30% is a scientifically valid health improvement, why not remove it completely, and let the Fluoride believers medicate themselves?

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Suzanne Sinift (submitted 11/19/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Both of my children have benefited from living in Iowa communities with fluoridated water.  As they near middle age, their teeth are health and they have had few, if any, dental cavities in their lives. Their experience is different from mine. I was raised in pre-fluoride years and have the crowns and bridges to prove it. I encourage you to keep fluoride in the Des Moines water supply. 

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David Johnsen, DDS, MS (submitted 11/20/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Letter from David Johnsen

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Lesley Bielenberg (submitted 11/20/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I believe adding fluoride to the communities water is a good idea because it gives everyone a chance to get fluoride in an easy way. Growing up on well water, I did not know how much fluoride I was getting. Now that I live in the Des Moines area, I know that I am getting a safe amount of fluoride in my water. I would like the Des Moines Water Works company to keep the 0.7 ppm of fluoride in the water for the community.

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Anonymous customer  (submitted 11/20/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


An anonymous customer called Customer Service on 11/20/13 at 1:50 p.m. They would like the fluoride left in the water.

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Julie Krumrey  (submitted 11/21/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


From what I've read, I wish Des Moines would stop adding flouride to our drinking water. I currently have a RO filtration system and purify our drinking water daily. 

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Nancy Thompson  (submitted 11/21/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Nancy Thompson e-mail document

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Andrea Diaz  (submitted 11/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Maintaining fluoride in our drinking water is imperative for all citizens being served by Des Moines Water Works.  The American Dental Association reports that fluoridated water can reduce tooth decay by 20-40%, and is the single most effective public health measure in reducing tooth decay.  By keeping fluoride in the water Iowan’s will save time and money by reducing the occurrence of tooth decay in children and adults.  Many are concerned about the negative effects of fluoride.  However in order for fluoride to be damaging it must be consumed in high concentrations.  Currently there is only 0.7mg/L (parts per million) in our water.  Way below the level where fluoride becomes damaging.  Fluoride is also found in fresh vegetables and fruits, eggs, milk, seafood, and tea.  Consuming these foods and fluoridated water will still keep one way below the level for concern.  Des Water Works must keep fluoride in our water!  This will provide fluoride to people at little to no cost; help with the longevity of teeth, and reduction of tooth decay.  Something everyone in the community can benefit from and should be entitled to.

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Shar Schlatter (submitted 11/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please take the fluoride out of our water. If more people knew what it did to the body, you would be hearing from a whole lot more customers. Please focus your attention and dollars into cleaning the farm and lawn chemicals and poisons out of the water. Thanks!

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Kayla Ely (submitted 11/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I think we should keep fluoride in our water. Studies have proven that the existence of fluoride in our community water is safe and effective in preventing decaying of teeth. In reality, it will actually save us money. According to the ADA, one person can have a lifetime of fluoridated water for less than the cost of one filling. I think the DMWW should definitely keep a healthy supply of fluoride in our community water.

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Emily Millang (submitted 11/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I think that fluoride needs to remain in our community water supply. It has been in our water for over 65 years and has been a great way to effectively prevent people from tooth decay. It is a healthy and inexpensive way to get fluoride treatment in our community and can cut down on the expenses of having to go to the dentist and also making sure you consume another type of fluoride if it is no longer present in our water supply.  I think that the Des Moines Water Works should continue to add the regulated amount of fluoride to our water.

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Brooke Williamson (submitted 11/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I think that fluoride in our water provides many benefits to our health, particularly our dental health. Adding fluoride to our water is the most efficient way to reduce one of the most common childhood diseases, tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, one study done in Evanston, Illinois, after 14 years of fluoridation, 14 year olds had 57% fewer decayed, missing, or filled teeth than the control group in Oak Park, Illinois who drank water low in fluroide. I strongly believe that fluoride should still be integrated into Des Moines drinking water.

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Aaron Lea (submitted 11/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

One very important facet of this issue that has not yet been addressed is the fact that the board of DMWW is practicing medicine without a license! They are going off recommendations and endorsements (and endorsements are not science.... where is the science?), but, ultimately, this board determines if and how much of this drug (chemical used to treat a medical condition... ie. tooth decay) we are given. Doctors cannot perscribe medicine without a license. Pharmacists cannot distribute drugs without a license. The board of DMWW is both perscribing and dispensing this drug without a license, and each individual member should (and will) be held legally liable if this practice continues. Therefore, each member does have vested interest in stopping this practice.

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Julianna Loneman (submitted 11/22/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I believe fluoride should be left in the Water Works System. According to the ADA Fluoride Facts, adding fluoride to the water system has been a safe and effective way of reducing decay to children and adults. Fluorinated water reduces decay by 20-40%. By taking fluoride out, the rate of decay will increase and cause many people to have to spend extra money to receive the same amount of fluoride that the water would have supplied to protect their teeth.

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NYSCOF (submitted 11/23/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


    NYSCOF e-mail document

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Blair Smith, DDS, MS (submitted 11/24/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


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Ron Eheman (submitted 11/24/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Ron Eheman e-mail document

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Sibylle Allgaier (submitted 11/24/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Sibylle Allgaier e-mail document

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James W. Reeves, Ph.D. (submitted 11/24/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     James Reeves e-mail document

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Tyler Swett (submitted 11/24/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am for fluoride in the drinking water. 

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Lisa Swett, RDH, BS, MS (submitted 11/24/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Lisa Sweett e-mail document

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Mike Hipp, D.D.S., M.S. (submitted 11/24/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I strongly support the the continuation of community water fluoridation. Fluorine (fluoride is the ion) is a naturally occurring element and is only toxic in contrived circumstances. Fluoridated water was first introduced in the 50's. it is considered one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the last century. Research shows that drinking optimal fluoridated water is one of the safest & most cost effective public health measures. Frankly I'm surprised that any discussion is needed as I can't think of any element that has been studied as extensively as fluorine. No scientific evidence has shown water fluoridation to be harmful. Previously it was thought that fluoridated water only benefited children who consumed it from birth. Recent research now shows that fluoridated water reduces tooth decay in adults, even if they start drinking it after childhood. To stop fluoridation will create a dental epidemic within a decade. Those most at risk are the medically under served especially at this time of limited public health funding.

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James W. Reeves, Ph.D. (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     James Reeves e-mail document

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Bridget Brass (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Dear Friends at Des Moines Water Works...

PLEASE keep fluoride in the water.  The number one beverage of choice in our home is good ol Des Moines tap water!  Our kids are now 21 and 17 and knock on wood, have never had a cavity.  We believe it is because of the water.  My kids are good teeth brushers....they could be great ones so please do not remove the fluoride. 

God gave us one set of adult teeth.  We should continue this program so we can take care of that one set of adult teeth.  For those that think that fluoride is a drug (a drug they probably never even think about) go to Hy-Vee and buy some Evian.  Hey it's Evian right?  It's got be pure....

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Doug Cragoe (submitted 11/19/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Doug Cragoe letter

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Nancy Adrianse (submitted 11/9/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Nancy Adrainse letter

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Donna Mayne (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


      Donna Mayne e-mail document

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Mary Zirkelbach (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I'm writing in support of keeping fluoride in Des Moines' water.  It is of utmost importance to those without dental insurance as the miniscule amount added to our water keeps their teeth strong and healthy, which therefore reduces the need for dental care.

Please help us to keep everyone's teeth healthy. Keep fluoride in our water.  Those who don't want it can drink bottled water.

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Nina Knight (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

It is hard to believe there is consideration about taking flouride out of our water. It has proved to be very effective and the risk so minimal that I would hope the public would rally in saving this protection for our community. Please consider my strong vote in favor of keeping the flouride in the water.

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Donna Westfall (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Donna Westfall e-mail document

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John (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


"Building a Database of Developmental Neurotoxicants: Evidence from Human and Animal Studies"

 http://www.epa.gov/comptox/toxcast/files/summit/48P%20Mundy%20TDAS.pdf

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Cindy Spencer (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please keep fluoridating the Des Moines water supply. The benefits are obvious, the costs relatively low, and the side effects virtually nil. 

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Dick Gates (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


see pros and cons.  I think studies show fluoride is very toxic at some levels.

So I would vote to discontinue adding it and go with what is there naturally unless it gets to high.

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Children's Dental Health Project (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


      Children's Dental Health Project letter

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Tom Allgood (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I don't understand why there is even a debate. Fluoride has been proven hazardous to our well being so remove it! End of story. You never should have taken upon yourselves to "care for our teeth" in the first place. We already have toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and even dentists to assist us in that manner. We NEED you to provide us with safe, clean drinking water. That is all. Remember, your families are drinking, cooking, and bathing in it as well so do us all a favor and make the right choice. 

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Pat and Steve Schroeder (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


We want to continue the current level of fluoride added to the water.

The Universtity of Iowa dental faculty support this. Many are well-known national experts in this field.

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Chris Gingery (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am totally in favor of DSM Waterworks adding fluoride to our water system to improve the oral health of our city.  Those who are opposed should move to Arkansas.

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Diana Clark (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Diana Clark e-mail document

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Mari Heslinga (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Lack of dental insurance or ability to otherwise pay for dental care causes a sickening number of people, many of them children, to live with disease that is often painful and miserable. For some, fluoridated water may be the one reliable protective barrier from rampant disease that not only diminishes quality of life, but can be prohibitively expensive to treat. To take this service away from children, the needy, and elderly, let alone to deprive the population as a whole from the benefits of fluoridated water would be a big mistake. The CDC stands behind water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century for a good reason: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00056796.htm 

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John (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

You want to drink water with 0.7 ppm fluoride? Then mix a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste into 12 ounces of pure water. But if your child swallows 2 cups of this water, according to the FDA-mandated poison warning on fluoride toothpaste: you should “seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.”

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Joy Kidney (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I would prefer that our drinking water would NOT have fluoride in it. Fluoride is used to bring down too high thyroid readings, but I have to use thyroid replacement because mine is too low.

I’m drinking filtered water but still bathe is fluoridated water, which also affects my thyroid.

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Charles Harton (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


All,

I urge you to continue fluoridation of the Des Moines water system. I am a young engineer considering moving to Des Moines, and I would be less likely to move to your community if fluoridation ended. The fluoridation of water has been one of the most successful public health projects in history. Fluoridation especially benefits low-income children that do not have access to alternative sources of fluoride, such as fluoride treatments at a dental office.

We laughed at Dr. Strangelove and his obsession with fluoridation. Please do not make Des Moines similar laughingstock.

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justagall (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I have lived in DSM my entire life as well as my mother and her parents.  I truly believe the fluoride in the water has been beneficial to me.  My mother had false teeth by her mid thirties my grand parents even younger than that.  Granted, oral hygiene products and dental care have improved over the years but then I compare myself to my husband who grew up in rural Iowa on well water.  I'm 48, have maybe 5 fillings and have never had a root canal, crowns or permanent tooth pulled.  My husband, same age, has had multiple root canals and crowns and lost one tooth.  I have appreciated the fluoride benefits from our water supply and hope we continue to keep it in our water.

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Brandon Wiese (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Brandon Wiese e-mail document

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Eric Moellers (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hello,

My name is Eric Moellers and I am a second year dental student at the University of Iowa. Des Moines Water Works, please please please please KEEP the fluoride in the water supply.

Many people are concerned about the addition of fluoride in their water supply. Rest assured, their is no reason for this concern. Fluoride in the water is completely safe AND effective at reducing dental decay. In fact, the CDC has declared the public water fluoridation is one of the top ten public health successes of the 20th century, right along with the eradication of the polio virus through vaccination.

Consider the following. If fluoride is as dangerous as many claim it to be, then why haven't any illnesses arisen as the direct, proven result of fluoridated water consumption? There are currently more than 300,000,000 people in the united states, the majority of whom receive fluoridated water, and fluoridated water has been used here in the U.S. sicne the 1940's. Doesn't it seem strange that nobody has gotten sick from it?

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Douglas Johnson (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To Whom It May Concern:

I am a fourth year dental student at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry.  I will be graduating this upcoming June 2014 with the knowledge that fluoride helps reduce the solubility of dental enamel, meaning that it prevents cavities.  There is ample research to prove this.  There is no research to prove that fluoride is at all bad for a person in optimal range.  Optimal benefit from fluoride concentration in drinking water is between 0.7 and 1.2 ppm.  Please keep the fluoride in the drinking water.  Des Moines will look like the dumbest city in America if you get rid of the easiest method of preventing cavities.  I see patients all the time who grew up on well water and their enamel is no where near as good as those who grew up on city water (WITH fluoride in it).

Lastly, the professionals to be asking this question to should be dentists.  For example, if I have a heart attack, I would go to a physician (ideally, a cardiologist) to answer my questions - I DO NOT go ask public opinion on such a matter.  Dentists and research on fluoride alone should decide this for you.  And, the research shows that fluoride at 1ppm in drinking water is safe, effective, and a cheap way to prevent cavities.

Thank you for doing the right thing and keeping fluoride.

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Lori May (submitted 11/25/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hello,

Thank you for taking public input on this fluoride issue.  Please remove the fluoride treatment in our water!

And a big thank you to the dentists, medical doctors, and the enviromental expert who dared to break from the pack to show real scientific truth.

Please, the public is not well served by adding chemicals to our water. It is a scam, much like saying that mercury fillings are safe to have in our teeth.

If you read the opinion of one dentist who has commented, we are likely getting arsenic added along with the fluoride to our water. 

With the public taking in toxins like fluoride, arsenic, and mercury, no wonder autism, alzheimers and obesity are rising while IQs are not.

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Marilyn Long (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To Whom It May Concern:

Please keep the fluoride in our Des Moines drinking water!  It has dramatically reduced the number of cavities in my children's teeth from the number I had as a child, even though their diets/brushing habits were probably less healthful than mine.  

Do not remove the fluoride!

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Matthew K (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I don't live in Des Moines so take my comments as you will, but I grew up and live in northern Iowa on a farm with well water. I am commenting as I care about my fellow Iowans, but it is ultimately up to the people of Des Moines. I have never had any problems with my teeth as I simply brush every day and make regular dentist visits. Not even one cavity and I am 27. I do think fluoride is a poison and it's more important for people to take care of their teeth then to rely on their water source containing a chemical to supposedly do it for them. I believe studies have shown that the quality of dental health has risen evenly in both places that do and don't add fluoride in 1st world countries, and this is due to an increase in people taking care of their teeth through proper brushing and cleaning which has a far greater effect. Fluoride could possibly have benefits for dental health, but I believe the cons far outweigh the pros.

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Peggy Hall (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I want to vote no on adding florinde to our water. Thank you

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Daniel Thrall (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Fluoride exists in water naturally. It has been shown over many studies to be a protective factor for the enamel of the tooth, but one must come into contact with it at low doses over the course of the day. That being said, fluoridated water is one of the cheapest, most accessible ways we as a community can protect our teeth. 

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Katie Anfinsen (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Katie Anfinsen e-mail document

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Mackenzie Anderson (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I had to purchase a new/expensive filter for the purpose of removing fluoride- I believe that this is a danger to our community, and it is unfair for people with babies/young children, thyroid problems, and other health conditions to have to buy filtered water from stores, or buy filters for their home to remove this toxin from the water.  I always hear about how Des Moines has one of the best water systems around, so let us make it that much better. 

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Andrew Blanford (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Andrew Blanford e-mail document

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Daniel (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I and many of my family and friends refuse to drink tap water because of the fluoridation and probably spend hundreds of dollars on bottled water because of it. Some have put in water filtration systems specifically to remove the fluoride along with other 'contaminants' that give water a 'flavor' it should not even have.  When drinking water people do no spend time swirling it in their mouth to get the benefit of the fluoride in it.  If they are going to swirl water it is to spit it out and whatever else they are trying to get out of their mouth.  Read any toothpaste labeling and it will tell you not to swallow because fluoride is known to be harmful.  Why is there then even a discussion about weather it should be in water which people need to drink as the most essential liquid on this earth to their life and health. 
 
Thanks for even asking what we want!  

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Mark Hillman, DDS (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am writing to voice support for the continuation of water fluoridation in Des Moines.  I am a retired dentist and worked in Des Moines for forty years.  I can tell you from first-hand knowledge that the treatment of the water in our city has made a huge impact.  The amount of tooth decay in younger people is dramatically less than in previous generatons.  

I encourage you to continue this practice.

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Ed Moreno (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


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dephares (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Guess what, people: Governments do lie sometimes. It would be advantageous for city officials to read The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson (I checked it out from the DM Library system). This is incredibly well-documented, exhaustive research detailing the flimsy "science" and very effective propaganda resulting in the addition of this toxic industrial waste product to our toothpastes and drinking water.   

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Amy Grimes (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please do NOT remove fluoride from our water. I am dismayed by the conspiracy theories and faulty studies being cited here. Fluoridation of drinking water is a low-cost way to improve public health -- regardless of socioeconomic status.  

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Elise Wendell  (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


City of Des Moines

It is unnecessary to add fluoride, which is a medication to our water supply. If one chooses to use fluoride, one can get a prescription from their doctor or health department.     

Fluoride is medicine.  How does the city have the authority to administer medication?  How does the city know what MY personal dose?  How does the city know what my children's personal doses are for this medication?  Everyone IS different and we all have different needs and dose requirements and many people are getting too much fluoride from their drinking water, which causes many types of illnesses.  

It is NOT OK to add medication to our water.

Thank you for providing this opportunity for me to use my voice. 

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Kathryn Handtke (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I'm a first year dental student and have already learned a lot about fluoride and fluoridated water. CWF should most definitely not be stopped. It offers preventive care that is safe and non-toxic. Please continue CWF!

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Marcene and Carl Grant (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

We feel the dental benefits are substantial and the negatives are minimal.

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Michelle Gossen (submitted 11/26/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


I would like Des Moines Water Works to stop fluoridation of tap water. I believe individuals should be able to decide whether or not they want to consume fluoride. There is a lot of information available to suggest that fluoride is not harmless. I suggest Des Moines Water Works review this information, make it available to the public via your website and stop adding fluoride to our tap water.

http://fluoride.mercola.com/

http://www.naturalnews.com/fluoride.html

http://fluoridealert.org/

www.naturalnews.com

www.fluorideresearch.org

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AFAM Research Division (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


Our website below. Fyi:

-- 

The Administrator

AFAM Research Division

afamildura.wordpress.com

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Blake McCauley (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


I don't think basing the decision to take out or leave fluoride in the water supply should be decided by email/internet commentary.

Fluoride has been in the water supply for my lifetime and I don't believe it is dangerous in the amounts used.
 
I find it rather funny...people stating that fluoride is a poison and shouldn't be in our water supply.  I agree if you were to ingest PURE fluoride in high concentrations it would be very bad for you.  However, I can hear these very same people asking for Nitrogen to be taken out of our atmosphere since breathing in 100% Nitrogen would asphyxiate you if breathed long enough...our atmosphere is approximately 78% Nitrogen.
 
So, likewise, the amount of fluoride in our water isn't dangerous.
 
Please leave the fluoride in the water supply...it isn't dangerous in the levels used...

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Jim Stavneak (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I support keeping fluoride in our water system.  Jim Stavneak, DSM

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Leonard Gutshall (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I support the use of Fluoride in the water supply.  I grew up in rural Iowa on a farm without the advantage of this treatment.  As a result, I have crowns on almost all of my teeth because of cavities during childhood.  I am happy that I still have all of my teeth at 68 years old but would give anything to not have so many crowns!  If this treatment helps prevent this from happening to people as they age it is better that how my teeth have survived.  

Please don't listen to all the extremist on this subject.

I live in the Dallas County part of West Des Moines and believe I am on the Des Moines Waterworks system.

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Betty McDaniel (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


Am in the keep column. Because it has been proven safe, effective and economical. The only opposition is from the non public health educated group. The tired position of keeping government out of our lives is not logical. If they want government out of their life, get their water from a creek.

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Keith Luchtel (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 

I was amazed to read this is even an issue!  Please read the Tampa Bay Times editorials on the subject.  I expect leaders to have critical thinking skills and not be swayed by nonsense when the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of fluoridation.   

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Dale J. Andringa, M.D. (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 

I am taking the time to weigh in with my support for continuing to fluorinate DM water.  The science is overwhelming.  We must not let a small group of wackos negatively impact our public health.

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Kent Colwell (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 

No fluoride please. Thank you. 

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David Beecher (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 

I appreciate that fluoride is added to the public water system to improve dental health. Other chemicals are added for disinfection, and in some systems for corrosion control, which reduces lead concentration.  In all cases these added chemicals are for the public good.

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Dave Dunn (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 

Please keep fluoride in our water.  All public health officials believe this is a positive for our community.   

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davidkading (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 

Please consider the science supporting the benefits of fluoridation, giving it more weight than the comments of a vociferous few. 

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Helene Cole (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Mr. Stowe,

Please add my name/vote to the "tally" supporting continued fluoridation of water supplied by the Des Moines Water Works.  There is no rational reason to stop a practice that has proven health benefits and no proven health risks if performed according to recommended guidelines.  

Thank you for accepting my input. 

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Renee Espeland (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hello,

I would like to voice my opposition to neuro-toxins in my water for my "health."  I understand that it is almost considered unpatriotic to be against this but there really is a glitch in research.  Much of the research showing negative effect is bought and then buried.  Not many water filters are set up to remove fluoride, at the very least, could you guys access a removal system that we could rent from you that is better than using a pitcher in the fridge?  Seychelle is the only brand that I have found that will remove fluoride.  

Again, NO to FLUORIDE, PLEASE

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Bob Henderson (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I feel very strong about having it added to drinking water.  I don't see anyone dying of fluoride poisoning after 50 years or so.  I am tired of none professionals telling us to stop adding it from a fear standpoint.

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Barbara Maier (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

YES!  Keep adding fluoride to our water!  It's been proven safe and effective for decades.  The alternative would be to pay your dentist extra to place it on your teeth, which for me is an extra $25 every six months, paid out of pocket as insurance does not cover this.

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Michael Thies (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I request that the management and Board of Directors of Des Moines water works STOP the use of Fluoride in our water system.

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Richard Scarr (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


Use fluoride in water fluoridation, toothpaste, and other sources has resulted in the steady decline of dental caries and has improved the general health of our community.

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The Larsons (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 

My wife and I grew up in rule Iowa which means we both drank untreated well water until we left home and went to college. Cavities were very common and my teeth have many. When we had children (3) we lived first in Nevada, Iowa and then moved to Ankeny, IA for most of our children's lives. In each cased fluoride was an addition to the drinking water. Our children had very few cavities perhaps 2-3 total for their lives while at home. I credit fluoride in the drinking water for our children having very few cavities.

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Susan R. Hyland, RDH, BS (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


The Des Moines Schools website reports that 70.6% of their students are receiving Free/Reduced Lunch. I bring this information forward in support of Community Water Fluoridation. Comments with many VALID studies in support of water fluoridation have been presented to you so I will speak to the comments from those wanting people to buy their own fluoride products. Water fluoridation is considered one of the top 10 public health initiatives because it is an inexpensive measure that produces results. If the families of over 70% of Des Moines children can’t afford to pay for their lunches (& many times their breakfast, too), will they purchase fluoride products? It is very unrealistic to expect this to happen.

Aging Iowans are another group that benefits from this public health measure. This group has many individuals who have limited resources and limited access to dental care. It is unrealistic to expect that they will purchase fluoride products.

Public health measures are striving for Health Equity; community water fluoridation is important to these efforts.

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Peter Larkin (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


     Peter Larkin e-mail document

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Ruth Ann Thrasher (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 

Please leave the fluoride in our water! Thank you!

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Kathleen Mertes (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


Please continue to add fluoride to Des Moines water!  I can hardly believe it has even been considered to discontinue it.  The endorsements that fluoridation has received from highly regarded health organizations are very convincing reasons to continue it.  The proven preventative value and resulting savings in health costs clearly justify this public health measure. 

Please keep this decision science-based.

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Mardean Wilcox (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


As a baby boomer, I have lots of fillings done in the pre-fluoride era.  My grandchildren have none.   We need to keep fluoride in our water system.  

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Jim Fifield (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


     Jim Fifield e-mail document

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Douglas J. Reed (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


I am astounded that you would consider such a move.  The science behind fluoridation is not up for debate.  Fluoridation has been a positive additive to water systems for fifty years.  I grew up in a small town in Iowa and in my early years did not have the benefit of fluoridation and recall spending many a visit to the dentist and many cavities being filled.  My children have had the benefit of fluoridation and have had almost no cavities throughout their lives.   Please reject any proposal to discontinue the use of fluoride in the Des Moines water system.

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David Ertl  (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride: 


I am not in favor of having DMWW add fluoride to our public water supply.   If people want their teeth protected they have a number of options, including dental treatments and using toothpaste, most of which now contain fluoride.   

Last spring Bill Stowe complained loudly about how much it was costing DMWW to remove nitrates from the water supply.  If DMWW is that cost conscious, and you should be, then removing fluoride is an easy way to reduce your budget by $125,000, every year.  It is not necessary and not something many of us want to pay for or receive. 

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Judy Johnson (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

It should definitely be kept in. It greatly reduces decay. It is not medicating people and scientific research shows at current levels over long time periods no harmful health effects.

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Ira Lacher (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To whom it may concern,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- that nefarious government agency which seeks to keep us in slavery by keeping us alive and healthy -- ranks community water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, along with other freedom-hating government conspiracies such as food inspections and immunizations. Now, a small but vocal group of know-nothings and flat-earthers seeks to overturn this achievement in Des Moines. To prove the benefits of community water fluoridation I could quote statistic after finding after conclusion. But since those come from the educated and scientific community, none would register on these people, who apparently believe America would be best served by abolishing pasteurization and returning us to the days of public outhouses.

I urge you not to knuckle under to them and reverse one of the most beneficial city services in American history!

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Harold Templeman (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Keep using fluoride in our water supply. Listen to the recommendations of the scientists and not the fear mongers who have no scientific basis for their fears.

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Dls685@aol.com (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


There is no evidence that fluoride is harmful - no science, only ignorance.  I have lived in Des Moines over 30 years and I am happy to say I have all of my teeth and they are in good condition. 

Thank you for the fluoride.  Pease continue.

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Dr. Nicholas Honkamp (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

The ADA, AMA, CDC, and WHO are not part of any gov conspiracy, and there is overwhelming evidence for its benefits.

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Mary Kelly Grief (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please keep fluoride in the Des Moines community's drinking water.  Fluoridation is a safe, evidenced-based public health measure.

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Barb and George Appleby (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hello,  I would like to provide input from our household that we are definitely in favor of continuing to put fluoride in the water for the DM area. 

If public opinion is going to be a deciding factor in this decision, I would like to suggest a real vote.  Probably the only people who knew about this public comment period were those opposed to the addition of fluoride.  The first we heard of it was in the newspaper this morning, and the few days left to comment obviously fall on a holiday weekend, when people are paying attention to other things. 

Thank you!

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Vince Weber (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

i favor keeping fluoride in our public water system.

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Gergory Klein (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


It's a sound idea to provide residents with fluoridated water.  The benefits have been substantiated.  As a child growing up in Des Moines in the 1950's, I recall this debate across the nation.  At that time opponents viewed fluoridation as a "Commie Plot" designed to undermine the American way of life. 

Opponents today appear to either oppose governmental interference in their lives or have concerns regarding the safety of fluoridation.  These concerns appear to be outweighed by the benefits.

I support the continued use of fluoride in the public water system. 

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Tony Rezek (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Sirs

Please keep the fluoride in the water supply

Do not be moved by a vocal minority of activists that decide to take up a cause and then hijack an agenda

Most common sense citizens would want to continue the fluoridation of the water they just are not moved to activism

Do the right thing an keep the fluoride even though comments may tally up to the other side.

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Paul Swenson (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Listen to the science.

Leave the flouride in the water.

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Susan B. Klein (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please Keep the Fluoride in the Public Water-

For the first two years of my life, I lived in a small town in Illinois and the water was fluoridated. Then my family moved to our family farm. My two younger sisters were born while living on the farm. Of course, we had well water. This is not scientific but the three of us, over the years, have noticed and remarked how differently our dental concerns have been. I have had few if any cavities and my two sisters have had many problems. Of course, there could be other factors but I choose to believe that my teeth were protected by the first two years of fluoridation. Fluoridation has been seen as one of the best public health measures in our history. Probably only second to immunization. I feel it would be a travesty to remove the fluoride from the water. The cost is minimal when compared to the benefit. If this happens, will raw milk sales be far behind. This is a move backwards in health for our community.

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Mark Truesdell (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Keep fluoridating!! 

The scientific evidence is overwhelming.  The medical,  scientific, dental,  and public health communities are unanimous:    Keep fluoridation.

The opponents are kooks who believe what they read on the internet.  They’re often the same wackos who think the government should stop vaccinating children and stop requiring pasteurization of milk. 

Do we want to live in a third-world country?   I think not.  Respect science.  Keep fluoridation.  Keep it at the highest level allowed by the public health authorities.  

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Mary Johnson, DDS (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I support optimal fluoridation of the Des Moines water supply. 

Fluoridation has been proven to provide dental benefits to children and adults.  Scientific studies have found that fluoridated water safely and effectively reduces tooth decay.  Without the protection of fluoride in the water the Des Moines population will see an increase in dental decay.  This increase in disease will lead to poor dental and overall health, an increase in dental care expenditures, lost school hours and lost wage.   

Dental decay is the most common disease children experience. Fluoride in the public water is an economical and safe way to fight this disease.

I suggest that Des Moines Water Works and the Polk County Health Department evaluate the studies submitted on both sides of the issue.  Once reviewed, the science will prove that fluoridation in the water is in the best interest of the Des Moines population. 

Once again, I support optimal fluoridation of the Des Moines water supply.

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Karin Ahrold (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please pay attention to the medical and scientific communities on this issue and to the proven beneficial results of the small amounts of fluoride in our water since the 1950's.  The population of Des Moines has suffered no toxic consequences over the years as suggested by some - but has seen a marked increase in improved dental health and tooth retention.  Unfounded fears should not dictate the loss of a very beneficial exposure to the low levels of fluoride in the Des Moines drinking water. 

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Catherine Petersen (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I wish to have fluoride continued in our water.  I believe it is important for dental reasons.

Thank you.

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Gian Garduque (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please do NOT stop community water fluoridation (CWF) in Des Moines.  I am a dental student and the research from reputable scientific journals indicates that fluoride at 0.7 ppm is effective at reducing dental caries.  CWF benefits people from all ages and one could even argue that it provides greater benefit to people with a lower socioeconomic status since those individuals have a harder time getting to the dentist because of cost issues.  From an economic standpoint, calculations by the CDC indicate that in a 15-year period CWF will result in an approximately $305 savings per person ($310 saved from not having to get fillings - $5 to fluoridate the water). 

In summary: 

-CWF at 0.7 ppm is effective at reducing dental caries (cavities)

-CWF benefits all people in the community, especially those who can't afford to go to the dentist for preventive treatment

-There will be a $305 cost-savings per person over a 15-year period with CWF

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Brent Flaherty (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I noticed that you guys are asking for public comment on whether or not water fluoridation should continue.  My vote would be to stop adding fluoride to the water.  Thank you for taking the time to ask for the public opinion.

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Brent Flaherty (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I would like to see the Des Moines Water Works Stop adding fluoride to our water supply.  Thank you for opening this decision to the public.

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Ellen Wonderlin (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I am writing to express support for continuing to add fluoride to our drinking water.  As it has a long history of effective use and has been found to be safe, there is no good reason to stop this policy.  The overall gains to the public good outweigh the concerns voiced by a small number of people in this case.

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Julie Luepke (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please continue to have fluoride in our water.  The arguments against it don't make much sense, and actual dentists and doctors support fluoridation.

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Becky Parrish, DNP, WHNP-BC (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I fully support adding fluoride to our water supply. Fluoride is safe and scientifically proven to prevent dental carries. It is not a drug, does not need a prescription for use (no different than adding iodine to our table salt - also with proven benefits) and should continue to be supplemented. 

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Christy Thies (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please continue to fluoridate the water in consideration of of all the public health benefits noted to-date, including reduction in tooth loss, prevention of cavities and to help those with limited or no access to fluoride-enhanced products. 

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David Packard (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Sirs,

                Please keep our fluoride. Thank you, David Packard

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David Price (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I was born in Philadelphia and lived there for over 40 years. The city was an earlier adopter of flouride in its water supply. My teeth remained in excellent condition for many years which I, at least, partially credit to the city's water system. Before making any decision to eliminate flouride, I woiuld ask the Water Works to very carefully weight the scientific evidence rather than primarily rely on public comment which can be more emotionally driven than based upon scientific fact.

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Kelli Lydon (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


As a resident of Des Moines I value our city's excellent water quality, including fluoridation. I want decisions about our water supply to be based on hard science and proven results, not conspiracy theories. The evidence both here and around the world strongly supports the use of moderate fluoridation to improve dental health. I support the continued fluoridation of our water.

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Bill Taber (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Bill Taber e-mail document

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Scott Bents (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


We need fluoridated drinking water. This is a public health issue, not some matter of personal preference. Are we really going to go with public opinion to decide this issue? Let's remember how well that went when people starting listening to Jenny McCarthy on the whole vaccine/autism debacle. No credible researcher has found a connection between fluoridation and bone cancer/decreased IQ/insert your favorite tinfoil hat theory here. On the contrary, fluoridation is strongly associated with decreased dental caries. If you remove fluoride from our drinking water, more people will get cavities. That is a simple fact. At a time when health care costs are increasing for everyone, is it really wise to impose additional costs on people based on the wishes of a vocal minority?

Unrelated: please keep fighting the good fight to reduce pollution in our waterways, where your efforts are truly needed.

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Barb Sink-Krusenstjerna (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

The vocal minority should not get to drive this.....they can join the English snaggle teeth.

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Melissa Miller (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Unfortunately, this type of commenting-forum won't give us the benefit of comments from those for whom fluoridization is most beneficial:  the poor, who may not have access to the internet.  Also likely to be lacking are comments from the elder generation who could testify to the problems caused by lack of fluoridization in the past and the dental problems caused.

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John Bridenstine (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I favor keeping the current fluoride level in the water supply.  

There is much credible evidence showing the benefits of adding fluoride.  

When I was a kid I recall the John Birch Society campaigning against fluoride for political reasons.   I am sure those ghosts are behind the campaign to remove it today.

If your decision ultimately removes fluoride from our water, be honest with your customers and site politics over medical reasons.

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Joyce Gavin (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

My husband & I reside in Martensdale, IA 50160, so we get our water from DSM Water Works.  We sincerely hope that you continue with your fluoridation program, as we feel it is very beneficial.

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Kristi Dawson (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Why is this even a question with all the research and evidence available noting the beneifts of fluoride?  Isn't there a water standards board that advises the standards that should be attained for water service to the public?  If fluoride is on the additive list, then why question it? 

I think DSM Water Works should spend their time and money on water quality instead of stirring up the public about taking away a proven benefit. 

I am all for keeping fluoride in our water for the benefit of the children in our community.  

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sgloegering@aol.com (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please do not remove fluoride from the drinking water. It has been proven to drastically reduce tooth decay.

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Craig Shives (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Count this household of two IN FAVOR of continued fluoridation.

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Allan F. Demorest (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Mr. Stowe:

Fluoride in drinking water is not toxic and prevents tooth decay.  This is a very well known fact.  Too much water with or without fluoride can be toxic as can almost anything.  I am surprised that these same people don't complain about chlorine which is also toxic and has been used as a poison gas.  Large groups of fearful parents have stopped vaccination of their children with the consequence of the US now having outbreaks of diseases we had almost eliminated.  The motto of these groups is, Don't bother me with facts, my mind is made up".  Ingested fluoride is much more effective in preventing decay than that in toothpaste.  If these same people were equally concerned about nitrogen in the water supply, we might get some action to control use of it near rivers and streams that feed into our drinking water supplies.  Please continue fluoridation of  Des Moines water and help us keep our teeth.  The Tea Party shut down our government at great expense.  Don't let them mess up the water supply.

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Jim Leseney (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!  I have lived in Des Moines all my life, I am 68 years old, I still have all my teeth and am in perfect health.  Please leave our our fluoridation treatment as is.  

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Aaron Lea (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Iowa Code Section 148.1 (2007) provides that the following persons are deemed to be engaged in the practice of medicine:

"Persons who perscribe, or perscribe and furnish medicine (ie. Fluoride)for human ailments (ie. Tooth Decay) or treat the same by surgery."

A person who is engaged in the practice of medicine in Iowa is REQUIRED to obtain a license for that purpose.  See Iowa Code Section 147.2. In the event a person engages in the practice of medicine without a license issued by the Iowa Board of Medicine, the office of the Attorney General is authorized to file a civil action against that person in a State court to obtain a permanent injunction prohibiting that person from engaging in the unauthorized practice of medicine. See Iowa Code sections 147.83 and 147.92. Furthermore, such unlicensed practice could subject an individual to criminal charges, as section 147.103A(1) provides that a violation of Section 147.2 IS A CLASS "D" FELONY.

Now that you have studied this issue, ignorance will no longer stand as an excuse. Myself and others will see to it that each of you are held accountable in civil and criminal court if this practice (water fluoridation) is allowed to continue.

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Thomas Horner (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Fluoride is a very effective medicine.  It should be delivered in the proper dosage and prescribed by the dental and medical community.  It is impossible to deliver the proper dosage through the water supply - depending on age, body mass, water consumption and number of showers per day, etc. - the dosage would be too little or not enough.  

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Tyler Pickett (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please quit putting fluoride in the water. If I had the money I would have a filter to remove it. It's about $300-400. I can't afford that since I'm raising 4 kids. If you quit using fluoride it would be another thing to be thankful for.

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Michelle Mosman (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Sir,

Please continue to fluoridate our water.

It is something we all need in our water especially children and the elderly.

Many families do not have dental insurance and a lot of children do not see a dentist or practice good oral care.

Many retirees do not have dental insurance and need the fluoride to protect their teeth. My father, age 90, recently visited the dentist who prescribed for him a super fluoridated toothpaste which will cost him $40 a month. To use this toothpaste, you brush your teeth with it, spit, and don't rinse. Keeping his teeth trumps any effects of swallowing a little fluoride.

Please continue to fluoridate our water.

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Fred Wessendorf (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To The Board of DMWW

Keep the fluoride in the drinking water.  

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Deb Wiley (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear DMWW,

I am in favor of continuing to fluoridate our drinking water. The benefits appear to far outweigh the risks. 

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John Schweers (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I vote in favor of continuing the fluoridation of drinking water by the Des Moines Water Works.  The evidence is overwhelming that we benefit from the use of fluoride in our drinking water.

Those people that are calling for the discontinuation of fluoride in drinking water are very likely some of the same people who believe: a.)  the IRS should be closed down; b.)  Iowans should not be required to pay state income taxes; c.)  the State should have nothing to say about how their children are schooled; d.)  the State has no right to require them to wear seat belts while operating their cars; e.)  their children should not be vaccinated for various diseases such as measles, smallpox and polio; and f.) that stoplight cameras and automated speed enforcement devices are an infringement of their constitutional rights .

I urge you not to give in to a small vocal activist minority.  Please continue to follow the science and provide fluoridated water in the Des Moines water supply.  Thank you.

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Steve Perlowski (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


In two weeks I'll be 72 years old.  For approximately the last 60 years I've been drinking fluoridated water.  Except for one gold crown, I have excellent teeth.  Since both my mom and dad had major problems with their teeth, my good teeth probably had little to do with genetics, but rather with proper maintenance and fluoridated water.

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David Michael (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I saw the article on the Des Moines Register this morning regarding drinking water fluoridation. Please continue to do this practice to maintain the dental quality that has been reached today. 

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Marion Elmquist (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

I am in favor of fluoridating the water supply for dental health.

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Nicholas S. Waage, D.D.S. (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To Whom it May concern,

I have been following the progress of this ongoing debate, and I would like to contribute some information that may be helpful in reaching a conclusion. I have attached some of the leading research regarding this topic and would hope that all decisions made are based on review of the current literature; making sure that the literature is sound, double-blind randomized clinical trials with adequate sample size and subject to peer review. As a dentist, the importance of fluoride in cavity prevention is paramount and I am concerned for what this means for the delivery of sound research-based care that is founded on prevention. Please take a look.

Supporting documents:

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Dustin Rutzen (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To whom it may concern,

I, as many others, am hereby requesting that fluoride be removed from public water supplies.  We do not want chemicals forced into our daily consumption.

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Samuel WhoRu (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please take this toxin out of our water. The data backing this practice is questionable at best.

If an individual desires fluoride they have a slew of products they can purchase over the counter to supplement their needs. 

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Mel Sanders (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


This is the first notice of this fake problem I can remember on this issue. A review of the statements reported in the Register greatly resemble those less than scientific ideas brought forth during the 1960's when this was debated in Oskaloosa IA. There was time provided for all ideas to be researched for scientific validity then and such should be the situation here.

Being a science based utility charged with providing positive health based decisions, as evidenced by your publicized concern for presence of nitrates in water and the health risks posed, I would hope that basing a decision such as this on a less than lucid popularity contest would not be the case.

Simply put, I urge the Des Moines Area Water Works to continue with the present fluoridation policy until and unless those in opposition can provide researchable data to back up any and all statements.

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Lauren Flahtery (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


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Kelsey Rutzen (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To whom it may concern,

I, as many others, am hereby requesting that fluoride be removed from public water supplies.  We do not want chemicals forced into our daily consumption.

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Melinda Leseney (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Just have anyone you know over 70 smile and you can see what happens without fluoride. Even though they had it most of their lives the early years without made the difference.

I would love to point out things like high IQ's in people my age and younger and all of the overwhelming scientific evidence in support of fluoride. Please read the real scientific studies before you speak to this question.

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Renée Hennessy (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


PLEASE listen to the experts who have knowledge in this matter, such as dental hygienists, doctors, etc.

There is a reason fluoride is added to our drinking water and there is such a small amount that it’s not

Harmful, even to babies.  There is research to back up the reasons we have been doing this for a very long time now.

http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/basics/index.htm

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Warren Riekenberg, PE (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Many (!) years ago, in another state, our family lived next door to the family of the principal of our grade school. His wife had very mottled, unattractive teeth, but not a cavity in her head, so we were told. She came from a part of Texas, where fluoride occurred naturally in the water.

In the mid-1950s, when fluoridation was a hot topic, I attended college, studying civil engineering. We were required to take a course that was then called "sanitary engineering." The term "environmental engineering" was not then fashionable. Our professor described fluoridation as "adding a naturally occurring ingredient to the water, in the event that it is missing." I side with him, and rest my case.

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Rick and Joyce Chapman (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Bill:

Thanks for asking, but please continue keeping our water as safe and healthful as possible, including adding fluoride. Despite the machinations of the NSA, we aren’t (currently) worried about the black helicopters or secret government control of our citizenry.

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William E. Dodds (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Mr. Stowe and Des Moines Water Works Trustees,

I find it difficult to believe that, in a city as progressive as Des Moines, we are actually still having this discussion.  While I am tempted to resort to sarcasm, I will resist and simply say that I strongly object to discontinuing the fluoridation of the Des Moines water supply.  I would be very disappointed if the Trustees succumbed to the pressures of individuals and groups on the fringes of society who wield junk science in an attempt to impose their extreme minority views on our society.

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Carl Gausman (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To whom it may concern:

I want to add my comments to ask you to please continue fluoridating the drinking water you supply to Central Iowa.  The benefits of this practice are beyond well-documented.  My hope is that you won't give in to pressure from conspiracy theorists and extremists.  Please side with science and preserve our dental health.

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Merle P. Prater (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Re: Today's Register article

No doubt flouide prevents tooth cavities, but what about excess dosage accumulating from tooth paste, city water and other sources. There are apparenat  dangers from flouride concentration in the pineal gland that can control its functions. Go to Google and check Pineal Gland and Flouride. Thanks.

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Monte Hauserman (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Let's see. We have doctors, dentists, the federal and state health departments all agreeing fluoride is good for our teeth. On the other side we have, who exactly? I say keep it. I am 63 with no cavities and sound teeth. 

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Tim Shanahan (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please continue adding fluoride to the drinking water. The positive public health benefits of the fluoride outweigh any possible negative consequences. 

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Jim Ridge (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


The article in the Wednesday, Nov. 27th, Des Moines Register regarding the 3-1 public comments against fluoridation was disturbing.

How can these people disregard generations for cavity prevention evidence supporting fluoridation??

Please do not let the comments of the ultra conservatives, the anti-government, the uninformed over-rule the overwhelming scientific support for fluoridation.

Do these same anti-fluoridation folks also support just shutting down the Waterworks entirely - because water purification is also a government ploy to forcibly medicate the population..  Do they and their families drink water directly for the Des Moines or Raccoon Rivers to avoid this supposed forcible medication?

Seriously?

Please do not let the wing nuts prevail!

Thank you for considering my comments.

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Tom & JoAnn Belling (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

My wife and I are opposed to fluoride in our drinking water.

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Carolyn Schuemann (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Speaking from my personal experience, I hope you KEEP adding fluoride to our water.  I had a lot of problems with cavities prior to moving to DM but since I have been here, cavities have been almost non-existent.   I contribute this improvement to the fluoride and my dentist concurs.   I feel changing this policy would be a big mistake!

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George and Janet Hanusa (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hello, 

Please continue fluoride in our water. The benefits override the supposedly negative effects.

Don't let a few naysayers rule.

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Stan Seidler (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Stan Seidler e-mail document

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DeeDee Schumacher CVT, VTS(ECC), M.Ed (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please don’t stop putting fluoride in the water.  If people don’t want it they can get bottled water!

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Catherine C. Truesdell, DO, FAAP (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


As a physician I need to voice my strong opposition to elimination of the fluoridation of Des Moines water.  This is an excellent program which plays a huge part in dental health.

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Betty Arndt (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am so upset that you would even think of removing the fluoride from Des Moines water.  Before I moved to Des Moines, I had terrible teeth with so many cavities.  Since I have been here, my teeth have been cavity-free for over 30 years.  (That is all I can remember.)

My dentist friend from Toronto thinks any city who removes the fluoride is crazy.  I agree!

Please do not remove the fluoride from our water.

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Rusty Jones (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hi,

I would like to express my support of continuing to add flouride to the water in the Des Moines Area. It is a safe and inexpensive way to reduce cavities and decay.

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William N. Hopkins (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     William Hopkins e-mail document

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Jon D. Doudna (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Just read that most of the comments so far were against fluoride in the water, so wanted to make sure to send an email for keeping it. I like my teeth.

Thanks

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Jon Croft (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I think the Des Moines Water Works should continue to fluoridate water at the present level. The scientifically demonstrated benefits outweigh the costs/risks. I have lived in Des Moines for most of the last 58 years and have all my teeth! Thanks.

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K.O. Myers (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     K.O. Myers e-mail document

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Kathy Olah (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please do not remove the fluoridation from our Des Moines water.  Research has proven the overwhelming advantages for better dental health.  

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Bill Nassif (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I support the continued use of fluoride in Des Moines water.

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R. Benda (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am against fluoridation of the water supply.  Ample alternatives to protect teeth in today's environment.

Fluoride is an excito-toxin and kills brain cells, among other problems.

No wonder half the elderly end up drooling out the sides of their mouths and/or wandering around in a dazed state.

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Carlyn Crowe (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please stop adding fluoride to Des Moines' water.  The public should have a choice as to whether they choose to use fluoride and this is forcing us to consume it if we drink from the public water supply.  To protect our health our family chooses to reduce our chemical intake whenever possible, and we would choose NOT to be consuming fluoride if we had this choice.

Thank you to Bill Stowe for providing the opportunity for the public to comment on this issue.  

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Aaron Hahn (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


My grandfather was a dentist before and after fluoride was originally put in drinking water.  He noticed a big drop in cavities afterward.

Please keep the fluoride in our water!

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Timothy Noonan, M.D. (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Timothy Noonan e-mail document

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Carol Smith (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I would like it if we didn’t have any fluoride in our water….think about it, it’s poison.

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John Carlson (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please continue to treat our water with fluoride!  For goodness sakes these battles were fought in the 1950's and it has been proven a great benefit to better teeth!  At times Government has to protect it's citizens despite their personal opinions.  

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Bill Leonard (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


The duty of government is to pursue the best interests of the governed. Fluoridation is a prime example. It's cost is minimal compared to the savings and proven health benefits to the public.  

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Melanie Mann (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am strongly against fluoride in our water supply & I vote to remove it.  

Those that want Fluoride for their teeth can purchase it in their toothpaste (only a buck at the Dollar General).

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Dave Lewis (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hello,

Please stop flouridation of Des Moines water.  

I thank the DMWW for posting the facts and related articles so we can make a decision.

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Lawrence F. Staples, MD (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


We both believe strongly that the Water Works should continue fluoridating our potable water. The opposition is noisy but the public benefit far exceeds the complaints. 

If you watch an older generation when fluoride was not available, you can see how many have serious dental problems. Kids are notorious fro not brushing well but with fluoridated water the occurrence of dental decay is much reduced.

Please continue to observe the recommendation of the Department of Health.

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Aaron North (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Hi, I'm not one of those crazy conspiracy theory people who thinks fluoride is a government plot, I just think its unnecessary, has no dental benefit, and could be harmful. Keeping the water as pure as possible should be the goal. At BEST, fluoridation is merely a waste of money.

The "link" between fluoridation and improved dental health is probably an example of correlation without causation. The improvement is more likely due to improved dental hygeine habits with people brushing more often now than they did generations ago. Fluoridation was just a coincidence, and we should stop it. Its a bunch of unproven nonsense.

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Roland Zimany (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


The American Dental Association, the CDC, the AMA, and the WHO, all experts in their field, endorse fluoridation of drinking water.  Their views should not be overridden by a small but vocal group of people who oppose helpful government and who have generated the large number of anti-fluoride comments which you have received thus far.

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Bill McElrath (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Why in the world is this even a public comment topic?  Whether fluoride is appropriate in drinking water should be decided by health professionals and water treatment experts, not by conspiracy theorists.

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Chris Missel (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Cities have been putting Fluoride in water for decades. I had no idea this was a controversial issue, but after reading some comments, fluoridation seems to draw in the government conspiracy crowd. Opening up a public debate on this is stupid. Leave it in or take it out, but please let science be the guide, not uninformed public opinion. This forum makes as much sense as asking Kim Kardashian to give us her vote on the topic while disregarding the years of scientific data and opinions of qualified doctors.

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Andrew Finke (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please keep fluoride in the water. Those wishing to drink unregulated water can drink bottled water.

A more accurate way to poll the DMWW users is to include a check box on our water bill. Yes, No, Indifferent. Any boxes not checked count as Indifferent. 

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Charlie Strack (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


When I was less than a year old, my parents moved to Grundy Center, Iowa. Grundy Center has naturally fluoridated water, and, in addition, the city added fluoride to the water supply. So for nearly all the time my adult teeth were forming, they were receiving fluoride. I am now 61 years old, and I have NEVER had a single cavity in my adult teeth. While I do not live in Des Moines, I think you should keep fluoridating the water. It works to make stronger teeth, and my teeth are the proof.

Of course, if you want your children to have lots of cavities and spend lots of money on dental work, you could remove the fluoride. But then smart parents should move to someplace with more responsible water management.

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Tammy Mortenson (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I want to say that I want the fluoride left in our water. Those who have no teeth don't get as good of nutrition, generally. I'd also appreciate it if the comments from people who don't even live in Iowa, let alone Des Moines, are not weighed in any decisions. I'm very frustrated that groups of activists from other states can even comment. Judging by the Des Moines Register's article in today's paper, and especially from the comments on that article, I'm guessing many of the comments received have been from these type of groups.

Thank you for allowing me to give my imput!

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William Trout (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am 76 years old and have lived in the Des Moines essentially all my life.  I have had minimal dental problems. neither of my parents grew up with fluoride in the water and had false teeth by their 50's. neither of my siblings who grew up who grew up and spend a substantial portion of their lives in Des Moines had major dental problems.  this would indicate to me a great benefit for fluoride in the public water supply

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Garry Vokes (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I believe that fluoridation is something that should continue.  There are many people who do not visit the dentist and this gives them at least some protection.

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Glenn Guenther (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


 Please do not put fluoride in the water. I've read too many negative things about it. 

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Kirk & Monica Brill (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


A brief summary of possible negative health effects from fluoridated water (drinking & showering):

1. Possible cancer risks (bladder & bone)

2. Possible negative effect on bones & muscles

3. Behavior changes (hyperactivity and violence)

4. Irritable bowel syndrome risk

5. Negative affect on the thyroid gland

Please quit putting it into our water!!!!!!!!

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Kerri Schwemm (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Mr. Stowe and DMWW officials,

As a resident of Polk County, a parent of two young children, and an educator, I support continued fluoride in the water supply.  I intentionally use water from our home rather than bottled water because of the presence of fluoride and the dental health benefits it provides.

Professional Dental care is not available to all people, young or old, and the cost that is potentially associated with preventable dental issues would eventually fall on tax payers.

I pay for clean, healthy, water from DMWW and I expect fluoride to continue to be present in this water.

Thank you for your time. I was not aware of the issue until I read the Register.

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Sam Carlson (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


A vocal fraction of the population is trying to undo modern science out of a misguided notion that living as cavemen was the best of times. Personally, I like having all of my teeth and living in modern society. Dentists, the EPA, the US Department of Health, etc, all recommend fluoridation to levels between 0.7 and 2 ppm. Please listen to the experts and continue fluoridating Des Moines water. If the wannabe cavemen object, they can go drink from naturally occurring puddles and leave the artificial indoor plumbing for the rest of us.

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Kay Montgomery (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Mr. Stowe,

Please continue to add fluorides to the Des Moines water system.  Benefits for dental health outweigh objections!

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Dan Gardner (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Dan Gardner e-mail document

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Cory (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


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Mamie Colwell (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please read some important medical findings:

http://search.mercola.com/search/pages/Results.aspx?k=Fluoride

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David Leonard (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please keep fluoride in our water. I like my teeth.

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Sam Kurth (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I'm a resident and support fluoride usage in the water.  Those against the use do not have science to back up their theories.

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John Reiher (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please continue to fluoridate our water based on decades of success, safety and science.

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Linda Ruble (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I have not seen "lots" of evidence citing the harm fluorides can do.  I have seen articles about the thousands of people lined up for dental care when it is offered at no cost, in our State.  Keep it.

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Bill McNamar (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


As far as I am concerned, it is long past due to eliminate fluoride from our drinking water. I personally use a water purifier to attempt

to remove it.  It is a deadly poison when overused and it is already in almost all the toothpastes anyway.

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Dale Doudna (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


This debate seems a waste of time.  Scientific studies and medical studies have and continue to support adding fluoride. I am responding only because I believe the vast majority support this, but a vocal minority may make it seem like a groundswell of support for removing fluoride. I support keeping fluoride in the water. 

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Teresa Jones (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I don’t believe that fluoride should continue to be added in the water system.  Fluoride is a known poison with many harmful effect on the developing brain.  With the encouragement and practice of better oral hygiene, I believe fluoride is a costly and unnecessary addition.       

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Mike Keller (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


How can it possibly be good public policy to decide an issue like fluoridation on the basis of public comments where there has been no serious education campaign as to the actual pros and cons of fluoridation versus the myths. It makes no sense whatsoever to me. Count me among the votes to preserve fluoridation, by the way. Even as I expect if you actually determine a policy like this on the basis of emails without an education campaign you will simply decide policy on the basis of the crackpots among us. This is not remotely the type of leadership I was expecting from Mr. Stowe. It instead seems exceptionally pathetic to me. If there is a debate to be had about fluoridation have it, among folks with the actual facts and excluding those who believe fluoridation is socialism or part of a mind control effort.

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Tim Robinson (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


When my grandparents and parents were my age, they all had false teeth.  My mother always said that her kids would never have to go through this because of the advent of fluoride in the drinking water.  And her prediction has proven true.  Keep the fluoride in the water--I want to keep my teeth!  

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Kim Sova (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Dear Sir or Madam,

I think it is important to continue the fluoridation of water in Des Moines.  Fluoridation is linked to a marked decrease in dental cavities in adults and children, which supports public health and can reduce health care spending.

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Robert (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


     Robert combined e-mail documents

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Ednita Paz  (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I think fluoridation in Des Moines is a resourceful idea and has been shown to be a success. Anyone of economic status benefits from the the Des Moines water work Fluoridation system. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel which helps teeth become more resistant to decay. As a dental assistant student I have learned that fluoridation in Iowa and in any other states in the United States have had success in preventative of teeth decay,and also a reduction in dental caries. According to the websites of Iowa Department of Public Health, "by having fluoridation in Iowa the cost of Fluoridation can be less than a dental filling" (IDPH). Additionally, the amount of fluoride that the Des Moines water consists of is nontoxic to the communities health, therefore it is benefiting the community by reducing tooth decay, and the percentage of cavities have declined,moreover less dental bills to worry about. To add, Des moines water works monitors and adjust the fluoride in our water to 0.7 milligrams which is the current recommendation for preventing decay. Therefore, I strongly believe that they should leave the fluoride in our water, because it helps with tooth decay, decreases cavities in our community, and finally it is helping our community by having us save money from dental bills that can get expensive. 

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Marlyn Watermiller (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


As a Des Moines resident, I am for removing flouride from our water.  There are many health reasons for this removal. 

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Kathy Schneider, PhD (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am strongly in favor of continuing to provide fluoridated water through Des Moines Water Works.  Reputable science has repeatedly shown the benefits of fluoridation.  Furthermore, the dental health of communities that have elected to stop fluoridating the water supply has suffered  (e.g., Portland, OR).  Des Moines can not allow this to happen.

I am happy to provide further evidence to support my comments, if it appears Des Moines is serious about ceasing this important preventive practice.

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prowantkathryn (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I grew up on a farm with well water.  My teeth were poor with lots of cavities.  My kids grew up on West Des Moines water with fluoride and their teeth are great.  Keep the fluoride.  To get rid of it is to be short-sighted. 

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Erich Riesenberg (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:

Please do better than asking the public what we think about fluoride in the water. This is a scientific matter and should be subject to facts, not opinion.

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Craig Leabhart (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I support fluoridation. The public health benefits of the practice are important and cut across socio-economic boundaries.

To those who would argue fluoridation is unhealthy all I can say is that in this day and age you can find a study saying that just about anything is bad for your health in some way: vaccines, plastic, aluminum cookware, deodorant, cell phones, power lines, etc.

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Doreen Chamberlin (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I was born in 1955 to a low income family and no health care coverage.  

I remember my grandparents without any teeth when I was growing up. By the time I was in high school I had only suffered 4 cavities and considered myself lucky. Luckily my family valued good oral hygiene practices. Even so, my Mom during that time lost most all her teeth and had dentures before I graduated.  She was only in her early fifties.  

Today my kids are 20 and 17.  They have never had a single cavity.  I credit water fluoridation as well as daily tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste and regular check ups for their success.

Please do not let us go back in time when cavities and eventual tooth loss were a common thing.  It seems you are getting lots of fluoride foes but get the facts and the science please. There are so many crazies out there who would just love to make this a conspiracy and negate the value of water fluoridation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state "For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century". It is not some communist plot nor does it cause cancer.  Like any vitamin, at the right doses it provides good health benefits. Please continue to fluoridate our water.

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Kay Myers (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


Please retain the fluoride in our drinking water

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Anna Vance (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


My husband and I both have or own teeth and our kid have their own teeth and we'll old, our dentist told our you can tell city kid and country kids because of there teeth and the the don't have fluoride in their water, what else can I say.

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Peggy Huppert (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


To the Des Moines Water Works:

I understand you are soliciting opinions on whether to continue adding fluoride in the Des Moines water supply.

I tend to side with science, and in this case the science is overwhelming. 

Fluoride is safe and very effective in preventing cavities. I know this first-hand. I grew up without access to fluoride (our water supply came from a well and toothpaste didn't have fluoride added yet) and as a result had dozens of cavities by the time I was 18. I continue to suffer the consequences of this 30+ years later. Every year I (and my insurer) spend thousands of dollars on crowns, root canals and bridges. If I didn't do this I probably wouldn't have many teeth left. 

Genetics play a role, but lack of fluoride was critical according to all my dentists over the years.

My three children, on the other hand, grew up with fluoride in their water, fluoride in their toothpaste, and a protective coating on their teeth. They are all adults and have only one or two cavities each.

This is a critical public health issue. Oral health is extremely important. Many people don't have dental insurance and don't have access to good dental care, which means having naturally healthy teeth is even more important.

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Laurel Howell (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


As someone originally from Utah where there is no fluoride in the tap water, I can attest to the detriment it has caused for my teeth. I have seen numerous dentists in my lifetime as have my brothers. We eat healthy diets and practice good oral hygiene...our only downfall is the lack of fluoride in the Utah water supply. The amount of fluoride in a an average glass of water is miniscule and the benefits certainly outweighs the very miniscule cons. While we're at it...why not stop adding iodine to salt....no? Again, the benefit outweighs the potential consequence.

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Donald Hagan, D.D.S, M.S. (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regards to fluoride:


I am very much in favor of continuing the current fluoride program. I have been able to see the favorable results having practiced in both non-fluoridated and fluoridated communities for over 50 years. Please continue fluoridation. 

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Lon Smallridge (submitted 11/27/2013)

The following comment/question was submitted in regard