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9 years ago @ Loveland Reporter-Herald - Loveland will increase... · 1 reply · +1 points

It is truly refreshing to see responsible civic leaders who pay attention to the peer-reviewed science, and the recommendations of those experts most qualified to render appropriate ones.


Steven D. Slott, DDS

9 years ago @ Loveland Reporter-Herald - Advisory group gives n... · 0 replies · +1 points

Well, Sam, eating our contacts and glasses would be detrimental to our health, and provide no benefit to our eyes. Doctors know this, which is why they don't recommend eating these things. Similarly, swallowing shampoo would be detrimental to our health, and provide no benefit to our hair. So, before you eat your contacts, glasses, and shampoo, I would consult with your doctor. Some antifluoridationists also recommend swallowing suntan lotion. If you are contemplating doing this, as well, I would strongly caution against doing so.

Consuming fluoridated water, on the other hand, does indeed provide benefit to the teeth, while causing no adverse effects. Demonstration of this occurs with the mild dental fluorosis which antifluoridationists dishonestly attempt to portray as being a major disorder. Mild dental fluorosis is a barely detectable effect which causes no adverse effect on cosmetics, form, function, or health of teeth. As Kumar, et al. have demonstrated mildly fluorosed teeth to be more decay resistant, a definite benefit, many consider this effect to not even be undesirable, much less adverse. Dental fluorosis can only occur systemically.

-------The Association Between Enamel Fluorosis and Dental Caries in U.S. Schoolchildren
Hiroko Iida, DDS, MPH and Jayanth V. Kumar, DDS, MPH

Additionally, fluoride from fluoridated water becomes incorporated into saliva which then provides a consistent bathing of the teeth in a low concentration of fluoride all during the day, a very effective means of decay prevention. Incorporation of fluoride into saliva occurs systemically.

"Fluoride works to control early dental caries in several ways. Fluoride concentrated in plaque and saliva inhibits the demineralization of sound enamel and enhances the remineralization (i.e., recovery) of demineralized enamel. As cariogenic bacteria metabolize carbohydrates and produce acid, fluoride is released from dental plaque in response to lowered pH at the tooth-plaque interface. The released fluoride and the fluoride present in saliva are then taken up, along with calcium and phosphate, by de-mineralized enamel to establish an improved enamel crystal structure. This improved structure is more acid resistant and contains more fluoride and less carbonate. Fluoride is more readily taken up by demineralized enamel than by sound enamel. Cycles of demineralization and remineralization continue throughout the lifetime of the tooth."

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Steven D. Slott, DDS

9 years ago @ Loveland Reporter-Herald - Advisory group gives n... · 0 replies · +1 points

Congratulations to Larry Sarner for raising this issue and following through with the provision of proper information to decision makers, and to the Utilities Commission for listening to the facts supported by valid science, then acting accordingly. This is how communities and their government entities are supposed to operate.

Local officials cannot be expected to know everything about every issue. They must depend on the best available information, and recommendations from those most qualified to render appropriate ones. This Board did just that.

Steven D. Slott, DDS

9 years ago @ Water Online: Digital ... - Fluorination Up For De... · 0 replies · +1 points

The lovelybrenda

I would like to see every antifluoridationist donate to fund the dental and medical treatment for those who suffer lifetimes of extreme pain, debilitation, development of serious medical conditions, loss of teeth, and life-threatening infection, directly resultant of preventible, untreated dental decay.

Antifluoridationists have no concept of the overwhelming nature of untreated dental disease in this country and most others. Water fluoridation is not in place of any other educational or preventive measure. It is in adfition to them. We need all the help we can get to combat this problem. If antifluoridationists do not feel obligated to donate, they could, at a bare minimum, seek to properly educate themselves on this issue, from legitimate sources of accurate information.

Steven D. Slott, DDS

9 years ago @ Water Online: Digital ... - Fluorination Up For De... · 0 replies · +1 points

Jwillie/James Reeves

Who exactly is this "everyone" whom you claim does not want fluoridated water? It is my understanding that the local water authorities in Loveland, CO., were presented, by antifluoridationists, with a 4 page letter from you, with all your usual misinformation and nonsense. After having had the correct information fully explained to them, by those who do indeed understand this issue, the Loveland authorities unamiously voted to resume fluoridation.

So, it seems as if your "everyone" is no one but uninformed antifluoridationists such as you.

Steven D. Slott, DDS

9 years ago @ Water Online: Digital ... - Fluorination Up For De... · 1 reply · +2 points

Although I am located in North Carolina, I have sound roots in Wisconsin. My father was a native of Stevens Point, grew up in that community, graduated from what is now Univ Wisc - Stevens Point, attended Univ of Wisconsin- Madison, and graduated from Marquette Univ School of Dentistry. He was instrumental in bringing fluoridation to our NC community where he finally settled in 1950.

Those roots along with my ownership of the Packers, my team since birth, for obvious reasons.... via my one share of stock..... and yearly trek to Lambeau with my brother, give me a deep love of Wisconsin, and a deep sense of outrage when antifluoridationists such as is exampled in the comments here, drag their blatant misinformation, total disregard for truth, self-absorbed personal ideology, and dogmatic nonsense funneled straight from New York antifluoridationist factions, into Madison where they seek removal of one of the few, effective means of dental decay prevention available to hundreds of millions of our citizens nationwide. If anyone so desires to understand my motivations, they can google "Slott, nc missions of mercy".

Look at the valid, peer-reviewed science, Madison, from legitimate, respected, and authoritative sources. Resist the attempts by antifluoridationists to steer you to filtered and edited "information" on their biased little websites, question why they avoid like the plague, legitimate sources such as the CDC, the EPA, the ADA, the World Health Organization, the National Sanitary Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics....and demand that they provide valid evidence of support for the absurd, unsubstantiated claims they so freely regurgitate.

Water fluoridation simply prevents dental decay, with no proven adverse effects in its entire 69 year history.

Steven D. Slott, DDS

9 years ago @ Water Online: Digital ... - Fluorination Up For De... · 0 replies · +1 points

jwillie / James Reeves,

As you well know, your comment is nothing but unadulterated hogwash, typical of the junk you constantly spew all over the internet. If you really want to get into Hirzy's fiascos with the EPA, and the vote, 15 years ago, of the now defunk little EPA employee union of comprised of 1500 out of 20,000 EPA employees, I will gladly do so. But, in the meantime, just suffice it to say that the vote of the few members who were in attendance at that meeting a decade and a half ago, did not speak for the EPA. They simply voted to support the antifluoridationist activities of their then leader, William Hirzy, who is the current paid lobbyist for the New York antifluoridationist faction, "FAN". Hirzy was totally rebuked by the EPA last year for his now infamous petition based on data which, when corrected for his 70-fold math error, demonstrated the exact opposite of what he had claimed.

As far as your ridiculous conspiracy nonsense, let's really "follow the money", to see who, indeed, actually does profit from keeping this issue alive:

1.  Paul Connett, the Director of the antifluoridationist group, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), long time antifluoridationist zealot-   Paul's non peer-reviewed book, which he pushes at every conceivable opportunity, sells for $25 per copy.  Paul claims that he donates all royalties he receives from his book sales, to his non-profit group, FAN.  Given that FAN presumably pays all or part of Paul's fluoride chasing trips all over the United Stated, to New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and anywhere else he chooses to visit, this "donation" would seem to be little more than a tax strategy.

Additionally, both Paul and his wife receive monthly payments of $1,000 each from the umbrella organization under which FAN operates.

2.  William Hirzy- the long time antifluoridationist, and close Connett affiliate, Hirzy, is the paid lobbyist for Connett's group, FAN.

3. Attorney James Deal- close Connett affiliate, and donor  to FAN, Deal, maintains a website devoted soley to attempts at stirring up  class-action lawsuits against fluoridation, from which he would presumably profit in the delusionary dream that he would ever succeed. 

4.  Alex Jones- Connett  affiliate, and syndicated, controversial radio host, Jones, of "Infowars" infamy, is now pushing, for $39.95  a solution called "FluorideShield"

According to Jones' website:
"Introducing Fluoride Shield™, an Infowars Life exclusive blend of key herbs and ingredients specifically infused within the formula to help support the elimination of toxic forms of fluoride and other dangerous compounds like mercury, chlorine, and bromine from within the body."

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5.  Whatever may be paid to Connett's son, Michael, for his "services" to FAN as well as to any other Connett family members and/or friends.

As FAN operates under the umbrella of another non-profit organization, the FAN financials lack the transparency as would normally be expected of any such non-profit organization dependent on public donations, and exempt from federal income taxes.  

Steven D. Slott, DDS

9 years ago @ Water Online: Digital ... - Fluorination Up For De... · 1 reply · +4 points

The "forced medication" argument has been repeatedly attempted by antifluoridationists in US courts. It has been rejected each and every time by those courts. No one is forced to do anything in regard to the public health initiative of water fluoridation. Fluoride at the optimal level at which water is fluoridated is not "medication". It is sImply a mineral identical to that which has existed in water which humans have been ingesting since the beginning of time.

Googling "fluoride dangers" will steer readers to dubious websites such as "Mercola", and "fluoridealert", the website of the New York antifluoridationist faction, "FAN". For iIntelligent readers who truly seek accurate information on this public health initiative, the websites of the CDC, the EPA, the ADA, the World Health Organization, the National Sanitary Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, each has a wealth of accurate, authoritative information on fluoride, readily available to anyone.

In regard to unsubstantiated claims of various and sundry disorders sought to be attached to fluoridated water:

"lowered IQ'?   No.

"Results. No significant differences in IQ because of fluoride exposure were noted. These findings held after adjusting for potential confounding variables, including sex, socioeconomic status, breastfeeding, and birth weight (as well as educational attainment for adult IQ outcomes).
Conclusions. These findings do not support the assertion that fluoride in the
context of CWF programs is neurotoxic. Associations between very high fluoride exposure and low IQ reported in previous studies may have been affected by confounding, particularly by urban or rural status."

---Community Water Fluoridation and Intelligence:
Prospective Study in New Zealand
Jonathan M. Broadbent, PhD, W. Murray Thomson, BSc, PhD, Sandhya Ramrakha, PhD, Terrie E. Moffitt, PhD, Jiaxu Zeng, PhD, Lyndie A. Foster Page, BSc, PhD, and Richie Poulton, PhD

(Am J Public Health. Published
online ahead of print May 15, 2014: e1–e5. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301857)'

"fractured hips and bone cancer"?   No.

"Overall, we found no association between chronic fluoride exposure and the occurrence of hip fracture. The risk estimates did not change in analyses restricted to only low-trauma osteoporotic hip fractures. Chronic fluoride exposure from drinking water does not seem to have any important effects on the risk of hip fracture, in the investigated exposure range."

-----Estimated Drinking Water Fluoride Exposure and Risk of Hip Fracture
A Cohort Study
P. Näsman, J. Ekstrand, F. Granath, A. Ekbom, C.M. Fored
Journal of Dental Research
Received April 19, 2013.
Revision received August 23, 2013.
Accepted August 30, 2013.

The findings from this study provide no evidence that higher levels of fluoride (whether natural or artificial) in drinking water in GB lead to greater risk of either osteosarcoma or Ewing sarcoma."

------Int J Epidemiol. 2014 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Is fluoride a risk factor for bone cancer? Small area analysis of osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma diagnosed among 0-49-year-olds in Great Britain, 1980-2005.
Blakey K, Feltbower RG, Parslow RC, James PW, Gómez Pozo B, Stiller C, Vincent TJ, Norman P, McKinney PA, Murphy MF, Craft AW, McNally RJ.

"Thyroid"?  No.

"The available medical and scientific evidence suggests an absence of an association between water fluoridation and thyroid disorders.

Many major reviews of the relevant scientific literature around the world support this conclusion. Of particular importance are:

* an exhaustive review conducted in 1976 by an expert scientific committee of the Royal College of Physicians of England;

* a systematic review in 2000 by the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York; and,

*  a 2002 review by an international group of experts for the International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS), under the joint sponsorship of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

None has found any credible evidence of an association between water fluoridation and any disorder of the thyroid."

-------BRITISH FLUORIDATION SOCIETY STATEMENT (January 2006) on the absence of an association between water fluoridation and thyroid disorders.
    This statement has been reviewed and endorsed by the British Thyroid Association (BTA); however, the BTA would recommend that appropriate monitoring of thyroid status should be considered in areas where fluoridation is introduced to enable an ongoing epidemiological evidence base for thyroid status with fluoridation to be created.

Steven D. Slott, DDS

9 years ago @ Loveland Reporter-Herald - Utilities Commission t... · 0 replies · +1 points

I am not "trying to force this", or anything else onto anyone. I am simply correcting the mounds of misinformation posted by those uninformed antifluoridationists such as you, who have absolutely no clue as to what they are talking about.

The only "sense of ethics" which is lacking is in those such as you who are too lazy to properly research the issue of water fluoridation, before seeking to deprive entire popularions the benefits of this initiative, by disseminating false and misleading information. You should attempt to clean up your own skewed "sense of ethics" before worrying about those of anyone else.

Steven D. Slott, DDS

9 years ago @ Loveland Reporter-Herald - Utilities Commission t... · 2 replies · +1 points

Mild to very mild dental fluorosis is a barely detectable effect which causes no adverse effects on cosmetics, fom, function, or health of teeth. Brown stains do not occur with mild to very mild dental fluorosis. If you have such an effect, it is either due to a factor other than fluoride, or is an effect of moderate to severe dental fluorosis, which does not occur attributable to water fluoridated at the optimsl level.

Steven D. Dlott, DDS