Fluoride, a drug, has harmful effects on children’s health

To the Editor:

Mr. Bachelder, as our Ohio state representative, I applaud your recently expressed concern about the use of drugs in our society (Medina Post, Nov. 1, 2013). Ohio now needs your help with another drug. In early 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposal recommending that water systems practicing fluoridation reduce their fluoride concentration to 0.7 ppm. Fluoride’s harmful effects on children’s health prompted this recommendation. Our FDA considers fluoride a drug. Fluoride was once used as a drug to treat hyperthyroidism.

Our Medina County sanitary engineer informed me that an Ohio law passed in 1969 mandates that the fluoride concentration in Medina’s drinking water be maintained between 0.8 and 1.2 ppm. I then asked that the fluoride level in Medina’s drinking water be reduced from 1.0 to 0.8 ppm, the state minimum. I received a reply from Avon Lake Municipal Utilities, the agency responsible for fluoridating our water, that reduction to 0.8 ppm was not possible. Apparently, Avon was concerned that if a batch of fluoridated water measured less than 0.8 ppm fluoride, for example 0.79 ppm (a statistical variation), state law compliance would be violated. It is sad that Ohio’s law impedes implementation of a national health recommendation for our children. Therefore, Mr. Bachelder, please consider repealing Ohio’s obsolete 20th century water fluoridation law. In May, 2013, Israel’s Supreme Court revoked its country’s mandatory law and will ban water fluoridation in 2014. We live in the 21st century.

Ron Greinke, PhD

Medina Township

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