Portland Again Rejects Fluoride in Bitter Vote
Stays biggest city in US without fluoridation
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 4:52 AM CDT
Signed petitions against fluoride are turned in at Portland's City Hall.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

(Newser) – The good voters of Portland, Ore., have once again rejected plans to add fluoride to their water to combat tooth decay, keeping it the biggest American city without fluoridation. The city voted 60% to 40% to stay fluoride-free last night, the fourth such rejection since 1956, the Oregonian reports. Fluoridation passed a vote in 1978, but the decision was overturned two years later before any fluoride was added to the water, the AP reports.

More than $1 million was spent during a bad-tempered campaign that saw both sides accusing the other of sign-stealing and using junk science. Opponents of fluoridation argued that its effects on the body might not be fully understood. "I don't want chemicals in my water," one woman said after voting. "I know that there are really no known health risks with it, but there's a lot of things we find out later in life really do have health risks."

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oldcarl
May 25, 2013 3:54 PM CDT
Fluoride is dangerous to our health and we use water filters to get it out of our water. The people of Portland have good sense, more obviously than the rest of the population. Those of us interested in protecting our health buy water filter pitchers which means they're making a lot of money. At the same time we're paying extra for water because of the cost of adding the poison to our water. Just wonder also about the damage the stuff does to pipes and equipment. Adding fluoride to water is dumb, maybe more dumb than adding corn (ethanol) to our fuel. Again I'm paying extra for pure non-ethanol gasoline for my car and lawn mowers. It will save repair expenses in my view.
K.KRANK
May 22, 2013 8:06 PM CDT
We don't need that crap. The science behind it that claims it is effective at preventing cavities is junk science at best. There isn't a single biological system or cell process in the human body that uses, requires or seeks out fluoride. In fact once the stuff ends up in the body, the body goes out of its way to flush it out of our systems by way of our kidneys. The stuff is also toxic, in that since it is in the same periodic table as Iodine (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodic_table & en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iodine) which gets used by the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone & when we become Iodine deficient (& it happens all the time: just don't eat foods rich in Iodine or eat iodized salt for a few days, watch what happens to you) & have fluoride in our systems our thyroid glands get confused & try to make thyroid hormone with fluoride which turns out to be junk hormone & so we get sick from the thyroid hormone deficiency. I'm surprised any cities/communities are still falling for the 'fluoridation prevents cavities' junk science argument after all these years. The stuff is just waste that manufacturers have to pay to dispose of & what better way to get rid of the crap then having cities & municipalities *pay* them for garbage they would otherwise have to pay to get rid of. Yay Portland. You make me think about moving there :) (btw, fluoride is the ionic form of this poisonous gas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorine)
vlad
May 22, 2013 2:25 PM CDT
water where I live is flouridated has`nt done a damned thing for "tooth decay ! check this out for the cons on flouride ! http://www.naturalnews.com/038217_fluoride_tap_water_side_effects.html