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Quit adding fluoride

| Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

Congratulations to Brackenridge for considering the elimination of fluoride from its drinking water. Not only will it save money, the health benefits of eliminating fluoride are immeasurable. The borough should move forward.

The question is, when is the New Kensington Municipal Authority going to remove that poison from our drinking water?

The American Dental Association long has known the dangers of fluoride exposure, especially to infants and young children that result in reduced IQ levels and cognitive damage. Ironically, it is young children who are at risk for dental fluorosis (severe tooth damage from fluoride).

In the 1990s, Harvard University conducted a 14-year study that found a link between fluoride and bone cancer. Kidney disease, arthritis, impaired thyroid function, bladder cancer and an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease are all additional risks associated with fluoride toxicity.

Also disturbing is that fluoride is a chemical that does not treat the water, as does chlorine, which is added to kill bacteria. Instead fluoride is added to our water to prevent tooth decay, which is not caused by drinking water.

Wake up, municipal authority members. Take the measures needed to remove fluoride from our water.

Citizens, become advocates for your own health. Demand that our water be free of this destructive chemical. Our health depends on it, and so does the health and well-being of our children and grandchildren.

Linda Slanicka

New Kensington

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