Associated Press caught lying about water fluoridation

Ethan A. Huff
Natural News
June 18, 2012

It seems as though every time an American town or city drops the added fluoride chemicals from its water supply, the dinosaur media comes out with its usual talking points about how water fluoridation is one of the greatest public health interventions ever granted by the government to its minions, and that without added fluoride chemicals, everyone’s teeth would rot right out of their heads.

These are just a few of the many deluded and outdated lies that get repeated over and over, ad nauseam, every time a community dares to challenge the prevailing fluoride dogma of the day — and these are lies that, fortunately, many people are learning to simply disregard. But one of the more sneaky lies now getting repeated is the one which implies that added fluoride chemicals are no different than the naturally occurring fluoride elements already present in many water supplies.

In a recent piece published at, for instance, which reads more like an epitaph, the Associated Press (AP) bemoans the fact that Pevely, Missouri, a local community near St. Louis, has decided to stop adding fluoride to its water supply in order to conserve much-needed funds. And in memorializing the great loss of its beloved fluoride in Pevely, the AP makes false insinuations that added fluoride chemicals are exactly the same as naturally occurring fluoride minerals.

After commenting about how fluoride minerals are naturally present in water supplies throughout the St. Louis area, the unidentified AP writer explains how these levels are not “optimal.” He or she then goes on to say that cities that fluoridate their water supplies are simply topping off fluoride levels to reach this so-called “optimal” range, making no differentiation between natural fluoride and chemical fluorides like hexafluorosilicic acid and sodium hexafluorosilicate.

Added fluoride is a toxic poison often loaded with arsenic, mercury, and other toxins

Last year, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, put together a short video entitled The Fluoride Deception that explains where fluoride chemicals actually come from, and why they are different from naturally occurring fluoride. Many people were surprised to learn that fluoride chemicals are nothing but toxic waste byproducts of aluminum and fertilizer production, and often contain arsenic, mercury, and other toxic chemicals (

But the AP utterly fails to make this distinction, and deliberately attempts to trick readers into thinking that the fluoride chemicals added to water are the same as naturally occurring fluoride minerals. This is becoming a common deception tactic as an increasing number of communities abandon fluoride, and one that the natural health community must address head-on when dealing with pro-fluoride fanatics who simply regurgitate what the health “authorities” are telling them.

The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has a wealth of information about fluoride, including its many health consequences ( Oddly enough, fluoride ingestion is linked to causing tooth decay, not preventing it. Fluoride has also been found to destroy bones and vital organs, and is now linked to the current epidemic of thyroid disorders since it displaces iodine in this important gland.

“There’s no dispute that too much fluoride damages teeth, actually making them more decay-prone,” says Paul Beeber, a lawyer and President of the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. A 2007 study cited by Beeber’s group explains that, “In most European countries, where [water fluoridation] has never been adopted, a substantial decline [75 percent] in caries (cavities) prevalence has been reported in the last decades.”

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Pevely to Drop Fluoride From City Water

Logo From Pevely City Hall

Logo From Pevely City Hall

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 7:05 am | Updated: 7:07 am, Tue Jun 12, 2012.

Associated Press. PEVELY, Mo. (AP) — Times are so hard for the St. Louis-area town of Pevely that the community hopes to save money by no longer topping up its public water with fluoride, which occurs naturally in the area’s supply.

Dentists and the Jefferson County Health Department are protesting the decision, which the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday could save Pevely $8,000 to $10,000 a year.

County health director Dennis Diehl worries that families who can’t afford fluoride products will suffer tooth decay. While fluoride occurs naturally in most water sources, he said, it’s usually not at an optimal level.

“By fluoridating the public water system, everyone gets the benefit of that protection,” Diehl said.

Cash-strapped Pevely, a town of about 5,400 residents, ran out of fluoride to add to its water supply at the end of May and hasn’t bought any since.

Nearly three-fourths of the U.S. population receives a fluoridated public water supply. The American Dental Association says community water fluoridation is the most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says adding fluoride to public drinking water is among the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.

But recent studies indicate more fluoride may not be better. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last year proposed changing the recommended fluoride level to 0.7 milligrams per liter of water. The standard set in 1962 provided a range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter.

The change came in reaction to streaks and spotting on teeth caused by too much fluoride, which is also added to toothpaste and mouthwash. Some children also take fluoride supplements.

St. Louis cut the amount of fluoride it adds to its water supply last year, said Curt Skouby, the city’s water commissioner. The city spends about $150,000 a year fluoridating its water. Fluoride occurs naturally in St. Louis’ raw water at around 0.3 to 0.4 milligrams per liter. The city used to boost that to 1 milligram, but last year dropped that to 0.6 milligrams.

The chemical compound occurs naturally in Pevely’s water at about the same rate, said Pevely water department supervisor Keith Ogle said. He said the city had been at the 1 milligram mark as well.

Jean Hagan, a dentist in Crystal City, near Pevely, lobbied the town to keep fluoridating its water. She said she can tell immediately if a patient has fluoridated water.

“It’s night and day,” she said of their tooth condition.

Pevely has had to make other budget cuts, too: A police officer who retired in April wasn’t replaced, and the town doesn’t plan to replace two public works employees who are leaving. Plans were even cancelled for Pevely Days, a festival traditionally held in August.

City Administrator Jason Eisenbeis said he has received no complaints about dropping fluoride from the water supply, although he hopes financial conditions improve and fluoridation can restart.

Diehl expects the decision to prove costly for residents in the long run.

“It’s certainly going to cost people money in the long run,” he said. “Either to buy fluoride products or unfortunately to care for the extra dental care they’re going to need.”

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