Cumberland Times-News

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July 7, 2014

Letter: Questions should be asked about Cumberland water supply

— Dear Editor,

Cumberland’s Mayor Brian Grimm when asked by a citizen about discontinuing water fluoridation recently stated that he hasn't made up his mind on this issue and would like to open it up to the rest of the council to possibly reviewing  the information currently available. 

Mayor Grimm could do our communities a great benefit by asking Dr. Goodman for a freedom of information request on the following questions pertaining to the science on using hydrofluorosilicic acid in the Cumberland water supply:

                 Documents pertaining specifically to hydrofluosilicic acid in Cumberland’s tap water:

                 - Studies from 1940 showing dental efficacy and human safety.

                 - Studies from 1950s showing dental efficacy and human safety.

                 - Any double blind study done by any U.S. health agency  showing dental efficacy and human safety, of any date.

                 - Any double blind study done by anywhere in the world that was considered.

                 - Any toxicity study, of any date, done by the United States or the world that was considered.

                 - Evidence of any kind (not opinion) that shows statistical viability of water fluoridation in terms of efficacy, and margin of error calculations.

                 - Evidence of any kind (not opinion) that shows statistical viability of water fluoridation in terms of human safety over a life-time, and margin of error calculations.

                 - Evidence of any kind (not opinion) that shows statistical viability of water fluoridation in terms of human safety, and margin of error calculations, for infants, young children, elderly, or any adult with disability, diabetes, bone disease, autism, thyroid ailments, kidney disease, etc.

                 - Evidence of any kind of consideration of human rights and medical ethics, namely our human right to opt out of the forced water fluoridation program, and if that consideration exists, why the overriding of these well-established medical standards are breached.

It is interesting to note that Health Canada recently responded to these requests. In June 2014, their response was that after a thorough search for the requested information, no records were located which respond to your request. 

If the Mayor and Council of Cumberland submitted these requests to Dr. Goodman this would open their eyes to the fact that no human studies have ever been conducted on the consumption of hydrofluorosilicic acid to prove it’s safety or effectiveness when added to the cities drinking water.

Bernard W. Miltenberger – President of the Pure Water Committee of Western Maryland, Inc., Frostburg, Maryland

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