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Family Talk: Make Sure You Drink Water?!

Councilman Peter Vallone is pushing to ban fluoride from the City water supply.

The next time you tell your kids that they need to drink more water, take a long hard look at what you're really giving them.

On Tuesday, May 15, Councilman Peter Vallone D-Astoria will hold a rally at City Hall, to protest the act of adding fluoride in New York City’s drinking water, our drinking water.

Now, if you're like me, you might be thinking to yourself, 'I don't drink tap water, nor do my kids.' I too buy bottled water, and am well aware that many households are equipped with filtration devices to weed out all those undesirables that may be, or in this case actually are, flowing through the tap.

But in all honesty, the water that I use to cook with, clean my fruits and vegetables with, wash my dishes with, comes straight from NYC. And I never questioned what was in there, although my subconscience knew enough to tell me not to drink it directly.

To the matter at hand—fluoride. What's the big deal, right? It's good for your teeth, isn't it? Well, I was dismayed when I read many tidbits of information from a number of websites surrounding the contaminants found in fluoride and their possible effects on our kids.

For example, in a letter to Florida's Department of Health from NSF International, the findings of tests done showed that the most common contaminant found in fluoride is arsenic. Definitely not something you would knowingly give to your child to ingest, or for youself for that matter.

Another little factoid, from the Fluoridation Action Network, is that studies show that high levels of fluoride may be directly linked to lowered IQs in children.

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Vallone has a proposed bill, which seeks to end New York City adding fluoride to our water supply. His motto, "If in doubt, keep it out" resonates with me, not only for the concern I have for my children's health and well-being, but for my entire family's, including myself.

 As Vallone so poignantly points out on his website "while all poisons have 'safe' levels, common sense dictates it is impossible to monitor fluoride intake in individuals when it is in almost everything we eat and drink." I would take this a step further and say that no levels of poison should be considered safe for human consumption, especially when it comes to my kids.

Martha May 09, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Wow...this article is a must read. I hope Vallone's bill passes to end NYC adding fluoride to our water system.
nyscof May 09, 2012 at 06:59 PM
People could help by spreading the word, showing up at the rally, contacting their own city council member to pass this legislation into law and by signing this petition to stop fluoridation in New York City http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-fluoridation-in-new-york-city
Mary Sparrowdancer May 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
You're not just bathing your vegetables in fluoridated water, you and your entire family are bathing in it, and fluoride is readily taken up by the skin. If you'd like to see how much fluoride you have in your system, good luck, because no hospitals or labs routinely test for fluoride levels. It's a national secret.
Jenny May 09, 2012 at 09:34 PM
this is really disturbing.
Mike Mathis May 09, 2012 at 09:49 PM
If you're concerned about the purity of NYC's water, you might want to learn about natural-gas fracking and the plans to start doing it upstate, near our aquifers. There is the potential for serious contamination. Maybe even write an article about it if you haven't already.
Liliana De Jesus May 10, 2012 at 01:27 PM
That's even scarier when you think about it.
Liliana De Jesus May 10, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Thanks Mike. I'll definitely look into that.

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