By TROY KENT
The real questions are about accountability, full disclosure, compliance with all of the laws established to protect consumers, and compliance with the industry standards established to protect us.
As the elected commissioner for Zone 2 in the city of Ormond Beach for the past 10 years, it is my duty and responsibility to ask the tough questions of our water chemical supplier about their products’ safety and effectiveness. Even if asking those questions means the editorial board at The News-Journal will characterize my efforts as “a waste of time, energy, and tax dollars.”
While the statements in the Oct. 30 Daytona Beach News-Journal, representing actions that the city of Ormond Beach and I took concerning the issue of fluoridation, were not inaccurate in themselves, they did mislead the reading audience by missing a most crucial point.
Our city continues to provide assurances that the product we use to fluoridate is both safe and effective; however, not one manufacturer of the hydrofluosilicic acid in the U.S. and Canada, including our current manufacturer/supplier, would back up our claims. Nor would any one of them provide the simplest of information about their product, including providing the product data that they are required to submit in order to merit certification for a water district in Florida to purchase their product.
The crucial point that was missed is not whether putting a vote to the citizens was too expensive at $45,000, but what difference it makes if the city cannot be trusted to perform the due diligence expected of stewards of the public water supply, and act on it. What I projected, and hope you will demand, is that the real questions are about accountability, full disclosure, compliance with all of the laws established to protect consumers, and compliance with the industry standards established to protect us. This certainly isn’t fulfilled by media statements that claim that everything has been proven.
What I learned is that since 1988 there are no federal safety standards for direct water additives, including the fluoridation chemicals; so despite the politically biased interferences from the EPA and CDC, they are not accountable, and neither are the dental trade associations, such as the American Dental Association.
All one has to do to confirm the hypocrisy of those promoting the public policy, while hoping you will ignore the actual product that shows up in the truck, is to request a toxicological study on the health effects of continued use of the hydrofluosilicic acid we inject into the public drinking water.
Then watch the scramble to tell us that scientific toxicological studies on the actual product itself are not necessary, that this category of product is different from anything else ever known because the consensus of scientists for more than 60 years of fighting is that we should trust in a theory that absolves scientists from looking at the actual product.