Blount mayor's letter strict about adding fluoride to water system

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

Blount County (WVLT) There's a controversy brewing in Blount County after the mayor there is now pushing for fluoride to be put in the county's water system.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb has more.

One woman with kidney problems is terrified of the prospect that her water supply will be fluoridated.

She says when she left a system that had fluoride her health problems greatly diminished.

"I'll not be drinking water again. Not out of the faucet if they go through with this."

For Janet Lail, the thought of putting fluoride in the South Blount Utility District's water is terrifying.

Stricken with kidney problems, Lail says she used to go to the hospital every couple weeks but when the district began making it's own water without fluoride.

"In 2005, I was in the hospital one time and in 2006 I was not in the hospital at all."

She attributes it to getting off fluoridated water.

"Nothing had changed except I was no longer consuming fluoride."

She's not alone.

A middle Tennessee state Representative and doctor says he's sent a letter to all utility districts in the state asking them to take out the fluoride.

"The American Dental Association has been recommending that fluoridated water not be added to infant formula."

But after several years, Blount county's mayor wants it in there.

Jerry Cunningham, the Blount County Mayor says, "talking to a lot of my friends in the medical community, the dental community, that it's just the best thing."

Cunningham believes there's no conclusive proof that fluoridated water can be a problem for people who drink it and sent a letter to board members he would not appoint them if they were not for fluoridation.

Cunningham continues, "I've got to make the call that's in the best interest of the health of this community."

But for Janet Lail, that's not what she wants to hear.

"I don't know what I'm going to do I don't want to go back to that kind of life."


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  • by Charles Location: Maryville on Aug 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM
    Why is it your decision mayor? If you want Fluoride go to the store and buy a bottle! Do not force everyone to drink it! We know it's bad for you, and that it is a bi-product from aluminum manufacturing. Then add insult to injury and make us pay for it! Is it by chance the newest board member for South Blount Utiliy served on Alcoa's board. Making decision's like this do not count on my vote Mayor.
  • by Carolyn Location: Moved from Blount County on Jan 28, 2008 at 03:52 PM
    Flouridation should be an individual decision. The Mayor of Blount County has forced the citizenry to have poison ingestion against their will. I hope that everyone can filter this toxin out and live healthier. The water board was on the right path, I don't know why the Mayor did'nt take the time to do the research and make the right decision. I hope that he will re-consider and everyone should stand up and fight for the removal of this poison. Has'nt everyone heard of the Flouride Deception. PS ALCOA Aluminum Company was mentioned in that film.
  • by Anita Location: St. Petersburg, Florida on Jan 24, 2008 at 01:40 AM
    Call utilities dept.,AWWA standard for fluoridation agent. Element Fluorine, most reactive element. J. Neurotoxicology, 9-07, "Effects of fluoridation and disinfection agent combinations on lead leaching from leaded-brass parts". U.S. Dept. Health & Human Services "Toxicological Profile for Fluorides, Hydrogen Fluoride, and Fluorine, 1993, pgs 112,125,128. National Academy of Sciences' report for Congress: Health Effects of Ingested Fluoride, 1993, pages 11, 34, 41, 44-45, 128 and 129. Florida's phosphate mines and fertilizer industries are source of fluorides. In "The Geology of Florida", 1997, Univ. Press of Florida, page 143: "In addition to uranium, fluorine is an economical byproduct of phosphoric-acid. The fluorine from the rock reacts with silica to form SiF4 gas. During acid production the gas is recovered as fluorosilicic acid in wet scrubbers that are part of environmental-protection equipment. Fluorosilicic acid is widely used in the treatment of public drinking water.
  • by Kevin Location: Vermont on Jan 22, 2008 at 10:55 AM
    Perhaps these distric policymakers should check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ys9q1cvKGk
  • by Gottaliv Location: Australia on Jan 22, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    My daughter is in the same boat as Janet Lail and has been trying to reduce her toxic levels of blood fluoride [pathology proven 4 times now] for the last 12 months. She's not been very successful so far as fluoride is not included on labels of food and beverages manufactured in fluoridated areas so you never know how much you are getting or from where. She lives in a non-fluoridated city and her toxic levels were obtained from foods and drinks. Our dictatorship government is mandating fluoridation Australia wide, so in the near future my daughter will have to contend with not only fluoridated water, but everything grown in Australia will then contain fluoride. My wish is for the Blount County Mayor to live a very long life, so one day he can be held accountable for the very debilitating illness and hardship he will be directly responsible for. I hope he considers that the few teeth which might not have to be filled, are worth the price he will surely pay. It Will happen!!!
  • by nyscof Location: New York on Jan 22, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    The Corning NY Mayor tried to please his friends and ignore modern science, too, and decided he could force fluoride into every one of his constituents against the will of most of them. He lost the next election as a result

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