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Now that Beaverton residents have had fluoride in their water system, how many people are experiencing health issues from this medication? Who’s regulating people body’s fluoride levels?

Fluoride accumulates in the body. Too much fluoride can easily cause problems with thyroid, hormones, kidney disease, depression, heart disease, brittle bones and joint inflammation.

I can’t remember giving my permission to the Beaverton City Council to add this medication to my water. As I take more responsibility for my health and my life, I uncover things that are not healthy for me and my family — like fluoride in my shower, garden, laundry, cooking and drinking water.

The first director of the National Institute of Dental Research, Trendley Dean is known today as the “father of fluoridation.” Mr. Dean admits that his early data gave zero evidence that increasing fluoride concentration in the water supply reduced tooth decay. So how has fluoride distribution gotten so much backing?

Maybe a better idea would be — to follow the money.

Should we continue a practice of adding an unregulated toxic chemical/medication to our water just because a handful of people in the City Council gave in to a couple of fluoride investors a few years ago? What if it’s time to exercise our freedom by voting for a mayor (and other leaders) who are forthright, honest and respectful of our land, water and air, to better serve the people in their lives with freedom, vitality and the pursuit of happiness.

We are lucky here in Oregon for volunteer efforts of Clean Water Portland and Oregon Citizens for Safe Drinking Water to let us know about some of the behind-the-scenes activities that affect our water. Timing is in favor for the citizens of Tigard, Tualatin and Portland.

Marilyn Melvin is a Beaverton resident.