A debate over fluoride in the city’s water supply is brewing in Staunton.
Staunton resident Kenneth Case says, when it comes to using fluoride additives in the water supply, the city is slowly doing serious harm.
Case says, “It’s a hazardous waste from the phosphate industry. And who wants to swallow hazardous waste? I certainly don’t.”
Case has gone through document after document where toxicologists, doctors, and dentists have all said fluoridation can be dangerous for infants, diabetics and the elderly.
However, Dr. Doug Larsen from the Central Shenandoah Health District says much of the evidence points in the other direction.
He says, “The overwhelming scientific information shows it to be safe, effective and cost beneficial.”
Larsen doesn’t deny fluoride’s negative effects, but he says controlled levels, like the ones in Staunton, actually prevent tooth decay and strengthen bones.
He adds, “Fluoride itself is not toxic when it is used in the amounts that are recommended.”
Case says he isn’t satisfied with the city’s decision to continue using fluoride in the water. Despite Larsen’s explanation, Case says he’s looking for more answers from the Virginia Department of Health.
Case adds, “It’s a mess, but if people really were educated, then we would be okay.”
Larsen is scheduled to make a fluoridation presentation to the Staunton City Council Thursday at 5:15 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.