GRAND ISLAND — The handmade poster in the front display window says it all — “No need for added Fluoride” — with “No” and “Fluoride” in bold red lettering.
It’s a sign at the Fluoride Information Center, which was recently opened by the Grand Island Chapter of Nebraskans for Safe Drinking Water.
The center is located just north of the Conestoga Mall in the strip mall occupied by Big Apple Bagels.
“Come in and view the literature, watch the DVDs,” said chapter spokesman Chuck Carpenter.
He thinks the public will be amazed by the published data pointing to the dangers of fluoridating drinking water supplies.
“Fluoride is where asbestos and lead were a few decades ago,” Carpenter said.
A practice initially believed to be safe that then became commonplace is actually harming the very people it’s meant to protect, he said.
The center has rows of folding tables set up with printouts of scientific data on fluoride, handouts on primary concerns that have been documented and published around the world.
Another table — the toothpaste table — displays various brands of toothpaste, all with warning labels about ingesting fluoride.
“If the stuff is so bad it needs warnings, it must not be that safe?” Carpenter asked.
He also pointed to the toothpaste labels listing fluoride as a “drug,” not as a nutrient.
Using the drug fluoride in a municipal water supply is nothing more than mass medication, Carpenter said.
“How does it improve the water? It doesn’t,” he said.
The fluoridation issue is one that Grand Island voters have rejected in years past, but will decide again in November.
The Nebraska Legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto on LB245. It mandates that cities of more than 1,000 population fluoridate the municipal water supply by June 1, 2010. The fluoridation level must be 1.0 parts per million of fluoride unless the public rejects the practice in a vote — then the city can opt out of fluoridating.
The Grand Island City Council put the fluoridation question on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
“One part per million is a 50-year-old standard,” Carpenter said. “Since that time, the quantities in our food has increased.”
Everything from Coca-Cola to Post’s Grape Nuts has fluoride. That coupled with fluoridated water can lead to an overdose, he said.
Grand Island’s water has 0.6 ppm of naturally occurring fluoride. That naturally occurring fluoride is calcium-based, not the hydrofluorosilicic acid, a labeled poison, that’s used in fluoridating municipal water supplies, Carpenter said.
Also at the center are voter registration forms, investigative books and a number of posters.
Fourteen Nobel Prize winners who all objected to fluoridation are depicted on one center poster. Thirteen of those date from the late 1920s to 1963, except for Swedish doctor Arvid Carlsson, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2000. Carlsson was prominent in banning fluoride in Sweden.
A number of other countries have also banned fluoridation. They include China, Austria, Belgium and Finland.
The bans have come as more information and studies about fluoride have revealed its dark side, Carpenter said.
The center is open two days a week and has a special speaker, Dr. David Kennedy of California, scheduled to give a talk this Saturday.
Fluoride Information Center
Where: 3341 W. State St., Suite D (east of Big Apple Bagel.)
Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Special presentation: 1 p.m. Saturday, California dentist David Kennedy will speak about the dangers of fluoride in the drinking water.