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“…The form of fluoride (silicofluorides) they plan to put in our water is classified as a toxic waste. As a toxic waste, it is costly to dispose. But as a sellable product, that expense is eliminated.” – Jim Bell


A commentary by Jim Bell


December 26, 2010 (San Diego)--I’m 100 percent against the City of San Diego’s plan to fluoridate our common water supply.


Why? Because I don’t want to be medicated against my will no matter how good someone else claims it will be for me, or anyone else. As a free adult, it is my right to make such medical decisions for myself and my family, not some stranger who knows nothing about my health or my family’s health.

I’m convinced that adding fluoride to our common water supply will be harmful, especially to fetuses and young children.


Even if fluoride proves to have some dental benefit, which I now doubt, there are much more effective ways to get some form of fluoride into one’s teeth than drinking it, consuming it in our foods, using water to rinse off vegetables, and bathing in it.


What I now understand is that the form of fluoride (silicofluorides) they plan to put in our water is classified as a toxic waste. As a toxic waste, it is costly to dispose. But as a sellable product that expense is eliminated.


To quote Anita Shattuck, the author of The Fluoride Debate, Published by the Health Way House, February 2001, “Fluoridation is not about ‘children’s teeth’. Rather it is about industry ridding itself of crude hazardous waste products, silicofluorides." The book also reported was that silicofluorides are 85 times more toxic than naturally-occurring calcium fluoride.


San Diego is planning to begin fluoridating our water within the next month.  If you agree that this toxin does not belong in our City’s water supply, please contact Mayor Jerry Sanders at:

Phone: (619) 236-6330
Fax: (619) 236-7228


Also contact members of the San Diego City Council. Their contacts are available at this link:


Jim Bell is an ecological, designer, author and lecturer who is an internationally recognized expert on life-support-sustaining development and has more than 40 years experience in the design and construction indsutry. His projects include the design and construction of the San Diego Center for Appropriate Technology and Ecoparque, a prototype wastewater recycling plant in Tijuana, Mexico. He also worked as a consultant for the Otay Ranch Joint Planning Project and the East Lake Development Company.   His lecture credits include the American Institute of Architects’ California State Conference, the Society for International Development's World Conference in Mexico City, and keynote addresses at the University of Oregon's first "Visions for a Sustainable Future" conference and the State of Oregon's Solar Energy Association Conference. He has been interviewed by major TV, radio and print media. Jim Bell has served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Ecology Center, I Love a Clean San Diego, Environmental Health Coalition, and the California Association of Cooperatives. He also serves as Director of the Ecological Life Systems Institute and the San Diego Center for Appropriate Technology. In addition, he is a member of the San Diego Regional Apollo Alliance.

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