Once again, it appears that the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) CANNOT BE TRUSTED, especially when they distort the truth.
Secure Arkansas received an email from Nate Smith, Director and State Health Officer for ADH, in reply to one of our articles, and the information contained in this entire article is a rebuttal to the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) position on lead. Secure Arkansas is rebutting Nate Smith’s email because it contains unsubstantiated comments which are shown directly below.
Dr. Nate Smith, M.D. , Director and State Health Officer, ADH
(Dr. Smith reports directly to Governor Asa Hutchinson)
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February 25, 2016
Dear Secure Arkansas,
Contrary to the unsubstantiated claims on the LEAD Action News blog you reference, the attached article from a peer-reviewed, scientific journal concluded the following:
“Recent reports on the possible effects of water fluoridating agents, such as hexafluorosilicic acid, sodium hexafluororsilicate, and sodium fluoride are inconsistent with accepted scientific knowledge, and the authors fail to identify or account for these inconsistencies. Many of the chemical assumptions are scientifically unjustified, and alternate explanations (such as multiple routes of PbIIexposure) have not been satisfactorily addressed. At present, there is no evidence to suggest that the common practice of fluoridating drinking water has any untoward health impacts via effects on lead(II) when done properly under established guidelines so as to maintain total water quality. Our conclusion supports both EPA and PHS/CDC policies on water fluoridation.”
Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH
Director and State Health Officer
Arkansas Department of Health
4815 West Markham Street, Slot 39
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
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From where do you think that Nate Smith is getting his information? It surely isn’t from the scientific world. He failed to give credit to his source. Nate Smith, would you please provide the source information from where you derived your information?
The bullet points below show claims made by the ADH’s Nate Smith in his email to Secure Arkansas. He claims that Secure Arkansas made unsubstantiated claims on the LEAD Action News Blog, but that’s not true. (Editor note: No LEAD Action News Blog was used. We aren’t sure where Nate Smith is getting this information from what Secure Arkansas referenced.)
Possible effects of water fluoridating agents, such as hexafluorosilicic acid, sodium hexafluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride are inconsistent with accepted scientific knowledge, and authors fail to identify or account for these inconsistencies
Many of the chemical assumptions are scientifically unjustified, and alternate explanations (such as multiple routes of Pb (lead) exposure) have not been satisfactorily addressed.
ADH claims at present there is no evidence that fluoridating drinking water has any health impacts via effects on lead (ll)
ADH supports both EPA and PHS/CDC policies on water fluoridation
(Editor’s note: All of the above ADH email claims are addressed below)
In his email, Nate Smith attempts to discredit Secure Arkansas’ article “Warning:_Lead_is_Poisonous_+_
How_Trustworthy_is_the_CDC? Another government institution that failed to live up to its reputation. (Click on the link for the full story.) Here’s a snippet:
“According to Natural News, a Florida congressman known for taking on corruption in the political establishment is calling for a full investigation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which was recently exposed for concealing data linking the MMR vaccine with autism. Congressman Bill Posey from Florida’s 8th District says the CDC simply can’t be trusted to honestly investigate vaccine safety, because the agency has an “incestuous relationship” with the vaccine industry.”
EPA Corruption and Scandal (click on the link for the full story)
“The EPA and Ms. Lisa Jackson, its chief, have committed extensive violations of law that should receive in-depth scrutiny from Congress, law enforcement and the American people. Yes the Obama administration has yet another serious scandal on their hands. The scandal features a fantasy administrator, 'Richard Windsor', and 'his' email account. The account was established and used by Ms. Jackson to camouflage controversial EPA processes, discussions, decisions and accountability. To date the known evidence suggests violations of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), mail and wire fraud laws. Additionally it surfaces another example of the Obama administration's epidemic chicanery with the law, Congress and the Constitution and another failure to keep faith with the American people.”
“The estimated costs of EPA regulations range from $353 billion (Competitive Enterprise Institute) to $460 billion (The American Action Forum) and are growing like a malignant cancer.”
The following articles will support the fact that additional lead will be leached into the public water supply any time that toxic fluoride poison is added to drinking water. Take your time as you read this information which we have properly referenced and documented (as always). Lead — especially when exposed to fluoride — has terrible health effects. YOUR health matters!
NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — While the nation focuses on the catastrophic health effects caused by Flint Michigan's lead-poisoned drinking water, fluoride chemicals are still purposely added to public water supplies even though studies show they leach lead from water pipes and increase lead levels in children, according to a report from the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).
"Studies show that FSA-spiked water is contributing to children's unsafe lead exposures and making the lead crisis worse," says attorney Michael Connett, FAN Executive Director.
Studies have found that children living in areas with FSA-treated water have higher levels of lead in their blood. Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that children drinking water treated with FSA and other fluorosilicate chemicals are 20_percent_more_likely to have dangerous levels of lead in their blood.
The CDC has yet to warn the public about the fluoridation/lead risk. Instead, as it did during the Washington D.C. lead crisis, the CDC has gone out of its way to downplay the hazard.
By Robert McCartney
Sunday, May 23, 2010
It happened for Marc Edwards, a lean, intense Virginia Tech environmental engineering professor. Drawing on what he called his own "world-class stubbornness," he mounted a six-year campaign that succeeded in forcing the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to admit that it had misled the public about the risk of lead in the District's drinking water.
House subcommittee report said the agency knowingly used flawed and incomplete data when it assured D.C. residents in 2004 that their health hadn't been hurt by spikes in lead in the drinking water.
CDC's original report was being used across the country as a reason to relax concern about lead in the water.
CDC is still trying to "rewrite history" by refusing to admit that it consciously understated the lead risk in water.
Edwards's effort cost him thousands of hours away from his young family in Blacksburg. Officials at the CDC and the EPA tried to smear his professional reputation, dismissing him as just an engineer rather than a qualified health professional.
For a while, the crusade cost Edwards money as well. In 2004, he passed up a $100,000 EPA contract to consult on the issue, because he felt that he would be working for the wrong side. He put his family in debt by spending tens of thousands of dollars, mostly on fees for endless Freedom of Information Act requests to get data critical to his research.
Edwards said the key breakthrough came in early 2008. That's when he finally persuaded Children's National Medical Center to share data so he could do an independent study of lead levels in D.C. children's blood samples. The CDC and other agencies were refusing to provide him with such information.
Once he had the data, Edwards said, "it took me all of an hour to see that something very bad had happened to D.C.'s children." Blood lead levels had risen to dangerous levels, at least partly because of previously reported increases in lead levels in the drinking water. That meant hundreds or thousands of children suffered reduced IQ and organ damage, he said.
It took several months of number-crunching to establish a scientifically valid link between lead in the blood and lead in the water. It led to an award-winning research paper published in January 2009.
That study blew a hole in the CDC's 2004 report. The agency had said "no children" were identified with elevated, unsafe blood levels, "even in homes with the highest water lead levels."
Edwards said the CDC is still trying to hide its misdeeds. "There's a lot of lessons here for how science can go awry, how bureaucracies can use science to hide the truth," Edwards said.
A review of recent scientific literature reveals a consistent pattern of evidence–hip fractures, skeletal fluorosis, the effect of fluoride on bone structure, fluoride levels in bones and osteosarcomas–pointing to the existence of causal mechanisms by which fluoride damages bones. In addition, there is evidence, accepted by some eminent dental researchers and at least one leading United States proponent of fluoridation, that there is negligible benefit from ingesting fluoride, and that any (small) benefit from fluoridation comes from the action of fluoride at the surface of the teeth before fluoridated water is swallowed. Public health authorities in Australia and New Zealand have appeared reluctant to consider openly and frankly the implications of this and earlier scientific evidence unfavourable to the continuation of the fluoridation of drinking water supplies.
This study concerns effects on water-borne lead from combinations of chlorine (CL) or chloramines (CA) with fluosilicic acid (FSA) or sodium fluoride (NaF). CL is known to corrode brass, releasing lead from plumbing devices. It is known that CA and CL in different ratios with ammonia (NH) mobilize copper from brass, which we have found also enhances elution of lead from leaded brass alloys. Phase I involved leaded-brass 1/4 in. elbows pre-conditioned in DI water and soaked in static solutions containing various combinations of CL, CA, FSA, NaF, and ammonium fluosilicate. In Phase II 20 leaded-brass alloy water meters were installed in pipe loops. After pre-conditioning the meters with 200 flushings with 1.0 ppm CL water, seven different solutions were pumped for a period of 6 weeks. Water samples were taken for lead analysis three times per week after a 16-h stagnation period. In the static testing with brass elbows, exposure to the waters with CA+50% excess NH3+FSA, with CA and ammonium fluosilicate, and with CA+FSA resulted in the highest estimated lead concentrations. In the flow-through brass meter tests, waters with CL+FSA, with CL+NaF, and with CL alone produced the highest average lead concentration for the first 3-week period. Over the last 3 weeks the highest lead concentrations were produced by CL+NaF, followed by CL alone and CA+NH3+FSA. Over the first test week (after CL flushing concentrations were increased from 1.0 to 2.0 ppm) lead concentrations nearly doubled (from about 100 to nearly 200 ppb), but when FSA was also included, lead concentrations spiked to over 900 ppb. Lead concentrations from the CL-based waters appeared to be decreasing over the study period, while for the CA+NH3+FSA combination, lead concentrations seemed to be increasing with time.
Silicofluorides (SiFs), fluosilicic acid (FSA) and sodium fluosilicate (NaFSA), are used to fluoridate over 90% of US fluoridated municipal water supplies. Living in communities with silicofluoride treated water (SiFW) is associated with two neurotoxic effects: (1) Prevalence of children with elevated blood lead (PbB>10microg/dL) is about double that in non-fluoridated communities (Risk Ratio 2, chi2p<0.01). SiFW is associated with serious corrosion of lead-bearing brass plumbing, producing elevated water lead (PbW) at the faucet. New data refute the long-prevailing belief that PbW contributes little to children's blood lead (PbB), it is likely to contribute 50% or more. (2) SiFW has been shown to interfere with cholinergic function. Unlike the fully ionized state of fluoride (F-) in water treated with sodium fluoride (NaFW), the SiF anion, [SiF6]2- in SiFW releases F- in a complicated dissociation process. Small amounts of incompletely dissociated [SiF6]2- or low molecular weight (LMW) silicic acid (SA) oligomers may remain in SiFW. A German PhD study found that SiFW is a more powerful inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) than NaFW. It is proposed here that SiFW induces protein mis-folding via a mechanism that would affect polypeptides in general, and explain dental fluorosis, a tooth enamel defect that is not merely "cosmetic" but a "canary in the mine" foretelling other adverse, albeit subtle, health and behavioral effects. Efforts to refute evidence of such effects are analyzed and rebutted. In 1999 and 2000, senior EPA personnel admitted they knew of no health effects studies of SiFs. In 2002 SiFs were nominated for NTP animal testing. In 2006 an NRC Fluoride Study Committee recommended such studies. It is not known at this writing whether any had begun.
Previous epidemiological studies have associated silicofluoride-treated community water with enhanced child blood lead parameters. Chronic, low-level dosage of silicofluoride (SiF) has never been adequately tested for health effects in humans. We report here on a statistical study of 151,225 venous blood lead (VBL) tests taken from children ages 0-6 inclusive, living in 105 communities of populations from 15,000 to 75,000. The tests are part of a sample collected by the New York State Department of Children's Health, mostly from 1994-1998. Community fluoridation status was determined from the CDC 1992 Fluoridation Census. Covariates were assigned to each community using the 1990 U.S. Census. Blood lead measures were divided into groups based on race and age. Logistic regressions were carried out for each race/age group, as well as above and below the median of 7 covariates to test the relationship between known risk factors for lead uptake, exposure to SiF-treated water, and VBL >10 microg/dL.
For every age/race group, there was a consistently significant association of SiF treated community water and elevated blood lead. Logistic regressions above and below the median value of seven covariates show an effect of silicofluoride on blood lead independent of those covariates. The highest likelihood of children having VBL> 10 microg/dL occurs when they are both exposed to SiF treated water and likely to be subject to another risk factor known to be associated with high blood lead (e.g., old housing). Results are consistent with prior analyses of surveys of children's blood lead in Massachusetts and NHANES III. These data contradict the null hypothesis that there is no difference between the toxic effects of SiF and sodium fluoride, pointing to the need for chemical studies and comprehensive animal testing of water treated with commercial grade silicofluorides.
FLINT TWP. — Construction of the Karegnondi water pipeline from Lake Huron to Genesee County is on schedule and under budget, said Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright in a presentation last week to the West Flint Business Association.
Genesee County Drain Commissioner, Wright also said he is studying research and may be looking at bringing a referendum to voters to remove fluoride from water. Fluoride is now widely available in mouthwash, toothpaste and other dental hygiene products, though it was deemed useful in preventing tooth decay when added to water years ago. The problem is that fluoride has a chemical reaction with chlorine also used to treat water which then requires the use of phosphates which is what creates corrosive water, he said.
Plumbosolvency, the dissolution of metallic Lead, which results in the contamination of drinking water and consequent damage to human health, is recognized as a major problem wherever Lead pipes, solder or brass fittings are present in the supply route. Plumbosolvency is exacerbated by Fluoridation of drinking water. The use of Phosphate in an attempt to reduce the dissolution rate leads to increased costs, waste of a scarce natural resource and environmental degradation. Immediate cessation of neurotoxic Fluoridation to reduce plumbosolvency makes more economic sense. Provision of communal water supplies from point of collection reverse osmosis filters can bring an immediate end to Lead exposure while sources of Lead contamination are gradually removed from the supply network, creating thousands of person years employment in a depressed economy.
Adverse Effects of Lead
It took decades of consumer activism to eliminate tetraethyl lead from petrol despite decades of scientific proof of harm. Like Fluoride, Lead is bio-accumulative, both being recognized neurotoxins that permanently damage the brain, reducing IQ [Xiang 2003] and can cause behavioural problems. Mullinex  found fluoride more potent than lead in damage to behaviour of experimental animals. Therefore the apparent concern over Lead contamination tends to obscure the neurotoxic hazard of Fluoride in public discussions of water contamination [Xiang 2003]. Recently the United States halved the market for Fluoride by reducing the concentration of Fluoride in US water supplies to 0.7 ppm [Gooch 2015].
Lead increases the severity of dental fluorosis. Increased body load of Lead reduces IQ [Masters 2004, Lamphear], decreases learning ability [Niu 2008, 2009], increases juvenile delinquency, and increases crime rates [Mann 2000]. Fetal death and reduced birth rates are associated with exposure to lead-contaminated drinking water [Edwards 2014].
Lead is also associated with high blood pressure, stroke and heart attacks [Pocock 1998].
Hexafluorosilicate increases lead leaching
Hydrofluorosilicic acid and its salts are waste products from the phosphate fertilizer industry that cannot be legally dumped on land, surface water, groundwater or the sea. The compound reversibly hydrolyses forming oligomers. Presence of excess silica stabilizes hexafluorosilicate ion and its partial hydrolysis products [Borodin 1974].
Hydrofluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6) doubles the number of children with blood Lead (PbB) > 10 mg/dL [Coplan 2007].
The addition of Hydrofluorosilicic acid has been demonstrated to increase the dissolution rate and hence the concentration of Lead in drinking water supplies and this translates directly to higher Lead blood levels and associated human damage [Masters 2000, Allegood 2005, Clabby 2006 and Miranda 2006, discussed in Maas 2007].
This occurs because Hexafluorosilicate can form complex ions with Lead ions (coordination number up to nine) via bridging Fluorine atoms in solution [Bonomi 2001, Burt 2015, Cole 1981]. Stable Hexafluorosilicate compounds are readily obtained from aqueous solution [Conley 2002, Gelmboldt 2007, Burt 2015].
Plumbosolvency Lead Hazard Reduction by Cessation of Fluoridation
Studies in two US cities, Tacoma, Washington and Thurmont, Maryland, found an immediate reduction of Lead concentration when Fluoridation was stopped. In Tacoma the level dropped from 32 parts per billion (ppb) to 17 ppb and in Thurmont from 30 ppb to 7 ppb, that is below the 2013 EU target level [cited in Maas 2007].
As stated in a previous Secure Arkansas article, we are asking for the people in every community to step up and do their own independent water testing using KAR Laboratories, and all of the information to do so is provided below. Some of the people in Secure Arkansas have already ordered some of these Kit 90 water test kits and claim that the service from KAR Laboratories is great. Example: one of the kit 90’s were ordered on Friday, and the kit was delivered the following Monday. Water tests were drawn on Monday and sent to KAR Laboratories. The water test samples were received by KAR Laboratories on Wednesday. This was confirmed by email from KAR Laboratories. The water test results are normally a 2-day turnaround via email, once the sample is received.
Secure Arkansas does NOT make one penny from this test kit.
Click here to see a sample Lab Report for the Kit 90 that is discussed below.
Secure Arkansas is recommending that water sample tests (including tests for lead AND other contaminants) be performed in several locations in each water district of our state. Click here to see an example of all the tests that are run for the Kit 90 from KAR Laboratories.
We can’t depend on the Arkansas Department of Health to provide a good report on the quality of our drinking water. If we are interested in the quality of our drinking water, we must get the drinking water tested for ourselves. Please provide a copy of all water tests to Secure Arkansas.
Here’s some information from their website:
KAR H2O Assure Elite
Drinking Water Test Kit for potable waters including wells and municipal water
Lead Issues all around the country:
All of the KAR kits test for the heavy metal toxin Lead, one of our most commonly detected contaminants. Also included is the Corrosivity test to determine if your water leaches Lead from pipes, or protects (coats) the pipes.
Kit-90 Only $49.95 – Includes Prepaid shipping both ways. The kit ships to all 50 states.
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Kar Laboratories will mail your kit the day your order it, or no later than the next business day.
Click here to go to Kar Laboratories to order your Kit 90 kit. This link also shows what’s in the Kit 90, what tests are included in Kit 90, what you get for $49.95 and Instructions for collecting the water samples.
When you get to the Kar Laboratories page, select the quantity of the kits you want to order, and click on the Buy Now button.
Spread the word! You can have people go in together on the price of one kit for your area. Please have your water tested!
UPDATE: We still have not received a reply from Arkansas Governor Hutchinson regarding free water testing. We believe that multiple testing needs to be performed all across the state by an independent lab, thus bypassing ADH completely. We recommend Kar Laboratories as mentioned above.
Governor Hutchinson, we need a moratorium on fluoridation. It’s that simple! Fluoride leaches lead from the older lead pipes, meters, and fittings. (Copper, too!) Please stand up and use your executive pen to halt the fluoridation process. Make this decision on your own, and do NOT leave this decision in the hands of the Arkansas Board of Health to languish! Our health is in your hands.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
Readers, contact Governor Hutchinson at (501) 682-2345 and tell him we need a moratorium on water fluoridation in Arkansas.
Also, in case you, the reader, are not aware, Dr. Nate Smith, Director and State Health Officer reports directly to Governor Asa Hutchinson.
There is no proof that fluoride helps prevent cavities; this is just an attempt to convince people that fluoride is needed in their drinking water so fluoridation chemical companies can profit. Clean, potable water is a basic human right! We should challenge any authority that attempts to put any toxic chemical poison into the public water supply.
Hopefully, the international attention currently being brought to plumbosolvency (ability of a solvent, notably water, to dissolve lead. In the public supply of water this is an undesirable property) will see more governments making the decision to cease fluoridation of water (as did Israel in 2014) to remove another neurotoxic hazard.
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Local control of water and our freedom from fluoride poison are important!
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