Daily Archives: April 21, 2015

Islamic Realities Jeopardize Water Sector Security

“Approximately two months after the Islamic State (IS) published a video depicting its members slaughtering 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, on Sunday, April 19,  the Islamic jihadi organization released another video of more Christians in Libya being massacred, this time for not paying jizya — extortion money demanded of the “People of the Book” according to Koran 9:29.” More here at American Thinker.

While the Obama Administration fiddles around wondering how to put a fence around the White House to protect the grass and few people within the fence while keeping everyone else out entirely, many innocent people in other parts of the world are losing their life at the hands of religious zealots who simply despise humanity. This Further evidence that the administration’s priorities (global warming, changing the definition of marriage, eliminating religious freedoms of Christians, pushing Common Core revisionism, and so forth) are completely out of touch with the real needs of our time. 

Fluoridated Water Associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

A single study is insufficient evidence upon which to make a definitive attribution. However, the study does suggest that fluoride addition to water has unintended consequences and  is not without adverse effects.

Malin AJ, Till C. Exposure to fluoridated water and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder prevalence among children and adolescents in the United States: an ecological association. Environmental Health 2015 Feb 27;14(1):17. doi: 10.1186/s12940-015-0003-1.

Background: Epidemiological and animal-based studies have suggested that prenatal and postnatal fluoride exposure has adverse effects on neurodevelopment. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between exposure to fluoridated water and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) prevalence among children and adolescents in the United States.

Methods: Data on ADHD prevalence among 4-17 year olds collected in 2003, 2007 and 2011 as part of the National Survey of Children’s Health, and state water fluoridation prevalence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected between 1992 and 2008 were utilized.

Results: State prevalence of artificial water fluoridation in 1992 significantly positively predicted state prevalence of ADHD in 2003, 2007 and 2011, even after controlling for socioeconomic status. A multivariate regression analysis showed that after socioeconomic status was controlled each 1% increase in artificial fluoridation prevalence in 1992 was associated with approximately 67,000 to 131,000 additional ADHD diagnoses from 2003 to 2011. Overall state water fluoridation prevalence (not distinguishing between fluoridation types) was also significantly positively correlated with state prevalence of ADHD for all but one year examined.

Conclusions: Parents reported higher rates of medically-diagnosed ADHD in their children in states in which a greater proportion of people receive fluoridated water from public water supplies. The relationship between fluoride exposure and ADHD warrants future study.

The paper is here (Open Access).

 

Tiered Water Rate Structure CA Court Ruling: A Step in the Right Direction

“In a ruling with major implications for California’s water conservation efforts during the historic drought, a state appeals court on Monday ruled that a tiered water rate structure used by the city of San Juan Capistrano to encourage saving was unconstitutional.” click here

The prevailing view in the water utility industry is that tiered water rates are a good thing and help to “force” water conservation. I’ve thought this way myself for many years. However, it has become apparent that tiered rates are counterproductive and I now have a contrarian view. Using water rates as weapon to force customers and people in general to do anything is not good. It simply confounds the situation by making it look like water is being conserved when in fact it is not.

Mandatory Fluoridation has a “Rocky Past” because it is Unnecessary

Every so many years a newspaper article is published reciting an account of fluoride’s past that is intended to marginalize or discredit anyone who would question the efficacy of drinking water fluoridation.

Ralph Blumenthal. Mandatory Fluoridation’s Rocky Past. New York Times; 2/24/2015, Vol. 164 Issue 56787, pD2-D2

This article discusses the issue of mandatory fluoridation of water in New York City, which began in the 1950s, and opposition to fluoridation. The problems with “science” of the 1940s and 1950s underlying mandatory fluoridation are many. The experiments of Harold C. Hodge on fluoride toxicity were controversial. Imposition of mandatory fluoridation was and still is a political decision.