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October 23, 2013 - Facts show fluoride concern warranted

Dear Editor,

Kudos to Don Rush on his column regarding toothpaste ("The Super Secret Codeword is (ssh) toothpaste," Oct. 16). The question is IF fluoride in toothpaste is necessary, how much is enough?

According to the EPA, "exposure to excessive consumption of fluoride over a lifetime may lead to increased likelihood of bone fractures in adults, and may result in effects on bone leading to pain and tenderness.

Children aged 8 years and younger exposed to excessive amounts of fluoride have an increased chance of developing pits in the tooth enamel, along with a range of cosmetic effects to teeth."

The average tube of commercial toothpaste contains 1,000 to 1,100 ppm of Fluoride. In 1997, the FDA ordered toothpaste manufacturers to add a poison warning on all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S, because "children who swallow too much fluoride toothpaste can suffer acute poisoning, even death."

In fact, a single tube of bubble-gum flavored Colgate-for-Kids toothpaste contains enough fluoride (143 mg) to kill a child weighing less than 30 kg. (Whitford 1987a).

Fact #1: More people in the US drink fluoridated water (including pop and other beverages) than the rest of the world combined.

Fact #2: Fluoridated countries do NOT have less tooth decay than those without it.

Fact #3: There are 28 studies showing a direct relationship of fluoride intact on lowered IQ's.

For more info, see:

Sherry Regiani, former dental hygienist

Independence Township

Support for Backyard Jam appreciated

Dear Editor,

We would like to extend a very generous thank you to all those who helped make our 3rd Annual Backyard Jam a success. This year our beneficiary was the American Legion Post 63 of Clarkston.

To all the volunteers who donated their time and to all the businesses who donated items for our auctions, you are amazing! We are so proud of the support that everyone has given for this annual event for the military.

We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful team of employees and be a part of this great community.

Please join us in thanking these fine individuals and businesses: Peg Roth, Mary Pope, Dan and Lori Dickerson, Fleming Well Drilling, Clarkston Union and Woodshop, Union General, Great Turtle Toys, Fountains Golf and Banquet, Mesquite Creek, Oakland Eye Care, Waterfall Jewelers, Pine Knob Golf Club, Premier Eye Care, Village Eyecare Co., Tom's Market Ortonville, Pepsi, Better Made, Angie Pesta, Debbie Cicinelli, Palace Entertainment, Bellezza, Good Time Ice, Cranberries Cafe, Made In Detroit, Rudy's, Hav-a-Bar Ice Cream, Meg Whitcomb, Brioni, Paris Nail and Spa, Fitness Quest, Luca's Chophouse, LaVida Massage, Bullfrog's, Sagano Japanese Bistro and Steakhouse, Coach's Corner, Frames and Art, Champs Cleaners, Culvers, Clarkston Hot Yoga, Deer Lake Athletic Club, Winship, Village Hair Salon Ortonville, Morgan's, Blazing Bagels, Wing Lauk, Pine Knob Wine Shoppe, Glitz, Any Occasion Cakes, Montgomery and Sons, Rain Forest Cafe, Belle Tire, Via Bologna, Pink the Salon, Anytime Fitness, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hair Co., Ortonville Liquor Shoppe, Avante, Star Nails and Spa, Essence on Main, Subway, Wendy's, Pita Way, Mazza Auto Parts, Qdoba, ACE Ortonville, Wojo's, Hungry Howies, Red Knapps, Don's Lil' Johns, Beuches, China Fare, and Eastern Pearl.

With thanks,

The Birdfeeder - Clarkston Flower Shoppe - bonnie and clyde

Scout thanks for help with Operation Care

Dear Editor,

The young men and volunteer leadership of Clarkston Boy Scout troops 49 and 189 would like to express their sincere thanks to Neimans Family Market on Dixie Highway at White Lake Road for their support of the Labor Day community service project at the northbound and southbound I-75 rest area, just north of Clarkston.

The troops supported Operation Care, a program designed to encourage alert driving and safe arrivals during holiday travel. The scouts gave out water, coffee, fruit and doughnuts as well as dog treats for furry passengers.

John Sentgerath


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