Anyone using toothpaste containing fluoride can take time to read the warning: “If too much is swallowed, consult your physician immediately or go to a POISON CONTROL CENTER.”

In 2008 Louisiana passed legislation requiring any community over 5000 to put “fluoride” into the drinking water. A retired ULL engineering professor who has researched the controversial subject was instrumental in bringing Dr. Paul Connett, PhD, a chemistry teacher from St. Lawrence University (NY) to Lafayette in April 2009. Dr. Connett explained to an audience in ULL’s Hamilton hall: “Sodium fluoride is an industrial toxic waste. You cannot dump it in the ocean, nor in rivers or bayous. It cannot be disposed of in the ground. Where can we dump it? In our drinking water!” Within minutes of his visit to city council members, they voted (8-1) to reject LA’s 2008 legislation. A now retired worker of the Lafayette water department said, “I will quit before putting that stuff in our water. “Despite the inane 2008 law, Lafayette is still free of an industrial toxic waste known as sodium fluoride. Because of the exorbitant cost Baton Rouge is also fluoride free.

Recently the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) ordered a reduction (ADVOCATE, April 28) in fluoride levels. The reason for this decision was scientific discovery that mottling (“dental fluorosis”) of children’s teeth was increasing. Drinking or bathing in fluoridated water are both unhealthy.

The American Dental Association (ADA) originally supported fluoridation of drinking water. In 2006 ADA officials issued a warning to all members that infant formula should not be prepared with water containing fluoride. Researchers concluded there is brain damage for infants and brittle bones of elders to be linked in fluoridation of water supplies. Increased cancer levels are also evident in fluoridated communities.

An unhappy employee of a water department in one south LA City “donated” several bags of fluoride to friends in Lafayette with hopes that a courageous laboratory would perform thorough chemical examinations of something in containers clearly marked “TOXIC” with the international logo of skull and bones. No Lafayette lab would dare to touch the poison. Those who handle this substance must wear protective garments and face masks. Would anything approaching poison be tolerated in water departments?

Will other cities join Baton Rouge and Lafayette to make Louisiana the first state to ban sodium fluoride poisoning? Please visit for more information.

Vic Hummert