Washington Action for Safe Water to Occupy Seattle Municipal Building Monday at Noon – “Very Concerned about Water Quality”

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On Monday at noon, members of Washington Action for Safe Water will occupy the foyer of the Seattle Municipal Building to deliver this press release, hand out our fliers, and as a group deliver them to the mayor, city council members, and city attorney. Bill Osmunson, Bellevue Dentist, and president of WASW, says: "Seattle schools reported up to 1,600 parts per billion lead in drinking water in old schools. The school district is spending a ton replacing pipes, and lead levels have gone down but they are still to high, way too high. There is an easy solution, and the cost is low."

Bill Osmunson, Bellevue Dentist, and president of WASW, says: "Seattle adds the cheap, commercial, toxic waste version of fluoride to our water, known as silicofluoride. It is not FDA approved. It is not pharmaceutical grade. It contains lead and arsenic, and it leaches lead from pipes."

On Monday at noon, members of WASW and other safe water groups will occupy the foyer of the Seattle Municipal Building to deliver this press release, hand out fliers, and as a group deliver them to the mayor, city council members, and city attorney.


Osmunson says, “Washington Action for Safe Water is demanding a written response and demanding that this issue be put on the Seattle City Council agenda. All candidates for office are being asked if they will give this issue a fair hearing. We are just demanding that city officials get their heads out of the sand on the lead issue."

According to James Robert Deal, Lynnwood attorney and vice-president of WASW, “In 2004 the Post-Intelligencer reported that tap water in old Seattle schools contained lead at up to 1.6 parts per million, an extremently high level, higher than the fluoride level. Old schools contain brass pipes and fittings which can be from 8% to 30% lead. The Seattle School District admits that much money has been spent replacing pipes, but the lead leaching problem in Seattle schools has not been solved.” According to Deal, “Ending fluoridation would stop most lead leaching and stop the dumbing down of our children.”


According to Dr. Richard Sauerheber, PhD, “Even the NSF, which certifies fluoride, admits that silicofluoride contains arsenic. The California EPA says arsenic is a confirmed human carcinogen. There is no acceptable level of arsenic which may be added to drinking water.”

According to Ossmunson, who also has a degree in public health, “The CDC posts the Beltran study on its web site, which shows that 41% of children age 12-15 suffer from some degree of dental fluorosis, that 8.6% suffer from mild fluorosis (white spots and some brown spots with up to 50% of tooth surfaces affected), and that 3.6% suffer from moderate and severe fluorosis (white spots and brown spots and sometimes pitting and chalky teeth, with up to 100% of tooth surfaces affected).”

Ossmunson says, “The NRC (2006) says 'the major anticaries benefit of fluoride is topical and not systemic.' It makes as much sense to drink fluoride as it would to eat sunscreen.”

Ossmunson adds, “The CDC says 'If your child is exclusively consuming infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated water, there may be an increased chance for mild dental fluorosis. … Infants have a high intake of liquids proportional to body weight.' CDC.Gov – Infant Formula."

He also says, “The ADA says: 'If using a product that needs to be reconstituted, parents and caregivers should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride.' ADA, Interim Guidance on Reconstituted Formula 11-9-2006. JADA v138 p132. Their kidneys are not fully developed, and they have trouble excreting it.”

Deal says, “If fluoride is in tap water, it is in all food and beverages made with tap water – cola, coffee, beer, reconstituted juices, bread, cereal, canned vegetables, rice, and restaurant food. It’s in the vegetables you grow in your garden.”

Dr. David, M.D., WASW Board member, says, “The silicofluoride we drink is cumulative. The body has trouble eliminating it and stores half in bones and other organs. Silicofluoride builds up over a lifetime and causes or worsens hip fractures, arthritis, kidney disease, thyroid disease, and many other maladies.”

Deal says, “The effect of silicofluoride on Hispanics, Blacks, and the poor is greatest. Alveda King, Bernice King, and Andrew Young are leaders in the Fluoride-Gate movement. They see fluoride as the next civil rights issue. We are demanding a hearing and a moratorium.

"We will occupy the center of the Municipal Building foyer with our Washington Safe Water sign. Send a news crew to the municipal building at Noon on Monday, October 31 for this press release. I will be there beginning at 11:00 for interviews. My phone number is 425-774-6611."

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James Robert Deal, Attorney                    

Bill Osmunson, DDS, MPH

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