Letter to the Editor from Brian Frazier
Jefferson County Board of Commissioners
In light of the events at the last Port Angeles City Council meeting where your Health Officer and Delta Dental Board of trustees Chair and
Dr. R. Scott Kennedy Chief Medical Officer, Olympic Medical Center and Delta Dental Board of trustees member proceeded to
admonish the Port Angeles City Council for their recent vote to end Port Angeles City water fluoridation. I feel that the conflict of interest
presented by your Health Officer Dr. Locke through his Delta Dental affiliation places Jefferson County in an awkward position.
I don’t believe that Jefferson County Commissioners would enjoy Port Angeles City Council members interfering with Jefferson County politics
and I think it is time for you as Commissioners to request that your HO Dr. Locke refrain from any further “professional” involvement in the City of Port Angeles
fluoridation issue as a Delta Dental Washington Dental Services Foundation Board of Trustees lobbyist. Dr. Locke should also be requested to either resign as Jefferson County Health Officer or resign from the Delta Dental Board of trustees as his affiliation appears to be in conflict with the best interests of Jefferson County Public Health.
Dr. Locke’s Delta Dental affiliation begs to question where his professional loyalties are, with Jefferson County or Dr. Kennedy and Delta Dental’s pro-fluoride campaign?
These two Doctors fail in avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism as they both continue in their attempts to
discredit over 50 peer reviewed studies on the adverse effects of fluoride that have been compiled and reviewed, including 27 studies reviewed for the
Harvard Study on the Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children published online in Environmental Health Perspectives on July 20, 2012
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/ and the follow up study Association of lifetime exposure to fluoride
and cognitive functions in Chinese children: A pilot study http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0892036214001809 which show a direct correlation between developmental deficits and fluoride intake.
These two medicos ignore or attempt to discredit the article Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity published in The Lancet Neurology; a meta-analysis of 27 cross-sectional studies of children exposed to fluoride in drinking water. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422%2813%2970278-3/fulltext
An article published in The Lancet must be peer reviewed, adhere to and comply with stringent requirements and guidelines; http://www.thelancet.com/laneur/information-for-authors/article-types-manuscript-requirements
It appears that Dr. Kennedy and perhaps Dr. Locke may have an unprofessional political influence on OMC hospital staff through what appears to be a pro-fluoride letter writing campaign as the letters written by some OMC employees seem to be the same letter.
Since Dr. Locke is no longer Chief Medical Officer at OMC and does not sit on the Clallam County Board of Health, I do believe it is time for you, as Jefferson County Commissioners to rein in your Health Officer Dr. Locke in the best interest of Jefferson County and put an end to his Delta Dental lobbying and interference in Port Angeles City politics.
P. O. Box 207