it's Portland. moistly.
I know fluoride works to keep teeth healthy when it's there in just the right amounts. What else it may or may not do to us I can only shrug at.
I have to say, I have tried to weigh both sides of this case, but all I hear from the pro side is that it will help, and that fluoride is proven safe.
Aspirin is also proven safe, and the dosage is marked right on the bottle so we know how much to give a baby, a child, or an adult. Some scientists somewhere will decide on the dose for everyone in Portland, regardless of whether they are children whose parents are already brushing their teeth well or not.
I don't believe fluoride should be avoided, I just believe that the millions of dollars we're bound to spend setting up and maintaining this program could be spent differently to benefit children. The kids this will impact the most are poor kids. Even if we do implement it, those kids are still stuck eating the cheapest food in the store, which we all know is loaded with corn syrup. If we want to fix their teeth, we ought to figure out how to stop poor kids from eating poorly.
Seriously flawed article here, MERCURY- I didn't see any mention of dental fluorosis (which can harm if not ruin your teeth), and the fact that children are at highest risk of it, and that it is typically associated with cities implementing these programs- and also it is the major reason Fairbanks Alaska dumped their fluoride program last year. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_fluoro… http://www.fairbanksalaska.us/wp-content/u…
I also saw a very clever brush-over of the source of fluorosilicic acid- by calling it an "industrial chemical", and not an "industrial chemical waste", you hide the fact that we don't manufacture this stuff to put into the water like we would the sodium fluoride we put into toothpaste. It is a byproduct of industrial processes, and it's only a by'product' if you can sell it to somebody, if you can't, then you have to figure out how to get rid of it, like any other industrial waste. You also mention that our water is tempered with chemicals we are unaware of anyway, so it's not pure bull run water... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorosilicic…
As for that pure water, here's last year's Safe Drinking Water Act report for Portland, which shows a range of .025 to .16 ppm naturally occurring in our water- http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/articl…
Fairbanks' program took their water to .7 ppm, so it's probable that's about where ours will be. And basically, we'll be medicating every water drinker in order to ensure that some of our children who don't get enough fluoride can have better teeth.
Tap water must meet requirements bottled water is free to ignore, so even though our water is 'tempered', it's still pretty sparkly clean- http://news.consumerreports.org/safety/200…
If I may re-state that previous paragraph about chemical waste, there are companies which need to get rid of the waste created in the process of making money, and if they can generate a program where they can sell it to the government (to be disposed of in our drinking water) rather than pay to dispose of it...
When politicians whole-heartedly bother to back something, and there are also advertisements all over town which completely fail to mention that they are promoting water fluoridation... it would be bad enough if they were to gloss over topics like the above without actually informing people of the real science involved- no, they just don't tell you what you are voting for at all. That ticks me off and makes me suspicious and doubtful.
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