Letter included outdated information

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I know I speak for many Juneau citizens in thanking our city leaders for removing an unnecessary and potentially toxic waste product from our wonderful, sparkling clean Alaska mountain water. Thanks so much.

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City Manager Rod Swope sent a letter to all city of Juneau voters explaining that fluoridation has been discontinued. This letter had one troubling aspect: Some of the information on optional ingestion of fluoride, provided by a consortium of Juneau dentists, was dated from 2001, and, not surprisingly, was obsolete. In particular, Swope's letter, quoting this outdated information, stated that parents who choose to bottle feed their infants should use fluoridated water to make formula.

In fact, in 2006 the American Dental Association unequivocally stated that infants up to 1 year of age should not receive any supplemental fluoride because of concerns with brain development, bone development and thyroid function, among other concerns. The dental association stated last year that parents choosing to bottle feed their infants should purchase nonfluoridated bottled water to make formula.

Luckily, in this town, they won't have to do that anymore.

Dr. Emily A. Kane


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