I am compelled to supply a common sense answer to the pro-fluoride jibber-jabber I have seen lately in your paper.
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In these times when we are concerned with pesticide residue and growth hormones contaminating our food chain, it is ludicrous to read the pleadings of some ill-informed people claiming that children will perish if they don't get a regular infusion of fluoride. This stuff is clearly marked poison and needs hazardous chemical storage costing several hundred thousand in city tax dollars, plus some $60,000 to $75,000 a year for the bags of industrial waste.
This is not the cheapest way to apply fluoride to children's teeth. A battery-powered, high-tech toothbrush is now available at Fred Meyer for the full-list price of $39.95, and a tube of fluoride toothpaste is a couple of dollars more. This is extremely fun to use, the batteries are replaceable with rechargeable AAs, and will do the job with a mouthful of foamy toothpaste way more effectively than hoping the child will drink water instead of soda or juice or Kool Aid. If the city offered these packages to parents unable to afford it, the children would get their fluoride in it's best form (topical application directly to the teeth) at a much lower cost, and the rest of the citizens wanting clean organically pure water would get it too.
If there is smoke, there is fire. All the research taking years to produce by many professional educated people has clearly shown the harm to humans is most likely in an overdose situation. As little as 2 parts per million is implicated as suspect and needing further study. That's why the person chairing the mayor's fluoride study commission declared although there was evidence fluoride did have some benefit to tooth decay prevention, the chance of doing harm to the citizens of Juneau compelled him to recommend not continuing adding fluoride to our water system.
The chance of overdosing is far greater than the worry we aren't getting any dietary fluoride. The national database recently released information showing that fluoride is in our food chain and cannot be avoided. The highest levels of dietary fluoride is found in tea and grape products. If you want your children to ingest fluoride, give them a glass of iced tea or some grape juice.
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