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Water fluoridation

Original post made by Tej Uberoi, Los Altos, on Feb 27, 2008

It seems that we may be over-medicating ourselves in pursuit of nebulous goals rooted in questionable science. Local utilities have deemed it desirable to fluoridate our water to reduce tooth decay, a decision vigorously supported by local dentists. A far more compelling, contrary conclusion was published by the prestigious British Medical Journal in 2000 (more commonly referred to as the York Study) following a long term study of water fluoridation. The results of this study found that only one in six individuals benefited from water fluoridation compared to approximately 50% who suffered from dental fluorosis or mottling and discoloration of the teeth. This alarming statistic offers serious doubt on the overall benefits of water fluoridation. Furthermore, fluoride is potentially toxic to our bones, brain and endocrine (hormonal) system. More information can be found in the Fluoride Action Network Web site. Is it not time we demand more a more rigorous scientific study to justify this potentially harmful practice?

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