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Fri., June 7, 2013

Thank you, Portland

In regards to Doug (Root Canal) Clark’s not quite funny regurgitation of the fluoride industry’s talking points: Maybe if we repeat the tired, hollow axiom that “fluoridated water is one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century” often enough it will become true. But the evidence says otherwise.

There is no significant difference in decay rates in fluoridated and unfluoridated communities. Plus, you have those messy complications like fluoride allergies, kidney dialysis problems and possible serious health issues.

If dentist supporters were really concerned about low-income children, they would provide free topical fluoride treatments that have actually shown some benefit rather than advocating the cheap cop-out of low-dose poisoning of the water supply that lets them off the hook.

Thank you, Portland. At least we didn’t get the snide implication that only we paranoid, low-functioning East Siders were backward enough to reject the conventional wisdom of the medical establishment.

Richard League


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