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  •  Fluoridation is NOT a Bircher issue (4+ / 0-)

    Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing

    More than 4,293 professionals (including 343 dentists and 538 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped citing scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and has serious health risks. See statement:

    In 2006, a National Research Council expert panel published a fluoride report which revealed that fluoride, even at low doses added to water supplies, can be especially harmful to the thyroid gland, kidney patients, babies, seniors and people who drink high amounts of water.  They also revealed critical fluoride safety studies have never been done and studies linking fluoride to cancer and lower IQ are plausible.  

    Thirty-four human studies now link fluoride to lowered IQ, some at levels considered safe in the US. See:

    After 67 years of water fluoridation, the Centers for Disease Control reports that up to 60% of 12-15 year-olds are affected with fluoride overdose symptoms – dental fluorosis, white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth. Yet, the CDC says More young kids face cavity crisis in US

    Tooth decay crises are occurring in all fluoridated cities, states and countries because Americans can’t afford dental care. New dental professionals are being created. New dental schools opened and others are planned, according to the American Dental Association.

    New Hampshire passed first ever state-wide fluoride warning law  that 6-month-olds should not be routinely fed infant formula mixed with fluoridated water to avoid dental fluorosis.

    Emergency rooms are flooded with people in dental pain, costing taxpayers millions of dollars, because 80% of dentists refuse Medicaid patients, 130 million Americans don’t have dental insurance. Many of those that do have insurance can’t afford dentistry’s high out-of-pocket costs. No American is or ever was fluoride-deficient. Too many are dentist-deficient.

    The CDC reports that 225 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2008. About 100 US and Canadian communities rejected fluoridation since 2008; many in 2012.

    This election day, fluoridation was defeated 60% to 40% in a Wichita, Kansas.

    Recently, 33,000 Portland, Oregon petition-signers halted the ill-advised fluoridation mandate by the Portland City Commission.

    Most of Western Europe and major world cities do not fluoridate the water.  Yet tooth decay rates are similar.

    •  Fluoridation as a "mass medicine" communist (16+ / 0-)

      plot to poison Americans is decidedly a historical Bircher issue, and varients of this conspiracy theory are are to be found among them yet today.  Usually, it's no longer a communist plot, but an Islamic one.

      All your Supremes are belong to us. For Great Justices!

      by thenekkidtruth on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 03:58:02 AM PST

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      •  Birchers and Fluoridation (0+ / 0-)

        This is more complicated than space here permits for rational discussion.

        Ultimately, the JBS opposed fluoridation as "mass medication" which they thought was just another infringement upon individual freedom.

        In many schools, a nurse cannot give a student an aspirin without parental permission -- but, somehow, it is entirely ok for cities or counties to require fluoridation of water and thus force people to ingest fluoridated water from their main water source.

        It is also true, however, that the JBS interpreted this "mass medication" as just another example of how they thought "Communists" operate --- i.e. more and more government control of decisions which should be made by individuals and their families instead of by government.

    •  Interesting. I agree that dental care (4+ / 0-)

      Is sorely lacking in this county and dental care is incredibly expensive even with insurance.

      As for fluoridation, I know nothing about the issue.  As for Birchers, I know that virtually everything that comes out of their mouths is inherently untrustworthy.

      A standing army is like a standing member. It's an excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure. Elbridge Gerry - Constitutional Convention (1787)

      by No Exit on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 07:34:31 AM PST

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    •  OK, let's see (1+ / 0-)
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      That's 538 doctors out of 690,000, and 343 dentists out of 160,000. So, about 0.21% of dentists, and 0.08% of doctors.
      I think there's a higher percentage of PhD scientists who deny global warming.

      And since when did public referenda become the gold standard for scientific fact?

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 01:00:57 PM PST

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