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  •  I recall this controversy half a century ago. (14+ / 0-)

    Shocking that we're still fighting on this issue.  Much like the vaccination issue, IMHO.

    •  Don't get me started on the anti-vaxxers... (10+ / 0-)

      It's not only dangerous what those idiots preach, it's downright offensive to me as someone who is high-functioning autistic.

      But... don't want to delve into the policy stuff, this is still an elections site after all.

      Politics and more Formerly DGM on SSP. NM-01, 26 (chairman of the Atheist Caucus)

      by NMLib on Tue May 14, 2013 at 06:23:32 AM PDT

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    •  Not unique to Portland (6+ / 0-)

      Our city water supply in Manchester, NH did not have flouride, so we had to give our kiddies drops. Nary a cavity among them. (I, on the other hand, was in a flouridated water supply growing up, and have a mouthful of fillings and now crowns.)

      I'm agnostic on this -- I don't like having extra chemicals in the water, not convinced it's that useful, but also do not see it as a socialist UN-driven world government conspiracy, or as a chemical/Big Pharma-driven compulsory poison. I'm actually far more concerned about other hormones and pharmaceuticals and chemicals in the drinking water, especially the ones that don't even get measured.

      •  As a child, our school district participated (5+ / 0-)
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        in a study of fluoridated water (late 40's, early 50's).  Dentists came to our elementary school and examined the teeth of our entire grade level for several years.  The outcome was overwhelmingly in favor of fluoridation, although like anything else it may not make a difference for everybody.

        I share your concern for other things in our water from industrial and agricultural runoff.

      •  I grew up without fluoridated water. Never (0+ / 0-)

        had a cavity until I was in my mid 30's, and that was with multiple lengthy periods in which I could not afford any dental care.

        The "halo effect" means that our canned soup is made with fluoridated water boiled down two fold, our orange juice from concentrate has fluoridated water added, and even soft drinks are often made with fluoridated water.

        What we do know is that most of the studies on water fluoridation were done back when there wasn't even fluoride in the toothpaste.

        I won't be at all surprised if we see the CDC continue to reduce their optimum levels as more and more of these sources are considered.

        "The thing about smart motherfuckers is that they sound like crazy motherfuckers to dumb motherfuckers." Robert Kirkman

        by JesseCW on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:45:50 AM PDT

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