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UK Against Fluoridation

Saturday, March 29, 2008

USA - Erie is conducting a mail-in vote

Erie is conducting a mail-in vote that ends Tuesday for three at-large trustee seats and a mayor's seat.
Three incumbents -- Cheryl Hauger, Colin Towner and Tom Van Lone -- are running for trustee, as well as non-incumbents Lee Elizer and Paul Ogg. Mayor Andrew Moore is running for re-election unopposed.question: FlouridationWhat the question asks : Shall the Town of Erie be directed to add fluoride to the water the Town of Erie treats and distributes through the Erie water distribution system, in a form and manner to be determined by the Director of the Public Works Department.
What it means : Voters are being asked if they want fluoride added to their drinking water.
What supporters say: With just about every other municipality in the metro area having fluoridated water, it's high time Erie got on board. Most major public health agencies in the United States -- the American Dental Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Surgeon General -- back fluoridation as one of the most important public health achievements of the past century.
Proponents say fluoridation is one of the most cost-effective ways to combat tooth decay and is particularly critical for lower income populations that may not have access to expensive dental care.
They say opponents of the practice have grossly exaggerated the ill effects of fluoridation and base their arguments on emotion rather than science.
What opponents say: Fluoridation of water yields little dental benefit, and worse, may result in a litany of health problems, including bone fracture, bone cancer, joint pain, reduced thyroid activity and IQ deficits.
Opponents point out that many countries in western Europe have abandoned efforts to fluoridate drinking water after recognizing the potential health dangers of the compound. Yet, they claim, tooth decay is no worse in those countries than it is in the widely fluoridated United States.
Fluoride is available from many other sources, like toothpaste, and need not be dumped into municipal water systems to affect everyone indiscriminately, whether they want to ingest the substance or not.

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