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UK Against Fluoridation

Monday, September 15, 2008

USA - Cutting fluoride funding a step backward for public health

Cutting fluoride funding a step backward for public health
In print: Sunday, September 14, 2008
In 1985, the city of Brooksville became the first in the region to add fluoride to its municipal water supply. This week, the City Council will consider dropping the common cavity-prevention method as it adopts its budget for the coming year.

The savings? Mostly, $7,000 for chemicals plus labor and ancillary costs that have not been tabulated. If approved, it will be a giant step backward in promoting public health.

The maneuver is pushed by City Council member Lara Bradburn who framed the issue as a 2009 budgetary concern, but acknowledged misgivings about fluoridation dating to the 1980s. Her contention is that insignificant vetting of fluoride by the medical community has posed a potential risk to seniors and children. Those who want fluoride should get it on their own via toothpaste or dietary additives, she said.

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