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UK Against Fluoridation

Monday, August 31, 2015

USA - Pro-Con: Should fluoride be added to drinking water?

Pro: Long history shows fluoride benefits in water
By Laura Garcia 
Con: Fluoridation takes away public's choice
The safety and benefits of fluoride are well-documented, according to public health officials.
Then why do some opponents argue the process of adding fluoride to public drinking water should be stopped?
Lynn Short, director of Victoria Public Works, said the city started its fluoride program in 1985, and its levels are monitored by the Texas Department of State Health Services with samples sent out twice a month.
The fluoridation program is funded entirely by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.
"We monitor our water very carefully here," he said.
Residents pay for the treatments in their city water bills. Public Works budgets $14,000 a year for fluoride treatments, but in some years, the cost is much less, Short said.
For 70 years, the CDC reports, Americans have benefited from drinking water with fluoride added.
However, a few recent studies have pointed to potential health risks for some people, and they raised questions about the quality of research cited by the CDC.


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