"The medical establishment has, of course, been wrong before. It was wrong about the safety of adding lead to gasoline, wrong about the safety of prescribing DES to pregnant women, wrong about the safety of asbestos, et cetera. And so too was it wrong about fluoride. In 2012, this statement should not be controversial. Adding fluoride to water supplies was, after all, based on the premise that children need to swallow fluoride to reap its benefit. We now know, however, that this is false. Fluoride’s primary benefit comes from topical contact with the teeth, not from ingestion. Further, despite claims in the 1950s and ’60s that fluoride was a nutrient, we now know this to be false as well. There is no need, therefore, to swallow fluoride for any reason. Had we known this in the 1950s, would water fluoridation have ever begun? Is that possibility even conceivable? Should a compound that does not treat the water, that does not need to be swallowed, that dental researchers now specifically warn not to give to infants, and that is readily available for individual use in the form of toothpaste, ever be added to the public’s water?"
Monday, September 3, 2012
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Anastasia is a mom of two who loves to spend time with her family, travel, homeschool, read, and run her photography business. She is a life-long learner and small business owner who loves to share her parenting experiences with others. She resides with her family north of Boston.