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May 21, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Fluoridated water

Say no to fluoride
A tube of fluoridated toothpaste instructs us to call poison control if a child swallows more than a pea-sized amount. Yet, children ingest the drug all day long, in our water and in other products [“Fluoridated water? Not all Portlanders will drink to that,” NWMonday, May 20].
Fluoride’s benefit is not systemic. It is topical and the benefit can be achieved at home with toothpaste and dental rinse. Research has connected fluoride to bone disorders, thyroid disease and other ailments. According to a national survey by the Centers for Disease Control, about 40 percent of American teenagers have dental fluorosis, which results in the staining and breakdown of tooth enamel.
Fluoride is a drug and we are being subjected to mass medicating. There is no way of knowing if the dosage each person receives is correct for them. Babies drinking formula made with fluoridated water consume up to 100 times the recommended amount of fluoride.
The fluoride added to our drinking water is a waste product from the fertilizer industry and is polluting the wonderful water we have in the Pacific Northwest.
Portland has had it right all along. Let’s hope it can keep it that way.
Cori Miller, Seattle

Comments | Topics: drinking water, environment, fluoride

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