fluoridation forces expanded unchecked for over 50 years, the last
seen a significant swing in momentum. Community groups are rallying
growing scientific body of evidence as well as the organizational and
informational potential of the internet. Community water controversies
in that they occur on a local level, but reflect similar controversies
nationwide. The internet has served as a network to coalesce these
movements. By sharing resources and strategies, as well as garnishing
publicity, battles have been won despite strong expert and financial
opposition. Whether you believe this represents a victory of citizen
“one of the major triumphs of quackery over science in our generation” (http://www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsid.657/news_detail.asp),
it is certainly a controversy worthy of study.
The safety of municipal water
fluoridation is unquestionably controversial. The competing sides of
work from completely different sets of scientific findings, and are
dismiss their opponents’ evidence as unscientific. If there is to be
general agreement on the safety of fluoridation, there must first be
on the science itself. To this end, I believe the federal government
commission a comprehensive study with respected, third party, unbiased
researchers. While there would certainly be those who still clung to
contradicting research, it would give some guidance to the average
citizen attempting to make sense of the mess of research that exists.
Whether concerns are real or baseless,
it is clear that there are a large number of people who do not want
added to their water. Further, fluoride toothpaste and other oral
have reduced the
relative benefits of
fluoridated water. While the health risks are unclear, those who do not
consume fluoridated water should be able to avoid it. For this reason,
the way in which fluoride is distributed is worthy of review. The
fluoridated water sources should, in my opinion, be limited while a
comprehensive national review is performed. Ultimately, I feel that
to adhere the democratic process is the best way to deal with this
such that you allow individuals to have a say in whether or not their
uses municipal water fluoridation.
fluoridation intimately effects most americans.
Whether or not we
continue this practice has important
consequences for the safety and
health of our water.