California to New York,
have taken political action to stop what they perceive as the poisoning
municipal water systems. That people want safe drinking water is no
is startling is that this alleged poisoning of the water has been
hailed by the
Center for Disease Control as one of the ten greatest public health
achievements of the 21st century. (http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/)
of Americans live in areas that fluoridate their drinking water (http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/04/16/dont-drink-the-water/).
Fluoridation, or adding small amounts of fluoride to drinking water,
practiced in the United States for 65 years. Advocates of water
include the American Dental Association, many dentists, public health
officials, citizens, and organizations like the American Association of
Physicians and the American Council on Science and Health. They claim
municipal water fluoridation is a safe, economical, and effective
preventing dental cavities and promoting public health. Opponents of
fluoridation, who include the EPA Headquarters Union of Scientists,
public health officials, concerned citizens, and organizations such as
Fluoride Action Network, claim that fluoridation has minimal benefits
serious risks. They point to a growing body of evidence that blames
fluoridation for health effects ranging from dental fluorosis to cancer.
website explores a series of questions worthy of investigation
fluoride controversy. What is the current state of water fluoridation
United States? Why is fluoridation such a divisive issues? And how is
after 50 years of momentum in favor of fluoridation, the
movement is finally starting to gain ground?
it is evident that the science behind water fluoridation is disputed.
unlikely that people of differing opinions will be able to reach
while they still disagree on the facts. As such, it may be necessary
for a reputable third party to perform a comprehensive scientific
benefits and dangers of fluoridation. In the meantime, it seems best
continue to let citizens have a say, through democratic processes, in
or not fluoride is right for their community.
Many people are concerned about flouride
exposure from their tap water.