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Fluoride Frenzy

Fluoridation Frenzy

History of Fluoridation
How Fluoride Works


What is going on now?

The Arguments Against
The Internet Effect
References & Links

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The Internet Effect

            Historically, water fluoridation has been difficult to combat due to the fact that it occurs on a municipal level. In any given isolated town before the internet, if a medical health professional or public health official proposed water fluoridation – and showed that it is backed by organizations such as the CDC and the ADA, it would be unlikely to meet resistance. The general lack of information about the issue, especially information that is written in a non scientific way that is accessible to the average person, would make it unlikely for concerned citizens to surface.

            With the growth of the internet as a community forum, municipal water fluoridation controversies are no longer isolated, pocketed events. Citizens who hear of fluoridation in their community can perform their own research online, with access to sources that are written for a more general audience. Scientific accuracy of these sources aside, there is an important communicative effect that results from the ability of these small groups to share resources and tactics. The nature of these community groups is generally a snowball effect, where one or a few concerned citizens seeks to inform friends and neighbors, which eventually builds to a community wide organization. Internet resources facilitate both the inception and the growth of this public action snowball. Organizations like the Fluoride Action Network recognize this potential, and gear their website accordingly.


The Fluoride Action Network is one of many
activist groups that effectivley utilize the
 internet to protest fluoridation.

The internet also provides an oportunity for
anyone to distribute media geared towards
influencing the publics' opinion of fluoride,
such as this song -- Get It Out by Alex
Wilson of Burlington VT. This song was
originally  played as Alex's public comment
at a fluoridation hearing held in Burlington.

Last updated:  5/2/2010


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