First of all, there seems to be a complete lack of understanding when it comes to fluoridation. The process involves targeting a safe and beneficial level of fluoride in a water supply. In many cases that means reducing fluoride levels from water sources with naturally high levels of fluoride. Other times it is added because of its dental health benefits that are well established by science.
People point to the toxicity of fluoride as a reason that it should not be in drinking water. Remember that EVERYTHING is toxic at some dose. Even water is toxic when consumed in large amounts. The levels found in nearly all municipal water supplies, has not been shown to be dangerous to humans at all.
The latest research used by the anti-fluoride people (it was posted on here and lew rockwell posted it twice) was grossly misunderstood. It demonstrated a possible health risk associated with consumption of highly fluoridated water. Clearly people did not read the actual study. The test subjects were in an area where the water supply had high levels of fluoride (naturally occurring). The control group in the study was consuming water with fluoride levels found in the typical municipal water supplies in the United States. They experienced no detectable health risks.
Ironically, those who were exposed to high levels of Fluoride would have benefit from the fluoridation process we use here, because it would have been lowered to meet the scientifically determined safe levels.
I will say this again: I do not believe that water supplies should be maintained by any government authority. As with everything else, I believe water should be supplied voluntarily through the free market. BUT that does NOT meant that the processes used by the government are necessarily dangerous. Yes, it's important to be vigilant when were stuck using a service or product that maintains a coercive monopoly, such as the common municipal water supply. But, we must also be careful not to discredit ourselves by revealing our ignorance and fighting misguided battles. By all means, make the case against government's involvement in water distribution, but dig a little deeper before criticizing a particular element of the process.
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