Wednesday, January 2, 2008


By Dan Fagin Scientific American January 2008, pages 74–81
Second Thoughts about Fluoride


• Researchers are intensifying their scrutiny of fluoride, which is added to most public water systems in the U.S. Some recent studies suggest that overconsumption of fluoride can raise the risks of disorders affecting teeth, bones, the brain and the thyroid gland.

• A 2006 report by a committee of the National Research Council recommended that the federal government lower its current limit for fluoride in drinking water because of health risks to both children and adults
Page 75: Most fluoridated water contains much less fluoride than the EPA limit, but the situation is worrisome because there is so much uncertainty over how much additional fluoride we ingest from food, beverages and dental products. What is more, the NRC panel noted that fluoride may also trigger more serious health problems, including bone cancer and damage to the brain and thyroid gland. Although these effects are still unproved, the panel argued that they deserve further study.

Page 75: TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING: Fluoride is in many foods, beverages and dental products. The ubiquity of the cavity-fighting chemical can result in overconsumption, particularly among young children.

Page 78: Scientific attitudes toward fluoridation may be starting to shift in the country where the practice began.

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  1. Very off topic, but...
    With Kucinich endorsing Obama, can the GDA consider him as a candidate? If not, to whom should the GDA Board look?
    -Patrick Stanton

  2. GDA may end up not endorsing Kucinich because of this, it's up to the membership to decide but it should be noted that this is what Kucinich said:"I hope Iowans will caucus for me as their first choice ... because of my singular positions on the war, on health care and trade,...But in those caucus locations where my support doesn't reach the necessary threshold, I strongly encourage all of my supporters to make Barack Obama their second choice."

    This is not an official endorsement of Obama the way I see it.

    I'm not happy that Kucinich would suggest Obama at all but it still doesn't change the fact that Kucinich:
    #1 Kucinich voted against authorizing the war in Iraq
    and against funding its continuation.
    #2 Kucinich voted against the Patriot Act.
    #3 Kucinich advocates for a Universal, Single-Payer,
    Not-for-Profit health care system.
    #4 Kucinich pushed a resolution through the House to
    impeach Vice-President Dick Cheney.

    -Owen Mulligan


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