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View Diary: Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Portland prepares to protect its precious bodily essences (138 comments)

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  •  As a child, our school district participated (5+ / 0-)
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    gabjoh, beav, Code Monkey, 6412093, JesseCW

    in a study of fluoridated water (late 40's, early 50's).  Dentists came to our elementary school and examined the teeth of our entire grade level for several years.  The outcome was overwhelmingly in favor of fluoridation, although like anything else it may not make a difference for everybody.

    I share your concern for other things in our water from industrial and agricultural runoff.

    •  Part of the problem is, (2+ / 0-)

      as seems to be widely acknowledged, that studies have been limited and not very high quality. Also, some countries have tooth decay rates that match ours, but without fluoridation (possibly owed to state-supplied dental care but, again, few good studies). In any case, fluoride toothpaste, which is pretty much the norm these days, seems to be an adequate substitute for treating water supplies. It has the added benefit that those who want it can easily get it and those who don't can easily avoid it.
      The Wikipedia article is worth a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    •  Did they test the whole school (1+ / 0-)
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      Whitewitch

      for thyroid problems?

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