Though the results of another national study on the safety of fluoride are not due out until mid May, Palm Beach county authorities have given the
go-ahead to add fluoride to its water supply. The addition of fluoride has been cited as a step towards healthier teeth, though reports exist to
contradict these claims.
It wasn't until the summer of 2003, after County Commissioner Jeff Koons took office and joined forces with county health director Dr. Jean Malecki
that proponents could win enough commission voters to add the substance to the water.
Malecki and a slew of local, state and federal public health and dental authorities argued that fluoridation was a dirt cheap but powerfully effective
way to prevent tooth decay.
Opponents have never relaxed their concerns.
They regard fluoridation as a dangerous chemical with the potential for serious health effects.
Even though commissioners approved fluoridation almost 18 months ago, it came up again on Tuesday. That's because opponents managed to convince
commissioners last year to hold off on actually adding the substance to the water until they got results of one more federal government review of
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I did a little research after I heard about this because I recalled the myths about fluoride. Fluoride has been shown to disrupt healthy
thyroid function, the production of hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine. These hormones regulate cell metabolism and if affected could have an
impact not only on physical growth, but mental activity, i.e. slowing down of nerve response. Supporting evidence for this is the fact that prozac,
an anti-depressant which interferes with serotonin activity, contains fluoride along with 25% of tranquilizers according to a 1984 estimate.
This information accompanies the myriad of reports that say fluoride promotes tooth decay via Dental Fluorisis, contradicting the very reason
authorities herald its use.
I find it alarming that despite evidence suggesting its detriment, fluoride is being dumped in our water supply. Something like two-thirds of
the country have fluoride in their tap water. Two Links with information regarding fluoride are included underneath the Supporting Links to Similar
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[edit on 15-1-2005 by Banshee]