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A local health authority's plans for the fluoridation of a city's tap water was not unlawful, the High Court ruled today.
A judge rejected accusations by Southampton resident Geraldine Milner that the decision-making process was "defective".
Mr Justice Holman, sitting in London, ruled there was no substance in any of the grounds of complaint and the legal challenge must be dismissed.
Ms Milner brought her application for judicial review backed by local anti-fluoride campaign groups.
The South Central Strategic Health Authority (SCSHA) used statutory powers to instruct Southern
you want flouride ? you have enough in your toothpaste ... (you know the one that says call poison control if swalloed)
The U.S. Center of Disease Control found a 9% higher prevalence of dental fluorosis in American children than was found in a similar survey 20 years ago. In addition, the survey provides further evidence that African Americans suffer from higher rates of fluorosis than Caucasian Americans. The condition is more prevalent in rural areas where drinking water is derived from shallow wells or hand pumps. It is also more likely to occur in areas where the drinking water has a fluoride content greater than 1 ppm (part per million), and in children who have a poor intake of calcium.
Although it helps prevent tooth decay, fluorine is not an essential mineral for mammals. Some organofluorine compounds are synthesized in microorganisms and plants. Several fluorine compounds, as well as elemental fluorine itself, are dangerously toxic. Nevertheless, an increasing number of pharmaceuticals (about 10% of new drugs) contain fluorine.