posted on Feb, 14 2013 @ 08:29 AM
I also used to work in the water industry (was an environmental engineer), and fluoride is added to our water system specifically to protect young
children's teeth. If my memory serves me right, it was in response to parents who don't take care of their children's teeth.
The maximum set by EPA is 4ppm but I don't ever recall seeing any number past 1.5 ppm in terms of drinking water treatment. How much is in the pills
the pediatrician gave you?
I looked at that Harvard School of Public Health study with China Medical University. Actually I looked at a few different sites regarding the 27
studies they had. I can't do a full comment because all I can read are summaries and not the actual variables. Based on the info I gathered from the
different sites, however, it sounds like they're comparing villages with extremes in fluoride. No number was actually given, just "higher than
average". Some sound like they were in villages where the groundwater has naturally large amount of fluoride and others sound like they are due to
contamination. Yes, some variables were said to be eliminated from later studies such as lead, but there are probably many other factors that are left
out of the equation. The fact is, these are villages, not controlled environments. The scientists can only look at the main controls but they likely
can't consider everything.
And then at the end of it all, the difference in IQ was a mean of 9. I don't know that much about IQ in children, but it doesn't seem that
significant to me given that its not in a controlled environment.
That said, are your child's teeth healthy and well taken care of? if so, I see no problem with choosing not to add whatever type of fluoride into
his/her diet. I do believe you should have the final say in what your child ingest.
I just dislike the attitude of those people who don't take personal responsibility and claims they're this or that way because the government put
fluoride in their water (which isn't you,unless your child grows up with some non-ideal issue and you blame the government for that).