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Why do we fluoridate water? Isn’t it dangerous?


November 18, 2014
by Kahaliah Richards

Fluoridation – the addition of fluoride to municipal water supplies to prevent dental caries – is one of great public health achievements of the 20th century.

Fluoridation is also the inspiration for all manner of conspiracy theories, such as it being a mind control drug developed by the Nazis, and a scheme by aluminum companies to dispose of excess fluoride by dumping it into municipal water supplies. Many proponents of so-called ‘natural health’ believe, among other things, that fluoride causes children to have lower IQs and causes bone cancer – but those claims are tenuous to say the least.

200318102-001The overwhelming evidence is that fluoride is safe and beneficial, particularly in the low-doses in which it is added to water. (More)

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