College Station, with a population of more than 100,000, saved more than $40,000 a year when it stopped fluoridating
its water in 2011, according to the city's website.
Water fluoridation is an effective and relatively inexpensive method of reducing dental caries; however, many rural AN villages have no in-home water or sanitation services, which prevents these villages from fluoridating
However, there have also been significant fluoridation successes, such as in San Diego, which began fluoridating
25) More recently, a 1992 policy statement from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says: "A recent comprehensive PHS review of the benefits and potential health risks of fluoride has concluded that the practice of fluoridating
community water supplies is safe and effective.
Technically, artificially fluoridating
drinking water is a violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
Some of us recall the fluoride hysteria that began about half a century ago when towns began fluoridating
their water supply.
In June 2008, the San Diego city council accepted an offer of funding from the First 5 Commission of San Diego County for the purpose for fluoridating
the city's public water supply.
One part per million (ppm) of fluoride in drinking water - the so-called optimal level at which dental fluorosis was ex-pected to be very mild - has been reduced independently by several fluoridating
countries, including Hong Kong, Canada and Ireland, because at 1ppm, the prevalence and severity of dental fluorosis became unacceptable.
She said: "The Department of Health published guidance in 2008 to help improve dental health and reduce health inequalities by considering the option of fluoridating
the local water supply, alongside other options.
The sole reason for fluoridating
the water supply is supposedly to prevent tooth decay in children, and yet the whole population would be subjected to it, whether they wanted it or not.
In May, APHA's Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), wrote to city Mayor Jerry Sanders and urged city officials to "move ahead speedily" with fluoridating
San Diego's entire water supply.
Eugene voters last weighed in on the subject in the mid-1970s, voting against fluoridating
the water supply.