Monday, February 27, 2006

Mandrake, have you ever seen a commie drink a glass of water?

"Children may not be getting enough fluoride"

"Some dentists are concerned about a problem they haven't worried about as much in decades -- whether children are getting enough fluoride."

The spin goes that the toxic industrial waste from the smoke stacks of the steel, aluminum and nuclear refineries "fluoride" helps strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay.

"Mass fluoridating of municipal water supplies, started in the 1940s, but the growing popularity of bottled water has brought concerns about adequate fluoride levels. ... bottled water often doesn't contain enough fluoride to prevent tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association. ... Some home water-treatment systems that put tap water through high levels of filtration, such as reverse osmosis, may also take fluoride out, the ADA says."

All this hype over the benefits to oral health from this toxin and yet. "About 32 percent of children and adolescents 6 to 19 years old have some fluorosis, according to the CDC. But the CDC says it continues to recommend fluoridation, which reaches 67 percent of people in the U.S."

So we are supposed to believe that while Fluoride causes mottling, chalking and pitting in developing teeth for 32 percent of the young population, it at the same time magically reduces tooth decay and should be forced on all without their consent.

Are we supposed to believe the ADA wants more fluoride added to "reduce tooth decay" and reduce the potential income of its members? Isn't there a conflict of interest here?

Never fear, big corporations come to the rescue!

"Now, a growing number of bottled-water producers are adding fluoride to brands and packages aimed at kids. Nestle Waters North America Inc., a subsidiary of Nestle SA and the largest bottled-water company in the U.S., introduced new fluoridated lunchbox-size versions of its popular spring-water brands this month. The 8-ounce bottles of Poland Spring, Deer Park, Ozarka, and other brands contain levels of added fluoride from 0.17 milligram to 0.21 milligram, says Jane Lazgin, a spokeswoman. That is within the optimal range for fluoride in drinking water of 0.7 milligram to 1.2 milligrams per liter, as set by the U.S. Public Health Service, and within the government's limits for bottled water. (The differences in fluoride levels vary by local air temperature.)

Dannon's, Fluoride to Go, spring water, owned by Danone SA and marketed and distributed by Coca-Cola Co., is also marketed in a kid-friendly 8.5-ounce bottle. The brand contains 0.25 milligram of fluoride per bottle, also enough to meet optimal fluoride guidelines, according to a Coke spokesman."


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