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I don’t personally foresee this coming up for discussion in Iowa any time soon, as much as we want to be all progressive here, but it’s interesting to see that Flouride is once again becoming an issue in communities around the world.
I can guess how some of you feel about WND, but my husband sent me this story this AM about flouride and how we should NOT be drinking it.
Contained this line, which is something I’ve suspected but never heard stated by anyone authoritative – then again, I didn’t exactly research how one should give formula, I just had no reason to. “And, despite the CDC’s conclusion that fluoridation is one of the greatest medical achievements of the 20th century, it recommends infant formulas should never be mixed with fluoridated water.” Almost everyone I know who uses formula mixes it with tap water, since they started saying that you don’t need to buy sterile water for babies any more. Yikes.
And this gem:
The fluoride added to public drinking water is actually fluorosilic acid. It is described by critics as an industrial waste product. Supporters prefer to call it an industry byproduct. Most of it has come from Florida’s phosphate fertilizer industry.
However, one of the little-known effects of Hurricane Katrina was to cripple the production of fluoride. Since then, more of America’s supply of the controversial chemical is coming from China – a country not always known for the highest safety standards on exports.
Just because you live in a municipality that does not fluoridate doesn’t mean you are safe from the effects of fluoridation, say critics. For instance, children in non-fluoridated communities consume sodas and beverages bottled in fluoridated localities using fluoridated water. This is known in fluoridation debate circles as “the halo effect.” Grapes and grape products, teas and processed chicken can be high in fluoride because of water used in processing and preparation.
Which is something I never thought about.
And we’ll conclude with this:
In 1965, a landmark year in the fluoridation debate, the federal government determined fluoride was safe in drinking water at levels as high as 4 ppm. Officially, that is still the government’s threshold of safety on the high side. Yet, in 2006, the National Research Council determined 4 ppm was unsafe and couldn’t assert with certitude that even half that level was safe.
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