Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The battles yet to be fought

Fluoride opponents’ argument gains teeth |
Albert Burgstahler is convinced Lawrence residents have been forced to swallow a giant government mistake for more than 50 years.

“Anybody who drinks more than two or three quarts of water per day may be subject to problems,” said Burgstahler, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Kansas University.
This on the heels of news that Lawrence will host the Board of Ed meeting where the science standards rejected by the science standards committee will be approved. More on that when we know where they'll be held.

I don't know this or that about the science behind fluoride. All I know is that my parents have cavities and had them when they were young. Ms. TfK has cavities, and grew up in a country that didn't fluoridate. I have no cavities, and I've always had fluoridated water. My understanding is that tooth decay is on the decline for exactly that reason. The article points out studies showing that for every dollar spent on fluoride, $38 are saved in dental expenses.

Who drinks 2-3 quarts of water every day? You'd hear them sloshing from down the street.

FYI, when people say you're supposed to drink 8 cups of water, that includes water in food. You don't have to measure out 8 cups of water and chug it every day. Drink when you're thirsty and give your kidneys a break.