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Fluoridating peach

By any yardstick, this report was an award-winning scoop for any national paper.

With the belief that the information should be withheld no longer, the authors gave their report to Waste Not, and others, with a short note: "use as you wish." The science of fluoridating public drinking water systems has been, from day one, shoddy at best. Americans have been convinced that fluoride will save their teeth and we drink more fluoridated water than any other nationality on earth.We learned that fluoride is a poison that accumulates in our bones.It has been associated with cancer in young males; osteoporosis; reduced I.Some states choose to use other ways to notify the public about their water fluoridation program, such as a state web site.Currently, the particpating states listed provide their information to this system.The article went on to be nominated as the year’s 18th most censored story in the 1998 Project Censored Series. Since the days of World War II, when this nation prevailed by building the world’s first atomic bomb, U. public health leaders have maintained that low doses of fluoride are safe for people, and good for children’s teeth. Fluoride was the key chemical in atomic bomb production, according to the documents.

Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb by Chris Bryson & Joel Griffiths Some fifty years after the United States began adding fluoride to public water supplies to reduce cavities in children’s teeth, declassified government documents are shedding new light on the roots of that still-controversial public health measure, revealing a surprising connection between fluoride and the dawning of the nuclear age. That safety verdict should now be re-examined in the light of hundreds of once-secret WWII documents obtained by Griffiths and Bryson –including declassified papers of the Manhattan Project, the U. Massive quantities of fluoride– millions of tons– were essential for the manufacture of bomb-grade uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons throughout the Cold War.

But the American Dental Association has long touted the benefits of fluoride in general and fluoridated water specifically.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named the fluoridation of drinking water one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

The authors, Griffiths and Bryson, spent more than a year on research.

With the belief that the information should be withheld no longer, the authors gave their report to Waste Not, and others, with a short note: “use as you wish.” This introduction is taken from Waste Not #414 (September 1997) where the article was first published. Many municipalities still resist the practice, disbelieving the government’s assurances of safety.

That opposition has ranged from the serious -- studies citing dubious health concerns to the comical, such as suggestions that the introduction of fluoride into America's drinking water was a Communist mind-control plot.