Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Fluoridation makes no sense

Do you value your money? When given a choice between spending it on something useful, say food, for example, and dropping it on the street to watch it blow away, I would guess you’d choose to spend it on food.

Now, the reason I’ve come up with this seemingly absurd example is to make a point about the fluoridation issue. I don’t know if fluoridation is harmful or not, but I do know there’s not enough information to convince me that spending money on fluoridation is a wise way for me to spend my money.

Who knows? Dentists claim a topical application of fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. On the other hand, when you compare the dental health of Sacramentans, who have been exposed to fluoride in their drinking water for many years, to Davisites, who have had no such exposure, you find no difference between Sacramentans’ and Davisites’ dental health.

The City Council is considering fluoridating Davis water. In the past, when Davisites were twice given the choice as to whether to fluoridate it or not, they chose to say “no” — probably because of health concerns. I urge the council to say “no” as well but not for health reasons. Fiscally, it makes no sense to ask Davisites to pay for what is clearly an unproven technology.

Jim Leonard
Davis

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  • John Troidl, MBA, PhDJuly 29, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    Jim, Can you share a copy of that study comparing Sacramento and Davis oral health status pre and post the fluoridation intervention in Sacramento? Maybe you could drop a copy off at the Enterprise and also write up the citation here in the comments section. That would be very helpful. Regards, John

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  • John TroidlJuly 31, 2013 - 10:32 am

    Mr Leonard.... still hoping that you will share a copy (or a citation) of that research piece that you mention in your letter to the editor with us. Can you please tell us how to find that specific bit of research that proves that there has been no benefit to fluoridation of Sacramento water to Sacramento residents? Thank you so much! John

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  • John Troidl, MBA, PhDAugust 06, 2013 - 11:28 pm

    Mr Leonard, I have a student looking for the kind of "two city comparison" of the effects of fluoridation which you stated in your letter to the editor showed that fluoridation has been of NO BENEFIT to Sacramentans.... but she has been unable to find your study. Can you please provide a citation/source? Thanks so much! John Troidl

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