Thursday, April 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Local water should be fluoridated

April 1-7 is National Public Health Week with the theme “Public Health is Return on Investment: Save Lives, Save Money.” Now that the cities of Davis and Woodland have approved moving forward with a modern water system, it is time to plan for fluoridation of this system.

Fluoride is a mineral, naturally occurring in the water supply in some areas. Since the 1930s, it has been known to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride has been added to the water supply in many areas of the country for more than 60 years and has proved to be safe and effective.

Fluoride can provide a huge return on investment in the health of our community. It costs but a few cents and can prevent dental decay, thus preventing lost school and work time, expensive dental bills and considerable pain and suffering.

The Yolo County Health Department urges the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency to make the investment to add fluoride to our new water system and reap the return of better dental health for all of our residents.

Constance Caldwell, M.D.

Yolo County health officer, Woodland

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  • nyscofApril 02, 2013 - 9:14 am

    Possibly Dr. Caldwell doesn't know that the fluoride chemicals added to water supplies is not natural at all. Hydrofluosilicic HFS acid is a waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry which is allowed to have trace amounts of arsenic, lead, mercury and other toxins. HFS is captured in smokestacks, trucked across the US into the nooks a crannies of American and dumped as is into water supplies. Besides the waste of fuel transporting it, fluoridation is a waste of money because modern science shows that ingesting fluoride does not reduce tooth decay and is harmful to health http://www.FluorideAction.Net/issues/health

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