U.S. Wants to Reduce Fluoride in Drinking Water

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I almost couldn’t believe this headline from WebMD. Turns out that the government’s motivation for wanting to reduce fluoride levels in water is not actually due to the many deleterious health effects of ingesting fluoride, but still, it’s a start!

The recommended level of fluoride in U.S. drinking water supplies should be lowered to prevent dental problems, according to a joint announcement today by officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The HHS is recommending that water supplies contain 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water, replacing the current recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams.

That recommendation won’t go into effect immediately. It will be published in the Federal Register, followed by a period of comment from the public and others for 30 days. [disinfo ed.’s note: go to the HHS site to find out more.]

In other action today, the EPA said it will review the maximum amount of fluoride that will be allowed in drinking water, looking at the most recent research.

”Today’s announcement is part of our ongoing support of appropriate fluoridation for community water systems, and its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay throughout one’s lifetime,” says HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, in a news release…

[continues at WebMD]

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6 Comments on "U.S. Wants to Reduce Fluoride in Drinking Water"

  1. It is a good start. I don’t even ascribe to any actual theories about fluoridation…and I’ve never bought into the ‘government conspiracy’ cries about it…but it is a pretty clear case of industry finding a market for their waste products…with no legitimate benefits that can’t be gotten in other ways via safer methods. Good riddance to fluoride…so now can we start removing the other heavy metals, leftover drugs, pesticides and fuel residue thats been creeping up on us for decades?

  2. It is a good start. I don’t even ascribe to any actual theories about fluoridation…and I’ve never bought into the ‘government conspiracy’ cries about it…but it is a pretty clear case of industry finding a market for their waste products…with no legitimate benefits that can’t be gotten in other ways via safer methods. Good riddance to fluoride…so now can we start removing the other heavy metals, leftover drugs, pesticides and fuel residue thats been creeping up on us for decades?

    • Ironaddict06 | Jan 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm |

      Yes this is a good start. This means the FDA finally admits that fluroide is drug not a mineral. Next step is to take Fluriode completely out of drinking water. Next on the agenda needs to be BPA.

  3. The words “about fucking time come” to mind…

    Water doesn’t need “additives. The entire idea is so fracking daft, it reminds me of the movie “Idiocracy” where they’re watering the fields with gatorade, because of the drink company’s marketing slogan, which says, “electrolytes are what plants crave”, without even knowing what the hell electrolyes even ARE.

    Just get any creepy-crawlies like giardia, or cryptosporidium OUT of the water, and DON’T ADD anything like fluoride, or worse, like Chromium 6 (of Erin Brockovich fame).

    I don’t know if anybody else saw this, but new reports say that thanks to reduced safety regulations courtesy of the Shrub Administration that lessened restrictions on mercury in the water, now at least 31 major cities are finding Hexavalent Chromium in the water too.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/20/hexavalent-chromium-erin-_n_799310.html

    There are certain basics that should NOT be compromised on, and the cleanliness of drinking water is one of them.

  4. The words “about fucking time come” to mind…

    Water doesn’t need “additives. The entire idea is so fracking daft, it reminds me of the movie “Idiocracy” where they’re watering the fields with gatorade, because of the drink company’s marketing slogan, which says, “electrolytes are what plants crave”, without even knowing what the hell electrolyes even ARE.

    Just get any creepy-crawlies like giardia, or cryptosporidium OUT of the water, and DON’T ADD anything like fluoride, or worse, like Chromium 6 (of Erin Brockovich fame).

    I don’t know if anybody else saw this, but new reports say that thanks to reduced safety regulations courtesy of the Shrub Administration that lessened restrictions on mercury in the water, now at least 31 major cities are finding Hexavalent Chromium in the water too.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/20/hexavalent-chromium-erin-_n_799310.html

    There are certain basics that should NOT be compromised on, and the cleanliness of drinking water is one of them.

  5. Ironaddict06 | Jan 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm |

    Yes this is a good start. This means the FDA finally admits that fluroide is drug not a mineral. Next step is to take Fluriode completely out of drinking water. Next on the agenda needs to be BPA.

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