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Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities, Scientific Review Shows

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A new review by the Cochrane Collaboration calls into question the benefits of water fluoridation.

Douglas Main via Newsweek:

Water fluoridation, which first began in 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and expanded nationwide over the years, has always been controversial. Those opposed to the process have argued—and a growing number of studies have suggested—that the chemical may present a number of health risks, for example interfering with the endocrine system and increasing the risk ofimpaired brain function; two studies in the last few months, for example, have linked fluoridation to ADHD and underactive thyroid. Others argue against water fluoridation on ethical grounds, saying the process forces people to consume a substance they may not know is there—or that they’d rather avoid.

Despite concerns about safety and ethics, many are content to continue fluoridation because of its purported benefit: that it reduces tooth decay.

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Water Fluoridation May Increase Risk of Underactive Thyroid Disorder

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Can you guess the number one prescribed medication in the USA between 2013-2014?  It was for under-active thyroid!  The CDC and USPHS is shooting for 75% of the population to be drinking Fluoridated tap water.

BY 2/24/15  Newsweek

A large study that looked at data from nearly every general medical practice in England suggests that water fluoridation may increase the risk of developing hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid. This condition, in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones, is associated with symptoms such as fatigue, obesity and depression.

The study found that locations with fluoridated water supplies were more than 30 percent more likely to have high levels of hypothyroidism, compared to areas with low levels of the chemical in the water. Overall, there were 9 percent more cases of underactive thyroid in fluoridated places.

Fluoride is added to the water of about 10 percent of England’s population—and to the taps of about two-thirds of Americans—for the purpose of preventing cavities.

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Newsweek to Cancel Print Publication; Go All Digital

In what is likely to be an insurmountable shock to internet-averse grandpas and people stuck in doctors’ waiting rooms everywhere, eighty year-old magazine Newsweek has announced plans to go exclusively digital. The magazine’s December 31 issue will be its last dead-tree edition. Its digital successor, Newsweek Global, will offer subscription-based web content for pads, smart phones, eReaders and computers. Needless to say, the transition will end up costing quite a few people their jobs, but there are no estimates as of yet.

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