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Fluoridation Follies

For more than 50 years, the American Dental Association has published a book they call Fluoridation Facts. The newest edition just dropped. Like earlier versions, it justifies and endorses the fluoridation of public water supplies, while dismissing any cause for concern. The idea of water fluoridation took root in the observations of Frederick McKay, a […]

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Return of the Fluoride Notification Bill (HB 119)

When Representative Donna Lichenegger first introduced her fluoride notification bill to the Missouri House of Representatives a couple years ago, it failed to make it to the floor for debate. So last year, she re-filed it. The bill made it out of the Senate Committee but failed to get final approval. Now, she’s trying again. […]

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Since Big Sugar Paid the Piper

The sugar industry could not deny the role of sucrose in dental caries [cavities] given the scientific evidence. They therefore adopted a strategy to deflect attention to public health interventions that would reduce the harms of sugar consumption rather than restricting intake. That’s the key finding of research recently published in PLOS Medicine. Examining internal […]

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Fluoride & Informed Consent

About a year ago, voters in Portland, Oregon, said “no” to fluoridation. And since then, it seems the pace of change has really picked up, with more residents in more towns and cities standing up and saying no to this well-intentioned but misguided practice. Here in Missouri, residents in Buffalo recently gave a resounding no […]

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