The addition of fluoride to municipal drinking water supplies has been a controversial topic for many years, with opponents asserting that fluoridation carries health risks that outweigh any benefits. The Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council has taken a stand on the issue.
“A common misconception is that the dose of fluoride in our water is low enough to avoid these toxic effects of fluoride. But in fact, as with lead and arsenic, we know now that even very small doses of toxins over time have the ability to do great harm to our health, particularly to our developing brains, our immune systems and our endocrine systems.”
“Even if our city refuses to believe studies from Harvard or the Environmental Protection Agency or the 97 percent of countries in western Europe that refuse to fluoridate their water, why would we ‘medicate’ our water supply to prevent tooth decay?”
“Water fluoridation is an inexpensive means of improving oral health that benefits all residents of a community, young and old, rich and poor alike.”
I recently moved to the Asheville area. I was drawn here by the gorgeous mountain vistas, the delicious food and the friendly nature of the people. I have recently started looking for a home and was surprised to learn that my options are severely limited by the addition of fluoride into the public water supply. […]
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