Magazine article Insight on the News

Reinforcements Arrive in Campaign against Fluoride. (Nation in Brief)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Reinforcements Arrive in Campaign against Fluoride. (Nation in Brief)

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For some reason, even after years of serious doubts being raised, anyone who questions fluoridation still risks being called a kook. But guess what? There are a lot more kooks than there used to be. Now that the communists have plotted themselves right out of business (except in China and Cuba, which admittedly are some fairly serious exceptions), you don't hear much talk about how fluoride is a commie plot. What they are saying these days is that fluoridation can be scientifically demonstrated to be a stupid and dangerous idea [see "It's Something in the Water," Jan. 29, 2001].

The new kids in the antifluoride camp--joining the conspiracy theorists, health nuts and alternative-science advocates--are mainstream environmentalists. True, the tree-huggers' concerns are somewhat different from those of other critics, but they are allies nonetheless. As indicated in a recent report in Earth Island Journal, a publication of the Earth Island Institute environmentalist group, their worry is about fluoride emissions from chemical and industrial plants.

The stuff is a threat to all sorts of trees and plants, as well as wildlife and domestic beasts, they say. It has killed mussels, oysters, crabs, shrimp and prawns. …

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