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News-Register picks up AP story on fluoridation

January 8, 2011

The News-Register, the local Oregon newspaper read by Mac Citizens for Safer Water, today picked up the AP story citing dangers of fluoridated city water, that also has gotten national play on radio, Internet and television.

The local paper’s story noted local interest in McMinnville, one of just a few large cities in Oregon that still fluoridates its drinking water. The news story begins:

Feds eyeing tighter fluoride limits
By MIKE STOBBE — AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA – Fluoride in drinking water – credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay – is also causing a spotting condition called fluorosis is an increasing number of children.

Though cosmetic in nature, and typically detectable only to dentists, the condition was instrumental in leading the federal government Friday to announce plans to lower the recommended range for fluoride in water supplies. If approved following a series of hearings, it would be the first such change since 1962.

In McMinnville, Water & Light currently maintains a range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams. It aims for .08 to .09 milligrams and generally hits that target.

On at least one occasion last year, the concentration hit Oregon’s allowable limit of 1.2. However, Water Superintendent Robert Klein said that was via a manual system replaced in April with a more accurate automated system significantly reducing fluctuation.

Portland, Eugene and Bend are among Oregon’s major cities that have fluoride-free water. Bend has had an ordinance expressly forbidding addition of any fluoride to its municipal water for decades.

A section in McMinnville’s city charter directs the city’s utility to add fluoride to municipal water. Allegedly beneficial dosages have regularly declined in the past 50 years, while no one denies that children living in fluoridated communities also get cavities.

Fluorosis – streaking and blotches on teeth – is dismissed as a minor problem, but numerous medical and scientific professionals have questioned that attitude and called for more carefully-controlled studies of effects of even small amounts of industrial waste-based fluoride compounds (not natural calcium fluoride), on behavior and health of the entire population.

The McMinnville section must go!

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