The Devil’s Element

October 29, 2008 at 1:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Now that state law requires communities to fluoridate their water, it’s interesting to see the fluoride debate heat up across the state. I’ve never had a problem with fluoride. I see fluoridated water as being very similar to iodized salt. Yet obviously some people get pretty excited by the notion that the government is pumping “medicine” into the water supply. I figure heck, they may be brainwashing me but at least I’ll have good teeth.

If fluoridation were brought to a vote in Lincoln, would we keep it?

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Nikkidemas October 29, 2008 at 2:46pm

I was surprised to see people so fired up over this.  So many people use Culligan purifiers, Brita filters, or drink bottled water now - I wonder what percentage of the population would actually be significantly affected?

Also, I was surfing yesterday and found a separate fluoride issue which interested me.  Lesson:  Don’t swallow anything you buy at Dollar Tree smile

jwiltshire October 29, 2008 at 3:17pm

I thought you were libertarian-leaning, Mr. Wilson?  Don’t you guys get all kinds of fired up and crazy about flouride in the water supply? raspberry

I keed, i keed.  I had assumed until this issue came up, that we already did, and that it was a pretty much commonplace thing.  I learned something, though.

Mr. Wilson October 29, 2008 at 3:35pm

Yeah, lots of libs don’t like fluoride. Me, I don’t mind it so much. It’s such a cheap and harmless little thing with a pretty decent return on investment. But then, I suppose that sound you hear is me embarking on my journey down the slippery slope wink

Peter October 29, 2008 at 3:44pm

It’s real use is:


beerorkid October 29, 2008 at 4:14pm

Strange you mention this cuz just yesterday it was brought up at a WTC7 / bigfoot meeting I attended last night.

I would love to know the percentage of folk who are against flouride that eat McDonalds.

CS October 29, 2008 at 4:18pm

While Wikip is a good starting place, this particular article does provide some citations as to WHY people are against it.

CS October 29, 2008 at 4:18pm

...Isn’t always a good starting place. Sorry.

andrew October 30, 2008 at 12:57am

I think it’s kind of pointless. If God wanted me to have nicer teeth, he’d have given them to me. Fluoride is the devil. Praise Jesus.

CP October 30, 2008 at 3:05am

This summer our dentist actually brought it up when we were talking to her about the teeth of our young children. She says it is absolutely one of the untold medical miracles to see the difference between the teeth of people who grew up with flouridated water and those who did not a generation before. She also expressed saddened that Brita filters and the like were so widely popularized, because they remove all of the benefits. She suggested that even if we wanted to filter our water, not to filter our children’s water.

For the record, we don’t filter any of ours, and I get upset when someone in my family PAYS for water in a bottle.

Jad October 30, 2008 at 5:12am

It sounds like someone has been watching too much Dr. Strangelove.  In the words of General Jack D. Ripper “Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face.”

CS October 30, 2008 at 1:44pm

No Strangelove here, though I love that movie and make a point to watch it whenever it is on, or shown (Thanks State Theatre!). The point is made in may places that kids can brush their teeth and get the same benefit. There are mouthwashes, free dental clinics, lower income dental coverage, medicaid, etc. Do we really need to spend millions of dollars pumping stuff into the water system? What’s next? I’d rather have some control over what my children ingest, and I don’t trust the government to decide for me. Today it’s teeth, tomorrow who knows?

nyscof November 4, 2008 at 3:41pm

Why Fluoridation is Wrong for Nebraska
  By NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc.

1)  No Nebraskan is fluoride deficient. The USDA website lists current levelsof fluoride in common foods. A more readable chart is here.

  a)  Nebraskans are dentist-deficient “In 1999, 21 percent of children aged 0 to
    5 years in Head Start and daycare centers in Nebraska had untreated dental
    decay,” according to the Nebraska Department of Health.
    Minority children   experience poorer oral health, with approximately 28% of   minority children having untreated dental decay and 20% having rampant caries.

  b) a 12-year-old boy from a fluoridated area died because dentists refused to
    treat him because he was on Medicaid

2) Fluoridation proponents and opponents agree that too much fluoride damages teeth and bones. Current EPA standards are not protective of health

a) Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study:  from 1/3 to

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