[LINK] The true cost of bottled water
stewart_fist at optusnet.com.au
Thu Feb 8 12:05:34 EST 2007
> And bottled water is having a deleterious effect on dental health. Too
> many kids not getting their dose of flourides.
That's another of my pet peeves. I have no objection to flouridised
toothpaste, salt, milk or whatever -- or to dentists painting teeth with
But why does the government presume it can medicate me via the water supply
- when consumption of the stuff is so incredibly variable.
I'm old enough that the potential for fluoride attack on the stability and
strength of my bones is a serious concern. (it replaces calcium in the bone
structure). And as people get older, and live longer the extra fluoride
will have longer to do its damage.
I suspect the kids not getting fluoride via bottled water is another urban
myth. How would anyone know what the causal chain is for teeth decay.
Don't they go to the dentist? Don't they eat vegies grown in fluoridated
water? Do their parents specifically choose non-fluoride toothpaste?
It could well be just a dentists toothless excuse for why dental decay bugs
are now becoming resistant to fluoride.
In the true spirit of Link this is offered as a theory, which, in keeping
with current trends, is not supported by any evidence whatsoever.
Stewart Fist, writer, journalist, film-maker
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