Judith C. Haden’s My View (“Fluoride not a necessary additive,” March 30) should have been tossed into the trash, not published in your newspaper. It is another in a seemingly endless line of anti-fluoridation (and anti-science generally) claptrap. The world has more than 60 years of data on fluoridation involving hundreds of millions of people, and over this time there has been not a single case of anyone being poisoned or otherwise harmed by fluoride in drinking water. No mental retardation, no shortened life span, etc., etc. There have been immense benefits to people’s dental well-being.
Our “sick, allergic, overweight and depressed” population has more than doubled its life span since the advent of public health as expressed by fluoridation and the rational medicine of mass vaccination. Infant mortality had almost disappeared, relatively speaking, until the anti-vaccination nuts came along. The so-called organic farming before World War II used arsenic and lead pesticides extensively. French wines in bad wine years were laced with lead acetate (“sugar of lead”) to sweeten them. They were sold worldwide without a warning label. I much prefer the use of DDT and pyrethrins in agriculture. It’s hard to explain a human population of more than 7 billion people in the abysmally awful world described by Ms. Hayden.
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