The issue of water fluoridation has been in the news recently, with the City Council in Portland, Ore., voting recently to start putting fluoride in the water supply (despite stiff opposition from residents) while voters in Wichita, Kan., rejected a proposal to add fluoride to city water in November, just as residents did in 1964 and 1978, the previous two times the issue came up for a vote.
But why all of the hubbub over fluoride? After all, it's a chemical that serves to improve our lives and our health, right? That's what the federal government has said for the past 65 years, since the United States Public Health Service began "recommending" cities add fluoride to water supplies.
The fact is research has shown repeatedly that long-term fluoride consumption can be extremely harmful, even deadly, and here are some reasons why:
Fluoride consumption leads to lowered intelligence.