The Environmental Protection Agency and the US Dept of Health and Human Services recommendation to reduce fluoride levels in drinking water is certain to bring controversy from both sides of the debate about its relevance and safety.
For almost 70 years municipalities have fluoridated water supplies as a means of minimizing or preventing tooth decay. The first city in the world to fluoridate public drinking water supplies was Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1945.
The EPA & HHS recommendation is sure to add fuel to the health benefits versus health risks debate that has raged for decades. Proponents claim fluoridation as one of the most important preventative health achievements of the century while opponents argue that it has serious health risks including cancer.
The EPA/HHS proposed recommendation is for a maximum of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water replacing the current “range” standard of 0.7 and 1.2 milligrams per liter. Whether you are for or against fluoridation, it’s is here to stay; at least for now.
What do you think?