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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 1956 - File 013. 1956-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 24, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/279/show/222.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date September 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript Should cities put TEETH in their laws through the govern- :es, just *■ i State ai*Wk he FounduU his thougjj itries where id where lilitary ai* s resistant inevitably cialism *■ of an acuK e." And this le" or "M m-LeninisD ment of tl* lence. all which j irushchevj iere capit"'' the Unit^ he Krenil"1 from ,ile Atii.-i" ; s regardbj schei g about t'"' ation iiiH1''' ie as the '•* cula»f It not — why not? And, if so — can the beneficial effects of fluorine in public water supplies be documented? Where should the burden of proof rest? These vital questions concern all Americans, as community after community throughout the nation considers the controlled addition of fluoride to water supplies in an effort to lessen dental decay. I N < ITY after city nation, artificial throughout the fluoridation of parti on"ofSt# KhruslK'1"1 mdameiit''' iet down V 1 Stalin- * hem, stuti"- ; princip1^ rinciples shchev d^ great pi*** 'he Trots*? ,t> t' rtV Water supplies continues to be a '''•'ted issue. Even in those cases . "'e the issue has been decided, the jyjes cannot be stamped "CASE ^USED," for, if fluoridation is ar Pted, the anti-fluoridationists con- , "c to wage unceasing war and have en successful in many instances in Using the discontinuance of the t.l()l'idation process. When fluorida- n '' i1- rejected by a community, pro- j.Tidationists refuse to let the issue ■|(i ' Thus, as city after city considers ! >ridation, the battle cries of the Pro': "ic, s and "anti's" swell in an ever- ^f'asing volume. <- Fl'c United States Public 1 >it,. spearhead champi"' , sougW 5f our P* lin is tluit ali3 uhlic Health i ■•»*■, spearneaa organization for i' Pro-fluoridators, reported that on JJJ*rch 15, 1956, 1.110 communities 4re fluoridating their water supplies, tot»l of 22,553,366 American citizens * drinking artificially fluoridated •''' er- Communities whose watei 'ir, ^at *,. tl- communities whose water siip . s are being so treated represent cP "^ s*ate in the union with the ex- \,')|""i of Arizona, Nevada, New ^'co, and Utah. . "dicative of thc division into "com- ^"""'ics" rather than ystems to which nto citv water fluoride is being Person"'*"-! . ajj , "j™ "-> wmui uuuuuc 15 mills a advaiX^I r.;eo, is the fact that the District of -"'"nibia shchevj- press et| ialysis ' ■d mi pam ember. ealth sing is shown in the Public Service compilation as com- si\ communities, a total ol ™>(K\t\ >«"*) m population Ht. Th, nomas L. Hagan, Dental Di rector of the t . S. Public Health Service, and Chief of the Division of Denial Public Health, states: The Public Health Service approves adjustment el the fluoride content of public water supplies us a sale, effective, and eco- Qomical procedure for the partial prevention ul teeth decay. It should be emphasized thai the decision on whether to adjust the fluoride content of water supplies rests entirely with local communities. This issue, directly involving millions of Americans, has ramifications which include delicate points of finance, religious freedom, minoritv i ights, and constitutional law. Perhaps the onlv unchallenged fact of the entire debate is the enormous extent and damage of tooth decay among our citizens in every walk of life. Dental decay afflicts more than 80 per cent of our youngsters, even before the) begin their first grade in grammar school. It accounts for a staggering proportion of this nation's yearly dental bill of more than $100 million.' Nor is the toxicity of sodium fluoride open to question insofar as the chemical itself is concerned. If anyone doubts that it is a deadly poison, he can quickly end the doubt — and risk doing the same with his life — by swallow ing enough of the white powder to cover a nickel, a lethal dosc.- Those who favor fluoridation point to the desirability of active attack against dental decay. Their carefully compiled statistics of test cities cover a ten-year period. In the pro-fluorida- tion ranks may be found many doctors, dentists, and dental and health M -, -, s I< hum News, September, 1956 organizations of acknowledged integrity and repute. These authorities. convinced that the fluoridation process is a boon to our population, label the claims of anti-fluoridationists as "unqualified," "hysterical," and, in many cases, as "scaremongering." They point to the chlorination of water supplies as an established precedent. Those who oppose fluoridation of citv water supplies fall in many categories. Officials of water companies protest expense and point to the virtual impossibility, in some instances, ol maintaining a safe mixture of this toxic chemical compound. Other voices raised against fluoridation include those of doctors and dentists whose integrity and standing ecpial thai of their professional brothers in the opposing forces. Many patriots, also, feel that compulsory medication which does not deal with a contagious disease is incompatible with the American system of government. Sonic are convinced that the process of fluoridation violates one of our first lines of defense — the protection of water supplies. Many who oppose fluoridation claim this is "the camel's nose in the lent which vvill serve as a forerunner for more compulsory medication, and eventually socialized medicine. Let us take a look at the opposing claims on this vital subject. 'Ilulli tin of America's Town Meeting of the Air, May 20, 1956, Vol. 22, No. 3. ■Leitch, Dr. Gordon B.. "Fluoridat.-d Water," The Freeman, Inly. 19-56. Page 11
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