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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
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  • 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 «■ -THE CASE AGAINST FLUORID ATION- Recently the secret official addition of sodium fluoride to public drinking- water supplies was disclosed by the Municipal Council of Yass, a small upstate city in New South Wales, Australia. This, the first attempt in an Australian mainland state to force fluoridated drinking water on citizens without their prior consent, has brought the matter to public attention. While the question has not been legally tested under the Australian constitution, which is modeled on that of the United States, one Australian newspaper has commented: "Many feel strongly that it is an interference with human rights both to allow experimentation by authority on the individual ancl to compel the consumption of a chemical which many might not wish to take."27 When the tumult and the shouting dies, and the anti's and the pro's depart, there still remains the basic question: Is compulsory medication through the addition of fluorides to public water supplies compatible with the American system of government? Our Own Votes Can Cnd American Dream of Liberty As Admiral Ben Moreell, Chairman of the Board of Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, has so aptly put it in discussing all phases of paternal legislation: "All these measures — and others of a similar nature — could be enacted legally and democratically under the concept of majority rule. But would any person be so foolish as to say that they should be enacted! Will any thinking person say that I law is "right" merely because a majority has voted for it? We must always remember that our Constitutiol was designed to protect the freedon of the smallest possible minority one person — against the demands H the greatest possible majority — o& other persons combined. That singl' idea of inalienable rights of the indf vidual person is — or, at least, was - the fundamental spirit of the American tradition of government. And i we lose that concept of government, by force or by our own votes, th* American dream of liberty will k* ended. And we will not be any the U£ Communist merely because the majot' ity favors it." -s THE CASE FOR FLUORIDATION particular importance to those who are concerned about the safety of fluoridation that nature provided an abundant laboratory in which to determine its effects on man.3"' While fluoridation importantly reduces the incidence of caries, it is not a treatment or cure. Dental caries is a nonhealing lesion; dental enamel once injured never repairs itself with or without medication. Therefore the application of the term "mass medication" is not applicable. Fluoridation simply prevents the decay from developing. In short, fluoridation of public water supplies simulates a purely natural phenomenon — a protective condition set up by nature itself in those communities that are fortunate enough to have about one part per million of fluoride naturally present in the public water supply, such as, for example, Denver, Colorado, Aurora, Illinois, and others. Recommendations of Health Authorities Public health authorities recommend, therefore, that where the fluoride concentration is below the levels for optimal dental health, the concentration be adjusted to about one part per million for the partial control of dental caries. They recommend that Page 44 (Continued from page 13) since only 63 to 64 per cent of our population use public water supplies, continuing efforts in basic and applied research must be expanded in order that dental caries, as well as dental conditions other than tooth decay, may be brought under a larger measure of control.36 It is pointed out, however, that fluoridation does not diminish the need for adequate diet, mouth hygiene, ancl dental inspection at proper intervals. Since the increased resistance to caries extends at least into middle life, it is incorrect to assert that onlv children are benefited by such a program; however, the maximum benefit is seen in those persons using fluoridated water from birth, and fluoridation begins to show its effects in a year or two in school children.37 The provision of fluorine intake through tablets, milk, salt, or other means has profound disadvantages peculiar to each one. Topical fluoride application directly to the teeth by skilled personnel cannot be applied universally as a public health measure for the prevention of dental caries, insofar as it is effective, due to lack of personnel and funds. While somewhat less effective than fluoridation of the water supply, it has merit as an alternative public health measure in small communities without such a comm011 source of water." Typical of the excellent results i* ported from various community throughout the nation is the recci* announcement by the Texas Ileal'' Department that fluoridation of wat" supplies for the city of Marshall, statf ed ten years ago, have reduced too1 decay in school-age children bv mO1- than half. Tests conducted annual! have shown Marshall children suffer ing fewer and fewer attacks of decaf' Cchoes USPHS Approval Dr. Frank P. Bertram, dental dirt* tor of this State Health Dcpartm''-1'. who conducted the tests, has state* that the use of fluorides in citv Wil**; supplies is "definitely past the expe-1" mental stage."' Eleven Texas to*** now add fluoride to water, the large* being Corpus Christi.M While it is true that people dd'1 only about a half-gallon of water P* day ol an average of 140 gallons p'J duced per person per clay, it slioi1' be remembered that the water c"" siimed for drinking, cooking, laiin''-1 "Buckley, op. eit. ^ ■Moreen, Adm. Ben, io Communism . . ■ Matotttu Yuti Kriulson, op. cit. -Dean, op. ill u7St. Louis Medical Society, op. cit. '-Dallas Morning Newt, April 25, 1956. Facts Forum News, September, 19$
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