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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 1956 - File 048. 1956-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 21, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/279/show/257.

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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 THE CASE FOR FLUORIDATION- Muskegon did not begin fluoridating its drinking water supply until 1951, so that for each of the years covered by these comparisons, 1943 through 1950, Muskegon's drinking water was not fluoridated.4-'' It is significant that the people of Muskegon became so impressed with the reduction of dental caries in the children of Grand Rapids that they ceased to provide a base-line for comparison by initiating the fluoridation of Muskegon water.41"' Absolutely no indications or suggestions of undesirable non-dental physiological effects can be attributed to the fluoridation of Grand Rapids drinking water during the years since 1944. The striking dental benefits have not been offset by any undesirable consequences.47 No Danger in Causation of Cancer The president of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Charles S. Cameron, has stilted: "The American Cancer Society does not consider fluorine or the common fluorine salts to be carcinogenic. Its position, therefore, with respect to water fluoridation for the purpose of dental caries prophylaxis, is that such treatment of public water supplies is without clanger as far as cancer causation is concerned."48 Analysis of the crude death rates from cancer and cardiovascular-renal disease in Newburgh and Kingston from 1942 through 1954 shows no consistent pattern from year to year, but it is clear that there has not been any increase in deaths from these causes in Newburgh, as compared with Kingston, during the period of water fluoridation.I!l The question has sometimes been raised regarding what would happen if a mechanical breakdown caused one day's supply of sodium fluoride or sodium silico-fluoride to be suddenly dumped into the water at a fluoridation plant. If this large weight of fluoride could be dissolved, mixed, and distributed within an hour, a factor of safety would still exist sufficient to predict that the water could be drunk for ten years or more without serious toxic consequences. For the city of Rochester, New York, for instance, to add enough fluoride to the water supply so that a quart would contain a deadly amount, 400 tons of fluoride would have to be dissolved in Page 46 the volume of water distributed each day. Since the machine used in Rochester has a hopper that contains only half a ton, it is clearly impossible to produce acute fluoride poisoning by water fluoridation.''' When all the evidence is put together, it may be concluded that in water fluoridation adequate factors of safety exist against the known toxic- effects of fluoride. Additional studies are needed of population groups that have been for many years drinking fluoridated water. However, present evidence does not justify postponement of water fluoridation.4" Upheld as Constitutional Police Power The power of a municipality acting through its elected representatives, to initiate fluoridation of its water supply by legislative action has been upheld wherever challenged in court. Such a procedure is held to be proper exercise of police power of a community to conserve or improve the health of its residents/'" This principle is well stated by Robert E. Cushman in Civil Liberties in the United States, a booklet distributed this year by the Fund for the Republic. Mr. Cushman says: "Lawful health requirements must prevail over religious objection. There is no new principle here. . . . Part of the opposition to the current drive to bring about the fluoridation of public water supplies comes from Christian Scientists, who object on the ground that this is medication. Their objections will doubtless not prevail, though it is probable that a Christian Scientist could not be compelled to drink fluoridated water against his vvill." Those who contend that fluoridation of public water supplies is a violation of constitutional rights, will find refutation in Mr. Cushman's words: "The religious liberty which is pro- tected by the Constitution is essentially freedom of religious thought and expression; it does not include con- duet which violates the criminal law, offends public morals, or interferes with the legitimate exercise of the police power for the protection of public safety and health."51 * * * * There in quick review are the cases for and against the fluoridation of public water supplies. "To fluoridate or not to fluoridate?" Your opinion is needed on this question which vitally concerns the health ancl well-being of millions of American citizens. END st. Louis Vlfilii-al Society, op. oil. ,7knutSOn, op. Cit. '"Black, on. cit. "-NewlHircli-kin-.Tstnii final report, op. dt. -St. Louis Medical Society, op. eil. "Cushman, Robert E., Civil Liberties in HO United Stales. Cornell University Press, 1958. Vr* bributed by The Fund For 'Ihe Republic. FACTS FORUM NEWS REPRINTS The thought-provoking articles appearing in this magazine are being made available as reprints whenever there is sufficient demand. Prices are as follows: Mumbei nl pages in article Single copies ur tear sheets 2 pages or less 10c '> <>r I pages . . ... 10c- 5 to H pages 10c $4.00 7.50 9.0(1 -SliS.OO 35.00 40.00 The following reprints are available fur immediate delivery: "The Communist Party of the U.S.A." (61 pages) $1.00 each; 5-9 copies, 75e each; 10-99 copies, 55c each. "The Constitution uf the U.S.A." (12 pages) 15c each, $14.50 per 100. Article: "Art for Whose Sake?" i Rebuttal: "Modern, Art and Freedom" . . . \ l(l<'pn set,-S9.00 per 100. "Of Bread and Circuses" IS pages) Ille each, $9.00 per 100. "People's Capitalism" (3 pages) 10c each, $7.50 per 100. "A Communist in the Classroom" ( 10 pages) 15c each, $13.00 per 100. Facts Fohum News, September, 19o0
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