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KU to host forum on adding fluoride to drinking water

March 25, 2013


Kansas University’s chemistry department will host a forum this week on the pros and cons of adding fluoride to the city’s drinking water.

Lawrence resident Albert Burgstahler, who is the longtime editor of the journal Fluoride, will give a presentation at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at 1001 Malott Hall on the KU campus.

Burgstahler has been a frequent opponent of cities adding fluoride to their drinking water supply. The issue has come in Lawrence after City Commissioner Hugh Carter in February asked staff members to study whether the city ought to consider abandoning its practice of adding fluoride to the drinking water.

Commissioners have received a report from the city auditor that highlights three studies about fluoridation. The studies recommend the EPA lower its allowable standards for fluoride in drinking water, but the city already is adding fluoride in amounts at or below those levels.

The six candidates for the Lawrence City Commission all have recently said they don't have any current concerns about the level of fluoride added to the city's drinking water.


KU_cynic 5 years, 1 month ago

We must protect our precious bodily fluids from those commies!

Nys Cof 5 years, 1 month ago

Fluoride is neither a nutrient nor required for health teeth. It is not added to the water to make it safer to drink (e.g. chorine) Fluoride is added to treat you, the tap water drinker, for a disease you may never get - tooth decay.

Like all drugs, fluoride has side effects See http://www.FluorideAction.Net/issues/health

The water supply should never be used to dose anyone with a drug without regard for individual health, age, weight, need or overdose.

Rotten diets make rotten teeth and no amount of fluoride will change that.

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