Fluoride: Friend or Foe?

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FluorineFluoride. Some consider it a fantastic friend for preventing dental cavities and as such advocate for the fluoridation of municipal water supplies. Others consider water fluoridation as mass medication and are opposed to the use of hazardous industrial fluoride waste as a source of the fluoride put in municipal water supplies. In this episode Dr. Howard Pollick, Professor of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the University of California San Francisco, explains what fluoride is and where it comes from. He tells us about the chemistry, physiology, and toxicology of fluoride. Ms. Carol Vander Stoep, a Registered Dental Hygienist and author of “Mouth Matters: Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body”, did a turnaround from being a supporter of fluoridation of public water supplies to believing it is unnecessary. She shares some of the controversies around fluoridation of municipal water supplies. Historian Timothy Siebert tells us a bit about how Stevens Point, Wisconsin took the limelight in 1950s in the national debates in the United States about fluoridation of municipal water supplies. Apparently the city had started fluoridating the water supply. Many citizens protested. In a referendum the citizens voted 2 to 1 against fluoridation. Some years later, the city started fluoridating the water again. Further historical dredging will be required to discover exactly how that happened without another referendum, and why.

Hallowed be the Halogens

Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine, Iodine

Even unstable, rare, hot Astatine

All familiar to thine eyes

as solids, gases, liquids

and plasma

Even at standard conditions

Acidic in bondage

Typically salted

Cleansers of much

Except our sins

All of them toxic by dose

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Professor Howard Pollick
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Dr. Howard Pollick is a Professor of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the University of California San Francisco. He is Chair of the California Fluoridation Advisory Council of the California Dental Association Foundation. He is the
Expert Spokesperson on Fluoridation for the American Dental Association, and is
Chair of the Oral Health Section, California Public Health Association - North

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Ms. Carol Vander Stoep
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Ms. Carol Vander Stoep is a Registered Dental Hygienist and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist in Austin, Texas, and an esteemed speaker to both professional audiences and the general public. She has served as a director of the Academy of Minimally Invasive Biomimetic Dentistry (AMIBD) and is a founding member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Baylor University. She is the author of "Mouth Matters: Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body", www.mouthmattersbook.com

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Mr. Tim Siebert
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Mr. Tim Siebert is President of the Portage County Historical Society in Central Wisconsin. He has a master's degree in history and is a retired history teacher from Stevens Point Area Senior High School, (SPASH), my alma mater.

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