Almost exactly two years ago, I wrote a post about fluoridated water. At the time, I’d just started blogging, under a different name and with a writing partner. We weren’t even on a full-featured blog platform. We were just getting our feet wet, experimenting with the kind of content on which we wanted to focus. Would I want to talk about the political side of food? Should I just develop and write about recipes? What would work, what did you want, what did I want to share with the world?
I think that I’ve found the right balance—though I’m always still working on it—and have come to feel strongly that news on food issues like school lunch, Bisphenol-A and fluoridated water have a place on One Hungry Mama. Being able to share stories like this one from this weekend’s US Today is validating:
(Let’s thank Nicole of the fab parenting blog Ms. Mary Mack for the link!)
According to the article, “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is announcing a proposal to change the recommended fluoride level to 0.7 milligrams per liter of water. And the Environmental Protection Agency will review whether the maximum cutoff of 4 milligrams per liter is too high.”
The proposal is a response to, among other things, a reported increase in fluorosis, a condition marked by spotting on teeth as the result of too much fluoride intake. It has become unexpectedly common in 12- to 15-year-olds since the 1980′s. Apparently, 2 in 5 teens has fluorosis.
You can also take a look at my original post digging into the issue of fluoridated water. It gives a thorough overview of the research with a list of claims; goes over the controversial points made here and abroad; and recommends things you can do if you choose to reduce your child’s exposure to fluoride. It also has recipes for four delicious infused waters: Lime Rosemary, Pineapple Mint, Cucumber Mint and Orange Basil.
One more resource: you can find out how much fluoride is in your water here (based on Center for Disease Control and Prevention data updated as of 10/08).
What do you think? Are you worried that your child is getting too much fluoride? Should the government be adding fluoride to our drinking water?