I was saddened to see the inclusion of water fluoridation in Michael Shermer’s “The Conspiracy Theory Detector.” Perhaps Shermer should go back and look at Scientific American’s own coverage of fluoride [see “Second Thoughts about Fluoride,” by Dan Fagin; January 2008] or, better still, read the science in the 2006 National Research Council report “Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards.”
I have seen and read the science, and I no longer drink and cook with my city’s fluoridated water supply. I wish I could afford to not be forced to wash in it. Incidentally, carbon filters such as Brita’s do not remove fluoride from the water, and boiling it makes the fluoride more concentrated. Infants exposed to fluoride could have reduced IQ. Can our society really afford to take that chance?
Note from FAN: