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Sunday, January 26, 1958

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Dr. Leona Baumgartner, City Health Commissioner, discusses fluoridation and the polio vaccine.

Marvin Sleeper hosts.

Panelists: Jim Farrell and Ruth Corsnick

Questions:
Proof of the safety and effectiveness of water fluoridation - all studies agree. Baumgartner believes this is an emotional issue, but doesn't present any safety or technical problem. Fluoridation helps adults up to the age of 45, drinking water earlier will help an individual have better teeth later in life.



Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 72040
Municipal archives id: LT7895

Contributors:

Leona Baumgartner, Ruth Corsnick, Jim Farrell and Marvin Sleeper

Comments [1]

nyscof from New York

Fluoridation Fails as Cavity Rates Escalates

January 25, 2014 was the 69th birthday of water fluoridation – the top public health blunder of all time, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF)

Instead of spreading less tooth decay across the land, fluoridation spread dental fluorosis (fluoride-discolored teeth) into every nook and cranny of America. Even though the CDC reports up to 60% of adolescents are afflicted with dental fluorosis, 51% of them have cavities.

Opposite to predictions, since fluoridation began in 1945:

1) Tooth decay crises occur in all fluoridated cities.

2) New dental professionals were created, e.g. dental therapists.

3) New dental schools opened.

4) Dental expenditures have gone up substantially, higher than the inflation rate.

5) Poor children’s cavities are more prevalent, severe, occur earlier and more likely to be untreated.

6) Despite dental spending growth, 42% percent of adults and 4 million children with dental problems could not afford dental care.

US Senator Bernie Sanders, in his 2012 report, “Dental Crisis in America,” says that 9,500 new dental providers are needed to meet the country’s current oral health needs

“Science and government reports prove that fluoridation is a public health blunder; but politics keeps it alive,” says attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President. “It’s time for all Americans to demand their legislators stop adding unnecessary, health-robbing, money-wasting fluoride chemicals into their bodies via the water supply.”

References: http://m.prnewswire.com/news-releases/failed--69-years-of-water-fluoridation---another-harmful-birthday-241951331.html

Jan. 26 2014 09:11 AM

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