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What are the harmful effects of fluoridating public water? What are the harmful...

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kerria90 | Student | (Level 2) Honors

Posted September 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM via web

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What are the harmful effects of fluoridating public water? 

What are the harmful effects of fluoridating public water? What are some popular arguments used against the fluoridation of public water? What countries currently do not fluoridate public water? Is fluoride necessary for human consumption/normal bodily functioning? 

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orchid101 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM (Answer #1)

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Fluorine is regularly present in water and soil besides air. In nature it is found as fluoride. High fluoride content water caused dental fluorisis. In arid and semi arid soils also fluroide content is very high. Food grains obtained from these sols are also rich in flurides. Prolonged intake of fluoride containing water stiffens the bone joints, particularly of spinal cord. Fluoride is not absorbed in the blood stream. It has an affinity with calcium and thus gets accumulated in bones, resulting in the mottling of teeth, pain in the bones and joint and outward bending of legs from the knees-knock-knee syndrome.

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