epa to reduce fluoride levels in water due to ‘unwanted health effects’

epa to reduce fluoride levels in water due to 'unwanted health effects'from washington’s blog: Today [jan7], the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a reduction in allowable fluoride levels in U.S. drinking water:

HHS’ proposed recommendation of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water replaces the current recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams. This updated recommendation is based on recent EPA and HHS scientific assessments to balance the benefits of preventing tooth decay while limiting any unwanted health effects.

As AP notes:

A scientific report five years ago said that people who consume a lifetime of too much fluoride — an amount over EPA’s limit of 4 milligrams — can lead to crippling bone abnormalities and brittleness. That and other research issued Friday by the EPA about health effects of fluoride are sure to re-energize groups that still oppose adding it to water supplies.

related update: studies conclude cavity levels falling worldwide; even in countries that don’t fluoridate

One response to “epa to reduce fluoride levels in water due to ‘unwanted health effects’”

  1. Anonymous Avatar

    unrelated to the post but definitely an interesting topic I have yet to hear/read anybody cover. or i might just be late to the party.

    Various online video game companies and also Adobe are all trying to access people's computer and phone camera/microphones. This happened to me a couple of weeks ago where a pop up appeared on my computer asking me to grant a certain website (popcap) permission to access my computer's camera and microphone, which caused me to research this deeper. Here's a bunch of articles I found online in regards to this strange subject.

    "The Android release will be part of AIR 2.5 and grant would-be developers access to your smartphone's camera, microphone, accelerometer and GPS"


    from the adobe website

    "Applications that are running in Adobe Flash Player may want to have access to the camera and/or microphone available on your computer."


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