Greetings bioethics bloggers and thank you Linda for the invitation to post here. I have been a casual reader for some time now, but this will be my first contribution. For those who don't know me, my name is Kevin Hurley and you can read more about me here. I moved to Burlington about three years ago with the intention of getting involved in the production of educational/environmental media.
When I think of the word "Fluoride" I immediately think of healthy teeth. The word sounds harmless and friendly.Originally, I was very supportive of water fluoridation.I became interested in the issue about three years ago and have since spent a good deal of time traveling the country and world interviewing an array of professionals on the issue. I've interviewed toxicologists, fetal-toxicologists, neuro-toxicologists, dentists, doctors, politicians, lawyers, risk assessment scientists, etc. Among those interviews were three of the panelists from the National Academy of Science's National Research Council charged with reviewing the current EPA standards on fluoride. I must now humbly admit that I was wrong in my previous beliefs about water fluoridation. It appears that most of the new evidence about this practice shows that the risks of fluoride exposure to ourselves and our children are just not worth it.
Let's take a look at some recent developments:
So what does all of this have to do with bioethics? Let me pose some questions.