The Fluoride Debate

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

HISTORY/
ENVIRONMENT

CENSORSHIP

THE FLUORIDE
DEBATE

BENEFITS
Question 1
Question 2
Question 3
Question 4
Question 5
Question 6
Question 7
Question 8

ALTERNATIVES
Question 9
Question 10
Question 11
Question 12


SAFETY
Question 13
Question 14

OVERDOSE
Question 15
Question 16
Question 17

DISEASES
Question 18
Question 19
Question 20
Question 21
Question 22
Question 23
Question 24
Question 25
Question 26
Question 27
Question 28
Question 29
Question 30
Question 31
Question 32
Question 33

PUBLIC
POLICY

Question 34
Question 35
Question 36
Question 37
Question 38
Question 39
Question 40

COST
EFFECTIVENESS
Question 41
Question 42
Question 43

CONCLUSION

DISEASES

Question 25.
Does drinking optimally fluoridated water cause AIDS?

ADA's Fluoridation Facts Short Answer
There is no generally accepted scientific evidence linking the consumption of optimally fluoridated water and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome).

ADA's Fluoridation Facts Long Answer
AIDS is caused by a retrovirus known as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The routes of transmission of HIV include unprotected sexual activity, exposure to contaminated blood or blood products and as a result of an infected woman passing the virus to the fetus during pregnancy or to the newborn at birth.163

There is no scientific evidence linking HIV or AIDS with community water fluoridation.164

Repeat of Question 25.
Does drinking optimally fluoridated water cause AIDS?

Opposition's Response

Fluoride does not cause aids, but it could certainly be a co-factor in the development of AIDS. The immune system is the first line of defense against bacteria, viruses and other parasites, as well as from the spontaneous generation of potentially cancerous cells. Any agent which reduces the ability of the immune system to function efficiently, will tend to reduce the resistance of the population to infection, and will increase susceptibility to cancer and immune depressed states such as post-viral fatigue syndrome and AIDS. ("Effects of Fluoride on Immune System Function" by Sheila L.M. Gibson, M.D., Complimentary Medical Research, October 1992, pp. 111-113.)

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