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50 years ago, fluoridation was promoted as a bone protector

Excerpt from the November 5, 1966, issue of Science News

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7:00am, November 17, 2016
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DRINK UP  While fluoridated water isn’t the cure for everything that ails you, it does reduce tooth decay by 25 percent in kids and adults alike.

Fluoridation lessens disease in adults — Antifluoridationists … not only “have little concern for the preservation of children’s teeth,” but “are contributing to the ill health of all of us, young and old alike,” [said] Dr. D. Mark Hegsted, professor of nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health.… [An] adequate intake of fluoride can keep bones healthy and prevent soft tissues from calcifying. — Science News, November 5, 1966

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