Healthwatch on 09/10/12
On the eve of Portland City Council's vote to fluoridate the water supply, the issue has divided Portland's residents. Is fluoride effective? Is it safe? Is there a significant difference between naturally occurring fluoride and the form that is used in tap water? Is putting fluoride in the water the best way to promote its application? Should we be putting medications, however effective and safe, in the public water supply? Today's guests, Kylie Menagh-Johnson (Everyone Deserves Healthy Teeth Coalition) and Dr. Paul Connett (Fluoride Action Network), are here to answer these questions from both sides of the fluoride divide.
Kylie Menagh-Johnson earned a Master's degree in Public Health from Portland State in 2001 and has worked on numerous public health issues that affect dental health, including tobacco cessation (smokefree bars & restaurants, tobacco-free schools, smokefree apartments) and nutrition (getting junk food and soda out of schools). She is the spokesperson for the Everyone Deserves Healthy Teeth Coalition, a coalition of health, education, social justice and community groups advocating water fluoridation in Portland.
Dr. Paul Connett is the director of the Fluoride Action Network and its parent body, the American Environmental Health Studies Project. He is the author of the book, The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up In Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There, and is a retired professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at St. Lawrence University.