Calgary Herald

Decades later, still a contentiou­s topic

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Re: City council owes it to Calgary's children to return fluoride to our water, Opinion, Dec. 26

Fluoride naturally occurs in the Bow and Elbow Rivers between 0.1 to 0.4 mg/l.

A recent panel of five experts recommende­d a level of fluoride be set at 0.7 mg/l. Does the anti-fluoride camp even know or care when the level naturally quadruples? Does part of the resistance to roughly doubling it come partly from terminolog­y? Maybe the exaggerate­d labelling “un-fluoridate­d” vs. fluoridate­d could be more accurately labelled as “naturally low fluoridate­d water” and

“fluoride enhanced water”, like savvy marketers label vitamin A & D fortified milk, Iodized salt, etc., Then the issue could be less polarizing.

Also, remember the water that flows into Calgary is not owned by Calgarians. It all goes back into the Bow River. Do we have to remove the fluoride, if downstream communitie­s don't want it? What if some want it, and others don't? Do we even ask them? Ken Brandt, Calgary

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