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July 26, 2014, 12:14 pm
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Too Much Fluoride May Be A Bad Thing


Area public drinking water systems are being recognized by the state’s Division of Oral Health for fluoridating drinking water, but critics of the decades old practice say the public health policy needs to be reevaluated.

 

A press release from the Illinois Department of Public Health congratulates over 440 public drinking water systems, including City Water Light and Power's water division, for complying with the state’s fluoride mandate. However, critics at the Fluoride Action Network say recent studies show too much fluoride can harden bones, cause fluorosis of the teeth and also hinder growing children's cognitive development.

 

City Water Light and Power has complied with Illinois' fluoride mandate for fifteen years, according to the Department of Public Health.

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