Medicine: Votes Against Fluorides

Addition of fluorides to water supplies, in the proportion of one part to a million, has been shown in long-term scientific studies to cut down tooth decay and to be harmless. But in many areas, fluoridation has been opposed as premature or worse yet as "socialized medicine" or "forced medication." Of eleven communities that had the question up for a vote last week, nine voted against fluoridation, notably Atlantic City, N.J. (pop. 61,667), Salem, Ore. (43,140), Greensboro, N.C. (74,389), Birmingham, Ala. (326,037) and Fremont, Neb. (14,762). Approving fluoridation: Mountain Home, Ark. (2,217) and Palo Alto, Calif. (33,753).


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