Vermont Town Is Shocked to Learn Its Community Water Fluoridation Program Has Been Tampered With, Drastically Reducing Efficacy
The scenic town of Richmond, Vermont—nestled in the western foothills of the Green Mountains—is home to approximately 4,000 residents, most of whom believed their community water was fluoridated. Unbeknownst to residents or city leadership, 4 years ago, Richmond’s water and wastewater superintendent lowered the city’s fluoride level to an amount below what the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends to effectively prevent dental caries. The superintendent did so because he believed the CDC’s minimum fluoride level was too high and he was concerned about the safety of fluoride additives, which are manufactured in China. The reduction was discovered after the town’s retired fluoride program manager noted the low fluoride levels and informed the city manager. Some of the fluoride additives used in US community water fluoridation programs are made in China, due to the absence of American manufacturers, however, they undergo stringent testing to ensure safety and efficacy. Click here to read more.