Citing corrosive damage to city equipment, trucks, and water pipes, Board of Aldermen members in Buffalo, Missouri recently made the decision to stop fluoridating their public water supply.
The town, located just north of Springfield, said that transporting the fluoride chemicals was causing damage to city vehicles as well as corroding the city’s system of water pipes.
Contrary to popular belief, the rest of the world is not nearly as keen on adding fluoride to the water as they are in the United States, as this list of countries that ban fluoride notes.
In this case, the decision came down to money as well as the damaging effects mentioned above. The health department in Dallas County, where the town is located, said it did not wish to continue subsidizing the practice of fluoridating the town’s water supply considering the high costs of replacing all of the damaged equipment.
Up to $1,000 per year was paid to add chemicals to the water according to reports.
How Fluoridation Began (and the Studies Against It)
Fluoride was originally added to water supplies across the U.S. because of its purportedly positive effects on the health of teeth, but evidence against those conclusions has been coming out in recent years as noted in this article.
Recently, more science has also sounded the alarms over the negative effects of fluoride on the brain among other bodily systems and organs.
Harvard researchers recently linked fluoride (the industrial sodium fluoride like the type that was just banned in Buffalo) to lowered IQ levels in children.
And in March 2014, the world’s top peer-reviewed medical journal, The Lancet, published a study that described sodium fluoride as a neurotoxin, in the same category as some of the world’s most notoriously damaging substances.