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December 20, 2010 | By James S. Fell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Holistic nutrition. " You may not know the term, but you've surely heard its claims. Among other things, holistic nutritionists (or HNs, as they call themselves) may teach that fluoride and pesticides are lethal, that most diseases and detrimental behaviors are diet-related and that many people would benefit from taking numerous supplements. I've read plenty of articles by HNs in which they assert that they are disparaged by mainstream medicine and warn you not to trust modern medicine.
August 13, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Thomas C. Peebles, a World War II bomber pilot who isolated the measles virus, setting the stage for development of the vaccine that freed the world from the deadly scourge, died July 8 at his home in Port Charlotte, Fla. He was 89. Peebles also led a team that showed the tetanus vaccine could be given every decade instead of every year, developed a way to add fluoride to children's vitamins to prevent tooth decay and founded one of the country's...
February 19, 2010
During the Middle Ages, pogroms throughout Europe were instigated by rumors that Jews were poisoning the wells. Then during the Cold War, when communists became the Western world's boogeymen, conspiracy theorists believed fluoridated water was a Red plot to destroy our society. Today, with modern chemical testing and health studies, it might seem we're in a position to leave this kind of water hysteria behind. But not in Watsonville. A recent push to fluoridate the water in that Santa Cruz County agricultural city has prompted a public outcry and a threat by a key employer to leave town.
February 15, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins
The editorial in the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian offered local voters some blunt advice: "Shield your eyes," it said, "because the City Council is preparing to spit in your face." That was this month, as the council inched toward finally fluoridating the city's water -- a state-mandated action that has been bitterly debated since city residents narrowly voted to block it in 2002. At a council meeting in January, an anti-fluoridation activist held up a sign alluding to Nazis. When speakers threatened to boycott local businesses if fluoridation goes through, a council member told them to jump off the parking-garage roof.
December 29, 2007
Re "For some, fluoridated water still hard to swallow," Dec. 22 Former Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Edelman calls fluoridation opponents "crazies," but what's really crazy is the arrogance of the Florida health official who would disperse this controversial toxic chemical and expect those who don't like it to dig their own wells or leave the country. Crazy is the fanatical advocacy of a public health policy whose targets (children) may not even get the supposed cure.
December 22, 2007 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
A chemist called it "criminally intolerant chemical warfare to enslave the American people." A self-described inventor and "secret investigator" said the government was trying to "kill you slowly." Another man put it bluntly: "Communism is one of the factors behind it." In the summer of 1966, a year after the Watts riots, Los Angeles City Council members took up what The Times called "one of the most controversial proposals ever." The hearings drew hundreds of agitated citizens.
May 13, 2007
THIS green diner thinks that it's not stupid to pay money for water; that's the only way I can ensure that my water is not fluoridated ["Tapping a Loyalty for L.A.'s Own," April 29]. Fluoride has only topical benefits, and has not been proved to have any benefit to adults' teeth. It's crazy to add fluoride to the municipal drinking water and forcibly medicate the entire populace. And fluoride is not harmless; it deposits in the bones and teeth, causing brittleness and malformations.
March 23, 2006 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
A national panel of scientists reported Wednesday that high levels of naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water are leaving children in some communities at risk of tooth enamel damage and adults prone to weakened bones that could lead to fractures. The scientists unanimously recommended that the federal limit on fluoride in drinking water be lowered to protect people in communities where high levels leach into the water from natural sources, such as rocks or soil.
February 7, 2006 | Arin Gencer, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County health officials Monday called for additional fluoride in water throughout the county and state, in response to a new study that identified oral disease as the No. 1 health problem among California's elementary-school children. Though adding more fluoride is just one step that officials said is needed, "fluoridation is a cornerstone of the responses that we need to have," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for the county Department of Health Services.
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