Canadian city to study lowering fluoridation level

Canadian city to study lowering fluoridation level

Politicians on the civic works committee recommended staff report back on lowering the rate of water fluoridation in the city’s water supply after a lengthy series of presentations about the benefits and perceived dangers of the practice, a debate that re-emerges often in council chambers when anti-fluoridation Londoners raise their voices.

But this time, Coun. Shawn Lewis offered  a motion to investigate reducing the level of fluoride in the water, from 0.7 parts per million – as recommended by Health Canada – to 0.6 parts per million, to acknowledge the concerns raised Tuesday. Those arguments included a strange demonstration from Michael van Holst, who brought 100,000 cinnamon hearts in plastic bins in a bid to demonstrate how the level of fluoride in toothpaste vastly outweighs the level in drinking water.

The region’s top public health officer, Chris Mackie, said a rate of 0.6 parts per million is used in some communities and has “some scientific support.”

The committee voted 4-2 to recommend staff report on reducing fluoridation.

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