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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald Phont 329-3646 Lethbridge, Alberta Fourth Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, October 5, 1974 Pages 33 to 40 Edmonton cavities down 46% I Fluoride 'saves children's teeth' By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Surveys done in Edmonton show cavities in children's teeth have been reduced- 46 per cent since that city introduced fluoridation. Dr. G. H. Ball, Edmonton's medical officer of health, said this week the city surveyed six-year-old children in 1965-66 and fluoridation was introduced in 1966-67. When six-year-olds were surveyed in 1973 it was found they .had 46 per cent fewer cavities than those in 1965. These children have been drinking fluoridated water since birth, he said. Dr. Ball told The Herald in a telephone interview from Ed- monton that the Alberta capital "has the best experience with decayed teeth in the country." "As far as we are concerned it (fluoridation) has been he said. "It is the most fantastic thing that has happened in my career." Dr. Ball said he recommends fluoridation to any city as an important public health measure. Residents of Lethbridge will be given a chance to express their opinions on fluoridation at the polls Oct. 16. The medical officer said the city should vote in favor of adding fluorine to the water supply because the statistics show beyond doubt that it helps prevent tooth decay. He added Edmonton has had no problem with fluorine since its inception in the water supply. Only about 60 to 80 people still use the unfluorinated water supplied by the city. In Edmonton one tap at the city's water plant was left un- fluorinated for people opposed to fluoridation. Dr. Ball is supported in his claim that fluoridation is worthwhile by the Canadian and Alberta Medical Associations and the Alberta Dental Association. Dr. Robert Clark, executive director of the AMA told The Herald the medical association has supported fluoridation for the past 10-15 years. "With us this is ancient he said. The association supports "fluoridation overwhelmingly as an important public health measure." Dr. Clark said physicians have never seen any scientific evidence that would show a problem. "Some communities have moved slowly in accepting fluoridation but they are usually up against very vocal but ill informed he said. Dr. Clark is supported by University of Lethbridge bio chemist, Dr. Rober Meintzer, who says most of the claims op- posing fluoridation can be refuted with research. At least one opponent of fluoridation has publicly stated that the state of Pennsylvania has gone as far as to ban fluorfdation in state water supplies. However, James Erb, acting chief of operations for the divi- sion of water supply and sewage in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, said in a letter to Dr. Meintzer that 81 municipal water supplies in that state are fluoridated. "I am not aware of any instances in which fluorides have been banned from municipal water he said. Dr. Meintzer said most claims opposing fluorides could be refuted in this manner if a person had the time to conduct such research. Dr. Meintzer, who has written a book on nutrition, said fluorides are an important part of the human diet and the best way to provide them in adequate amounts is in the water supply. k He said that although there are fluoride tablets that can be purchased it would be better to add fluoride to the water. He said leaving it up to the public to buy the tablets, results n the lower income families not buying the tablets even though they can least afford dental care. Dr. Meintzer added that when a tablet is consumed it raises the amount of fluoride in the blood all at once whereas with fluorine in the water supply the level is kept relatively constant. Guide to doctors advocated SPRINGFIELD, m. (AP) A consumers' guide to doc- tors, complete with prices, stirred up controversy here, but its publisher believes it is a useful tool which should be adopted elsewhere. The guide lists a doctor's fees and office hours.and tells where he was educated and YAMAHA ORGANS New and Used COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 whether he accepts medicare patients. "It was just like stirring up a hornet's said Ron Sakolsky, who headed the pro- ject in this central Illinois city of "The medical society has a -The Herald vested interest in keeping con- sumers in the said Sakolsky, an assistant professor at Sangamon University. The guide is available free at bookstores and other shops. PROBLEM HAIR? We specialize in all types of LADIES'AND MEN'S HAIR FRANK SURIANO STYLIST HIS HERS 'INTERNATIONAL HAIRSTYLING 218 -5th Struts. -_. (icrau froa Bit! Gantas} QUALIFIED HAIR STYLIST REQUIRED FOR OUR LADIES SECTION WW.03S1. Appointment 32 7-0150 AIKO TANG AMI STYLIST OpenThun. andFri. HII 8 p.m. ALBERTA FEDERATION OF LABOUR CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE WILL Investigate consumer problems Initiate action where possible Monitor activities of consumer affairs departments of provincial and federal governments Expose price gouging i.e. Retail prices, rents, interest rates press for adequate consumer protection legis- lation Advise the Alberta Federation of Labour of your problems as a consumer Write to. A.F.L. CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMIHEE P.O. BOX 45 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Lynne Van Luveh The Floozy Fluoridea C'mon you fervid anti-fluoridationists out there in greater Lethbridge, let's look alive! Just li lobbying days left until civic election and you people still haven't gotten the lead out. I expected a little more firey rhetoric, a bit more emotionalism and flamboyant hectoring than you've come up with hitherto. It's enough to make me switch my pro-fluoridation stand to your side: you're so meek this time around, you're starting to look like underdogs. But wait could this be a new tactic? You're thinking, yea, the meek shall inherit the earth and virgin unfluoridated water as well as the moldy molars and blighted bicuspids to go with it. Well, I've got to hand it to you it's different from the rabid approach usually taken by those against that wicked Floozy Fluoridea. Still, for a group so small, the dozen doughty active supporters of the Lethbridge Safe Water Com- mittee have had remarkable success. Four times (count 'em 1957, '61, '65 and '67) in the past 17 years, fluoridation plebiscites have been defeated in Lethbridge. Who would have thought that countless emotional calls to open-line programs and in- numerable weighty letters to the editor could make such an impression and bridge the vast cavity of prevailing medical and public knowledge? Still, in this age of growing consumer activism, I was sort of hoping for a little more flounce, flinty fight and furor from the LSWL, just to make the civic election more exciting. This week, when Los Angeles decided to fluoridate its water supply after a 12-year squabble, two women opponents of fatal Fluoridea were dragged shouting and screaming from city council chambers. Others were rumored to be considering chaining themselves to. local dentist's chairs until the decision was rescinded. Now that's what I call dedication to a principle! None of this flossy polite stuff. All it takes is for a simple majority and the fluoridation issue could be won hi Lethbridge. Or will the majority of voters prove to be more simple than suspected and vote against water treatment yet again? But. can the safe water league afford complacence? Should it take any chances? Will the members be able to sleep nights if the floozy actually seduces the populace and fluoridation becomes reality? Shape up LSWC supporters. How are you ever going to win the 1974 Plaque for Most Out-moded Civic Causes if you don't apply a little more enamel to your campaign? 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