New Dental Guidelines Call for Fluoride Before Age Two


Although Portland voters resoundingly defeated a measure that would have fluoridated the city's drinking water last year, national guidelines are moving in the other direction.This week, the American Dental Association ratcheted up its guidelines for toddlers, suggesting that parents begin brushing their children's teeth with the cavity-fighting substance as soon as the teeth are visible, rather than ...   More
Friday, February 14, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Real Clear Science Ranks Portland's Fluoride Vote Among 2013's Top 10 "Junk Science" Events

Website places it alongside Bigfoot and mermaids.


'Tis the season when media feels obligated to publish Top 10 lists ranking the year's cultural moments.It is also, apparently, a chance for the science press to take one more kick at Portland for that fluoridation vote. Real Clear Science, a national lab-rat news aggregator owned by Forbes, has released its list of the 10 events it dubs "The Biggest Junk Science of 2013."Coming in at No. 5: Portland's ...   More
Thursday, December 12, 2013 AARON MESH

Somebody Found the Perfect Compromise to Portland's Water Wars: Fluoride-Pooping Ducks


The fluoride fight may be over (fluoride lost, FYI), but the parody pages keep on coming.During the bitter fight over ballot measure 26-151, which would have fluoridated Portland water supply, both sides of the debate created spoof Facebook pages mocking their opponents' messages. This summer, a new Facebook group has emerged with a modest proposal that should please both fluoride advocates and defenders ...   More
Friday, August 23, 2013 AARON MESH

Anti-Fluoride Group Raising Money Again


Clean Water Portland, the political action committee that won a landslide victory over proponents of fluoridating Portland's water in May, is not finished yet. The group reported last week reported raising $11,000, most of it in in-kind contributions for "surveys and polls." Among the contributions are Mercola Health Resources LLC ($5,000), Organic Consumers Fund ($3,000) and Fluoride Action Network ...   More
Monday, July 15, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Inbox: Fluoride’s Great Divide

Letters to the Editor
In your recent interview with anti-fluoride activist Kim Kaminski [“Hotseat,” WW, May 29, 2013], she mentioned Carl Sagan as her inspiration to become an environmentalist. What she fails to me   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Fluoride Legislation Rumor in Salem is "Crazy Talk"

fluoride results

In the contentious run-up to Tuesday night's vote on Measure 26-151, which would have fluoridated Portland's water supply, one of the most interesting rumors was the speculation about a possible legislative Plan B, should fluoridation go down to a narrow defeat.The rumor went like this: Many Portland lawmakers, including House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland), contributed to the pro-fluoridation campaign. ...   More
Friday, May 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fluoride Fight: Ballot Returns Light Through Friday


As of the end of day Friday, only 21.5 percent of registered voters had turned in their ballots for this month's election. Historically, off-year elections draw a light turnout. In 2011, 36.6 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Multnomah County. The May ballot includes a Metro parks' operating levy; a renewal of the Children's initiative; school board and education service district races; ...   More
Monday, May 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

New KATU Poll Shows Fluoride Losing By 13 Points


With five days left until the May 21 election, polling numbers keep getting worse for fluoride. Ballot Measure 26-151, which would fluoridate Portlands water supply, trails by 13 percentage points in the newest poll released by WW's news partner KATU, with 53 percent of likely voters saying they'll vote no. That's a four-point drop from last week's KATU poll showing fluoridation down 9 points. Fluoride ...   More
Thursday, May 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Dr. Joseph Mercola Gives $15,000 to Anti-Fluoride Campaign


The campaign against Measure 26-151, which would fluoridate Portland's water, has received one of its largest single donations—from an Illinois-based alternative physician who makes unusual medical claims. Dr. Joseph Mercola donated $15,000 in cash to Clean Water Portland on April 28, and the campaign reported the contribution over the weekend. That's the third-largest single donation to the anti-fluoride ...   More
Monday, May 6, 2013 AARON MESH

The Fluoride Debate, Take Three: Do the Opponents Have Any Scientific Credibility on Their Side?


During our endorsement interview over the fluoride debate, the opposition campaign came under scrutiny for the sceintific beliefs of some of its biggest backers. Nichole Maher of the Northwest Health Foundation, who supports fluoridating Portland's water supply, asks opponents why most of their financial support comes from out of state.The argument gets a bit knotty at times, especially when the three ...   More
Friday, May 3, 2013 WW Editorial Staff


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