The Fluoride Debate Continues
History prof looks at water fluoridation, past and present - by Nicole Yada, a U of G student writer with SPARK (Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge)
Sixty-five years after fluoride was first added to municipal water supplies, it continuous to be a contentious issue. University of Guelph history professor Catherine Carstairs is examining why water fluoridation never achieved universal acceptance even though it is proven to reduce dental cavities.
Carstairs began her work on fluoridation unintentionally when researching the history of health food stores. Health food store owners and consumers became some of the leading opponents of fluoride.