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English 1010 November 15 2000 Argumentative Paper What Are We Drinking There is a big debate on whether or not fluoride should be put in the publics drinking water There are many people who think that it would be a good thing because it helps prevent cavities For other people they do not like the idea because they know of the harm that it could actually do to the human body Norman Mancuso PhD and his committee stated reached the firm conclusion that the risks of overexposure to fluoride far outweigh any currant benefit of water fluoridation Fluoride in drinking water can cause discoloration bone diseases and decreases annual fertility rate According to a recent study done by the New York State Department of Health shows that children who live in communities with fluoride in the public water may have more cavities and tooth discoloration than children who drink water without fluoride The dental records of children from Newburgh NY- where fluoride has been put in the public drinking water for over 50 years and Kingston NY- where there was no fluoride in the water This study showed that the children from Newburgh actually had slightly more cavities and dental fluorosis white or brown mottling of the teeth caused by fluoride than the children from Kingston High concentrations of fluoride can produce a crippling bone and joint disorder called fluorosis and increases the chances of osteoporosis and hip fractures In people 65 years and older there is a positive connection between fluoridation and increased hip fractures This is based on two studies one involved 700000 people and eight to as much as 40 percent of increased incidence in hip fractures In recent reports in the press it is indicated that there is a decline in sperm vitality throughout the world and that it has been a continuous decline There is no direct correlation between the amount of fluoride in water and the
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