To the editor:
The Feb. 13 Leavenworth Times editorial was one of those imported from elsewhere, in this case, Wichita, Kan.
Among other assertions, the anonymous writer characterizes as "bogus" legislative concerns about fluoridation's impact on I.Q. development in children. For another view, consider the following.
Dr. Mark Stengler, a physician, writes on the fluoridation practice in his Oct. 12 "Health Revelations" newsletter. He concludes that fluoride has a "negative effect on overall cognition of children;" that it disfigures tooth enamel; that it may increase the risk of bone fracture, joint pain and bone cancer; that it is connected to calcification and heart rhythm abnormalities; that it reduces energy production by body cells; and that is is associated with thyroid hormone disruption. He believes that history will show us that fluoridation was one of the biggest medical blunders of all time, ranking; up there with the drinking of mercury to treat fever.
I give more weight to Dr. Stengler's view than I do to the politically motivated anonymous editorial writer. How about you?