Daily Archives: June 15, 2013

Groundwater pollution in China reported

“According to the Qianzhan Industry Research Institute, a Shenzhen-based think tank, China will increasingly turn to groundwater sources for its drinking water supplies between now and 2017, due to the country’s relative lack of water resources.”

“The research institute projects that approximately 70 percent of the Chinese population, or over 400 out of China’s 660 cities, will draw their drinking water primarily from groundwater sources.”

“China’s rural population draws most of its drinking water supplies from wells, which tap into shallow-level groundwater sources. However the indiscriminate use of fertilizer and pesticide has severely polluted groundwater in the countryside.”

““Cancer villages” have appeared in Henan, Anhui, Sichuan, Guangdong, Heilongjiang, and Shandong provinces.”

Click here for the full news report.

The fluoride fallacy

The addition of fluoride to drinking water is being challenged in many parts of the country, and rightly so. Now in North Carolina, advocates of adding fluoride are arguing that “there is no known scientific evidence linking controlled amounts of fluoride with adverse health effects in humans.” (click here) Educated professionals should know better than to make such claims.

This is a reversible argument. There is no known scientific evidence or proof showing that adding controlled amounts of fluoride to drinking water are completely safe or without any adverse health effects. The study cited by Slade provides little if any evidence of benefit given the fallacies of epidemiology studies.

The “fluoride in drinking water” sacred cow needs to die. Let it die.