TheWaterChannel NewsFlash: June 06, 2014
Networking Against Fluoride
The origin of Fluoride in groundwater is mostly natural. A certain amount of Fluoride in the water (0.5 mg/L to 1 mg/L) is good for healthy teeth and bones. However, when consumed in higher concentrations, it can cause dental or skeletal fluorosis. This means discoloration and deformity of teeth, pain and damage to bones and joints.
It is possible but expensive to treat high-fluoride water. This means that fluorosis is a bigger problem in low-income areas. So while its incidence is much wider, it is a serious problem in the Argentinean Pampas, Chile, Mexico, India, Pakistan, the East African Rift, and the Tenerife islands.
Therefore, a logical step towards feasible, cost-effective solutions is networking and knowledge sharing. To this end, the Fluoride Knowledge and Action Network was recently launched. The network comprises of people and organisations working towards finding solutions and improving awareness related to Fluorosis in rural communities. The network is currently based largely in India, but invites people from across the world to become members.
The following videos throw some light on what forms Fluorosis has taken in different parts of the world:
More videos/blog posts on Fluoride can be found on TheWaterChannel.
With regards,TheWaterChannel Team