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NBC sit-com tackles the topic of fluoridation
This week's episode of NBC's sit-com "Parks and Recreation" included an effort to fluoridate Pawnee's water supply. City Councilwoman Leslie Knope (played by Emmy-nominated actress Amy Poehler) tells her city council members that fluoridating the water is "a no-brainer" way to fight tooth decay. Knope is frustrated at their responses, which include a conspiracy theory about communism. She tells a colleague:
On my side, I have facts, science and reason. All he has is fear-mongering.
To watch the fluoride-related part of this "Parks and Recreation" episode, watch from 03:30 to 05:05 on this video. On the one hand, it's a funny scene to watch. On the other hand, it's not. Although most Americans have access to fluoridated water, city councils in some communities have been misled by unfounded fears and have voted to end fluoridation. The health of their children and adults will suffer the consequences of these rash decisions.
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