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Tooth and Nail: Fluoride Fight Cracks Portland's Left

May 2013
Joel Millman

In the 1950s, after health authorities began fluoridating U.S. water supplies, they faced opposition from groups like the John Birch Society, which called it "an unconstitutional mass medication of the public." Sixty years later, the fight over fluoridation has erupted in Portland, where the battle has drawn in the city's craft-beer brewers, organic-food purveyors and environmentalists. Even some of the city's famed indie-rock musicians are taking sides.

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