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Advice on Choosing and Connecting a Drive-Away Awning for Motorhomes, from World of Camping


(PRWEB UK) 29 August 2014

Whatever the weather, it’s this time of year that summer holidays wind up and the kids return to school, and many campers without children, especially those with a Motorhome or Caravan and a little more time on their hands, take the opportunity for elongated trips around the quieter campsites in the UK and abroad.

Campervan or Motorhome owners who want to add an extra bit of living space at the campsite yet still keep the freedom to use their vehicle on a daily basis need a Drive Away Awning.

Many campers used to shy away from the old, complicated awnings and find some of the terminology a tad confusing, but the days of complex pole structures and baffling instructions are gone. Most drive away awnings are now very quick and easy to assemble, and some manufacturers now even make assembly videos to show the user exactly the steps they need to follow.

A Drive Away Awning is really just a tent with a short tunnel attached which fixes onto the vehicle, usually by means of a beaded strip which connects to the gutter rail / fixing rail on the Motorhome or Caravan.

In recent years Drive-away Awnings have become very popular and are a familiar sight at campsites up and down the country. They are a great value add-on to create extra storage space or a living or sleeping area.

Whether it’s used to set up a camping table and chairs and use it as a dining area, to empty out a jam packed camper to create a bit of space, or to use as an extra bedroom (some come with built in or optional extra bedroom pods), World of Camping find that most Campervanners and Motorhomers now prefer to use one when setting up at the campsite. Once set up, the user is then free to easily disconnect and reconnect the awning… and drive away, leaving the awning freestanding at the campsite (like a normal tent), without the need to dismantle it, or put away camping furniture and other camping equipment every time they venture off to explore the local area.

Choosing the right sized Awning:

The attachment height is the most relevant dimension. Most Vehicles will have a gutter rail or awning rail. Simply measure the height from the ground to the rail. Make sure this is on flat level ground to get the most accurate measurement.

If there is no rail on the vehicle then there are other methods of fixing it to the van.

When browsing the Drive Away Awning Section of the World of Camping website, click on the Specifications tab on the awning of choice to check the attachment height range of that Awning. There is generally a fair amount of leeway. Most awnings will fit a VW T4 or T5 / Mazda Bongo size van, but customers should always check before buying, especially if the awning is to be used on a larger vehicle.

How to fix an Awning to a vehicle?

There are various ways of attaching an awning to a vehicle, the simplest being to extend guylines over the roof of the vehicle and into the ground on the other side. For a steadier connection,the following methods can be used, depending on which rails and fittings are on the vehicle. The main methods are as follows:

1) Vehicles with built in Awning Channel or Awning Rail

Some vans have a rail or a pre sunk channel in which to slide the 6mm beading from the edge of the awning directly into. This is a great and easy way to attach it if the user doesn’t plan to Drive Away at any point (simply feed the awning beading into the channel before erecting it).

However most campers obviously do wish to enjoy the freedom to drive away, in which case a couple of extras are needed to enable attachment These being the the double edged beaded tape (Twin Piping) and Figure of 8 Strip.

2) Vehicles with a Gutter Rail

Its really easy to connect an awning to a gutter rail. The user simply needs a few lengths of Figure of 8 Tracking Strip. These are 75cm long per section so generally 3 or 4 will suffice (depending on the length of the awning).

When one needs to drive away it’s easy to unhitch (and re-attach upon return) the awning from the gutter rail.

3) Vehicles with a more Shallow Gutter Rail

Some vehicles (older VWs and some other older makes and models) have a more shallow gutter rail which is no good for gripping the Figure of 8 Strip. To connect an awning onto such a rail campers will need a Pole + Clamp Kit. Most awnings have a pole sleeve which runs parallel to the beading, just slide the pole through the sleeve (a pole is usually included) and clamp it onto the rail.

This is also a handy method if there is no rail on the van but there are parallel roof bars. Either clamp or strap the pole to the rail.

4) Vehicles with Fiamma/Omnistor Wind Out Awnings already attached

Fiamma F45/F65 Awning

Wind Out Awnings are a great option to quickly set up and get some instant shade. For campers who already have a wind out awning they can widen their options by getting a Drive Away Awning and attaching it directly onto their Fiamma F45. Annoyingly, the channels in windout awnings are 4mm, when every other awning beading is 6mm. So, to attach, some Figure 8 Strip and some 4mm/6mm Twin Piping are needed.

worldofcamping.co.uk is an online retailer of camping equipment and leisure accessories including folding chairs and tables, other portable camping furniture, 3-way fridges and coolboxes, BBQs, and lots of tents including awnings for caravans, motorhomes and campervans. They also stock a wide assortment of poles and accessories for awnings.







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Online Pharmacy Fight to Stamp Out the Counterfeit Crooks


Bury, Lancashire (PRWEB UK) 10 July 2014

Counterfeit drugs can kill. They are crafted together in dirty, disgusting unhygienic environments by criminals with no pharmaceutical background and no regards for human life. It is for this reason that UK-produced inexpensive generic versions of pricey branded drugs are now taking off in a big way, no longer do people have to buy dangerous cheap and somewhat questionable drugs from illegal websites that are posing as pharmacies said David Bailey, Managing Director of Medical Specialists Online Pharmacy.

Internet search engines are crowded with these illegal web sites masquerading as pharmacies, but they can be easily spotted, especially when selling things like Kamagra, Viagra Pro, Viagra jelly or liquid, or they offer buy 6 and get 2 free etc. All of these are counterfeit, illegal and unlicensed, which means there is no quality control, no Doctor and no Pharmacistand therefore should be a no-brainer. Simply avoid at all costs!

Pfizers popular erectile dysfunction medication Viagra is one of the most popular and commonly imitated drugs in the world, but cheap fakes have been found to contain a variety of shocking and toxic ingredients that could prove fatal if ingested, or those that do survive may even be left with permanent brain or heart damage.

Tests carried out on previously seized counterfeit Viagra has been found to contain dangerous chemicals. Perhaps the most gruesome of all was one repugnant batch of pills sold in South Korea that contain the remains of human foetuses. Still want to buy those impotence pills just because they are cheap?…Thought not.

Fully registered genuine pharmacies should have doctors on hand to carefully review any consultation and a patient’s suitability something no illegal website or counterfeiter will ever do. The criminals are simply looking for money and dont care if men happen to be also taking other medications, such as Nitroglycerin a treatment for angina which when combined with Viagra can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure and bring on a potentially-fatal heart attack.

It is understandable people want to save money, but this saved money cannot be taken to the grave. I can buy Viagra cheap from my mate down the pub is something Medical Specialists hear on a regular basis from men seeking treatment for their erectile dysfunction problems, and is a primary reason why the pharmaceutical industry faces a constant battle to stamp out the counterfeiters and their dangerous poorly-made drugs before more lives are lost.

There is no reason to risk health, potential embarrassment (fake drugs more often than not simply dont work), fines and imprisonment by becoming involved with counterfeit drugs, when generic medications cost so little to obtain.

Purchasing medications off the internet has become a worrying thing for many people, but it should be a relief to know that Medical Specialists are continuing the fight against the counterfeiters and will not stop until they have all been blitzed away. There are many ways to spot a fake online pharmacy and one of the most obvious red flags to be aware of is if the website does not clearly display the green cross logo and pharmacy number on the home page which can be verified.

Those who buy medicines from illegal website have no idea what it is they are getting, where the drug originated from or if it is even safe to take. The dose may be too low or too high, the active ingredients may be so poorly manufactured that it struggles to break down in the body, rendering it effective. In addition, credit card and identity fraud are two major risks with illegal websites.

The internet need not be a source of concern when looking for medication or indeed any other medical product or service. People just need to be aware of the main and obvious pitfalls of an illegal website.







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New Medical Benefits of Watermelon Revealed

Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) July 20, 2012

Known primarily as a staple of American summer picnics for decades, Watermelon has become a traditional, summertime snack to refresh people across the globe. However, recent medical research as well as information posted at Health and Wellness portal BeWellBuzz.com, suggest new health benefits are attributed to several of the enzymes found in this refreshing and sweet summer treat.

The Watermelon has been an important part of the American culture for decades. Discovered as an edible fruit as far back as the mid-10th century AD, and introduced by Native Americans in the mid-1600, Watermelon is a vine-grown fruit that is comprised of 92 percent water, 6 percent sugar and 2 percent of other essential vitamins and enzymes. It is the 2% of the watermelon that has recently been linked to improving the immune system, increasing the male libido as well as potentially reducing the onset of atherosclerosis.

The Philippines Food and Nutrition Research Institute have determined that watermelon is rich in lycopene which is an antioxidant. These substances neutralize the highly reactive free radicals that react with tissues and cause damage. According to researcher AJ Edwards, consumption of watermelon juice increases plasma concentrations of lycopene and beta carotene. The study was carried out on healthy nonsmoking adults over specified periods of time. Beta carotene is the pigment or the coloring agent that is found in Vitamin A, which is a great support to the bodys defense system.

But the most shocking discovery was recently conducted by Dr. Bhimu Patil, the director of Texas A&Ms Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center which suggest that Watermelon helps boost the libido. “The more we study watermelons, the more we realize just how amazing a fruit it is in providing natural enhancers to the human body,” stated Dr. Patil. “The citrulline-arginine relationship helps heart health, the immune system and may prove to be very helpful for those who suffer from obesity and type 2 diabetes. Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”

Additional research conducted by Dr. Sibu Saha at the University of Kentucky by Dr Sibu Saha, watermelon juice helps to reduce atherosclerosis. A study with conducted with mice given a high cholesterol diet. After a specific period of time, one group was given watermelon juice and the control group was given water. The former group showed a decrease in weight due to loss of fat. This reduction in cholesterol in the plasma is related to the alleviation of atherosclerosis.

With additional health related studies being conducted, the introduction of Watermelon as a super food could be coming soon. For more information about ways Watermelon can help improve health as well as many common ailments, please click the link to the BeWellBuzz.com article posted below.

http://www.bewellbuzz.com/nutrition/watermelon-benefits/

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Columbus Center for Womens Health Research is participating in an International Study for a New Use-as-Needed Treatment for Women with Sexual Dysfunction


Columbus, OH (PRWEB) February 23, 2013

Female Sexual Dysfunction affect women worldwide. Columbus Center for Womens Health Research or CCWHR is participating in one of the largest clinical studies to ever explore a use-as-needed treatment, Tefina, for women experiencing orgasmic disorder. The study, which will involve 240 patients in the U.S., Canada and Australia, will evaluate if there is an increase in the occurrence of orgasm over the treatment period, compared against baseline levels.

Recently there has been a lot of media coverage surrounding this study with references to Tefina as female-viagra. Tefina is a nasal gel containing bio-identical testosterone and is gently placed on the inside wall of the nose with an easy to use applicator 1-4 hours before sexual activity. The gel is designed to adhere to the nasal wall and not drip out, allowing the testosterone to be absorbed through the nasal lining within 10-15 minutes of application. Female Orgasmic Disorder, also known as Female Anorgasmia, is defined as the persistent or recurrent delay in or absence of orgasm. Although this condition is estimated to affect up to 1 in 5 women worldwide, there are no FDA approved treatments.

Tefina is a potentially revolutionary treatment to restore womens ability to obtain orgasm and sexual satisfaction says Dr. Kingsberg, Primary Investigator of the study and Chief of Behavioral Medicine at UH MacDonald Womens Hospital. Low sexual satisfaction is linked to a lower sense of well-being as well as to tension in relationships. We are hopeful that this be a real help for patients who say sex has become a chore.

Participants must be aged 18 to 65 and be unable to be sexually satisfied after previously having had no problems. David J. Portman, MD is the PI for the local trial site at Columbus Center for Womens Health Research. Dr. Portman founded the Columbus Center for Women’s Health Research in 1997 and has conducted many clinical studies in hormone therapy, osteoporosis, contraception, endocrine and heart disease and other issues pertaining to OB/GYN. In addition, he is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts in menopause and the treatment options available to women today. He lectures extensively across the country on this and related topics, and frequently consults on issues related to Women’s Health. For more information on current studies, call 614-861-6707 or visit http://www.ccwhr.com







Back to School and the Newest Chemical to Watch: Phthalates

With children across the country returning to school this week, many parents are just completed the infamous back-to-school shopping trip, wherein backpacks, notebooks, pencils, markers, and locker decorations were purchased. This year, some scientists and politicians are warning about the dangers of phthalates.

Phthalates are also known as “plasticizers.” This is a group of industrial chemicals, used in everything from raincoats, shower curtains, toys, and children’s backpacks. According to the Environmental Working Group, phthalates can disrupt the endocrine system, decrease a man’s sperm count, and possibly even cause cancer.

This week, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice released the “Back-to-School Guide for PVC-Free School Supplies.” The report tells parents how to avoid PVCs, calling them “poisonous.” A number of media sources have picked up the story and are cautioning parents against purchasing products containing these chemicals. However, not everyone is necessarily ready to call phthalates a health hazard just yet.

An op-ed piece appearing on Forbes.com this week blasts the allegations made by some politicians and environmental groups, noting that many of the studies only involved animals or test groups so small that it would be irresponsible to draw sweeping conclusions from them:

Most recently, in NeuroToxicology, the Mt. Sinai Hospital researcher linked phthalates and another controversial plasticizer, bisphenol A, to a variety of health problems including neuro-developmental delays, behavioral issues and reduced fertility. Her evidence? She examined urine samples from 10 Mennonite women —yes, 10 of 1.5 million Mennonites worldwide. From a science perspective, any conclusions she might make from such a dismally small sample is literally ridiculous—but the media had a field day, nonetheless.

The truth is that there simply is not enough information out there at this point to make a definite determination regarding the safety of phthalates. These chemicals not not highly regulated, and science is still emerging about any potential long-term effects.

 

Surface Miners Inhaling Toxic Dust At Risk for Black Lung

Many surface coal miners previously believed that only their colleagues working underground were at risk for contracting black lung disease. A new study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says otherwise.

Black lung disease is simply a common name used to describe any lung disease that can be contracted by inhaling coal dust. The name is derived from the appearance of a person’s lungs, which normally appear to be pink. There are two types of black lung disease, also known as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis: coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP or the “simple” form); and progressive massive fibrosis (PMF or the “complicated” form).

Utilizing chest x-rays and breathing tests, researchers at NIOSH discovered severe cases of black lung disease in surface coal miners. While a prior study, completed in 2002, revealed less than a 2% incidence rate of black lung disease, this current study revealed that the rate is actually about five times higher.

Although it is still somewhat unclear as to what specific chemicals are the most harmful, researchers have speculated that silica dust, found primarily in the Appalachian region, is especially dangerous.

Because of these findings, researchers are now alleging that federal regulations governing coal miners may be insufficient to protect workers. Currently, miners who work on the surface are often exposed to clouds of dust around coal trucks, mines, and along mine roadways.

Inhaling coal dust also increases the risk of contracting emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD. X-rays are able to detect many lung diseases early, so workers who are concerned should get tested so that early treatment options are available to them. If an x-ray does reveal a formal positive diagnosis of black lung disease, workers have a legal right to be transferred to a less dusty working environment without a reduction in pay.

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North Carolina Governor Rejects Fracking Legislation

On Sunday, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed a bill which would have allowed companies to drill for natural gas in North Carolina through the highly controversial fracking process. (For background information on fracking, please see our blog post from August 24, 2011.) Governor Purdue said in a public statement that she did not believe the legislation contained adequate environmental protection.

“I support energy policies that create jobs and lower costs for businesses and families,” Perdue said. “Our drinking water and the health and safety of North Carolina’s families are too important; we can’t put them in jeopardy by rushing to allow fracking without proper safeguards.”

While Governor Perdue’s veto was criticized by the leadership in both the State House and Senate, the move received praise from a number of state and national environmental groups, who have been cautioning against the risks associated with fracking for many months now.

While Republicans in North Carolina supported fracking for its potential to create many jobs within the state, Democrats and many environmental groups fear that the process will contaminate drinking water and is therefore not worth the risk. They argue that releasing toxic chemicals into potable water could create massive health risks for those consuming water from sources near fracking sites.

To read more about the bill in North Carolina, please see the article in the Charlotte Observer.

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New Vaccination Designed to Help Smokers Quit and Prevent Non-Smokers from Starting

British scientists have developed a vaccination that is designed to remove all addictive properties of nicotine. Specifically, the pleasure your body associates with smoking would no longer be generated when you smoke a cigarette.

While human trials for the vaccine have yet to begin, tests on mice have proven to be successful. After a single dose, mice were found to be immune to nicotine addiction for their entire lifespan.

The vaccine contains a harmless virus, which is engineered to generate anti-nicotine antibodies upon administration. The virus works by selectively affecting cells in the liver.

Because the vaccine works by turning liver cells into antibody generators, it is expected to cost far less than prior vaccines, which required antibodies to be administered directly. Because older vaccines have required numerous administrations of these antibodies, they were believed to be less effective and more costly.

If human trials are successful, scientists believe that the vaccine could be administered to children, who have never tried a cigarette. This should prevent any recipients of the vaccine from ever deriving pleasure from smoking.

To read more about the vaccine, please visit Sky News.

Certain Toxic Chemicals Possibly Linked to Autism

The product of a conference hosted by the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) in 2010 has gained publicity in the past few days. Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, Luca Lambertini, PhD, MPH, MSc, and Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, recently published an editorial called “A Research Strategy to Discover the Environmental Causes of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.” The editorial focuses on certain toxic chemicals that the editors suggest are linked to autism.

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According to the National Academy of Sciences, 3 percent of neurobehavioral disorders in children are caused by exposure to toxins in the environment. The disorders in this category include ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). An additional 25 percent of these disorders are believed to be caused by a mix of exposure to environmental factors and genetics, though the exact causes are still unknown. Researchers at Mount Sinai have estimated that between 400,000 and 600,000 of the 4 million children born each year in the U.S. are affected by these issues.

For these reasons, Dr. Landrigan, as well as four other editorials, have called for additional studies to be conducted to determine which chemicals might be causing conditions like autism. The CEHC listed ten chemicals it believes to be linked to causing autism and learning disabilities. They are:

1. Lead

2. Methylmercury

3. PCBs

4. Organophosphate pesticides

5. Organochlorine pesticides

6. Endocrine disruptors

7. Automotive exhaust

8. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

9. Brominated flame retardants

10. Perfluorinated compounds

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The New Drug of Choice: Hand Sanitizer?

While you certainly can’t sue over the subject matter of this post, this new trend is so baffling that it nonetheless merits attention. According to a recent article in the L.A. Times, a new trend is emerging on college campuses throughout the country: drinking hand sanitizer.

In the past year, the California Poison Control System announced that it has received sixty reported cases of teenagers drinking hand sanitizer. In order to kill all of those germs on your hands, sanitizer contains 62% ethyl alcohol. Unfortunately, many teens have begun to utilize the substance to create a very potent alcoholic beverage, which sometimes includes salt to separate out the alcohol. Some students reported locating instructions for making this stiff cocktail on the Internet.

If you are concerned that your child might be interested in experimenting, there are ways to continue using hand sanitizer, while minimizing the availability of the product around your house. According to Cyrus Rangan of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, “All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager.” Health experts have advised purchasing foam hand sanitizers instead of the liquid versions, as the foam is more difficult to transform into a legal beverage.

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California Study Finds Toxins in Nail Polish

Reports in a variety of scientific journals demonstrate that nail salon employees suffer from more frequent headaches, respiratory issues, and skin irritation than most Americans. Furthermore, those working in nail salons are frequently exposed to dangerous chemicals at higher levels than most.

With this in mind, it is disturbing that the Department of Toxic Substances Control is releasing a report, showing that toxic chemicals were found in a number of nail products, claiming to be toxic-free. ”Toxic-free” refers to products not using the “toxic trio:” formaldahyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. Exposure to these three chemicals has been linked to both cancer and birth defects.

According to Thu Quach of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, nail products are not closely regulated, and the toxic effects of nail products can be compounded if a nail salon is not properly ventilated. Therefore, some cities have begun to pay attention and implement stricter regulations. While Boston has approached the issue by requiring salons to obtain health permits, the city of San Francisco has used an incentive approach by recognizing salons that use toxic-free products.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a toxic product, contact us for a complementary consultation.

For more information on toxic nail products, please see the article appearing in today’s Los Angeles Times.

Cancer Cluster in Fridley, MN? Erin Brockovich is on the Scene.

Shortly after wrapping up an investigation in upstate New York, Erin Brockovich has traveled to Fridley, Minnesota, where she and her team are now attempting to decipher what might be causing elevated cancer levels in the area. Current estimates place the incidence of cancer in Fridley at around ten percent higher than other areas in the state.

While heightened occurrences of all types of cancer are cause for concern, epidemiologists are working to trace which types of cancers are appearing more than others. John Soler, an epidemiologist for the Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System, indicated that initial findings revealed higher concentrations of lung cancer, especially in women. Despite this, Soler noted that final numbers have yet to be crunched.

In the meantime, Bob Bowcock, Brockovich’s associate, is reaching out to Fridley residents on the facebook page, “Fridley Cancer Cluster.” The page was started by residents and was one of the reasons Fridley caught Brockovitch’s attention.

The page has nearly 1,900 members and is full of stories from locals whose lives have been affected by cancer.

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More Reasons to Quit Smoking

Just when you thought you had heard every possible reason under the sun to quit smoking, another one emerges. The latest incentive for kicking your habit comes from an article released today by Reuters. The article pronounces, not only is smoking bad for you, for your friends and family, for those around you, but it’s a “drag on the world economy.”

The Tobacco Atlas, funded by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, launched a book, which contains a number of statistics concerning the harm caused by tobacco. One of the most important figures indicates that smoking costs around 1 to 2 percent of the world’s gross domestic product every year. Included in these figures are costs such as healthcare expenses for treating tobacco-related illnesses and the costs of tobacco-related absences from work.

Today, there are around 7 billion people on the planet, and approximately one out of every seven smokes. Each year, approximately 600,000 non-smokers die as a result of second-hand smoke.

Sadly, these staggering statistics don’t seem so staggering after being in the news for so many years. The World Health Organization is taking action to curtail global tobacco use, and so are nations around the globe. As of today, 174 countries have signed and ratified the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, the Convention lacks any penalties for a State’s failure to comply with Convention provisions. The United States has signed the treaty, but it has not been ratified. Therefore, the signature is nothing more than a symbolic gesture; treaties are not binding until they have been ratified.

While frightening statistics about tobacco use and related injuries have become the norm, and while one more article likely won’t cause anyone to to toss their last pack of Marlboros in the trash, it remains important to be reminded every once in a while that kicking the habit can not only save lives, but apparently, it can help our ailing economy.

Is Fluoride in Water Dangerous?

Recently, the New Jersey State Legislature introduced a bill, requiring all public water systems to add fluoride to local water supplies. This bill was proposed in light of the discovery that around two hundred New Jersey municipalities have stopped adding fluoride to water.

 

Fluoride prevents tooth decay and guards against the development of cavities. According to WebMD, the mineral allows teeth to resist being damaged by bacteria and sugars in the mouth, and it reversed early tooth decay. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has hailed the addition of fluoride to local water supplies as one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th century.

Objections to fluoridation of water have been raised over concerns that fluoride, in addition to preventing tooth decay, also can cause bone weakness if consumed in high doses over many years.

In 1986, the E.P.A. mandated that fluoride levels in water could not exceed 4.0 milligrams per liter. This regulation was accompanies by a suggestion that levels actually be limited to 2.0 milligrams per liter. Twenty years later, the National Research Council released a study it was asked by the E.P.A. to conduct. The study indicated that the 4.0 maximum level should be lowered, though it does not specify by how much. Today, the E.P.A. is still pondering how to proceed.

It seems that other federal agencies are beginning to take notice of the issue as well. In January 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services recommended that fluoride levels be capped at 0.7 milligrams per liter.

In light of these findings and recommendations, cities throughout the country have begun to explore the issue in greater detail. While many cities in New Jersey have elected to abandon fluoride in local water, others like Aspen, CO and Shippensburg, PA have elected to continue adding it.

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