Letter: Lead alert

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The Independent Online
YOUR report "One infant in ten has IQ reduced by lead" (9 November) is alarming enough. Matters will be made much worse if the Government proceeds with plans to fluoridate the entire country by 2000, which islikely to be in the forthcoming public health Green Paper.

Experience in the USA has been that fluoridation causes elevated lead levels in water where lead pipes are found. In addition recent research in China - where strenuous efforts are made to remove fluoride from water because of its long-term damaging effects - indicates reduced IQ levels in children living in areas with high water fluoride content.

Paul Clein