January 14, 2015 |
A MAN WHO will let a Florida king snake crawl through one sleeve of his robe and out the other is a man to be reckoned with. And then there was the iguana that had free rein of his home in Wayne and later Berwyn. In fact, the king snake had free rein, too, until his wife put her foot down. It is now in a tank. But Joel M. Kauffman was a man to be reckoned with for many other reasons, as well. A prominent chemist, researcher and medical writer, he would receive several hundred emails daily from people who just wanted to pick his brain.
March 18, 2014 |
A PHILLY WOMAN who called Nestle's customer-service department to inquire about the fluoride content in her Nestle Pure Life water was "threatened with a bloody death" by the customer representative who took her call, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Common Pleas Court. Shimrit Ellis claims that on Aug. 5, 2012, she called Nestle's customer service with concerns about the "possible health ramifications" of the fluoride in the bottled water she purchased. Her call was answered by a woman.
May 9, 2013
Medical Products Laboratories Inc. has been approved for a $472,500 loan with an interest rate of 1.5 percent through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority to help buy a building near its operations in the Bustleton section of Philadelphia. The privately held company will buy an existing 22,900-square-foot building as part of a $1.03 million project that will create 14 jobs and retain 148 employees, according to a statement by the Corbett administration. Medical Products Laboratories calls itself one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of fluoride mouth rinses used in schools.
September 13, 2012
Portland approves water fluoridation PORTLAND, Ore. - The city council unanimously approved a plan Wednesday to add fluoride to Portland's water, meaning Oregon's biggest city will no longer be the largest holdout in the nation. The ordinance calls for city water to be fluoridated by March 2014. Dental experts say fluoride is effective in fighting cavities. Opponents of public fluoridation say it is unsafe and violates an individual's right to consent to medication. Opponents also say council members rushed into action without a public vote.
September 28, 2011 |
I Don't Know How She Does It is ostensibly a comedy, a laugh-with-her romp about a crazed working mother who dismisses a pesky case of head lice as "probably just my stress eczema flaring up again. " And yet, I heard sniffling in the theater during the pivotal dramatic scene, as the heroine's speech-delayed son utters his first words, "Bye-bye, Mama. " Why cry? Because he comes to life just as she's fleeing her family for another business trip - on Thanksgiving. In the dark, I am surrounded by six women who can commiserate.
August 28, 2011 |
As a University of Pennsylvania dental student in the late '60s, Joseph R. Greenberg noticed a curious difference in the mouths of the low-income children he treated at the school's Philadelphia clinic and those he saw at his externship in Coatesville. "The Philadelphia kids all had perfect teeth, maybe a few cavities," he said. "In Coatesville, there were just giant holes where teeth should have been. " The difference, said Greenberg, who runs a cosmetic dentistry practice in Villanova, was fluoride.
December 18, 2009 |
An effort by New Jersey lawmakers to require the fluoridation of public drinking water throughout the state has run into a formidable foe: the troubled economy. A bill to mandate fluoride in community drinking water cleared the Senate health committee last week, but the chairwoman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Nellie Pou (D., Passaic), does not plan to post the bill for a hearing, which could kill the effort. Tom Hester Jr., a spokesman in the Assembly Majority Office, said Pou was concerned about the "potential cost to the consumer.
September 26, 2007 |
This fall, the Pennsylvania General Assembly has the opportunity to improve the health of millions by requiring public water suppliers to add a naturally occurring substance to our drinking water. The natural substance is fluoride, which for generations has been used safely and effectively to prevent tooth decay among people of all ages and economic backgrounds. More than 50 years of scientific study shows that fluoride reduces tooth decay 20 to 40 percent in the entire population.
May 18, 2007
WHAT IS the most insidious communist plot in the U.S.? Fluoride in the water? . . . No. Reality TV? . . . No. Current Democratic Party? . . . No. Environment-al wackos? . . . No. Answer: It's those plastic containers that supermarkets use for the their baked goods - and that need a chain saw to be opened. If Marie Antoinette had these things, she would never have said, "Let them eat cake!" Tom Bell Philadelphia
June 7, 2005 |
Factions for and against the potential mandatory fluoridation of New Jersey's water supply squared off yesterday in a final attempt to sway the state Public Health Council. Their arguments to the council were much the same as they have been: The additive either offers a huge benefit for children's dental health or is a poison the government has no right to force-feed to the entire population. Council chairman Robert M. Pallay said that, as a physician, he would recommend using fluoride.