EDITOR: Instead of spending nearly $10 million fluoridating water, Sonoma County could spend a fraction of that and give out chewable fluoride pills to adults with children, along with a bit of information on how to administer the dosage. Pills could be given out at dentists' offices, doctor's offices and free clinics.
Children need a chewable pill to get the most benefit, and only those about a year old to 14 years old get any benefit at all.
For the rest of teenagers' and adults' lives, they would not be forced to take a chemical, or mineral, naturally occurring or not, in higher concentrations than our bodies can process. It is never processed out of the body, and for those of us with chronic health conditions, we would appreciate not being loaded with more chemicals than we already get from our environment.
Please, officials and those involved in the decision process, I ask that you consider this option.
EDITOR: The news of a proposed scientific effort sponsored by the government to further examine the workings of the human brain is exciting ("Project seeks to build map of brain," Feb. 18). Neuroscientists and the medical profession have been studying the brain in university settings and in recent years have produced remarkable results of their research through the advent of modern technology.
Much work remains to uncover the mysteries of how the brain performs its various functions, not only under normal conditions and disease but also when the brain is subjected to spiritual influences.