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To the Editor.—
In a recent issue of The Journal (217:1399, 1971), under QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS was a question with reference to allergy to fluoridated water. The answer stated that the Public Health Service had requested that the American Academy of Allergy evaluate the possibility of allergy to fluoride as used in fluoridation of community water supplies, that this evaluation include a review of clinical reports on allergy to fluoride, and that it express an opinion as to whether or not such reports constitute valid evidence of a hypersensitivity reaction. According to J. A. Breeling, AMA Department of Foods and Nutrition, author of the Answer, members of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Allergy on Feb 18, 1971 adopted unanimously the following statement: "There is no evidence of allergy or intolerance to fluoride as used in the fluoridation of community water supplies." This statement apparently sidesteps the
Ayres S. Fluoride Allergy. JAMA. 1971;218(8):1301. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190210155026