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Indian Children Blinded, Crippled By Fluoride In Water

Of the 200-odd villagers in the Indian town of Gaudiyan, around 135 have bone deformities. A private doctor who conducts social work in the area termed it as a case of skeletal fluorosis -- the result of excess fluoride content in the drinking water.

In another part of India, also partly as a result of fluoride poisoning, children are losing their vision.  They have been diagnosed with Lamellar Congenital cataract -- a condition in which the eye lenses are damaged.

According to The Times of India:

“The practice of marrying close relatives (consanguineous marriage) coupled with high fluoride content in water and Vitamin A deficiencies is ruining the lives of children of this taluk.”