The belittling of fluoride cessation groups and persons is a classic case of literary narcissism – pro-fluoridationists appear to be so in love with their own “clever” wit that they do not even bother to check the facts on the fluoride debate. A growing chorus of reputable science is showing that fluoridation of water has absolutely no benefit and much real and potential for harm (see http://www.fluoridealert.org/).
Appeal to authority – Health Canada statements of support, pronouncements by Medical and Dental Officers of Health – is always the crutch that helps perpetuate spurious conclusions based on incomplete or flawed science. The bad science continues to be referenced by the establishment even in the face of more recent contrary findings and the status quo is maintained.
Examples abound that illustrate this fact: cigarettes, asbestos, lead, pesticides such as DDT, thalidomide and transfats harmed or killed many people before they were labeled harmful. Big organizations do not like to change directions on long held positions. And all of the pro-fluoride research they cite is directly or indirectly paid for by the chemical industry and Dental organizations so that negative results are never published and claims of benefit are cleverly exaggerated.
Thankfully there are many ethical scientists who, at their own professional peril, have been willing to stick their necks out by publishing results that link water fluoridation to negative human health impacts. So the precautionary principle strongly applies in this case – growing evidence of harm means water fluoridation should be stopped until impartial further study can demonstrate its safety and benefit. In the end this is all about money – the fluoride used in water fluoridation is an industrial toxic waste, a result of ore transformation conveniently sold to municipalities thereby turning a money losing toxic waste into a revenue stream.
This all started back in the 1940s when ALCOA and others were looking for a way to get rid of fluoride waste products; they paid for the research that promoted water fluoridation and orchestrated its introduction into municipal water systems as a beneficial practice (ffo-olf.org).
The fact that tooth decay trends in countries where they do not fluoridate (97% of the E.U.) are no worse than where they do, completely undermines the main argument for fluoridation. People get all the fluoride they need from toothpaste and other sources so it does not need to be ingested via water where its bio-accumulative effect can impair health. Like many other progressive jurisdictions (Calgary, Quebec City, the EU and most of the planet), Ottawa should stop wasting money putting this additive into our water.
Do you know of any medical practitioner who in their right mind would treat someone he does not know and has never met, and prescribe a substance that’s meant to do change in their bodies, with no follow-up and the advice: ‘Take as much or as little as you like, but take it for a lifetime because it may help someone teeth.’”?
Adding a substance to tap water for the purpose of reducing tooth decay is medication. It is absolutely ludicrous that we can say no to “medication” prescribed by a doctor, but we can’t say no to medication when ordered to take it with our water by a bunch of crazed bureaucrats.