There are many solid arguments AGAINST fluoridation, and few logical arguments supporting it. In fact, the Fluoride Action Network lists FIFTY REASONS to end fluoridation on their website, and I urge anyone who still needs convincing to check them out at www.fluoridealert.org
A medical doctor cannot force you to take a prescribed medication – this is the principle of informed CONSENT, which is enshrined in our legal system. Realise that fluoridation is not a water treatment process – it is a medication – fluoridation does not treat the water itself, but the person consuming it.
So here we have dentists and health ‘authorities’ acting like little Hitlers forcing us all to drink fluoridated water, supposedly for our own good! And for what – to supposedly prevent a few dental caries in children; a claim that is increasingly being demonstrated to be based on flawed research and evidence. Informed consent is the standard practice for all medications, and this is the key reason why most civilised countries in Western Europe have abolished fluoridation. By mass fluoridating our water supplies we are forcing people to take a medicine irrespective of their consent – something a medical doctor cannot do to individual patients, yet the government is mass medicating entire communities!
Does anyone have the right to require another person to take a specific medication if it is against that person’s will? Definitely not! It’s also unethical because the dosage cannot be controlled. Every other form of ‘medication’ has a prescribed dosage level, so when a doctor prescribes a medicine they’ll tell you how much you are supposed to take each day; it’s not left to the patient to decide, is it? Yet with fluoridation, which is added to our water as a compulsory mass medication, the amount of fluoride you ingest depends on how much water you drink, which can vary greatly from person to person.
Being able to control the dose a patient receives is critical. Some people (e.g., manual labourers, athletes, diabetics, and people with kidney disease) drink substantially more water than others, so they would receive a higher dose – is this higher dosage safe? We must end this unethical practice immediately – the public water supply is not an appropriate place to be adding drugs when fluoride is readily available in tablets or toothpaste for those who CHOOSE to use it.
The most obvious reason to end fluoridation is that fluoride’s supposed benefit comes from direct contact with teeth, not from ingestion – there is simply no need to swallow fluoride, whether in the water, toothpaste, or any other form. Further, as noted previously, past claims of the effectiveness of fluoridated water have been based on poor quality research and modern studies show no consistent or meaningful difference in the cavity rates of fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas. In addition, many people these days drink bottled or unfiltered water that is NOT fluoridated – so very little fluoridated water actually touches a tooth at all!
Fluoridation is simply not a safe practice, particularly for those who have health conditions that render them vulnerable to fluoride’s toxic effects.
Some of the undisputed negative health impacts of fluoride are:
• Dental fluorosis in children;
• Severe bone disease in dialysis patients;
• Causes arthritis;
• Reduces IQ and damages the developing brain in children;
• Reduces thyroid function leading to depression, fatigue and weight gain;
• Probable links to ADHD
Further, many children now exceed the daily recommended intake of Fluoride from
toothpaste alone. We acknowledge that much of the scientific information in this article is courtesy of the tireless work of Dr Paul Connett and the Fluoride Action Network who have a brilliant and informative website with much more information about fluoride.
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