Do you want fluorine to be added to your drinking water ?
Although there are many, and increasing, campaigns against
this - for many residents of western countries the only
way to avoid consuming
fluorine in one's drinking water is by not drinking tap-water
Convenient ? Certainly not !
Alternatives to tap water include bottled
water (not ideal because so many of the bottles are plastic, which
home water distillers (prohibitively expensive for many).
If in doubt about the controversy of this issue, one need only enter
the terms "fluorine drinking water" [or similar], into an
internet search engine.
The following appear among the many webpages
against the fluoridation of drinking water:
Truth About Fluoride and Drinking Water, Vernon Coleman
(This balanced article mentions the possibilities of bone disorders
and cancer if much more than two parts of fluoride per million is added
to drinking water. It also mentions that in 1986, the World Health
Organization published a report in which concern was expressed about
the incidence of dental problems caused by there being too much fluoride
in public drinking water supplies.)
Drinking Ourselves to Death ?
This page refers to a whole book on the subject and includes many concise
statements such as:
Fluoride is more toxic than lead and only slightly
less toxic than arsenic.
added to the drinking water of five million people in Britain and more
than two and a half million people in Ireland. They are given no choice. "
- Science Errors and Corruptions (Sorry, website no-longer available)
This is not a specifically "health-related" website, but is run by
a scientist writing about a wide range of topics to raise public
Counter-arguments - with admissions of the dangers of excessive
consumption of fluoride - appear on the website of the British
Dental Health Foundation at http://bit.ly/NAcjcy and other similar dental and
government sites. Considering that such articles admit that
present in water naturally, and that extra fluorine can be obtained
through diet and use of fluoride toothpaste, the arguments for including
this chemical in drinking water distributed to everyone are
far from convincing.
However, for those concerned about this practice, the news is not
all bad. Some water companies, such as Southern
Water, UK (www.southernwater.co.uk) do
not add fluorine to water.
In a statement* on
their website, Southern Water indicate that:
" Our position on adding fluoride to the public drinking
water supply remains clear – we do not have the medical expertise
to judge the effects on dental health if we have to add fluoride.
_ However, with
our expertise in engineering and water treatment, we are happy to provide
health authorities with technical advice in relation
to the operation of the water supply system.
_ We have always maintained
the addition of fluoride to the water supply is a public health issue,
not a water quality issue, and we would,
therefore, seek indemnity for this process that would extend beyond
our responsibilities under current legislation. The company does not
expect the indemnity to cover any failure on our part to perform the
_ At present, Southern Water does not add
fluoride to the water in any area it supplies, but could be required
to do so as
a result of new
Government legislation. MPs have recently voted to give the decision
on whether to dose water supplies with fluoride to the local health
Goods news for residents of the South of England then, but what happens
when the decision-making authority does pass to branches of government
and their agencies ?
The New Zealand Ministry of Health is urging residents of Ashburton to
support water fluoridation despite anti-fluoridation messages which
to households this week (15/09/2006) by an anti-fluoridation group. The
Health's Chief Advisor of Oral Health Dr Robin Whyman has made a series
of statements on this subject, in which he claims
fluoridation is a "safe and cost effective way of reducing
the burden of dental decay
Robin Whyman said that the role of fluoride in water has been investigated
not only in New Zealand but in many locations around the world and
that the results indicate that both children and adults living in
fluoridated areas have less dental caries and those living in non-fluoridated
areas. In his statement he urged support for water-fluoridation:
" Ashburton residents need to weigh up all the evidence for
and against fluoride to make an informed decision and the Ministry
residents to support fluoridating Ashburton's water supply once again."
Despite lengthy campaign information from
NZ MoH at http://www.moh.govt.nz/fluoride, we could find
no mention of concerns that if water fluoridation is carried out then
may be quickly
and those opposed
subject to much higher costs to avoid the unwanted fluorine - if they
are able to do so at all (due to the costs, inconvenience, and possibly
also the risks of sourcing and using an alternative supply of drinking
Conversely, those who are convinced by arguments in favour
of increasing their consumption of fluorine could do so regardless
of the composition of
the drinking water supplied to their homes, e.g. by using fluoride
toothpastes and/or by greater
to their own diet - which
However one feels about the specific subject of water fluorination,
the possibility of forcing this onto the population by introducing
(or continuing to add) more chemicals into drinking water is a matter
of (the infringement) of personal choice. Put another way, perhaps
"Should the individual or the state decide what he/she
How would you vote (if you had the chance) ?
Source: IvyRose. See also news item: Legality of Fluoridation of Tap Water in Southampton (UK), 19 Jan 2011.
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