With water fluoridation we are allowing governments to do to whole communities (forcing people to take a medicine irrespective of their consent) what individual doctors cannot do to individual patients.
Put another way: Does a voter have the right to require that their neighbor ingest a certain medication (even if it is against that neighbor’s will)? Once fluoride is put in the water it is impossible to control the dose each individual receives because people drink different amounts of water.
Fluoride Dear FAN Supporter: Two and a half months after the city council in Albuquerque, New Mexico ended the artificial fluoridation of their drinking water for approximately 500,000 residents, the city council in neighboring Santa Fe followed suit.
Just last week, councilors voted 6-1 to end fluoridation for the city's nearly 70,000 residents.
On Monday the City Council in Orillia, Ontario voted 7-2 not to fluoridate a city of over 30,000.
The local district health unit and the city staff recommended Orillia fluoridate its water, but councilors sided with citizens and decided to "err on the side of caution" by not adding the toxic chemical to their drinking water.
The city has been fluoridating its drinking water for almost 60 years, but councilors concluded that it was an outdated practice, a waste of money, and according to the Mayor: "If we don't think the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is a credible scientific organization, then I guess we don't," he said.
"They say this is a safe level of fluoride and we believe this is just not true." Unfortunately, even after fluoridation in Santa Fe was defeated with almost unanimous support from local officials, the local media and local dentists (along with the sole supporting councilor), are questioning the vote and calling for a new one.
Naturally occurring fluoride concentrations in surface waters depend on location but are generally low and usually do not exceed 0.3 ppm. Department of Health and Human Services issued a recommendation for the optimal fluoride level that should be in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
"The adjustment in amount is more representative of the current needs of the population.
Due to the increased use and accessibility of other fluoride sources (toothpaste, mouth rinse, etc.) and other improvements in oral health care, these new recommendations have been made," said Alice Lee, a pediatric dentist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.
Most European countries have experienced substantial declines in tooth decay without its use.
Recent studies suggest that water fluoridation, particularly in industrialized countries, may be unnecessary because topical fluorides (such as in toothpaste) are widely used and caries rates have become low.