With the growing ubiquity of the internet. and therefore social media, international news, and scientific research, citizens around the globe are gaining insight into a labyrinthine argument previously disputed by an elite minority: Is fluoridation a good or bad thing?
As people access articles and papers discussing fluoride’s link to brain damage, skeletal fluorosis, or even decreased thyroid function, a once settled issue is now unsettling many health conscious citizens around the globe. Once touted the “most important breakthrough in preventative dental care throughout history,” this miracle medicine/industrial byproduct is quickly losing its support. A growing number now refuse the addition of this miracle medicine to their water supply; some have even rallied to reverse long-standing fluoridation programs. So who’s at the forefront of this rapidly growing movement against fluoridation and why?
By passing Measure I in March of this past year, citizens of Davis agreed to support the forward movement of the two-city surface water project which would expand their current groundwater supply. But there was no mention of fluoridation until after the project had been passed. Feeling betrayed by bait-and-switch tactics, coalition groups quickly formed such as the Davis Citizens Against Fluoride. The leader of this group Alan Pryor explains, “It’s truly a moral issue. People were told we would get pure, clean water. They did not give consent to mass medication.” With a majority of the citizens adamantly opposing fluoridation, city council began to worry that this contentious addition would jeopardize and possibly halt the forward movement of the entire water project. In light of the unexpected upset, last Tuesday Davis city council revisited the subject and resoundingly rejected fluoridation by a vote of 4:1.
With a list of 12 compelling reasons to vote no on fluoridation, Clean Water Portland spear-headed a successful grass-roots movement to educate and rally Portland’s citizens against the addition of fertilizer byproduct (fluoride) in their water. Reasons listed include: #2 “Fluoridation chemicals would add arsenic, lead, and mercury to our water,” #4“The recent science doesn’t support fluoridation,” and #10 “Fluoridation chemicals harm salmon and rivers.” By citing scientific findings from the National Research Council and Harvard, the opposed were able to shake the foundation of an age-old argument supported by giants including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the public blitzkrieg that backs them both. Known for being forward thinking in music and art, urban planning, environmentalism and more, with this new high-profile defeat Portland is once again a trailblazer in current events.
After 15 years of adding fluoride to their water supplies, Israel’s fluoridation programs will soon be going off-line in compliance with new public safety requirements. Although the decision has been welcomed by the nation as a whole, two dedicated individuals associated with Israel’s Association for Dissemination of Health Education are being recognized for pivoting the public and government opinion through a petition filed in November 2012. The petition brought to light the lowered IQ, brittle bones and teeth, damaged thyroid gland, and other serious side effects associated with fluoride ingestion and unjustified in the fight to prevent tooth decay. Unlike in the United States, the petition’s admonishing tone did not fall on deaf ears. The presiding Supreme Court justices along with the Israeli Health Minister Yael German ultimately concluded that the health threats associated with fluoride outweigh the minimal health benefits.
The aforementioned cases are examples of recent groundbreaking decision regarding water fluoridation. However, there are over 128 cities in North America alone that have rejected fluoridation since 2010. For a list of these cities click HERE (http://www.fluoridealert.org/content/communities_2010/).