With all due respect to the local and national dental trade associations, I believe their position for compulsory fluoridation is misguided. I agree that assisted cavity prevention is a legitimate public health concern for a part of the population. However, by the same logic as this initiative, why not introduce such medications as antidepressants and statins to the public water system to reduce depression and cholesterol for those people that are not getting treated for those conditions? This to me is a flawed approach to meeting a specific condition of a particular population segment.
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I believe the public would be much better served if the trade associations spent the tens of thousands of dollars - now spent campaigning for the initiative - on treating the specific populations that lack adequate dental care. In fact, I would support a publicly funded program for treating targeted populations rather than the several hundred thousand taxpayer-dollars required for implementation of the fluoridation initiative.
Medically prescribing a known toxin to the entire populace in a manner where doses cannot be controlled seems to me to be irresponsible. What other medication would the medical community advocate universally prescribing, which consequently results in abandoning evaluation of an individual's tolerances and control of the dosage? Shouldn't a doctor ask questions related to potential adverse side effects and determine if a medication is even necessary before filling a prescription for a potentially toxic medication? How much water do you drink each day? Are you an infant who shouldn't have any fluoride with parents who can't afford nonfluoridated bottled water or don't even know fluoride is an issue? Do you have thyroid problems? Do you use fluoride toothpaste? I find it amazing the mainstream medical community would advocate prescribing a drug to the entire population and ignore the potential effects on other segments of the population that could be harmed.
I don't want fluoride in my tap water. My skin, dishes and house plants don't need fluoride. I believe each of us should individually choose which toxins and medications we ingest. Please retain what we have left of our individual freedoms and vote no on fluoridated water.