Is there a water additive that fixes Stupid?
The SA Health Department is reaping the unpleasant rewards of an uneducated society yet again. Their attempts to introduce water fluoridation are being thwarted by the usual outspoken minority of nutjobs. In a poll by IOL, one reader had this to say:
I wish people would firstly research things before they say how great there are. Any google search on fluoride would tell you, fluoride is neurotoxic and reduces IQ levels (not something we need in this country). Its a carcinogen, thereby creating cancer. Changes bone structure causing (mainly) hip problems, oesteoporosis (to name only 2 out of a long list). Causes birth defects. Is INEFFECTIVE at strengthening teeth. Impairs immune systems (great for aids sufferers). Increases lead and arsenic exposure. Suppresses thyroid function. Is banned in most countries…AND ISN’T EVEN APPROVED BY THE FDA!!!! Last (of my list) but not least, I PERSONALLY don’t want it…wheres my choice in this lovely democracy??? AND WE CAN’T EVEN SMOKE IN PUBLIC!!!
Where to start? Any google search on water flouridation will tell you that it’s a perfectly safe way to greatly reduce tooth decay across large communities, and is especially effective in those communities where people cannot afford good dental care i.e. most of this country. It will also tell you that the FDA has no jurisdiction over communal drinking water, only bottled water, in which it does approve the use of fluoride and the statement “Drinking fluoridated water may reduce the risk of dental caries or tooth decay”. You will also discover that the process of water fluoridation is one that was stumbled upon by observing the natural benefits to people who live in areas where the water naturally contains fluoride (I thought these kooks preferred natural medicine?). Studies eventually determined the optimum level of fluoride required to reap the benefits while avoiding the only real side effect: a cosmetic staining of the teeth called dental fluorosis. You might also discover that water fluoridation involves carefully regulating the amount of fluoride in water, which in some cases involves increasing it to the optimum level, and in other cases involves decreasing it when the natural level is too high.
Despite there being absolutely zero evidence to support their claims, and a huge amount against them, fluoridation scaremongers continue to lie about fluoride causing cancer, HIV, lower IQ, osteoporosis, birth defects, and a host of other maladies. The fact is that water fluoridation is one of the most successful health policies ever to be enacted. Millions of people have consumed fluoridated water for the last 50 years without any adverse side effects, despite the policy being scrutinized by study after study, as far back as 1957. In that time, tooth decay in communities with fluoridated water has been reduced by up to 56% compared to communities without fluoridated water.
Yes, fluoride is a poison, and enough of it will kill you. But even water will kill you if you consume enough of it. And apparently some people are doing a fantastic job of lowering their own IQ rates even without the help of additives.
…and what a surprise, yet another example of someone who thinks that multiple exclamation marks and stating things in uppercase will somehow make them seem more rational…