Fluoride must be the most dangerous food additive in the world, considering all of the protesting going on recently against water fluoridation. It’s a wonder we’ve all survived this long, what with the deadly dosages being used.
Of course, fluoride is so dangerous it makes the hundreds of additives in our food supply seem like home grown produce. There’s no sense protesting chemicals like monosodium glutamate, sodium benzoate and sodium nitrite so long as, shudder, fluoride is around.
If it’s not obvious, I’m being sarcastic.
People need to learn to pick their battles. Big food companies obsessively add chemicals to their food simply for the sake of profit. Not because they have any nutritional benefit, but because they improve the colour, or the texture, or increase the shelf life, etc. In other words – they do it to increase sales with little concern for consumer health.
Water fluoridation has a benefit. It reduces cavities and its effectiveness has been documented over decades. Most toothpaste uses fluoride ions in some form as an active ingredient. Most bottled spring water also has trace amounts of fluoride ions. Cities that have abandoned fluoride are noticing an increase in cavities. These are all points of evidence, as opposed to just fluoride-free conspiracy theories.
Opponents of water fluoridation, both in Cornwall and out, seem to be concerned with living a completely chemical free lifestyle. Living a natural lifestyle is a noble cause, but it’s important to consider the big picture (ie. the potentially harsh, unnecessary chemicals in processed and pre-packaged food) before organizing protests around a practice that is widely accepted as beneficial in the medical community. No one protests chlorination because they recognize its benefits. Chlorine and fluorine are both halogens and they share some properties.
Proponents of water fluoridation (like me) find it hard to believe that countless medical professionals and scientists would lie to me to further some secret government agenda aimed at controlling what I consume. “I don’t have a choice” they say. If fluoride wasn’t added to the water supply, almost no one who recognizes fluoride’s benefits would be qualified to add it themselves, which is why the municipality has to make a decision based on the benefit to the community as a whole.
So I propose to the protestors – stop with the conspiracy theories, and start trusting experts. As for me, issues like these make me glad to live in the country.