Opinion

Fluoride debate

ON APRIL 9, 2003, the Great Council of the Swiss Canton Basel-Stadt, on a motion brought forward by the Commission for Health and Social Issues, totally repealed the "Resolution of the Great Council concerning the introduction of fluoridation of drinking water for the control of caries (teeth cavities)".

The fluoridation of drinking water, initiated by Basel-Stadt on May 2, 1962, was thus stopped in that country after 41 years.

One of the reasons was the preventive effect of the fluoridation of drinking water could not be proved by any study.

When specialists do not succeed in producing definite proof in 40 years, the practice has to be abandoned.

Also, in spite of the fluoridation of drinking water, dental caries have been on the increase in children.

Less than 1% of the fluoride in drinking water is actually consumed.

More than 99% of the fluoridated water is used for washing, cleaning, industrial production, etc and thus only pollutes the environment.

A very undesirable imbalance the Greens should note.

If you want to use fluoride it is readily available in toothpaste - the problem is finding a fluoride-free product.

Other world studies also highlight the small 1% percentage of fluoridated water that is consumed.

The other 99% goes into the environment where it concentrates.

We do not know what these concentrations of fluorides in the environment will do in time.

In higher concentrations it is a bad poison; it was used for many years as a rat poison (it stunk and the fumes burnt your eyes).

Our cat ate a fluoride-poisoned rat and died.

We do not know what the long-term concentrations of fluoride in our bodies will do to our reproductive capacity or as a possible trigger mechanism for cancer.

Medical writers have urged great caution about fluoride concentrations in our bodies being carcinogenic and potentially dangerous to foetal development.

It's believed to be a major contributing factor in sperm reduction.

All concentrated chemicals are deadly to our finely balanced environment, in the future when problems will evolve how do we get the fluoride out of the environment?

Is it not better to err on the side of caution, rather than have future generations identify our generation as idiots that poisoned their world?

G J MAY
Forestdale

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