It is good to see the fluoridation issue brought up for debate.
Medicating the public water supply alone raises serious ethical questions.
The efficacy and safety of fluoride raises even more issues of concern.
“Fluoride debate continues in Waupaca” (“County Post,” Jan. 10) presented arguments favoring more fluoridation.
Evidence and statistics were given to assure us it is the right thing to do.
Robbyn Kuester, fluoridation specialist with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, listed numerous organizations as good sources of information.
She cautioned the public about an abundance of misinformation in circulation.
Kind of like the Bandar-log monkeys in Kipling’s “Jungle Book,” “We all say so, therefore, it must be true.”
But they do not all say so.
Men of science with similar credentials and standing in the academic community take a very different view.
Credentials and high standing do not make one a truth teller.
It is the responsibility of each person to read and study both sides of the issue and discern the truth for themselves.
I find the evidence against mass fluoridation compelling.
It is technically impossible to deliver water containing one part per million of fluoride to any large portion of a population regardless of how carefully adjusted the dispenser might be at the source.
In a North Carolina school, over 200 children were poisoned with fluoride in April of 1974 due to malfunctioning fluoridation equipment.
Some people drink a great amount of water; some very little.
How much fluoride is absorbed bathing and showering?
Fluorines are metabolic poisons.
They inhibit and kill the vital life-sustaining enzymes, they alter the function of the key gland, the thyroid, by dispencing iodine.
Laboratory experiments indicate fluoride causes genetic damage in fruit flies, rats, sheep and cows.
It has been used as an insecticide and in preparation for the control of mice and rats.
Fluorides in the atmosphere have led to the destruction of wildlife, crops, domestic animals and human health.
Fluoridation of the water is chronic poisoning.
It accumulates in the body leading to future complications.
After cities added fluoride to the drinking water, cancer death rates escalated significantly.
While there are thousands of mechanisms that can trigger cancer, why deliberately add one to the drinking water?
The function of a public water supply is to provide pure, safe water, not to serve as a vehicle for drugs.
A toxic substance as a medicine is being given with disregard for the size, age, health or consent of the individual.
The debate has not been resolved, and no political entity should act as if it has been.