Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Do You Really Want Fluoride Added to Your Tap Water?

The current Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, has announced plans to add fluoride to
the UK Water Supply in a bid to improve dental health in the UK.
Stuart Jeffery, health spokesperson for The Green Party pointed out that “Besides
the reality of negative health effects, this is an issue of medical ethics.
Fluoridating water is essentially medicating people without their permission, and
the European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine distinctly states that
individuals have the right not to be medicated without their consent."
In regards to the cause of poor dental health he said, "Poor dental health is a
complex public health issue. The root causes are poor diet and inadequate dental
hygiene. Typically, the government seems more concerned with dangerous knee-jerk
action and to be seen 'doing something', rather than confronting the real causes of
the problem," adding that "While we continue to feed refined sugar to our children
in schools, efforts to reduce tooth decay will be in vain."
"Fluoride is a known poison if ingested over a long period of time, even in small
daily doses. Its consumption has been linked to a range of medical afflictions
including severe skeletal problems, fluorosis (discoloration of the teeth),
osteosarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer) in boys, and problems affecting the
central nervous system," said Stuart Jeffery.
The Green Party concluded, "We want to see a programme of education for children
and adults regarding proper dental hygiene and a healthy diet, a health warning on
all sources of fluoride intended for human consumption, and a ban on the
fluoridation of drinking water."
Yet again, it seems the government are in danger of simply sticking on a (dangerous)
band-aid to solve a problem, rather than dealing with the root cause.

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