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. My personal feeling is definitely against as I feel it’s like mass medication, and yet another chemical our bodies have to deal with. If you want to use it, that’s a personal choice – I don’t and I don’t want to be forced to. I already have a reverse osmosis water filtration system to filter my water and flouride is just one more chemical to be got rid of. But I don’t suppose the govt or water industry will recompense me for the cost of having to filter it out…I won’t hold my breath! In the meantime, here is what the Green party had to say about it:
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.”