When I last went to the dentist, I told her I use homemade toothpaste: baking soda, coconut oil, some essential oils…and without fluoride. She told me, she would be all for it, if it only contained fluoride. All dentists agree fluoride is a good thing, she said.
We then discussed organic vs gmo food and she said she doesn’t eat strawberries anymore. That sentence makes sense if you have heard that non-organic strawberries are the #1 do-not-eat food because they trap so many chemicals on their skin.
I get back on the fluoride topic from time to time, and I always go back to this one point: forced mass medication by government. Even if it may be a good thing, and hasn’t yet been proven to cause cancer, do cities have any right buying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the fertilizer by-product, hydrofluorosilicic acid, so that we continue our good streak of dental hygiene? That, and the fact that the data does not correlate. Yes we have better dental hygiene now than in the 1950’s. And many other things have also changed since then, like our oral health habits and diets. So of course it’s fluoride to thank for our lack of tooth decay!
Wouldn’t that money be better used to do things like…I don’t know…put on a music festival for the city? I could list 100s of things I would rather have any city spend $$ on than adding random isn’t-yet-proven-to-cause-cancer additions to our drinking water. Although, it does fuel the water purification industry, which creates jobs.
It costs about $.50 per person per year for communities over 20,000. So a family of four pays $2 a year (wait…the city pays it. How convenient. What if we could just pay for it ourselves if we wanted it? Doesn’t that make sense? Well…you could buy a filter to not have it, and pay $20 per filter, multiple times a year.)
Some light reading on the topic:
http://fluorideinfo.org/FAQ.html – sounds sort of convincing, they do have a .org domain and are in California.
Current status of fluoridated water in Rhode Island: http://fluoridealert.org/researchers/states/rhode-island/ (as of 2014, 85% of public water systems had it)
A statement opposing adding fluoride to drinking water: http://fluoridealert.org/articles/limeback/
Some facts from the City of Raleigh, NC: https://www.raleighnc.gov/home/content/PubUtilAdmin/Articles/Fluoridation.html (real facts, not much bias…they spend $200,000 annually on the stuff)
A nice discussion from Austin, TX: http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2011/apr/19/mike-ford/austin-resident-says-flouride-compound-added-local/ (discussion for both sides of the coin…eventually finds the claims false, that fluoride is harming us)
I didn’t bother with the CDC page…I’ve watched too many x-files episodes to believe the .gov pages…