Federal and State Governments, health authorities, scientists, medical experts and the World Health Organisation all agree that we need fluoride to be part of our drinking water.
But a local council in NSW has decided it knows way more than all these ‘expert’ types and has decided to ban fluoride from their water supply.
*Head. Table.* Let’s take this from the beginning, shall we?
Earlier this week, a report from the Sunday Telegraph revealed that dental decay is at its highest-ever level since fluoride was originally added to drinking water. This is largely due to children increasingly consuming only bottled water, which has no fluoride in it.
It has subsequently been reported that Lismore Council, in Northern NSW, has voted against introducing fluoride to the town’s water supply. This is despite the fact that, according to the most recent dental health survey, children in northern NSW already have the worst teeth in the state, with nearly double the number of decayed/missing/filled teeth as compared to other children.
Lismore Council’s decision is already having a negative flow on effect. Their next-door neighbours, Ballina Shire Council, have now decided to reassess their stance on fluoride, with a vote to be held at a council meeting tonight. If Ballina Shire decide to ban fluoride, they’ll join not only Lismore Council, but 17 Queensland councils, who have already voted against fluoride being part of the drinking water supply this year.
But why is this all happening? Why has a sunny-climate war against fluoride suddenly commenced?
They’ve been working hard across Australia for years now, to either delay the introduction of fluoride to the water supply or, where possible, just prevent it happening altogether.
These activists claim that fluoride can – amongst many other things – contribute to arthritis and bone cancer, damage the developing brain and discolour children’s teeth. Merilyn Haines, the president of one activist group called Queenslanders for Safe Water Air and Food, claims that fluoride is used as insectide to kill cockroaches and ants.
It’s important to take a moment to note that none of these anti-fluoride claims are backed up by scientific evidence. But Australian health experts are still having to waste time and energy fighting against the idea that fluoride is bad for you.