We have a major problem here with a very vocal group of nutters who are pressuring District Councils to have fluoride removed from the drinking water. This group bombards gullible Councillors with pseudo-science in the same way that American Creationists pressure schools to have ‘intelligent design’ included in the science curriculum. It’s not difficult to access their pseudo-scientific websites, which appear legitimate to the unwary. You only have to Google ‘Alex Jones fluoride’ to find screeds of unscientific nonsense on the ‘evils’ of fluoride. Jones is the high priest of the anti-fluoride movement; he also believes lizard aliens run the world.
These fluoride-hating hypochondriacs are holding the health of the entire country to ransom. We must speak out for the most vulnerable; our children. What a spine-chilling reminder of how vital it is to have a well-educated population. The less educated we are, the more we will be at the mercy of any pushy, noisy and manipulative group that comes along. Imagine having the ‘Theory of Flat Earth’ being taught in science classes.
These decisions need to be taken out of the hands of local Councils and put into the hands of District Health Boards, which have access to real science and scientists. Councils are being brow-beaten by pressure groups such as this one, without the greater community even being aware of it. The anti-fluoride lobby is quite open about its determination to deprive the entire country of health-giving fluoride, which is severely lacking in our water. They could simply use water filters, but these zealots aren’t content with that. They are adamant that everyone must follow their religion; one of conspiracy theories and pseudo-science. They want to return us to the days when it was the norm for people here to have false teeth before the age of twenty.
There are plenty of things ‘poisoning’ us today, but fluoride isn’t one of them.
I wonder if this is a world-wide phenomenon. They have certainly stepped up their activities recently. I’m afraid this group is enjoying a measure of success with its idiotic campaign. Several Councils have already given in to them.