Fluoride pollution of drinking water as medicine was never a good idea for public health, or for American freedom.
We live in a country where people are forced to take medicine by government edict. I guess, strictly speaking, putting fluoride in the public drinking water is not completely “forced,” since one could find alternative sources of drinking water—at least since bottled water became a thing.
But it comes pretty close. Water is supposed to be a “public utility” that everyone gets and everyone pays for. Taking government-controlled public utilities for granted is treated by our government and media as virtually a requirement for mental health. Only paranoid weirdoes question forced fluoridation.
But now suddenly it turns out that the government is officially admitting they were giving us too much fluoride. They naturally avoid expressing the situation in those exact terms. For example, CNBC reports,
For the first time in more than a half-century, a new standard for how much fluoride should be put in communities’ drinking water supply as an aid in preventing tooth decay was proposed Monday by the Obama administration.
The new recommended standard of 0.7 milligrams per liter of water replaces the recommendation of between 0.7 and 1.2 milligrams per liter, which had been in effect since fluoridation started becoming widespread in 1962.
This has been a long time coming. Mike Minkoff wrote about the EPA’s admission that an industrial waste byproduct is bad for us back in August of 2012.
Of course, the only problem, they say, is the dosage.
Lushniak called the new standard “the correct measure to help prevent tooth decay and reduce the prevalence of fluorosis.”
The previous recommended standard was a range because at the time it went into effect there were significant differences in the consumption of drinking water regionally. Consumption of water was higher in the South in the mid-century because of the lack of widespread air conditioning, which in turn led children to drinking more water than their Northern counterparts in summer months.
Although the new standard is only a recommendation, it is likely to be taken seriously by the approximately 75 percent of community health systems nationwide that currently put fluoride in their water to lower the rate of tooth decay in the populations. Those systems serve about 210 million people.
So they admit that they are simply throwing this “medicine” out there and taking a pot shot at how much water they guess that people will drink. As I have asked before, what other therapy is administered in such a random way?
Of course the CNBC story creates propaganda for fluoridation by assuming that association indicates causation:
Water fluoridation has been credited with dramatically reducing the incidence of tooth decay, which in the first part of the 20th century led to many older adults losing most of their teeth, and requiring dentures.
Here is a chart of many nations and their rates of tooth decay.
Notice a trend line? Yet some of these nations fluoridate their water and some do not. Tooth decay is declining everywhere whether or not the drinking water is fluoridated. Here is another image that shows fewer countries so you can follow the lines more easily:
Yet we are supposed to accept that this completely un-American policy has given us all these great results we find also available in non-fluoridated countries.