Fluoridation makes no sense

By From page A4 | July 31, 2013

Do you value your money? When given a choice between spending it on something useful, say food, for example, and dropping it on the street to watch it blow away, I would guess you’d choose to spend it on food.

Now, the reason I’ve come up with this seemingly absurd example is to make a point about the fluoridation issue. I don’t know if fluoridation is harmful or not, but I do know there’s not enough information to convince me that spending money on fluoridation is a wise way for me to spend my money.

Who knows? Dentists claim a topical application of fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. On the other hand, when you compare the dental health of Sacramentans, who have been exposed to fluoride in their drinking water for many years, to Davisites, who have had no such exposure, you find no difference between Sacramentans’ and Davisites’ dental health.

The City Council is considering fluoridating Davis water. In the past, when Davisites were twice given the choice as to whether to fluoridate it or not, they chose to say “no” — probably because of health concerns. I urge the council to say “no” as well but not for health reasons. Fiscally, it makes no sense to ask Davisites to pay for what is clearly an unproven technology.

Jim Leonard

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