A Doctor and chemist discussed the science behind fluoride in water at the Colgate Bookstore at Colgate University Wednesday afternoon.
Dr. Paul Connett, co-author of the book, “The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There,” says that excessive amounts of fluoride can be dangerous to your health.
“Fluoridation is not a good medical practice,” Dr. Connett said. “Once you put medicine in the water, you can’t control the dose. You can’t control who gets it.”
According to Dr. Connett, fluoride is harmful to the brain, bones, and endocrine system. In addition, he says that people need to be notified on just how much fluoride is in their water.
“You expose people without their consent, you’re violating their informed consent,” he said. “There is no individual supervision and there is no federal agency tracking health effects.”
However, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association site, “Good scientific evidence supports the use of community water fluoridation and the use of fluoride dental products for preventing tooth decay for both children and adults.”