SOUTH Yorkshire pensioner Elizabeth McDonagh is dedicating her golden years to making sure tap water in God’s own county remains heavenly pure.
With water companies across the country starting to add fluoride to the supply, the Doncaster 70-year-old fears it’s only a matter of time before Yorkshire Water follows suit.
While dentists say fluoride is good for children’s teeth, Elizabeth believes it contributed to an illness which put her life on hold for five years.
She was diagnosed with Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome, a neurological illness, in 1990.
But further research led her to believe her symptoms may be better matched to Chronic Fluoride Toxicity Syndrome.
She explained: “I began reading about it in a book called Fluoride: The Great Dilemma by Dr Waldbott.
“Although there were a number of factors in my becoming ill, like stress and using chemicals at work, I came to believe fluoride was also a factor. I consumed a lot of things which contained fluoride, like tea and fish skins.”
The former food lecturer at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology was often too weak to even walk up a flight of stairs. Headaches were constant.
Now she admits spending half her life giving health chiefs a headache while campaigning against fluoridation. She even travels to Brussels to lobby the European Parliament.
“It is an obsession. I’m desperate that people aren’t subjected to it. It’s wrong to try to medicate the population through the water supply,” says the grandmother of one.
Elizabeth is a member of the National Pure Water Association, which claims excessive fluoride can cause digestive problems, infertility, hypothyroidism, reduced IQ and muscle pain.
She hands out leaflets and organises meetings to raise awareness, and has even made a CD stuffed with fluoride facts.
The pensioner claims Yorkshire Water refused to add fluoride in 1993. But new government legislation means the company can no longer refuse if the health authorities ask them to consider fluoridation.
A spokesman for Doncaster’s three primary care trusts told The Star: “Fluoridisation is not being considered at this stage.”
But not everyone is against the idea. A spokesman for the British Dental Association said: “We campaigned for a change in legislation so communities could choose to have fluoride in their water.
“We believe it can have positive benefits and reduce health inequality.”
The spokesman said two major studies had proved fluoride in tap water was a safe way to reduce tooth decay.