Mark Stewart (Port News, 12 August) is wrong on several counts.
First, he trots out the ridiculous strawman comparison of fluoridation with folate and seats belts.
Folate is a nutrient, fluoride is not. And, Mark, when last I checked seat belts are not consumed.
If it weren’t so serious, such arguments would be laughable.
Second, the accumulating science now shows fluoride consumption is dangerous to health, especially over a lifetime, and offers no significant benefit to teeth.
Why do you think so few countries still fluoridate?
I will willingly compare published evidence with Mark if he has the courage.
Third, councillors such as myself had no involvement in deciding to temporarily stop fluoridation 18 months ago, and to keep saying we did is becoming libellous so I suggest everyone stop.
The council organisation made the decision as an operational matter for technical reasons, in full knowledge and consultation with NSW Health.
If NSW Health is so certain that fluoridation is essential for children’s teeth, why did they not tell the community when they knew 18 months ago that fluoridation was being stopped?
Cr Lisa Intemann