It is a mistake for Windsor to adopt water fluoridation. City council has decided to fluoridate despite data and science that does not support water fluoridation. The following facts are easily available to anyone with even a modest interest in the topic:
1. The World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that 97 per cent of Western European countries do not fluoridate their water and their data demonstrates the same reduction in dental cavities as fluoridated areas. Declining rates of dental decay are not proof that water fluoridation actually works. Anecdotal information by a dentist as to his or her personal observations is not “evidence” upon which intelligent decision-makers should rely;
2. Research demonstrates that fluoridated water is inextricably linked to hypothyroidism, ADHD, endocrine dysfunction and reduced IQ;
3. Understanding how fluoride affects humans, particularly their brains, is particularly important for parents of young children and pregnant women. As an example, infant formula should never be mixed with fluoridated tap water. The mixture may over-expose the child to 100 times the proposed safe level of fluoride for infants;
4. Fluoride is both an endocrine disruptor and a neurotoxin;
5. Fluoride is able to cross the placenta, causing developing fetuses to be exposed to fluoride. This is not amenable to the good health of an unborn child;
6. The delivery of fluoride, via a community’s water system, bypasses standard rules relating to informed consent. There is no way to measure or track dosage. And Windsor, like every other community that adopts fluoridation, will never keep track of the side effects. The decision to fluoridate amounts to a decision made, then forgotten.
Fortunately, there was a delay in implementation, although the delay was unintended. This was good news for every person in this community. The best cavity prevention is a proper diet that avoids sugars and processed foods. A healthy diet prevents the proliferation of bacteria that is the real cause of tooth decay. The longer we avoid dosing ourselves with this endocrine-disrupting chemical the better.
Patrick J. Ducharme, Windsor
*Original letter online at https://windsorstar.com/opinion/letters/reader-letter-fluoridating-windsor-water-is-the-wrong-decision