Recently, an article titled Lake Cargelligo’s water to be fluoridated was published by ABC. Could journalism be any more pathetic than this? Let’s break up this smelly fluoridation turd and dry it out in the sun for a while.
“The Lachlan Shire says it is confident there is broad support for plans to add fluoride…”
Where is the evidence for this statement? Where is the evidence that the community has been exposed to both sides of the fluoridation debate, in order that they can make an informed decision?
“… particularly benefit Aboriginal residents.”
Oh really? Consider the following. According to a report by the ABS:
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were more than twice as likely as non-Indigenous people to have indicators of chronic kidney disease (rate ratio of 2.1). They were three times as likely as their non-Indigenous counterparts to have indicators of Stage 1 chronic kidney disease and more than four times as likely to have Stages 4–5 (rate ratio of 4.6).”
Naturally, the council will argue that helping teeth helps Aboriginal residents. With this assumption, you would expect strong evidence of benefit to offset any risk to kidney health, but when one searches for such evidence one is shocked at its weakness, poor quality and openness to comprehensive critique.
“I think in the long term it’s a step forward,” mayor Medcalf said. “There’s no question about that, the health and that sort of thing of the whole community.”
‘No question’ about it? The mayor (who of course has secured funding for fluoridation to proceed!), doesn’t discuss – for example – the issue of margin of safety, or the NRC report’s relevance to fluoridation, or the molecular mechanisms of fluoride toxicity. And of course, the most pathetic type of sycophantic ABC ‘journalism’ doesn’t question him.
“I think with that this [water fluoridation] will help with no end”
That’s a pretty stupid assumption, considering how well so many countries are doing without water fluoridation. The mayor is seemingly under some kind of weird pro-fluoridation extremist spell that makes him believe that by fluoridating his community’s drinking water he will be taking a giant leap forwards. In fact, the opposite will be true. He will be engaging in an obsolete practice.