The following is a response to Ken’s comment, dated July 5, 2014, in which he refers to AFAM’s stance on water fluoridation vs other modes of fluoride delivery. As usual, Ken has pissed on a bush when he was apparently aiming for a tree, but we will at least try to set things straight…
“It appears from afamildura’s response in the pingback above that he has come on board. Fluoride is safe and effective – his only problem is the mode of delivery. He objects to fluoridation of drinking water but is happy to accept fluoridation of salt and milk and fluoride dental treatments! Then why go to so much trouble to attempt to discredit fluoride in general?”
1. Opposed to water fluoridation? Absolutely, Ken. Glad you figured this out at least. Supporting a mass treatment via public water supplies – where neither the dose nor the potential subtle health effects can adequately be controlled or monitored – is illogical, especially when one considers there are many other more targeted options available for preventing tooth decay that would be far less controversial.
2. Fluoride safe and effective? Ken, if you wish to stick to this propaganda line, that’s your business, but attributing the sentiment to us is beyond laughable. Time you visited our Basics page to get a grasp on the fact that we argue the exact opposite of this propaganda line.
3. Why don’t we argue against fluoridated dental products/treatments? Because they are not used to mass treat the population via drinking water supplies, hence they can be delivered to the right individuals at the right time for the right treatment – with free and full informed consent/individual choice. Not to mention, they are also applied topically, which is the way fluoride treatment, if to be delivered at all, should be delivered, not systemically.
4. Fluoridation of salt and milk and other systemic modes of delivery? Again, this is illogical and we’ve never actively supported such silly measures, because as we all now know, fluoride doesn’t need to be swallowed to be effective. However, if people are deluded enough to insist on deliberately consuming fluoridated products, then that is their choice. Just like if someone wants to jump off a cliff, that’s their choice and it’s not our job to stop them. All we can do is warn them of the potential consequences if they do. The difference between consuming fluoridated products of this nature and being exposed to fluoride treatment via drinking water, is that people can choose to take these products in controlled amounts/doses with the conscious choice to do so, whilst fluoridated drinking water increases our total fluoride exposure whether we like it or not. As clarified by the National Research Council:
“The major dietary source of fluoride for most people… is fluoridated municipal (community) drinking water, including water consumed directly, food and beverages prepared at home or in restaurants from municipal drinking water, and commercial beverages and processed foods originating from fluoridated municipalities.”
In other words, fluoridating drinking water contaminates many other products and therefore is an inherently ridiculous form of treatment delivery for the reasons stipulated above. But knowing you, Ken, you have difficulty understanding the basic concepts, so again, the main issues in such a context are margin of safety and individual informed consent. Treatment effectiveness (or lack thereof) as a sub-issue is important, but the former two issues take precedent – especially in light of evolving understandings of the molecular mechanisms of fluoride toxicity. Thus, we agree with Thiessen:
“Water fluoridation at 0.7 mg/L is not adequate to protect against known or anticipated adverse effects and does not allow an adequate margin of safety to protect young children, people with high water consumption, people with kidney disease (resulting in reduced excretion of fluoride), and other potentially sensitive population subgroups.”
Public water fluoridation is an obsolete concept; it is unethical, ineffective, and does not and cannot allow for the establishment of an adequate margin of safety. If people are idiotic and brainwashed enough to take fluoride supplements from the pharmacy or wherever and deliberately ingest them, then so be it. We have no issue with that, nor whether people want to apply fluoridated dental products topically. But when governments and councils force us all to be exposed to fluoride via drinking water, thus contaminating the food chain, without our consent and without adequate biomonitoring protocols in place, then they will meet resistance from us. Do you get it, Ken, finally?!?!!