Here’s another example of a health professional, this time Stephen Peckham, professor of health policy at the center for health service studies at Kent University, saying “You can’t really confidently say that water fluoridation is either safe or effective.” And on the other side, the government, saying, “…it is a ‘safe and effective measure'”. In other words, shut up, move along, nothing to see here. I think we deserve leaders that understand current science and consider our health first over the inertia of decades of a flawed policy. I continue to hope the leaders of Grand Rapids will eventually do what’s right, not what’s easy. Doing nothing is easy.
From the article:
- Researchers are now saying it may cause seriously dangerous side effects such as bone and bladder cancers and also lower children’s IQs.
- It’s a dental health policy that’s got up a head of steam and people have been reluctant to see it criticised.
- You can’t really confidently say that water fluoridation is either safe or effective. There is a problem where the evidence is seen as either totally in favour or totally negative and it’s more murky than that.
- Prof Peckham has led research into whether hyperthyroidism – which can cause anxiety, sleeping problems and muscle weakness – is linked to fluoridation but said there are problems with evidence on both sides of the argument.
The article in its entirety can be viewed here.