Author: Kenneth L. Mitchell, BEng, HDip, MSc CEng, MIEI
At a glance, the debate on water fluoridation appears pretty one-sided. In one corner, we have national and international researchers, dentists and public health experts. In the other, we have libertarians, alternative health practitioners and conspiracy theorists. Yet recently, five councils have passed motions calling for the forty-year practice to end. Why?
For a start, these motions were preceded by one-sided presentations by the anti-fluoridation lobby with little or no factual or scientific input. As engineers, we are taught to ignore reputations and look at the evidence. It was with this in mind that I decided to take a look at the issue and the claims of the anti-fluoridation lobby.