That perennial row about whether it is right to add fluoride to water is raging again. Our newish Health Secretary believes that childrenâ€™s teeth will benefit hugely through compulsory mass medication. Instead of people taking fluoride topically, if they choose, by buying a fluoride toothpaste, we will all be forced to ingest it in the water if he has his way.
Nevermind that this shows a failure of the government’s stated policy to encourage healthier eating and drinking in young people, to teach them the importance of cleaning their teeth or to provide adequate NHS dentists. The latest government proposal is to force feed us all a chemical. What are people who react badly to fluoride to do?
There is a clear issue of freedom here. You are forced to use water from the tap. You need it to bathe in, cook in and to clean your teeth in. When you visit a friend, a bar or restaurant, everything they prepare will have used fluorinated water. So if youâ€™re also one of the unlucky ones who canâ€™t tolerate fluoride you have no escape.
Despite a subsidy from the government, heath authorities would be wise to turn down any attempt to make them impose mass medication on their unsuspecting communities. Most taxpayers donâ€™t much like the idea of having their hard earned cash used for this purpose..