Tomorrow Seanad Éireann will debate a motion noting the fundamental human right of every Irish citizen to choose whether or not they have their water medicated with fluoride, given that from today the 1st October, they are being asked to pay for it.
The private members bill was tabled by Senators Mary Ann O’Brien, Feargal Quinn, and Katherine Zappone. The 5 pm debate in the Upper house of the Irish parliament should be interesting, given that water quality is a central issue in the great controversy over the water charges and the fact that nobody in Ireland should have to pay for water with added fluoride.
I think it is a good idea for people to make personal appointments to meet their Senators/TDs/Councillors as I have received countless feedback over the past few years that email bombing really puts people off the fluoride issue. It also easier to dismiss/ignore emails, than one on one conversations. After all we are all humans and personal connection is so much more powerful than generic electronic messages.
Building personal relationships with our public representatives is necessary to clearly communicate the reasons why we don't want fluoride added to our drinking water. Freedom of choice is the one thing we can all agree on. 98% of Europe has rejected the practice of water fluoridation. It was banned in Holland in 1976. Sounds like a slight cause for concern? Thousands of studies worldwide indicating harm to human health. We don't know if they are all true but we don't want to take unnecessary risk when people can brush and floss their teeth and improve their diet.
We all love shiny white teeth! So what is the alternative to fluoridation?
Solution: The Child Smile Initiative in Scotland, where they are reducing tooth decay by running education programmes with nursery children on proper tooth brushing techniques, providing healthy snacks, educating about the role of nutrition in tooth health and providing preventative treatment where necessary. We need education not fluoridation.