Running Scared: The Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Media release – 22 February 2013
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Claim: “The far-reaching effects of water fluoridation ensure all children are habitually exposed to at least one preventive oral health measure.”

Response: Firstly, the evidence for the ‘benefits’ of water fluoridation is very weak. Secondly, the evidence for water fluoridation reducing inequalities in dental health has been found to be of “poor quality, contradictory and unreliable.” Thirdly, even if water fluoridation were as beneficial as claimed, it would still be illogical. While we’re at it, let’s also add some ADHD drugs to drinking water to calm kids down during school hours; a bit of lithium to lower their chances of committing suicide; and some blood pressure medication for grandma and grandpa too – you know, to ensure they are “habitually exposed” all through the day to the “far-reaching effects” of all these substances. Dosage control? Ah, who cares about…

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