Johnstown, Pennsylvania just shot down the use of fluoride in their water supply. This will remove fluoride in the tap water of roughly 40,000 residents.
According to WJACTV, the vote was 11-0.
BREAKING: Water authority votes 11-0 to REMOVE fluoride from city water @WJACTV
— Erika Stanish (@Erika_WJAC) July 20, 2017
The Water Authority called fluoride “corrosive, dangerous and expensive.” Citing the dangers of fluoride made some in the community upset, of course.
“I knew there would be pros and cons. I’m very satisfied and I think the board is very satisfied with the outcome of it,” said Ed Cernic Sr., authority chairman.
Water Authority manager Michael Kerr said they were looking at a $400k tab over the next 10 years to keep pumping the chemical into the public water supplies.
Dr. John Walker is upset by the decision, claiming that children will now suffer the consequences.
“They’re not taking into consideration that kids don’t actually have a vote and it’s the kids that will suffer the consequences of this decision,” said Walker, DMD at Family Dental Care.
Many people believe that dentists push the use of fluoride out of greed, rather than true public safety. Dentists are able to charge a good amount of money for fluoride services typically performed on children.
In the end, whatever your belief may be in regards to fluoride, the simple truth is this: people should have the choice as to whether or not they want to use fluoride or not. Forcing it in the public water supply is a detriment to our rights. The water supply should be left in its natural state, not altered by chemicals. If people want exposure to fluoride, they can use labeled kinds of toothpaste and get services at dentists offices. We shouldn’t force the issue. The science is truly irrelevant in this case.
The 2015 documentary, Fluoride: Poison on Tap, made waves around the country as it set out to expose the fluoride industry.
In the end, it is about our right to choose our own exposure. We shouldn’t ahve to vote on personal rights.