Interesting article in The Dominion Post today about where anti-fludiodation campaigners will be targeting their next efforts after they managed to persuade Hamilton City Council to drop fluoride and it is apparently Wellington.
I'm a strong believer in science and collective action to deal with public health issues like tooth decay. Most of us could do a better job of looking after our health (including me) so I don't have much of an issue with efforts by authorities to help us deal with our health.
One of the things that worries me about anti-fluoride action campaigners is their emphasis on individual choice. The issue here is that collective action is necessary otherwise we call pay - either through illness (i.e. if people are not fully vaccinated) or through higher taxes.
The issue for me is whether the science is robust, does the evidence support fluoridation or not? The Council has been lobbied extensively but at the moment it is clear that it is a minority of people. This does not of course make them wrong but there is no groundswell to take fluoride out.
The Council does rely on The Ministry of Health to provide strong evidence and I would expect research to be closely monitored to see if we need to change our practice. But until the evidence is clear that there is no need to fluoridate, I will continue to support fluoridation.