More input on water fluoridation
Kingston city council appears to have moved quickly from exploring and investigating the feasibility of fluoridating our water to voting soon on the issue. This is a startling development given that in three past municipal referendums, the majority of Kingston voters opposed municipal water fluoridation. This issue is simply too important to rush. Since drinking water is essential to life, it seems only fair and democratic to respect the previous referendum outcomes until another is held, rather than fast-tracking a proposal that really does need more careful consideration. A referendum in the next municipal election would demonstrate walking the talk on “open government,” not to mention the well-established medical practice of informed consent.
Kingstonians are certainly not informed on the issue of fluoridation when in public media statements proponents of fluoridation suggest that fluoride is “naturally occurring” — and therefore implied as safe. Yet, what is proposed to be added to our water supply is not the naturally occurring form of fluoride called calcium fluoride, but rather the synthetic compound hydrofluorosilicic acid, which is a hazardous waste byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer manufacturing process. By design, this non-pharmaceutical-grade hydrofluorosilicic acid would be injected into the water supply and thus absorbed into the entire human body even though the targeted area is just the surface of the teeth.