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Calgary Says No to Fluoridated Water

The authors of The Case Against Fluoride are celebrating another tremendous victory this week. Calgary – the largest city in Alberta, Canada – has voted to end municipal water fluoridation, as reported Wednesday in the Calgary Herald.

Calgary council votes to end fluoridation of municipal water
by Richard Cuthbertson

CALGARY — After passionate and sometimes rancorous debate, Calgary city council voted 10-3 Tuesday to eliminate fluoride from the city’s drinking water, rejecting pleas to send the matter to plebiscite or an expert panel.

The decision also went against the advice of Alberta Health Services, which has advocated for fluoride and maintains evidence shows it is safe and improves dental health. The vote left Calgary’s chief medical officer “very disappointed.”

And one local dentist worries that without added fluoride in the water, cavities in children will rise in coming years, and tooth problems will have to be treated more aggressively.

But the decision did thrill a number of anti-fluoride activists at the meeting, who have argued the compound should not be forced on people.

“It’s been a battle,” said Fay Ash. “It’s about freedom, it’s about choice and it’s about people taking ownership of their own health, not having it imposed on them.”

Detractors of fluoride worry it can be a health danger, doesn’t work, and say it essentially pushes a medication on a population who have no choice. Municipal council member Druh Farrell spearheaded the effort to stop the additive from being put in Calgary’s water and said it is a matter of ethics. She points to Europe where fluoride is not in the water, but fluoridated salt can be purchased instead. “It’s an issue that has been debated vociferously around the world for 50 years,” said Farrell. “It became an established point of view, but now the wisdom of it is being questioned around the world.”

Read the full article at The Calgary Herald The Case Against Fluoride is available now.


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