While most of the western world has foregone the use of fluoridation in the people’s drinking water, certain industries in the U.S. found a profitable way to force-feed you their waste products. And they have been doing it for a long time.
The use of fluoride in the drinking water has its roots in the development of synthetic fertilizer and the mining of bauxite ore used in the production of aluminum. It became a widespread use as a cheap weapon in the fight against prolific tooth decay in the 1950s and 60s. As such, it is hailed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as a “top ten health achievement of the twentieth century”.
So, if the use of fluoride in drinking water is like the healing power of Mother Pearl, why didn’t the rest of the western world follow suit? It has to do with the fact that most nations of Europe likened it to ‘force-feeding medications’, and ‘denying an individual access to clean, non-medicated drinking water’.
Whereas here in the U.S., the government and big money corporations have succeeded in their efforts to subdue everyone’s medical freedom with every sip, fluoridation in European democracies simply didn’t pass the medical freedom litmus test. Given some of Europe’s recent twentieth century history with gross violations of freedoms, it might be logical that the people were determined not to have their personal freedoms violated so easily again, as shown by some of the countries’ statements on the issue:
Germany: “Generally, in Germany fluoridation of drinking water is forbidden. The relevant German law allows exceptions to the fluoridation ban on application. The argumentation of the Federal Ministry of Health against a general permission of fluoridation of drinking water is the problematic nature of compulsory medication.”
Belgium: “This water treatment has never been of use in Belgium and will never be (we hope so) into the future. The main reason for that is the fundamental position of the drinking water sector that it is not its task to deliver medicinal treatment to people. This is the sole responsibility of health services.”
The Netherlands: “The implementation of fluoridation of drinking water is practically feasible, by adding a controlled dose of a fluoride compound to the drinking water. This could be realized at relatively low cost. On the other hand, there are also several major barriers for implementation. In the first place, at present the addition of chemicals to drinking water is prohibited by law in the Netherlands. This law came into effect because it was widely perceived that drinking water should not be used as a vehicle for pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, fluoridation of drinking water would conflict with the freedom to choose for natural drinking water. This principle of freedom of choice is considered as an important basic principle in the Netherlands.”
More recently, many studies have concluded that countries which do not fluoridate their water have significantly lower tooth decay. It appears that fluoridation is simply a relic of mid-twentieth century debunked science.
2007 Fluoride Action Network article: https://fluoridealert.org/content/europe-statements/
Ohio State University article based on the findings of Associate Professor Frank Zelko of the University of Vermont: http://origins.osu.edu/article/toxic-treatment-fluorides-transformation-industrial-waste-public-health-miracle