Yesterday afternoon, another local anti-water charges page, Droghedas fight from water tax. shared a page called Anti-Flouride Ireland, calling on all anti-water charges groups to support the campaign. When someone disagreed with this stance, their posts were deleted and they were banned from posting on the page.
We at Drogheda Community Resistance reject the idea that anti-water charges groups should get drawn into the murky and slightly bonkers world of the anti-fluoride networks. Opposition to fluoride in our water supply is at one end of the scale based on bad science that argues we are being poisoned and at the other end, crack pot conspiracy theories that argue fluoridation is a method of mind control.
The latter argument is clearly a deranged fantasy, the illuminati are not trying to control our minds, but big business interests are trying to control our natural resources, including our water supply. That is the the fight we need to face head on, we need to continue to resist water charges, privatisation, and austerity.
But are we being poisoned? Certainly, in high levels, fluoride can be harmful but any chemical in high doses will, but in low levels, fluoride in our water supply has a positive impact on public health. The vast majority of peer reviewed scientific studies confirm this. Fluoride reduces dental decay, which reduces gum disease that can lead to all sorts of other health complications.
Rather than falling for the conspiracy theories, the best way to ensure that our water supply fits our needs, is to take it into democratic control, where communities have full access to data showing where our supply is coming from and how it is treated. Our water services need to be adequately resourced from the public pot and we, who use the supply need to be able to get advice from leading experts in the field.
Don’t let the anti-fluoride conspiracy theorists divert our movement from this central task. Fight for democratic public ownership of our natural resources and leave the conspiracies for the cinema.