Public Meeting on water fluoridation in Owen Sound January 20th


Please show your support to consider the possibility of ending the unnecessary fluoridation of drinking water in Owen Sound at the Owen Sound and North Grey Public Library Auditorium next Monday January 20th at 7pm. It is an “open forum” for the public to express their views.

As of 2013, only 32.5% of Canadians are subject to the artificial fluoridation of drinking water. Most municipalities in Grey-Bruce have opted out of this practice. Owen Sound now has an opportunity to begin a process to join the majority of fellow Canadians to end this practice. For more information on why this is a worthwhile cause, including negative health effects of fluoridation, go to Fluoride Action Network.

Many dentists will tell you that historically, tooth decay is directly and predominantly related to the introduction of and increased availability of processed simple sugars in diet. Sugar feeds bacteria in the mouth and the bacteria create an acid, which starts eroding the tooth enamel within 20 minutes. No sugar, no tooth decay. If you ingest sugar, brush your teeth afterwards – simple.

Public health can do a better job of educating the public about the numerous negative health effects of sugar, rather than encouraging the medication of the public through our drinking water.

The fluoride chemicals are: hydrofluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride, and all are by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry. The actual dose in water a person receives depends on body weight and the amount of water consumed. This is not a precise way of distributing fluoride. Fluoride is now readily available in most toothpaste. It is also found in some prescription drugs and can be purchased from a pharmacy if needed.

Do we really need to be adding it to our drinking water?