Many of us fill our glasses full from the tap and give very little thought about what is in the water we drink. If we do think about its purity and safety we consider things such as lead, pesticides, or other chemicals. The average American gives very little concern to the amount of medicinal fluoride that is added to our water supply. The change brought about in Israel is making the world question whether adding fluoride to drinking water that is for public consumption is not only legal, but whether it is safe. What gives a government agency the right to enhance our water with things that are deemed “healthy” for us? There are not many other places where the only options that you have for something are those which have been tampered with by the government without your say.
On August 26th of this year, Israel has announced that it will no longer be enhancing tap and drinking water with fluoride. Although often not considered one, fluoride is an odorless, tasteless, colorless chemical that is intentionally added to the water systems in both Israel and the United States. In an attempt to mass medicate the public to guard against dental carries, people are obligated to consume fluoride in their water whether they want to or not. Feeling that it goes against the freedom of their citizens to be able to choose what they do, or do not put in their body, Israelis have decided to make it a personal choice for each individual instead of a forced one.
For as far back as 1970, Israel public drinking water has been mandated to be enhanced with Fluoride by law. 70 percent of all the water in the country is fluoridated, as compared to in the United States where 67 percent of the water supplied to citizens is fluoridated.
Why the change of heart?
The Health Minister of Israel, Yael German, late last year had made the announcement that the practice was about to end, but she was met with huge opposition. To respond to her critics she not only continued on with the ban, she included those communities which voted to keep the fluoridation in practice, citing that it would force those who were against it to drink fluoridated water against their will.
Fluoridated water is a standard in most European countries and around the world. It is a practice that is done here in the United States, in Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and a whole host of other nations. Although not a federal law, most cities in the US continue to fluoridate their water with the exception of Portland, OR and Wichita KS who recently voted against it for their locales.
Those who rally against putting fluoride in our water insist that once it is added to water there is no way to monitor the concentration that each individual is consuming. What is known, is that too much is linked to bone defects, pitted teeth and thyroid issues. Just recently fluoride was labeled as a developmental neurotoxin which was found to lower the IQ of children in China in large doses.
German has continued to defend her position citing that her job is to protect the public at large which includes children and pregnant women. She insists that with so many questions about the safety of fluoride, and how much is actually safe, it is not responsible to continue to add it to the public water supply.