Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Health Care or Health Crisis

Accepting that there may be serious negative health consequences for large sectors of the population from exposure to fluoride compounds in drinking water and that it has been clearly found that it is the topical application of fluoride on teeth using toothpaste that is more effective at preventing dental caries rather than fluoridated drinking water, how would you the taxpayer prefer to see public money be spent Would you prefer to see it used to:
•    Support mental health services or put fluoride in our water
•    Support Home help and home care for disabled or seriously ill people or put fluoride in our water
•    Provide better child welfare services or put fluoride in our water
•    Provide better public health services or put fluoride in our water
•    Better addiction services for drugs or alcoholic or  put fluoride in our water.
•    Provide essential equipment or trained staff  for hospitals or put fluoride in our water
•    Provide better ambulance services or put fluoride in our water
•    Support  better primary care services or put fluoride in our water
•    Support community care services or put fluoride in our water
•    Better disability services or put fluoride in our water
•    Provide better speech therapy services of put fluoride in our water
•    Support social services or put fluoride in our water
•    Suppo occupational services or putting fluoride in our water
•    Provide more public health nurses or put fluoride in our water
•    Provide better services for the intellectually/physically or sensorily disabled individuals or put fluoride in our water
•    Support respite services or put fluoride in our water

Remember nobody asked the Government of Ireland to spend taxpayers money on fluoridating our drinking water supplies and it clearly doesn’t work.

The overwhelming majority (98%) of Europeans reject water fluoridation entirely and guess what they all have better dental health compared to Ireland.

Meanwhile Ireland remains the most fluoridated country in the world as well as one of the sickest populations globally where (according to the HSE reports), one in three adults has a chronic illness or disease and where cancer incidence and diabetes are expected to double by 2020.

Ironically fluoride has been shown clearly to contribute to many of the most common diseases now prevalent in Ireland. So why continue with a policy that is contributing to our health care crises. It sure beats me.

When one looks at the overall cost of water fluoridation, it runs into tens of millions annually, from the purchase of chemicals, the supply and maintenance of infrastructure, the cost of monitoring, training, safety equipment, insurance, staff costs; add to this the costs of the Expert Body on Fluoride and Health who were funded almost €800,000 for providing secretarial services between 2010-2011.

Interestingly in that period they met on four occasions for half a day exactly.  As the Minister for Health and children has advised that the members of this body give their time voluntarily, its rather difficult to figure out where all that money has gone. Perhaps it been flushed down the drain just like our fluoridated water, where 99.5% of it is not used for the purposes intended. Yet another fine example of more momumential waste of public resources.

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