A Mississauga, Canada woman says she is considering reviving an old lawsuit against the region regarding its use of fluoride in the public water system. Mississauga is a city located near Toronto. The region, Peel, where Mississauga is located, claims they rightfully add fluoride to public drinking water as a method of cavity prevention. However, Liesa Cianchino, who sued several years ago on the same grounds, claims that the people are being mass medicated. She also claims it to be a violation of Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She cites the Safe Drinking Water Act as well.
“We believe we are being mass medicated without our consent,” Cianchino told CBC Toronto Wednesday. “Ingested fluoride is definitely harmful for the young, for the sick, for the well, for the old … We want [a court] to rule that water fluoridation is illegal.”
“Community water fluoridation is not dangerous. In fact, it’s safe,” Hopkins told CBC Toronto Wednesday. “We have 70 years of data that this is safe and it works to prevent cavities.”
Cianchino, as luck might have it, has backing from some city officials, including Councillor John Sprovieri. He is suggesting that legal experts be brought in to determine the validity of Cianchino’s case. If the case proves worthy, Sprovieri feels the region should end its fluoridation campaign.
However, backing over the matter is limited, at best, to Sprovieri. Other councillors are taking more of a status quo position and suggesting the suit isn’t valid and that fluoride is helpful to the health of the community. Another councillor, Ron Starr, feels that the region has already lowered fluoride levels in the water and that should serve satisfactorily in terms of the region’s obligations.
We’ve made the decision to keep the fluoride in the water at this point,” Starr said Wednesday.” At this point it looks the fluoride is satisfactory to all of us on council.”
But here’s the catch: Both Starr and Sprovieri agree that fluoride can detrimentally affect children’s IQ levels.
But Dr. Jessica Hopkins, who is currently the medical officer of health for the Peel region, disputes such evidence, “We have not found any adverse health effects beyond dental fluorosis which is a cosmetic whitening that can occur on the teeth and in most cases you’d need an experienced dental professional to see those changes.” She goes on to say that fluoridation is completely safe.
Cianchino’s lawsuit does not look to win a financial award from the courts, rather, force the community to remove the fluoride. Cianchino is frustrated by what she says are “outrageous” delays over the matter. Many Canada regions have removed fluoride from their tap water without much of a battle. Recently, the town of Nipawin, Canada opted out of fluoride, saying it “it’s not our job to supply medication.”
Our water supply should be an untainted source for drinking and bathing. People should inherently be able to choose if the addition of fluoride is right for their families. The government adding fluoride is a complete overreach. One would think this to be common sense. However, I’m confident that if we follow the money, we can determine the motive. I’m not likely to believe that the motive for city officials is improved dental health for children. You don’t have to look much further than notoriously poor lunches in schools or a lack of education in nutrition to understand my inhibition over the matter.
Toothpaste companies give people the option for ingesting fluoride. That’s what a true, free society is about: options and choices. Some parents may willingly choose to add fluoride to their child’s intake while others may not. When the fluoride is in the drinking water and bathing water, it is nearly impossible to make such a decision for yourself. Lawsuits such as Cianchino’s are vitally important to our liberty, beyond what any science may state or support.
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