Med­i­ca­tion is not democ­racy

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I learnt some­thing af­ter giv­ing my sub­mis­sion to the Porirua City Coun­cil re­cently.

I mis­tak­enly thought I could ap­proach the coun­cil and tell them how flu­o­ride had af­fected my son’s health and that the coun­cil­lors would lis­ten and hear that flu­o­ride is caus­ing harm to many vul­ner­a­ble people in our com­mu­nity.

Mayor Nick Leggett shut me down by say­ing if I didn’t agree with a ref­er­en­dum then I didn’t agree with democ­racy.

Flu­o­ride is af­fect­ing my son’s health, and it’s af­fect­ing the health of oth­ers in our com­mu­nity.

I want us all to be able to turn on the tap in our houses and have safe wa­ter.

Flu­o­ride is a med­i­ca­tion. It’s not for other people to de­cide whether my chil­dren take it. It’s a per­sonal choice.

I don’t agree ei­ther with thou­sands of tax­payer dol­lars be­ing spent on a ref­er­en­dum for the district health board to advertise flu­o­ride be­ing ‘‘safe and ef­fec­tive’’.

No safety stud­ies have ever been done. It’s un­safe, un­proven, and un­eth­i­cal.

Sta­tis­tics show it’s not ef­fec­tive and it’s caus­ing proven harm.

I see chil­dren with white spots on their teeth every­where I look. That is den­tal flu­o­ro­sis, clear ev­i­dence of harm.

I want ev­ery­one to have safe wa­ter and to choose what med­i­ca­tion is right for their fam­i­lies.

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