Should we have fluoride taken out of our drinking water?
Should we have fluoride taken out of our drinking water? Graham Broadhead

Fluoride fears fuel new water debate

A NEW Tweed group is seeking to emulate Byron Shire by taking a stand against fluoride in the water supply.

The Tweed council has been adding fluoride to its water supply since 1976 under a NSW Health policy to “prevent tooth decay”.

Tyalgum and Uki, due to their small water supplies, were the only areas not to have fluoride added.

But a group launched recently on Facebook wants the entire shire excluded. Fifty new members support the views of Tweed Heads campaigner Larni Gryphon who says fluoride is a “poison”, “neuro-toxic chemical”, associated with a “reduced IQ”.

Previously Ms Gryphon had successfully campaigned for fluoride to be removed from the Cairns Regional Council.

“I know it can be done,” she said.

“The theory behind adding it to drinking water is (that) the alleged dental benefits outweigh the risk of poisoning,” she said.

“A big problem with this is that the dose (a) person takes is dependent upon how much water they drink.

“People who build fences outdoors in a hot, humid environment can drink 10 to 12 litres of water per day.

“ They are getting a very high dose.

“Some people take issue with the basic fact that this is a forced medication... ”

The group will launch a petition, consider a protest and hopes to meet with new mayor Katie Milne.

What do you think? Letters@tweeddailynews .com.au



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