In the city of Limerick, Ireland, the city council, along with the Water Services Dept. have arranged a new tax on domestic water usage, due to be phased in, beginning in January 2014. However, a conflict is brewing between the local authorities and the population over the water fluoridation program, which has been in effect for fifty years.
Orla McLoughlin, a Labor Party councilor, this week, announced that she and her constituents did not want fluoride in their water, if they were to pay this new charge. “We are moving into a new era and this is an issue that is not going away. I don’t want to pay water rates if there is fluoride in it. I filter my water because it doesn’t taste right. We are putting this into people and you have to understand this is a really big issue,” she said.
Another councilor, Pat Kennedy, reminded the City Counsel that 97 percent of Europe does not fluoridate their water supplies, and that the council needs to stay current on the issues.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has linked several adverse health affects to fluoride ingestion. These include mild dental and bone fluorosis, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoarthritis, among other serious affects.
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