Prolonged or repeated overexposure to fluoride compounds may cause fluorosis. Fluorosis is characterized by skeletal changes, consisting of osteosclerosis (hardening or abnormal density of bone) and osteomalacia (softening of bones) and by mottled discoloration of the enamel of teeth (if exposure occurs during enamel formation). Symptoms may include bone and joint pain and limited range of motion. Conditions aggravated by exposure may include skin and respiratory (asthma-like) disorders.
Remember how narrowly we escaped water fluoridation? Die we ask for it? No. The issue arose via a member of an alien organisation – The British Fluoridation Society. We were nearly subjected to mass medication – or possibly toxification? What happened to free choice? Why did the government seemingly go along with things? Had they consulted European doctors about this they would almost certainly have received very different recommendations. We simply can’t accept the word of one “expert.” We need MHKs who think for themselves. Failing that we have to ensure they listen to us.
This was an example of an imported proposal, eventually rejected, but not before it had cost us some money – information brochures delivered to every household and the cost of the telephone survey.