The voice of one man, that’s all it took to get a new ballot initiative going in Machias, Maine.  Vince Roberts complained that fluoride is dangerous to the community’s health (rightfully so) and the town has decided to put it to a town hall vote. According to the Bangor Daily News.

“I feel that … fluoride in the water is highly dangerous,” Roberts said at the Jan. 13 selectmen’s meeting. “It’s stronger than chlorine. It makes chlorine look like candy. People just don’t realize it.”

Roberts handed out copies of “Fluorine Facts” from the website and underlined a passage that says, “The presence of sodium fluoride in drinking water at the level of 2 ppm [parts per million] may cause mottled enamel in teeth, skeletal fluorisis and may be associated with cancer and other diseases.”


Roberts went on to say that fluoride makes “chlorine seem like candy.” The United States is one of the few developed countries who choose to fluoridate water. It is done under the idea that fluoridated water somehow contributes to healthier teeth, the only problem is that this is not proven and borders on extremely absurd. Even the WHO doesn’t support the idea that fluoridated water prevents tooth decay. Fluoridation, while derived from a natural chemical, isn’t naturally found in the mass quantities of which it is placed in our drinking supply.

How is our drinking water not a natural right? In what universe does any community find it acceptable to poison their water supply? Water is a natural human right, a right of which we all should have clean access to. Local governments all over the country infecting our water supply is egregious. My hope is that Machias doesn’t look at Roberts as a pariah, rather, as someone presenting a logical solution to clean up their community drinking water. If privatized fluoridation businesses want to set up and offer fluoridation services to those who want it, then by all means, do it: but the rest of us, Vince Roberts included, should have a choice. The human race thrived before mass fluoridation. The demise of dental health is largely related to the rise in processed foods being served to our children.

I do have to say, I’m impressed that the town of Machias is at least putting this to a community vote, though I do fear the fluoride marketing is always substantially at play in people’s minds who have been conditioned to think they need fluoride in their daily lives. Let’s hope that this community listens to Roberts and reads the information he disseminated to them.

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