In my update to the post Subverting democratic consultation on the fluoride issue I reported that Denver Water has voted unanimously to continue community water fluoridation. They have now produced a web article explaining their decision – see The “why” behind our fluoride policy.
I think this comment sums it up:
“In the end, it came down to the science. And there’s a lot of it.On Aug. 26, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners voted to continue its practice of community water fluoridation.”
That decision came after a thorough review where both supporters and opponents of community water fluoridation presented their cases to the board.
“After reviewing the presentations, the extensive research on this issue, and the advice of public health and medical professionals in Colorado, the board announced there would be no change in its water fluoridation policy.
The resolution the board adopted at its meeting stated: “Nothing we heard through the presentations or learned in research would justify ignoring the advice of the public health agencies and medical organizations or deviating from the thoroughly researched and documented recommendation of the U.S. Public Health Service.””
And that is how it should be. Public officials should listen to the experts – scientific and health. Of course, they must also listen to criticism of expert recommendations, but such critical opinions must be carefully and critically weighed up. Denver Water board members appear to have done this.
The board said:
“Notably, every public health agency operating in our service area urged us to continue our practice of managing fluoride concentrations in our drinking water.”
This is supported by the list of presentations they considered as described in Denver Fluoride Fight Pits Activists Against Long-Standing Health Policy:
Number of comments in favor of fluoridation: 101
Organizations in favor of fluoridation:
- Denver Public Health Department
- Denver Health
- Denver Environmental Health
- Tri-County Health Department (Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas)
- Jefferson County Public Health
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Colorado Dental Association
- American Dental Association
- Colorado Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Colorado Medical Society
- Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
- Deans of the University of Colorado Dental, Medical and Public Health Schools
- Various community organizations
Number of comments opposed to fluoridation: 1,078
Organizations opposed to fluoridation:
- Fluoride Action Network
- New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
- Concerned Residents of Peel to End Fluoridation
- We Are Change Colorado”