16 Feb 2011

Face-Off between Southampton and SCSHA

Davell Wilkins on Wed, 02/16/2011 - 08:38 United Kingdom
A unique controversy pulled thousands of Southampton campaigners on the roads over the issue of fluoridation of water against the attempt made by South Central Strategic Health Authority (SCSHA).In the wake of rising health concern over adding fluoride to the drinking water, many local residents have registered their complaints in the High court.

Voicing the potential risk of thyroid and even bone cancer, campaigners alleged that inclusion of chemical like fluoride in drinking water can prove to be fatal for the human health and SHA is going against the consensus.

Contrary to the local opinion, dental experts claim that fluoride protects people from severe tooth decay, and is highly recommended for young children and poor families.

Defending the stand taken by SHA, Mr. Justice Holman from the health authority claimed that democratic parliament had already announced that fluorination of water can be done under special cases and henceforth, is legal under the eyes of law.

Expressing satisfaction over the court’s decision, Prof Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser of British Dental Association (BDA) claimed that this remarkable step will promote more countries to adopt fluorination of water to combat dental decay.
Further, he affirmed that many scientific evidences have confirmed the safety of fluoride on human health and subsequently this historic judgment can help in striking a balance between various countries on dental health inequalities.

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