Originally published February 18 2012
Health freedom victory: Bolivar, Missouri ends water fluoridation
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Health freedom efforts have sealed yet another win, this time in Bolivar, Mo., where the Bolivar Board of Aldermen recently voted to stop fluoridating the city's water supply. The Bolivar Herald-Free Press reports that Mayor John Best cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of ending artificial water fluoridation, which has been setting the city back about $20,000 a year in added costs.
The decision comes not even five months after the Board voted to keep fluoridation intact (http://bolivarmonews.com), when mixed opinions on the matter prevented efforts to cut the city's budget in a practical way, as well as cease the forced medication of Bolivar's 10,000-or-so residents in the process.
"Instead of washing your mouth out with fluoride, how about brushing your teeth?" suggested Mayor Best at the recent meeting, pointing out all that drinking fluoride is far different from getting a topical fluoride treatment, which is how the chemical supposedly helps prevent tooth decay. "It's a topical treatment. It's not the ingestion of fluoride that works."
According to reports, four of the city's aldermen voted to discontinue fluoridation, three voted to keep it, and one abstained. Mayor Best later convinced the abstainer, however, to vote to keep fluoridation so that he could cast the tie-breaking vote. Either way, fluoridation is now a thing of the past in Bolivar, a relic of bad science that continues to poison millions across the country who still live in fluoridated towns and cities.
Commenting on suggestions made by some back in September that the Board should uphold fluoridation just because some health officials still believe it to be beneficial, Alderman Arleen Ferguson took a stand for critical thinking rather than blind adherence to tradition by suggesting to attendees at the meeting that fluoridation is more of a religious dogma than it is sound science. Alderman Ferguson, of course, voted to stop fluoridating Bolivar's water supply.
"I trust myself and what I read and I trust my ability to discern the different medical things that I have read," said Ferguson. "I think what [dentists are] presenting is what they have known and what they have had ... and I know things do change. I do trust their ability ... but I do trust myself and what I read and what I know as a person" (http://bolivarmonews.com).
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