Water fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply to reduce tooth decay. Although almost all major health and dental organizations support water fluoridation, or have found no association with adverse effects, efforts to introduce water fluoridation meet considerable opposition whenever it is proposed. Since fluoridation’s inception in the 1950s, opponents have drawn on distrust of experts and unease about medicine and science. Conspiracy theories involving fluoridation are common, and include the following:
Fluoridation was designed by the military-industrial complex to protect the U.S. atomic weapons program from litigation.
Fluoridation was pioneered by a German chemical company to make people submissive to those in power.
Fluoridation was used in Russian prison camps and produces schizophrenia.
Fluoridation is backed by the sugar or aluminum or phosphate industries.
Fluoridation is a smokescreen to cover failure to provide dental care to the poor.
Fluoridation researchers are accused to be in the pay of corporate or political interests as part of the plot. Specific anti-fluoridation arguments change to match the spirit of the time.
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