By Micah Naziri
Douglas Main reports for Live Science that Israel’s Supreme Court has just ruled that water fluoridation must end not later than 2014.
This is a landmark decision that goes even further than legislation by the health minister Yael German announced earlier this year. According to the Irish publication Hot Press, that decision would effectively have ended mandatory fluoridation nationwide.
Israel is one of the few countries that has widely fluoridated water, besides the United States, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. The addition of fluoride to public drinking water supplies has been the subject of what Main terms “intense controversy,” especially, he explains in countries outside of the United States. “Opposition to the practice, on the grounds that fluoride has adverse effects on the thyroid, brain and bones, and is an unethical form of mass-medication, appears to be growing.”
The Israeli government’s decision to ban fluoridation follows a vote to preclude the practice in Portland, Oregon and in Wichita, Kansas. It was also recently overturned in the New Zealand city of Hamilton recently.
Strangely, many within the United States seem to think that fluoridated water is just a matter of course, and a fact of life.