I do think that people should be informed but they should not be using inflammatory words. I like the motto your blog promotes “question everything” because I follow the skeptic philosophy. That being said, I question not only the promotion of the necessity of fluoride but the criticism for it as well. I would refrain from using words like “swallow this poison” in a scientific community because that show bias. I have read your links and they are generally pointing out the same (the most informative one you mentioned does not work, could you send me another?). As I have mentioned in my previous post, the dose is the poison and whether or not the fluoride in our water is necessary, it is not considered poisonous at the levels which they were tested here in the USA. If you were to remove that fluoride from the water, then it would be less exposure to our children but my point from the last submission’s journal article was that the water is the least of our concerns if you’re worried about fluoride poisoning. I cannot deny that water is a contributor but your concerns would be better placed elsewhere if it was for fluoride. You’re putting out a small fire (hard to change government policies and is a smaller contributor to the overall fluoride levels) rather than putting out the fire burning down the house (people can opt out of giving kids tea, high levels of fluoride similar to China now). Raise awareness in those areas and use less biased words and images to promote information.
I agree - children should not be drinking tea, it does have large amounts of fluoride, but that is because the plant itself has a propensity for taking up that particular element and in China, fluoride occurs naturally in high quantities and so the tea has even higher levels. The fact is, 96% of all other industrialized countries have taken fluoride out of their water due to the possible harmful effects and yet in this country, most people have no idea that fluoride is in the water, that what is poured in the water comes from industrial waste, and that the fda says that’s fine. Most people also don’t seem to be aware of the fact that the toothpaste they use states that should you swallow it, you should call poison control. That is the same warning you will find on just about any household cleaner and I doubt you would argue that bleach or ammonia is not a poison. So, should people be informed about the fluoride in tea - of course - so they can make informed decisions. Which is my whole point about fluoride in the water. No one should be forced to ingest something they don’t know about that could cause them or their children damage.