INTERNATIONAL FLUORIDE INFORMATION NETWORK.
IFIN BULLETIN #611: My favorite fluoridation quote.
July 6, 2002.
While going through a stack of papers this morning I came across my
favorite quote on fluoridation, and so before I lose it again I would
like to share it with you. It is by Jaques Barzun, a former
professor at Columbia University, who has written many books on
history and criticism, as well as many translations. His last book
“From Dawn to Decadence” was published in June 2000 at the age of 95.
I am not sure if he is still alive, but in 2000 he was living in San
Antonio, Texas, which voted to fluoridate (by a very narrow margin) a
couple of years ago.
The last sentence of his book, “Science: The Glorious Entertainment”
(Harper & Row, 1964, p.74) reads as follows:
“One hopes that behind the fluoride scheme there are politics and
selfish business interests: the presence of solid ulterior motives
would restore one’s faith in common intelligence.”
Leading up to this last line he gives three simple questions which he
felt should resolve the fluoridation question:
“Is it common sense to treat by universal dosing a small anonymous
part of the population, without knowing how much or how little of the
treatment the intended beneficiaries will take?
Is it economically wise to put medicine in the water supply, most of
which will be used to wash streets, flush toilets, and make beer?
And finally, is it right to subject everybody to a dosage of any kind
without his consent? For there is no reason to stop at fluorides. The
drinking water can also carry tranquilizers, laxatives, and
aphrodisiacs, for the sake of giving chosen groups of the Children of
Techne a happier life. One hopes that behind the fluoride scheme
there are politics and selfish business interests: the presence of
solid ulterior motives would restore one’s faith in common