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Compulsory

Is fluoridation compulsory mass medication? Is everyone compelled to drink fluoridated water?  No.

Numerous court decisions have ruled that fluoridation does not constitute either medication or compulsion. Nobody is forced to use a public water supply: bottled water provides a source of drinking water (Lull, 1955). Fluoridation is the adjustment of a naturally occurring component of food and water to its optimum content for improved health. Fluoridation is considered to be one of the four most important public health measures of our time, along with pasteurization, water purification, and immunization (Harwick, et. al., 1982). 

References

Lull, G.F. 1955. Fluoridation of water supplies. Edit., Today's Health. June; 33:13,63.
Harwick, J., Teasdale, J., and Bloodworth, G. 1982. Caries increments over 4 years in children aged 12 at the start of fluoridation. Br. Dent. J. September, 153:217-22.

 

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