THE Northern Echo (Sept 7) carried an article highlighting the discussion in Darlington Borough Council on whether to fluoridate Darlington’s water supply.

Poor oral health linked to deprivation is mentioned, and it is implied that adding fluoride would improve oral health in Darlington.

A 1986-1987 study of over 39,000 children in 84 areas in the United States found “no statistically significant difference” (to teeth) whether children ingested fluoride or not, so what is the point of adding it?

Fluorides pass the placenta in pregnancy, and can harm the unborn, but Mother Nature has ensured human breast milk contains little. Now why do you think that is?

We have evolved (like other mammals) to cope with limited amounts, but to lace our water with an untested, un-natural fluoride is nothing short of reckless endangerment, for no benefit (except to big business).

Fluorine is a sinister dangerous element that forms compounds with other toxic elements (like lead) that are more insidiously toxic than either alone. It does this in water mains if chloramine is present.

Should Darlington Borough Council make yet another huge error, we should have no mercy on them on May 2, 2019.

M Watson, Darlington