The Queensland Government has a website dedicated to putting the public at ease on the topic of water fluoridation. See here: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/fluoride/q_and_a.asp
Below is its rebuttal. Completely backed with links to its source material.
Fluoride frequently asked questions, Queensland Health
Dr. Michael Foley – Principal Dentist
Statement: Q) What is fluoride? A) Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound found in water, plants, rocks, soil, air and most foods.
Response: “Natural does not necessarily mean good. Arsenic, like fluoride, leaches naturally from rocks into groundwater, but no one suggests topping that up. Besides, there is nothing “natural” about the fluoridating chemicals, as they are obtained largely from the wet scrubbers of the phosphate fertilizer industry. The chemicals used in most fluoridation programs are either hexafluorosilicic acid or its sodium salt, and those silicon fluorides do not occur in nature” (1).
Statement: Q) Where does it come from? A) The fluoride used for water fluoridation can be extracted at the same time as other minerals, such as phosphates from ground rocks. The co-production of natural fluoride through an already established mining process is…
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