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You may have seen the article by CBC this week about Windsor deciding to return to including fluoride in their water supply after a five year absence. The article does a much better job of discussing the reasons than I can. I wonder if, with time, Parry Sound will come to the same conclusion.

I would like to offer a second reference that is on a related subject – vaccines. It’s related only by the fact hat there are a number of people convinced that they, and their champions, know more than the medical community as a whole. It’s known as the Dunning-Kruger effect and was discussed in a recent Newsweek article.

It will be difficult for Windsor to rationalize reversing their decision of 2013 to remove fluoride from the municipal water system. It will also be costly. But the decision is being made on the basis of expert opinion and real world experience. They have effectively conducted their own clinical trial. It’s a shame that Parry Sound needs to go down the same path. There are false prophets and there are folks who believe they ‘know’ more than the accumulated wisdom of experts. It seems we may have both.