Originally posted by Kailassa
...This was brought in by governments who accompanied it by mass propaganda and over-rode any community objections.
...Methylaid, well, they didn't know any better in those days...
...Your thalidomide comment is made with the benefit of hindsight...
...However 50 years back a doctor prescribed cigarettes to my pregnant mother, believing they would help her relax...
The examples I used were from other famous "mishaps" in health-conscious United States history from the same time period.
I wasn't trying to point out that Mothers, in general, were sadistic by nature, but their blind, ignorant acceptance of what their Doctors and
Government told them was in the better interests of their children put entire generations in peril (Altough I reserve the right to consider my own
mother sadistic for using Methylaid in the 1980's when it's health benefits were widely known to be non-existent, only because her mother and her
grandmother used it too, and it was clearly painful when applied.)
These incidents should be a lesson that we should never accept anything in regards to the health and well-being of our children without question.
Accepting these practices, especially in concerns with Fluoride, just because they are "tradition" is just as bad!
It reminds me of an modern Jewish Proverb...
One day a man comes home to find his wife preparing a shank of lamb for the Passover feast. He becomes shocked and appalled when he sees her cut off
the finest parts of the lamb shank and throwing it away. He tells her "Why on earth would you throw away the best parts of the lamb shank! Do you
know how much that cost our family to buy? I work hard all day to put food on this table and you just throw it away? Why would you do such a
The wife replies, "It must be a mitzvot because that's how my mother did it, and my grandmother did it, and my great-grandmother did it."
The man still upset tells her, "I can assure you it is not a mitzvot, as I have heard of no such thing in my Yeshiva studies. Why don't you call
your mother and ask her why she would do such a thing?"
So the wife calls her mother and asks her "Mom, when preparing the shank of lamb for the Passover feast, why did we cut off the best parts of the
shank and throw them away?" The mother replies, "Because that's how my mother did it sweetie."
So the wife calls her grandmother and asks her "Grandmother, when preparing the lamb for the Passover feast, why did we cut off the best parts of the
shank and throw them away?" The grandmother replies, "Because that's how my mother did it sweetie."
So the wife calls her great-grandmother and asks her "Great-Grandmother, when preparing the lamb for the Passover feast, why did we cut off the best
parts of the shank and throw them away?" Then great-grandmother starts laughing and replies "Because back in my day, ovens were only so big and
that's all we could fit inside of them!"
Just because previous generations do something, doesn't mean that it should be considered acceptable. It is important to question everything that we
do. This applies to accepting the advice of Doctors and even the Government. Neither Doctors nor Government is infallible and they can make misguided,
misinformed, or uneducated decisions.
Mothers and fathers should be able to question these things and decide for themselves what is in their best health interests. Normally, medical
treatment without medical supervision or informed consent, and the administration of unlicensed medical substances is strictly prohibited. Why is
Fluoride somehow exempt from these Federal Regulations?
When smoking was determined to be bad, concerned citizens went to their Representatives and demanded action.
When Thalidomide was determined to be bad, concerned citizens went to their Representatives and demanded action.
Although it is all and well to find ways around allowing Fluoride in your daily intake, it may be time for concerned citizens to go to their
Representatives and demand action. What we thought was good in the past, doesn't mean that it really is. Hindsight is 20/20 and I think there is more
than enough evidence about the health risks of Fluoride that it wouldn't be difficult to get current policies changed.