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February 27, 2021

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Richard Moloney (Letters, 11 November) is spot on when he describes the clear benefits of adding fluoride to the diet of young children.

He also (perhaps inadvertently) mentions a way of doing this without further burdening the ratepayers of the nearly bankrupt Byron Shire.

The iodisation of salt has eliminated the scourge of goitre and iodine-deficiency cretinism that was once common in Australia.

The distribution is already in place and effective, and the cost of also adding fluoride to salt, one-eighth gram per half kilo, is negligible compared to that of constructing multiple dosing plants to add tonnes of fluorosilicic acid to our water.

Fluoridated salt has been available in Switzerland since 1955 – why not here? And those who fear fluoride can choose ‘organic’ salt.

BTW, why has nobody suggested ‘iodising’ our water to supply life-saving iodine?

Charles Sawyer, Byron Bay


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