A Far North doctor is taking the lead in protests to keep fluoride out of local drinking water.
Dr Cornelius van Dorp will speak at a rally in Kaitaia today against plans to fluoridate water supplies in the town and in Kaikohe. The GP has spent several weeks reading research papers on the chemical, after patients asked him if it was safe. He says some of the evidence against fluoride is weak but some of it is very strong and he feels the risks of ingesting it over a lifetime outweigh any benefit. Dr Van Dor says he would not prescribe fluoride for an individual patient, let alone put it in drinking water.