Lighter side of fluoride
To fluoridate or not to fluoridate? That's the question at the centre of one of the longest debates in Canadian history. Advocates of water fluoridation say it's a safe and effective way to reduce cavities. Opponents like the outspoken broadcaster Gordon Sinclair called it rat poison and a despicable communist plot. Water fluoridation: Great public service or a gross infringement of individual rights? The debate rages on.
Satirist Eric Nicol takes a light-hearted look at the controversial topic. In this 1958 segment, Nicol takes aim at both sides of the fluoride camp, those who believe it's a great health benefit and those who say it's a red plot to poison our drinking water.
He weighs in on the debate suggesting that parents take lessons from nature. He says children should gnaw on wood in order promote healthy teeth since beavers have good teeth.
• Beavers can gnaw through a log the thickness of a rolling pin in mere 30 seconds. Their teeth have a hard orange coating that protects from chipping. Beavers also have the ability to gnaw wood underwater.
Broadcast Date: Aug. 2, 1958
Commentator: Eric Nicol
Host: Maria Barrett, Bill McNeil
Last updated: November 26, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
All Clips from this Topic
Rat poison or miracle cavity fighter?
Fluoride debate passionately divides the country.
CBC pokes fun at a contentious debate.
Outspoken broadcaster takes a bite out of fluoride.
CBC's Rawhide talks to "Canadians" about the fluoride debate in Toront...
Gordon Sinclair's vocal campaign against fluoridation.
Vancouver tries to rid its image as the rotten tooth capital of Canada...
Montreal continues to reject fluoride.
Debating the danger of too much fluoride.
A renewed look at the great flouride debate.
Increasing health concerns about over-fluoridation.
To fluoridate or not to fluoridate? That's the question at the centre ...