Parks and Recreation: Season 6, Episode 8

Fluoride (21 Nov. 2013)

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Leslie's new bold attitude as a lame duck costs Ben his job at Sweetums, Ron helps Chris build a crib, and the department tries to find the perfect dog that matches the personality for every Parks Department employee.

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Leslie's new bold attitude as a lame duck costs Ben his job at Sweetums, Ron helps Chris build a crib, and the department tries to find the perfect dog that matches the personality for every Parks Department employee.

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Clean water please
13 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched the episode simply because our group, whom we prefer to refer to as "opponents of fluoridation," have spent the last decade studying the science, ethics and legality of public water fluoridation. The show was meant to put some kind of light on the controversy of the policy using dark comedy. It failed to clarify either side for its viewers and the pro-fluoridationists are probably quite happy about that. However, the show might serve to bring the absurdity of the practice to more of the public than might otherwise even bother to check on this long term scam. I doubt European viewers will find it funny at all. They saw through the fluoridation scam decades ago. Only a handful of countries still retain the policy in the entire world.

At first I was confused by the way the episode was written. Obviously, someone from the ADA or CDC or maybe even PEW Trusts got some talking points over to the writers of the show. They ran with all the trite arguments and internet chatter they could fit into the script.

I had thought maybe it would either be alarming or interesting. I'm not quite sure what I can call it now. Maybe that was the writers' intent.

I don't normally see the humor in government officials acting insanely because a lot of citizens get hurt in the process. But, that's what this TV show seems to be about. Now add the fluoride problem, and you get insanity squared. Whoever wrote this had researched ALL of the major catch phrases used by the proponents including "we have science and the facts on our side" and "safe and effective." We've found proponents go to any lengths to avoid the real science in achieving their goal. This show is just another example.

Perhaps the most bothersome aspect of the show was that the writers somehow managed to inject the opponents of fluoridation (if indeed there were any) with aspects of craziness while pretending that there was a debate going on. And, having a dentist argue our side of the issue for all the wrong reasons was a bit uncomfortable.

That being said, perhaps the best this show will do for the public is to once again bring the fluoridation issue before people in a national audience who might not have otherwise known all this insanity was actually being perpetrated by their own health department.


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