With many health problems on the rise around the world, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, many health experts are now floating the idea of adding health-promoting medications, such as statins, to the water supply. The idea is rapidly gaining traction among politicians and social scholars, who are always looking for ways to improve the public’s health and reduce the burden on their countrys’ medical systems. Educating people on how to eat healthier and take their medications is one way to improve peoples’ health, but administering health-promoting substances to people directly is far more effective.
Most countries have a functioning public water supply, providing their citizens with a source of clean, pure drinking water. But smarter countries have realized that the water supply can also be used as a distribution mechanism for important medications and nutrients, the most notable of which is fluoride. Fluoride has markedly improved peoples’ dental health in the countries that administer it, and health experts are now thinking about how to build on this success by administering other health promoting substances to the water supply.
Oxford professor Julian Savulescu makes a strong case for enriching the water supply with cognitive enhancements, which would stabilize our moods and make us better able to operate in highly demanding modern economies. Japanese government officials have explored the idea of adding moderate amounts of lithium to the drinking water, in order to reduce stress and promote mental wellbeing in overworked Japanese citizens. Adding statins to the water supply has also been suggested by multiple experts including Oxford and Harvard professors, as this would significantly lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease in the population.
Extremist conservatives and libertarians, many of whom even deny the proven health benefits of fluoride, will of course throw a fit over this proposal. But ordinary citizens will welcome it, and will gladly reap the many health benefits of these additions to the drinking water. It’s time to start treating health as a human right, and to provide a system that truly universalizes access to essential medications and minerals, allowing every human on this planet, to live a happy, disease free life in radiant health.