January 2017 News Update

Buda hear us

Anti-fluoride protesters used signs that said “Hear Us!” as part of a silent protest at the Jan. 3 Buda , Texas City Council meeting, See under USA

U.K.

Hull

Perhaps we should have some ‘HEAR US’ placards too. as it seems no one wants to listen to common sense in Hull. The local paper will not even publish a letter  that comes from outside Hull.

 

Bristol

Jan 11

From Bristol Post:

New figures have revealed that Bristol is the worst place in the south west when it comes to needing teeth extractions…Bristol Water does not add fluoride to its water.

On its website it states:”Fluoride is a health issue. We believe that health professionals should make decisions about health measures, not water companies.”

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/8203-why-is-bristol-having-the-most-teeth-out-in-the-south-west/story-30041912-detail/story.html#RbeV2mTe1SeMqcOE.99

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/8203-why-is-bristol-having-the-most-teeth-out-in-the-south-west/story-30041912-detail/story.html#RbeV2mTe1SeMqcOE.99

 

 

Robert Carnaghan saw this in the Daily Telegraph (9 January 2017)

Fillings could be consigned to history after scientists discovered that a drug already trialled in Alzheimer’s patients can encourage tooth regrowth and repair cavities.

Researchers at King’s College London found that the drug Tideglusib stimulates the stem cells contained in the pulp of teeth so that they generate new dentine – the mineralised aterial under the enamel.

Teeth already have the capability of regenerating dentine … but can only naturally make a very thin layer, and not enough to fill the deep cavities caused by tooth decay. But Tideglusib switches off an enzyme called GSK-3 which prevents dentine from carrying on forming.

Scientists showed it is possible to soak a small biodegradable sponge with the drug and insert it into a cavity,…The tiny sponges are made out of collagen so they melt away over time, leaving only the repaired tooth

The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

[ http://www.nature.com/articles/srep39654 ]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/01/09/end-fillings-sight-scientists-find-alzheimers-drug-makes-teeth/

UK From Ann Wills chose  the Feb 2 Daily Mail. “WARNING OVER TOXIC CHEMICALS FOUND IN FAST FOOD WRAPPERS”

Paper & card used to package fast food is often coated with non-stick fluoride chemicals.  The compounds known as PFASs or PFAs – per & polyfluoroalkyl substances help packaging repel water & grease.  But there is concern they leach from wrappers into food.  Exposure to the fluoride substances has been linked with cancer, thyroid disease, immune suppression, low weight babies & reduced fertility.  The team included Green Science Policy Institute; Notre Dame Uni, Indiana; California Dept of Toxic Substances Control; Silent Spring Institute;  US EPA’s National Exposure Research Lab; & Oak Ridge Institute for Science & Education.  Published on 1.2.17 in the journal “Environmental Science & Technology Letters.”  The CHEM Trust said these fluoride chemicals accumulate in human blood.

and takes us back to an achievement from the past , that just might be relevant with Hull is now in under threat of fluoridation.

-Letter To NPWA from Yorkshire Water on 11 April 1995.

“….. Yorkshire Water has decided that it will not agree to add fluoride to water supplies in its region.  The principal reason is that the Government is not prepared to offer an indemnity acceptable to the company to cover the risks involved.  In addition, fluoride does not enhance drinking water quality & we are concerned that installing fluoridation plants & storing chemicals at our works would increase the complexity & risk associated with water treatment processes.  There would be increased danger of water supplies being rendered unwholesome or unfit for consumption & this is a risk to which we are unwilling to expose our customers.

We have informed Health Authorities & other interested bodies of our decision.

Yours sincerely,David Brimblecombe ,Company Secretary.

 

 

U.S.A.

Anchorage, Alaska

Jan 8

Dustin Darden, the co-sponsor of a petition to get the fluoride issue on the April ballot, says he regularly drives 20 minutes south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway to collect gallons of water from a pipe that runs out of the side of the mountain.

,,,. The group, Clean Water Team Anchorage, is circulating a photo from Anchorage Water and Waste Utility (AWWU), showing the bags of fluoride that go into the water

http://www.ktva.com/anti-fluoride-group-hopes-collect-enough-signatures-april-ballot-initiative-675/

Here’s the picture

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Jan 11

…Advisory vote on water fluoridation proposed

… Assemblywoman Amy Demboski thinks the city should find out how Anchorage voters feel about water fluoridation even as a citizen group gathers signatures for a ballot initiative to remove fluoride from city water.

……As of Monday, the fluoride initiative had not yet been certified. Backers have until Feb. 1 to gather and submit more than 5,700 signatures…

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2017/01/09/the-anchorage-assembly-meets-tuesday-heres-five-things-to-know/

But it wasn’t enough,,,

Feb 2

On Tuesday, January 25th, Anchorage Assembly Members voted against giving  voters to voice their opinions on the fluoridation of the water supply.[subscription] https://echoak.com/2017/02/fluoride/

See pic

 

 

Arab, Alabama

Jan 4

In August of last year, the city of Arab’s water system stopped fluoridating its water after looking over studies that stated that using the chemical posed a potential health threat. However, just a few months later, the Arab City Council ordered the system to restart the fluoridation.

After hearing testimony from medical experts, a Marshall County judge issued a preliminary injunction that restarted the fluoridation, Alabama.com reported. The waterworks appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court.

What the water board is arguing is “that despite the city council’s 1972 resolution to start fluoridation and its 2015 resolution telling the waterworks to continue fluoridation, the water system still has the authority to make operational decisions.”

The Alabama Supreme Court reversed the circuit judge’s order that allowed the city council an injunction requiring the water system to fluoridate the water.

“The board is correct. It is undisputed that the board has authority over the waterworks system,” according to the court opinion obtained by Alabama.com.

The court stated that Arab “did not have a reasonable chance of success on the ultimate merits of its case.”

 

Buda TX

Jan 11

The fluoride debate in Buda raged on as members of an anti-fluoride group flocked to the Jan. 3 city council meeting to demonstrate in a silent protest on the issue.

Protesters with the Flouride Free movement demonstrated by holding up orange signs with the words “Hear Us!” printed on them, which were shown when those against Buda’s decision to reintroduce fluoride in the water system spoke during public comment.  See Pic on top of page :

Allen said she is “very much against” fluoridation of the city’s surface water supply and claimed the grade of fluoride is not the same as what the dentists use, but a by-product of fertilizer called hydrofluorosilicic acid (HFA).

“Please postpone fluoridation of the water until the Fluoride Free side has had an opportunity to be heard and the community informed,” she said. …

http://haysfreepress.com/2017/01/11/silent-protest-fluoride-debate-rages-on-in-buda/

Jan 19

Buda City Manager Kenneth Williams announced in a press release Thursday night that the city will place on hold the scheduled fluoridation of its water supply.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, several members of the public spoke about the issue, including some from newly formed group Buda Citizens for Safe Water, prompting Mayor Todd Ruge to request a public hearing on matter on Feb. 7.

The city council will revisit the issue and make a final decision at some point following that meeting, according to the release. Kenneth could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

Buda had been adding fluoride to its water since 2002 when it first became a customer of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. The authority operates the San Marcos Water Treatment Plant and stopped fluoride treatment after San Marcos residents voted to discontinue the pratice in November 2015.

Buda City Council members passed a resolution in July 2015 cementing their preference to keep the fluoridation regardless, and the city had planned to restart fluoridation this month.

Full:

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/buda-postpones-water-fluoridation-hold-public-hearing/FWMZdfgUpv77jKvwQMFWgN/

California

January 26

To combat early childhood caries, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has approved the use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) for some high-risk children enrolled in Denti-Cal, the state’s dental Medicaid program…

Providers enrolled in the pilot project can also be reimbursed $35 per patient for using silver diamine fluoride on high-risk children. SDF has been shown to halt caries development in primary teeth.

“We want to encourage the use of silver diamine fluoride to arrest dental caries,” Dr. Kumar said…

http://www.drbicuspid.com//index.aspx?Sec=sup&Sub=rst&Pag=dis&ItemId=321007

 

Durango, Colorado

Jan 11

A petition that would stop the city of Durango from adding fluoride to its drinking water appears to have enough signatures, and now it will either be adopted by the Durango City Council within 30 days or left for voters to decide in the April election.

Amy Phillips, director of administrative services for the city clerk’s office, said Tuesday the office is verifying each signature, but it appears the petition received the required 593 signatures. Jim Forleo, a Durango resident who started the petition in November, estimated 800 signatures were collected.

“For all practical purposes, yes it looks like the petition received the sufficient amount of signatures,” Phillips said.

Phillips on Jan. 17 will present the petition to the Durango City Council, which has 30 days to decide either to adopt the ordinance to remove fluoride from drinking water or let voters decide in April.

Forleo, a local chiropractor who has long criticized the city’s fluoride program, said a large part of collecting signatures the past few months was educating residents about what he believes are the potentially harmful effects of adding fluoride to drinking water.

“We found a lot of people either didn’t know about it or just accepted it as something that’s been around for 70 years, without really knowing the detrimental aspects of it,” Forleo said. “But in the last several years, a lot of that information has been surfacing, and we are really becoming over-fluorided to death.”

From:  https://durangoherald.com/articles/127206-voters-likely-to-decide-whether-to-halt-fluoridation-of-drinking-wate4.3Durango

Jan 19

…Next month the City Council is expected to decide whether to put a yes-or-no question on the ballot in April to let voters decide whether the city should continue to add fluoride to its city water supply.

‘’’ http://gazette.com/durango-fluoride-fight-hearkens-to-colorado-springs-brown-stain-history/article/1594727

Jan 31

Residents crowded Durango City Hall to present opposing arguments on fluoride in drinking water Monday.

Those opposed to fluoridation asked for the right to choose it, those in favor of it argued that fluoride protects children in poverty from cavities.

The Durango City Council held a special meeting to hear from residents ahead of its Feb. 7 vote.

Mayor Christina Rinderle told the crowd it seems likely the council will vote to put the question on the ballot.

“That may be the most equitable way to do it,” she said.

The council’s other choice is to vote to remove fluoride from the water, as the citizen petition requested…

 

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Jan 6

GREEN BAY – A local mom is among several individuals and advocacy groups petitioning the federal government — and local leaders — to ban the practice of putting fluoride in drinking water…

Brenda Staudenmeier, one of the petitioners and a Green Bay resident, likened the practice of fluoridating water to swallowing sunscreen lotion to protect against sunburn.

“This isn’t solving the real problem of why we have tooth decay, which is sugar,” Staudenmeier said…

The Fluoride Action Network is one of six organizations that signed the petition to the EPA. Others include the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Food and Water Watch, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation and Organic Consumers Association.

Five individuals from across the U.S., including Staudenmaier, also signed the petition.

Staudenmeier said she has been asking the Green Bay Water Utility and Green Bay City Council to stop adding fluoride to the local water supply for years. She hopes the recent petition will prompt the City Council to overturn a decades-old resolution ordering the use of fluoride in city water.

From: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2017/01/06/green-bay-mom-wants-rid-fluoride-water/96156288/

 

Jonesborough, Tennessee

Johnson City Press (subscription)

After a few months’ hiatus from the fluoride issue, Jonesborough officials … looking to vote on fluoride issue in next. meeting

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Local/2017/01/25/Jonesborough-BMA-looking-to-vote-on-fluoride-issue-in-next-meeting.html?ci=featured&lp=2&ti=

Kingsport Tennessee

Jan 12

Short article with long list of comments , mostly trading insults from Times News ,

KINGSPORT — The city of Kingsport has added fluoride to its water system since the early 1950s… And while two local governments are considering removing fluoride from the water treatment process, Kingsport has no plans to change course.

….Two local municipalities — Rogersville and Jonesborough — are considering removing fluoride from the water treatment process.

The Rogersville Water Commission voted on Tuesday to begin that process with Water Superintendent Sean Hatchett telling city leaders that fluoride costs the water department $40,000 annually, that the chemical is corrosive and that it has little health effect on the people who drink the water.

City leaders in Jonesborough are considering a similar move and first looked at the issue last summer, holding a listening session where residents had a chance to weigh in on the issue. A survey of water customers in Jonesborough slightly more than 50 percent were opposed to fluoride in their water.

Bob Browning, the town administrator for Jonesborough, said the Board of Mayor and Aldermen is reviewing all of the information provided to it and will likely revisit the issue in the next couple of months. Jonesborough spends approximately $13,000 a year on fluoride.

“It’s not a high cost figure for the town. The issue had to do with the pros and cons of the value of putting fluoride in the system,” Browning said. …

From

http://www.timesnews.net/Government/2017/01/11/Kingsport-has-no-plans-to-remove-fluoride-from-its-water

 

Michigan

Jan 21

An extract from an official published notice, marked ‘ not to be copied’ reminds us of the continuing pressure for new U.S. schemes

MICHIGAN — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Oral Health Program today announced project funds of up to $24,000 each for communities seeking to purchase and install new or replacement water fluoridation equipment.

Eligible applicants include municipal water systems. First priority will be given to Michigan water systems currently without a water fluoridation program. The community’s Water System Operator or Water Engineer must certify that the community will continue fluoridation for a minimum of 5 years after receipt of the grant award…This funding opportunity is supported through a generous gift from Delta Dental of Michigan.

Rutland

Jan9

Proctor residents will have a chance to vote on fluoridation at their annual floor meeting Monday, March 6, provided the selectmen put the item on the agenda.

…Rutland, Proctor and Poultney are the only towns in Rutland County with fluoridated water supplies. A vote to end fluoridation in Proctor would be a good step toward making Rutland County fluoride free.

……: Fluoridation is an obsolete and misguided public health measure….Extensive critiques of Dr. Chen’s and Vermont dentists’ misleading and inaccurate statements on fluoridation may be found at rutlandfluorideaction.org, my website

http://www.rutlandherald.com/articles/proctors-chance-to-end-fluoridation/

JACK CROWTHER

Smithville TN

Jan 4

While the DeKalb Utility District (DUD) has voted to exclude fluoridation of water produced at their new water treatment plant, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) has sent a letter to local physicians in support of the fluoridation process.

While the DUD board reportedly voted unanimously against including the fluoridation process, notices were mailed out with the utility’s monthly bills beforehand. DUD officials said only four customers returned opinions, and all were against fluoridation

http://www.smithvillereview.com/section/1/article/10062/preview/

 

Canada

Cornwall, ON

Jan 12

Water was one of this month’s themes in the decisions and events that occurred in and around the Seaway City.

Around the Cornwall city council table, members sat through two presentations they’d ordered up in March on the question of re-introducing fluoride into the municipal water supply.

The addition of hydrofluorosilicic acid (HFSA) had been stopped several years earlier due to a malfunctioning piece of equipment at the city’s water treatment plant. Without that equipment, staff members could not safely add HSFA to the water in order to create a low level of fluoride and the practice was stopped.

First to speak to council was American toxicologist and anti-fluoride crusader Paul Connett, who warned council that resuming fluoridation could lead to all sorts of physical ills in those drinking the water. He also urged council to respect its residents’ choice as to how they fluoridate rather than force it upon all those using municipal water.

Several weeks later, council heard from Eastern Ontario Health Unit medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis and Canada’s chief dental officer Dr. Peter Cooney on the benefits of fluoridation. Both pointed to how having the mineral in the water supply improves dental health among those who don’t otherwise have access to a dentist.

The decision on the question was left for a council meeting later in the year…

http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2017/01/12/standard-freeholder-year-in-review-april—-water-on-everyones-tongue

 

Moncton, New Brunswick

Feb 1

About 80 people, including the Mayor of Riverview and Dieppe, sat in Moncton council chambers for three hours Monday night, listening to presentations for and against the addition of fluoride to the city’s municipal water.

Against fluoridation was a group represented by a dentist, a pharmacist, a community member, and Olivier Clarisse, a professor at the University of Moncton who studies the effects of metal contaminants in the environment…

Council has a few weeks to make a decisions. The matter will go to a vote at the next regular meeting on February

From: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/fluoride-moncton-moratorium-water-1.395935827

New Zealand

A final appeal from New Zealand for submissions on the proposed legislation that is hoped will lead to hearings, and a reminder of the case

This Bill gives District Health Boards total power to make decisions and give directives for fluoridation to local Councils without consultation, without population monitoring and without individualised assessment or informed consent, and behind closed doors.

  • NO community consultation;
  • NO opt out provisions for people who are sensitive to fluoride;
  • NO informed consent from people required;
  • NO provisions for communities like Napier to continue to be non-fluoridated;
  • NO assessment of WHOLE health of individuals or populations required, only DENTAL health;
  • NO full assessment of fluoridation information, only what the Ministry of Health wants the DHBs to see: misinformation, statistical myths, incorrect science;
  • NO assessment of impact on subsets of sensitive populations e.g. kidney, thyroid, arthritic, elderly patients;
  • NO mention that hospitals CAN opt out by having their own non-fluoridated water supply to support the recovery of their patients. Patients are not required to give informed consent to drink non-fluoridated water;
  • NO requirement for population monitoring to assess accumulation of fluoride in teeth, bones and pineal gland over time;
  • NO requirement for DHBs to look at non-fluoride options of reducing dental decay such as through ‘Water Only No Sugar’ policies in schools;

NO provision for the DHB to consider the financial costs of fluoridation against the financial costs of kidney, diabetes, thyroid, obesity and other population health costs. Only required to look at financial costs against dental health costs.

This is a medical intervention forced on the people of new zealand by governments over 50 years without any monitoring or individualised assessment or informed consent. This bill makes it much harder to say no to fluoridation.

 Christchurch
Adding fluoride to Christchurch’s drinking water could cost the city about $10 million, according to a preliminary estimate.It has some questioning whether the health benefits of fluoridation outweigh the cost.Councils decide whether to fluoridate their public drinking-water supplies, but a bill making its way through Parliament would hand that decision-making to District Health Boards (DHBs) – although councils would still have to foot the billResidents fill up at a fluoride-free tap in Hamilton, which has a fluoridated public drinking-water supply.The bill passed its first reading and is now open for public comment.Information requested from Christchurch City Council staff by councillor Vicki Buck estimated the cost of fluoridation to be around $10.5 million, with an ongoing cost of about $500,000 per year.The estimate, which was “very preliminary”, was based on the cost to set up dosing sites around the city.Buck said it was clear fluoridation would be expensive, but under the proposed legislation council may not get a say on whether it happens.“It’s unusual for the authority that’s not responsible for implementing it to make the decision,” she said.“I just like the idea that whoever makes the decision is responsible for the implementation as well, not somebody telling you you have to do it.”

Fluoridation had not been on the council’s agenda at any point in the last 15 years, she said.

 Mayor Lianne Dalziel said last year she opposed fluoridation due to the likely cost. Her predecessor, Sir Bob Parker, was also against.

The Canterbury DHB (CDHB) has long supported fluoridation, signing a position statement in support in 2003.

Christchurch is New Zealand’s largest city without a fluoridated drinking water supply.

The city’s water is entirely untreated, due to its high-quality source: water that falls as rain high in the Southern Alps, which flows down the Waimakariri River and seeps into aquifers beneath the city…

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/88482800/costly-bill-to-fluoridate-christchurchs-water-councillor-says

 

Christchurch 

The Press

The Christchurch City Council wants to keep the ability to decide whether or not to fluoridate the city’s water supply, rather than have district health ..boards.

 

RESOURCES

VIDEO

Fluoride: Poison on Tap

https://youtu.be/W8_zn518-m8

U.S. produced full length video that starts with the history ofr fluoride as a poson – and Bryson’s findings of how it got into the water supply. A must- see film.

AUDIO

Audio recording available

January 2017 International Fluoride Free Teleconference
Free, live event with fluoride free activist from around the world!
Recorded on Saturday, January 14 -Sunday, January 15
People interested in protecting health will finally get the answers they’ve been asking about how to avoid fluoride exposure. As a friend or family member, you want to be knowledgeable and prepared to help. As a political advocate, you want to be seen as a credible resource when it comes to the alternatives to drinking fluoridated tap water.

We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from our experts about:

<> the various types of home filtration mechanisms (e.g. RO, bone char, alumina).

<> the various brands/types of bottled water (i.e. distilled, purified, spring, etc.).

<> other contaminants such as lead that need to be mitigated because of pipes and what to know about water pH.

<> ways to remove fluoride from your body, if at all possible, once you have been exposed. Members: https://internationalfluoridefreeteleconference.org/membership-access7537781?page_id=5164451&page_key=1w7gxhj092yq7ehs&login_redirect=1

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REPORTS, LETTERS, DEBATES

INDEX

Click on blue links to individual pages  ( green figure is approx.length )

1. ‘Moms against Fluoride’, detailing why they co-sponsored the EPA petition 1100

2.Arab, AL letter from fluoride sufferer Melissa Thrower. 1140

Rick North From ‘The Lund report’ , Oregon 2050

The sheer weight of scientific evidence has far exceeded reasonable doubt, and it’s difficult to see how the EPA, or anyone else, can continue to believe that water fluoridation is safe, according to the author.

4:The Lund report’ Replying to Steve Slott;s response to : Rick North,: Paul Connett, Bill Osmunson. 2900

5 US Census Bureau references Published Jan 4 170