Chapel Hill, Carrboro NC
The Fluoride Free Chapel Hill/Carrboro (FFCC)rallied outside Chapel Hill Town Hall to protest against the fluoride in Orange County’s water Thursday night.
The protests came in response to a cancelled meeting set for Aug. 24 by the Orange County Water and Sewage Authority’s Board of Directors, in which members of the community planned to address the fluorinated water issue. OWASA cancelled all their summer meetings, making it three months without an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns in a public comment meeting.
from the Durham Herald Sun
Anti-fluoride activists who felt brushed aside when OWASA [ OWASA =Orange County Water and Sewage Authority] canceled a public meeting last month took their fight to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen
Anti-fluoride activists who felt brushed aside when OWASA canceled a public meeting last month took their fight to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen on Tuesday, lobbying elected leaders to throw their weight behind an effort to keep fluoride out of Carrboro and Chapel Hill’s drinking water.
The aldermen listened to 21 speakers, the majority of whom opposed fluoridation. Many spoke of health issues they linked to fluoride, including arthritis and thyroid problems. Others said drinking fluoridated water amounted to being medicated without their consent.
… Mayor Lydia Lavelle said any comprehensive discussion of fluoridation should take place at the county level, led by OWASA officials. The board opted not to vote on the resolution, but noted interest in the issue was not likely to dissipate.
“I think that the people who are concerned and opposed to fluoridation have some very real concerns,” said Alderwoman Jacquie Gist. …
…Daria Barazandeh, founder of FFCC, said she wants OWASA to look into the science and health implications of fluoride. “They suddenly cancelled the meeting saying they don’t have anything on their agenda, but how is that possible that they can be on recess all summer and there’s nothing on their agenda,” she said. “We took that as they are trying to silence us.”
…Barazandeh said the FDA has labeled fluoride as a medication, therefore OWASA is violating human rights by medicating the community without consent. “We’ve been going to the meetings and speaking up, but they don’t say anything in return; they just kind of ignore it,” she said. “But we’re getting larger and larger, and they’re going to have to deal with us because there’s going to be public pressure to do so.”
…Barazandeh said she hopes to bring awareness to the issue. “What our message to them is, is that we are not just a few fringe anarchist crazy people that they would like to brush off, but that this is a really serious health concern,” she said.
..The OMRPWA, our water provider, has been working along with others to get the requirement to add fluoride removed from Arkansas law due to the health concerns and the added cost. Two water districts in Arkansas have refused to fluoridate, and are involved in lawsuits with the Arkansas Department of Health. The Ozark Mountain Regional Public Water Authority and the Madison County Regional Water District have opposed fluoridation based on concerns not just about human health effects, but that fluoridation chemicals are so corrosive they can reduce the life of the water delivery system by 40 percent while increasing lead leaching from old pipes. Unfortunately, opponents of Arkansas water fluoridation failed to remove the state mandate and must now wait another two years until the legislature is in session. There is some hope, though. A lawsuit was recently filed in federal court in California by the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and other groups to get fluoride out of drinking water all across the country…
Meadville City Council has received official notification of Meadville Area Water Authority’s intentions to apply to the state Department of Environmental Protection for a permit to add a fluoridation system….
Ocanto Falls WI
OCONTO FALLS, Wis. The Oconto Falls city council voted 4-2 this month and now fluoride is no longer being added to the water supply. Now that a fifty-year practice in the city is coming to an end, the community is having mixed reactions.
Picture: The barrel holding Fluoroacetic Acid sits empty inside the Oconto Falls well house
Greg Kuhn, the Oconto Falls Utility Manager is the one who recommended the city no longer add Fluoroacetic Acid to the water, saying it’s bad for the pipes.
“The Fluoroacetic Acid is very corrosive, so it attacks any piece of iron in the system it eats away at concrete so what you see is particularly in our well house is the premature corrosion of pipes,” said Kuhn.
The city anticipates saving $13,500 every year by stopping fluoridation.
…A petition has been started to bring fluoride back, but Kuhn says the people who sign the petition are surprised when he tells them what’s actually going into their drinking water.
“They’re like wait- what are you adding to the system? Well I’m adding basically Hydrochloric Acid to the system. If I came to you with a bottle of water and I put two drops of battery acid in it, would you drink the water? Most people say no,” said Kuhn.
Potsdam, New York
POTSDAM — The village Board of Trustee meeting on Tuesday night brought out a number of residents concerned about the fluoridation of water.
The trustees are currently researching whether to continue fluoridating water at the water treatment plant, as the equipment is aging and needs either to be replaced or removed. The village currently has a grant from the state to study the cost of replacing the equipment, so if it decides to end fluoridation, it would have to return the money.
The issue of fluoridation was not on the agenda of the meeting, but during the period of public comment, seven people stood to ask the board to stop fluoridation.
Dean Laubscher, who has sent a number of emails with anti-fluoridation information to the trustees, addressed the board first. At one point, he held up a bag with two fluoride filters, which he said cost about $70. “Not only do I pay for fluoride, I pay to remove it,” he said. “Tonight, I respectfully ask the village of Potsdam to immediately cease and desist the use of (fluoride) … for the health and well being of our community.”….
… trustee Stephen J. Warr added “it eats windows.” He went on to describe how the windows at the water treatment plant had been degraded due, according to him, to fluoride fumes….Mayor Reinhold J. Tischler said the issue would be on the agenda at the board’s next meeting on Sept. 18.
Comment from Nyscof:
Fluoridation is a failed concept. For example, fluoridation has been state-mandated in Kentucky for decades. Yet,cavities doubled after the mandate.
Cavities went up yet again in Kentucky as the below graphic shows
The truth is that rotten diets make rotten teeth and no amount of fluoride changes that. Too many Americans are fluoride overdosed and dentist deficient. Dentists, both inside and out of government, use fluoridation as a substitute for dental care. The two are not interchangeable.
Poweshiek ), Iowa From FAN
Poweshiek Water Association (PWA), Iowa , a water provider serving approximately 25,000 residents in 11 counties in rural East Central Iowa, has discontinued water fluoridation, and even re-affirmed their decision after renewed lobbying by proponents. Concerned customers first brought the dangers of fluoridation to the PWA’s attention in 2013. After the board did their own research, they agreed that fluoride supplementation ought to be an individual choice. After making this decision, they were heavily lobbied by state and national dental lobbying organizations, as well as state and county health agencies. However, they didn’t hear from a single local water user who supported the practice, only from residents who opposed it. Since they serve locals and not out-of-town lobbyists they reaffirmed their rejection of the practice this Jul
Moncton New Brunswick
THE CANADIAN PRESS. MONCTON, N.B. — Despite pleas from dentists to restore fluoride to the water supply in Moncton, N.B., at least one city councillor says he’ll vote against it when council meets to make a decision next week.
Moncton ended fluoride use in 2011, and local dentist Suzanne Drapeau-McNally says she has seen a dramatic increase in tooth decay among young children ever since.
“Children who previously had no cavities, all of a sudden come in and have a higher number of decays,” Drapeau-McNally said.
Moncton city council was supposed to make a decision this spring, but Coun. Shawn Crossman asked that the decision be delayed until Sept. 18 to gather more information.
Crossman said he spent the last seven months reading studies and listening to the public, and hasn’t seen any evidence to prove that fluoride prevents tooth decay. “There’s nothing there that says fluoride is stopping tooth decay, absolutely nothing,” he said.
“There’s a much bigger picture here. Sugar is a factor, what do our diets look like, what is the person’s overall health? There are other factors that contribute. Fluoride is not going to solve everybody’s problems.”
…Crossman said he hasn’t done a poll of other councillors, but believes most will support his decision when council meets on Monday.
August 8, 2017
FAN message from Paul Connett
In a statement released on August 3 in Brisbane, Merilyn Haines, on behalf of FAN-Australia, issued a damning critique of the government’s National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) 2017 “sham” review of water fluoridation. Haines explains that this is the latest attempt by the NHMRC to mislead the Australian public and decision-makers that water fluoridation is safe, effective and ethical.
According to Haines, “In order for this government agency to deliver a “rubber stamp” endorsement of government policy, it had to corrupt both science and the democratic process.
Haines hopes that when people see how the NHMRC has behaved there will be so much outcry from citizens and scientists – both inside Australia and around the world – that it will trigger a demand for a Royal Commission investigation.
Merilyn has asked us to get as many supporters as we can to write personal letters and emails to the Australian Ambassadors in their country (for forwarding to the Australian Prime Minister and the state premiers). See template and addresses below.
As you know, governments in fluoridating countries have the power to write biased reports like this and get away with it. However, they have less power to control their image outside the country. This is why we need your help. URGENTLY.
In these short letters we recommend the following format:
(Include an introductory sentence about yourself including how many years you have been following, or researching, water fluoridation.)
Would you please forward my concerns about the corrupt way the NHMRC conducted its review of water fluoridation to the Australian Prime Minister and State premiers.
Clearly, the NHMRC stacked the decks with pro-fluoridation experts to get the result the government wanted. (or include information you find particularly shocking from Merilyn Haines list of 23 manipulations.)
If left standing this NHMRC review will greatly damage the scientific credibility and reputation of the Australian government.
FAN Australia’s Media Release, Brisbane, Australia, Aug. 3, 2017
Today, on behalf FAN-Australia, Merilyn Haines called for a Royal Commission to investigate the manner in which the Australian government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) conducted a review of the safety, effectiveness and ethics of Water Fluoridation.
Haines charges that the 2017 NHMRC review of water fluoridation was unprofessional, unscientific, biased, highly selective, deeply flawed and prevented meaningful scientific and public input and was clearly biased in favor of defending the practice of water fluoridation – a long-standing government policy.
The NHMRC produced a very poor review in 2007 which received extensive criticism from independent scientists. To produce an even more biased and restrictive review in 2017 is even more egregious in lieu of the new science published (or updated) since 2007.
For example, the 2015 Cochrane review (a gold standard when it comes to meta-analysis of health issues) found little in the way of high quality studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of fluoridation. On safety, there have now been over 300 published animal and human studies indicating that fluoride is neurotoxic. This large body of evidence has been largely ignored by the NHMRC, even though it is being currently scrutinized by the National Institute of Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in the USA.
In this analysis, 23 specific examples of NHMRC manipulations have been documented. Here is a selection of the 23 examples. The NHMRC,
- Stacked the fluoride review committee with fluoridation lobbyists and advocates.
- Broke a promise to include experts opposed to fluoridation.
- Secretly commissioned a new study on dental effects (previously listed as “out of scope”), when the 2015 Cochrane Collaboration review didn’t deliver a convincing pro-fluoridation position.
- Falsely claimed that there is no evidence that fluoride interferes with thyroid function.
- Falsely claimed a low-quality IQ study (Broadbent et al, 2014) was a high-quality study.
- Downplayed, dismissed or excluded evidence of fluoride’s neurotoxicity.
- Excluded a significant study linking fluoridation to ADHD (Malin and Till, 2015).
- Failed to refute the Bassin (2006) osteosarcoma study but still continued to maintain no evidence of a link between fluoridation and cancer.
- Based its claims of safety largely on its 2007 review, however, its 2007 review was largely a copy of the 2000 York University review, which according to the York Review’s Professor Sheldon did NOT show fluoridation to be safe!
- Failed to acknowledge that poor kidney function increases uptake of fluoride into the bones and poses risks over a lifetime.
- Abandoned the normal evaluation method for studies of fluoride’s effectiveness almost certainly in an effort to disguise the fact that most of the studies reviewed were of low, or very low quality.
- Violated its own selection criteria by including a) an unpublished work; b) a narrative and c) an abstract (all favorable to fluoridation).
- Claims fluoridation reduces tooth decay by 26-44 % – but without indicating just how small such reductions are in absolute terms – often less than one tooth surface out of over 100 tooth surfaces in a child’s mouth!
- Dishonestly claims fluoridation is safe by excluding important studies on spurious grounds, ignoring many others, and even cherry-picking weak studies that serve their purpose (e.g. Broadbent on IQ).
- Perverted the principles of medical ethics by presenting a bogus ethical claim constructed by lobbyists rather than ethicists.
- The NHMRC’s extraordinary effort to maintain the dubious claims that fluoridation is safe, effective and ethical, are becoming more and more desperate by the year. NHMRC 2007 was very bad, NHMRC 2017 verges on fraud.
*For the full list of the 23 items see Haines media release:
- Press Release from Fluoride Action Network Australia: A damning critique and analysis of the NHMRC’s 2017 “Sham” review of water fluoridation and appeal for Royal Commission Inquiry: 23 Reasons why Australia needs a Royal Commission into the NH MRC’s fraudulent fluoride review. August 3.
*For the full report see:
- A damning critique and analysis of the NHMRC’s 2017 “Sham” review of water fluoridation and appeal for Royal Commission Inquiry: 23 Reasons why Australia needs a Royal Commission into the NHMRC’s fraudulent fluoride review. By Merilyn Haines on behalf of Fluoride Action Network Australia. August 3.
- To contact Merilyn Haines: firstname.lastname@example.org MOB 0418-777-112
The Hon Alexander Downer, AC – High Commissioner
Australian High Commission in London, England (UK)
Australia House, The Strand, London WC 2B 4LA, United Kingdom
This was released just before the general election, which has now ( Sep 22) resulted in another hung parliament, with the two major parties looking for partners, including the Greens with 7 seats, so it seems unlikely that revisiting the fluoridation bill that has met with much public resistance, is likely.
Second Reading of Mandatory Fluoridation Bill Delayed
|Well done everyone! We have succeeded in pushing out the Second Reading of the Mandatory Fluoridation Bill to some time in the future, or maybe even never.
Even more good news today, Associate Health Minister, Peter Dunne, who introduced this Bill into Parliament last year, has resigned. That means the that Bill dies, unless another MP picks it up in the next Parliamentary term.
When this Bill was introduced, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said the Second Reading would likely be June or July 2017. The third and final Reading would be early 2018 and then the Bill would become law.
However, because of the efforts you all have made in opposing this Bill, the Second Reading never happened. We don’t know exactly why this is, but guess it was because the Select Committee members could not agree, and the MPs saw it as an increasingly unpopular stance – which they weren’t prepared to take in an election year.
This shows that we can make a difference! But please don’t give up yet. After the election, the people who pressured the National Government to take on this Bill, will be at it again. We need to make sure all of the elected MPs know that there are smart ways to deal with public dental health (e.g. Childsmile), and that fluoridation is not one of them!
Now would be a really good time to write to the political parties and tell them you do not want fluoridation.
An unexceptional tale of neglect of public duty. Note the concentration of fluoride found is not ‘many times’ the US and European ‘safe’ level of 1.5mg/l
Jajpur/Binjharpur: As many as 5,000 people living in villages under Olei-Chandanpur panchayat of Binjharpur block in Jajpur district have been suffering from the toxic effects of fluoride-mixed water for the last 70 years.
Lack of potable water facilities in their villages has been forcing the residents there to drink the toxic water. All their pleas to the district administration and the public representatives have gone unanswered. A recent survey has pointed out to the presence of 5.08 mg of fluoride in every litre of water.
The constant use of fluoride water has changed the colour of their teeth and many are stated to be suffering from knee and joint problems. The district rural and water sanitation department, except conducting periodical surveys, has done little to address the villagers’ problems.
Sources said the villages under the Olei-Chandanpur panchayat have been left high and dry despite being situated about 26 km from the district headquarters and 8 km from block headquarters of Binjharpur. Many of the villages like Chandanpur, Harisinghpur, Olei, Olei-Chandanpur and Pandasahi are located close to the banks of Kharasrota River.
Sarpanch Soubhgya Kumar Mohapatra has alleged that they have been using the toxic fluoride water for generations due to lack of any alternative source of drinking water in their villages.
The constant use of the water has resulted in formation of dark stains on their teeth while food tastes bad and its colour changes abruptly due to use of this water in cooking. The administration is laying stress only on construction of deep bore wells. But they start yielding fluoride water after two to three years of use.
When contacted, executive engineer Amiya Kumar Parija said a proposal has been submitted to the engineer-in-chief for piped drinking water from the river. The initial survey for the project has been completed. PNN