September – October 2018

 

U.K.McDonough in Doncaster

The first item this month introduces the well-known and respected former President of the National Pure Water Association, Elizabeth McDonagh. The interview was well  reported by The Yorkshire Post. Elizabeth has also been heard on BBC local radio.

Doncaster

A campaigner of more than 60 years has hit out at Doncaster Council’s plan to add fluoride to drinking water and called the idea ‘ridiculous’. Retired nutritionist and college lecturer Elizabeth McDonagh, aged 82, of Thorne, is the former chairwoman of the National Pure Water Association.

She has fought councils up and down the country and has lobbied the EU in Brussels on fluoridation. Doncaster Council voted against endorsing fluoridation in 1997.

But Dr Rupert Suckling, the council’s director of public health, raised the issue again after shocking stats revealing the poor oral health in children.

 Sure they’ve settled into the new term ok? Your child’s digital safety matters. Sponsored by Internet Matters [Opt out of Adyoulike ad targeting] He added adding fluoride returns £12 to £1 spent in health benefits and residents in areas with the element in drinking water have lower levels of tooth decay.

 But Ms McDonagh has claimed countless academics have proven exposure to fluoride has links to skeletal and dental fluorosis and other health conditions. A similar debate which is further advanced rages nearby in Hull. Councillors are split on the idea and those rejecting fluoridation has prompted a strong response from the British Dental Association to urge opponents not to ‘peddle myths’ or ‘alternative facts’

Responding to the ‘conspiracy theory’ labels, Ms McDonagh said: “If you look at when they piloted it in four areas of the country in the 1940s – the evidence is clear. “A doctor from the time compared North Shields and South Shields – one had fluoride one didn’t. “He found mortality rate was higher in the fluoridated area.

In Birmingham, which has had fluoride in water since 1964, there is evidence now to suggest the neo-natal death rate are higher by around double on average. These are just a few examples.”

Ms McDonagh also claimed Yorkshire Water would be ‘laughing all the way to the bank’ if the council paid them to carry out a feasibility study. “When I read what health bosses were proposing I felt sick to be honest. I can’t be as vociferous as I once was as I’m retired but over my dead body will the council carry this out in Doncaster,” she said.

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 “There are better ways to improve children’s teeth. Scotland decided a few years ago not to fluoridate and they have something called Child Smile which is a scheme which specifically targets children that need it as opposed to this ridiculous idea in a blanket scheme which goes in all the water. “There is a big difference between fluoride in toothpaste and adding fluoride to water. There is lots of evidence in children that it is beneficial.

“But the most concerning issue is seems like the council are saying we must give this medicine to everybody regardless of their age, if its good for children in the womb, babies, the elderly, anybody who lives in the area. “Is it ethical to be giving it to the toothless elderly who might be getting skeletal fluorosis in their old age in order to benefit the teeth of a selection of five-year-olds?

“The reason, is not because of a lack of fluoride in young children, it’s because parents give their children drinks and sweets that are extremely high in sugar.”

 Dr Rupert Suckling, director of public health at Doncaster Council said: “The evidence is clear that fluoridation of water can prevent tooth decay, however any decision would need to meet with public approval, be technically feasible and follow Council decision making processes.”

 https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/over-my-dead-body-doncaster-campaigner-hits-out-at-ridiculous-council-plan-to-add-fluoride-to-drinking-water-1-9371737

September 28

Here is the message from Elizabeth herself, followed by the radio link
My brief contribution to Howard Pressman’s programme on Radio Sheffield can be heard at the link below.

I had been told about Dr Rupert Suckling’s piece on the breakfast programme but had not heard it.  I contacted the programme and was referred on.to Howard Pressman who offered me a few minutes to speak on his programme.  I planned what to say but had no opportunity to follow my plans – just had to answer his questions.  The unfortunate delay early on reflected an attempt to refer to my notes.  I soon realised that was a bad idea and spoke ‘off the cuff’ from that point.

Here is the link    https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/p06hj544

My piece is about two thirds of the way through the programme, following a clip of Dr Suckling speaking on the earlier programme.

I hope you think it was not too bad.

 

Here is an example of news. The news was  followed by some of the worst comments posted by S. Slott. These are the last in a chain in response to common sense contributed on-line or printed in  the same newspaper by myself and other campaigners.

Yorkshire Post Aug 1

The professional body for dentists in the UK has accused councillors opposed to adding fluoride to Hull and East Yorkshire’s water supply of “peddling myths”.

The warning came after the councillor in charge of finance at Hull City Council, Phil Webster, said there was no chance of the scheme aimed at tackling tooth decay, which sees 400 under-10s needing hospital extractions every year, happening.

Coun Webster claimed fluoridation was “too expensive, undemocratic and unproven”– leading the British Dental Association to urge councillors not to “to peddle myths or alternative facts”. The association’s health and science chair Russ Ladwa said there was a “clear scientific consensus” that it worked, adding: “If Hull waves a white flag it will be a victory for the professional doom-mongers, that will only discourage communities across England from exploring proposals that could save hundreds of thousands of children and adults from needless pain and distress

Former Hull MP and Health Secretary Alan Johnson also weighed in, saying the city needed to shut out “conspiracy theories – the same that stopped parents getting kids innoculated against MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)” and show “courage” to councils like Barnsley and Doncaster waiting on the sidelines to add fluoride.

Public Health England (PHE) models a nearly £22 return on investment for every £1 spent on fluoridation after 10 years. “It’s a no-brainer,” he said. “We have had this science for 100 years. “We know fluoride, which is naturally occurring in water, if you bring it to the optimum level of one part per million, it has a devastating effect on tooth decay. We medicate water anyway – we add chlorine for cholera, and other chemicals to keep it pure. “You’d have to be a conspiracy theorist or gone to some strange place politically not to recognise it must be part of the answer.”

 Health Secretary urged to visit Yorkshire hospitals Mr Johnson said PHE would meet the estimated £1.6m capital cost, with Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) paying running costs, of around £330,000 a year.

However that came as a surprise to Coun Webster, who said no one had informed the cash-strapped council. But he said it would not change his opposition – and if the Government believed in its benefits, they should take the decision. It could only not be argued as mass medication, he said, if people had an alternative water source.

He said: “I really do respect Alan – but I think he is absolutely wrong. MMR and cholera are in a different league – they are life-threatening. “It is an absolute must that people get vaccinated. “People should not have this foisted on them. They should have the right to choose

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/dentists-accuse-councillors-of-peddling-myths-in-fluoride-row-1-9280499

 

  Yorkshire Post August 6

From: A Wills, Dulverton Road, Ruislip, Middlesex. THANK you for your article on fluoridation (The Yorkshire Post, July 31). I think that Hull City Council’s Cabinet member Phil Webster is very wise to point out that adding the chemical fluoride to tap water supplies is “too expensive, undemocratic and unproven and is forced medication by the State”.

The biggest fall in tooth decay is in non-fluoridated Scandinavia! Medication should be prescribed individually according to a person’s weight and general health – not given to whole communities with no control over dosage received.

The chemical used in water fluoridation is fluorosilicic acid – toxic waste from the chimney scrubbers of phosphate fertiliser factories.
Too much fluoride can cause permanent staining of teeth – called dental fluorosis. Scotland has greatly reduced tooth decay with its “ChildSmile” scheme where young children clean their teeth properly every day in school. Simple, safe and cheap. Fluoridation is old technology, as only about one per cent of tap water is drunk by children.

Most of the water supply is used by industry and for washing and toilet flushing – so most of the added fluoride is public money down the drain!
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/yp-letters-fluoridation-is-old-hat-cleaning-teeth-is-better-1-9286241

 

Ivor Hueting: Repeating one final point from my comment on the news page:
Anyone who wants to know the facts and how they are challenged, just check the websites I mentioned: the UK safewaterinformation.org and the massive source of data  in the US: fluoridealert.com , or the books by Connettt or Bryson. You can also see that the early evidence from ‘parts of the world’, including the results in the first US fluoridations, has itself, been thoroughly discredited.

 

IRELAND

September 18

Áras hopeful Gemma O’Doherty declined the opportunity to clarify her vaccine doubts

Presidential hopeful Gemma O’Doherty told councillors she wants to educate Ireland about the risk to public health that she believes the fluoridation of the country’s drinking water supplies causes, Irish Medical Times reports.

O’Doherty, an investigative journalist, is seeking nomination for a place on the Áras ballot paper as an anti­-corruption candidate.

During the course of her campaign, however, she has been forced to deny claims she supports so-called anti-vax views….

“What I have learned is the obsession with the media with this (HPV) vaccine is so extreme, that in the last two weeks I have actually learned more about that vaccination than I ever realised and I am starting to wonder about it.“

However, in her presentation to councillors inside the chamber moments later, O’Doherty strayed off her anti-corruption script, speaking of her dismay that the drinking water supply in Ireland was still “medicated” years after she reported on the links between fluoridation and cancer.

She said that, if elected, she would “educate citizens” on the perils of fluoridation.

Nominations for the Áras close on September 26.

At the time of reporting, O’Doherty had yet to receive a nomination from a local authority.

peter.doyle@imt.ie

https://www.imt.ie/news/presidential-candidate-educate-citizens-perils-irish-water-f

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U.S.A.

Here is a good example of repeating the message of  recent studies of the dangers of fluoride by the New York Scientists Opposed to Fluoridiation, followed by more U.S. and other international news.

Aug 29

NEW YORK,  /PRNewswire/ — Studies linking fluoride to lower IQ, ADHD, thyroid dysfunction and depression are presented at the 2018 joint annual meeting of the ISES-ISEE (International Society of Exposure Science and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology) in Ottawa, Canada (August 26-30), reports New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF)

For example:

Green, et al. report an increase of 1 milligram per liter of maternal urinary fluoride during prenatal development was associated with a decrease of Full Scale IQ by 4.5 points in young boys.

Bashash et al. reports “Higher levels of prenatal fluoride exposure were associated with higher symptoms of ADHD…in the offspring at age 6-12 years.”

Hu et al. report “prenatal fluoride exposure, in the range of exposures reported for other general population samples of pregnant women and non-pregnant adults, was associated with lower scores on tests of cognitive function in the offspring at age 4 and 6-12 years.”

Malin et al: reports “Adults living in Canada who have moderate-to-severe iodine deficiencies and higher levels of urinary fluoride may be at an increased risk for underactive thyroid gland activity.”

Alvarez et al. “…exposure to fluoride during development can yield to a depressive-like behavior in rats, suggesting that high intake of fluoride must be prevented to avoid harmful effects at adulthood.”

These studies add to the growing mountain of scientific evidence showing fluoride’s adverse health effects, especially to the brain.

This evidence is downplayed or ignored by fluoridation promoters, according to Gesser-Edelsburg and Shir-Raz (Journal of Risk Research 2018) who report that 3 major expert committees (York, NRC, SCHER) found only poor quality fluoridation evidence proving “there is uncertainty surrounding both the safety and efficacy of fluoridation.”

Attorney Paul Beeber says, “For example, the American Fluoridation Society claims that fluoridation “is completely safe” but uses political maneuvers, T-shirts, misinformation and ad hominem attacks to intimidate legislators to retain fluoridation e.g. Potsdam, NY.”

Gesser-Edelsburg and Shir-Raz reveal that fluoridation policy-makers do what they accuse others of – share partial biased information in terms that misrepresent the actual situation.

Beeber says, “Kudos to Walden NY legislators who saw through the aggressive PR campaign to unanimously vote out fluoridation, May 2018. They paved the way for other NYS communities to navigate NYS’s new convoluted and unreasonable fluoridation law passed without citizen involvement.”

 

https://www.biospace.com/article/releases/new-studies-link-fluoride-to-adverse-health-effects/

An introduction and link to a new FAN video, that should be part of everyone’s basic knowledge.

Aug 15 FAN

The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has released a new video for our Fluoride Fundamentals series.  The latest production features FAN’s Director, Paul Connett, PhD, discussing the critical distinction between concentration, dose, and dosage as it relates to fluoride science.  This is a critical point to understand as proponents of fluoridation often mislead decision-makers by focusing on concentration rather than the overall dose residents of different sizes with unique medical histories are exposed to over time.
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August 2, 2018

The following is a recent press release sent out by FAN.  Please read, and share with your local media outlets (link to original release at bottom of page):

A recent government-funded study (Bashash et al. 2017) corroborates hundreds of previously published studies showing fluoride damages the brain. These shocking findings cannot be dismissed as “just one study” because they provide compelling evidence that pregnant women’s fluoride intake is linked to lower IQ in their offspring at levels commonly consumed in the US, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

Paul Connett, FAN Director says, “We are shocked and dismayed that public health officials and the media aren’t informing pregnant women to limit their fluoride intake.”

The Bashash study was funded by the US National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and Environmental Protection Agency, and published in the US government journal, Environmental Health Perspectives.

This landmark study involved 299 mother-child pairs. IQ tests of the children were at age 4 and again at 6-12. After controlling for many potential confounding factors, the results show a loss of IQ points in the offspring strongly correlating with the measured amounts of fluoride in the mother’s urine during pregnancy.

When the mothers’ fluoride levels are compared on a graph to the children’s IQ scores, an increase in urine fluoride of 1 mg/liter is associated with a loss of 5 to 6 IQ points. The correlation is statistically significant at a 95 percent confidence level, which means that the results of this study are very reliable.

“These findings are highly relevant to Americans because 1 mg/liter corresponds to the difference in urine fluoride levels between adults living in communities that add fluoride to their drinking water compared to communities that don’t add fluoride,” says Connett.

In news stories, fluoridation advocates use a few limited or poorly done studies to dismiss hundreds of studies linking fluoride to negative brain effects.

“There is no longer any doubt that fluoride gets into the brain and causes damage,” says Connett. “Fluoride doesn’t belong in our brains or in our water. It’s time to invoke the precautionary principle and stop artificial fluoridation worldwide.”

FAN has begun the Moms2B Avoid Fluoride campaign to inform women and families about this study and the need to limit fluoride intake during pregnancy – see

http://fluoridealert.org/issues/moms2b/.

*See original press release on PR Newswire at https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/why-is-us-failing-to-inform-pregnant-women-to-limit-fluoride-ingestion-300686459.html

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Jane Austen would have a field day with an analysis of the emotions and behavior of the opponents and proponents of water fluoridation.

Opponents of fluoridation come from the head, the heart and the body.

Those who approach evidence with an open mind, quickly find evidence that this practice has the potential to cause more harm (especially to the developing brain, Bashash et al, 2017) than benefit (only a small and questionable reduction in tooth decay, Cochrane, 2015).

Those who approach the matter with the heart and their conscience, only need one argument: no government has the right to force the citizens under its jurisdiction to take a medicine without their informed consent. Unthinkable; no other argument is necessary.

Then there are others who discover the unacceptability of this practice via the evidence presented by their own bodies combined with careful observation. These are the people who are very sensitive to fluoride’s toxic effects. Their symptoms range from skin complaints (rashes, acne) through to skeletal and muscular conditions (pains in the joints) to neurological complaints (headaches) and tiredness not relieved by sleep. Sometimes after years of unsuccessful treatment of these conditions by a variety of doctors, these citizens discover that their own bodies are sensitive instruments to fluoride detection. They discover that their symptoms disappear as they avoid fluoride and reappear when they accidentally get re-exposed to fluoride. They are totally convinced, but medical professionals too often treat them like idiots. After 70 years of such complaints not one health body in the fluoridated world has done the decent and professional thing and investigated what they are content to call “anecdotal” reports with carefully designed double-blind studies.

In reality, toxicologists would expect that, if you expose a large population to a known toxic substance, a small percentage of the population will experience toxic effects. These people represent the sensitive tail end of the normal distribution of response. This is precisely why you should never deliberately expose the whole population to a toxic substance through the water supply. These canaries are exactly what you would expect.

Often those affected by this combined knowledge of physical sensitivity and professional indifference become fluoridation’s most vociferous and persistent opponents. I am thinking of the late Dr. Albert Burgstahler (for whom Dr. George Waldbott diagnosed his poor thyroid function to fluoride sensitivity); to Audrey Adams whose autistic son Kyle is supersensitive to fluoride; to Karen Spencer who after many years of painful symptoms–and failed professional diagnosis–finally identified herself that fluoride was the cause…and many others too numerous to identify.

And now comes Melissa Gallico who discovered that her acne cleared up when she went to unfluoridated Scotland (and other unfluoridated countries) and returned when she returned to the USA. She has published a book on her experiences.

And Melissa Gallicao has now produced a brilliant and creative video.

It is presented as a fairytale. In just 7 minutes and 16 seconds she combines science, poetry, history, logic and common sense to deliver a really powerful punch against this outdated practice.

Please also sign Melissa’s petition to Congress!

With the clues provided in the title, I think our readers can finish this essay when it comes to what drives our opponents.

Sincerely

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September 28, 2018

 The third video in the Fluoride Action Network’s Fluoride Fundamentals series is now available.  The latest production features FAN’s Director, Paul Connett, PhD, discussing the importance of applying a regulatory margin of safety in an effort to protect whole populations from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals like fluoride.

According to chapter 20 of Connett’s book, “The Case Against Fluoride:”

“It is not disputed that, at moderate to high doses, fluoride can cause serious health problems and other adverse effects.  The crucial question is whether there is a sufficient margin of safety between the doses that cause those effects and the doses experienced in fluoridated communities…this margin of safety has to be sufficiently large to protect everyone, including the most vulnerable, not just the average person.  Moreover, it has to be large enough to protect the whole population over a lifetime of exposure.”

It is reckless to continue promoting fluoridation when studies indicate that thyroid function and IQ in children can be lowered by fluoride exposure levels found in “optimally fluoridated” communities.  Because there is no adequate margin of safety, the practice ought to be discontinued immediately.  Click below to watch the video and learn more:
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Potsdam NY

Aug 21

In contrast to the Aug. 9 editorial in the Watertown Daily Times titled “Chew on this: Potsdam should continue adding fluoride to its water supply”: The authors have regurgitated the standard pro-fluoridation mantra and is seemingly not interested in conducting their own research.

Concerning adding sodium fluoride as a more expensive alternative option “or using a different technique known as a sodium fluoride saturation system. The latter would be the most expensive option but would ensure lower maintenance costs and less acute health impacts. Also, with the new technique, less vapor would escape, thus requiring fewer repairs.”

Note: Potsdam uses hydrofluorosilicic acid identified as a neurotoxin and a waste byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry.

The more expensive alternative sodium fluoride may be even more expensive in the long run as sodium fluoride from China clogged up the pipes in a water district, which caused Amesbury, Mass., to cease fluoridation in 2011.

According to Boston.com: “Amesbury residents voted to eliminate the city’s water fluoridation program. The service began more than 40 years ago but has been discontinued since 2009 after growing concerns about the clogging and about the inability to measure just how much fluoride officials were adding into the drinking water” (http://wdt.me/maVNRm).

Stating further: “The vote came just weeks before Amesbury will unveil its newly renovated, $16 million water filtration plant. [Amesbury Mayor Thatcher Kezer III] said one of the main reasons for the vote was to gauge residents’ interest in retrofitting the upgraded plant to distribute liquefied fluoride. That retrofit would cost $250,000, said Kezer, but is unlikely to happen now given the vote results.”

Another item of interest concerning sodium fluoride local officials should consider is this from DrBicuspid.com: “If the U.S. government follows through on a threat to double tariffs on Chinese goods, China will retaliate by imposing tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. products, including several dental products, the Chinese government announced on Aug. 3” (http://wdt.me/DeV26V).

China is preparing to add duties ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent on more than 5,000 U.S. goods. Both professional and personal oral health care items from the United States are on China’s tariff list, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash and sodium fluoride at 20 percent duty.

Finally, here is a question for our village of Potsdam officials as well as our public health officials. According to the referenced “engineer study,” there are “less acute health impacts.” What are those less acute health impacts?

Dean Laubscher

Potsdam

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/opinion/potsdam-needs-to-consider-facts-on-fluoride-20180821

 

PARRY SOUND

Sep 21

— The town has come under fire by a local anti-fluoride group for hosting a fluoride-related public meeting next month calling the move “election influencing.”

In March 2016 the Town of Parry Sound approved the removal of fluoride from its drinking water after nearly a year of debates and discussions.

In a recorded vote, all members of council except for Coun. Bonnie Keith were in favour of removing fluoride from the town’s water.

In January, the town also approved putting the question “Are you in favour of the fluoridation of the public water supply of this municipality?” on the ballot for the Oct. 22 municipal election.

If a majority of ratepayers want fluoride reinstated into the drinking water, upgrades will need to be made to the Tony Agnello Water Treatment Plant. Costs for the upgrades in 2015 were approximately $250,000. That cost today, said Peter Brown, town of Parry Sound director of public works, would be substantially higher.

At its Sept. 18 meeting the town approved hosting a public meeting during its Oct. 2 council meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m., allowing representatives from both sides of the issue, as well as members of the public the opportunity to speak.

The resolution read: “Council for the Town of Parry Sound wishes to ensure that the residents of Parry Sound can hear information about both sides of the question in a public form.”

Jackie Boggs, town clerk, said although a public information session could be held, allowing both sides the opportunity to speak, it wouldn’t give any members of the community the same opportunity and suggested a public meeting instead.

“What I was trying to do was to get each side have two formal speakers who provide some information to the public — they would have 10 minutes — and then after that the audience could ask questions or provide their own statement,” she said. “I think this is important because we haven’t seen a lot of momentum on this, considering we’ve seen a lot of movement in 2016.”

On Sept. 19 Parry Sounders for Progressive Water Management chair Joe Moloney said the town should not be holding a public meeting and said someone on council is overstepping their bounds.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit medical officer of Health/executive director Dr. Jim Chirico declined a debate with Dr. Hardy Limeback earlier this year, but he or a health unit representative, is expected to speak at the meeting next month.

“(Dr. Chirico is) not willing to do a proper debate but (the health unit) is willing to come in at the last minute and try and drop these fear tactics on everybody. It’s not right and they should be stopped,” Moloney said. “They should have to get out and do their damn leg work like we have to. We’ve got 2,000 flyers we’re going to be delivering door to door in the next week that we’ve paid for out of our pocket.”

The group has also rented space inside the Parry Sound Public Library for an information session on Sept. 26 with Limeback.

“After (fluoride) was taken out, we went to the town and said ‘We’ll be able to make a deputation to council on it,’ and we were told no, because now it’s an election issue and it was up to us to go out on to the street and make our case … This is almost election influencing as far as I’m concerned … We have to make our case to the people at our expense and suddenly they’re going to have all of this for the other side’s benefit — it’s not for our benefit.”

On Sept. 19 Boggs she said she told the anti-fluoride group they would not be permitted to do another deputation to council as it would be considered campaigning; however, this meeting is not like a deputation as the information is being provided to the public, not to council. Boggs added that the public meeting is to ensure voters are well-informed about both sides of the issue before Oct. 22.

“It’s a public meeting. Council has a regular meeting, they adjourn to a public meeting — just like they do for a rezoning bylaw — and then these speakers … will have the opportunity one after the other … and then the rest of the time whoever is the audience can come up to the mic and offer their opinion,” said Boggs. “We’re not legislated to do this and in most cases when there’s a question (on the ballot) all of the discussion leads up to (the election), where we’ve had kind of a two-year (lull). It’s just for when people get to the ballot … I’m encouraging them to find out something about it before they go and vote so that it’s fair.”

To ensure that the public meeting is seen and attended by as many people as possible the town is looking into the possibility of hosting the event at the Stockey Centre and have it recorded and available on YouTube the following day as the council chambers can only hold 70 people.

Sep 28

Interesting the heading on a short letter

Conrad van der Valk questions benefits of fluoride in Parry Sound water

Opinion Sep 28, 2018 Parry Sound North Star

The World Health Organization reports that since 1970, tooth decay rates have greatly declined in all western countries, irrespective of whether the country ever fluoridated its water.

Tooth decay rates declined at the same rates in the U.S. and other fluoridated countries since 1970.

Ninety seven to 98 per cent of continental European countries are no longer fluoridating or have never fluoridated their water. Most get it through toothpaste, salt or milk. They have rejected, banned or stopped fluoridation of water due to environmental, health, legal or ethical reasons.

Conrad van der Valk,

Parry Sound

https://www.parrysound.com/opinion-story/8930445-conrad-van-der-valk-questions-benefits-of-fluoride-in-parry-sound-water/

Potsdam

September 11

I am an RN with a master’s of science in adult health & wellness and 2 years post grad work in functional medicine. Functional medicine looks for the root causes of client’s ill health symptoms and diagnostic labels.

Lifestyle education, around the root causes of their ill health and how to change/remove these factors from their lifestyle, supports the client’s work to heal their own health.

I see private clients to support their return to health. A significant percentage of my clients have autoimmune and/or thyroid – glandular issues. Education around removing toxins from their lifestyle is important in their self-healing process.

I teach them to remove fluoride, chlorine, and bromides to enhance their glandular systems functioning. These substances are all halogens on the periodic table of chemical elements. Our body cells have iodine receptor sites that uptake iodine into the cells for metabolic purposes.

Fluoride is chemically quite similar to iodine – they are both halogens in the period table of elements – fluoride can wreak havoc on the thyroid both through direct competition (with iodine) for uptake into thyroid hormone and also by calcifying thyroid tissue itself.

We are still early in the clinical exploration period of the long-term effects of fluoride on health. Given early evidence and because exposure is unavoidable in so many products and community settings, my recommendation to my clients is to avoid fluoride wherever possible. I educate clients to filter village/municipal water to avoid drinking, cooking with, and bathing in chlorine and fluoride and to do their best to avoid it in public places (restaurants, etc.).

Another important ethical concern in this fluoride debate is medicating the public via the water supply and calling this preventative medicine. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are huge health problems in our culture. How many people would be advocates of medicating the public, via the water supply, for prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease?

The decision to remove, or no longer continue, fluoridation of public water supplies is a critical ethical issue.

http://northcountrynow.com/letters/opinion-potsdam-woman-wonders-if-we-should-medicate-public-water-supply-0242576

POTSDAM

16September

POTSDAM — The village Board of Trustees has heard impassioned arguments and orchestrated presentations from both sides in the fluoridation debate leading up to a vote on it Sept. 17.

They have heard from dozens of citizens, both locals and people from afar. Dueling professionals, a dentist from Florida who leads a group in favor of fluoridation and a former chemist from St. Lawrence University whose life now revolves around opposition, have spoken in Potsdam in the last several weeks.

The effort organized by local medical and dental professionals to persuade board members to continue has been impressive.

Their first salvo came on July 26 when internal medicine and primary care physician Dr. Andrew Williams, in his capacity as president of the St. Lawrence County Board of Health and with the endorsement of the county Public Health Department, wrote that the Board of Health “strongly urges the Village of Potsdam to continue fluoridation of water in the village. He calls fluoridation “a well-established, safe measure to improve the oral health and general health of children and adults in the community” that would continue to be of benefit.

At the next village board meeting Aug. 20, dozens of people in blue t-shirts saying “I (Heart) Fluoride” arrived in a well-organized effort to show their approval of fluoridation. Many of them of them were local medical and dental practitioners who wanted to testify to their interpretations of data and share their own observations. They were doctors, dentists, oral surgeons and other medical professionals who spoke about the proven worth of fluoridation and the detrimental effects of abandoning such programs.

If trustees take into consideration the apparent strength of feeling, on both sides, about the issue in the community, they will be hard pressed to decide.

If the numbers of people expressing opinions on each side at the recent board meetings are the measure of that sentiment, the edge goes to those in favor of water fluoridation.

http://www.northcountrynow.com/news/medical-and-dental-professionals-urge-potsdam-continue-fluoridating-water-0242948 POTSDAM

 

POTSDAM 18 September

– Fluoridation of village municipal water has been approved following another round of statements on both sides of the issue and a 4 to 1 vote in favor by the trustees and mayor.

Trustee Steve Warr voted no. “I’m concerned about the way it’s being done,” with the “targeting” approach failing to be effective enough.

Echoing some of the speakers at Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, who said in spite of fluoridation there was still an “epidemic” of poor dental health in the community, Warr said, “I don’t doubt that it helps, but if we still have an epidemic, we’re not doing it well.”

The three other trustees and Mayor Ron Tischler decided to “defer to the professionals,” as trustee Maggie McKenna put it, referring to the doctors and other medical practitioners who once again turned out in numbers Monday to speak for continuation of a program they believe in.

Those speakers once again spoke of their knowledge of the research on the matter showing clear effectiveness and safety of fluoridation, and the dangers of abandoning a program that works to help prevent not only cavities but the more serious follow-on conditions they can lead to, such as heart and brain infections, which can be fatal.

Trustee Abby Lee said she agreed with Warr that “more is needed” with help from county and regional resources, but that she voted to go with “what the majority of taxpayers want.”

Trustee Cindy Goliber said her personal experience, living in places with and without fluoride in the water and the worse results she had without fluoride, “leads me to believe in it.”

Mayor Tischler said after the several long public sessions with speakers for and against fluoridating the water and from others with different ideas, and being “inundated with letters and emails” in recent months, he was voting for fluoridation because “it’s probably the best thing for the majority of the people in the village.”

That left the opponents unsatisfied that the board had not been persuaded by the examples of research they believe clearly show the danger of fluoridation.

Dean Laubscher, one of the leading local opponents of fluoridation, said last night’s board vote was not decisive, and that he would work toward staging a referendum on the issue.

http://northcountrynow.com/news/village-potsdam-approves-controversial-fluoridation-municipal-water-4-1-vote-0243080

https://www.parrysound.com/news-story/8911940-anti-fluoride-group-opposes-parry-sound-public-meeting-on-issue/

CANADA

Sep 29

Delhi, Ontario

 – A local teacher who was disciplined last year for his anti-vaccination views is campaigning for a seat on Norfolk council on an anti-fluoridation platform.

Tim Sullivan of Simcoe, a science and special needs teacher with the Grand Erie District School Board, is seeking to replace incumbent councillor Mike Columbus in Delhi-area Ward 3.

Sullivan introduced himself to Ward 3 voters Wednesday at an all-candidates event at the Delhi German Home.

In his opening remarks, Sullivan spoke about his opposition to fluoridated water and his belief that the chemical added to municipal water to prevent cavities – fluorosilicic acid – is toxic and bad for human health.

If elected, Sullivan said he will work to eliminate fluoridated water in Simcoe and Delhi.

Thirteen candidates for Norfolk council attended Wednesday’s meeting, which was organized by the Delhi and District Chamber of Commerce.

The three mayoral candidates in Norfolk – Kristal Chopp of Port Dover, Russell Colebrook of Simcoe, and incumbent Charlie Luke of Simcoe – shared their vision for the future and fielded questions from the floor. Also sharing their platforms were council candidates in Langton-area Ward 2, Delhi-area Ward 3 and Windham-area Ward 4.

After a time, laughter greeted Sullivan’s approach to the microphone because – no matter the issue — he found a way to steer the discussion toward his anti-fluoridation views.

In response to a question about a water line at the Delhi baseball park that has been broken for a considerable time, Sullivan said he would take savings from the elimination of fluoridated water and devote them to an immediate repair.

In response to a question about the pending legalization of marijuana, Sullivan said he was glad that cannabis is not toxic.

“Otherwise, the county might try to slip it into our water,” he said.

And – in response to a question about what Norfolk can do to retain its young people – Sullivan said, “I’d ply them with fresh, fluoride-free water.”

Sullivan made headlines last year when the Ontario College of Teachers found him guilty of professional misconduct for aggressively promoting anti-vaccination viewpoints in the workplace.

Sullivan’s actions included an angry exchange with a public health nurse at a school in 2015 while medical staff were conducting a vaccination clinic.

All five councillor candidates in Delhi – Leslie Berta, Columbus, Albert Guiler, Darryl Smart and Sullivan – attended the chamber event.

Columbus told the crowd he believes Delhi has turned a corner now that storefronts are filling up again and downtown vacancies are scarce.

Smart brought a message of unity, saying he wants to help Norfolk council overcome its tendency toward ward jealousies and pull together as a team.

Guiler, a retiree with nearly 40 years experience as a municipal administrator, agrees with the popular view that red tape and bureaucracy are holding Norfolk back in important areas.

However, Guiler said that’s because municipal administrators must navigate more than 200 provincial statutes in the discharge of their duties.

“Staff doesn’t make the rules and council doesn’t make the rules,” Guiler said. “The province is the sticker. Until the province is on board, we can’t change them.”

On the same subject, Berta said something needs to give. Berta says service clubs with a history of big projects are finding it more and more difficult to carry on due to the increasing number of regulatory obstacles in their path.

The all-candidates event lasted three hours. At its peak, there were about 300 onlookers in the banquet hall of the German Home.

Chamber president Jim Norman was pleased with the outcome.

“I thought the size of the crowd was indicative of the interest in the community in this election,” Norman said. “There is a lot of interest and a lot of enthusiasm. We hope that translates into more people voting and participating in the process.

“We’ve taken away from this that people are more interested in this election than they’ve ever been. I was told that past candidate events in Delhi might attract 100, 150 people. There were nearly 300 people here with many standing at the back of the room.”

https://www.simcoereformer.ca/news/local-news/ward-3-candidate-presses-anti-fluoridation-platform

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Paracelsus’ old adage “the dose makes the poison” is well exemplified by fluoride. Many people know that fluoride is commonly added to drinking water supplies to promote dental health and lower the risk of cavities. And while low levels of fluoride are indeed safe and effective, exposure to elevated fluoride levels can cause dental fluorosis and other serious health problems (“Water Fluoridation Controversy” even merits its own Wikipedia page [1]). As a result, water fluoridation is carefully monitored to ensure that fluoride levels are kept in the proper range. For example, New York City releases an annual “Drinking Water Supply and Quality Report” that includes data on measured fluoride levels — the most recent 2017 report describes fluoridation data taken for over 2,000 samples [2].

To increase the accuracy and efficiency of fluoride level monitoring, chemists have put a great deal of effort into developing methods of sensing fluoride in solution. In a recent study titled Fluoride Detection with a Redox-Active Naphthalene Diimide Metal–Organic Framework, published in the journal Polyhedron, our group has reported a new strategy for developing fluoride sensor devices [3].

https://sciencetrends.com/a-novel-method-for-fluoride-detection/

From the Lund Report

Sept 14

Putting a drug – any drug – in drinking water is absurd. Putting fluoride – a known neurotoxin – in the water is unconscionable.

Yet the U.S. government has endorsed water fluoridation since 1950. Many organizations in the medical establishment, led by the American Dental Association, American Medical Association and American Public Health Association, quickly jumped on the bandwagon, before any long-term health studies were done.

They’ve never climbed off, denying the wealth of research demonstrating fluoride’s harmful effects, including recent strong evidence it can lower IQ’s in children. Indeed, in 2006, the National Research Council asserted “It is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain and body. In the following decade, 189 out of 196 peer-reviewed studies – human, animal, and cellular – found fluoride to be neurotoxic.

My Stedman’s Medical Dictionary defines a drug as “a substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease” or “such a substance as recognized or defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

Melinda Plaisier, the FDA associate commissioner for legislation, stated in an official letter to the U.S. House of Representatives “Fluoride, when used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or animal, is a drug that is subject to FDA regulation.”

Fluoride is used to prevent cavities. Consequently, the FDA regulates it, requiring a prescription for fluoride tablets and a label on fluoridated toothpaste that says, for children under 6, “If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”

But once fluoride is added to public water supplies, the FDA no longer takes responsibility for it as a drug. If you’re looking for logic or consistency, look elsewhere.

Instead, it’s regulated by the EPA as a contaminant, which it certainly is. It’s highly toxic in its own right, and the chemical typically used, fluorosilicic acid (FSA), can be contaminated with lead, arsenic and heavy metals. If FSA isn’t used for fluoridation, it must be disposed of as a hazardous waste. (I’m not making this up.) Again, if you’re looking for logic . . .

When you go to a doctor’s office there are standard safety protocols for his/her recommending a drug. It is prescribed for you only, based on your personal medical history. It’s a specific dose and prescribed for a specific period of time. The doctor must tell you its potential harmful side effects. But it’s still up to you – the patient – to decide if you’ll take the drug or not.

When you add fluoride to the water, every one of these protocols is violated. This is both absurd and unethical. It takes away your right of informed consent.

It is one main reason that many European countries have banned fluoridation. And for those that don’t have a nationwide ban, it’s a major reason that the vast majority of their cities and towns either decided they don’t want it or simply consider it a non-issue. Out of 48 European nations, only five have any fluoridated cities. Over 98% of Europeans drink unfluoridated water.

European health officials’ statements make it clear:

  • Netherlands: “The addition of chemicals to drinking water is prohibited by law in the Netherlands. This law came into effect because it was widely perceived that drinking water should not be used as a vehicle for pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, fluoridation of drinking water would conflict with the freedom to choose for natural drinking water.”
  • Belgium: “This water treatment has never been of use . . . The main reason . . . is the fundamental position of the drinking water sector that it is not its task to deliver medicinal treatment to people.”
  • France: “Fluoride chemicals are not included in the list (of ‘chemicals for drinking water treatment).’ This is due to ethical as well as medical considerations.”
  • Germany: “The Federal Ministry of Health cites ‘the problematic nature of (compulsory) medication’ in not fluoridating.”
  • Czech Republic: “(Fluoridation) is not under consideration because this form of supplementation is considered uneconomical, unecological, unethical – forced medication.”

Adding fluoride to water to prevent cavities is as nonsensical as putting statins in water to lower cholesterol, Prozac to treat depression, or even aspirin to relieve headaches. Prescribing drugs isn’t one-size-fits-all. Virtually any can have harmful side effects, especially to vulnerable sub-populations like children, pregnant women and those who are medically fragile.

There is no other drug allowed in U.S. water supplies.

It is sheer absurdity that we’re still allowing this one.

Rick North is the former executive vice president of the Oregon American Cancer Society and former project director for Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Campaign for Safe Food. He can be reached at hrnorth@hevanet.com.

Sep 4 2018

https://www.thelundreport.org/content/opinion-water-fluoridation-emperor-without-clothes

Putting a drug – any drug – in drinking water is absurd. Putting fluoride – a known neurotoxin – in the water is unconscionable.

Yet the U.S. government has endorsed water fluoridation since 1950. Many organizations in the medical establishment, led by the American Dental Association, American Medical Association and American Public Health Association, quickly jumped on the bandwagon, before any long-term health studies were done.

They’ve never climbed off, denying the wealth of research demonstrating fluoride’s harmful effects, including recent strong evidence it can lower IQ’s in children. Indeed, in 2006, the National Research Council asserted “It is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain and body. In the following decade, 189 out of 196 peer-reviewed studies – human, animal, and cellular – found fluoride to be neurotoxic.

My Stedman’s Medical Dictionary defines a drug as “a substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease” or “such a substance as recognized or defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

Melinda Plaisier, the FDA associate commissioner for legislation, stated in an official letter to the U.S. House of Representatives “Fluoride, when used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or animal, is a drug that is subject to FDA regulation.”

Fluoride is used to prevent cavities. Consequently, the FDA regulates it, requiring a prescription for fluoride tablets and a label on fluoridated toothpaste that says, for children under 6, “If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”

But once fluoride is added to public water supplies, the FDA no longer takes responsibility for it as a drug. If you’re looking for logic or consistency, look elsewhere.

Instead, it’s regulated by the EPA as a contaminant, which it certainly is. It’s highly toxic in its own right, and the chemical typically used, fluorosilicic acid (FSA), can be contaminated with lead, arsenic and heavy metals. If FSA isn’t used for fluoridation, it must be disposed of as a hazardous waste. (I’m not making this up.) Again, if you’re looking for logic . . .

When you go to a doctor’s office there are standard safety protocols for his/her recommending a drug. It is prescribed for you only, based on your personal medical history. It’s a specific dose and prescribed for a specific period of time. The doctor must tell you its potential harmful side effects. But it’s still up to you – the patient – to decide if you’ll take the drug or not.

When you add fluoride to the water, every one of these protocols is violated. This is both absurd and unethical. It takes away your right of informed consent.

It is one main reason that many European countries have banned fluoridation. And for those that don’t have a nationwide ban, it’s a major reason that the vast majority of their cities and towns either decided they don’t want it or simply consider it a non-issue. Out of 48 European nations, only five have any fluoridated cities. Over 98% of Europeans drink unfluoridated water.

European health officials’ statements make it clear:

  • Netherlands: “The addition of chemicals to drinking water is prohibited by law in the Netherlands. This law came into effect because it was widely perceived that drinking water should not be used as a vehicle for pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, fluoridation of drinking water would conflict with the freedom to choose for natural drinking water.”
  • Belgium: “This water treatment has never been of use . . . The main reason . . . is the fundamental position of the drinking water sector that it is not its task to deliver medicinal treatment to people.”
  • France: “Fluoride chemicals are not included in the list (of ‘chemicals for drinking water treatment).’ This is due to ethical as well as medical considerations.”
  • Germany: “The Federal Ministry of Health cites ‘the problematic nature of (compulsory) medication’ in not fluoridating.”
  • Czech Republic: “(Fluoridation) is not under consideration because this form of supplementation is considered uneconomical, unecological, unethical – forced medication.”

Adding fluoride to water to prevent cavities is as nonsensical as putting statins in water to lower cholesterol, Prozac to treat depression, or even aspirin to relieve headaches. Prescribing drugs isn’t one-size-fits-all. Virtually any can have harmful side effects, especially to vulnerable sub-populations like children, pregnant women and those who are medically fragile.

There is no other drug allowed in U.S. water supplies.

It is sheer absurdity that we’re still allowing this one.

Rick North is the former executive vice president of the Oregon American Cancer Society and former project director for Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Campaign for Safe Food. He can be reached at hrnorth@hevanet.com.

New Jersey 13 Aug

A new poll finds that New jersey residents are divided over the benefits of fluoridated water.

Fairleigh Dickinson political science professor Dan Cassino says half of New Jersey’s residents believe fluoride in drinking water is a good thing while 34 percent are not convinced.

Cassino says Just 15 percent of Garden State residents receive fluoridated water because most municipal water systems in New Jersey serve multiple communities and any of them can prevent fluoride from being added to the water.

“The way you set the water system means that even a small group of people who are worried about fluoride being a government mind control plot, which is a more widely accepted view than you might think, can block fluoridation for almost any large municipal water sources.”

Cassino says much of the opposition to fluoridation comes from people who don’t trust the government.

“If you don’t trust the government, you’re not going to trust it to provide these essential services that you need every day. We all need water. You get it from the government. So if you don’t trust the government, you’re not going to trust it to do anything, even the stuff you actually need.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fluoridation is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay.

http://www.wbgo.org/post/many-nj-residents-skeptical-about-benefits-fluoridation#stream/0

Potsdam, NY State Aug 17

Mass medication

Friday, August 17, 2018 – 9:17 am

Fluoridation of the public water is a public health threat. The act of medicating a population, against the will of a large percentage of that population, is criminal. According to advocates of fluoridation, this is a medical intervention to prevent dental caries in children, with an emphasis on the poor. While some may have good intentions, the ethics of the issue remain the same. Opponents to fluoride are not given a way to opt out of this dental treatment. According to medical ethics in civilized societies a patient’s rights include informed consent for any medical treatment, which proponents suggest is the reason for the current policy. There are numerous scientists who have concluded that fluoridation poses a risk to human development, including the brain. Fluoridation of the public water supply results in lowered IQ, according to many scientists. Even if there is a chance for a decline in mental health for one child, fluoridation is wrong. There are many other health and environmental concerns related to this issue. Sacrificing brain and bone health for dental health is not a good trade off. The current recommendations are based on out-of-date data. Let’s come together as a community and do what is best for everyone. People who want to fluoridate themselves can, even the poor. Public health policy should be geared toward making healthy dietary choices more affordable and ensuring the poor have a livable wage, not mass medication.

http://www.northcountrynow.com/sound_off/mass-medication-0240956

 

Rutland Aug 13

Experts question fluoride-free toothpaste” (Herald, Aug. 8) provided some hopeful signs for those of us who oppose fluoridation of public water supplies like Rutland’s.

First, the increasing demand for fluoride-free toothpaste suggests a growing public awareness of fluoride’s toxicity. I believe that awareness will ultimately end the reckless and unethical practice of fluoridation — an uncontrolled dosage of a drug with known side effects.

Second, the AP article, while generally favorable to fluoride toothpaste, at least acknowledged legitimate diversity of opinion on its value. Also, the article noted the lack of quality research on fluoride toothpaste.

This is journalistic progress. On the fluoridation question, it has been like pulling teeth to interest major media like the Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and On Point radio to address fluoridation as a serious issue. I’ve tried, on behalf of the Fluoride Action Network. None of those influential media will give us the time of day.

Maybe that’s starting to change.

Jack Crowther
Rutland

 

http://www.rutlandherald.com/articles/fluoride-free-toothpaste/

 

Austraila

This selection of reports,letters and comments hifhlight the action in Oberon, New South Wales, where fluoridation was accepted with 89% of the population voting against it.

 

Fraser Coast

from the Chronicle Sep 28

Council not reconsidering stance on water fluoridation. The Fraser Coast council voted 8-3 in February 2013 to stop water fluoridation. AMA Queensland vice president Dr Michael Cleary reports .

Madeay,Dempsey NSW

Sept 16

LAST week’s opinion piece on fluoridation on this page by Ross Holborow, was strong on passion but weak on facts and common sense.

To dismiss the reality that almost all of Europe has now scrapped fluoridation from the water as nothing but a green infection of local government bodies is nonsense. Almost every country in Europe, whether they are politically to the right or left, has now eliminated fluoridation, for very good reason.

As Ross acknowledges, fluoride is a poison, and thinking people are deciding that they want to give their bodies the best chance possible and eliminate as many poisons as they can from the only human body they have.

The fluoridation of our cities and town water supplies has only spawned a vibrant bottled water industry. I personally avoid fluoridated and chlorinated water as much as I can. Fortunately my family and I have the luxury of tank water and survive very well without intestinal infections.

To fluoridate the water with the supposed aim of improving teeth quality, would have to be the most inefficient way that you could possibly do it. The amount of our water supply that people actually drink is extremely small. The vast majority of our water is used to wash our cars, wash our clothes, wash our bodies, water the garden, involved in industry, make concrete, wash houses and the list goes on. The actual amount that is drunk is minuscule in this larger equation.

The Europeans have long worked this ridiculous inefficiency out.

Without a doubt water fluoridation is used as a medication. Medication as defined in the dictionary is “a drug or other form of medicine that is used to treat or prevent disease”, and tooth decay is a disease. Therefore fluoridation of our water supply is a compulsory medication, and unavoidable for those who are not financially able to drink only bottled water or afford a water filter that will remove the fluoride contamination.

Michael O’Neill, Bellbrook

https://www.macleayargus.com.au/story/5644952/letter-drippy-argument/

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Oberon, NSW

August 20

ON Tuesday evening, July 17, I attended the Oberon Council meeting where the decision was made to fluoridate the town water supply.

I had to leave the meeting prior to the vote taking place as I was leaving the next morning for a short holiday and I had yet to pack my bag.

Over the last few months there has been a gathering of how the people of Oberon felt about having their water supply fluoridated. We all respect that we may have different views, however the percentage of 69 per cent saying no is a significant number.

Democracy is what we ask from all levels of government: federal, state and local. Democracy is provided by allowing the community to have their say and representatives from all three levels of government should never forget the reason they have been elected.

All we, the people, ask for is democracy. We are tired of being told how to live and what to do without any consideration for our point of view.

I had been speaking with our mayor Kathy Sajowitz well before the decision night and I had told her that I knew, along with many other residents in Oberon, how the vote would go.

I was also prepared to provide the names of who would vote for and those who would vote against.

I had not been attending council meetings and so the information I had was from the people of Oberon and I was told the vote would go 5 to 4 for fluoridating the water supply. At that early time, it was not known that Cr Doney would not be there.

I wonder whether we here in Oberon have extrasensory powers or are we able to read minds? I will leave the decision on this up to you, the readers.

The mayor had assured me that it was impossible for people to know how the vote would go because there had been no discussion on the matter of fluoridation.

And yet the information was correct and even the names were correct, excluding Cr Doney.

Could it be that perhaps the information sessions was where councillors had been having some discussion, because there has been nothing in council business papers?

Are you aware that council holds information sessions prior to the council meeting? I am told it is not obligatory for councillors to attend the information sessions. I am also told the community cannot attend these sessions.

On the morning of July 18, I sent off an email to our mayor letting her know I was sadly disappointed and angry.

I was angry because it is not so long ago that there was a battle going on in Oberon to save our local government and we were saying we wanted our own local government so we could have real democracy.

Do you believe our local government care about what the people wanted? When around 70 per cent – and the correct figure, it seems, is only 69 per cent – said no to the fluoride being added to the town water supply.

Councillors, we fought the state government and we fought for democracy and the right to have our own local government which would represent the views of the community.

Councillors, can you now see that we believe we have been duped? Duped because it seems you fell at the first hurdle. It seems to us that you have forgotten all the promises you made and the most important matter of all to represent the views of the community.

Democracy is decided on by the majority and the majority was 69 per cent.

I spoke with our mayor some time back when this issue first came to light and suggested if ever there was an issue that needed a public meeting, it was fluoride.

Council, it seems, were only going to survey those who attended the strategic plan meetings held in Oberon, Black Springs, Burraga and O’Connell.

Generally, these special meetings have not been proven to be a real crowd-gatherer.

It took the group fighting against fluoridation to get the council forms out to people so they could have their say and then it seems the 300 or so people surveyed by phone was more important.

I was one who was phone surveyed and can anyone tell why they had to know what education standard you had reached?

Does it require tertiary education to know if you drink town water or not?

I ask readers to look at the names of those who voted yes to fluoridate Oberon’s water supply: mayor Kathy Sajowitz, Andrew McKibbin, Don Capel, Mark Kellam and Mick McKechnie.

Did you vote for these councillors? Did you expect that they would provide democracy and represent the views of the majority?

Do you feel these councillors knew what the community wanted?

Now look at the councillors who voted no to fluoridate Oberon’s water supply: deputy mayor Kerry Gibbons, Clive McCarthy and Brenda Lyon. We believe Ian Doney would most likely have voted with these three (at least that is what was told by the mind-readers).

Did you vote for these councillors? I believe these three considered the majority views of the community.

A special thanks to Brenda Lyon, who on the night of the vote asked questions and spoke well. Thank you, Brenda (even though without a microphone it was difficult to hear you properly).

I can only say I am saddened and disappointed. My faith and trust in our local government is, for the time being, shattered. Perhaps we are lucky it is only a three year term.

I had hoped for better – no, more than that, I wanted better. I wanted the councillors to represent the majority view of the people of Oberon. To show the state government we are a force to be reckoned with. We will fight for our rights and our right to choice.

I heard one speaker on the night say those who do not want the water fluoridated can buy bottled water.

Those who do want fluoride can always purchase good fluoride toothpaste (however, be warned, a pharmacist might not want to sell it to you, especially if the town water supply is fluoridated) or visit a dentist and have a topical application applied directly to your teeth (and this way you do not remove any person’s right to choice).

Fluoride is not the magical fix-it-all. You still need to have good dental health and not eat or drink the wrong foods or liquids.

Marjorie Armstrong

 

https://www.oberonreview.com.au/story/5573768/letter-we-just-want-democracy-when-it-comes-to-fluoride/

 

Oberon

September 16

FIRSTLY, did you know that, on the night of July 17, 2018, when councillors made their votes known, five to three in favour of fluoridation, representatives from both NSW Health and the Australian Dental Association classified Oberon, our home town, as a low socio-economic town? Do you also know that children with mental impairments and other disabilities are automatically also classed as being from low socio-economic families? I don’t know how you feel about this statement, but I am highly offended.

I believe the fluoride that NSW Health and the Australian Dental Association and our very own yes voting councillors are pushing onto us against our own free will is in truth not safe and effective.

I believe that fluoride inhibits antibody formation in the blood, depresses thyroid activity by depriving it of iodine (women affected more than men), causes premature ageing and causes bone damage.

I believe the people who are employed to administer it into our water supplies are required to wear a hazmat suit.

I believe fluoride does not stop tooth decay, but actually causes teeth to rot and crumble, and by that very same mechanism also causes osteoporosis.

A group of concerned residents have done our research and have made a point of contacting you, the town residents, and anyone else interested from Oberon township.

Yes, we were the ones knocking on every single door on the reticulated water supply and have spent many days and hours of our own time to be able to give you the opportunity to have your say.

Residents were asked unambiguously for their choice of fluoridation with a simple yes or no and if they were contacted by the NSW Health-initiated phone survey.

There were many residents who indicated their gratitude that we had given them an opportunity to have a say.

We feel so strongly that our councillors should have given every single one of us that very same option. However, they did not. They didn’t even attempt to make it possible for you to have your say other than the Community Consultation survey that very few people knew about.

It was people from the Anti Fluoride Group who made the town aware that it was on the table yet again and they that made the effort to inform everyone and also organised pamphlets and the petitions available for us to sign.

What can you do if you were missed as you were not home and still want to have your say?

We have made the same survey available for you to sign at the local post office where you can have your say either way.

Tracey Watson

https://www.oberonreview.com.au/story/5640799/letter-have-your-say-yes-or-no-on-fluoride-in-the-water/

Oberon

Sept 20

A LAST-DITCH effort to reverse Oberon Council’s decision to add fluoride to the water was lost during a heated ordinary meeting on Tuesday night.

Mayor Kathy Sajowitz had to threaten to clear the public gallery twice as tempers flared.

Councillor Brenda Lyon brought a motion to the meeting that council withdraw its application to have fluoride added to the water supply.

https://www.oberonreview.com.au/story/5654445/tight-vote-but-fluoride-move-stands-after-heated-meeting/

 

Sept 3

A COMMUNITY meeting to discuss water fluoridation was held at the Oberon RSL hall on Sunday, August 26 at 10am.

Almost 40 local residents braved the much-needed rainy weather to attend and enjoyed a three-hour discussion on fluoride and legal issues surrounding it by keynote speaker Allan Jones from the Lithgow group and the welcome input from Bega Clean Water for Life founder Connie Crawford.

Allan explained for the audience several of the over 100 different vectors by which unnatural industrial grade sodium fluoride and its chemical variants have penetrated our lives through the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the many different industrial products and applications it’s used for; and most importantly, how little real study has been done on its cumulative effects on human health.

He summarised how clearly our population is over-exposed to fluoride, making the logical argument that the addition of a heavy metal contaminated waste version of it into the water supply was, at best, completely redundant and, at worst, contributing to a litany of different  health disorders

https://www.oberonreview.com.au/story/5613974/letter-we-must-respect-the-democratic-process-on-fluoride/

Rockingham. Queensland

September 21

A POWERFUL lobby group is putting pressure on Rockhampton Regional Council to reverse a 2012 decision and immediately re-commence fluoridating the water supply.

The Australian Medical Association Queensland and the Australian Dental Association Queensland (ADAQ) have united to call on the council to reconsider its stance, citing health reasons

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Queensland

Sep 24

SOUTHERN Downs Regional Mayor Tracy Dobie has requested information from Queensland Health regarding water fluoridation after new evidence has emerged supporting it.

This comes after reports the Australia Medical Association and Australia Dental Association would step up pressure on the Southern Downs Regional Council to start fluoridating its drinking water.

Cr Dobie said there was strong arguments for and against fluoridating water.

“The Australia Medical Association and Australia Dental Association claim there is new evidence in support of fluoridation,” Cr Dobie said.

“In 2014, there was a survey taken of those residents connected to the reticulated water system.

“While there was only a 30% response to the survey, over 50% of the respondents were in favour of removing the fluoride from the reticulated water system.

“The council at the time resolved to cease fluoridation.

“I have asked for a briefing to our council from Queensland Health, in particular to provide an update on what other options Queensland Health is looking at in regard to fluoride for Queenslanders.”

https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/sdrc-to-look-into-fluoridation/3532428

New Zealand

News from New Zealand focuses on advance notice of the speaking tour and University lecture. The three international experts are introduced below, followed by  report of the meetings and links to complete videos of  Paul Connett, Vyvyan Howard and Declan Waugh.

Aug 31

From Voxy NZ

A conference organized jointly by the International Society for Exposure Science (ISES) and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), held in Ottawa, Canada from Aug 26-30, has revealed that contrary to claims made repeatedly by NZ health authorities, water fluoridation poses many risks, especially to the unborn child and people with iodine deficiency.

Of great importance was a study by Ashley Malin and her team from Mount Sinai and York University in Canada. What they found has startling implications for New Zealand. They reported that fluoride exposure increased the risk of hypothyroidism (lowered thyroid function) among those who have moderate-to-severe iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency is a known risk factor for hypothyroidism but this study shows that fluoride exposure makes it worse. For every 1 mg/Liter increase in urinary fluoride level was associated with an increase of 0.35 mIU/liter in TSH (a surrogate measure for hypothyroidism) with adults with moderate-to-severe iodine deficiency. This is very serious news for NZ because many people in this country suffer from iodine deficiency.

The study was based on data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) from 2009-2011 Unlike a previous study that used this same data set this study allowed for iodine levels to be taken into account. It was conducted in a very rigorous fashion and with minor revisions has been accepted for publication. It will not be easily dismissed by diehard fluoridation proponents.

Fluoride Free New Zealand is currently hosting three international experts who will be speaking at the St David Theatre in Dunedin on Tuesday and the Mercure Abel Tasman Hotel on Willis Street in Wellington on Thursday, next week. (See details https://fluoridefree.org.nz/international-experts-to-speak-in-dunedin-and-wellington-september-2018/)

The three experts: Professor Emeritus Vyvyan Howard from Northern Ireland, an expert on https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/08/anti-fluoride-group-claiming-fluoride-reduces-children-s-iq-to-speak-at-otago-university.htmlfetal and infant pathology. Declan Waugh an environmental scientist from the Republic of Ireland who has done exhaustive research on the literature of fluoride’s dangers and Paul Connett, a retired professor of chemistry who specialized in environmental chemistry and toxicology and co-authored the book, The Case Against Fluoride with professors James Beck, MD, PhD and Spedding Micklem, DPhil (Oxon).

http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/5/319763

Aug 31 Otago University NZ

An anti-fluoride group is claiming that fluoride “reduces children’s IQ” on posters that are dotted around Dunedin.

The Fluoride Free NZ posters are advertising an event due to be held at the Otago University campus on Tuesday, featuring three international anti-fluoride campaigners.

Former University of Ulster academic Dr Vyvyan Howard, Irish scientist Declan Waugh, and US anti-fluoride campaigner Prof Paul Connett are all speaking at the event.

The university says the group is free to share its views.

“The group is entitled to share its views. There is substantial scientific research on the efficacy of fluoride and it is up to individuals to reach their own conclusions about claims made,” an Otago University spokeswoman said.

A 2014 report commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman and the Royal Society of New Zealand found fluoridation of water at the established levels in New Zealand had broad benefits for dental health. It concluded there were no adverse effects on health as a result of fluoridating public water supplies.

Earlier this year Government MPs were condemned by the opposition for agreeing to host Fluoride Free NZ campaigners at a briefing at Parliament.

Former opposition spokesperson for Health Jonathan Coleman said at the time that the campaigners “misrepresent the science” and the event would “unfairly colour the debate”.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said many groups asked to brief MPs on issues and hosting them did not mean the Government agreed with their stance.

“It’s just about letting people have their say regardless of whether we agree with them or not,” she said at the time.

Newshub.

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/08/anti-fluoride-group-claiming-fluoride-reduces-children-s-iq-to-speak-at-otago-university.html

Aug 29 Mary FFNZ

We are so lucky to be able to bring three of the world’s experts to New Zealand. Thousands of people around the world will be hoping and praying that our new Government, who promoted themselves as the “Government that will listen”, will NOT introduce the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill (a.k.a. the Mandatory Fluoridation BIll)….

Last Newsletter We are very excited to announce that, for the first time ever, Toxico-Pathologist Dr Vyvyan Howard and Irish Environmental Scientist Declan Waugh, will be accompanying Prof Paul Connett on a short speaking tour of New Zealand.

This team of world experts on the toxicology of fluoride will share ground-breaking research that every New Zealander needs to hear. Especially, the Minister of Health and those advising him. The effect of fluoride on the brain, thyroid and bones is undeniable.

They will be speaking in Dunedin at St David’s Theatre in the Otago University on Tuesday 4th of September and in Wellington at the Mercure Abel Tasman Hotel on Thursday 6th September. Both events run from 7pm to 9pm.

Dr C Vyvyan Howard, MB ChB, PhD, FRCPath, has recently retired as Professor of Bioimaging, Nano Systems Biology, Centre for Molecular Biosciences, University of Ulster. Vyvyan Howard is a medically qualified toxico-pathologist with expertise on the effects of toxic substances on the foetus and infant during the developmental period of life….see more

Declan Waugh. As a professional scientist, Declan has an impressive record in environmental due diligence, risk management, environmental impact assessment and environmental research. Over the last 25 years, Declan has overseen the environmental management of several industrial operations as well as delivering solutions for client’s complex environmental challenges in developing renewable energy and waste management projects, assessing and managing contaminated land restoration projects, water management, acoustics and environmental impact assessment… see more

Professor Paul Connett Ph.D, is currently Acting Director of Fluoride Action Network, one of the largest organisations opposing water fluoridation worldwide. As a prominent water fluoridation critic he has travelled extensively liaising with groups who oppose adding the toxin fluoride to community water supplies in other fluoridating countries. Paul is a graduate of Cambridge University, holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College and taught chemistry for 23 years at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, where he specialised in environmental chemistry and toxicology...see more

Aug 20 From FAN

 As the people of New Zealand continue to fight a national proposal to take authority over fluoridation away from local councils and put it solely in the hands of regional Boards of Health (beholden to the pro-fluoridation Ministry of Health), an international team of fluoride experts are heading to Otago to publicize the significant health risks associated with the practice.

FAN’s Director Paul Connett, PhD, is among the group of experts, and has campaigned extensively throughout New Zealand over the years.  During his most recent campaign visit he made a presentation in the New Zealand Parliament entitled, Major U.S. Government-Funded Study Should End Fluoridation Worldwide. Please share this presentation with your local decision-makers and fellow concerned citizens.  Please also click here to quickly “like” and share Paul’s presentation on Facebook.

Below is a newsletter from FAN-NZ with more information about the team of experts heading down under, including ways you can help regardless of where you live in the world.

International Fluoride Experts to Speak in New Zealand.  We are very excited to announce that, for the first time ever, Toxico-Pathologist Dr Vyvyan Howard and Irish Environmental Scientist Declan Waugh, will be accompanying Prof Paul Connett on a short speaking tour of New Zealand.

This team of world experts on the toxicology of fluoride will share ground-breaking research that every New Zealander needs to hear. Especially, the Minister of Health and those advising him. The effect of fluoride on the brain, thyroid and bones is undeniable.

They will be speaking in Dunedin at St David’s Theatre in the Otago University on Tuesday the 4th of September and in Wellington at the Mecure Hotel on Thursday the 6th September. Both events run from 7pm to 9pm.

Please help to make these events a huge success by contributing to our Give A Little page, sharing these events with all your contacts by forwarding this email, and inviting your friends to the Dunedin Facebook Event page and the Wellington Facebook Event page.

Dr C Vyvyan Howard, MB ChB, PhD, FRCPath, has recently retired as Professor of Bioimaging, Nano Systems Biology, Centre for Molecular Biosciences, University of Ulster. Vyvyan Howard is a medically qualified toxico-pathologist with expertise on the effects of toxic substances on the foetus and infant during the developmental period of life…see more.

Declan Waugh. As a professional scientist, Declan has an impressive record in environmental due diligence, risk management, environmental impact assessment and environmental research. Over the last 25 years, Declan has overseen the environmental management of several industrial operations as well as delivering solutions for client’s complex environmental challenges in developing renewable energy and waste management projects, assessing and managing contaminated land restoration projects, water management, acoustics and environmental impact assessment…see more.

Professor Paul Connett Ph.D, is currently Acting Director of Fluoride Action Network, one of the largest organisations opposing water fluoridation worldwide. As a prominent water fluoridation critic he has travelled extensively liaising with groups who oppose adding the toxin fluoride to community water supplies in other fluoridating countries. Paul is a graduate of Cambridge University, holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College and taught chemistry for 23 years at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, where he specialised in environmental chemistry and toxicology…see more.

https://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/vote-now-should-rocky-livingstone-put-fluoride-in-/3526257/

 

 from FAN

In an effort to forestall the bill pushing for mandatory fluoridation in New Zealand’sparliament, FAN NZ organized a visit of three experts to provide the latest evidence at Otago University that fluoride was neurotoxic and had the potential to lower the intelligence of children even at the doses commonly experienced in fluoridated communities

Why Otago University? It’s located in Dunedin on NZ’s South Island. It hosts the only dental school in the country and for many years has been the hotbed of fluoridation promotion. But it also has a famous medical school and many relevant science departments. Surely, if we could convince some of the prestigious professors who teach at this school – as well as the students – that fluoride was neurotoxic with the potentialto reduce the mental abilities of future generations that they would sound the alarm bell and bring the MPs and the new Labor government to its senses. The government is led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who has just had a baby.

The motto of Otago University is “Sapere Aude” (“Dare to be wise”). The former vice-chancellor of the university is Sir David Skegg, now President of the Royal Society of NZ, who was half the prestigious team (other half: Sir Peter Gluckman, former chief scientific advisor to the Prime minister) of the2014 report that whitewashed fluoridation’s dangers. Despite gross errors, this report has been widely used by the media and the Ministry of Health in their support of this parliamentary bill.

The three experts who visited NZwere

  • Vyvyan Howard from Northern Ireland, an infant and fetal pathologist;
  • Declan Waugh, an environmental scientist from the Republic of Ireland – who has spent the last 7 years on an intensive study of fluoride’s toxicity.
  • and myself, Paul Connett, a retired professor of chemistry and co-author of the book The Case Against Fluoride.

Half page ads were run in major newspapers in both Wellington and Dunedin, promoting our visit and announcing our talks (Dunedin, Sept 4 and Wellington, Sept 6).

The evening arrived. As we approached 7 pm, nearly 300 people began to fill the seats.

You can see videotapes of our three presentations:

Paul’s talk
Vyvyan’s talk
Declan’s talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx4_DlUGJZg&t=52s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uDvD5UcSwg&t=15s

38 min video

Many of you have seen and heard me many times so I recommend that you start with Declan’s presentation, which I found absolutely riveting, and then watch Vyvyan’s commentary on fluoride and the thyroid gland and then mine.

The disappointing news – not one professor from the University came to hear our presentations nor did the local media!

However, the next day in a follow-up meeting a journalist from the Otago Daily News did show up and I am afraid I gave him an earful – which he dutifully reported.

He wrote:

At a question-and-answer session yesterday, Prof Connett said the university should be ashamed of its attitude to the fluoride debate.

”Is this tower so ivory that it doesn’t matter?” he asked.

”Taxpayers’ money has gone in to funding people’s education, their university degrees, their postgraduate degrees, their professorships and salaries, and they don’t feel any obligation whatsoever to debate the science.”

Prof Connett said the public needed to hear both sides of the debate – ”to simply ignore us is unacceptable”. (see the full article)

Dr. Vyvyan Howard wrote a letter to the Otago Times responding to this article, but the paper did not publish it. Here it is:

Dear Sir

Re: Anti-fluoride campaigner invites university debate (6/9/18)

I was surprised to find no mention of the scientific issues, presented at the meeting, mentioned in your article. As one of the “trio” of “campaigners” (as described in your article) you made no mention of my qualifications and therefore of my influence to the discussion.

I am a medically qualified pathologist, specialized in the effects of toxic substances on the fetus. The last time I spoke in public on the topic of fluoride and health was 10 years ago in Toronto. I do not consider myself to be a campaigner but I am a medical professional with a concern for public health. The reason I have given up 2 weeks of a busy life to come to NZ is that I consider the findings of the latest published papers (of which you gave no mention) merit a civil and informed discussion amongst involved scientists from both sides of the argument.

I stated yesterday, in the presence of your reporter, that if I was in medical practice here in NZ I would be advising female patients who were considering starting a family to avoid drinking fluoridated tap water. This is based on the findings in the recent paper by Bashash et al which shows very clearly that fluoride is associated with a considerable fall in IQ (over 5 IQ points) in offspring in a dose dependent manner. This very well designed study mirrors the findings in over 30 prior studies. Not to have mentioned these facts will also probably have surprised your readership.

Yours sincerely
Vyvyan Howard

Sadly, few academics and politicians heard our words in person. Most citizens remain oblivious to the threat this practice presents to future generations of Kiwis.  But we did leave behind these three videos (see links above) and an hour long radio program.

We encourage all our supporters in NZ to do what they can to get as many people as possible to watch (and listen to) them and then send the links to their MPs.

But hope may also be coming from a different direction. The Maori community is becoming involved. They are fighting the atrocity of dropping pellets of highly toxic sodium fluoroacetate (known as 1080) from helicopters on forests. This cruel and foolish program is designed to kill off possums and rats, which are threatening flightless birds. But the indiscriminate distribution of this horrible poison is killing other mammals, including domestic pets, deer, wild pigs and farm animals.  Here is a link to an award-winning video on this issue, “Poisoning Paradise.”

On Saturday Sept 8, Declan, Mary and I (Vyvyan had already left for Northern Ireland) attended a very powerful Maori demonstration outside parliament house in Wellington and this was followed by a march. I have never witnessed such public emotion in NZ before. Another 43 demonstrations were held throughout the NZ on the same day. This has been the biggest ever demonstration of Maori feeling on this matter and people close to the organizers believe that the campaign will extend to other issues including fluoridation. Possible messages: Stop poisoning our land, our food, our water. Ban 1080, end fluoridation. Stop poisoning NZ.

There’s been a lot in news about 1080 recently. Most of you will know that fluoride is fluoride compound. However, there seems to be some confusion over what type of fluoride is in 1080 and what type is in the water.

1080 is sodium fluoroacetate (or sodium monofluoroacetate) that converts to fluorocitrate in the body. The fluoride added to the water is hydrofluorosilicic acid (HFSA). Although largely dissociated to form free fluoride ions in water, it partly reverts to molecular HFSA but also forms hydrogen fluoride (HF), which is absorbed directly into the stomach wall according to WHO. Fluorocitrate is highly toxic as it interferes with the krebs cycle making the victim unable to produce energy. HF is also highly toxic, though not as acutely toxic as fluorocitrate. HF is also mutagenic – it can damage the DNA in the cell instead of killing iit.

You have probably also heard that an injunction has been placed on a 1080 drop over the Hunua Ranges in Auckland. This case could have repercussions for fluoridation as one of the arguments is that it is illegal to put anything into drinking water that is not intended to treat the water. The group is needing funds to carry on the court action so if you would like to donate, please email Trica Cheel at ecobee@xtra.co.nz. Tricia will give details of the bank account and how the money will be used.

For those of you who do not know much about 1080, or have never looked at the opposing view, we have included below, a documentary called “Poisoning Paradise”. The late Dr Scanlon, who was one of our main FFNZ presenters at New Plymouth and Hamilton, where both councils voted to stop fluoridation after hearing the evidence, is interviewed in this documentary.

For those of you who missed the last newsletter, or have not got around to watching the videos of the Presentations at Otago University, the links are included again belo

lso, below, is a great podcast from Green Planet FM where our three experts were interviewed

Scientist Declan Waugh at Otago Uni
Watch Declan Waugh’s presentation at Otago Uni by clicking HERE
Dr Vyvyan Howard at
Otago Uni
Watch Dr Vyvyan Howard’s presentation at Otago Uni by clicking HERE
In response to an article in the Otago Daily Times regarding the Talk at the University, Dr Vyvyan Howard sent the following letter to the ODT. It was never published but should have been.

Dear Sir

Re: Anti-fluoride campaigner invites university debate (6/9/18)

I was surprised to find no mention of the scientific issues, presented at the meeting, mentioned in your article. As one of the “trio” of “campaigners” (as described in your article) you made no mention of my qualifications and therefore of my influence to the discussion.

I am a medically qualified pathologist, specialised in the effects of toxic substances on the fetus. The last time I spoke in public on the topic of fluoride and health was 10 years ago in Toronto. I do not consider myself to be a campaigner but I am a medical professional with a concern for public health. The reason I have given up 2 weeks of a busy life to come to NZ is that I consider the findings of the latest published papers (of which you gave no mention) merit a civil and informed discussion amongst involved scientists from both sides of the argument.

I stated yesterday, in the presence of your reporter, that if I was in medical practice here in NZ I would be advising female patients who were considering starting a family to avoid drinking fluoridated tap water. This is based on the findings in the recent paper by Bashash et al which shows very clearly that fluoride is associated with a considerable fall in IQ (over 5 IQ points) in offspring in a dose dependant manner. This very well designed study mirrors the findings in over 30 prior studies. Not to have mentioned these facts will also probably have surprised your readership.

Yours sincerely
Vyvyan Howard

Prof Paul Connett at Otago Uni
Watch Prof Connett’s presentation at Otago Univerisry by clicking HERE
Poisoning Paradise – Ecocide New Zealand
This New Zealand film has won four international environmental awards – but here in NZ, TV channels refuse to play it. Why? Because if they did, there would be outrage and riots over New Zealand’s use of aerially applied 1080 poison. See for yourself ..click HERE.

RESEARCH

Sep 4 2018

 

Report provided by MD Linx

Researchers compared the proportion and severity of fluorosis in adults with lifetime exposure to water

https://www.mdlinx.com/journal-summaries/fluorosis-water-fluoridation-dental-fluorosis-adult/2018/09/05/7543557/?spec=dentistryfluoridation with a nonexposed sampleSept 4

New Zealand

Sept 6

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 11:10 am
Press Release: Fluoride Free New Zealand

Infant And Fetal Pathologist Warns All Women to Avoid Fluoride Before And During Pregnancy. About three hundred people turned up to Otago University on Tuesday night to hear three overseas experts talk about the evidence and the potential mechanisms of how fluoride effects the brain. The three experts were unanimous in their recommendation that fluoride is a developmental neurotoxin that lowers the IQ of children and warned that evidence also strongly suggests that fluoride exposure contributes to other neuro-developmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).

Some of the students arrived with tin foil hats on their heads. Obviously they have been duped into thinking that people opposed to fluoride did not understand the science. They were quickly left dumb-founded as they realised the talk was a very serious scientific discussion and they were way out of their depth.

Retired Infant and Fetal pathologist, Dr Vyvyan Howard from Northern Ireland, warned the audience, particularly the young students, that women need to avoid fluoride before and during pregnancy.. Dr Howard explained that fluoride’s known ability to reduce thyroid function is the most likely mechanism for the reduction in IQ seen in children exposed in utero to mothers exposed to fluoride, particularly if iodine levels are low.

Emeritus Professor Paul Connett explained the growing body of science that shows fluoride at low levels reduces children’s IQ. He explained the major mistake in the New Zealand Fluoridation Report from 2014, authored by Profs Gluckman and Skegg, who confused a drop in half a standard deviation (seven IQ points) with a drop of half an IQ point. However when they corrected this mistake, they did not also correct their conclusion that this “was of no functional significance” when obviously a drop of seven IQ points is very significant.

Professor Connett then went on to explain the latest research, (Bashash et al), funded by the US Government, that found children exposed in utero to the same levels of fluoride that New Zealanders are exposed to, have reduced IQ. Dr Howard then explained that this is likely happening by reducing the mother’s thyroid hormones.

Irish scientist, Declan Waugh, showed an extensive range of data from a vast library of studies of how fluoride effects many enzymes, proteins and key mechanisms in the brain – which increases the likelihood of a whole host of diseases and disorders, such as ADHD and diabetes.

The audience was enthralled and it is a huge shame that no professor from the university bothered to attend. We believe the reason for this is that they do not want to open their minds to the new research and risk alienating themselves among their peers. It appears they would prefer to carry on in ignorance, as if that absolves them of responsibility. However, the people at the presentations last night, and the people who will attend the presentations in Wellington on Thursday night (7pm 6th September, Mercure Abel Tasman Hotel), know it does not.

It is way beyond time that New Zealand academics, medical professionals and scientists start listening to this new research and act in the public interest, rather than leaving New Zealanders to be medicated without their informed consent.
ends

 

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1809/S00020/infant-and-fetal-pathologist-warns-against-fluoride.htm&ct=ga&cd=CAEYBCoUMTA0MjY0MTgwNzg4NDA1MzMyNDYyGmQ2NGNkZGRlZDlkNWYwNWU6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGPHr8XteaDzJA2wdV2Hadzg7MgRA

 

 

 

 

India

Sep 24

Fluoride in groundwater of Nuapada district is a menace for its people. Suffering due to this contamination is gradually increasing.

About 60 per cent of the tube-wells here, which are the main sources of drinking water, contain more than the permissible fluoride level of 1.00 mg per litre.

The RWSS department has tested water samples of 352 sources between April and August and it was found that all these sources have fluoride contamination of more than 1.50 mg/L.

It is a matter of concern that 58 of these 352 sources are located either in schools, Anganwadi Centres or inside the health centres.

Samples of 707 sources tested between September 2017 and March 2018 also have similar findings. Out of these 707 sources having fluoride content of more than 1.5 mg/l, 115 are located inside educational and health institutions and AWCs. The district administration boasts of taking several steps like pipe water supply, installation of de-fluoridation plants etc, to address the problem but the ground realities are different.

A tube well located near the primary school of village Jarelpadar under Bharuamunda panchayat of Sinapali block is the only source of drinking water for the people of Katapada habitation with 150 population. In addition, this source also serves as the only source for above 160 children of the primary school here.

“The Government says tube well water is safer than the open well; so we prefer this for drinking and cooking,” says Bilasini Kata of Katapada without knowing that the water they are drinking is contaminated with 3.45 mg of fluoride per litre.

The students of Bharuamunda High School, above 230 in number, including 65 boarders, drink 5.25 mg of fluoride per litre. “Considering the high level of fluoride in the old tube well, the administration sunk another one in our premises, but the water quality of this new one also does not seem good,” says the Headmaster of the school. Sample of the new one is yet to be tested.

The permissible limit of fluoride in drinking water according to World Health Organisation (WHO) is 1.00 mg/L, whereas in India it is considered to be 1.5 mg/L. Consumption of fluoride beyond this limit causes flurosis – a disease that causes deformities in bones and teeth. “It also causes anaemia in children and pregnant women,” says Dr Aditya Joshi, citing a study published in the ‘Current Science’ recently, which blames fluoride toxicity also for the deficiency disease, a condition of low haemoglobin (Hb) in the blood.

Information available in Government of India website https://indiawater.gov.in/IMIS reveals that all the tube wells in Bharuamunda panchayat have excessive levels of fluoride ranging from 1.55 mg/L (MajhiPada of Talpadar) to 5.25 mg/L (High School Pada of Bharuamunda).

“In the absence of alternative, above 4,000 people of the panchayat are forced to depend on the contaminated sources,” says ZP member Priya Ranjan Meher.

“We agree that the Government has made effort to create alternative, but the Government people do not accept their failure,” says Sarpanch of Bharuamunda KabitaTandi.

“One PWS project made six / seven years ago with an investment of about Rs 60 lakh in our panchayat, proposed to supply water to 26 habitations of two panchayats, but after completion, it was seen that 19 habitations remained unreached.

The PVC pipes are of low quality that breaks regularly due to high pressure of supply and it becomes difficult to fill the overhead tank located at a distance of one and half kms from the source,” adds Kabita.

Executive Engineer of Fluoride Special Project, Nuapada,  GopalNaik says the villages of Bharuamunda GP have been excluded from the mega project, because they were in the ‘Commissioned Project’ list of the RWSS due to the PWS project. “However, if the existing pipe lines laid for PWS project are in good condition, we will link that to our mega project,” he adds.

But, this seems uncertain, first, because the proposal of linking the mega to the PWS is yet to be officially put in papers and second, the pipe lines are not in good conditions.

“Our Panchayat spends above Rs 60,000 every year to replace the torn pipes to continue supply of water to seven habitations, in addition to the electricity dues of Rs 1.5 lakh per annum,” says Kabita.

As the PWS project in official records is still recorded as functional, now it is to be seen how the Government deals with such a situation to address the water problem of villagers.

The work agreement with the construction agencies allots a period of two years for completion of the project.

The villagers demand supply of water in tankers during the commissioning period

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2018/state-editions/fluoride-content-found-in-n—pada-groundwater.html