INTERNATIONAL NEWS June 30
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Bradford children’s rotten teeth prompt calls for fluoridation
Shocking statistics about children’s oral health in Bradford have caused public health experts from Public Health England to issue fresh calls for water fluoridation. The new figures suggest that three young children have teeth pulled out in hospital under general anaesthetic every week in Bradford. Official statistics show that 462 children under the age of five were admitted to hospital for dental treatment over a three-year period, or just under three children every week. The figures do not include extractions carried out in dental surgeries.
In light of the news, Public Health England (PHE) has called for water fluoridation schemes to be considered in areas where decay is rife. The organisation says that the main cause of rotten teeth in very young children is deprivation, and the number of under-fives admitted to hospital is up to 45 % lower where water is fluoridated. Fluoride helps to strengthen teeth and reduce the risk of decay.A PHE spokesman said: “Evidence suggests that fluoridating water is the single most effective step we can take to reduce tooth decay generally, both among children and adults, irrespective of personal behaviour.”
Peel, Ontario, June 24,
On June 26, 2014, lawyer Nader Hasan of the law firm, Ruby, Shiller, Chan, Hasan Barristers, will present a legal opinion to Peel Regional Councillors arguing that artificial water fluoridation is unconstitutional and illegal. Mr. Hasan is counsel to the Concerned Residents of Peel to End Fluoridation, a group that has been dedicated to ending the artificial fluoridation of Peel’s drinking water.
Liesa Cianchino, Chair of the Concerned Residents of Peel to End Fluoridation stated today: “Artificial water fluoridation is a serious health concern. It’s high time that the Region looked at the science and end this unsafe, ineffective, unproven, unethical, unnatural and harmful practice.”
Neighbouring communities in Toronto, Peterborough, Durham, Muskoka, Halton, Hamilton, London and many others are working very hard to end this unsafe and ineffective practice because of the known adverse effects on human health and the environment,” said Cianchino.
Community leaders and Councillors from other municipalities plan to attend the June 26 Regional Council meeting, as the question of artificial water fluoridation is an issue of ongoing concern for communities across Ontario and Canada.
Sweet Home,Albany, Oregon,
The city will continue to add fluoride to its drinking water, as it has for 50 years, council members agreed after a 90-minute public hearing on the subject Tuesday evening. But the councilors left open the option of citizens gathering enough signatures to place the issue on an upcoming ballot.
More than 50 persons filled the council chambers to weigh in on the issue.
Some people, including Jim Oviatt, believe that fluoride is a “poison,” and should not be added to drinking water. He challenged the councilors to “stand up and do something.” “Fluoride in our water is for medical purposes. It does nothing for water purity,” Trevor Burchard said. “It’s not a nutrient, it’s a medicine.”
Retired surgeon Charles Haynie has spent the last 12 years promoting fluoridation, Haynie said Hood River does not add fluoride to its water, while nearby The Dalles has since 1956. He said dentists see a marked difference in the tooth health of youngsters in those communities; the issue is important for economically disadvantaged children, who don’t have access to dentists.
Traverse City, Michigan June 26
Ben Hansen wasn’t happy about Traverse City commissioners’ decision to continue adding fluoride to the public water supply. Hansen, a leader of the group Fluoride Free in TC, hopes to put the issue to voters on the November ballot. He and others are working to pull together a petition to circulate among Traverse City voters to create an ordinance that would stop the fluoridation.
“We don’t think it’s a good idea to add any chemical to the water that isn’t absolutely necessary for water treatment,” Hansen said.
City commissioners voted 5 to 1 to continue fluoridation. Commissioners typically reach out to local doctors and dentists whenever the issue comes up. Mayor Michael Estes said. “They said it was positive for dental care. That’s been consistent from all the local dentists and doctors that have come before the city commission.”
The petition would need to have signatures from 527 registered Traverse City voters and be filed with the city clerk’s office by July 29. Once a petition is filed, city commissioners can either vote to adopt the ordinance or send the issue to the voters.
Fircrest, Washington June 26
The suburban city has been fluoridated since 1957, making it one of the first cities in Washington to add the chemicals to the water supply to fight tooth decay. Now a growing contingent of people in Fircrest are asking the city to end that practice.
For the last month, Debbie Cook. a single mother of three young boys, and others have attended City Council meetings. Led by Fircrest residents John Mishko and David Stemp, both chiropractors, the group has inundated the council with statistics and scientific studies supporting their position that there’s no health benefit to fluoridating public water supplies.
Proponents of the practice, including doctors, dentists and representatives from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, have provided the council with statistics and science supporting the position that fluoridated water is a public health benefit that helps improve oral health.
The city delivers water to just more than 6,000 customers. Part of the city is serviced by the city of Tacoma’s water division, which also adds fluoride to its water.
The council has remained silent to this point, but after 45 minutes of public comment Tuesday, Councilman Jason Medley asked the council take up the debate at its Aug. 12 meeting.
Because city code says fluoride should be added to the water supply, the only way to change that practice is to change the law. The council is expected to take a vote at the August meeting.
The local health department in 2002 ordered the county’s largest water providers to fluoridate or face fines. A lawsuit was filed by a half-dozen water utilities, arguing that fluoridation amounted to forced medication and that the cost was an illegal tax.
The state Supreme Court ruled in 2004 that the health department had overstepped its authority.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales June 25
A completely one-sided article ‘Council tackles fluoride myths’ .with ‘ Information about fluoridation from NSW Health, the Australian Dental Association, (WHO) ‘ . signals a campaign to fluoridate this part of New South Wales. Below are the facts only:
Upper Hunter Shire Council has put facts about water fluoridation on display for the benefit of residents.
Upper Hunter Shire Council has put facts about water fluoridation on display for the benefit of residents.
And, following feedback, council will vote on whether to introduce this significant dental health initiative.
Council will consider residents’ comments and vote at a future meeting on whether to fluoridate the town water supplies in Aberdeen, Merriwa, Scone, Murrurundi and possibly Cassilis.
The capital works required would take a few years.
Written submissions on water fluoridation should be sent by Friday, July 4, to General Manager, Upper Hunter Shire Council, PO Box 208, Scone, NSW 2337 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Written submissions can also be handed in at council offices in Murrurundi, Merriwa or Scone.
Southern Downs ,Queensland June 26
The Southern Downs Mayor concedes if residents choose to discontinue water fluoridation it will be against public health advice.
The council will send out a survey asking residents if they want their water supply fluoridated but will only act if there is a 50 per cent response to the survey.
Peter Blundell says Queensland Health recommends fluoridation but he says the public should get the final say.
“They have indeed said that they suggest that local governments do leave fluoride in water supplies, however, they have also, the Queensland Government have also made it very clear that it is up to local governments to choose,” he said.
Councillor Blundell says the decision has come about after intense lobbying from the public. “It was a concerted lobbying effort by a smaller group, the Save our Shires action group formed the basis of that lobbying group and as a result of that they put together a petition of some 400 signatures,” he said.
Rororua June 23
Rotorua is set to become the country’s next fluoride battleground – and the issue is setting teeth on edge, even before it gets opened to public say.
Rotorua District Council has agreed to undertake public consultation over whether to add fluoride to the Rotorua water supply.
Water fluoridation has the backing of the Lakes District Health Board, with acting chief executive Nick Saville-Wood writing to council chief executive Geoff Williams to support the move.
“I can confirm the DHB pro-fluoridation policy,” Saville-Wood said.
Saville-Wood said the oral health of the Rotorua population was “significantly worse than the rest of New Zealand, with particularly poor dental health among our children.”
David Crum, the chief executive of the New Zealand Dental Association, also supported fluoridation. ” However, some Rotorua dentists disagreed.
“It’s mass medication but you’ve got no control,” said Lumino The Dentists’ Johannes Van Der Welt.
“Some people drink a lot of water because they’re physically active and others don’t drink water at all. The fluoride in water fluoridation is closer to toxic waste, it’s not the kind of fluoride that’s natural in water.”
Van Der Welt said the best way to tackle Rotorua’s oral health problems was through education in schools.
“It’s controlled and a specific group when they really need it, and it’s much more cost effective,” he said.
Saville-Wood also used Taupo as an example of a fluoridated area where oral health was better than Rotorua, something disputed by Taupo dentist Trevor Strange.
“The reality is it hasn’t done what it’s purported to do. The rates of decay have not gone down, that’s the reality.”
Hamilton June 26
Two successive reports can be called ‘Breaking News’:. All; is not over yet
Updated 1:41pm: The decision on whether Hamilton City Council will recommence water fluoridation ahead of the judicial review will be made shortly.
At a hearing at the High Court in Hamilton this morning, anti-fluoride group, Safe Water New Zealand, stated that recommencing water fluoridation now would prejudice the judicial review which will be held later this year.
In June last year a tribunal voted to remove the chemical from the city’s water supply but that decision was reversed in March this year.
Anti-fluoride group: Hamilton has unfair advantage
An anti fluoride group believes Hamilton City Council will have an unfair advantage, if fluoride is returned to the city’s water supply ahead of a judicial review.
Safe Water New Zealand wants the council stopped until the review in August.
A hearing on that is underway at the High Court in Hamilton with fluoride returning to the water in around seven days.
The lawyer for Safe Water New Zealand, Lisa Hansen, says if that goes ahead the council will already have the operational equipment to keep the water fluoridated at the time of the judicial review in August, giving it an unfair advantage.
Hamilton June 26
Fluoride will be put back into the city’s water network within a week after a bid by Safe Water Alternative New Zealand (SWANZ) failed in the Hamilton High Court.
SWANZ sought an interim court order to prevent the resumption of fluoridation in Hamilton’s water supply until their application for judicial review of Council’s March decision was heard.
Mayor Julie Hardaker said the court rejected the SWANZ application and council would continue to fluoridate water – a move that was consistent with their decision and a 2013 citizen’s initiated referendum.
Council staff will begin adding fluoride back in the supply and would take up to two weeks for fluoride to be distributed throughout the network.
The SWANZ application will be heard in the High Court on September 9 and Council has set aside $50,000 in the 2014-2105 Draft Annual Plan to meet the costs.
Four parts to this story:, reproduced without editing as this is a significant development.
1.The ‘strong representations’ made to get the Health Minister to reverse the decsion to ban fluoridation, due to be effected in two months.- published one day befoire a decsion was announced.
2, The comments from the Australian group. They clearl;y refer to a longer statement from Israel.
3. ‘Health Minister Buckles’ under presedure , but gives the sdecsion back tolocal communities
4. Comments from FAN.ssupporting the Minister.
Leading public health and dentistry experts, the mayor of Dimona, and the head of the Beduin Hura local council near Beersheba have all hurled unprecedentedly strong criticism at Health Minister Yael German for last year canceling the requirement for municipalities to fluoridate their drinking water.
Ten experts in public health and dentistry signed a letter of protest against German’s decision, which has not yet been implemented. The signatories – which included senior academics, professors of dentistry, and even a former Health Ministry public health official – said that “endless numbers of personal letters have been sent to you by the most senior experts in Israel in pediatrics, dental health, and academia who strongly oppose your decision to cancel the fluoridation requirement.”
However, they noted that they – as well as leading professionals in the Health Ministgry who oppose German’s – had all been “absolutely ignored” by the minister. “They see that you are digging in your heels and sticking to your policy on this issue….
Millions of households will be forced to spend money to repair the damage” caused by this decision, the experts charged.
They stated on Sunday that German, who formerly as mayor of Herzliya canceled fluoridation in her municipality, would be responsible for serious dental decay in the mouths of poor children around the country who do not have the luxury of getting fluoride treatments and regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste that welloff children get. Municipalities and larger local authorities have been required by law to fluoridate tap water for four decades.
The experts said that the minister’s defense of her position in the past was based on “populistic arguments supported by amateur studies and ignored dozens of years of research in Israel and the world absolutely showing that there is no better health, economic, and social substitute for adding fluoride to the tap water in Israel.” They accused German of setting her policy based on a “political and sectorial basis. Your behavior on this matter aroused in us an unusual feeling of discomfort. We learned that your decisions are based on ‘scientific facts’ that are based on negligible studies instead of on comprehensive and high-quality scientific facts.”
The experts wrote that even German does “not disregard the importance of fluoride and states that underprivileged sectors need to get it directly” rather than through the water. But that will require the needy to take children to dentists for prophylactic treatment and force them to give fluoride drops. They demanded that German cancel her decision “immediately and set up a professional committee that is not composed of ‘yes men whose decisions are known in advance,’ but rather of independent experts from all aspects of medicine.”
Copies of the letter were sent to ministry director-general Prof. Arnon Afek and Social Welfare Minister Meir Cohen.
Meanwhile, Dimona Mayor Benny Biton wrote his own letter lashing out against German’s decision and accused her of “ignoring the periphery,” placing a financial burden of dental care on local authorities, and not offering any alternative for not fluoridating the water.
In Hura, the local council head said that German’s decision threatened the dental health of some 100,000 Beduin children.
German’s office did not respond to a request for a reaction from The Jerusalem
Somewhat intemperate comment below the next day from Anti-fluoride Associuation of Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Fluoridation Bible-Bashers Declare War in the Holy Land
Not even in the so-called ‘Holy Land’ are water supplies safe from being poisoned by the zealous legion of pro-fluoridation sociopaths, pimps, whores, hit men, and other bashers of the fluoridation bible. They have decreed that the people of Israel must be forced to drink industrially-fluoridated water, laced with all the usual ‘goodies’.
But heroic Health Minister, Yael German, is standing firm against the waves of lies, spin and intimidation tactics crashing in from the ocean of pro-fluoridation bullshittery. Last year, the Minister stirred the hornet’s nest by going toe-to-toe with the lobby of all lobbies, but now is under assault from the mighty armies of the fluorosed tooth.
But after all the ‘shock and awe,’ what do we see? Nothing new. Weak, pathetic rants, huffing and puffing, and all the usual pro-fluoridation chestnuts. With no new angles and a rapidly-emptying bag of worn out propaganda, they supposedly figured a few thumps over the head with the fluoridation bible would do the trick.
So, as per standard practice, let’s break down the bullshit into segments:
1. “Millions of households will be forced to spend money to repair the damage” caused by this decision, the experts charged.
Ah yes, the classic of fluoridation classics. NOT adding industrial waste to the water is going to cause untold damage. Even Orwell would be proud of this one. But what is the plain truth? The plain truth is that plenty of nations are getting along just fine without artificial water fluoridation programs, and no matter how many times a fluoridation bible is bashed upon one’s head, this fact remains a fact. The world does not come crumbling down, either, following the cessation of a fluoridation program. Another lie.
2. “They stated on Sunday that German, who formerly as mayor of Herzliya canceled fluoridation in her municipality, would be responsible for serious dental decay in the mouths of poor children around the country.”
Well of course, the other classic of classics. The “poor children” argument. Not based in fact, but rather draped in emotive, simplistic piffle. The truth tells a different story. The argument that water fluoridation reduces inequalities in dental health is a powerful one designed to guilt-trip many councils and communities, but in terms of the evidence that supports the assertion, we now know that, “the evidence about reducing inequalities in dental health [is] of poor quality, contradictory and unreliable.” And we also know fluoridation treatment, “will go to all households, and the poor cannot afford to avoid it, if they want to, because they will not be able to purchase bottled water or expensive removal equipment… The poor are more likely to suffer poor nutrition which is known to make children more vulnerable to fluoride’s toxic effects.”
3. “The experts said that the minister’s defense of her position in the past was based on “populistic arguments supported by amateur studies and ignored dozens of years of research in Israel and the world absolutely showing that there is no better health, economic, and social substitute for adding fluoride to the tap water in Israel… your decisions are based on ‘scientific facts’ that are based on negligible studies instead of on comprehensive and high-quality scientific facts.”
Israel must truly believe in miracles and other suspensions of the natural order, because according to the York Review expert panel, “We were unable to discover any reliable good-quality evidence in the fluoridation literature world-wide… none of the included studies were of evidence level A.”
4. “Dimona Mayor Benny Biton wrote his own letter lashing out against German’s decision and accused her of “ignoring the periphery,” placing a financial burden of dental care on local authorities, and not offering any alternative for not fluoridating the water.”
In summary, if this is seriously the best these pro-fluoridation “experts” in Israel can do, forgive us for laughing.
Health Minister Yael German buckled under pressure following near-unanimous support by doctors, dentists and public health experts for fluoridation and switched from prohibiting mandatory fluoridation to leaving it to the decision of each municipality.
The decision, announced by ministry officials at a meeting Tuesday of the Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee, followed the dispatch of an unprecedentedly brutal letter to German by doctors, researchers, the mayor of Dimona and the Beduin head of the Hura local council who demanded that she reverse her policy.
They called her policymaking on the important issue “amateurish.”
Her decision against mandatory fluoridation was her first announced policy when she took office over a year ago, but it was due to go into effect in two months.
German argued, in the face of overwhelming scientific research and opinion, that only a small minority of water is drunk and that children would be better off getting fluoride drops or use fluoride toothpaste.
But experts said economically disadvantaged children drink tap water and would not get any benefit from other ways.
The discussion was raised in the committee by MK Ya’acov Margi, MK Hanna Swaid and MK Ya’acov Litzman. Ministry public health chief Prof. Itamar Grotto revealed to the professionals’ surprise and satisfaction that instead of barring fluoridation, the local authorities would be able to decide for themselves.
Adding a minute amount of fluoride to water, according to the vast majority of experts, is safe and significantly reduces dental cavities in children.
The cost is covered by a small payment, 3.5 agorot per cubic meter of water, added to water bills.
MK Ahmed Tibi, a physician, endorsed fluoridation, which has been used in Israel for decades, as a cheap and easy solution
NEW YORK, June 25,
Scientists Confirm Israel Health Minister’s Fluoridation Concerns are Justified
NEW YORK, June 25, 2014
NEW YORK, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Scientists and professionals from around the world applaud the decision made by Israel Health Minister, Yael German, to end mandatory fluoridation in Israel to protect the health of Israelis and decry the political backlash she’s received to reverse her scientifically sound decision, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).
- delivering medicine via the water supply is reckless
- swallowing fluoride delivers risks without benefits
- over 100 animal and 45+ human studies link fluoride to brain deficits
- non-fluoridated and fluoridated countries have similar cavity rates
- low-income families can achieve better dental health by safer means
- the US FDA says fluoride is an unapproved drug
- fluoride-overdose symptoms – dental fluorosis (discolored teeth) – is prevalent among
America’s youth. Racial disparities in the U.S. exist for Black and Mexican American youth as this demographic have significantly higher levels of the more severe forms of dental fluorosis-while the US still faces a dental health crisis.
They write: “Your position is a model for the public health community both in Israel and in our respective communities. It is sound, based on the current literature and the need to protect the health of citizens from unnecessary ingestion of fluoride.”
The scientists offer to send Paul Connett, PhD, co-author of The Case Against Fluoride, to Israel to debate any pro-fluoridation expert.
According to Professor Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network,
“I doubt very much that we will need to purchase an air ticket to do this because almost invariably when the very vocal promoters of fluoridation are challenged to debate their confidence seems to evaporate. But sadly they frequently get away with their bullying tactics because so few people are knowledgeable on the scientific details of this issue and do not realize how weak the pro-fluoridation position is, despite the ‘impressive’ endorsements it receives in pro-fluoridation countries like the U.S.”
For the text of the letter and a full listing of the signers go to http://fluoridealert.org/content/open-letter-to-the-health-minister-of-israel/